About Health and Hydration
Is natural source water healthy?
Natural source waters are one of the healthiest drink options on the shelf. They contain no sugar or calories, and nothing is added. They are completely natural and untouched as nature intended.
How much water should I drink a day?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends an intake of 2.5 litres of water for men and 2.0 litres of water for women per day, via food and drink consumption. Of this, they suggest that 70-80% of the daily water intake should come from drinks, and the remaining 20-30% should come from food. The British Nutrition Foundation gives guidelines for the types of fluid to drink, and water is the only fluid which they recommend drinking “plenty” of as it contains no calories or sugars. In spite of this, research shows we still don’t drink enough of it. For more information, visit: www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/hydration
How can I tell if I’m dehydrated?
Mild dehydration may occur when we lose about 1 per cent of our body weight due to water restriction. Some common symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration are:
- Dark yellow or brown urine
- Dry or sticky mouth
- Few or no tears when crying
- Increased thirst
- Muscle tiredness
- Sleepiness or tiredness – children may be less active than usual
If you experience symptoms of dehydration, consult a medical professional.
Why is water one of the best sources of hydration?
Water is one of the healthiest ways to hydrate. It contains no sugar or calories, and nothing is added. It is completely natural and untouched as nature intended. Water is essential for life. It accounts for about 60% of our body weight and performs crucial roles such as carrying nutrients and waste products between our major organs, helping to regulate body temperature, lubricating our joints and acting as a shock absorber. Water can influence our physical, as well as our mental performance. For example, if we don't consume enough water, we may experience fatigue, or become less alert. For more information, visit: https://naturalsourcewaters.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/231/2019/10/NHC-Essential-Guide-Hydration-FINAL.pdf
How can I encourage my child to enjoy water?
There are many ways in which you can encourage your child to enjoy water, and get into the habit of drinking water daily:
- Drink plain water in front of your children and show your child that you’re choosing to drink water and be positive about it– you are also likely to feel better for it! - Repeated tastings of water may help children to develop a taste for water
- Drink plain water as an integral part of mealtimes, with a jug or bottle being placed in the centre of the table
- Have fun with water! Drink out of different tumblers and bottles, use a straw, add slices of fruit, different shaped ice cubes or even ice cubes with a hint of crushed herbs such as mint
The sooner they get into the habit of staying well hydrated, the more likely they are to continue this as they grow up. Discover our kids’ bottle formats with colours to make water fun – learn more here.