Nutrition and Hydration Week – what you REALLY need to know

Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

But how much water do you need REALLY?

It’s important to get the right amount of fluids to be healthy. But do you REALLY need 8 8oz glasses of water above and beyond everything else you drink to stay healthy? Won’t tea and coffee do? Is there such a thing as TOO much?  The British Nutrition Foundation’s ‘healthy hydration guide’ can help you answer all these questions.


  •  ‘Fluid’ includes not only water from the tap or in a bottle, but also other drinks that give you water such as tea, coffee, milk, fruit juices and soft drinks. You also get water from the food you eat – on average food provides about 20% of your total fluid intake.
  • The amount of fluid you need depends on many things including the weather, how much physical activity you do and your age, but European recommendations suggest 1.6L of fluid per day for women (about 8 200ml glasses) and 2L  of fluid per day for men (about 10 200ml glasses). This is on top of the water provided by food you eat. You can get water from nearly all fluid that you drink, apart from stronger alcoholic drinks such as wine and spirits.

Nutrition pfft. I know all about that already.

You may be surprised at how much you don’t know… that you don’t know. Tricky questions like:

  • What should I eat if I’m a vegetarian or vegan? (Yes you can be unhealthy too. Especially if all you eat is potato chips.)
  • How to pack healthy school lunches.
  • Healthy eating out.
  • How to precisely read labels.

Again the British Nutrition Foundation has got you covered.


Nutrition and Hydration Week has become a truly global event. Why not show your support for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 by joining the thunderclap 

We’ll be talking heath, hydration and nutrition all week – watch this space and keep an eye on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.