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Keep hydrated in hot weather

It’s hotting up next week, with the forecast suggesting many of us will enjoy warm weather in the next few days so here are some tips on keeping everyone in the family healthy and well hydrated.

Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. You should not wait for signs of dehydration e.g. feeling thirsty. You need to drink good amounts of fluid through the day and try to drink more if you are being sick, sweating a lot or if you have diarrhoea unless advised otherwise by your GP.

To improve your hydration, try the following:

  • Aim to drink at least 8 glasses or 1.5 -2 litres of fluids per day.  Any fluids – water, tea, coffee, milk, squash or fruit juice all help. Alcohol does not count and will increase dehydration further
  • Eat foods that have a high water content like soup or porridge as part of your meal
  • Most fruits and vegetables have high water content, so try to eat more of these as healthy snacks!

If you are drinking enough your wee should be in the healthy wee 1,2,3 range and will be pale yellow. Darker more orange wee means you need to drink more.

Find out more about dehydration here.

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