What is the healthy, safe and eco-friendly way to hydrate?

Maintaining adequate hydration is one of the cornerstones of good health and it’s an achievable way to start looking after yourself a little better, especially during the hot summer months when dehydration is more likely. Your choice of water probably affects how likely you are to drink enough of it, for reasons of taste, convenience and your perceptions of how healthy and eco-friendly it is.

But first, how do I know if I’m drinking enough water? Headaches, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, feeling lightheaded, having dark urine or peeing less than usual are common signs that you may be dehydrated.

Is tap water a good option? Many people find tap water unpalatable (most of us will be familiar with the unpleasant taste of chlorine) and consequently don’t drink enough to maintain healthy levels of hydration. Unfortunately we know that tap water also contains a myriad of contaminants and impurities which raise health questions: who wants to be drinking plastic fibres, pesticides, fertilisers, hormones and heavy metals? That’s hardly an encouragement to drink tap water.

What about bottled water? Historically, people have opted for bottled water because they feel it tastes better than tap water or because they believe it is the healthier choice, but we now know that bottled water is contaminated with microplastics, just like tap water. And of course who isn’t now acutely aware of the damage done to our oceans and waterways by single-use plastics such as bottled water?

So what’s the healthy, safe and eco-friendly way to hydrate? And what else can you do to stay well during hot weather?

Here are our three top tips:

1. Choose pure water. This is tap water purified of all the contaminants and impurities that mar taste and compromise your health. If you install a Pure H2O Co. reverse osmosis water purifier at home you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited quantities of pure water delivered from a convenient under-sink system. With worrying contaminants and impurities removed, you can be sure that your water not only tastes good, but is guaranteed safe for you. It’s also much more environmentally friendly, compared to plastic bottled water.

When you’re out and about, simply fill up a re-usable bottle from your Pure H2O pure water tap. There are many eco-friendly options on the market so #There’sNoExcuseForSingleUse! You can even refill your travel bottle with Pure H2O at Planet Organic stores, Hello Love and if you happen to be travelling through Paris, the Eurostar Business Lounge.

Don’t forget to encourage children and the elderly to drink more water during hot weather as they’re especially vulnerable to dehydration.

2. Snack on water-rich foods. The water in plant-based foods counts towards your daily water intake so carry around a little container of fruit, salad or vegetables. Cucumber sticks are particularly refreshing on a hot summers day.

3. Make simple lifestyle changes: wear natural fibre clothing (organic cotton, linen) and choose light colours. Don’t forget to wear a hat, seek shade and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, 11 am to 3 pm.

We hope these tips help you enjoy the summer and make hydrating at home or on the go just a little bit easier, more enjoyable and healthier for you and the planet.

And if you prefer drinking sparkling water, we have the perfect solution – either our original multifunction touchscreen kitchen tap the Quatreau Touch or our new compact drinks station the Quatreau SmartTap. Both deliver sparkling and chilled water, either filtered or pure, and can be installed at home, in the workplace or hospitality venue.

Contact us to order a reverse osmosis Pure H2O tap water purifier, a multifunction or smart tap today: 01483 617 000 Alternatively email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

Eve Kalinik: Understanding Hydration with Pure H2O Co. Ltd

Here’s guest blogger, Eve Kalinik, on the importance of adequate hydration with pure water

Hydration, or the lack thereof, is something that I’m consistently reinforcing with my clients, many of us wonder why we have afternoon slumps, food cravings, headaches and sluggish digestions but often this can be a simple fact of not taking in enough water. When you think as we are almost 60% water and pretty much every cellular process is conducted in a water environment its no wonder we need to make sure that our bodies are well hydrated. This also contributes to supporting digestive processes & juices as well as transporting oxygen and vital nutrients in the blood and around the body. And a hydrated body also burns fat more efficiently. Fact.

As a general guide we need to take in around 2 litres per day but this should be increased if you are exercising or traveling. Whilst pure water is the obvious and most bio available source, hydration isn’t just about straight up h20. It is also important to eat plenty of water rich food based sources too. Cucumber, green leafy veg and strawberries are up there at around 90% water but generally most vegetables will contain good levels. Try not to get so fixated on having a certain amount of fluid per day but also ensure to have hydrating foods as part of your daily intake. Juices & smoothies are a great way to max this but making sure you are hitting your 8 portions of veggies per day will have an impact on your hydration levels too. When drinking water the key thing is to make sure that your water comes from a clean source, trying to avoid plastic bottles where possible as these contain hormone mimicking substances and other chemicals that can leach into the water itself. Repeated and long term exposure to these are not beneficial for our health so try to buy your water in glass bottles where you can. Investing in a home filtration unit is well worth the money, rather than wasting it on filter jugs that don’t get rid of a lot of the contaminants and general nasties. In my opinion the best filtration system uses a reverse osmosis process, like the pureh2o.co.uk systems, that also takes out hormones, since most regular filters won’t do this.

