Reminder of nutrition and hydration importance
Health bosses have re-emphasised the importance of good nutrition and hydration ahead of an awareness week on the topic.
Nutrition and Hyrdration Week runs from March 11th to 17th. It aims to promote good nutritional care and best hydration practices.
Now, Terry Vine, Deputy Chief Nurse at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group has given his support to the awareness week, saying good nutrition and hydration is key to helping you stay healthy.
He said: “Ensuring you eat a healthy, balanced diet is an important way of maintaining your good health. It can go a long way to helping you feel your best.
“Along with nutrition, staying hydrated is also an important factor.
“We should all be trying to eat a variety of foods in the right proportions. This involves consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
“Most people are aware of the need to eat five portions of fruit or vegetables each day. These are a great source of vitamins and minerals.
“There’s evidence that people who do eat at least five portions a day are said to have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
“If you are enjoying food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar, try and have these less often and in small amounts.
“Beans, pulses, fish, eggs and meat are also great sources of protein. This is essential for the body to grow and repair itself.”
Mr Vine also said that hydration was equally as important as eating a healthy and balanced diet.
He said: “Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it isn’t treated it can get worse and become a serious problem.
“It can happen more easily if you have diabetes, vomiting or diarrhoea or been in the sun too long.
“Drinking too much alcohol or sweating lots after exercise can also lead to dehydration.
“That is why keeping hydrated is important. It is recommended that six to eight glasses of water or other fluid are consumed every day to replace normal water loss.
“Symptoms of dehydration include always feeling thirsty, dark yellow and strong smelling urine, feeling dizzy, tiredness and having a dry mouth, lips and eyes.
“You should drink plenty of fluids – especially water – when you feel any dehydration symptoms. Keep taking small sips and gradually drink more if you can.
“Obviously, water is the healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time and keeping you hydrated.
“It also has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.
“It is also important to recognise that we get a large percentage of our daily fluid intake through the food we eat.
“People who are intermittent fasting or trying to cut down on the food they eat, may become dehydrated and need to think about drinking additional fluids.
“If you are suffering from dehydration, visit your pharmacist as they can recommend any potential treatments you may need.”
To find out more about Nutrition and Hyrdration Week 2019, visit https://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/ or for more tips on good nutrition, visit the NHS website.