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Eating for good health - being healthy

Healthy eating

Making healthy choices now will mean you can live a healthy and independent life in the future.

Eating a healthy balanced diet can lower your risk of developing certain health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes and can help you feel well.

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

LiveWell Dorset is a free service for adults who would like support to change their lifestyle. They have information to help you to manage your weight, increase your physical activity and reduce your alcohol intake.

Staying hydrated

Drinking enough water has many benefits including a reduction in constipation, urinary infections, and headaches. It will also improve blood pressure and sleeping patterns. In general, you are very likely to feel better as a result of drinking more.

It's recommended that you drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. This does not have to be water. You can drink tea, coffee, fruit juice or squash - but avoid sugary fizzy drinks as they contain unnecessary calories, which can lead to weight gain.

As you get older, you start to feel thirsty less even though your body still needs the same amount of fluid. It's important to drink plenty even if you don't feel thirsty.

NHS Choices has more information about dehydration.

Losing weight without meaning to

If you're concerned that you, or someone you know, is losing weight without dieting, there are simple steps you can take:

Losing weight is not a normal part of the ageing process and if you're concerned about losing weight, you should see your GP.

Intentional weight loss

NHS Choices has advice on how to lose weight.

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