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Keeping hydrated

July 17, 2014

Are you drinking enough?


Making sure you are drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration and to help keep you fit and healthy.


You should aim to drink at least 1.6 – 2 litres (approximately 3 – 4 pints) of fluid per day to stay hydrated.


This is the same as around 8 glasses or mugs of fluid.


Signs of dehydration can include a dry mouth or lips, thirst, tiredness, headache, dry and loose skin and dark coloured or strong smelling urine.


Good levels of hydration in older people can help prevent or aid the treatment of pressure ulcers, low blood pressure, urinary infections, constipation, confusion and falls.


If your urine is pale/straw coloured, then this shows that you are hydrated; if it is darker, then you need to hydrate – make sure you drink more water.


If you are unsure about the colour, use the urine colour chart below for guidance.


Your urine should be between colours 1 and 3; if it is between 4 and 8 you need to dink more fluids; e.g. water, low calorie squash, tea, coffee etc.


Urine Colour Chart