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The Best Water for Tea and Coffee

You might find it difficult to get the recommended amount of water each day. But don’t forget that water used to make other drinks, like tea and coffee, does contribute to that daily total. While water may be the most effective at hydrating you and doesn’t affect the health of your teeth, you do still get some hydration from tea and coffee (although they are mildly diuretic).

When it comes to brewing your tea or coffee, you might think that the type of water you use makes no difference, but many people would disagree with you. Let’s look at the best types of water to use in your tea and coffee and what difference it can make

Purified water

Some people don’t enjoy drinking purified water on its own because they find it too bland. Because it has been removed of all its minerals and other impurities, it basically has no taste. But this makes it ideal for making tea and coffee because it does not impact the flavor of your hot drink.

Spring water

On the contrary to the benefits of purified water, some people believe that the minerals remaining in spring water really bring out the flavors of coffee. It’s also suggested that water with a neutral pH, a 7 on the pH scale, is the best option when making tea. Since purified water has a slightly acidic pH at 6, with spring water falling at 7.2, this puts a plus in the spring water column.

Tap water

Is tap water okay for brewing your teas and coffees with? The answer to this may vary from one region to the other. There can be great variations between the tap water being delivered to two different homes. The tap water in some homes will be fine for brewing coffee or tea, but others might want to filter their water before they use or simply use bottled water instead.

“Does it really matter?” you might ask. Some people likely won’t be able to tell the difference between two cups of coffee brewed with slightly different water, but others will. Especially if you drink these hot beverages on a regular basis or are a bit of an aficionado, the wrong type of water might leave a bad taste in your mouth.

If you want to try Mountain Park’s spring water in your tea or coffee, then get in touch to find out about our water delivery service for your home or office.

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What is Water Fasting and is it Good for You?

You know that drinking lots of water every day is good for your health, but some people are taking this a step further with water fasting. If you don’t know what water fasting is or whether you should be doing it, read on to find out more.

What is water fasting?

Water fasting refers to a period where you eat no food and only drink water. People undergoing a water fast typically do so for somewhere between 24 and 72 hours. Others are required to fast as a part of religious traditions, but these typically last less than 24 hours at a time.

While water fasting, it is important that you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated. We usually get some of our water intake from the food we eat, so it is wise to drink a little more than you normally do.

What are the benefits of water fasting?

Many benefits are thought to come from intermittent water fasting, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Reduce risk of developing chronic illnesses
  • Lower cholesterol

Some of these outcomes also have knock-on benefits that could help your health. For example, reducing your blood pressure can lower your chances of developing conditions such as heart disease or suffering from a stroke.

Is water fasting safe?

There are also potential dangers of water fasting, however. Cutting out all the calories you get from food will leave you with low energy levels as your body isn’t getting the fuel it needs. This could lead to symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting. It may also have an effect on your ability to focus.

While you may lose weight quickly from a water fast, this could include a drop in water weight and potentially muscle mass. A small amount of the weight loss will also be a result of not having any food in your body and the physical weight of this. It won’t suddenly make you shed pounds of fat.

Any type of fasting may also have harmful psychological effects, especially if you have had problems in the past with eating disorders or body dysmorphia. You may find that you’re more likely to binge after you complete the fast, which could lead to bulimia.

You can enjoy some of the benefits of water fasting without the risks every morning. It is recommended to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and then wait at least 30 minutes before eating. This doesn’t have to disrupt your morning schedule – you can take a drink when you wake up, take a shower and get ready for work, and then eat breakfast. This will rehydrate you, improve your digestion, and can lower blood pressure, too.

Want to make sure you always have a glass of cool, fresh water on hand? Talk to Mountain Park Spring Water about our water delivery service for your home or office around Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

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5 Fascinating Facts About Water

Water. It makes up a surprisingly high percentage of our bodies and we come in contact with it every day – washing with it, drinking it, swimming in it, shielding ourselves from it under umbrellas. We think we know it inside and out, yet there’s so much more than meets the eye. We’ve rounded up some fascinating facts about water that might surprise you…

  1. There’s enough water on earth to fill 800 trillion Olympic-sized swimming pools

It’s pretty impossible to imagine just how much water there is around the world, but this fact puts it into perspective for you. An Olympic-sized swimming pool holds more than 660,000 gallons of water. The number of gallons of water on this earth contains too many zeros for us to write here, but it’s enough to fill 800 trillion of those swimming pools.

