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Eating and drinking well is the best medicine

Imagine if there was an everyday practice that could help flush out toxins from your body, boost your immune system, maintain healthy brain function, keep your skin healthy, and so much more.

Well there is, and we’re being encouraged to do more of it – stay hydrated.

This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week (14th – 20th March), which is all about raising awareness of what we’re drinking and eating and supporting people to get the information they need.

Laura Sexton, Senior Dietitian at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Did you know that water is involved in almost every system of the body? Keeping well hydrated is vital for good health and feeling well; if you don’t keep your fluid levels up, you run the risk of a range of health problems, including headaches, fatigue, dry skin, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

“If you’re trying to hydrate, most fluids count including water, juice, milk, and other non-alcoholic drinks. Around 20-30% of our fluid intake comes from food too, including fruit, vegetables, yogurts and sauces. Try to limit caffeine (found in coffee, tea, some soft drinks – consider decaffeinated options if you drink a lot of these) and be aware of the sugar content of soft drinks, including juices and flavoured waters.  Alcohol is best avoided as it can act as a diuretic.

As well as thinking about our fluid intake, during Nutrition and Hydration Week we’re also encouraged to become more aware of what we eat. Most people in the developed world take food for granted, yet it affects our health whatever our age and our overall condition.

A balanced diet including a wide variety of foods ensures we get the right mix of nutrients for our bodies to function as they should. It also helps reduce the risk of developing diseases associated with lifestyle, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.   

Laura said: “There is so much information all around us about what’s good and what’s not but it’s important to know which information we can trust.

“The safest thing to do is to trust the experts. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has lots of fact sheets about different types of foods, as well as food advice in relation to certain health conditions.”

“You’ll find them here:”

Further information and recipe tips can be found on the NHS Eat Well pages:


Notes for editors

Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) is a formal partnership of health and social care organisations working together to improve services for the 800,000 people across East Berkshire, North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath. The ICS includes NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioners, GP federations and out-of-hours GP providers, Hampshire and Surrey County Councils and Bracknell Forest District Council.

Frimley Health and Care

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