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The fluid stuff

Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.

Water is essential for life. Each of us is made up of around two thirds water and if we don’t replenishes our supplies we would survive for no more than a few days. We NEED water to get rid of waste products from the body and to replace losses from breathing and through sweat. If we don’t replace the lost water we are in danger of overheating. Water is obtained from drinks and from the water content of foods.

What happens if I don’t drink enough?

A lot of people don’t even realise they are dehydrated, because they have become so used to feeling below their best. Dehydration can leave you

“feeling tired, constipated, nauseous and can result in often headaches”

How do I know if I am dehydrated?

A good way of knowing if you are drinking enough is by the colour of your urine. If its pale and straw coloured you are ok, any darker and you would probably benefit from drinking more.

How much fluid do I need?

In a moderate climate like ours, most of us need around 6-8 glasses of fluid a day; for example as water, milk, fruit juice, tea or coffee, to keep the balance right. However, if we have sweated a lot because it is hot or we have been exercising, our requirements increase: a good guide is to have an extra one litre of water for ever hour of strenuous exercise. The special ‘isotonic’ sports drink may be useful for those exercising for very long periods, yet for most of us water is just fine.

What if I don’t like drinking water?

Some people do find water unpalatable but you can make it more interesting by adding slices of lemon, lime or mint. Jazzing up water with diluted fruit juice or cordial is a consideration yet be mindful to sugar load, this can lead to an excess energy intake weight gain and tooth decay.

What about caffeine in tea and coffee?

Drinks such as tea and coffee and some fizzy drinks contain caffeine, which is a mild diuretic (makes you want to urinate) and can cause some further fluid losses. However, drinking caffeinated drinks is better than not drinking at all. If you do drink lots of tea, coffee or fizz, try swapping every other drink for water of squash with no a`dded sugar, or try the non caffeine varieties.

Do I have to drink special water?

If you prefer bottled or filtered water thats fine, but water straight from the tap is perfectly great.


The important thing to remember when you try to change any part of your diet is to make the change gradually. If you don’t drink very much fluid at the moment, start by having one or two extra drinks each day, then add in another couple a few days later and so on. After two or three weeks you will have incorporated a healthy, permanent change to your lifestyle. Then you can crack on with what to tackle next!

This food fact page is courtesy of the British dietetic association, intended for information only.


Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

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Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.

I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts.

Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.

My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.

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