Hydration is the measurement of fluid in the body. The more hydrated we are, the better our body can perform vital functions.
Our body is made up of over two thirds water. This water is responsible for helping our bodies to perform such functions as:
Dehydration simply occurs when the normal levels of body fluid is reduced.
You may find you experience:
In more extreme cases:
The risk of dehydration can be drastically increased during bouts of illness, during exercise or when drinking alcohol.
Dehydration is often the result of an illness, such as gastroenteritis, where fluid is lost through persistent bouts of diarrhoea and vomiting. Gastroenteritis is often caused by the Norovirus and Rotavirus.
Norovirus (winter vomiting bug), is the most common stomach bug in the UK and each year it is estimated that between 600,000 and 1 million people in the UK catch the winter vomiting virus. See our infographic to find out more and for some tips on what you can do.
Those with an underlying medical condition, like diabetes, are also particularly vulnerable to dehydration.
Do you think you drink enough fluids?
Take our short quiz and find out?
If you have answered yes to all of the question, then you are hydrated. If you have answered no to two or more, it could indicate you may be dehydrated.
Scroll down for some top tips on how to stay hydrated.