High-tech tricks to make tap water tasty06/06/2021
Stay hydrated this summer with…High-tech tricks to make tap water tasty
- 40 per cent of Brits have no idea how much water we should be consuming
- Dr Mayoni Gooneratne reveals ideal is one and a half to two litres a day
- Here, FEMAIL puts some of the latest hydration gadgets to the test
For years, celebrities have been attributing their glowing skin to drinking copious amounts of water — but a recent survey suggested 40 per cent of us have no idea how much water we really should be consuming.
The answer, according to Dr Mayoni Gooneratne, founder of preventative medicine specialists Human Health by The Clinic, is one and a half to two litres a day; ideally pure water rather than sugary drinks and juices.
But that’s a lot and it requires motivation. ‘The most effective method is to have a physical bottle on your desk, so you’re looking at it and thinking, “I’ve not drunk enough water”,’ says Dr Gooneratne.
Here, FEMAIL puts some of the latest hydration gadgets designed to help you have one and a half to two litres of water a day to the test. Pictured: Air Up starter set with two pods
Or you could cheat by trying one of the new products designed to help you — from smart water bottles to buzzing sweatbands to high-tech solutions. We put some of the latest hydration gadgets to the test . . .
PRETEND IT’S COFFEE
Air Up starter set with two pods, £29.95, air-up.com. (The two pods flavour ten litres)
This technology exploits the fact that 80 per cent of what we think of as taste actually comes via our nose; making your brain think you’re drinking something more exciting than water.
The starter set includes a bottle and two naturally flavoured pods which plug on to the mouthpiece and release an enticing smell into your nose as you drink. Flavours include apple, tangerine, iced coffee and cola. It’s plain water but that’s not what your brain thinks.
VERDICT: The flavour options taste (I mean smell) amazing, making me reach for this bottle more often. The downside (other than the cost of the pods — £5.95 for three) is the straw. It tastes rubbery. 4/5
KEEP IT SWEET
Jelly drops, Single tray, £7.95, jellydrops.com
Jennifer Barton said you’d need to chew a lot of Jelly drops (pictured) to reach the recommended daily amount
The brainchild of Lewis Hornby, who devised it as a way for his grandma Pat, who had dementia, to raise her water intake. The sugar-free sweets come in six fruit flavours and are 95 per cent water. Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Society, each tray of 24 sweets contains 300ml of water.
VERDICT: They look appealing and chewing a big sweet is more enjoyable than drinking a glass of water. But you’d need to chew a lot to reach the recommended daily amount. 3/5
SYNC WITH SUNSHINE
Equa smart water bottle, £74, amara.com
Jennifer said Equa smart water bottle (pictured) looks better than most of her handbags – but the charging is fiddly
The bottle glows to remind you to drink. It also syncs with an app that determines your ideal intake, taking the weather etc into account.
VERDICT: Stainless steel with a 680ml capacity, this looks better than most of my handbags — but the charging is fiddly. Save £30 and get the same design without smart features. 3.5/5
Waterdrop, Shiro Microdrink, £8.90 for 12, en.water drop.com
Jennifer said Waterdrop, Shiro Microdrink (pictured) is delicious, but could become an expensive habit
These fruit and herb infusions come in tiny cubes to dissolve in 400-600ml of water.
VERDICT: These are so delicious, they could become an expensive habit. 4/5
TIME FOR LIME
Drenched reusable smart infuser bottle, £24.99, stay-drenched.co.uk
Jennifer said Drenched reusable smart infuser bottle (pictured) adds zest to her drinks
This eco-friendly diffuser bottle holds 450ml of water. Put your favourite fruit into the pod, attach the lid, give it a good shake, then remove the infuser pod.
Jennifer said she enjoyed Super8 Sweatband and hydration reminder and bottle (pictured)
VERDICT: I’m now an infuser bottle convert. I’ve tried it with everything from lime to cucumber and love the added zest it gives my drinks 5/5
GAME FOR KIDS
Super8 Sweatband and hydration reminder and bottle, £17.95, super8 hydration.co.uk
Turns water-drinking into a game with a sweatband that has a zippered pocket containing a battery. The battery vibrates every one hour and 45 minutes, encouraging children to drink.
VERDICT: I tried an adult-sized wristband and enjoyed wearing it. My little one liked showing off her version in school. 4/5
GLOW FOR IT
HidrateSpark Steel, Insulated Stainless Steel Bluetooth Smart Water Bottle & Free Hydration Tracker App, £69.99 for 600ml, bottle. hidratespark.uk
Jennifer said HidrateSpark Steel, Insulated Stainless Steel Bluetooth Smart Water Bottle & Free Hydration Tracker App (pictured) is money very well spent
It keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and syncs with an app that calculates your daily water requirement. A neon light glows as a reminder to drink more if you’re not on track.
VERDICT: This is expensive but it’s money very well spent: no leaks, fresh, cold water and it’s easy to drink from. 4/5
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