The Importance of Water

  • 6 Nov 2014
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Diet sorted? Supplements selected? Exercise plan mapped out? If yes to all three, well done – But what about your liquid intake?

If this is you, well done – you’re obviously clearly on course to a healthier, happier and re-energised body and mind. But what about your liquid intake? Whilst juices, certain teas – e.g – green tea and healthy smoothies will all deliver great nutritional benefits, there is one liquid that surpasses them all – water.

Water is essential for health and wellbeing

Most nutritional therapists agree that drinking plenty of water is essential to good health and wellbeing. And, when you consider the facts, it’s hardly surprising why. 60-70% of the body is water, yet through our busy everyday lives – a heady mix of work, leisure and being generally on the go – we are not only constantly dehydrating ourselves, but also failing to quench our body’s thirst for water.

As a result, our skin suffers, our eyes are dry, we can’t seem to shake off colds, we complain of headaches, lack energy, often feel bloated or constipated and our concentration levels are poor. And, as much as a cup of coffee or can of fizzy drink might seem appealing, it will do nothing to restore your body’s liquid levels – in fact, caffeine has quite the opposite effect – leaving your body arid, dry and in desperate need of water.

Quality water

The answer is to ensure a plentiful supply of fresh, good quality, filtered drinking water wherever you are. Not so long ago, that meant stocking up at the supermarket on expensive, not to mention bulky bottled water. But it doesn’t have to be the case anymore – a new generation of filter taps and filter systems for the home from companies such as It Does the Job means perfectly pure water is more accessible than ever, whatever your budget. And it’s just as well – because the quality of bottled water, to say nothing of the waste that bottled water packaging and plastic generates – has never been under such scrutiny.

Ensuring you always have fresh drinking water to hand is as much of a discipline as anything else, but like taking the time to make sure you have healthy snacks and your supplements quota, it is absolutely worth the effort and you’re likely to see the benefits of increasing your water quite quickly.

So, if you’re always on the move, get yourself some handy 500ml recycled, toughened glass bottles and simply top them up from your tap or filtered water dispenser. Similarly, if you’re desk bound, have a carafe ......

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