OK so in all fairness this is not entirely a product review about a specific brand but more a review about a concept…
It doesn’t matter what diet you prescribe to, we all know we need to be drinking more H2O! Personal trainers and dietitians and doctors and even people who write for the Huffington Post(that’s a joke!) will tell you to ‘drink more water!’. A bottle of Fiji water with it’s laminated tropical decal is practically a celeb accessory! But you need to do more then simply carry it about in an oversized handbag.
Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water and when we are dehydrated we are affecting the performance of our bodies function. That’s a fact! They say that by the time you actually feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. But drinking the appropriate volume of water is sometimes really difficult when you don’t feel thirsty! I find this particularly difficult in Winter. I don’t drink hot drinks and the concept of drinking pints of cold water just isn’t that appealing. I know it’s good for me, I know I should be doing it and I feel better when I do. I’m more alert, less hungry and less lethargic. But how?
I recently downloaded the ‘My Fitness Pal’ app where you log all your daily food, exercise and water intake. It was only through the process of diarising my water intake did I realise how little I was actually drinking. Even when doing 3 consecutive hours of gym classes at the gym!
So I decided to buy this drink bottle. There is no magic power to this drink bottle. Simply a goal in a pretty bottle (the pink one was the cheapest! haha). It’s 2.2 litres in volume, or half a gallon by US terminology. It’s BPA free and made of resin. There are tonnes of them on amazon to choose from but I think they are all basically the same.
My aim in the coming weeks is to drink 2.2L which in the scheme of things isn’t that much but it’s more than I’m currently drinking. 2.2L is actually what is generally advised for a females daily intake. There was a time when I used to drink 4L of water per day with added teaspoons of Himalayan salt. This was to combat an issue with very low blood pressure and to be honest, I’ve never felt so good! But it does take some bladder training to be able to drink 4L and not be running to the toilet every 5 minutes. However your body does get used to it and your bladder does adapt.
I work better if I can see progress visually. So that’s all this bottle is really about-a visual reminder of my goal. It will be easier to track how much I’m drinking and guilt me into getting across the finish line.
Watch this space. If it works for me I’ll be recommending these to the masses! If you are one of those strange people who doesn’t like water, try adding a tiny bit of stevia or lime juice initially to help you get the volume in.
*Adding salt to your water should only be advised by a doctor or nutritionist. There is a specific ratio of salt to water. Too much salt can result in a cheap and unexpected enema! haha.