Summer is wrapping up and school supplies are being bought! This is often a love/hate part of the year, new changes, exciting adventures, but also the reality of studying and tests is always around the corner. We want to encourage each of you to keep the good work, and to the parents who are helping their children get ready for this school year, we want to encourage you too!
Amidst this time, we thought to talk about something you might consider “throwing in the backpack” this school year. A reusable water bottle.
One reason to consider using a reusable water bottle instead of bottled water is that you can be confidant of the quality of water which you are using. For instance, if you have reverse osmosis system at home, it’s easy to simply fill up your water bottle before heading out to face the challenges of the day.
While filling up your water bottle with tap water is an option – keeping it fresh with purified drinking water is the way to go, in our opinion. Check out this article we wrote about the contaminants that are found in household tap water.
Along with academic goals, you might be focused on achieving health milestones as well – which is great! It’s indisputable that drinking more water is an incredible benefit to your body. In a culture of starbucks, high-fructose corn syrup, and just about every flavor you can imagine, it’s easy to lets days go by without drinking a single glass of pure water.
We’ve heard countless stories of people commiting to drinking water consistently and the results were life-changing.
Try to take a step back and look at your health goals holistically – food intake, nutrition, physical activity, and water intake are all important to consider when planning out your health goals.
Having a water bottle tucked away in your backpack can make it easy to take a quick drink as you’re walking between classes, while building a healthy lifestyle at the same time.
Hydrate and Win
Dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness, sleepiness, dry skin, and more. Your body has a definitive reaction process for needing water. In fact, a human can’t survive more than a few days without water – and going anywhere near that long without water can cause serious health effects.
You might be saying to yourself that you’re never dehydrated, that you drink “enough” water. Consider a plant, it has a threshold of how much water it NEEDS to survive, and as long as it receives at least that amount of water it will survive. But if you give that plant more than it “needs to survive”, it won’t survive – but it will thrive!
Humans are the same way. You can drink “enough” water and be okay, but if you drank more you might be surprised by the radical differences you notice! And then you’ll wonder how you lived at all before making this change.
Plastic pollution is a growing concern in the U.S.. A major use of single-use plastic is bottled-water – but there is an easy solution!
Using a reusable water bottle removes the need for buying bottled water.
Our Favorite Water Bottles
Not that you asked or anything – but here’s two of our favorite water bottles!
#1. Can’t go wrong with it! Nalgene
Nalgene water bottles are tried and true. They won’t let you down no matter what activity you’re conquering. I’ve been using nalgene for years and have always been super impressed by the ruggedness and practicality. Also pretty easy on the wallet – which is a bonus.
#2. Hot or Cold… for a long time! Hydro Flask
These are amazing. Will keep a drink cold for what seems like days.. Same with a hot drink! They were designed for outdoor use and can stand the test of time. I was given a Hydro Flask as a gift a year or two back and I LOVE using it!
Tips on Using a Water Bottle
Here’s a few tips that might help when making the switch to a water bottle lifestyle:
- Work towards a goal of how much water you want to drink everyday – it doesn’t have to be a lot to start off, even just 12 ounces per day is a great place to start!
- You don’t have to wash your bottle everyday, but try to wash it at least once per week to keep it super clean.
- Get a carabiner! They can be helpful to easily attach your water bottle to your backpack or bag that you use every day!
Let Us Know if Your Progress!
Are you going to make the switch? Let me know! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org – I’ll give you a virtual high-five! Keep up the great work!
Want to learn even more about whole-home water purification in Knoxville and Nashville? Check out our Knoxville and Nashville Residents Guide to Water Purification.
You can also contact our team!