How to... stay hydrated this summer

July 1, 2014
We all know that we're supposed to drink around eight glasses of water a day for health reasons. But let's be honest, very few of us manage that. However water is pretty crucial for human life as it accounts for around 70 per cent of your body weight. Losing just two per cent of this can lead to dehydration and just one per cent missing can affect your physical and mental performance at work. During a Middle East summer, dehydration is all the more likely with scorching temperatures and the observances of Ramadan to respect when in public. So we asked Christina Doublichevitche, nutrition and health manager at Unilever Middle East, for her tips on staying hydrated this summer. This is what she said:

Why is hydration important?

- Water plays an important role in our body. It is a medium for all chemical reactions in the body and helps in regulating body temperature. - Maintaining hydration provides vitality and flexibility of joints. - It also helps maintain the elasticity of the skin, and the sparkle in the eyes hydration1

How to avoid Dehydration?

- Water is a great way to stay hydrated. Around 20 per cent of our daily fluid requirements come from foods we eat, the rest we need to get from water and other healthy beverages. It is recommended to have eight glasses of water daily and more in hot months. Drinking plenty of water and consuming fluids is ideal during summer. - Tea is the second best drink for hydration after water, and green tea in particular. Each cup refreshes and hydrates you enabling you to boost your energy levels and enjoy your day to the full. - You could also stay hydrated by eating water-rich fruits and vegetables. Lettuce, oranges and apples are some examples of high water content foods. Details: visit unilever.com