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WaterCoolersDirect.com is celebrating this historic year in Rugby!

25 August 2015 (0) comments

With the Rugby World Cup around the corner, WaterCoolersDirect has written a brief blog on the history of Rugby with a few facts so you’re not left short when discussing this great sport!

The Origins of Rugby

Rugby has been a popular sport for well over a hundred years. This historic English game has evolved over the years to become the sport we know and love today. It originated when a schoolboy called William Webb Ellis was playing football and decided to pick up the ball and run with it in 1823 at Rugby School. After that rugby football was played across the UK with varying rules and no real consistency. It wasn’t until 1871 that a number of clubs met to form the Rugby Football Union and a set of rules were enforced.

The first International game of Rugby was played in 1871 at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, England vs. Scotland. The English team wore all white with a red rose and the Scottish team wore brown shirts with a thistle and white cricket flannels. The Scottish team were victorious, winning with a successful conversion kick.

By the end of the 19th century Rugby’s popularity as a sport had travelled across the globe, and was being played regularly and competitively in Australia and America.

The game of Rugby continued to evolve with new rules and conducts of play. In 1877 the number of players on a team reduced from 20 to 15. The ball, which was originally made from pig’s bladder and was more spherical in shape, was redesigned with a rubber bladder and a more oval shape in 1862. The rugby ball was redesigned again in the late 1980’s because it would often become water logged, it was replaced with the waterproof synthetic balls we play with today!

Fun Rugby Facts

  • The first Rugby World Cup was held in 1987

  • The Rugby World Cup 2015 is the 8th tournament of its kind

  • The trophy that is won is called the Web Ellis Cup

  • Only rugby players who have won the world cup can touch the Web Ellis Cup

  • 281 matches have been played in Rugby World Cup history

  • England is the only northern hemisphere country to win the Rugby World Cup

  • New Zealand won the first Rugby World Cup

  • New Zealand, South Africa and Australia have all won the world cup twice


Here’s another rugby fact!

Did you know that Rugby World Cup and celebrity MasterChef winner, Phil Vickery MBE, is WaterCoolersDirect.com’s  Aquatap ambassador?

The Aquatap is the latest kitchen innovation from British manufacturer, Heatrae Sadia, specialists in hot water heating systems and now hot taps for drinking water. In concert with the rugby star, known on the pitch as the Raging Bull, the Aquatap boasts British design and style, high performance, and robustness; a true workhorse. As the only British product in the hot tap market, the endorsement from Phil Vickery is set to capitalise on the shared values between his heritage, career and the Aquatap brand.  

Whilst filming the Aquatap video, Phil Vickery MBE said: “Whether I’m on the rugby field, in the kitchen or the boardroom, I like smart thinking and operating, and kit that I can trust, time and time again. With an Aquatap there is no need to wait for a cuppa or miss out on life! I am pleased to be working with WaterCoolersDirect in promoting this great British product – it’s really impressive and does away with the kettle.”

If you want to find out what Phil is talking about watch the full video here.

References: youthsporttrust.org, rugbyfootballhistory.com, rugbyschool.net

Bored of water? Nutritional therapist, Naomi Mead, tells you 5 exciting ways to drink water!

20 August 2015 (0) comments

Do you ever just forget to drink water, or rely on tea and coffee to keep hydrated throughout the day? Is it only when a real thirst kicks in at the end of the afternoon, that you even think about having a glass of water? (And then opt for a glass of wine instead!)

Do you quite simply just find drinking water pretty boring?!

Even with the very best of intentions, and a large bottle of Evian sat smugly pride of place on the office desk; most of us know that we’re not actually drinking enough water. And the statistics confirm this; according to a large survey, 89% of us are not drinking enough water to maintain healthy hydration levels. In fact 13% of women and 20% of men admit to drinking no water AT ALL during the day.

So what are the consequences of this? Common symptoms of dehydration include thirst (yep, if you’re thirsty you’re already too dehydrated), dizziness, headaches and fatigue. But further to this, research suggests that even mild dehydration can have a significant impact on mood, energy levels and cognitive function. That 3pm slump you experience? It could well be because you haven’t had enough water. Not having enough fluids can also lead to digestive problems such as bloating and constipation. Not good.

So should you be drinking more water? Yes, probably! But if you struggle to glug down the clear stuff, here are 5 ways of making it a bit more exciting…

1. Infuse your water with fresh fruit and fresh herbs, to give it a delicious, natural flavour. The possible combinations are endless, but some of our favourites include lemon + fresh ginger, strawberry, lemon & basil, and watermelon + mint. Infruition water bottles are a recent discovery of ours, and we LOVE them. You simply put your chosen fruit/ fresh herbs into the capsule in the bottle, and let it infuse away! There are 2 options: a glass bottle or a plastic sports bottle, and both come in red, green, blue or yellow.

2. Give it a hint of flavour– many people tell me that the only way they can drink water is in the form of squash. The problem with squash is that it’s packed with sugar, and the sugar-free versions contain nasty artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Stur is a water flavour enhancer that is free of both sugar and artificial sweeteners, and is instead contains stevia- a natural plant-derived sweetener.

3. Have a cuppa- herbal and fruit teas are a particularly good alternative to drinking water when it’s cold outside! We love Pukka teas, the Three Ginger is particularly delicious, and you also can’t beat a fresh mint tea. 

