How do you tell yourself to drink more water? Try infusing your drinks!

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“Drink water, drink more water!!” This is a phrase all Malaysians are very familiar with. Parents remind their kids to drink water all the time – There has been too much emphasis on the benefits of drinking water regularly – yet it is still a challenge telling and reminding yourself to drink more water. We have compiled some tips which works for us – do try it out!Step 1 – Make drinking water a morning habit

Always ensure that you drink a glass of water every morning before you are off to work. With technology becoming a necessity in our lifestyle, there are even mobile apps that remind you to drink water throughout the day. Look it up!

Step 2 - Buy a nice water bottle

It could be pretty, colourful, edgy or designed with your favorite fictional character. Anything that appeals to you. Study shows that one will be inclined to drink more water if the bottle is nicer. So why wait? A good reason to start shopping now!

Step 3 - Spice it up

Order something spicy that helps to increase the water intake into your body. Malaysia is a country full with colourful spices - red curry, green curry, sambal, belacan and cili padi - It is a cruel way to do it but this helps you to drink the most amount of water! Try HOT PEPPERS and be amazed!

Step 4 – Eat and infuse your water

Seek fruits and vegetables that contain lots of water, when you consume them, it helps you meet the daily target of water sooner. It’s also easier to drink water, especially when it is infused with your favorite fruits or vegetables – Infused sparkling water is an upcoming trend, you can now find endless beautiful mason jars filled with colourful infused drinks images on social media. SodaXpress Sphera-T makes it easier for you to DIY your own concoction of infused drinks. In just 3 seconds, you turn boring plain water into bubbly sparkling water – Try it today!

Step-by-Step Guide - Infused Sparkling Water with SodaXpress

Step 1 - Pick any combination of the following:

  • Lemon + Mint
  • Cucumber + Mint
  • Orange + Rosemary
  • Cucumber + Lemon
  • Kiwi + Watermelon
    Or let your creativity juice flows – combine any fruits and herbs of your choice.

Step 2 - .Cut the fruits/vegetables/herbs into cubes or long stripes

Step 3 -  Fill SodaXpress carbonating bottles with cold water, CLICK the bottle onto the machine, PRESS the carbonating button for 2 seconds, and RELEASE the bottle.

Step 4 - Put the cut fruits/vegetable/herbs into SodaXpress bottles and close the bottle cap tightly.

Step 5 - Chil the bottle in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours

Step 6 - Pour the Sparkling water and enjoy!

*Gentle reminder, please wash the fruits/vegetables/herbs thoroughly to remove any trace of chemicals which may be attached to the fruit peel/surface.

References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/05/22/drink-more-water_n_7421876.html

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/drink-more-water/add-your-own-flavor

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-da-1678956552

http://www.wikihow.com/Drink-More-Water-Every-Day

http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/how-to-drink-more-water#.xh8l0LYQj

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1014&page=2

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    Top 3 recipes to make your own isotonic drinks at home

    Admin SodaXpress

    Hydration is crucial in any endurance sport, both at professional and amateur level. Bad hydration inevitably leads to poor performance and can cause tendinitis and other detrimental health problems. The endurance athlete must drink on a regular basis before, during and after exercise. Besides drinking plain water, alternatively, sparkling water is the best fit to improve the quality of life.

    You see athletes chugging down bottles of the neon-coloured liquid in every ad and real life, surely they do something, and they do. They help you maintain your body’s balance of electrolytes during or after periods of heavier exercise. However upon closer look, you’re really just paying an outrageous price for glorified, brightly coloured, sugar water. An overload of processed and refined sweetener (in the case of sports drinks, high-fructose corn syrup) is never a good thing. While artificial flavours and colours don’t technically do much to your health, a part of me just shies away from the idea of ingesting things that are “fake.” Yet with introductory of sparkling water have create the opportunities that fit our lifestyle. As easy accessibility and convenient make available by SodaXpress, it will be no longer to “Fake but is genuinely real”.

