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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.

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How Does Hydration Change as We Age?

As we age, our bodies and their needs change. You can run around all day as a kid, but a demanding workout when you’re older will likely leave you feeling sore the next day. Another demand affected by age is hydration. Let’s take a look at how your hydration needs and the effects of dehydration change as you age.

Your body’s water content

A high percentage of our body is made up of water. That’s why dehydration can be so dangerous. But, this percentage of water content actually changes as we age. Water percentage in babies is around 75%, but this quickly drops to 65% after their first year. On average, adult bodies contain approximately 55 – 60% water, and this may reduce as you reach your senior years.

Because older adults have a lower water content, it’s all the more important for them to drink plenty of water to keep their fluid levels replenished, especially in hot weather or if they are physically active.

Young and old are more at risk

It’s not just seniors that are more at risk of dehydration, but also babies and infants. Although they have a high water content in their bodies, they also have a smaller amount of fluid because of their small size. So, even small changes in the levels of water in their bodies can have a big impact on their health.

Diuretics and adults

When we reach adulthood, most people discover the benefits of drinking coffee to stay alert and drinking alcohol in social settings. While okay in moderation, these drinks have a diuretic effect, which means they promote urination, making you lose more fluids. If you regularly drink coffee or if you drink too much on a night out, then it’s important that you replace those lost fluids. Drink plenty of water in between other drinks and make sure you rehydrate before bed and after waking up.

Weaker thirst signals

Many people only drink when they feel thirsty. But really, we should be drinking regularly enough that we don’t get to the point of thirst. As we get older, particularly past the age of 50, it’s common for that feeling of thirst to get weaker, even when we need more water. Because of this, it is even more important for older adults to drink regularly rather than waiting until they feel thirsty.

We hope this has given you an idea of how important water is at all stages of life. Make sure you have a steady supply of fresh and delicious water in your home or office with Mountain Park Spring Water. Get in touch to find out more about our spring water delivery service.

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The Ideal Times of Day to Drink Water

Water is a vital part of your diet, but most of us don’t get enough of it. We drink coffee, soda, energy drinks, and other beverages to keep us hydrated, often neglecting water because of its plain taste. If you’re trying to add more water to your day but still get tempted by other drinks, then you can start by drinking a glass of water at certain times during the day. Times where you get the most health and hydration benefits from a simple glass of h2o.

Here’s a list of the best times to drink water during the day and why these times are so important.

First thing in the morning

As soon as you wake up in the morning, the best thing you can do is guzzle down a glass of water. Your body will need rehydrating after several hours without food and drink, and a glass of water helps to get everything moving again. Water is great for waking you up in the morning and is also good for your skin and digestion when you drink it first thing on an empty stomach.

Before each meal

You’ve already drunk your early morning water before you have breakfast, and you should do the same for your other meals throughout the day, too. Drinking before eating hydrates the mouth, esophagus, and stomach so that it’s prepared for the food it’s about to digest. Water also increases feelings of fullness, making you less likely to overeat, which is great if you’re trying to improve your portion control.

When you feel like snacking

If you feel like eating between meals, it might just be that you’re thirsty rather than hungry. Craving sweet treats can especially be a sign of this. When you feel like snacking, drink a glass of water first and then decide whether you still need to eat something or not.

Before you go to bed

It’s important to make sure you’re hydrated before you go to bed since you’re not going to be drinking for the next 6 – 9 hours. But, at the same time, you don’t want to be up in the night needing the toilet. Drink a glass of water one hour before going to bed to optimize hydration and comfort at night.

Even if you start by adding one or two extra cups of water to your day, it’s a step in the right direction. Want to make sure you always have fresh, delicious water available? Mountain Park Spring Water can provide you with an efficient spring water delivery service for your home or office. Get in touch today for delivery around Kernersville, Winston Salem, High point, and Greensboro.

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Water vs. Sports Drinks: What’s Best for Hydration?

Whether you’re playing sports, working out at the gym, or running around with your kids, it’s important that you stay hydrated while you exercise. Drinking before, during, and after the activity will help you avoid dehydration if you’re sweating a lot. But what should you be drinking?

Sports drinks are often recommended for periods of intense activity, but is it actually better than water at keeping you hydrated? Let’s look at the benefits of each to help you decide whether or not to stock up on sports drinks.

Hydrating with sports drinks

Sports drinks are good at keeping you hydrated during exercise, primarily because water is their main ingredient. Why they’re often marketed as more effective than water is because they also contain sugar and electrolytes. Since sugar is a carbohydrate, it helps to boost your body’s energy levels, which can improve performance or stamina during exercise or sporting events. There are different types of sports drinks, though, some of which are lower in sugar.

Electrolytes in sports drinks help to replenish those you lose through sweat. They typically contain minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium – known as electrolytes due to their electrical charge. Maintaining your electrolyte levels helps your body to effectively regulate body temperature and water levels to prevent you from overheating or becoming dehydrated during exercise.

