New research reveals Aussies drinking habits & how pharmacists can help

Research released to mark Australia’s first ever National Stay Hydrated Day (October 25) reveals that almost half of Australians admit to not drinking enough water each day.

Concerningly, the research commissioned by Hydralyte highlights that 40 per cent of Australians notice their own signs of dehydration every day or at least a few times a week.1 Despite this, one in three admit they are not proactive in managing their hydration. 1

Although one in four Australians consider hydration to be a top daily health and wellness priority, 82 per cent are actually drinking less than the recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day.1

For Aussies, feeling thirsty is the most common symptom of dehydration (70 per cent), followed by dry mouth and lips (63 per cent), headache (51 per cent), discoloured urine (46 per cent), tiredness (35 per cent), dry skin (32 per cent) and feeling lightheaded (31 per cent).1

Dr Brad McKay, an experienced medical professional with special interests in preventive health care and wellness, highlights the importance of staying hydrated all year round.

“Staying hydrated can be difficult as we go about our busy lives, but it’s crucial for overall health and well-being. Hydration is essential for regulating body temperature, helps us remain physically active in the heat, and maintains our brain’s ability to function on a hot day.”

“Keeping well hydrated can improve your physical performance, maintain endurance, and enhance cognitive function. Taking steps to avoid dehydration is important when you’re vigorously exercising, when you’re outside on a hot day, and whenever you’re sweating excessively. Your physical and cognitive performance can be optimised by prioritising hydration.”

While Australians have good intentions when it comes to hydration, with one in five  who admit to buying a new water bottle to inspire their hydration habits, there is still a lack of knowledge about the ways we can stay hydrated.1 44 per cent of Australians believe that drinking water is the only way to rehydrate and 42 per cent have never tried an oral rehydration solution.1

“Record-breaking heatwaves are expected this summer, making it vital for Australians to prioritise hydration. As our climate changes, we’ll need to build healthy hydration habits all year round and become increasingly aware of the signs and symptoms of dehydration,” said Dr McKay.

Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) contain electrolytes and glucose at just the right concentrations to optimise fluid absorption in the gut. Electrolyte solutions are rapidly absorbed, even faster than plain water.

Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) are available as effervescent tablets or powders that can be dissolved in water. They are also available as ready-to-drink fluid and ice blocks. A range of products are available at pharmacies and supermarkets around Australia. Please speak with your local doctor or pharmacist if you have specific health needs to help identify a product that works best for you.

Stay Hydrated Day Consumer Survey. Data on File. 2023.

Health direct. Drinking water and your health. Accessed September 2023.,a%20day%20

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