By Simone Bourner APD
Do the colder months of the year see your water intake drop off and leave you feeling dehydrated?
The average adult needs about 30-35mL per kg of body weight of fluid per day. That’s over 2L for a 70kg person! Don’t forget you will need even more if you are active or unwell with a dreaded winter cold. Our body uses water for important things like digestion, absorption, and transportation of nutrients and waste. Plus it helps to keep our skin looking fresh, our brain function sharp and our physical performance at its best. Pass me a glass I hear you say!
Here are our top tips to make sure you’re getting enough water over winter:
- Have a glass of water before or with every meal
- Don’t wait until you are thirsty, drink often over the day
- Keep a glass or water bottle handy in a place you will see it like near the sink or on your desk at work
- Take a bottle of water with you when you go out or go to do exercise
- Set a reminder on your phone or calendar if you tend to get so busy you forget to drink throughout the day
- If plain water doesn’t do it for you, flavour it with a dash of sugar free cordial or fruit such as lemon, lime or orange or try tea for a warming treat at night time