The 10 Golden Rules for a Balanced Diet

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Golden Rules for Healthy Eating #9: I drink water regularly to hydrate my body

Did you know that your body is made up of at least 60% water? In order to stay hydrated, you need to drink, obviously – but not just any old thing! You should drink lots of water, tea and herbal tea throughout the day. Here are some tips to get you drinking before you even start to feel thirsty.

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Drink a lot, but what?!

Don’t give in to the temptation of fizzy drinks, wine or beer when you’re thirsty. If you want to hydrate your body, then nothing beats good old water! If you prefer hot drinks, herbal tea is great whatever the weather so make the most of all the different varieties now available. At lunchtime, a cup of green tea goes well with any dish. Try Darjeeling, Gunpowder and Sencha green teas, and experiment with the different flavours to find the perfect food-tea combinations!

You shouldn’t wait to feel thirsty, because thirst is a sign that your body is already dehydrated. Instead, you need to keep drinking throughout the day. Have a small bottle of water on hand wherever you go, or a thermos flask if you prefer herbal tea. And if you do find yourself craving a sweet or fizzy drink, then opt instead for a fruit juice or vegetable juice – homemade, if possible – and treat yourself to a dose of vitamins at the same time!