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Dangers of dehydration

Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it isn't treated it can get worse and become a serious problem. Babies, children and the elderly are more at risk of dehydration. Tea, coffee, energy drinks and alcohol make us urinate more so we might become dehydrated if we don't replace the fluid we lose...drinking plain water is the best way of hydrating yourself.

Did you know?

Water is FREE, calorie-free and vital for life. Some of the benefits of drinking water are:

  • Aids weight loss by breaking down body fat
  • Prevents falls, urine infections and pressure ulcers
  • Improves memory
  • Reduces headaches, tiredness and irritability

Check how hydrated you are, using the simple urine chart below:

Urine chart demonstrating that you are well hydrated if your urine is pale straw, amber or honey coloured. Dark yellow urine colour is usually a sign that you are not drinking enough fluid.

Try to drink the recommended 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women - if you are worried about needing to use the loo all the time because of increased water intake, check out where the public toilets are on this handy map of the local area on the Adur & Worthing Councils' website.

You can spice up your water with fruit and/or herbs. You can also EAT your water! Fruit, veg and soup all have high water content. 

Try to make drinking more water a habit and feel the benefits!