Nutrition and Hydration Week (16-20th March) is a chance to highlight, promote and celebrate the improvements in hydration locally, nationally and globally.
On average, the diet of UK adults provides more than enough of most nutrients, but intakes of some vitamins and minerals have been shown to be low in some age/sex groups, e.g. iron in young women.
Try to eat a wide variety of foods, from the five main food groups, in the right proportions, consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight (people with special dietary needs or a medical condition should ask their doctor or a registered dietitian for advice).
The Eatwell Guide advises that to have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to:
If you're having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, have these less often and in small amounts.
Eating five portions is not as hard as it sounds. A portion is:
Try the following to increase your fruit and vegetables intake:
If you are dehydrated, i.e. not drinking enough fluid, you may have some/all of the following symptoms:
Tips to help:
Duradiamond Healthcare contributes to global hydration with each purchase through AquAid, wherein a donation is made to the ‘Africa Trust’. These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ in villages and near schools. To date AquAid have built over 5,000 Elephant Pumps across parts of Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Liberia; and have donated more than £13 million to charity.
Sources: AquAid, NHS, nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk, Eatwell Guide, British Nutrition Foundation.