How often do we think about getting enough fluids? When we’re exercising? Or when we notice it’s a really hot day?

And today as I look out and I clear my windscreen of overnight rain drops, then thoughts of needing to rehydrate are probably far from all our minds. But it’s more important than you think. In fact, if you’re reading this, pause for a moment and go and grab a glass of water and then come back.

Have you got one? Then read on.

The thing is being thirsty isn’t always a sign of how hydrated your body is. It can become dehydrated without you even realising it, so making sure you drink regularly is important regardless of how you feel.

But also, with only a few weeks until Gut Week, it’s also key to understand water in relation to your gut health. A lack of water can cause constipation but even being dehydrated by 5-10% can leave you feeling tired and lacking in energy.

One way to get an idea about the level of hydration is to look at the colour of your urine. Pale yellow in colour shows you are adequately hydrated while a darker yellow colour can signify that you may not be getting enough water.

So try and make sure you’re having about 6-8 glasses of water or other fluids a day – more if it’s a warm day or you’re exercising. Don’t rely on thirst to be an indicator of needing a drink, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as they provide a good source of fluid.