Nutrition and Hydration Week
Did you know its Nutrition and Hydration Week? This week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.
Good nutrition is vital to healthy living.
Following a healthy diet is key to staying healthy for longer. Eating and drinking well can help to prevent long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
We all recognise the familiar feeling of being light headed or lacking in energy because we missed a meal or had not drunk enough fluids. These symptoms can have serious consequences if we allow them to continue. This is especially true for older people or people with long term health conditions.
Poor physical health, depression and loneliness can lead to poor eating habits.
What are the signs of malnutrition and dehydration?
The most common symptom of malnutrition is unplanned weight loss or significant weight gain. Other symptoms may include:
- Fatigue and lack of energy and or strength
- Apathy or feeling low or irritable
- A swollen abdomen
- Hair loss
- More infections than usual
An obvious sign of dehydration is thirst. Other signs may include:
- Dry lips, mouth and skin
- Loss of appetite
- Light headedness or headaches
- Dark coloured and strong smelling urine
Make sure you eat nutritious food and that you keep hydrated – your life depends on it!