Nutrition and Hydration Week, 12th-18th March 2018

Nutrition and Hydration Week, 12th-18th March 2018

Nutrition and Hydration Week highlights the role of food and drink as an essential component to physical and mental well-being. Whilst the initial drive for this week focused on improvements in health and social care settings, it extends far beyond this into the wider community; involving anyone in a caring role (such as parents for their children, or families looking after elderly relatives) and everyone (highlighting the importance of self-care)!

One of the aims of Nutrition and Hydration Week is to emphasize that we as a community, can raise awareness of the importance of nutrition and its role as an essential element of care. Good nutrition and hydration ensures many vital functions including:

  • Quicker recovery from illness and a healthy immune system,
  • Reduced risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer,
  • Improved memory and concentration,
  • Temperature regulation,
  • Maintained bone and joint health, and;
  • The successful transfer of nutrients around the body, and removal of toxins and waste products.

 

Tips for improved nutritional health include:
  • Protected mealtimes where everyone sits to eat together (at the same time and, where possible, interruption-free).
  • Awareness of your own hydration and nutritional needs (for example, vegan diets may require vitamin B12 supplements).
  • Ensuring around half your daily intake comprises of fruit and vegetables.
  • Ensuring at least half the grains you eat are whole grains (such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal and quinoa).
  • Switching to water instead of sugary drinks, and drinking 6 – 8 glasses a day.

 

The water content of an average person is more than 60% and the picture below indicates the water content of different body parts:

 

It is vitally important to remain well hydrated, click here to read more.

 

For more information on this campaign see: http://www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/