Hydration for your optimum health

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The human body is almost two-thirds water and therefore it is essential that we consume enough fluid to stay healthy and hydrated. The fluid you consume could be water, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juice and soft drinks and you also get water from the food that you eat.

There are unfortunately mixed messages about how much you should drink and what exactly you drink too, is it just water, or does tea and coffee count?

How much fluid do you need?

The question of how much fluid you need to avoid any level of dehydration will depend on a number of things such as:

  • Your age
  • The amount of physical activity you do
  • The weather

The Eatwell guide suggests drinking 6 – 8 glasses of fluid per day on top of the water you ingest through food.

Can you drink too much fluid?

Drinking too much fluid can in rare cases be dangerous and drinking excessive amounts of fluid is not recommended.

Be aware of what your fluid contains:

  • Water is a good choice because it delivers fluid without adding calories or damaging teeth.
  • Tea and coffee may contain caffeine and could also be sweetened with sugar, therefore could be detrimental to health in some circumstances.
  • Milk contains lots of essential nutrients and water but can also contain saturated fat.
  • Fruit juice provides water and vitamins, minerals and natural plant substances but also contain sugar. If they are acidic they have the potential to be harmful to teeth.

There are many other sources of fluid available and they all have specific benefits as well as reasons why you should possibly avoid them.

The above information has been sourced from https://www.nutrition.org.uk/

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