Reasons to Drink Water & How to Naturally Flavour Water

Our bodies are made up of about 70% water. It is an essential part of living, we can only live a few days without water we can live much longer without food. Thus we should prioritize water consumption. It is the staple of healthy living and comes with so many health benefits.

Why drink water

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Prevent dehydration: Dehydration can affect you in many different ways; such as mood swings, weight, energy, dizziness, muscle spasms and cause headaches. In more serious cases dehydration can lead to death.

Flushes toxins & Maintains Regularity: Our digestive system needs water to operate properly! Toxins are flushed out through sweating, urine and bowel movements. Drink water to keep your digestive system running smoothly!

Prevent Cancer: Research says staying hydrated can reduce colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and could reduce breast cancer.

Immune system: Staying hydrated ensures that your blood can carry plenty of oxygen to the cells in your body. Thus allowing your body to function properly, your immune system functions best when your muscles and organs are functioning well.

plastic-bottles-115077_1920Save Money & The Environment: Water bottles are a 13 billion dollar industry, which is pretty impressive since water is generally free. Avoid paying for bottled water and contributing to plastic pollution by buying a reusable water bottle. If you currently drink one water bottle a day that’s 365 bottles a year, at a dollar a bottle (in most convince stores) that’s $365 spent on water per year. Not to mention that’s 365 bottles that are endangering the environment, that could easily be replaced by one reusable water bottle.

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Boost Productivity: A class of water could help you stay focused. Keep a glass of water near your desk to help curve hunger and stop you from being distracted by snacks.

Clear Skin: Water flushes out toxins that can cause the skin to become irritated and clogged pores. It is suggested that water can help reduce wrinkles and make skin smoother, but there is no research to prove or disprove this. It doesn’t hurt to try!

Kidney Function: Kidneys are responsible for processing 200 quarts of blood per day, sifting out waste and sending urine to the bladder. Water plays a very important role in these processes and can aid in preventing various UTI’s.

people-2557539_1920.jpgWeight loss: Water is very filling, so you feel fuller and eat less. A study found that by drinking water before a meal, you consume less. Water also allows your digestive system to run efficiently, kicking your metabolism into gear, allowing you to get the most benefits from your food.


How much should water should I be drinking?

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It is recommended we drink eight 8-ounce glasses (2 litres) of water a day, as well as obtain water from foods such as fruits and vegetables. For some people, eight glasses may seem like too much, but for others, it may not be enough. Water requirements vary from person to person, but a general guideline suggests the total we should have is between 2-3 litres a day from all sources.

To keep it simple, if you’re thirsty drink, if you’re not thirsty don’t drink. If you’re exercising or experiencing a heat wave drink more to keep your fluids up.


Naturally Flavour Water with Fruits and Teas! 

Water can be pretty boring, especially if you’re trying to reach the recommended eight glasses a day. Here are some ideas to flavour up your water without adding unnecessary sugars and dyes.

Add Fresh Fruit!  Citrus fruits, limes, lemons and oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants that help protect cells from damaging free radicals. 

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Add them to a diffuser or squeeze the juice into a pitcher of water for a tasty drink. 

You can purchase diffusers for personal water bottles or pitchers.

Adding fruits give that bit of flavour making water more enjoyable and a healthy alternative to sugary store-bought drinks.

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Add Natural Fruit Juice – Juices can be very sweet and high in sugar, dilute them with water to give it the juice flavour. Try and go for juices that are all natural, with no added sugar. Tart juices like pomegranate, cranberry, grape and apple are delicious when diluted, takes the bite out of the tart. 

Add some bubbles! If you really enjoy carbonated sodas switching to carbonated water would be the healthier choice. Carbonated waters can be on the pricey side at the stores, but you could purchase a Soda Stream for homemade carbonated water. Here are the best soda makers of 2018.

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Herbal Teas -Herbal teas are a great tasting low-calorie alternative to fruit juice. Most fruit teas are just as delicious served cold as they are served warm. Celestial Seasonings teas are free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, making them a great brand to look into while exploring water alternatives.

Teas are a delicious healthy alternative to drinking plain water. Although you should always research before serving to a child, some contain caffeine and are not child-friendly. Dr. Lisa Watson has a great guide on Tea for Tots.

