Health Your heart loves purified water September 17, 2015 The 29th of September 2015 is World Heart Day when international focus will be on doing what’s best for our hard-working hearts. But did you know, one of the best (and simplest) things you can do for your heart is having a drink of purified water? Boost your heart with water It really is that easy. Keeping your body hydrated helps your heart pump your blood more easily through your blood vessels. And as temperatures rise and you start doing more exercise, the water helps your heart pump blood to the muscles and helps the muscles work more efficiently. Dehydration can be a serious condition and leads to problems, from headaches to swollen feet and even heat stroke, a potentially life-threatening condition. Optimum water consumption = optimum health So how much water do you need to keep your heart and body healthy? Well it depends on a number of things – from your general health, to the exercise you’re doing, and to the weather. People with diabetes or heart disease need to drink more water than average. And if you’re taking medication – ensure it’s not acting as a diuretic. Athletes who are doing heavy training can weigh themselves before and after training. A good rule of thumb is for every half kg you lose, you need to replenish it with 500mls of water. If you don’t sweat during vigorous physical exercise – beware, you could be suffering from heat exhaustion. But on a daily basis, most health professionals agree you need to drink 30mls of water for every kg you weigh. So a woman who weighs 50kgs would need to drink 1.5 litres of water a day to stay healthy and hydrated. Keep healthy with purified water Ensure you’re getting the very best in quality, purified water by purifying your tap water with a filtration system. H2O is the exclusive distributor in South Africa of KDF ® Water Filters, which guarantee the finest quality water. KDF filters remove chlorine, iron, hydrogen sulphide and heavy metals from water and controls scale, bacteria and algae. So to get the best quality and taste out of your water, look at H2O’s range of filtration systems and portable personal water bottles. They’ll keep you hydrated with a constant supply of 100% purified water 24/7 and complete peace of mind. Remember, it’s what’s inside that counts.