Water makes up 60% of our body weight. It’s important for flushing out toxins, carries nutrients to your cells and keeps the tissue in your ears, nose and throat moist. Okay, all important stuff but I do wish I didn’t feel like I was always being lectured to drink more of it…and battling to succeed.
Requirements depend on a raft of factors, including your sex, age, weight, exercise regime, even the weather. A lot of studies say that men should aim for three litres and women 2.2 litres daily. That’s eight (fairly large) glasses for women, which I find quite a challenge especially in cooler weather when I’m inactive, sitting at my computer for a large part of the day.
A recent study from Harvard claims these quantities aren’t based on any science (did someone just make them up then?) and four to six glasses is plenty. And they agree certain foods like melons, spinach, lettuce and soup can help provide hydration. Other fluids also count – bring on the tea!
I guess you just need to listen to your body and be aware if you start feeling dehydrated. I notice a difference in the elasticity my skin and also can become more lethargic and get more headaches if my intake’s not up there. So I’m always looking for ways to make the whole water-drinking process more exciting.
And here it is – my new Aqua Zinger water bottle, an easy way to add fruity freshness and flavour to your H2O. Chop up your favourite fruit, unscrew the base of the bottle, add your choice and screw it back in place. The little blades will lightly mush your fruit as you tighten it. Fill the bottle with water, screw the lid on securely, shake and leave to infuse. Obviously the longer you leave it the more flavoursome your drink will become. I leave it to infuse in the fridge so it chills at the same time.
Berries create lovely water, think blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, individually or mixed together – try different quantities and mixes to create your personal favourite. I’m very fond of a strawberry mint combo.
Lemons, limes and oranges all liven things up, even try all three at once. Cucumber adds a deliciously refreshing touch. Or try peaches, pears or apples…and how about a touch of fresh ginger. The choices are huge, just let your imagination run free.
Love the vibrancy and aromas of citrus fruits – perfect for creating a drink with zing.
The bottle is vacuum insulated, so keeps drinks hot or cold, is portable, easy to clean (it looks pretty, too) and costs £22.95 . Find out more at www.prezzybox.com