Poor nutrition and hydration can harm health and wellbeing, and lead to increased hospital admissions and longer stays.
That’s why every March since 2012 the world has celebrated National Hydration Week, a social movement aiming to educate and highlight food and drink’s role in maintaining health and wellbeing, through a range of food activities and initiatives.
The mission is to “To create a global movement that will focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining health and well-being for our global community.” 2020 will be the first year with a focus on Thirsty Thursday to highlight the importance of hydration specifically.
Our bodies are approximately 60% water, so it makes sense that it’s important we keep our bodies hydrated, and with roughly 20% of our daily H20 intake coming from solid foods it’s also important to nourish your body with the correct foods – especially fruits and vegetables.
Drinking the recommended 1.5 litres of water per day will ensure your body flushes out nasty toxins whilst maintaining heart and brain health, and transport nutrients to cells to keep the body healthy.
Drinking water is the easy part, but what’s the best way to eat it?
We followed the official Nutrition and Hydration week schedule in partnership with our friends at Brakes, to see what the experts are getting up to, and decided to put our own Erudus spin on the occasion by rounding up the best hydrating foods and drinks on our platform for you to incorporate into your own plans…
Hydration doesn’t stop with water – squash, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, tea and coffee all help to keep you hydrated. You can also take in fluids via soups, breakfast cereals, and ice lollies (as well as lots of fruit and vegetables).
Choosing the right soup will help pack that extra bit of nutritious punch – the turmeric in Biona Organic’s Pea, Coconut and Tumeric Soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and provides the body with antioxidants, whilst Zorba’s Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup is rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium – helping to keep your body strong and functioning.
If you’re wanting something sweet, why not try an ice lolly from the Ice Kitchen Limited, who have a range of amazing flavours to suit all hydration tastes. Choose from Blueberry, Yoghurt and Honey, Earl Grey, Pineapple and Coconut, and Raspberry and Fresh Mint.
Porridge oats are super adaptable, and wholegrains provide fibre – extremely important for the body’s digestive system.
Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Porridge Oats will give you tons of energy, and try adding some blueberries, raspberries, strawberry or banana with a drizzle of honey for a healthy, energising breakfast. Prefer something more savoury? Hot Smoked Salmon Bagels from Findedale Foods with cream cheese and chives will boost those all-important vitamin D levels.
Supper Time Snacks
Snacks, or mini-meals can be great for bridging the gap between an evening meal and breakfast the next morning. In the colder months, for those struggling with their nutrition a mug of soup or crumpets make for a comforting evening snack whilst providing an array of nutrients and energy.
The Redemption Food Co Chicken, Tomato and Olive Soup offers a deliciously rich taste of the Mediterranean, and is packed with veggies, with a protein hit coming from the chicken.
Talking Tea Parties
On the Wednesday of National Hydration Week, participating organisations are invited to hold tea parties.
Tea is a great – and relaxing – way to up your hydration levels, and we have hundreds of delicious teas on Erudus, with the selection from Taylors of Harrogate a brilliant choice for your tea party. Blackberry, Green Tea & Jasmine and even Lapsang Souchong… there’s something for everyone.
High in fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as helping you hydrate and acting as an anti-inflammatory… fruit is a true food hero.
To give your daily hit that extra bit of excitement why not make a little fruit medley and pair with some Golden Acre Plain Yoghurt, drizzle with some honey and add a bit of granola or some mixed seeds.
Smoothies are great because you can customize them to suit you dietary requirements. They offer nutrients, fluid and energy in an easy to consume form, and they can be prepared and stored in advance. We have a great range of smoothies on Erudus, such as Love Taste Co’s Breakfast Smoothie which contains oats, flaxseed, raspberry, blueberry and banana, and there’s also a whole range of flavours from Frobishers, Innocent and Sweetbird Smoothies.
What’s better than a sweet treat on a Sunday? We love a banana split served with Yorvale’s Coconut & Vanilla Pod Dairy Free Ice Cream.
You can find all these fabulous foods for keeping your customers hydrated and happy on the Erudus platform.