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Drink more water, and make it sexy!

So, we all know that we should be drinking plenty of water in order to stay healthy. There are many various opinions as to how much water the average adult should drink, the most commonly accepted being 2 litres per day. If you’re an active person (which, if you are an IPDA client, then yes you are!) then you should definitely aim to drink at least that amount, if not more, especially on your training days.

Common sense tells us that we should drink plenty of water to prevent fatigue, promote inner cleanliness and better body function. We all know we need to do it but with our busy lifestyles it can be easily overlooked. Staying hydrated also can help you to become more flexible, as your muscles and brain can work better to allow you to do that.

Drinking water may not be the sexiest of topics, but I do have some handy tips and a ‘recipe’ that will help you to drink more water and make it more fun. I always buy Volvic or Evian water in 6×2 litre bulk packs and keep them in the boot of my car so I’ve always got plenty. Grab a pack anytime you are at the supermarket. It’s very cheap to buy water this way. Or you can buy the Bobble water bottle to filter your water. Bottled water tends to be more pure than tap water; I’m from Louth where the tap water has a LOT of lime and heavy metals. Drinking stuff like this over a period of time will have an effect on your body, so don’t just drink any old water!

Secondly I follow this recipe which helps make water taste really good! It’s full of flavour and the added extras give you a bit of a healthy kick! If you’re a fan of mojitos, you’ll like the taste of this. Ok I may be stretching it when I say that I can make water taste like a mojito, but it certainly has the minty and limey taste that I love.

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Minty Lemon Lime & Cucumber Water
1 x 2 litre bottle of water
1/2 lemon
1/2 lime
Approx 1/4 of a cucumber, cut into lengths
A handful of mint leaves

1. Make some space in your water bottle for the mint, lime, lemon and cucumber, drink about 150-200ml!
2. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and lime halves and mix into the water.
3. Cut the cucumber into lengths narrow enough to fit into the mouth of the bottle and add to the water.
4. Add the mint leaves.
5. Give it a shake!
6. You can drink immediately, but for best effect let the water sit in the fridge for an hour or do. Drink this water within a few hours if you are on the go.

You can adjust the amounts of ingredients based on personal preference. I love lemons and limes so I always squeeze the whole fruit into my water bottle, but this may not suit you when you are trying this for the first time!

Be sure to cut the bottle open when you are finished to remove the soggy leftovers, then reycle the plastic.

And there is your easy water ‘recipe’! Enjoy!

Arlene x

Arlene Caffrey