When you’re dripping with sweat from the heat, it’s easy to remember the risks of dehydration. So, we’re more likely to keep water with us and remember to drink it in hot weather. But what about the cold, winter seasons? Some people mistakenly think that you can’t get dehydrated in cold weather. At the very least, it won’t be at the forefront of our mind like it is in the heat.
To understand the idea of cold weather dehydration better, read on.
You can still get dehydrated in cold weather
Yes, dehydration is still a risk when the weather is cold. It can even be more of a risk because we tend to experience feelings of thirst less intensely when it is cold. This means we’re likely to be drinking less throughout the day without even thinking about it. But, just like in the summer, we still need to drink a certain amount of water each day to stay hydrated and healthy.
How do we lose water in the cold?
When it’s cold, our bodies still lose water in a variety of ways, including:
Sweating – When you exercise in the cold, even just walking somewhere, you may not notice your body sweating as much as you do in the heat, but you do still produce sweat. If you’re taking part in outdoor sports like skiing, then you’ll also be wrapped up warm, which can increase the amount you sweat.
Our breath – You know how you can see your breath when the weather is cold? This vapor contains lots of tiny water droplets that are leaving your body through your breath.
Urinating – You still go to the toilet when it’s cold, which means your body is still losing water. This reflex can even be increased when it’s cold because of the increased blood flow trying to warm your body up. This means more blood flowing to your kidneys and, therefore, more frequent urination. Plus, all the hot drinks you’re having to warm yourself up can act as diuretics.
The importance of staying hydrated in the winter
As you can see, it’s just as important to stay hydrated in cold weather as it is in the summer. Check out our blog for tips on how to stay hydrated in the cold weather. If you would like a water delivery service to help you stay hydrated, then get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water today.
Do you know how much water your kids need to stay hydrated? Obviously, babies drink milk from their mother or formula, and then we tend to move kids onto juice boxes or something similar. While these contribute towards hydration, the sugar in fruit juice is not as healthy for our kids or as effective at keeping them hydrated compared to water.
How much water does your toddler need?
Keeping an eye on how much your child is drinking is extremely important. Young children are still learning to recognize the signals associated with thirst, and since they’re always moving a mile a minute they may forget to drink or not realize that they’re thirsty.
Children also have a higher percentage of water in their bodies – around 75% – and their smaller size means that they lose more water through their skin naturally. So, it is even more important for small children to stay hydrated in order to keep their water levels replenished.
Birth – 6 months
During this time, it is generally not necessary to give water to your baby. The milk or formula they are given contains all of the nutrients they need for proper growth and hydration. You should generally avoid giving them water during this time unless advised otherwise by your pediatrician.
6 – 12 months
Most parents start to introduce solid foods into their children’s diet during this stage. This means that the amount of milk they are having will be less, so hydration needs to be made up for. It is best to only introduce water at this point rather than juice and other sweet drinks, otherwise they may turn their nose up at water when you do offer it to them because they are used to sweet-tasting drinks. Only small amounts of water will be needed while they are still being weaned off milk, around 2-4 ounces per day.
Toddlers aged 1+
After their first birthday, milk intake is normally reduced significantly, so water should be a main staple for their hydration. How much your child needs will depend on their size, activity levels, the types of food they are eating, and the time of year. Around 2-5 cups per day is a good guideline. Introducing lots of water-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, also helps to maintain good levels of hydration.
Is your toddler or infant getting enough water to keep them hydrated? Having fresh, cold water on hand is a great way to encourage them to get enough fluids throughout the day, which can be a challenge. Get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water for all your water delivery needs in Virginia and North Carolina.
Water is a strangely controversial topic these days. There are groups of people that demonize tap water but then there are other groups of people that demonize bottled water. How can we win? Short of collecting rainwater to survive off, the best thing to do is dispel the myths that are being spread about.
Bottled water is crazy expensive
Some figures state that bottled water costs consumers 1,000 times what tap water does (this article from a few years ago ups this figure to 2,000). This would mean that the amount of water you’d pay a cent for out of your tap would cost you $10 if you bought it bottled from a store.
Perhaps if you sought out the fanciest brand selling the most luxurious sparkling water, you might find something akin to this price. But, most bottled water is much more affordable than this and you can buy it extremely cheaply if you buy large bottles of water in bulk.
Bottled water is less strictly regulated than tap water
It is not true that bottled water is not regulated as much as tap water. The FDA stringently regulates the safety of bottled water while the EPA stringently regulates the safety of tap water. You can read more about the regulations of bottled water on the FDA’s website.
