Our favourite house plants do so much for us, and ask for so little in return.Looking at the aloe vera on your bathroom windowsill in the morning can fill you with joy that only greenery can, while upping the oxygen in the air at the same time.So why is it that we get looking after them so wrong? One moment they’re plump and green, and losing their will to live the next.Put that watering can down; here’s what to do (and not do) to keep your succulents and cacti happy and healthy.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:This delicious type of cheese is now a superfoodYou can buy a magnum of prosecco for £10.99 this bank holiday weekendAsda is selling candy floss flavoured grapes
The health benefits of water have been widely flouted. So aware are you of the importance of drinking H2O you’re probably reading this while swigging your bottle of water right now.
Ice serves two purposes – firstly it cools your drink and makes drinks look a bit fancier but it also adds extra water intake to your drink, providing more water as it melts. You don’t have to just drink your water intake, don’t forget that food has water in it as well. Snacking on foods high in water content is a great, healthy way to get hydrated (and beat hunger!).
“I felt ashamed. I did not like looking in mirrors. It made me feel gross,” 23-year-old Natalie Burtina tells the Daily Mail.
It was all too good to be true - the health benefit claims of ‘super water’ have now been dismissed as rubbish by experts. Mike Lean, professor of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow, told The Sunday Times there was no scientific evidence to support many of the reported health benefits of ‘super waters’. Elaine Allerton, from the British Dietetic Association, also said that some drinks’ claims to “detoxify” the body have no evidence behind them.
Drinking enough water is a health message that’s been broadcast loud and clear. “Some people are such water-drinking devotees that they are aquaholics,” says Manhattan osteopathic physician Christopher Calapai. The result is overhydration, or hyponatremia, which is a term used to describe a low concentration of sodium in the blood that can be dangerous or even life-threatening. Overhydration is the most common electrolyte imbalance in hospitals, occurring in about two percent of all people, Calapai says.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that 1.6 gallons of water are wasted every time we flush the toilet. If the average adult urinates around seven times daily, this means that 42 litres of water are being used to flush the urine away.
While most of us may not give too much thought into washing produce, experts say we should be thoroughly rinsing all fruits and vegetables before eating them. The Environmental Working Group recently published a list of the dirtiest produce on the market. While it’s no surprise that pesticides are used while growing fruit, it’s up to us as to how much bacteria we actually consume.