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.

6 Ways To Make Water More Interesting

We know that once you’ve tried Pure H2O, you’ll be amazed at just how good pure water tastes. Without all those chemicals, impurities and contaminants found in tap water (and even bottled waters), Pure H2O tastes just as nature intended. One of our clients describes it as ‘almost sweet’, and even children are happy to drink plain, pure water.

But for those times when you’d like a bit of variety – especially on hot summer days – Veggie Magazine has some great ideas, including flavouring your Pure H2O with herbs. Click here to see their blog and visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to see details of 99.99% pure water and our fantastically useful Quatreau Tap that Veggie recommends you try.

Thanks to Veggie for featuring Pure H2O & Quatreau Tap!

World of Interiors: Quatreau is the ultimate tap for the smartest kitchens

Quatreau is the ultimate tap for the smartest kitchens, as seen in the latest edition of World Of Interiors magazine.

Demand more than boiling – insist on Quatreau. It’s the only four function touchscreen tap to dispense Pure Boiling, Pure Sparkling, Pure Chilled, as well as unfiltered thermostatically controlled Hot / Cold tap water.

Enjoy unrivalled quality and taste with 99.99% pure water with the optional under-sink Pure H2O RODI purifier.

Quatreau is the ultimate tap for the smartest kitchens, designed and manufactured in Great Britain by The Pure H2O Company, passionate about water purity since 1992.

Thanks to The World Of Interiors for featuring us in their stunning May edition. Find out more about our touchscreen smart tap with optional Pure Water at www.quatreau.com all 01483 617 000 or email natalie@pureh2o.co.uk

Images copyright The World Of interiors, 2016.

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

Top Tips for Beautiful Winter Skin

Central heating indoors and cold weather outdoors means dry skin on the face and hands, with tightness, redness, irritation, itchiness and sensitivity even for ‘normal’ skins, let alone sensitive skins and those with conditions like eczema which are prone to flare ups due to environmental conditions.

We’ve got 3 top tips for beautiful winter skin – and naturally, they’re all about water.

1. Hydrate – from the inside. Moisturisers, serums, toners and the like claim to boost hydration, plumpness and softness, but the most fundamental, beneficial thing you can do for your skin – and your health overall – is hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. And if you’re prone to break outs even with dry winter skin, good news – hydration boosts clarity, too. We know that RODI pure water is best – free from impurities like pesticides, petrochemicals, medications and metals – its pure, hydrating and supports your health.

2. Moderate water temperature. A long soak in a hot bath or standing under a steaming shower is bliss after being out in the cold, but really hot water is your enemy, not your friend – it breaks down the skin’s natural lipid barrier, resulting in dryer skin that’s more easily irritated. So don’t have the hottest bath you can bear, just one that’s soothingly warm. For handwashing in the kitchen, Quatreau – our multifunction kitchen tap – is a big help as it delivers the perfect water temperature right away (as well as instant Boiling, Sparkling and Chilled filtered and pure water) – thanks to it thermostatic control pre-set to the perfect temperature.

3. Invest in a softener. 60% percent of the UK’s population live in hard water areas. Softeners remove hard water impurities that create lime scale and scum and contribute to dry skin, leaving soft, hydrated skin, manageable hair, and the great news is it’s effective with eczema and psoriasis. Research suggests that contact with hard water can exacerbate eczema, either because you have to use more soap to get a lather, or because the scum particles of hard water itself (which stay on materials such as clothes and bed linen after laundry day) irritate the skin.

So, that’s 3 ways to combat dry, irritated skin this winter:

1: Hydrate with Pure Water  – we have 3 purifiers to suit your needs and budget, all with a monthly rental option.

2: Moderate water temperature – our Quatreau Tap helps in the kitchen by dispensing the perfect pre-set temperature for hand washing and rinsing.

3: Invest in a softener for calmer, softer skin, even if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis.

Get in touch to see how we can help you this winter – it’s easier than you think. Call 01483 617 000 or email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk, and you can visit our website.

Grazia Magazine: Pure H2O is better than flavoured waters

Grazia really got us thinking this morning with this article by Eve Kalinik. Firstly, who knew Kale could be problematic? Second on the list of minefield ‘healthy’ choices is water:

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Pure H2O better than flavoured water

So why is Pure H2O so much better than flavoured waters? And what about bottled water or tap water?

As Eve says, flavoured waters often have so many additives that make them taste okay, if artificial, but the additives themselves can be problematic to your health. Tap water contains a whole host of impurities including pesticides, chemicals, hormones and medications and as we all know, often tastes just horrible – especially when it’s going through one of its over-chlorinated phases! Unfortunately bottled water carries a heavy environmental burden due to food miles and resource degradation, and many people are keen to avoid the further environmental impact of plastics, as well as the health concerns.

Pure H2O is simply that – pure water. It’s better for you, your health and the environment.

We have 3 water purifier options to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. We’ve just rolled out our rental option to all our purifiers, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of unlimited Reverse Osmosis pure water for less than £1 a day!

Thanks Eve for recommending Grazia’s readers check out The Pure H2O Co. for information on clean water. We love to post helpful articles on water, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices and look forward to welcoming you all to Pure H2O.

Got questions? Give us a call on 01483 617 000