In hot conditions, you can suddenly feel dehydrated, but drinking water offers benefits throughout the year, not just in heatwaves.
Our bodies are 60 per cent water, but some is lost through everyday functions like sweating, breathing, and urinating.
So its important to keep fluid intake high, to support the body’s organs – including the brain, which is over 70 per cent water.
Dr Josh Berkowitz, Medical Director at IV Boost UK, is leading the battle to improve Britain’s drinking habits, particularly in a heatwave.
Adults should drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily to achieve good hydration. Hydrating foods like fruit and vegetables can help, while herbal teas, milk, and juices are all suitable beverages. Alcoholic and sugary drinks are not recommended.
More fluid is needed to replace that lost through sweating, either in hot conditions, or through high activity levels. You should also increase water intake if you drink a lot of caffeinated drinks, or eat a lot of salty, spicy, or sugary foods.
Water is needed to help recover and replenish after certain periods of sickness, including vomiting, fever, or an infection. Severe dehydration can compromise your organs by putting them under pressure. Signs of dehydration include excessive thirst, dark coloured urine, and light-headedness.
Carrying a water bottle allows you to top up your sips throughout the day.
However, use caution when drinking, because overhydration can cause an overproduction of urine, and a loss of electrolytes, leading to nausea, headaches, and muscle weakness.
When recovering from dehydration, including hangovers, it is advised to refrain from drinking caffeine and alcohol, and to reduce stress levels. Keep fluid levels high during the day, but reduce intake at night to prevent frequent overnight bathroom trips.
For chronic dehydration, a faster recovery may be made with a hydration IV drip which consists of saline and electrolytes to rebalance salts and flush out any toxins and lactic acid. This method of hydration is delivered quickly and directly into the bloodstream to aid a swifter recovery.
More information about IV Boost UK can be found at: www.ivboost.uk