An apple a day keeps the doctor and dehydration away

British Apples and Pears has teamed up with leading nutritionist Rob Hobson to champion the humble British apple as the ideal, hydrating snack to munch on this summer.

Water makes up around 50-60 per cent of our body weight and is a major component of our muscles and organs. It is also required for transporting nutrients around the body, helping us to digest food and moderate our body temperature.

Dehydration, on the other hand, can have wide-ranging consequences, as Rob Hobson explains, “Some of the most common signs of dehydration can include extreme fatigue, mood change, a lack of concentration, headaches and dizziness, so ‘eating’ your fluids is a great way to stay hydrated, particularly as the British weather heats up.”

Hydration is usually overlooked when it comes to health and wellness advice but is just as important as a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.

Most people consider 1.5-2L per day of fluids (the 8-glass rule) to be a benchmark for adequate hydration, but this doesn’t have to be just water.

Rob adds, “Many people are unaware that our diet provides nearly 20 per cent of our daily fluid intake, with fruits and vegetables being the optimal source for this, including apples, peppers and cucumbers.”

When exercising, we often crave more than just a drink – we fancy a snack too. Many of us reach for standard protein shakes or energy drinks after a workout, with the intention of supporting recovery. However, this can add significant unwanted calories.

Hobson recommends British apples as the ideal, post-workout snack. Made up of 86 per cent water, apples provide a hydrating, nutritious and low-calorie snack, proving that an apple a day can keep dehydration at bay!

 

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