  1. Less than 1% of the earth’s water is drinkable

So, why do so many countries have a lack of clean water if there are such massive amounts of it on earth? Well, that’s because less than 1% of all that water is actually drinkable. The majority of the earth’s water is found in seas and oceans – i.e. salt water. This is not drinkable because the salt dehydrates you, and it makes up 97% of the earth’s water. More than 2% of the water is frozen in glaciers and the polar icecaps, making it inaccessible. The remaining fresh, drinkable water makes up less than 1% of the total amount of water on earth.

  1. Hot water freezes faster than cold water

This one is kind of mind-blowing, and the science behind why still isn’t fully understood. You’d think that filling your ice trays with water from the cold tap would be more efficient than filling it with hot water, but you’d be wrong. Scientists have found that hot water actually freezes faster than cold water! You can read more about this phenomenon here.

  1. The atmosphere contains more water than all the earth’s rivers

Think of all the water you see flowing through a river. And think of all the rivers around the world. That must add up to a lot. But did you know that there’s actually more water that you can’t see than what you see in those rivers? Yes, the earth’s atmosphere actually contains more water than all of the rivers added up around the world.

  1. A leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year

That rhythmic drip coming from your leaky faucet isn’t just annoying, it’s also incredibly wasteful. While it seems like such an insignificant amount of water, it all adds up. It adds up to around 3,000 gallons per year, to be precise. Keep your faucets and water dispensers maintained to reduce water waste.

Water is a fascinating thing that’s essential to life, so make sure you have a plentiful supply in your home or office with a spring water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water. Available around Martinsville, VA, and High Point, Winston Salem, and Greensboro, NC.

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How to Keep Your Reusable Water Bottles Clean

More and more people are going about their daily lives with a reusable water bottle in tow. This is a great way to reduce the usage of single-use plastics while still staying hydrated on the go. But if you’re constantly refilling and drinking from the same water bottle, hygiene can become an issue. Make sure you’re keeping your reusable water bottle, and the water you’re drinking from it, clean with the following tips.

Wash it every day

If you’re constantly using your water bottle, you might just be filling it up as soon as its empty, or even topping up half a bottle of old water. We’re here to get you out of this habit. You should be washing your reusable water bottle every day to keep it free of a whole host of germs and other things. Simply rinsing it out with warm water and dish soap should be enough to give it a good clean. Don’t forget to clean the entirety of the lid and around the rim of the bottle.

Instead, you can put your water bottle in the dishwasher, just make sure to check first that it is dishwasher safe. The packaging or product details online may have suggested dishwasher settings to clean the bottle on.

Leave the lid off after washing

A sealed bottle with some moisture left behind is the perfect place for bacteria and mildew to grow. You definitely don’t want that from somewhere you regularly drink from. Unless you thoroughly dry your bottle with a clean, dry towel or paper towels after washing it, you must leave the lid off to let the bottle and lid dry out properly. Never put your water bottle away with the lid on after washing it unless it is completely dry.

Rotate water bottles

It’s a good idea to have two reusable water bottles so that you’re not constantly using the same one. This way, you can put one in the dishwasher or leave it to air out after washing while you fill your next one ready to drink. This will also prevent excessive use of one bottle, making them last longer.

If you want a water delivery service to ensure you always have a supply of clean, fresh, tasty water in your home or office, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water today. We provide a spring water delivery service across Virginia And Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, NC.

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A Guide to Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws

The battle against single-use plastics is still raging on, and how we drink is especially under fire. As well as single-use water bottles, drinking straws are also being cut back on. Some bars, restaurants, and cafés have switched to only handing out straws when customers request them, rather than using them by default. Others are using more sustainable, eco-friendly options. 

If you can’t resist drinking cocktails, milkshakes, and soda through a straw, here’s a guide to the different eco-friendly and reusable drinking straws out there…

Paper

Many establishments have now switched to paper straws. While these are still only single-use, they break down much, much faster than plastic straws (as long as they are disposed of properly) and many are made to be compostable. You can get drinks served with paper straws in many places now, or you could buy a pack of your own online to carry around with you or to use at home. 

Metal

If you’re looking for something more reusable, then metal straws are another big trend. Mostly made from stainless steel, these straws can be used time and time again, so it’s a good idea to buy your own and carry it around with you if you want to cut back on plastic use. They’re dishwasher-friendly and many come with a small brush designed for cleaning inside of them. You can find them in different colors, and shaped to be straight or slightly bent.

Glass

Glass straws are similar to metal straws in that they are completely reusable and available in various different styles. They’re also shatterproof, so they’re safe to use and carry around.  

Pasta

You read that right! I once had a drink in Spain served to me with a long tube of dry pasta as the straw. These are single-use since they become soggy in the drink (and probably aren’t suitable for hot drinks), but they’re compostable since it’s a natural product.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a highly sustainable product because it has a lot of the same properties as wood but, since it is a grass, it regrows in a fraction of the time compared to trees. Bamboo straws are reusable but are also biodegradable once you’re done with them. They also come with small cleaning brushes to keep them hygienic. 