Here’s some more of my better hydrating tips…

WAKE & HYDRATE – start the day as soon as you wake up with a glass of water. The body will be pretty thirsty first thing so try to get into a routine with this. Warm water and lemon juice can be a nice twist and also stimulates digestive processes.

MAKE IT INTERESTING – add things like slices of lemon, mandolin sliced cucumber, fresh mint or fresh lime & pinch cayenne can make all the difference and certainly make your water look and taste more inspiring. Avoid the flavoured waters as these often contain high levels of sugar.

SIP THROUGHOUT THE DAY – don’t get to the end of the day and realise that you haven’t had enough and chug back in one go. We can over hydrate ourselves too so little and often is the key mantra here.

WINE NOT WATER – when it comes to meal times that is! Avoid drinking a lot of water when you are eating as this can dilute gastric juice secretion and impair breaking down food. A small glass of wine can assist this though.

HAVE A GOAL – buy a beautiful jug and have it on your desk at work or in the kitchen. That way you’ll be more inclined to drink regularly. A plastic bottle with its label peeling off isn’t the most appealing things and clients often tell me they don’t have time to go to the water machine so having this to hand will make it a lot easier. Check out BKR bottles that are chic and make you want to drink more.

HERBAL TEAS COUNT – in all their variety are another great and delicious way of increasing your intake. Coffee has a dehydrating effect so just stick to one organic freshly ground cup in the morning after breakfast.

Hydrate for Party Season

Our best advice for looking and feeling good over Christmas is to drink more water, especially Pure H2O.

No matter what you put on your skin, hydrating from the inside out – preferably with plenty of pure water – is the best way to get your skin looking and feeling plump, soft and glowing, and to mitigate the harsh effects of heating systems and winter weather.

If you really suffer from persistently dry, irritated skin then consider a water softener. Our softeners remove the damaging deposits in hard tap water and deliver some great benefits; your skin is more comfortable, hair is softer and as a bonus, appliances and heating systems last longer and clothes come out of the wash softer, too.

Staying on top of your hydration levels is also vital for your brain. Whether you’re busy at work, rushing around doing the Christmas shopping or baking the mince pies at home, drink plenty of water. Even very mild dehydration negatively affects your ability to think clearly, brings down your mood and crashes your energy levels.

And as for enjoying festive celebrations, don’t forget to alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water – it really will help you pace yourself and avoid a hangover!

Discover the unique benefits of Reverse Osmosis Pure Water with us by visiting our website, emailing customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or you can call us on 01483 617 000

More Than Half of Children Are Dehydrated

Dehydration an Overlooked Problem in Children, say researchers.

We recently spotted something interesting – and alarming – in What the Doctors Don’t Tell You Magazine, where you can see a regular page feature from us.

Researchers for the American Journal of Public Health* have found that ‘more than half’ of children are dehydrated, leading to symptoms such as irritability, headaches, poor physical performance and reduced cognitive functioning.

Boys fare worse in the hydration stakes than girls, with around 76% of them dehydrated, according to the study.

Nearly a quarter of children aged six to 19 admitted to NEVER drinking plain water at all.

We can hazard a guess as to what the problem is – the relatively cheap and certainly very easy availability of fruit juices and sugary carbonated drinks – but also, children often just don’t like the taste of tap water.

And who can blame them? Many adults struggle to keep themselves properly hydrated, with tap water often tasting chlorinated, and concerns about levels of pesticides, chemicals, traces of medications and hormones.

What’s the solution? Tears and tantrums over drinking tap water? Expensive, resource-degrading bottled water? No, we know the solution is our Pure H2O RODI water – on tap, in your kitchen.

Pure H2O RODI is tap water which has gone through our patented purification process from a purifier that typically installs under your kitchen sink. The RODI process removes man-made and naturally occurring impurities including chemicals, pesticides and bacteria. This produces 99.99% pure water that tastes wonderful and is odourless.

We have several installation options and we even have a rental option if you want to ‘try before you buy’ or budget for your water on a monthly basis.

Fill up (non-plastic) water bottles for your kids packed lunch boxes, trips out and keep one in the car during the school run. When they get home they’ll love adding slices of fruit. If your family loves Sparkling water, then check out our Quatreau tap, which offers Instant Sparkling RODI water from an innovative touch screen.

You can call us to discuss your family’s hydration needs on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or carry on browsing the rest of our blog and website to learn more.

* Am J Pub Health, 2015; 105: e113-8 quoted in What Doctors Don’t Tell You Magazine, September 2015