Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by the Health Promotion and Education Team at Heart Research UK.
Healthy Heart Tip: Staying Hydrated This Summer
Staying hydrated is important for keeping your heart and circulatory system healthy.
Thirst often feels similar to hunger, so drinking plenty of fluid can prevent over-eating and weight-gain.
We have some tips to help you stay hydrated.
- Am I dehydrated?
Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, tiredness, irritability and difficulty concentrating.
If your urine is pale and clear then you are hydrated.
If your urine is more yellow, brown or dark in colour with a strong smell, you are probably not drinking enough.
- How much should I drink?
Aim to drink six to eight cups or glasses of fluid every day.
You may need to drink more during hot weather, or if you are doing a lot of physical activity.
- What should I drink?
Water is best, but if you don’t like water, you could try herbal teas or sugar-free squash.
Coffee and tea also count, but try to cut out any added sugar.
You can get water from fruit and vegetables, such as cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, oranges and apples.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol as it causes you to urinate more, which can lead to dehydration.