Your body at rest needs about 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day to maintain hydration. So if you are active and when the weather is hot our bodies will need more.
Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins and keeps the skin healthy.
Drink plenty of fluids if you’re dehydrated. This can be water, semi-skimmed milk, diluted squash or fruit juice, but it’s best to avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks.
Water is the healthiest choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try sparkling water or add a slice of lemon or lime. You could also add some unsweetened squash or fruit juice for flavour.
One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling thirsty.
If you think you may not be getting enough fluids, check whether you have any of these other common signs of dehydration:
Dark coloured and strong-smelling urine
Not passing much urine when you go to the toilet
Lack of energy