Bottled water companies are just bottling tap water
This would be a savvy, albeit illegal, way to earn money. Bottle tap water and sell it off at a premium. But going back to it being illegal, bottled water companies would not get away with doing this. Although some brands do source their purified water from municipal water sources, the water then goes through various treatments to ensure that it meets the FDA’s high standards of purified water and is bottled in a sterile manner.
Water bottles are bad for the environment because they can’t be recycled
This is false. Plastic water bottles can 100% be recycled, and that includes the cap and the label. The sometimes shocking statistics about plastic use come from how they are used, not the materials in the water bottles themselves.
Unfortunately, a high percentage of plastic water bottles are not recycled properly, but this can be combatted by us all being more conscientious in how we dispose of water bottles. Opting for large water bottles and water delivery services rather than small, single-use water bottles can also help this. We properly dispose of all water bottles after collecting them from our customers.
Are you looking for an easy way to give your employees a boost at work? Installing a water cooler in your office could be the perfect solution, and that’s not just so they can gossip around it, as the stereotype goes. Here are some compelling reasons to install a water cooler in your office.
When we become even a little dehydrated, our ability to concentrate deteriorates. This means that less work will get done and mistakes are more likely to be made. By having a supply of fresh, cold water on hand, employees are more likely to continue drinking water throughout the day, staying hydrated and focused. The slight increase in trips to the bathroom will be worth it for the extra work they can get done.
As well as your ability to focus, dehydration also affects your energy levels. If your employees suffer from that afternoon slump where they start to feel tired and sluggish, it might just be that they haven’t drunk enough. Staying hydrated throughout the day will help them to maintain their energy levels and, therefore, their ability to keep working.
Hydrated employees are healthy employees, and this can correlate with fewer sick days being taken. Installing a water cooler in your office can be a real investment into the health of your staff, so you have to cope with fewer absences as everyone is staying hydrated and improving their immune systems. As well as the direct benefits of this, employees may also be happier and more engaged at work as they feel like they’re being looked after properly.
All the above benefits can help to improve your business’ ability to make money by boosting employee productivity. But, on top of this, having an office water cooler can also save you money on your water and energy bills. Find out how much a water cooler could cost you.
Okay, the water cooler gossip may be a bit of a cliché by now, but it does have its benefits. It’s good to encourage your employees to talk to each other and develop relationships as this can help them to feel more engaged at work. So, a water cooler can help to promote a positive workplace culture.
If your office needs a water cooler to make it a more productive place, then contact us to have one installed. We serve a variety of areas in North Carolina and Virginia, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Martinsville, and Danville.
When summer comes to an end, gardening can become less enjoyable and come with new challenges as the weather starts to change. Whether you’re bringing plants indoors or already have a range of indoor plants in your home, it’s important that you know how to care for them correctly.
Watering indoor plants is different to outdoor plants as they don’t have the rain or a sprinkler system to rely on. You have to water them on a regular basis in order to keep them healthy and growing. But, have you ever thought about the type of water you use on your indoor plants?
Is filtered water better for plants?
When located outside, plants have access to a source of pure and natural water – rain. In contrast, the water that comes from your tap is not as pure. It will contain trace amounts of chemicals, minerals, and even bacteria, the amount of which will vary depending on where you live. Some of the minerals found in tap water can be beneficial, while other things can be harmful to delicate household plants.
One of the main culprits is chlorine, which is usually added to the water supply for sanitization. Just like it cleans your water, it also helps to clean the soil by killing microorganisms living inside it. This may sound like a good thing, but these microorganisms actually make your soil a more beneficial place for the plant’s roots to thrive in.
Some plants will be more sensitive to chemicals than others, so filtered water is especially recommended for those sensitive plants – Savvy Gardening places peace lilies and bromeliads in this category. The pH level of your water can also impact the soil, which can affect plants that grow better in either acidic or alkaline soil.
Potential downsides of using filtered water for your potted plants is that it will not contain some of the minerals that can be good for your plants. For the most part, it seems that watering your plants with tap water won’t harm them, but many types of plants can thrive better when filtered water is used instead.
If you like to keep potted plants inside your house, then investing in a water filter or a bottled water delivery service could help them to thrive more than they would on basic tap water. Get in touch with us at Mountain Park for water delivery services and filtration products in the Piedmont Triad and around Virginia.
Water is a constant in human life throughout the ages – it is completely necessary in order to survive. But, over time, we developed more effective ways of sourcing water and making it safe and pleasant to drink. Aren’t you glad you can go straight to a tap or water dispenser for a drink rather than having to go out and hunt for it?
