Drink up!

by | Nov 4, 2010 | Nutrition | 0 comments

Most of us don’t get enough fluids throughout the day. In fact, you’re probably dehydrated right now.

A recently published article in the SMH has highlighted the fact that many people either don’t get sufficient water (and other fluids) and/or don’t realise they haven’t had enough until it’s too late.

Water – an important nutrient for good health

Signs of dehydration include:

  • Thirst (it seems obvious, but I often speak with people who feel constantly thirsty, but still don’t top up their fluids)
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Feeling faint and/or light-headed
  • Irritability
  • Poor cognition (i.e. ‘fuzzy head’)
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger (that’s right, sometimes a glass of water is all you need!)

If you find it difficult to gulp down plain water, you can improve palatability by adding a squeeze of lemon, a wedge of lime, or a small handful of frozen berries to your glass. Alternatively, herbal teas and diluted fresh juices can be a good way to increase your fluid intake – and in many cases provide a therapeutic benefit to boot!

Sufficient fluid doesn’t just come from what you drink, however. Foods will also contribute to your hydration – particularly soups and stews, smoothies, fresh fruits and salads full of leafy greens.

So there’s actually no reason to be dehydrated, if you sip regularly on water or herbal tea and you have a good diet with plenty of variety. Simple, really.