People are coming up with incredible innovations all the time to make our everyday habits more environmentally friendly. Why not buy your own reusable straws so you can drink your Mountain Park Spring Water in style? And get in touch if you’re looking for an environmentally friendly water delivery service in Martinsville, VA.

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Why Doesn’t All Water Taste the Same?

Have you ever had a glass of tap water at someone’s house and noticed that it doesn’t taste the same as your own tap water? Or maybe you much prefer the taste of spring water or purified water, rather than that from the tap? But it’s all water, something we generally think of as being flavorless. So, what is it that’s causing these differences in taste?

We’ll answer this question for you in this blog…

Does water have a taste?

Some people will say that water is flavorless, yet others refuse to drink plain water because they don’t like its taste. Confused? Water does actually have a taste that is influenced by the different minerals and other things it picks up along its journey to your glass. These will be microscopic amounts, but they still impact its taste.

The taste of spring water

Spring water comes from naturally occurring springs in the ground and is collected and bottled at the source. Because it’s collected from the ground, it contains lots of naturally occurring minerals from the earth around it. These are completely safe minerals that our body needs to function properly, like calcium and magnesium. Most people enjoy the taste of spring water, affected by these minerals. When spring water is placed in a mug or glass with residual detergent or dish soap, those minerals also help to prevent the taste from being absorbed.

The taste of purified water

In purified water, processes have removed any minerals that the water previously contained. This removes any taste so it is, in theory, flavorless. Most people find purified water too bland to drink by itself because of this, but it can be used for making hot drinks without affecting their flavor.

Why doesn’t all tap water taste the same?

Like spring water, tap water has a taste based on the minerals and other traces of elements it collects along the way. But since tap water takes different journeys to different houses and is sourced from different places, one home’s tap water is likely to taste different from another. Some will collect minerals that improve the taste of the water, whereas others might pick up metallic tastes from the pipes, which some may find unpleasant. The tap water in some homes may have an earthy taste or a faint smell of sulfur due to the source of the water.

Everyone’s tastebuds are slightly different, so delicious-tasting water for one person might be off-putting to another. If you prefer the taste of spring water and want a regular supply to your home or office, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our water delivery service in Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

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Stay Young by Drinking Lots of Water

There are a number of things we don’t look forward to about aging. Less energy, decreased mobility, and lines and wrinkles appearing on our skin. But in modern society, many of us are experiencing certain aging effects prematurely because of how we treat our bodies. We eat processed foods, sugary drinks, and spend too much time sitting down staring at screens.

All of this is normal in today’s society. But we can fight the effects of premature aging. One simple way of doing this is by drinking more water.

Look younger with proper hydration

A high percentage of our body is made up of water. It’s contained in all of our cells, making it vital to every aspect of how we function. But as we age, this water percentage drops. This is one of the main reasons why young skin is so soft and supple, and older skin starts to become dry and wrinkled.

This comparison suggests how important water and hydration are to the way our skin looks and feels. When you stay well-hydrated, your skin will greatly benefit because your cells are flush with water. Just think of the difference between the skin of a grape and a raisin for an exaggerated example of this. Your skin will look smoother and younger with fewer lines, and will feel softer and more supple.

Hydration also helps you avoid dry skin as it helps to promote the growth of new cells. New, fresh skin cells will replace the old, dry ones (and the same theory applies to hair growth, too!). Another important factor is the detoxifying effect of water. Staying well-hydrated is said to help flush toxins out of your body, making your body and your skin healthier.

Feel younger with proper hydration

Staying hydrated affects the way you feel as well as the way you look. If you often feel tired and sluggish at work in the afternoon, it might be that you’ve not been drinking enough water. When you drink plenty of water every day and avoid drinking too many diuretics (like alcohol!), you’ll probably find yourself with heaps more energy.

Get that youthful energy back so you can enjoy socializing with friends or running around with your kids more often.

If you need a supply of fresh spring water in your home to help you stay young and hydrated, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our bottled water delivery service in Martinsville, VA, and across North Carolina.

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Supporting Water Charities

We don’t tend to think about how easy it is to get fresh, clean water from a tap or a water dispenser. We’re so used to it that we almost take it for granted. But there are people around the world not as lucky as us. They don’t have clean water or have to walk a long way to get it. Luckily, there are charities set up that aim to help these people and supply them with a source of clean water.

How do water charities help communities?

Water charities do a number of things to help the communities they support. This may involve working with the local government to establish schemes that will help the community access clean water. It may also involve actively building clean water solutions for the community to access. Charities may also talk and campaign to governments to convince them to invest more in clean water solutions.

