Water is good for you.
Water helps to transport nutrients around your body, it moisturises the air that goes into your lungs, regulates metabolism and body temperature, and makes up a large percentage of your body parts. There are many other physiological benefits from consuming water, and from a traveller’s perspective, it’s cheap, low in calories and available is most places.
If you allow your body to become dehydrated, you’re at risk of headaches, constipation, kidney problems, as well as lethargy and fatigue. Even if you are only 20% dehydrated, death can come knocking. Symptoms of dehydration is dark coloured wee, dry skin, hunger, fatigue and most commonly – THIRST! By the time you are thirsty, you are dehydrated.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world and as you travel, the water supply changes from rivers and reservoirs to dams and desalination plants. The differing water supply can affect the flavour of the water, which is sometimes not very pleasant.
To take the ickiness out of tap water, try these suggestions…
- A sweetener like honey, syrup or stevia, and fresh lemon. Sprinkle in some cayenne pepper if you’re after a bit of kick.
- Cordial – we like to get Bickford’s diet lemon stuff because it’s not full of sugar, and we use only enough to flavour the water.
- Electrolyte powder – stuff like Gatorade powder delivers glucose and electrolytes to the water, but you can also make a home made version by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 litre of water with some lemon juice and other flavourings.
- BCAA powder – we use Scivation Xtend in the limited edition Pink Lemonade flavour. Blue Raspberry is also good but this powder tends to be really sweet so you only need half a scoop per litre.
- Lemon, lime and crushed mint
Herbal teas are great when it’s cold and you have access to a kettle or billy, but be careful as many teas are diuretics and can actually make you even more dehydrated because they encourage urination. Diuretic teas include dandelion tea and green tea.