Staying hydrated is easy when you know how

Sign Of Dehydration

Staying hydrated is important for your health and wellbeing.

Did you know? The human body is made up about 60% water.

Good hydration

Good hydration can assist in preventing or treating ailments such as:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Urinary infections and incontinence
  • Kidney stones
  • Heart disease
  • Low blood pressure
  • Diabetes (management of)
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dizziness and confusion leading to falls
  • Poor oral health
  • Skin conditions

How to tell if you’re dehydrated

  • Thirst
  • Urine that has a strong odour can indicate dehydration or infection
  • Urine being a dark colour
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Impaired vision and concentration
  • Fatigue
UTI

Urine chart – keeping hydrated

You are hydrated if your urine is the same colour as 1, 2, or 3 on the chart below. If your urine is the same colour as 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 then it’s time to rehydrate and have a drink.

Hints and tips to stay hydrated

  • Fruits and vegetables are great sources of water. Eat these daily to stay hydrated and maintain your health and wellbeing
  • Keep a water bottle handy to encourage you to drink water wherever and whenever
  • Remember to drink more when you exercise or spend time in hot environments
  • Set reminders on your phone, watch or email to drink a glass or water regularly
  • Add a slice of lemon, lime and/or basil to your water to give it some extra flavour

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell