Nutrition and Hydration Week

What is Nutrition and Hydration Week?

This campaign will be held on Monday 12th March 2018 until Sunday 18th March 2018 with the primary focus on highlighting, promoting and celebrating improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally. The mission of the campaign is to create a global movement that will reinforce, focus, energise and create activity and engagement for nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintain the health and wellbeing of a global community. To find out more about the campaign visit

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What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is utilisation of food to grow, repair and maintain our bodies, getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations, making smart choices about the foods you eat, proper nutrition helps you to develop and maintain good health. Nutrition is the study of food at work in our bodies, our source for energy, and the medium for which our nutrients can function. Think of nutrition as the building blocks of life. Nutrition is the supply of materials, food needed by organisms and cells to remain alive. Macronutrients are nutrients we need in comparatively large quantities i.e. Protein (chicken, lean meat, fish, etc.), Carbohydrates (wholegrain breads and pasta, brown rice, etc.) and Micronutrients are nutrients we need in comparatively small quantities i.e. calcium (milk, yoghurt etc.), vitamin B12 (cheese, eggs, etc.)

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Why is Nutrition Important?

Consuming a balanced diet is essential for good health and good wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function well. We want a large variety of different foods to produce the proper amounts of nutrients for good health. Enjoyment of a healthy diet may be one of the good cultural pleasures of life. An unhealthy diet will increase the chance of the many diet-related diseases. The essential nutrients for life include carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (fats), as well as fibre, vitamins, minerals, and water—the solvent for all soluble ingredients in the blood and cells. The absorption of nutrients starts the moment we begin to digest our foods, as they are transported to assist all the metabolic processes in the human body. Good nutrition means getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations. Having nutrition knowledge and making smart choices about the foods you eat can and will help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime, and be a key to avoiding obesity, illness, and many of today’s most prevalent chronic diseases. Nutrition is just one key to developing and maintaining good health. Good health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being — a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Nutrition is at work during our entire life-cycle — from infancy to adolescence, adulthood and in our senior years — and can be the antidote for many of today’s common problems, such as stress, pollution, sexual vitality, and disease prevention.

What is Hydration?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health. Hydration is the process of causing something to absorb water; as the human body requires adequate hydration to function properly. Hydration is your body's ability to absorb and utilize water in the tissues down to the cellular level.

Why is Hydration Important?

Your body is nearly two-thirds water and so it is really important that you consume enough fluid to stay hydrated and healthy. If you don’t get enough fluid you may feel tired, get headaches and not perform at your best. ‘Fluid’ includes not only water from the tap or in a bottle, but also fruit juices. You also get water from the food you eat – on average food provides about 20% of your total fluid intake. Water is essential for life and it is very important to get the right amount of fluid to be healthy. The amount of fluid you need depends on many things including the weather, how much physical activity you do and your age, but the Eatwell Guide suggests 6-8 glasses of fluid per day. This is on top of the water provided by food you eat.

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Hydration & Caffeine Content

Some liquid beverages that contain medium to high volumes of caffeine are often not very efficient at hydrating our bodies. The below table highlights the caffeine content in some common everyday drinks.

Caffeine Content

Drink TypeAmount Of Caffeine Per Cup
Decaf Coffee 3mg
Hot Chocolate 19mg
Green Tea 20mg
Shot Of Espresso 27mg
Coca Cola Can 40mg
Black Tea 45mg
Red Bull Can 80mg
Insant Coffee 82mg
Brewed Coffee 95mg