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Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 – Are you drinking enough?

shutterstock_159858629 (2)Our in-house Dietitian and Nutrition and Hydration Week ambassador, Ruth Smith, offers her advice in the first of  this five part series.

1. Are you drinking enough ?

Did you know…….

  • That women should drink around 1.6 litres (8x 200ml glasses) of fluid and men around 2 litres (10x 200ml glasses) a day – this will vary depending on your size, temperature and activity level.
  • If you are not getting enough fluids, you may experience symptoms of dehydration:
  • •not passing much urine when you go to the toilet or passing dark urine; urine should be colourless if you are drinking enough
  • •headaches
  • •lack of energy or concentration
  • •feeling lightheaded
  • All drinks count towards this, including hot drinks such  as tea and coffee, but water and milk are the best choices.
  • A glass (150ml) of fruit juice counts as one of your recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables. However, juice can only ever count as one portion a day,  no matter how much you drink. This is because it doesn’t contain the fibre found in whole fruits and vegetables.
  • Try to avoid sugary, soft and fizzy drinks that can be high in added sugars. These tend to be high in calories and bad for your teeth.
  • Tea and coffee contain caffeine, which is a stimulant which can temporarily make us feel more alert and pass more urine. Its fine to drink tea and coffee as part of a balanced diet, but it’s important that tea, coffee or other drinks containing caffeine are not your only source of fluid.

For more information please see: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx

Disclaimer:

This information is provided to promote healthy eating in the workplace for healthy individuals.  It is not intended for the use of anyone who is pregnant or has a medical condition.

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