Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Healthy Hydration

It's easy to remember to drink the Government recommendation of eight glasses of water a day in the summer when it's sunny and warm, but it can be tricky to remember to do the same in these cool and dark months. Even more so when you want hot drinks to warm up. But it's easier than you think to get your fluid levels up.

Water accounts for about 60% of an adult’s body weight and is crucial in helping to carry nutrients to cells, helping to remove waste products from our major organs and helping to regulate our body’s temperature. It is constantly being lost from our body, even through our skin and when we breathe. Our brain is 73% water, so poor hydration can also affect how it functions. We don’t have a real water storage in our body, so it must be replaced regularly by water from our diet.

The National Hydration Council, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to researching the science and
communicating the facts about healthy hydration, have produced this handy infographic to help you understand your choices when it comes to hydration. Water is clearly the best options but I was surprised that tea and coffee ranked so high. Remember you can always supplement your water with something like nuun to make it a bit more interesting!

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