Hydration

Why is Water Important?

Dehydration occurs when water is lost from the body. This can happen through sweating, breathing and even going to the toilet. About 60% of our body weight is made up of water which has important roles including:

  • Setting body temperature

  • Protecting cells and organs

  • Transporting nutrients

While it is normal to lose water during the day, it is important to replace these losses with hydrating fluids and food to prevent symptoms such as dizziness, headaches or dry skin.

Tips to prevent Dehydration

Some ways to prevent dehydration include:

  • Drink even if you’re not thirsty

  • Check urine is a clear or pale-yellow colour

  • Have less alcohol and caffeine

  • Start a habit of drinking between and at meal times

  • Have a bottle of water with you everywhere you go including in the car

  • Set a reminder alarm on your phone to drink

 

Hydrating Fruits

  • Watermelon

    • As the name would suggest, watermelon is made up of 92% water as well as Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene. In Japan, farmers grow watermelons into a square shape instead of an oval. While not appealing to some, it is safe to eat the rind of the watermelon which tastes better when fried, steamed or pickled.

  • Strawberries

    • Like watermelon, strawberries are made up of 92% water. Interestingly they are the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside which means they aren't actually true berries like blueberries. Instead, they come from the rose family. To store fresh strawberries, rinse, wash and cut away the leaves just before eating as washing them speeds up rotting.

  • Mandarins

    • Mandarins have an 87% water content, contain fibre,Vitamin C and Vitamin A. As they grow on trees, in really hot weather mandarins can get sunburnt. These fruits are also super convenient as when peeled they are already segmented and ready to eat. While commonly known as mandarins in Australia, overseas they are called tangerines.

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