Hydration fact sheets
If you are interested in learning more about why we need to hydrate or finding out some top tips from our experts, then the NHC fact sheets are here to help.
Written by NHC Science Panellist Dr Emma Derbyshire they focus on various life stages (including childhood and teenage years) or need states (such as during exercise and whilst on holiday) where hydration requirements may be greater or require further consideration.
Hydration for Pregnancy and MotherhoodHydration is a key element of antenatal well-being that may be overlooked. Adequate hydration is especially important during and after pregnancy to help meet the physiological changes that occur during these important phases of the life-cycle. Read this fact sheet to find out more.
The Essential Guide to HydrationWater 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.
Hydration and Dental HealthBoth what we eat and drink can affect our dental health. This fact sheet written in conjunction with the British Dental Health Foundation focuses on tooth decay and dental erosion, some of the main causes of poor dental health. Daily tips to help support dental well-being are also provided.
Hydration and kidney healthThe kidneys are one of the most hard-working organ systems in the body. This fact sheet explains why hydration is important for kidney health.
Hydration for ChildrenFact Sheet Currently Under Review: Children are at a greater risk of dehydration than adults as they have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight. Whilst adults generally have good access to supplies of water, for children this is not always as easy. Children usually have to ask to be provided with water; often relying on their caregivers to provide drinks. In addition, children don’t always recognise the early stages of thirst, which can make them particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, especially during times that can drive up their body fluid losses, for example when they are playing sport or during warm weather.
Hydration for Recreational and Physical ActivitiesThe Department of Health recommends that adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of about 10 minutes or more. This fact sheet explains the hydration requirements for people carrying out moderate-intensity physical activity. These are activities which are recreational, for example related to hobbies or social interests.
Hydration and ExerciseDrinking fluid before, during and after exercise. Find out more about the importance of staying well hydrated during exercise and how this can be best achieved.
Hydration and Urinary Tract HealthThe urinary tract plays an important role in our day to day health, removing toxins whilst helping to ensure that our body absorbs the amount of water that it needs. However, at times the urinary system may not function as it should, affecting our general health and wellbeing. Urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones, frequent urination at night (nocturia) and bedwetting are just some examples of conditions that affect the urinary system. These conditions can be troublesome, uncomfortable or painful. This fact sheet sets out to discuss some of these key issues, looking at the role that hydration has to play in the health of the urinary tract and its related organs.
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- Pregnancy and motherhood
- Hydration at work
- Holiday hydration
- Hydration and hangovers