Don’t ask me the perks of taking birth in mountains. I live, what most, wish…
But can I shrug off the perils? The biggest of which is the climate itself. You can well imagine how low the temperature bar goes here in winters or even spring and fall! It’s Spring already but we here still sleep under quilts, and our heaters are glowing nonstop red. Basically, Spring for us is just an extension of Winter season. No doubt, Winter has it’s own charm and uniqueness but we pay high for that.
WHAT’S THE FLIP SIDE?
Have you ever realized that YOU RARELY FEEL THIRSTY IN WINTERS, irrespective of the place? Have you? What can be expected of people who live in winter like conditions for a significant part of the year? Yeah, that’s our problem; we don’t feel the ‘need’ of drinking water most of the time leaving aside the meal time. It’s like we suffer from a ‘Winter Dry Spell’.
Alhough, hot fluids are easy on our bodies. Hence, hot water, milk, tea, coffee, soups etc make up for most of our water intake. Forget drinking normal water, even touching it needs courage sometimes. For us, you see, to drink water ‘as water’, in plenty, is a challenge in itself.
WHY STAYING HYDRATED IN MOUNTAINS IS A CHALLENGE?
I hope you have noticed that in winter you pay more visits to the loo, losing liters of water. Even then, you don’t feel like drinking any. Why?
The science behind this is that during low outside temperature, the blood flow to the peripheral body parts is restricted, thereby, increasing the blood volume in the core. Since the brain doesn’t sense the trouble, it doesn’t signals kidneys to restore any water, and which, therefore, goes abundantly in urine.
In actuality, the body, as a whole, is being dehydrated, whereas, the brain is being fooled, and the person’s thirst remain depressed. So… ‘this’ is the case with ‘us’, the high altitude residents, for like 6 months atleast, if not more. And it doesn’t end there, extending beyond, because it kind of becomes difficult to break the habit to not filling glass of plain water!
So guys, that’s how it is!
We live a badly dehydrated life here!
Dehydration, as you know, is not good for our body irrespective of place we live. No doubt, people in low heights or plains also lose water by sweating, but their brain knows that, it elevates the thirst, thereby making up for the loss.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DONT DRINK ENOUGH WATER?
First, we in the mountains, don’t drink much water, second, the air up here, is drier, and third, we can’t do without hot baths! What worse can we do to our body? The lack of hydration easily becomes visible on our uncovered body parts if we are of somewhat casual attitude!
Water intake is not only necessary for hydrating ourselves but also to get rid of the unwanted metabolites which are popularly called toxins, from the body.
If there is insufficiency of water in the body, these toxins build up and interfere in the normal cellular functions.
If I talk about the major excretory product of our body i.e. urea, atleast 50ml of water is required to remove one gram of it. That is a fact. If you are not drinking enough, the kidneys will continue extracting water from the body fluids altering homeostasis, the steady state of body, and in no time the body will be malfunctioning too. Not to mention the impact of toxins that are accumulating due to water scarcity.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
Well, it’s simple.
Drink water…even if you don’t feel like…Voluntary hydration is the only way.
We have to discover ways or excuses to gulp down gallons of water directly or indirectly. It is advocated that a person should drink plenty of water daily, irrespective of season or place.
HOW DO I DO THAT?
- By keeping a thermos handy, on the bedside. I fill it with hot water to night. I know mornings in hills are chilly. So, I start my day drinking that water. (Thermos helps in maintaing the temperature, and I can hydrate myself without the botheration of coming out of the bed.
- I carry warm water outdoors
But tell you the truth, this becomes monotonous soon. Moreover, to break the habit of not drinking water, I need to make my water interesting! And that, I do by adding some flavoured twist like making infused water!
WHAT IS INFUSED WATER?
Infused water is the latest fad, also known as Detox Water. It is kind of flavoured water.
Simply, wash and slice fruits according to your liking like citrus, cucumber, watermelon, strawberries. Immerse them in purified water for atleast 2 hrs with mint or basil leaves, and discarding the fruits, drink the water. There are countless recipes on internet that can be checked out or you can improvise on your own.
WHICH UTENSILS TO BE USED TO MAKE INFUSED WATER?
- Avoid metal and plasticwares.
- Glass is best suitable material for preparing the Infused water.
DO I HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?
As a matter of fact, Yes!
My love for green tea is an open secrete now. Plus, I need to break my ‘Winter Dry Spell’ and increase my water intake. Hence, out of the list of products what attracted my attention most, is the Double walled Infuser bottle.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE INSTACUPPA INFUSER BOTTLE?
- It is made of Borosilicate glass which is resistant to temperature variations.
- Outer Neoprene sleeve helps to maintain the temperature of liquid inside.
- The lid is made up of ecofriendly bamboo and is lined with silicon, making the bottle air tight.
- And best part, it can be used in two ways- cold infusion or hot –fruit infusion or green tea/coffee infusion. Use hot or cold water depending upon the need without worry.
- The stainless steel strainer is rustfree and gives you freedom to use loose tea leaves, therefore, economical
Isn’t this product tailor-made for a me?
Flavour reimagined and Hydration accomplished 👍.
What else do I need?
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