Hydration

Improving your hydration levels will benefit your overall wellbeing.

Drowsiness, headaches, dry skin, eyes and lips, lack of concentration and irritability are all side effects of dehydration..

INFORMATION  AND RESOURCES

Hydration

The benefits of being normally hydrated are also thought to be clear skin, healthier urine, regular bowel habits, less constipation and headaches. The average human body is composed of about 55% water and we lose approximately 2.5 litres of water each day just by breathing, sweating and going to the toilet.

Keeping one’s body hydrated is essential, particularly when working in varied conditions and needing to concentrate for long periods of time. Drinking little and often throughout the day can help us stay on track and keep alert. It is very difficult to say accurately how much water needed each day as it will vary from person to person depending on their needs and lifestyle. Both the Food Standards Agency and British Dietetic Association recommend about 1.8 to 2 L per day for an adult (about 6-8 glasses) unless you have a medical condition prevents you from being able to do this. Use the resource area to find out more.

Healthy recommendations are: 

  • Carry a water bottle around with and keep refilling it.
  • Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to do this.
  • Replace coffee, tea and fizzy drinks with water at every opportunity.
  • Drink water with coffee.
  • Drink a glass of water with every meal.
  • If you are in a hot and/or humid environment it is vital that you stay hydrated.
  • Keep well hydrated if exercising.
  • Have hydrated meetings.
  • If you’re thirsty drink water.

ARTICLES

Dehydration

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Stay hydrated

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How much water

This is very difficult to say accurately since it will vary from person to person depending on their needs and lifestyle.A good guide may be the average recommendations from The Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 2004 who have given the...