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The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

General Information

Water and hydration are critical for life. Water is as important as food and hydration is as important as water;

A lack of water becomes an ongoing issue where you‘re forcing your body to function without enough water. Chronic dehydration, when significant, requires prompt medical attention. When left untreated, chronic dehydration has been linked to other health conditions like high blood pressure and kidney stones.

In older ages bad hydration can trigger dementia.

Drinking fresh water everyday keeps your body regulated and functioning effectively.

Top 5 Benefits of Drinking Water
  • Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue. Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. …
  • Promotes Weight Loss. …
  • Flushes Out Toxins. …
  • Improves Skin Complexion. …
  • Maintains Regularity.

Take the test and see how you fair. Our Water/hydration experts are on hand to support you.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

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Where do we start with such a subject?  There has been a lot of research on water and drinking thereof – reports, surveys, testing etc. Leading institutions, universities and academics from all over the world have had their say. It is all about 3 areas really: tap water, bottled water, filtered water.  Which do you prefer?  Benefits of each? See WaterDrive.

We have relevant information on WaterDrive

In simple terms, the food we eat and the clean water we drink feeds our body and creates energy, measured in calories. Basically If you eat and drink lots and if your body doesn’t burn off the same amount then the body stores the excess as fat for a day when you might need it. SIMPLE.

We have relevant information on WeightDrive

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Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School have an article on hydration. you’ll need to sign in to see the full article – there’s an extract below.

The importance of staying hydrated

Published: June, 2015

A healthy person needs 30 to 50 ounces of fluid per day.

Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.

Older adults often don’t get enough fluids and risk becoming dehydrated, especially during summer when it’s hotter and people perspire more. “Older people don’t sense thirst as much as they did when they were younger. And that could be a problem if they’re on a medication that may cause fluid loss, such as a diuretic,” says Dr. Julian Seifter, a kidney specialist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that’s dark in color.

FamilyDoctor have an article on why hydration is important – extract below.

Path to improved health

Look to water first

You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That’s a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day.

Other options

While plain water is best for staying hydrated, other drinks and foods can help, too. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (400 milligrams) isn’t harmful for most people. Here are the caffeine amounts found in popular drinks:

  • 12 ounces of soda: 30 to 40 milligrams
  • 8 ounces of green or black tea: 30 to 50 milligrams
  • 8 ounces black coffee: 80 to 100 milligrams
  • 8-ounce energy drink: 40 to 250 milligrams

However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may cause some people to urinate more frequently or feel anxious or jittery. Plus, be mindful of what you drink. Some choices may add extra calories from sugar to your diet.

Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables (for example, watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce), and in soup broths.

Sports drinks can be helpful if you’re planning on exercising at higher than normal levels for more than an hour. They contain carbohydrates and electrolytes that can increase your energy. They help your body absorb water. However, some sports drinks are high in calories from added sugar. They also may contain high levels of sodium (salt). Check the serving size on the label. One bottle usually contains more than one serving. Some sports drinks contain caffeine, too. Remember that a safe amount of caffeine to consume each day is no more than 400 milligrams.

Energy drinks are not the same as sports drinks. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine. Also, they contain ingredients that overstimulate you (guarana, ginseng, or taurine). These are things your body doesn’t need. Most of these drinks are also high in added sugar. According to doctors, children and teens should not have energy drinks.

If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.


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This 10 minute TEDx talk explains the befits of body hydration.  Summary shown below.

“Monitoring your body hydration is the key to maintaining good health. New, non-invasive instruments make it possible for people of all ages to scientifically take over monitoring their hydration level.

The implications are staggering: improved physical performance; improved health; improved longevity; the reduced incidence of disease; and lower health care costs. The inventor of the notebook computer takes us on his next challenge: creating a device that accurately detects hydration levels (through a simple breath sample) to identify when and how to create maximum body hydration.

Chris Gintz is the inventor of the notebook computer and other complex instruments. His newest invention, called the hydration measurement instrument, is a microwave rotational spectrometer for the scientific measurement of hydration that anyone aged 3-100 may use. His new instrument methods make it possible for people of all ages to scientifically take over monitoring their hydration level. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”

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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

Questionnaire on our site

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You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

Our Questionnaire

Welcome to your Love Partnership Questionnaire

This is from Love is Respect, a US site on dating and relationships . It's 19 yes / No questions which will give you an idea of whether you make a good partner.


Do I...

1. Forget to thank my partner when they do something nice for me?

2. Ignore my partner’s calls if I don’t feel like talking?

3. Get jealous when my partner makes a new friend?

4. Have trouble making time to listen to my partner when something is bothering them?

5. Discourage my partner from trying something new like joining a club?

6. Call, text or drive by my partner’s house a lot?

7. Get upset when my partner wants to hang out with their friends or family?

8. Make fun of my partner or call them names?

9. Criticize my partner for their taste in music or clothing?

10. Make fun of my partner’s appearance?

11. Accuse my partner of flirting or cheating even if I’m not sure that’s what happened?

12. Take out my frustrations on my partner, like snapping at them or giving them attitude?

13. Throw things if I’m mad at my partner or do things like hit walls or drive dangerously?

14. Read my partner’s texts or go through their personal things, like their wallet or purse?

15. Tell my partner they are the reason for my bad mood even if they aren’t?

16. Try to make my partner feel guilty about things they have no control over?

17. Sometimes say things to my partner knowing that they are hurtful?

18. Have you ever made your partner feel bad about something nice they did for you that you didn't like, even though you know that they tried their best?

19. Make/encourage my partner to do things sexually that I know they don’t want to do?

20. Do you talk down to or embarrass your partner in front of others?

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