How can you help?

Any donation you can give, whether that’s one-off or on a regular basis, helps the charity towards their funding goals. These funds may go toward building a well or sanitation system for a community to use. If you’d like to raise more funds to donate to a charity, you could also organize a fundraiser to collect donations from friends and family.

Another option for many charities is to volunteer for them locally. Some charities, for example, have a local shop that raises money for the charity with every sale made. Places like these are always looking for volunteers.

How to choose the best charities to support

There are so many good charities out there, how do you know which ones to support. Unfortunately, there are also some charities that are less than transparent about where their funds go, so it’s important that you research a charity before donating to it, ensuring that they are trustworthy. Look into what they do and how they distribute their funds. Checking an independent charity reviewer will also help you make your mind up.

Here are a few water charities from the US and globally that help people around the world access clean water:

The holiday season is the perfect time for giving, so how can you help provide communities with fresh water? Contact Mountain Park Spring Water if you need a spring water delivery service in Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

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How Does Hydration Affect Your Sleeping Patterns?

Hydration is important to so many aspects of our health. Next on the list is the link between hydration and your sleep patterns. Always tired and struggling to sleep at night? It could just be that you’re dehydrated. Read on to find out how the two are linked.

The effects of dehydration during the day

When we don’t drink enough water, we feel tired and sluggish throughout the day. It’s difficult to stay focused at work and you might even find yourself falling asleep at your desk. If you’re in an environment where it’s possible, you might end up going for a nap during the day or falling asleep on your commute home from work. And if you sleep too much during the day, you might find it more difficult to get to sleep at night.

The effects of dehydration at night

If you’re dehydrated when going to bed, there are a number of negative effects that will impact your night’s sleep. Firstly, dehydration reduces natural melatonin production in your body. This hormone helps to regulate our sleep cycle. If you’re underproducing it, then you’ll find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

A couple of other effects of dehydration will give you a disruptive night’s sleep. Your mouth and throat will be dry, leading to coughing and snoring in the night, which could wake you up, or at least leave you with a sore throat in the morning. Dehydration can also cause muscle cramps in the night, the pain of which is likely to wake you up.

A vicious cycle

All the effects listed above can create a vicious cycle of poor sleep habits. You’re kept awake in the night, feel sluggish the next day, take a nap, and then can’t get to sleep again that night. Rinse and repeat.

The best way to break out of this cycle is to drink enough water. Try to drink at least 8 cups of water a day, spread out across the day. Drink a glass of water before bed to stay hydrated through the night, but not so close to bedtime or else you’ll be up in the night needing the bathroom. And swap out sugary drinks for water to boost your hydration.

If you need a supply of fresh, cool water in your home or office, then contact Mountain Park for our spring water delivery service across North Carolina and Virginia.

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How to Fix Common Water Cooler Problems

Water coolers are a really convenient tool for both home and the office. There are various different models that can provide you with cool, filtered water, and even some that provide cool water from one tap and hot water from another. But, whatever type of water cooler you have, it’s common to face problems along the line, just like with any appliance that gets a lot of use.

To help you keep the fresh water flowing, here are some common water cooler problems and how to get around them.

Your cooler is dispensing room temperature water

If your water cooling isn’t cooling the water, then it’s not doing its job. A few things could cause this. Firstly, check that the cooler’s thermostat is set to an optimum temperature for cooling the water. Turn it down slightly if the temperature is set too high, but don’t turn it too far down as this can cause the cooler to freeze and stop dispensing water.

It may also be a simple case of overuse, especially in busy offices. If lots of people are using the cooler throughout the day, then it may not be able to keep up with the demand. Give it a few minutes’ break and try the cold tap again.

The hot tap isn’t heating the water

If the opposite is true, again try checking the cooler’s thermostat. Also, make sure that the water heater aspect of the cooler is switched on. There should be a “hot water” switch somewhere on your cooler if it has this feature. And, just like above, make sure the system has enough time to recuperate if it is getting a lot of use.

A leaking water cooler

Leaks in your water cooler can come from different areas, most commonly the drip tray. When people pour their water back into the drip tray or accidentally leave the tap running, this drip tray can start to overflow. Simply empty the drip tray and make sure users know not to pour out too much water into this tray.

If there is an actual leak, then it may be from either the bottle or the cooler itself. Try changing bottles or call your water delivery company to have them do this for you. If the leak is coming from the tap, then make sure it is closed tightly. If you are still experiencing a leak, then try calling customer service to have the cooler checked out and repaired.

If you’re having problems with your water cooler, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water for our support and services. We provide a water delivery service around Virginia and North Carolina, including Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.