Everyone should aim to drink about 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. This can be from a variety of drinks, hot or cold, but alcoholic drinks don’t count.
Keeping well hydrated is important for everyone’s health but if you have a poor appetite, you might also want to choose some drinks that provide energy and nutrients, such as lemon or mint in water or having milky drinks as these are a good source of calcium, iodine, B vitamins and protein.
Why is hydration so important?
• Good hydration can help prevent constipation, urine infections, confusion and falls.
• Don’t let the fear of incontinence or needing to go to the toilet frequently restrict your overall fluid intake. This is not the best solution and may make things worse.
• If you are caring for someone, make sure drinks are readily available at all times and provide help with drinking if needed.
Sometimes alternative ways are needed to get fluid into your system. This is why during August we challenged services to share their favourite Iced Lolly recipes. Ice Lollies are a brilliant want to stay hydrated and cool, espeically in the warm weather that we have been having.
1 sachet of Kenco Salted Caramel Iced Coffee
2 tablespoons toffee sauce
Make up the sachet with water and the cream
Add toffee sauce and stir well so there are no powder clumps
Add the mixture to your lolly moulds and freeze
If you have trouble getting your lollies out. Run the mould under a hot tap until you can get them out.
Usma made 2 Ice Lollies. In her first one she had banana, water melon and strawberry yoghurt. Her second lolly had smarties and strawberry milkshake in it.
Usmair's lolly had strawberry, mango, smarties and strawberry milkshake in it. His second had smarties, strawberries, kiwi and it was topped off with lemonade to set it.
Henry had mango, banana, strawberry and to set the lolly, it was topped up with strawberry milkshake. His second lolly was a classic combination of blueberries and orange juice.
Adam had a 5 lots of different fruit in both of his lollies. Strawberries, banana, kiwi, mango and blueberries. One lolly was set with lemonade and the other was set with orange juice. Very refreshing!
For Thomas, simplicity was best for one of his lollies, which was pure orange juice. No one can argue with a classic! His second lolly was strawberry, blueberry and oranges, set with lemonade.
Junaid had a light and refreshing lolly made from strawberries and lemonade, followed by her second lolly of oranges in orange juice. Very juicy!
Asmin joined Junaid in having strawberries and lemonade but for the second lolly had oranges with a mixture of both lemonade and orange juice.