People normally underestimate the importance of water, or the quantity of water we should actually be drinking. The benefits that water provides our body are unending. My skin improves. My hunger, I find, is often misplaced dehydration. My body is re-energised. My PMS water-retention is reduced (massively annoying symptom I get). Water is also the main reason our body is cleansed and flushes out unwanted stuff (? I'm a law student. Stuff? Excretion-stuff?).
Most of my friends and family definitely do not drink enough water. It is seriously the life-source. In the past, my mum and dad would drink about 4 glasses of water a day, which is way too low. The usual recommendation, as I'm sure many of us know, is 8 glasses a day (one glass being 250ml) thus approximately 2 litres a day. With little effort, this can be achieved. I normally have a glass first thing when I wake up and normally with a lemon slice (this is really good for waking up the digestive system and cleansing the kidneys first thing in the morning when your body has been fasting for at least 10 hours). I have a glass with every meal (so that makes about 4 extra glasses), and a few in between the day, and one before I sleep. This makes about 8 glasses a day pretty easily.
However, sometimes I feel 8 for me isn't enough. Everyone's bodies and needs are different. An athlete would obviously need more as the amount of water excreted in the form of sweat is also more than a normal person. Most of the time, I find Chinese food ridiculously salty (all that gravy) and I need heaps of water after a meal out to flush my system of all that sodium (which my body does NOT take well, mind you, ref to abovementioned and hated PMS symptom). Thus, a good rule of thumb is by the colour of your urine - yellow meaning go get some water, completely clear meaning stop drinking so much water. A pale yellow is probably the best to aim for. Here's a useful chart.
Thus, with all this water you're going to be drinking, you need a water bottle! Unless you want to spend extortionate amounts of money (in the UK), or if not extortionate then just pointless amounts of money, on a liquid that is pretty much freely available for our taking. I definitely understand that carrying a water bottle is not exactly the definition of, well, lacking of a better word, cool. I also hate wasting plastic bottles everytime I buy bottled water to drink. None of it makes sense really. The only solution is to be better prepared!
Then there comes this whole debate as to what type of water bottle to get. I recently got myself a gorg glass water bottle. If you don't know, there is this whole BPA uproar. Find out more here. It's basically this chemical present in tonnes of plastic products that is harmful for us. A water bottle being something you would most of the time sip out of, it should be BPA-free. I just came across this link for the best water bottles you could have here and it just so happens to include mine (I didn't know this when I bought it)! Yay. I love it so much. It's gorgeous and made of glass. It's made by LifeFactory. Have a look at their website here. It's quite pricey but if it's going to last and be good for me, why not? I bought it from justlife shop at the bottom floor of Gardens Mall in Kuala Lumpur for approx RM120-RM130.
- It's so pretty - it comes in many colours, cap variations, sizes - perfect for everyone.
- It's made of glass.
- BPA-free plastics are not wholly unharmful to the body. The plastic contains other potentially harmful chemicals. Check it out here.
- Will not break due to its sleeve.
- Glass is recyclable.
- Its parts are manufactured from USA and Europe - thus ensured that there are certain standards adhered to regarding responsible manufacturing.
I'm not asking for you to get the same one but to look into what you drink your water out of! And if you don't have a bottle, and use plastic ones all the time, have a look into getting a glass bottle! It's better for you, and better for the planet.
Yay gonna go drink water from my bottle now xx Bianca