Highland Spring is on a mission to encourage healthy hydration. Because when you’re 100% hydrated, you’re much more likely to be on top of your game – mentally, physically and emotionally. I was asked if I’d like to take part in the feel good challenge and of course, I said yes!
For me, as a heart attack survivor, it is vital that I stay properly hydrated not only because it reduces the number of premature atrial contractions that I get, but it keeps my energy levels up. I’ve learned this from experience and if my heart is playing me up, the first question I ask myself is: have I drunk enough water today? If not, I top up immediately.
Green tea, herbal tea and good old PG all count towards the two litres I drink a day, but most important of all, is plain water, just as nature intended. I know some people don’t like to drink unadulterated water, but luckily I enjoy it: iced, lukewarm, sparking or still – any will do.
During my spa break last month there was huge emphasis on hydration: we were encouraged to drink water and herbal teas – there were jugs of water provided, topped up with fruit or cucumber: delicious.
Research shows that 66% of Brits don’t feel they always drink enough water on a daily basis so Highland Spring have provided some top tips on how to keep hydrated and feel good.
Did you know?
• Drinking water can make you happier: brain scans show that when you’re properly hydrated the parts of your brain associated with anger, fear and alertness are de-activated.
• Lots of us visit the doctors for fatigue each year, when actually the problem could be due to dehydration. Keeping hydrated can help give you the energy you need!
• When you’re hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard. It’s much easier for your body to pump blood through the blood vessels to muscles
• Staying hydrated before and during exercise helps avoid cramp. Hydration levels are affected by how long and how hard you are exercising, so if you are sweating or in a warm environment you might need to drink more than usual
For my personal challenge, I decided to have water with me on the go at all times. Not difficult as it’s easy to slip a small bottle of water into your handbag, or fill up a re-usable water bottle for the gym. I’ve also been taking a small bottle in my pocket for my weekly country walk.
Do you think you could find a way to add some extra water into your life?