Your body is 60% water and any level of dehydration impacts every system in your body. Although hydration is something that all of us need to be aware of, it is extra important for people who are ill, injured, very active, children and those who are older. There can be some very serious medical consequences of dehydration including, but not limited too, heat injuries, urinary and kidney problems, and seizures. Therefore, it is vital that we all maintain a healthy level of hydration and adopt habits that help us to accomplish this.
Some habits that might help with keeping hydrated are:
- carrying a water bottle with you, even when at home
- eating more fruit
- drinking tea (especially if it’s decaffeinated)
- having a glass of water at certain times of the day that can act as reminders, eg: first thing when you wake up, with each meal, right before bed
- having a designated water glass left out where you can see it throughout the day
- putting up a sign, note or sticker to remind you to have a drink
- eating more soups and stews
The fluid level and balance in your body can contribute to:
- Fatigue levels
- Skin plumpness
- Brain function – concentration and memory
- Fuel and nutrient delivery
- Blood flow
- Strength and balance
So this is your reminder to stop and have a drink.
You need 30-35mls of fluid per kilo per day. For most of us that’s between 6-8 glasses of water but you can get your fluid intake from many different sources including:
- Milk drinks
- Ice creams
- Even casseroles made with stocks and sauces!!!