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Water is not the life source without good reason.
Without it our body's fine tuned engine runs less efficiently, & parts of it may even pack up working properly.

• Drink about 3-5 pints (about 2 litres) a day

• If you have 4-5% less than the recommended daily amount of water, it can affect your mental & physical performance by up to 20-30%

• Water flushes out the toxins in our bodies, which if they accumulate can cause dehydration which in turn causes tension, aches, pains, & headaches.

• water helps keep our joints well oiled, helping prevent joint disease such as arthritis in later life.

• water helps our gut work more efficiently, helping prevent constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, & many other related diseases.

• water hydrates your skin. Drinking enough water can combat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles & spots.

Add a squeeze or slice of the following to make your water more tasty:-

• lemon; to tone your kidneys }
• lime to tone your liver }combine these 3 for a hangover cure
• orange for vitamin C }
• kiwi fruit for vitamin C
• strawberries for the sheer indulgence

I stick a slice of lemon & lime in a bottle of water if I'm on the move.
Avoid citrus fruits if you have joint disorders like arthritis, rheumatism, gout or osteo-arthritis

• try water hot, maybe with freshly sliced ginger, for a refreshing drink that improves your circulation. Add honey & lemon to make it even tastier & boost your immunity.
• the closer to body temperature water is, the easier your body takes it where it needs to go. Very cold water can over-stimulate the kidneys.
• try different bottled or filtered waters until you find one you like. You'll be a connoisseur before you know it!
• drink at least an extra pint if it is hot or you are doing physical work or exercise.
• if you do drink tea, coffee, alcohol or fizzy pop, match glass for glass with extra water over the R.D.A.
• spread your water intake out throughout the day & drink most of your quota before 6p.m.
• drink a glass of water as soon as you get up to rehydrate from overnight & get your engine going.
• drinking a mug of hot water with lemon before breakfast to help cleanse your system. This counts towards your daily requirement.
• every time you put the kettle on or someone offers you a drink, ask for hot water or a herbal tea.
• if you drink a glass of water half an hour before every meal it dampens your appetite, & helps prevent you drinking with your meal which can decrease absorption of nutrients.