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Drink 8 to hydrate

06 Jun 2018 11:38:35
National Dietitions Week

The Nutrition and Dietetics team at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is holding a series of nutrition and hydration events to highlight National Dietitians Week (4-8 June 2018).

Staff and patients are able to visit the team’s interactive stand in the main entrance area of the hospital each day this week which highlights the impact good nutrition and hydration can have on health.

Water is essential for life and accounts for 55-70% of the human body. It helps to control the body’s temperature, remove waste products, keeps skin healthy and lubricates the joints.

Drinking enough water is vital when it comes to staying healthy, especially in hot weather like we have experienced recently, and it can also aid recovery. You can stay hydrated by drinking eight glasses of water a day. Water is the best way to stay hydrated but all fluids count, except alcohol.

Feeling thirsty is your body’s way of telling you to drink more. You can also do a simple test to see how hydrated you are. Check the colour of your urine - the darker the colour, the more fluid you need to drink.

If you don’t drink enough water you will become dehydrated which can lead to headaches, tiredness, confusion, dry mouth and lips. You may also feel weak or dizzy.

Sri Kakarlapudi, Clinical Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’ve had some hot weather recently and with the summer months ahead, it’s important everyone stays hydrated. Drinking plenty of water has many health benefits and is easy to do. Tap water is free and doesn’t contain any calories. While it may not seem the most exciting drink, you can add fruit to give it some extra flavour. Sugar free squash, tea and coffee also count.”

The theme of this year’s National Dietitians Week highlights the work dietitians do to prevent illness and optimise health. For more information visit www.bda.uk.com.

 

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