This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 8.1b Explain the importance of good nutrition and hydration in maintaining health and wellbeing (Care Certificate, Standard 8: Fluids and nutrition)
- 6.6 Explain the importance of good nutrition and hydration (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Implement person-centred approaches in care settings)
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Good nutrition and hydration are vital for a healthy lifestyle and general wellbeing.
The importance of nutrition
Nutrition refers to the food that we eat. A nutritious well-balanced diet includes:
- Vitamins and minerals
The Eatwell Guide (pictured below) can help you to understand the proportions of each of the food groups you should consume over a period of a day or week (not necessarily for each meal).
A healthy diet not only prevents deficiencies that can cause illness but also helps to maintain a healthy body weight. In addition, it can contribute to increased energy levels, a better immune system and an improved sense of wellbeing.
The importance of hydration
Hydration refers to drinks, especially water. The body needs fluids for:
- Blood circulation
- Waste removal
- Temperature control
- Fighting disease
- Brain function
Adequate hydration is necessary for essential bodily functions to work cirrectly.
Without good nutrition and hydration, the human body will deteriorate, leading to illness and disease and ultimately death.