It's nutrition and hydration awareness week

Nutrition and hydration awareness week aims to create a global movement that will reinforce, focus, energise, create activity and engagement for nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintaining the health and well-being for our global community. Poor hydration and nutrition can often be seen in those who have little energy, poor concentration, and suffer interrupted sleep. You're also more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so passing on knowledge to the world about its importance is crucial.

Interestingly, around 60% of your body is made up of water and any reduction in hydration may have a global effect on how efficient your body operates. On average it is recommended that women and men should drink 11 and 16 cups respectively. So what are the benefits?

# regulates your body temperature

# keeps joints lubricated

# keeps your skin healthy

# prevents infections

# delivers nutrients to cells

# keeps organs functioning properly

# improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood

Just be aware that caffeinated beverages such as fizzy drinks, coffee and tea actually promote water loss and should not be counted as fluid intake.

A healthy diet needn't be complicated, as long as it contains a healthy balance of proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, then your body will thank you for your efforts. Think of your body as a car, you wouldn't put diesel in a petrol fuelled engine would you!