The benefits of staying hydrated
Our body is made up of around 60% water so it’s safe to say that hydration should be up there on our list of daily non negotiables. In the UK, we’re advised to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day however it’s thought that around a third of us don’t drink water every day with some even leaving it as long as a week.
But why should we stay topped up with H20?
‘Water is essential for so many critical bodily functions,’ says Holly Huntley, Herbal Education Specialist at Pukka.
‘We lose fluid through sweating, menstruation, respiration, urination and other bodily functions and when we don’t replenish this lost liquid, our health starts to suffer straight away.’
However, if plain water doesn’t appeal, herbal teas offer a tasty alternative.
‘Herbal teas are made by steeping herbs, flowers, or roots in freshly boiled water. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in many herbs have shown to provide many short and long-term health benefits, ranging from helping digestion, relieving stress, to supporting the body’s immune system,’ explains Holly.
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Holly explains: ‘After topping up your hydration levels, you may notice a decline in fatigue, fuzzy thinking, brain fog and those irritating headaches may even disappear.’
Fill a glass or stainless steel water bottle in the morning and take it with you wherever you go. Your water bottle then becomes a visual reminder to keep drinking too. Some bottles even have a compartment you can use to infuse extra flavour such as chopped fresh herbs such as mint, lemon balm or rosemary, cucumber or fruit.
‘Mint tea offers cooling and energizing properties thanks to invigorating essential oils like menthol, which relax muscles in the head and neck, and awaken the senses to keep you feeling rejuvenated.’
‘Dehydration can impair cognitive function, memory and your ability to concentrate,’ says Holly who adds that keeping fluid levels up can sharpen your senses and keep you focused and alert throughout the day.
Try Pukka’s Tulsi Clarity tea to clear away those mental clouds and improve mental clarity. Tulsi has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic tradition to improve the body’s response to physical and mental challenges. Busy day? Opt for Tulsi!
Move smooth and help joints and muscles
As temperatures start to rise, we lose more water through sweat - the body’s natural response to help keep cool and maintain core body temperature. Plus, we lose even more when exercising.
‘If the body is not hydrated it will move water initially from joints and then from muscles to maintain normal blood pressure,’ says Holly.
Hydrate post workout with Pukka’s Turmeric Active tea; its spicy blend helps ease muscular tension, aches and pains.
Maintain healthy digestion
Constipation can often be a warning sign of dehydration.
Holly explains that water flushes out impurities and other substances that your body no longer needs. ‘It is essential for kidney and liver function as well as digestion. Poor hydration however slows your digestive system right down.’
She adds: ‘If you’re not drinking enough fluids, your colon will try to absorb all water from your digestive tract leaving hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.’
Kickstart your digestion with water or try Pukka’s Feel New tea, which contains turmeric, fennel, cardamon and aniseed to support elimination and ease bloating and indigestion.
Improve your mood
Interestingly, stress can cause us to lose water.
‘When we’re stressed, our heart rate increases which may lead to heavy breathing and loss of fluids. We may forget to drink or might turn to stimulants such as caffeine, which could de hydrate the body more,’ says Holly.
She recommends a moment to unwind with relaxing herbs such as chamomile, lavender and valerian.
Get the glow
The skin, our biggest organ, is said to contain around 64% water, so depriving it off fluid will leave it looking shriveled and lifeless.
‘Drinking plenty of fresh filtered water daily will help to keep skin cells plump,’ says Holly who adds that a daily batch of iced ted is a refreshing way to keep skin glowing.
Try making iced tea with zesty herbals such as Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey tea. Make the tea as normal, allow to cool, add some ice and enjoy!