Hydrating with water

Many experts say that water has everything you need to stay hydrated. Our bodies are made of 60% water and this needs to be continuously replenished as we lose water through sweating, urination, and other bodily processes. Plus, water has zero calories and zero sugar. This makes it healthier for you, especially if the reason you’re exercising is to try to lose weight. In fact, a 20 oz bottle of Gatorade contains around 130 calories. So, if you’re guzzling one of these before and after a workout, the calories start to add up.

The truth is that sports drinks are likely to be beneficial for elite athletes and those taking part in endurance events like a marathon. However, for the average person going for a run, playing casual sports, or spending an hour at the gym, water should be plenty.

So, a glass of tap water is at least as effective a hydrator as sports drinks, if not better. Or if you prefer purified or spring water, get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water for an affordable and sustainable way to keep your home stocked up by using a bottled water service. We operate around Winston Salem, NC, Martinsville, VA, and surrounding areas.

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What’s the Optimum Temperature for Drinking Water?

There’s nothing nicer than a refreshing glass of ice-cold water on a hot day, right? Or maybe you prefer something room temperature, straight out of the faucet or water filter. Other people even drink warm or hot water. Everyone’s different! But have you ever wondered which of these is best for you? Let’s look at some of the benefits of drinking different temperatures of water.

Cold water

Most people choose to drink cold water because they find it more satisfying and refreshing, especially in warm weather. But does it also have health benefits? There is evidence to suggest that drinking cold water helps you to burn more calories. This is because your body uses energy to warm it up after you consume it. It will be a very small number of calories though, so it’s certainly not a miracle weight loss solution.

Cold water can also help to cool you down on a hot day or after a tough workout. There are downsides for those with sensitive teeth, though. The cold sensation against your teeth can cause a sharp pain whenever you drink, making room temperature or warm water better for anyone who suffers from sensitive teeth.

Room temperature water

Room temperature water is easier for your body to process. This is because it can be absorbed without your body having to warm it up first, unlike cold water. So, if you’re dehydrated, drinking room temperature water is a more efficient way to rehydrate. It is also thought to aid with digestion, and it won’t bother anyone with sensitive teeth. Some people simply prefer drinking room temperature water because it is not as harsh as ice-cold water.

Hot water

Many people choose to drink warm or hot water (as long as it’s not boiling!) when they have a cold and a sore throat. Mix some lemon and honey in with hot water for a drink that will really soothe your sore throat. The steam from hot water can also help to clear your blocked nose. And like you’d reach for a cold drink on a hot day, hot water can help to warm you up on a cold day. However, hot drinks can also be painful for people with sensitive teeth.

Some people believe that hot water is also a good detox aid. It makes us sweat more, which can help to flush the toxins out of our bodies. Warming up also increases blood flow as our blood vessels dilate to release the excess heat. This means oxygen and nutrients are being pumped around your body faster, which can help our muscles recover and provide pain relief.

Whatever temperature you prefer, a spring water delivery service is the most efficient way to supply fresh water to your home. You can then warm it up or cool it down if you need to, but you can be certain that it’s always fresh and tasty. Contact Mountain Park Spring Water for a bottled water service around Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

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Do You Have Hard or Soft Water in Your Home?

You’ve probably heard the terms hard water and soft water thrown about a lot, but do you actually know which one you have coming through your faucets? Let’s look at the difference between the two, how to tell which you have, and what this means for the health and taste of your drinking water.

What’s the difference between hard water and soft water?

Soft water is the more natural form of water, compared to hard water which contains various minerals. Rainwater is classified as soft water as it falls from the clouds, but it then collects these different minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, on its journey after it reaches the ground. Soft water can contain some minerals, but it will be classified as hard water if it contains a certain amount.

Which is better for drinking?

Homeowners frequently complain about hard water because it leaves dull spots behind after washing glasses, while soft water leaves them with more of a sparkle. It can also negatively impact household appliances like dishwashers by leaving behind these mineral deposits and interfering with cleansers.

But does this mean hard water is worse for drinking? Actually, it’s the opposite. While soft water is still safe to drink, hard water is better for your health as it provides you with minerals that contribute to our overall health, like calcium for bone growth. Most people also prefer the taste of hard water over soft water.

Do you have hard or soft water?

The easiest way to notice you have hard water is by looking at your glasses and dishes after washing. If they look dull and have spots left behind, then this is likely caused by hard water. You might also notice scum accumulating around your sink, shower, and bathtub. Plus, hard water can affect your skin, leaving it feeling dry due to the residue it leaves behind.

Filtering tap water to remove impurities

If you want your drinking water to be as pure as possible, then you can install a water filter to remove any contaminants and minerals contained in it. You might want to do this if you don’t like the taste of hard water or if you want purer water for more effective cleaning.

Another option is to use a water softener to turn hard water into soft water. When used for cleaning purposes, this will ensure that your appliances stay in good condition, your dishes get cleaner, and you don’t have to use as much soap and detergent to get dishes and clothes clean. However, softened water contains higher levels of sodium, so it might not be the best option for your drinking water if you drink a lot of tap water.

Do you need a water filter to remove the impurities from your tap water? Or would you rather stick with bottled water for drinking or cleaning? Either way, get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water for our spring water delivery service and filtration systems in Virginia and North Carolina.