Food and Nutrition

Supporting members of staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

A good diet is important for good health, as is staying hydrated. Eating a variety of foods can improve general wellbeing, reduce the risk of conditions including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis (thin bones) and help you manage your weight. You need to eat sensibly, choosing a varied diet from a range of foods, not smoking and keeping active are all great ways to boost your health.

Eatwell Guide

This includes making sure you aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Visit the NHS website for more information:

Or visit the BHF website for more information on how to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet:


Water also plays a key role in keeping us healthy. Water is essential for life. As a major constituent of the body, it has many functions including; transporting nutrients and compounds in blood, removing waste products that are passed in the urine, acting as a lubricant and shock absorber in joints and regulating the body’s temperature.

How much do I need to drink?

Adults (including elderly)Men: 2000ml
Women: 1600ml
Pregnant WomenAs adults + 300ml per day
Lactating WomenAs adults + 600-700ml per day

How do I know I am drinking enough?

Thirst is only part of the way we regulate hydration in the body. When you drink you stop you feeling thirsty before your body is completely rehydrated. The colour of urine is the best indicator; if you are drinking enough your urine should be a straw or pale yellow colour.

For more information on the kind of fluids you should drink visit the NHS website: