The important role of hydration in the maintenance of health is well recognised. Water sustains vital chemical reactions and is essential for cells, tissues and organs to function correctly. Hydration needs vary depending on age, body size, physical activity level, health status, food intake patterns and environmental conditions. Dietary water can be obtained from a wide range of drinks (as well as foods, which provide 20-30% of total intake) with different health benefits.

This Virtual Issue brings together a number of recently published papers in Nutrition Bulletin about various aspects of this topic. These describe the fluid needs of different groups, review current recommendations and guidelines for healthy hydration, discuss the impact of the consumption of different drinks on nutrient intakes and health and consider the role of specific drinks in improving exercise performance and supporting rehydration.

All of the articles and the accompanying editorial are FREE to download here.

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