When it comes to water, I don’t know about you but if I don’t have it to hand I could go a full day without drinking any at all. Living in Dubai with temperatures reaching 50 degrees, I have become much more aware of my water intake. I have started bringing a 1.5 litre bottle of still water to work with me and as I am running around both indoors and out, I quite easily finish the bottle. However, on the weekends when I am indoors with the air con turned up, I often reach for a coffee or tea rather than a glass of water!
Water makes up about two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body. Having the appropriate water intake is very important as it helps our bodies to flush out waste and absorb nutrients into our blood. In order for our bodies to function properly, we need to replace the fluid which is lost when we breathe, sweat or go to the bathroom.
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women need about 1.6 litres of fluid and men need about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight (200ml) glasses for a woman and 10 for a man. However, this amount can vary due to how much you sweat, exercise, your weight etc.
Everything you drink will contribute to your intake but water and fruit juice are the healthiest.
So I have been searching for ideas to encourage me to drink more without it feeling like a chore. While trying to avoid fizzy drinks as they are full of sugar and artificial sweeteners. So when I came across this simple idea, I couldn’t wait to try it!
Basically, all it is is chopping up fresh fruit and adding it to chilled mineral water. It just adds a subtle fruit flavour but enough to encourage you to reach for that glass! I chose strawberry, kiwi, and orange and it turned out really well. I definately will be doing this on a regular basis!