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 that will keep it easy to keep your glass full. Remember to sip whilst you work, play and relax – and when you’ve done it consistently for a couple of weeks, drinking water, whatever you’re doing will simply become a way of life.

Why it’s important to stay hydrated

  • Body basics: water regulates body temperature, delivers oxygen, lubricates joints, forms saliva, helps cell growth, keeps you regular and more… Safe to say it’s vital...
  • All in the mind: about 75% water, your brain’s abilities and even short-term memory is affected by dehydration.
  • Reduces headaches: dizziness and headaches are often brought about by fatigue, a sign of dehydration.
  • Healthy heart: aside from about 73% of your heart being made of water, if you’re not drinking enough then your blood is thicker. This increases how hard your heart needs to work.
  • Keep moving: your body doesn’t work as well if it’s not got enough water. And don’t forget that any fluids you lose through exercise need to be replaced.
  • Fighting infection: Hydrated bodies are less prone to catching bugs. Water also flushes toxins out of your system and is particularly good for preventing urine infections and kidney stones.
  • Body beautiful: Keeps hair healthy looking; hydrates and plumps skin as it flushes out toxins, clearing your skin of dirt and bacteria;

Any questions?

How much water should I drink every day?

You should aim to drink between 7-10 glasses of water every day. But build up to it – your body will thank you for keeping it topped up – but it will need to adjust.

I don’t really like the taste of water…

It’s really important to try and drink freshly filtered water, as, depending on where you live, the taste – and quality – of tap water can vary. If you still don’t enjoy drinking filtered water, try adding some natural flavourings – a squeeze of lemon or lime or even crushed mint works a treat.

I know fizzy drinks are a no-no, but what about sparkling water?

Fizzy water might not have the high sugar content that other fizzy drinks have, but if you’re aiming for better health and wellbeing, fizzy water is not really to be recommended. The bubbles in sparkling water are created by carbon dioxide, so the best advice is to stick to still!

I’ve got a filter jug, is that OK?

Filter jugs have a limited filtration performance – for instance, they won’t remove harmful bacteria – and to be properly effective, their filter cartridges need to be frequently changed. You’re also filtering and then storing water, which is not always hygienic. A better solution is a filter tap or filter system, which tend to use ceramic and/or carbon filter cartridges. Ceramic and carbon have excellent filtration properties and work together very well to remove a wide range of contaminants.

Here’s a snapshot of just some of the key contaminants removed using a system such as 2000 Water Filtration System: The full content of this report is only viewable by 100% Health Club members.

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