    For many, sometimes water just won’t hit the spot. You’ve lost a significant amount of electrolytes during that killer sweat session, making it essential to replenish nutrients— and quickly! But store-bought energy drinks can add up, in both dollars and calories. Furthermore sparkling water being the natural therapy.  We collected some of our favourite homemade sports drinks. From citrus-based workout drinks to a quick and easy DIY “Gatorade,” we’ve got something for every athlete on-the-go. Bottoms up to zero sugar, zero calorie drinks!

    Gear up now with SodaXpress- Malaysia First’s Sparkling water maker.

    1. Lemon Sparkling Water

      Choice of athletes among all isotonic drink flavours. It’s fast and simple to prepare this drink. These two ingredients - potassium and vitamin B6 help to improve and increase electrolytes in both blood and body fluid for athletes. 

      Ingredients

      Lemon wedges / Ice / Sparkling water

      Step

      1. Squeeze 1/3 lemon juice in a glass
      2. Add slices of lemon and a pinch of salt
      3. Top up half glass with ice
      4. Add SodaXpress sparkling water and stir.
    1. Orange Sparkling Water

      Orange is an everyday fruit in our daily diet. It gives a quick boost of energy which continues to sustain for a period of time. It is classified as the athletes’ nutritional choice. Nutrients such as vitamin C, copper, calcium and fibres are found in oranges.

      Ingredients

      Orange / Ice / Sparkling water

      Step

      1. Squeeze 2/3 orange juice in a glass
      2. Add slices of orange & a pinch of salt
      3. Top up half glass with ice
      4. Add SodaXpress sparkling water & stir.
    1. Lemon Cucumber Sparkling Water

      Girls would love this recipe. Cucumbers are commonly used for facial. Mixing cucumber and lemon is another must-try isotonic option for athletes. Cucumber rejuvenates through energy boosting of Vitamin B and fibre aids in removing toxins from the body.

      Ingredients

      Lemon/ Cucumber / Ice / Sparkling water

      Step

      1. Squeeze 1/3 lemon juice in a glass
      2. Add slices of cucumber into the glass
      3. Add in a pinch of salt
      4. Top up half glass with ice
      5. Add SodaXpress sparkling water and stir

       

       

      References:

      http://www.sport-passion.fr/en/training/isotonic-drink.php

      http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/homemade-sports-drink-recipes/

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/health_and_fitness/4289704.stm

      http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15

      http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-dates/

      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271232.php

      http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/

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    Preparing to run – Do you know that it’s as important to stay hydrated even before training to run? Read to find out the health benefits of sparkling water.

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    Yes it’s not new discovery that we have to drink water after exercising, however many of us aren’t familiar with the notion of drinking water prior to that. Electrolytes are lost both in sweat and in urine. Some athletes lose a lot of it while others don't, apart from electrolytes, sodium and chloride are also lost. It’s imperative that you drink water before you run in order to prep your body for the loss in water it’s about to face.

    Runner’s World advises that you drink 8 to 16 ounces which roughly equates to 500ml one to two hours before a run. Stop drinking after about 16 ounces, so as to avoid extra fluids and extra bathroom trips, and then drink another four to eight ounces right before you start. That way, you’ll be well hydrated before your run, but you won’t have an excess of water rumbling around in your stomach. Consider following this recommendation adapted from The American College of Sports Medicine's Position Stands. Exercise and Fluid Replacement: Drink approximately 1 oz per every 10 lb of body weight 4 hours before running, and if profuse sweating is expected, drink 0.6 oz per every 10 lb of body weight 2 hours before a run.

    Still not convinced that pre-run hydration is important? Runner’s World reported on a 2010 study conducted by the Journal of Athletic Training that found that runners who started a 12K race dehydrated on an 80-degree day finished about two-and-a-half minutes slower compared to when they ran it hydrated. That is because hydration allows your blood volume to increase, which in turn increases your body’s ability to transfer heat, that way you won’t force your heart to beat faster and making it easier for your body to meet aerobic demands. In the days leading up to your long run, drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids. Not only does alcohol dehydrate you, but it can also prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. It's not a good idea to run with a hangover because you'll most likely be dehydrated when you start running. Your goal is to start hydrating for your next run at a time that is equal to the duration of your planned run. So if you have a 60-minute run, your hydration should be game on at t-minus one hour. Before a workout, your goal is to make sure that you have both food and fluids in your system.

