The mission of the Hydration for Health initiative is to encourage people to drink more water for a healthier lifestyle and to raise awareness about the water health benefits. The official Danone's initiative provides healthy hydration tips and information about hydration disease such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and kidney stones.
Moreover, h4hinitiative provides information on recommended total daily water intake, healthy hydration guidelines, hydration during pregnancy and lactation.
Water is the healthiest beverage while the excessive consumption of sugar sweetened beverages can lead to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes and there is a need to increase awareness of this issue. Water has no sugar, no additives, no calories and is not acidified.
Healthcare professionals should discuss healthy hydration guidelines with their patients
Many people (especially children and the elderly) do not drink enough, despite the fact that healthy hydration is essential for normal bodily functions. Not drinking enough water can lead to disorders of the urinary system (e.g. UTIs) and the risk of kidney stone formation.
Recommended total daily water intake is 2 litres of water (men) and 1.6 litres (women).
Many people are unaware of the liquid calorie content of common beverages (sugar sweetened beverages, juices, smoothies) they are consuming. Fruit juices and juice-based drinks may contain big amounts of sugar and their excessive consumption can contribute to weight gain
Pregnancy and breastfeeding mothers have specific hydration requirements to maintain the fluid levels that ensure optimum health for the baby. Good hydration practices may reduce the risk of common ailments during pregnancy
The urine colour chart featured in this page is a simple tool for patients to assess if they are drinking enough fluids throughout the day in order to stay properly hydrated, It is used by matching the colour of urine with the colours numbered on the chart
Surveys indicate that children and the elderly do not drink enough water. The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has increased dramatically and the need for a healthy behavioural change is key
During sport and physical stress dehydration can cause various alarming effects. Replenishment with water during exercise enhances physical performance. Water is all you need to hydrate and restore fluid balance. Patients participating in sports should drink water before, during and after exercising
This section of the website provides useful tools that can help healthcare professionals in advising their patients on healthy hydration and informing them on water health benefits. Featured here for download are an educational slide kit, a hydration chart based on urine colour, and some patient advice aids
www.healthyhydrationcoach.com is a website for the general public which provides useful information on the importance of proper hydration. It also features a personal hydration calculator developed by Danone Research and based on scientific data
Hydration for Health initiative provides healthy hydration tips and promote the benefits of water in sport or pregnancy and in the prevention of disease, such as obesity