Scottish Water does more than turn on the taps

by Holyrood PR

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

28-FEB-Love-TokenTurning on your Scottish Water taps could do more than just fill up a glass of water this Valentine’s Day.

Drinking between 6 and 8 glasses of water a day could actually help keep those pulses racing – far from pouring cold water on your Valentine’s plans.

Keeping your body hydrated will help to keep your heart healthy, protect that charming smile and give you more energy for whatever you have in mind on February 14th.

Recent research has shown that keeping your body adequately hydrated can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 46% in men and 59% in women.

Keeping properly hydrated can also help your blood flowing and prevent clots forming as water forms a major part of your blood.

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland spokesperson Louise Peardon said: “There’s nothing better than water to quench your thirst when keeping active and reducing your risk of coronary heart disease.

“Keeping active is part of a heart healthy lifestyle which includes eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and cutting down on fatty or sugary food and drinks.”

Scottish Water also recently achieved a world first in receiving accreditation for its drinking water from the British Dental Health Foundation.

Because the water coming straight from the tap doesn’t contain sugar, fat or any calories it helps to keep your teeth, bones, hair and nails healthy.

Chris Wallace, Director of Communications for Scottish Water, said: “About two-thirds of your body is made up from water and it is therefore a vital nutrient.

“It lubricates joints, keeps your skin soft, your teeth healthy and maintains hydrated and healthy muscles such as, most importantly, the heart.

“We’re looking to encourage people of all ages to drink the recommended quantity of water every day – whether young or old, it’s very important to keep your body properly hydrated.”

Scottish Water delivers over 2 billion litres of water direct to peoples’ taps across Scotland for, on average, less than a pound a day per person.

They are investing around £550 million in improving the quality of Scotland’s drinking water – keeping Scots fresh, healthy and ready for action.

 

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