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Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated this Christmas

I know that many of you will be enjoying a work or family party this festive season, and whilst this may well involve an alcoholic drink or 3, please remember to keep your water levels up.

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The role of water in keeping you healthy

Water helps to keep your body fluids in balance, benefiting all of the systems in the body.

  • Skin
    • Helps to prevent fluid loss,
    • If you are dehydrated your skin will become dry and wrinkly
  • Muscles
    • Water helps in the transport of nutrients to muscles, and removal of waste products created by muscles as they work.
    • Normal skeletal muscle function is affected by dehydration
  • Joints
    • Need water to lubricate them and to maintain the cartilages
    • Dehydrated leads to cartilages becoming weaker, thinner and more prone to injury.
  • Cardiovascular System
    • Uses water to maintain blood volume.
    • Dehydration creates more work for your heart as it pushes the blood around your body ensuring enough oxygen gets to all cells.
  • Kidneys
    • Use water to help detox and cleanse blood and body fluids.
    • A decrease in water leads to dark smelly concentrated urine
    • Toxins can begin to build up, in extreme cases forming kidney stones.
  • Digestion
    • Aids digestion & absorption, and transportation of essential nutrients
    • Not enough and you will become constipated

As your water levels decrease your brain will detect this and thirst cues will kick in. Avoid alcohol if you are thirsty as alcohol encourages the body to get rid of excess fluids through urine and sweat and can therefore lead to dehydration

Tips to help you drink plenty of water

  • If you have dry lips, eyes or mouth you are already dehydrated.
  • Try to drink a glass of water every hour.
  • If you aren’t a fan of water, try another drink (just not alcohol or too many caffinated or high sugar drinks)
  • Carry a water bottle with you (place one by your desk or chair) and make sure you refill it regularly.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables – 20% of our water intake can come from our food.
  • You should be able to pass water every couple of hours and your urine should be the colour of straw. Any less frequently or any darker and you are dehydrated.

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