Relative to this history, water dispensers are practically a brand new way of drinking and purifying water. Let’s find out more about the history of water dispensers and how they came to be so ubiquitous.
Where it all began
Our family business has been running since 1866, but this was long before the days of the water dispenser. To start with, my grandfather was just delivering bottled spring water to the doors of his customers. The business has grown a great deal since this time, and so has the water delivery industry in general.
Water dispensers and water coolers as we know them today are typically traced back to two men in 1906 - Halsey Willard Taylor and Luther Haws. They produced a device which offered an easy way to supply fresh and chilled water, which they later patented in 1911. Prior to this, water was typically cooled using a big block of ice to surround it.
This new invention helped to greatly reduce the incidence of illness and disease caused by contaminated water. In 1938, this technology was advanced to with the advent of water dispensers and water coolers that operated using electricity.
Where we are now
Today, water dispensers have much greater functionality, even heating water as well as cooling it. We have a lot of different choices when it comes to the size, style, and capabilities of water dispensers. They are also much more lightweight and energy efficient than the original models, providing a convenient and efficient way to source fresh water. Water coolers vary between electric ones and more portable, non-electric water dispensers.
If you’re fascinated by the history of the water dispenser and want to commemorate it by placing one in your home or office (or if you just want fresh, cool water on tap!), then get in touch with us to order your very own water dispenser. Mountain Park Spring Water serve thirsty customers in both North Carolina and Virginia.
Spring Water vs. Sparkling Water: What’s the difference? As with many products, you may be overwhelmed by the number of options for drinking water. We’ll help you tell the difference so you can choose the best drinking water for your family. Tap Water In the US, tap water is considered healthy for our consumption and is provided by a government municipality. The EPA sets quality standards and water-testing schedules to ensure tap water has been treated and disinfected before distribution.
Not all bottled water is alike. “bottled” just describes how you get the water, it has nothing to do with the quality or makeup of the water. The FDA regulates bottled water, governing contamination levels, but the don’t perform mandatory testing like the EPA.
Distilled water is collected through a process that includes boiling and evaporating water then collecting the vapor that has condensed as a result of this process. This process removes contaminants from the water, but it also removes minerals that naturally occur.
Spring water, like that distributed by Mountain Park, is collected at the source. When collected from a natural spring, water is free of dangerous contaminants and full of naturally-occurring minerals and pH levels that will improve your overall health and hydration.
Artesian water only comes from rare sources around the globe. Water exists between layers of stone, clay, and other impermeable layers of the earth. Excessive pressure forces the water to the surface where it can be collected and bottled
I’m sure we can all agree it’s important to understand what we’re drinking. The next time you purchase water, consider this: since 1866, Mountain Park has been bottling and delivering water that was collected around Danville, Virginia. Our processes have improved with technology, but our quality standards have always been set at the highest level.
Make sure you are drinking healthy, safe, delicious water by choosing Mountain Park. Check out our water comparison chart to see the differences for yourself! We’re always happy to help our fellow water-drinkers throughout central NC and Southern VA.
We’re sure you know by now how important it is to drink water and how much you need on a daily basis, but we understand that it’s not always easy to drink as much as you should. When you’re busy, it can be easy to forget to stay hydrated, or maybe you’re just not near a convenient source of water throughout the day. We’ve got some tips to help you remember to drink water each day, no matter where you are.
There’s an app for that
There are lots of mobile apps that are geared towards helping you stay healthy, and hydration is no exception. There are apps that give you reminders when you need to drink water, such as the Water Drink Reminder, and others that make tracking your water intake fun, like Plant Nanny, which involves growing your own virtual plants with the water you drink.
Keep a bottle with you
You’re not always near a water point, if you’re out walking or in class, for example, so carrying a bottle of water with you makes drinking more water convenient. Reusable and refillable plastic or stainless steel water bottles allow you to keep water at your desk or in your bag at all times during the day. You can even buy bottles printed with reminders, or draw them on yourself, of when you should drink and how much.
Infuse your water
If you find water too boring to drink all day, then you can try infusing it with fruits or vegetables to add a bit of extra flavor. Cucumber, lemon, orange, and lavender are all great ways to add some zing to your bottle of water. You can even buy infuser water bottles that make this easier for you.
Eat more water
You don’t just have to drink water, adding more water-dense foods to your diet helps to up your intake without even realising it. Juicy fruits like watermelon, apples, and grapes are all good sources of water for your sweet tooth, as well as lots of water-filled vegetables like cucumber, broccoli, and lettuce.
