How to keep hydrated

How to keep hydrated

Water makes up more than half of our body weight. We lose water each day by sweating, going to the toilet and breathing. As the weather gets warmer, or when we are more active than usual our body loses more water. We need to replace this water each day to stay healthy, to help prevent constipation and dehydration, and to help our kidneys work properly.

As we get older we tend to feel less thirsty. It is important to drink regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drink at least eight glasses of fluid each day. Drink more if you have been active or it is a very hot day. Water is healthy, free and easy to access in Tasmania.

Other food and drinks can also count towards the eight glasses of fluid each day. These include milk, tea, coffee, cordial, juice, soup, custard and ice cream.

Top tips to increase fluid intake:

  • Flavour a jug of water with lemon juice or slices of fruit (e.g. orange or berries) and keep it in the fridge.
  • Take a bottle of water when going out.
  • Have a jug of water and a glass on the table at meal times.
  • Keep a glass or cup on the bench as a reminder to drink often.
  • Write a note on the fridge as a reminder to drink often.
  • Drink a full glass of water when taking medications.
  • Experiment with drinks at different temperatures such as cold flavoured teas, iced coffees or adding soda water to juice.
  • Make icy poles from a mix of water and juice.
  • Eat foods such as soup, yoghurt, custard and jelly.

For more information on how to increase fluid intake head to our homepage for useful resources including our Fluid Activity Kit and Increasing your Fluid Intake handout