    Staying hydrated is critical to your running performance and, more importantly, for preventing heat-related illnesses. Dehydration in athletes may lead to fatigue, headaches, decreased coordination, and muscle cramping. Other heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, have even more serious consequences. Runners need to pay attention to what and how much they’re drinking before, during and after exercise. Water helps our joints stay hydrated, ensuring they are lubricated.

    Fortunately, SodaXpress products have eased the process of staying hydrated.  Sparkling water has effortlessly made drinking more water easier, and it provides immediate hydration too! Are you excited by it? It is now made available to everyone living in Malaysia. For more information, please visit our website at www.sodaxpress.com

    References:

    1 -http://www.runnersworld.com/fuel-school/how-to-stay-hydrated-on-a-hot-run

    2 -http://www.runwindsor.com/hydration/

    3 -http://www.marathonnation.us/long-run/hydrate-or-die-how-to-hydrate-for-those-hot-long-runs/

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    Fellow Runners - Sharing a more exciting way to stay hydrated!

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    Running has become an increasing popular sport. It’s a trend you cannot dismiss. Every time you open your social media website, you’re bound to see a picture of your friend preparing or participating in a run. Many big cities are changing towards becoming more run friendly, take Istanbul for instance, the coast “Sahil Yolu” has much wider pavements that offer much safer running routes. Tokyo even have run pits appearing where you can take a shower, change and lock up your valuables.

    Running is a great sport because it improves physical, mental state of an individual and is also very effective in reducing stress along with blood pressure as it helps maintain the elasticity of arteries. Furthermore it can act as a great relaxation method for alleviating stress and unhealthy lifestyle, psychosomatic illnesses and other problems of modern life. Running is becoming more and more popular as it is one of the cheapest and most affordable forms of exercising. All you need is a pair of running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. Endurance running if not excessive, strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system. People are getting more and more aware of health benefits of running because being healthy is becoming very important for a modern man.

    As with every strenuous exercise, excessive sweating is definite. It is important for runners to replenish themselves with the fluid lost. Carbonated water seems like a great alternative for people who don’t like the taste of water, but who want to stay hydrated throughout the day. Many would question of the bubbly beverage is just as good for your body as the stuff that comes out of the faucet? Basically, yes. “Sparkling water can be just as hydrating as regular water,” according to Jennifer McDaniel, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Carbonated or sparkling water is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in water, creating carbonic acid. This process just adds bubbles — it does not add sugar, calories, or caffeine.

    In the two hours after a long run on a hot day, you need to consume 1.5 times the amount of water weight you lost during the run (weigh yourself before and after the run, without clothes to find this number of ounces). That means that if you lose two pounds (32 ounces) during the run, you need to drink 48 ounces of fluid.

    Drinking a vast amount of water alone just doesn’t quite cut it at times. Therefore, isotonic drinks often complete the whole picture. A great alternative to store-bought isotonic drinks is to make your own without artificial flavours or ingredients. Most importantly, you could go sugar-less or even sugar-free! Adding a pinch of salt to homemade sparkling water definitely does the rehydration trick! 

    Don't forget that you also need calories and electrolytes after those long runs in order to recover and run again in the coming days.

    References:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/517219-the-effects-of-carbonated-drinks-on-exercising/

    http://www.businessinsider.my/is-drinking-carbonated-water-the-same-as-drinking-regular-water-2014-2/#GQ0LrSxAh4pCrvVV.97

    http://www.psmag.com/health-and-behavior/will-seltzer-hydrate-me-64250

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/01/is-drinking-six-to-eight-cups-of-water-really-nonsense.aspx

    http://www.runnersworld.com/hydration-dehydration/drink-this

    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/sparkling-water-healthy-regular-water-article-1.1460179

     

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