7 A Day + 8 A Day = A Healthy Diet
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Just when we’d all got the ‘5 a day’ message, we’re advised that in fact we should eat at least 7 portions of fruit and vegetables instead. It seems to make good sense, although the UK Government isn’t – yet – adopting this as official guidance - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26818377
One piece of advice that hasn’t changed however is the need to drink around 8 glasses a day of fluid (not alcohol or sugary drinks). So it’s good to know there is one piece of guidance we can rely on.
As we move into summer, NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx gives us the timely reminder that “Water makes up about two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body. To stay healthy, it's important to replace the fluid we lose when we breathe, sweat or urinate.”
Most fluid comes from drinks so choose water or other healthy options
The NHS Choices Livewell site says: “The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That's about eight 200ml glasses for a woman and 10 x 200ml glasses for a man.
“All drinks count, including hot drinks such as tea and coffee, but water, milk and fruit juices are the healthiest. It is best to avoid alcoholic drinks. Try to avoid sugary, soft and fizzy drinks that can be high in added sugars. These can be high in calories and bad for teeth”.
Drink 8 glasses of water and make it British
Jo Jacobius. Director of British Bottled Water Producers says: By choosing to drink bottled water that is sourced in Britain, you’re not just doing your body good but you’re also supporting British jobs and helping cut down on food miles. Of course, drinking more water of whatever kind – bottled or tap – is likely to be beneficial for most of us. But if you are keen on water that tastes great, bottled water is often the best choice; and if choosing bottled look out for waters that are sourced in this country”.
For a list of some of the best of British visit http://www.britishbottledwater.org/best-of-british.asp
Signs of dehydration
Article posted on: 02 April 2014