Posted on March 26, 2017 · Posted in News

Nutrition and Hydration week celebrates the importance of both good nutrition and hydration for good health, and also recovery when unwell or in a care setting such as hospital or rehab establishments.

Hydration

With so much thought to healthy eating, it is easy to overlook the importance of staying hydrated.  Even mild dehydration can leave a person feeling drained of energy and fatigued.  Early Symptoms of dehydration are thirst and darker coloured urine. This is the body’s way of increasing the water retained and minimising water loss. These initial symptoms may progress to dizziness, light headedness, headaches, tiredness, dry mouth and lips, passing only small amounts of urine. If the dehydration becomes more prolonged it can affect kidney function and also constipation as water is drawn from the bowels and bladder for reabsorption back into the body.

Severe dehydration can be a medical emergency requiring medical attention. Severe tiredness, lethargy, confusion, dizziness when you stand that will not go away after a few seconds, weak and rapid pulse. Many admissions into hospital are due to falls in which the cause is multifactorial but often nutrition and hydration play a big part.

How much is enough?  We are often told to drink 8 glasses of water a day which if using 8oz glasses equate to 1.9litres daily.  This is not that far from the reality.  Recommendations for adequate intakes vary between 2 and 3 litres for women and men respectively.  Needs vary however between individuals based on health needs, activity levels and outside temperatures.  The recommendations also discuss fluids and beverages.  Water is undoubtedly the best drink, however all fluids will count towards your hydration. These include; squashes, skimmed milk, fruit juices, and milk. Tea and coffee are also good. They contain caffeine which is a diuretic and promotes us to excrete more urine. These drinks still contain far more fluid than the caffeine will cause us to urinate.

Lets raise a cup of strong builders tea to good hydration and health!

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