Invest in a water filter
Drinking more water at home and at work is much easier if you constantly have fresh, cold water on hand. Adding a water filter, cooler, or dispenser to your home or office makes it easier to drink enough water each day.
Drinking water doesn’t have to be a chore. Follow these five tips to make sure you’re drinking enough to stay hydrated every day. You can contact Mountain Park Spring Water if you are interested in water dispensers or delivery services for your home or office. Helping more people stay hydrated across North Carolina and Virginia.
The battle against plastic is raging on and people all over the world are thinking up ways of making food and drink packaging, among other things, more sustainable. Here at Mountain Park Spring Water, we have started to sell stainless steel water bottles to use with your water dispensers. This allows you to easily carry water with you throughout the day without creating excess waste produced by lots of small plastic bottles.
If you’re not yet converted to the ways of stainless steel water bottles, here are some of the main benefits of using them.
Stainless steel is an incredibly strong and long-lasting material, so you can get real value for money from your stainless steel water bottle by using it over a long period of time. Individual-use plastic water bottles, in comparison, are incredibly flimsy and not normally fit to be used repeatedly. Even plastic bottles designed for reuse are much weaker than stainless steel ones, and may not be suitable for dishwashers.
Stainless steel bottles are completely recyclable, and the methods used for recycling them are much safer and environmentally friendly than the process of recycling plastic. This is good news for the environment when you decide to get rid of your bottle or buy a new one.
They’re BPA free
BPA is a potentially harmful chemical found in some plastics that can become a problem when a plastic bottle is reused over and over again. While many plastic bottles are now made to be BPA-free, you can rest even easier knowing that your stainless steel bottle is safe, as this is not an ingredient found in steel.
An added benefit of stainless steel bottles compared to plastic bottles is that they have insulating properties. This means that if you fill your stainless steel bottle with cold water first thing in the morning, it will stay cool for much longer throughout the day compared to regular plastic bottles. The same goes for if you’re storing hot drinks in your bottle – they stay hot while you’re on the go.
Purchasing a reusable water bottle makes sense in so many ways, and your main options are plastic, glass, aluminum, or stainless steel. While stainless steel might be slightly more expensive than other options, it certainly boasts a lot of benefits, both to you and the environment. If you would like to add stainless steel water bottles onto your water delivery service to use with your water dispenser, then get in touch today.
Summer is here and so are all the joys that come along with it. But, there can also be some dangers that come along with summer and the hot weather we experience. One of those dangers is dehydration. Staying well hydrated in summer can be much harder than the rest of the year because the sun and the heat make us lose more water from our body through sweating.
We’ve already seen some of the amazing benefits of staying well hydrated, so if you’re worried about keeping yourself, your kids, or your employees hydrated this summer, read on for some vital tips.
The common piece of advice is to drink 8 cups of water per day to stay healthy and well hydrated. But, if you’re sweating a lot due to heat or physical activity, then you should actually be drinking more than this in order to replenish the lost fluids. Upping your daily intake to 10 glasses can help a lot. When you’re sweating a lot, especially during intense exercise, some experts recommend as much as 2-4 cups in an hour. You can reduce this amount once the activity ceases, of course.
How to get enough water
Especially when we’re busy, it can be difficult to get as much water as we need. The next thing you know you’re feeling lightheaded and tired, and you’re not sure why. Make sure you’re familiar with the common signs of dehydration to help you stay on top of it. To help you out this summer, here are some excellent ways to get enough water in the hot weather.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty
The mistake that some people make is only drinking water when they’re thirsty. While this sounds like a logical thing to do, it is not ideal for proper hydration. It is better to drink water regularly throughout the day, staying a few steps ahead of dehydration and preventing you from feeling thirsty in the first place.
Keep water on hand
If you have water nearby, then you are more likely to remember to drink it. Keeping a bottle of water with you at all times makes it easy to take regular sips throughout the day. A water dispenser is the most convenient way to keep refilling your bottle, and having a water cooler in the office is handy for keeping your employees hydrated.
A cold beverage on a hot day may be refreshing, but it is certainly not hydrating. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it has the opposite effect on your body and makes dehydration much more likely, so try to reduce your alcohol intake in the hot weather.
You can find lots more tips on how to stay hydrated from health blogs. A bottled water service is the perfect tool to keep you and your family hydrated this summer, so get in touch to find out more about our water delivery service. We serve customers across North Carolina and Virginia.