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Explain the importance of good nutrition and hydration

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Implement Person-Centred Approaches in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 6. Be able to support the individual’s well-being
Assessment criteria: 6.6 Explain the importance of good nutrition and hydration

Good nutrition and hydration are essential for the well-being of the individuals that you support.

Good nutrition means maintaining a healthy, balanced and varied diet. This helps the body to stay physically healthy as it is receiving all the nutrients it needs to function correctly. It can also positively impact mental health and strengthen the immune system.

Good hydration ensures drinking regularly to avoid dehydration. Water is the best source of hydration, however cordial, tea and coffee can also contribute. Some individuals may also consume other drinks such as milk or protein shakes. Current advice from the NHS is to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day (around 1200ml).

Hydration ensures that the body’s organs are able to function correctly.

For some individuals you may need to record their food intake or how many drinks they have had (and how often they go to the toilet) as part of their care plan.