Did you know a healthy intake of water for an adult is considered to be 2-3 litres per day?

Individual requirements vary though, depending on levels of exertion, environmental temperature, presence of illness or pregnancy. Severe dehydration can result in reduced brain activity and may even be fatal. As always, prevention is better than cure so this summer, drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise, and remember that alcohol and caffeine may  also dehydrate you.

Encourage your children to drink extra water on hot days and if you know someone experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting, make sure they-rehydrate by drinking plenty of water. Aim to quench the sensation of thirst and aim for a colorless or slight yellow urine to indicate adequate dehydration.

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