“Are you drinking enough?”
An environmental consultant promotes tap water
Anyone who feels like they don’t always drink enough is not an isolated case: a third of Germans don’t drink enough water. Water is essential for our health and well-being – especially on hot days, which may now be more frequent due to climate change. “Water helps regulate body temperature and keeps the blood fluid so that it can optimally supply all the organs,” explains Jutta Eickelpasch, environmental advisor at the Kamen Consumer Advisory Center.
What you should know now:
How much should you drink?
Everyone should drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day. However, this approximate guideline value can increase three to four times, for example on hot summer days, during sports or heavy physical work. In particular, older people should make sure they run enough, as the feeling of thirst decreases with age.
What to drink
Recommended drinks are tap water, mineral water, juice shots made from a mixture of one part juice and three parts water, and unsweetened herbal and fruit teas. Drinks should always be on hand. “Whoever drinks tap water also saves money, preserves the environment and protects the climate,” explains environmental consultant Jutta Eickelpasch. Because it helps, among other things, to reduce the annual 16.5 billion single-use plastic bottles that end up in landfills throughout Germany.
Season the water and “eat” the water:
If tap water is too boring: it can be flavored without calories, for example with washed and chopped organic fruits, organic herbs, a pinch of juice or with cucumber, dill, fresh ginger slices or mint leaves. You can also “eat” water: Vegetables and fruits that contain a lot of water are ideal, such as cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelons and strawberries.
Colorful postcards with refreshing water recipes and flyers on all aspects of drinking water are available free of charge from the Consumer Advice Center in Kamen.
More information and things to know about drinking water from the NRW Consumer Advice Center at: