When it comes to what we put into our bodies, fluid is the single most important thing. It is required for the basic running of our bodies and we simply cannot function without it. In fact, very few people drink a sufficient amount of fluid every day and you maybe one of them. A few tell tale signs can be;
- Dark coloured urine.
- Difficulty opening your bowels or not opening them regularly.
- Stools which look cracked or like rabbit droppings.
- Getting up in the middle of the night to urinate.
- Loss of concentration.
How much fluid should you drink?
The European Food Safety Authority Recommend 1.6L/day for women and 2L/day for men. HOWEVER, this is only a guideline and the actual amount will vary depending on factors such as age, activity levels and your weight.
What fluid should you drink?
All fluid counts, but caffeinated drinks e.g. tea and coffee, should be limited to 3 cups/day and fruit juice should be limited to 1 small glass/day (150mls).
- Invest in a 1L water bottle (buy a reusable one rather than reusing a bottle of water). Then you will know when you have met your fluid target for the day.
- If you love tea and coffee then why not try decaffeinated?
- If you are at home then fill up a measuring jug with the amount of fluid you should have in a day. Every time you have a drink pour out the same amount of fluid from your jug, this way you can keep track.
- Keep a fluid diary.
- Set goals e.g. ‘I will have 4 cups of fluid by lunch’.