4. Eat your water- there are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables with a high water content, and incorporating these “juicy” foods into our diets can help ensure that we stay well hydrated! Quench your thirst with the following fruit and vegetables to eat your water, and get the added boost of vitamins and phytonutrients at the same time-

    • Cucumber – cucumbers are composed almost entirely of water, and form the perfect base for juices and smoothies. Chopped cucumber snacks are also a fantastic to-go snack, delicious dipped in hummus! Cucumber is a fantastic source of silica which helps to strengthen nails and hair, and keep them shiny! It is also rich in other skin-friendly nutrients including vitamin C, beta carotene and magnesium.
    • Watermelon– as their name suggests, watermelons are high in water, around 92%. Deliciously refreshing, watermelon combines perfectly with feta and mint in a summer salad.
    • Tomatoes – ripe tomatoes consist of around 94% water, and this one of the reasons why a bloody Mary makes such a good morning-after drink!
    • Iceberg lettuce– often shunned in favour of the more nutrient-rich (and trendy) greens such as kale, spinach and watercress, when it comes to water content iceberg lettuce comes top of the leaves! It may have gone out of fashion in the 1990s, but you can boost your water content by incorporating some of this crunchy lettuce into your salads.

5. Make soup- a stock-based soup packed with veggies is a great way of upping your water intake! Just be careful of shop-bought soups as some of them can have a high salt content (always check the label- high is more than 1.5g salt (0.6g sodium) per 100g). Wherever you can, make your own. Try our favourite miso soup recipe.


Fall back in love with water by Naomi Mead, Nutritional Therapist

13 August 2015 (0) comments

Fall back in love with water!

It’s easy to think of water as ordinary, boring even, and to forget that 60% of our entire body is made of the stuff! Why do we seem to pay so little attention to something as essential to our nourishment and wellbeing as water? We spoke to Nutritional Therapist and health & nutrition writer Naomi Mead to get her best advice and how to rediscover and fall back in love with water.

1. How do you adapt your daily routine to maximise your water intake?

  • I always begin the day with a glass of warm water with a slice of fresh lemon, as this then sets a precedent for the rest of the day.
  • I always ensure that I carry a water bottle with me at all times. I’m a huge fan of Infruition water bottles.
  • Always ask for water at the table when I go out to eat. I also ensure that I match every alcoholic drink with a glass of water.


2. How can we make sure we’re drinking enough water at work?

  • Keep a bottle of water with you on your desk. If it’s in your line of vision, you are less likely to forget to have a drink.
  • Set a few alerts on your phone throughout the day to remind yourself! (Try WaterCoolersDirect.com Drink Alarm App!)**
  • Switching your tea or coffee for herbal teas is a great way to up your fluid intake, especially during the winter months (when it can be harder to keep water intake up). Peppermint, fennel and ginger are all good options, especially post lunch as they provide additional digestive support. However, most importantly choose one you enjoy and will want to drink more of.


3. What are your top tips for falling back in love with water?

  • Infuse your water with fresh fruits and herbs, which can add flavour to your water, and give you an added boost of vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients at the same time.
  • Fresh lemon + ginger, strawberry + basil, and rosemary + grapefruit are just a few delicious combinations you can try.


4. In your experience working to transform peoples’ nutritional habits, what are the most common misconceptions around water and hydration?

  • That you don’t need to drink water until you feel thirsty. The truth is that our thirst sensation doesn’t actually kick in until we’re around 1- 2% dehydrated, and by this time it may already be having a negative impact on how the body and mind functions. Don’t wait until you are feeling thirsty before having a glass of water. Instead, focus on sipping water throughout the day, little and often, so you’re not allowing your body to get to the point where you absolutely need a drink.
  • Confusing the symptoms of thirst for hunger is another commonly made mistake, so if it hasn’t been long since you last ate something; try a glass of water first!
  • Most individuals know that they should probably be drinking more water (the classic “2 litres a day” mantra!), but don’t necessarily understand why. For example, even mild dehydration can have a significant impact on mood, energy levels and mental performance.
  • That you should drink 2 litres a day! This figure has no sound scientific basis and doesn’t take into account individuality or activity levels. The colour of your urine is actually the best indicator of your hydration levels. It should be pale, almost straw-coloured; any darker and it’s a sign that you are dehydrated.


5. What’s the truth on the coffee, black tea vs water dilemma. Can we supplement our hydration through drinking beverages other than water? Or is that itself a myth?

  • You can boost your water intake by upping your fruit and vegetable intake. Cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, spinach and watermelon are all at least 90% water, so pack your diet with these juicy foods.
  • Although caffeine is a diuretic, caffeinated drinks still contribute towards your fluid intake. However, caffeine, especially in large quantities, can have other negative health effects in some individuals. There is no substitute for drinking pure water; caffeinated drinks, in moderation, can supplement this but should never replace it.

Naomi Mead is a Nutritional Therapist trained and accredited at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition. She is also an established health and nutrition writer and provides regular content for publications and websites, including Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and Cotswold Life Magazine. Naomi offers one-on-one consultations, group talks and cookery workshops, and has a particular interest in the areas of weight management, female health, and sports nutrition. Her approach is both supportive and very practical, and she will provide you with nutritional advice tailored to your individual goals and lifestyle.

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