Monday marks the beginning of nutrition and hydration week 2017. Like most people, I could probably drink way more water than I already do. In fact, I need to! I suffer from eczema, a dry skin condition, which means I need to keep my skin hydrated inside and out. With proper hydration, my skin practically glows. Without it, my skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and itchy. However, since water isn’t the most flavoursome of drinks, I usually prefer juice.
Juice very often contains extra hidden ingredients, one of which can be a type of sugar. This means it’s not as good for you as sugar dehydrates the body. Water has many advantages over processed juice; one being that it slows down the ageing process. Our organs need water; if we stay dehydrated for long stretches, every cell, organ, and system in the body has to work harder, which means we age faster. Drinking enough water literally keeps you young feeling, looking, and acting – for longer.
When you drink more water, you may improve your cognitive performance, too. Several studies have shown that people drinking water during cognitive tasks performed much better than those people who did not drink water during the tasks.
And so, I’ve decided to switch over to water, just in time for nutrition and hydration week 2017; and to counteract the lack of flavour I use fruit. I invested in a fruit infusing water bottle; researched a few recipes and that was it!
One problem; you get what you pay for. The bottle I bought was cheap and broke as soon as my toddler dropped it on the floor. Some bottles are made from very thin plastic. The second fruit infusing water bottle actually comes with a lifetime warranty and the plastic is more durable. It’s been dropped a few times and not a crack! Bigger holes allow water to come out itself rather than having to suck on it. It holds 700ml of water and is easier to clean. At last, drinking 2 litres a day has become enjoyable!