Summer is slowly making its way back into our lives. We no longer have to go to bed with six layers of blankets and our cheeks are beginning to return to a colour that isn’t translucent. But now that the sun has returned, many of us will get back into our outdoor hobbies and spend more time honing our ‘bikini bodies’, and it’s vitally important to remember to refill our water-bottles. Staying hydrated in summer is critical for a number of reasons.
Your body is comprised of 75% water and it’s important to drink enough liquid every day for your body to function properly – especially in hot weather or if you’re an avid exerciser. In fact, there’s a rather lengthy list of knock-on effects that occur when your body doesn’t have enough water. Fatigue, digestive issues, migraines and general lethargy all become frustratingly apparent when your body is dehydrated, which is why it’s so important to keep your body happy with good, clean water.
We’ve all seen how important water is to professional athletes, how a small army of water boys will storm the fields during halftime to ensure their teammates can grab a much-needed water break. The importance of staying hydrated reaches further than just sports, working out is also firmly connected to sufficient water intake. If your body lacks water and you are putting your muscles under strain water will be forced out of your muscle tissue, hindering its ability to tear and repair. In fact, working out while dehydrated will actually do more harm than good. Not keen on the gym? Water is still essential! A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that forty minutes after drinking roughly two glasses of water your body’s metabolism is boosted by up to 30%.
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that the ideal amount of water is determined by your body type and weight. For every kilo of mass, you should be drinking 30ml of water every day, which is, on average, two litres for males and 1.6 litres for females. A common misconception is that the water you add to tea and coffee contributes to this recommended daily amount; however, both tea and coffee are diuretics, meaning they actually drain water from your body. So, if you want to stay sufficiently hydrated it’s going to have to be with water.
Tony Marchesini, Managing Director of H2O International SA says, “As incredibly important as it is to be drinking plenty of water, it is just as important to be drinking water of good quality. Not only do our bodies need water to function properly, it needs the minerals found in high-quality water. Your body does a lot for you, so give it the hydration it deserves.”
“South Africa’s current water treatment facilities are under a huge amount of stress, and while our tap water may be treated effectively at the municipal source, who knows what it is picking up as it moves through SA’s tremendously ageing infrastructure. When that water comes out of your taps at the other side, surely you want it to be free from bacteria and contaminants, containing only the good stuff? Well, we want that too – for ourselves, our families, and for you. With over twenty years of experience in the industry, we’ve found that not all filters are made equal. We must “think inside the drop”. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts.”, Marchesini adds.
With all of the above in mind, it has become even more important to make sure you are drinking clean, safe water – and enough of it. H2O International is dedicated to ensuring that you hydrate your body with sufficient amounts of the best water possible. Their wide range of filtration products, available for everyone’s unique circumstance, ensures that you will only be drinking great tasting, clean water of the highest quality.
For more information please visit www.h2o.co.za or call (021) 702 3262.