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"Even a two per cent body loss mass due to dehydration can impair physical and mental performance", said Bridget Benelam, Senior Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) speaking at a recent conference in London. So drinking around 8 glasses of fluid, preferably water, every day is a good way to stay in shape mentally and physically.

But it's not just your physical and mental performance that matters. At this time of year, looking good matters too and one of the best ways to help skin, stressed as it is coping with the freezing outdoors and contrasting overheated rooms. Drinking more fluid, of the non-alcoholic variety, will also help keep skin looking glowing – and if you want to avoid piling on the calories bottled water is a good choice all round.

Of course, bottled water will almost certainly make it onto most shopping lists for what is becoming the traditional post-festive healthy regime this New Year. But British Bottled Water Producers remind us that there nothing like a happy, headache-free Christmas and New Year so you might want to ensure you drink plenty of water before, not just after, 1 January.

British Bottled Water Producers offers a few seasonal tips to make sure that you can raise a glass to good health and, who knows, perhaps ward off that 1st January headache.

  • Water is a bit like chocolate… at least in one respect: if it's available, we tend to consume it. So make sure that bottled water is readily to hand – especially during parties, heavy meals, just before bedtime and when you are likely to be most dehydrated – as soon as you wake in the morning.
  • Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day even during these cold winter days. Artificial heating and drinking alcohol means that you can become almost as dehydrated as much in winter as on a hot Summer's day.
  • Even mild dehydration can produce unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, lethargy and mood swings. Moderate dehydration can lead to constipation, poor skin and more serious health problems. Water is arguably the best way to avoid these problems.
  • Bottled water is free from chemicals that many of us want to avoid and it contains useful trace minerals. Water companies bottling spring waters and natural mineral waters may only do so if the water is microbiologically safe. In the case of natural mineral waters nothing may be done to alter their natural, wholesome characteristics. This means that these bottled water suppliers must fiercely protect the environment from which the water is drawn, making this one of the few industries that actually has a vested interest in enhancing the countryside and keeping it clean and green.
  • Remember, water is calorie-free so drink to your heart's content, to make your skin glow and at the same time ensure that your waistline stays as it should. Water is kind to teeth as well and for obvious reasons it’s also a great option for those who are driving this Christmas.

The evidence is also that water also helps boost your energy levels, prevent a range of minor health problems and also avoid some chronic conditions including kidney stones and some cancers. There is also evidence that a good intake of water is associated with a reduced risk of chronic health conditions. For instance, scientists found that drinking mineral water specifically was associated with a rough halving in the risk of bladder cancer. Water also helps prevent kidney stones, which affect one in ten men and one in twenty women at some point in their lives, causing great pain. Another scientific study found that women consuming five or more glasses of water per day had about half the risk of developing cancer of the colon compared to women consuming two or fewer glasses of water per day.

It's not just you who will benefit from having water stocks in the house this Christmas. Children need even more fluid, as a proportion of their body weight, than adults. According to Vanessa Shaw MBE, Head of Dietetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, speaking at the recent BNF conference, “Water depletion is more likely in children”. Children need to ‘learn’ to drink and so often become thirsty and dehydrated if not reminded to consume fluid, says Vanessa Shaw.

Britons drink over 2 billion litres* of bottled water every year, and most of this is naturally cleansed mineral and spring waters.


Article posted on: 11 November 2013


The trend towards healthy eating and drinking means that more people are buying bottled water. We're mostly made of water. Water is life-giving and vital.

In the UK we now buy more than 2 billion litres a year. As we consume more water many people naturally want to know that the water they drink is free from unwanted additives; they want to identify the source of the water; and more and more Britons want to avoid unnecessary ‘food miles’.

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