 

 

W5Go’s UNSDG Water Goals and Water Mobile App

W5Go is a project for social edification created by Ecocarrier. W5Go aims to encompass as many of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals as possible with every episode we release.

In this episode on Water, we aim to spread awareness of the importance of clean water, how it affects the environment and who depends on clean and reliable water sources. By teaching children how to conserve, clean and protect water we are encompassing UNDSG’s 6th Clean water and Sanitation & 14th Life below water goals.

 

Explore the who, what, where, when and why’s of Water! In this augmented and virtual reality enabled the mobile app, discover the many forms of water and why it is a vital part of life. For children 4-12! This app is free, contains no ads, no in-app purchases and does not require wi-fi.

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Eco-Friendly Fathers Day Ideas for Kids

Fathers Day is almost here! Which means children will be putting their crafty creativity to work, showing how much they appreciate their Dad with adorable gifts. A lot of presents and craft making creates a lot of unnecessary waste. So how can we make special days like Fathers Day a bit more eco-friendly?


The Traveling Man 

Does Dad travel a lot or have a long commute in the morning? These gifts may be just what he needs.

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Thoughtful Traveller – You can do this at home or go to a pottery store that has classes. If you choose to craft at home, you can purchase a ceramic travel mug for your child decorate. There are many kinds of paints and markers you can decorate ceramic with, make sure that the paint you choose is non-toxic. Here is a great tutorial on how to paint ceramic. Wikihow.

Travel mugs are very useful, and by using a travel mug, you can cut down on the number of coffee cups going to landfills as well as save money by making coffee or tea from home. It’s a win-win for everyone! 

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Eco-Friendly Travel- Put together an eco-friendly travel bag of everything he may need while on the road. Personalize this for your Dad but focus on making it eco-friendly that’s the challenge. Items such as reusable cutlery, straws, and clothes are a great way to start. Drink Tea Travel has many eco-friendly travel products and ideas! Add a personal touch by decorating the bag with drawings for Fathers day.

 


The Gardener 

If Dad has a green thumb, these gifts are perfect for him and the environment.

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Plant a Fathers Day Tree – Spend time with Dad and show your child how to plant a tree. This directly gives back to the environment, encourages family bonding time, and is a nice keepsake you’ll watch grow with you.

You Rock! Decorate rocks for Dad with loving messages and place them in the garden. You can find rocks just about anywhere from the beach to the dollar store. Clean them up and paint them with loving, inspirational messages to show Dad just how much you appreciate him.

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Birdies –  Depending on how much time you have and your child’s age you can build or buy a birdhouse/feeder to paint for the garden. Many craft stores such as Micheals have a variety of birdhouses/feeders you can put together for an adorable gift.

These houses can stay in your garden for years as a beautiful keepsake and also invite little birds to have a place they call their own.

Stones

Stepping Stones- This project will need assistance from an adult as it requires mixing concrete. Pour the concrete into a mould of the shape you want which could be an oval, butterfly, square use your imagination! 

Create designs in the concrete with recycled and earth-friendly materials such as dull glass, sea shells, old keys, rocks, and marbles. To personalize it more you can add hand or footprints as well as sign and date the stone while it is still wet.


The Chef

Whos in the kitchen?  Bake Dad his favourite dessert! If Dad enjoys baking, spend the day in the kitchen baking together. This an excellent activity no matter what age your child is. Help them practice their motor skills or teach them measurements while having family bonding time. There is no better present than being present, and these are memories you will cherish forever.

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Need ideas on what to bake? Here are 15 of Best Fathers Day Desserts.

 

Utensil Holders –  Decorate mason jars with paint, twine and everything you can find! Have fun and fire up your child’s imagination to create something Dad will love. Mason jars are very versatile you can use this as a cup, candle holder, piggy bank and more!

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Aprons –  Every chef needs an apron! Find a white apron from any crafts or department store and have your child customize it. If you can find a child’s size apron, you can make matching Daddy and me aprons. These are a great eco-friendly gift because they are reusable and last for years to come.


Fathers Day is a time to think of everything your Dad has done for you. Show how much you appreciate all they have done. Children may not fully understand why we have family days like these but they will when they are older. Use these holidays to create wonderful memories! Happy Fathers Day!

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There is no better present than being present.