Read why drinking filtered water not only combats dehydration but can be good for you too.
the Tapp 2 Twist water filter is a conscious lifestyle choice, it’s good for the environment and has super health benefits.
We all understand that drinking water is good for us, yet often fall at the hydration hurdle. What are the barriers? Perhaps a busy day, forgetting to drink or not realising you are dehydrated? Or maybe you dislike the taste of water? Having tested out various options to find pleasant tasting water in Malta I was excited and relieved to discover TAPP, a company fiercely committed to sustainability and so GITH Magazine has championed this since the early days.
TAPP create eco-friendly filters that transform the water from your kitchen tap making it safe to drink. It also tastes great so you have that satisfying, thirst-quenching feeling that drinking water should bring. The filters are simple to install, effective, affordable, and kind to the environment. One switch of the tap and you have pure water to drink, wash your fruit and vegetables with, fill up the kettle and ice trays and your beloved pet’s water bowls.
In Malta we are fortunate that the mains water is rich in healthy minerals, especially during the summer months when temperatures soar, and we need to constantly replenish those all-important nutrients. Before discovering TAPP, I was uneasy drinking from plastic from both an environmental point of view and a health perspective and was searching for a solution to enjoy mains drinking water that still retained the minerals. The TAPP 2 Twist solved this dilemma, a sustainable filter that removes over 80 contaminants including chlorine, microplastics, heavy metals and limescale but retains all the good stuff!
Beyond the environmental impact of single use plastic there are health concerns to consider when we drink from plastic vessels. Potentially harmful chemicals such as plasticisers and the dreaded BPA can migrate from plastic bottles into the water and into your body, especially when plastic is exposed to heat (hard to avoid in Malta). BPA is a compound which mimics the action of oestrogen and can disrupt the body’s natural hormone system and poses health risks for both men and women, so best avoided!
the importance of optimal hydration
We humans are in fact around 60% water so it is a vital component of every cell in our bodies. Optimal hydration is essential for the body to carry out it’s most critical functions efficiently. As little as 1-2% loss in the body’s water content can lead to fatigue, poor cognitive function, muscle weakness and slowed digestion.
When you feel thirsty it’s likely you’ve already entered the dehydration zone as the thirst mechanism is not a reliable indicator of hydration and this signal also weakens as we age, making it especially important to encourage elderly friends and relatives to hydrate. Factors such as activity level, diet, alcohol, certain medications, perspiration and living in a hot and humid climate will affect how much water you need to stay healthy, especially during Malta’s sizzling summer months. Your optimal fluid intake is unique to you and your daily needs, rather than following the ‘8 glasses a day rule’ start to tune into your body and listen to its’ signals.
Common signs of dehydration
Since thirst cues are not the best indicator of hydration, here are other some other signs to help you determine whether you need to up your daily water intake.
- Dark urine: ideally urine should always be clear – pale straw colour, except first thing in the morning when it is usual to be more concentrated. Be mindful of the volume of urine you are passing too.
- Dry skin, mouth, and eyes: a dry mouth and lips are one of the most obvious signs you need to drink more (bad breath is an indicator too). If you are someone that constantly reaches for lip balm, then I suggest upping your fluids.
- Feeling hungry or craving snacks: the body can confuse thirst and hunger, especially as thirst is a weak signal. Sometimes a simple glass of water can satisfy that hunger pang.
- Cognitive impairment: poor concentration or irritability can stem from poor hydration. Be sure to up your fluids when completing a complex task or have an important meeting.
- Constipation: water is crucial to maintain bowel regularity and eliminate toxins from the body. Your body will thank you for drinking more water.
- Headaches: the brain is around 80% water; so it’s no surprise headaches are commonly linked with dehydration.
- Tiredness: tired or achy muscles (and cramps), physical and mental tiredness might all improve with proper hydration too.
Six hacks for optimal hydration
1.) Water first. Upon wakening (before reaching for caffeine) have a large glass of water with fresh lemon and a pinch of Gozo salt to rehydrate after the night.
2.) Invest in a reusable bottle. Opt for a stainless steel (BPA free) bottle, refill with filtered water and carry everywhere you go. This will help you monitor your intake and encourage regular sips.
3.) Infuse your water. Fill a jug with filtered water, ice and infuse with botanicals like cucumber, mint, citrus, ginger, or rosemary for a super refreshing drink. Natural botanicals are a perfect substitute for fizzy drinks and sugary cordial.
4.) Drink when you feel hungry. Hunger can sometimes be confused for thirst, therefore when hunger strikes try drinking and see if your cravings subside.
5.) Consume hydrating foods. We get around 20% of our water from the food we eat. The following foods top the hydration table: celery, oranges, apples, cucumber, tomato, radish, watermelon, lettuce, grapefruit, peppers, grapes, spinach and strawberries.
6.) Moderate other fluids. Whilst tea, coffee and soda can add to your fluid intake, pure water will always be more effective at hydrating the body. Nothing else acts in the same way as water.
For more information visit TAPP Water (Malta).