Nutrition and Hydration Week | 14th-20th March

Nutrition and Hydration Week | 14th-20th March | Browns Pharmacy

This article has been written and medically approved by Pharmacist Conor McSorley GPhC Reg No. 2223070

Nutrition and Hydration Week’s mission is to create a global movement that will focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining the health and well-being for our global community.

In order for our bodies to carry out their essential process, ensuring it receives enough fluid each day is critical. Dehydration can be seen through symptoms such as tiredness, headaches, confusion as well as having a dry, sticky mouth. The average person should aim to drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of fluid daily or more if you suffer from an illness, infection or take part in any exercise or live an active lifestyle.

Fluids don’t just need to be water. They can be taken in the form of squash, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, tea and coffee. As well as drinks, fluids can also be consumed in soup, breakfast cereal, ice lollies, fruit and vegetables. However, it is important you consume the right amount of fluid while also having a balanced diet. If you are only getting fluids from fizzy drinks then you should be wary that you may be consuming too much sugar.

People who are anxious about incontinence are often more at risk of dehydration and urinary infections so ensuring they consume the correct amount of fluid is vital and they may require some monitoring to ensure they are not skipping fluids.