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28/07/18 - Handy hints to stay hydrated this summer

The average human body is 50-65% water therefore staying hydrated is essential, especially in the hot weather, here's a few easy to follow tips on how best to do that.

Drink plenty of water

The most obvious and the most important but on a busy day it's easy to forget to keep your drinking levels topped up. Keeping a water bottle with you at all times not only reminds you to drink more regularly but also helps you to keep track of how much you've drunk that day. It's also a perfect solution for those who are always on the go and don't have easy access to drinking water.

How much should we drink?

Normally, the general recommendation is that we drink around 8 glasses of water per day, however on a warmer day you can become dehydrated a lot more quickly, so aim to increase your water intake when the temperatures rise.

What should I drink?

Good old fashioned water is the best option, however some people find water a bit too bland especially in larger amounts therefore you could try flavouring your water with slices of lemon, cucumber, strawberries or mint, the choice is yours and the possibilities are endless. Likewise you can create fruit infused ice-cubes and pop them in your glass of water or water bottle for some ice cold flavoursome alternatives.

Replenish fluids lost by exercising

It's important that you drink an adequate amount of water before, during and after your exercise or fitness routine. Even if you don't feel thirsty it's important to replenish all those essential fluids you lose through increased sweating, so make sure you prepare thoroughly beforehand.

Already dehydrated?

If you're already experiencing a dry mouth, thirst, headaches, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, irritability and general weakness then these could already be signs that you're not drinking enough, so stop waiting until you feel thirsty, start drinking more small but regular amounts throughout the day and stay hydrated.

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