There are many reasons why water is the best drink of choice.
Did you know that many of us don’t feel thirsty even when our bodies need fluid? and if you DO feel thirsty it’s because you are probably already starting to dehydrate. Dehydration can make you feel cranky, tired and lacking in concentration – all of which can be reversed simply. It’s very important for adults and children to drink water regularly throughout the day, especially if it’s a hot day or if you’re really active.
The recommended amounts to drink each day, based on age are:
- Toddlers (1-2 years) – 4 glasses
- Pre-schoolers (3-5 years) – 5 glasses
- 5-8 year olds – 5 glasses
- 9-12 year olds – 7 glasses
- 13+ years and adults – 8 to 10 glasses
Water helps to keep us hydrated, regulate our body temperature, maintain bowel health and help our brains to stay alert and enable us to concentrate. It’s also free and has no additives or sugar! In most parts of NSW water also contains fluoride, which helps develop strong healthy teeth.
So next time you reach for a drink, make sure it’s the healthy choice and choose water! Try these easy tips to help you drink more water each day:
- Drink water with your meals and snacks
- Carry a water bottle around with you, taking sips throughout the day
- In summer, put a frozen water bottle in your lunch box
- Keep a bottle of cold water in the fridge in summer, and drink room temperature water in winter
- Have a few mouthfuls of water during any breaks in exercising or playing sport
- After sport or exercise, drink plenty of water to make up for what you’ve lost in sweat.
Have you noticed the new water refill station outside of South Block at Nepean Hospital?
Staff, volunteers, patients, visitors and even hard-working therapy and assistant dogs can refuel with filtered, H2O on demand. This is the first water refill station on the hospital campus, with another to be installed shortly.
The Get Healthy at Work Steering Committee are implementing these water stations to promote healthy choices in Health facilities across the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. This project aims to make all our sites healthier for staff and visitors, in line with the Healthy Food & Drink in NSW Health Facilities for Staff and Visitors Framework.