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How to Wake Up in the Morning Without Coffee

We all know the struggle of having to drag ourselves out of bed in the morning when all we want is a little longer in bed. Those early mornings are especially difficult after a change in routine, if you suddenly have to start waking up earlier than you’ve been used to. A lot of people rely on coffee to wake up and muster enough energy to face a full day at work. But if you’re looking for alternatives to caffeine, then here are a few tips and tricks to help you wake up more easily and naturally.

Let the sun be your alarm clock

It’s so much easier to sleep when it’s dark, which is why blackout blinds can help people who have to sleep during the day. So, if you’re trying to wake up early, try leaving your curtains or blinds open. The sunlight is likely to wake you up and may also decrease your melatonin levels, helping you feel more alert and awake.

Keep your alarm out of reach

If you’re guilty of hitting snooze repeatedly until you’re running late, then try leaving your phone or alarm clock on the other side of the room. This forces you to get out of bed to turn it off, and just getting out of bed is often the hardest part. Alternatively, there are some alarm apps you could try that force you to complete a puzzle or take a photo of your kettle, for example, before the alarm will stop ringing.

Stretch or exercise

If your problem isn’t with getting out of bed but with feeling alert once you’re up, then starting the day with some stretches or exercise could help. This gets the blood pumping and gives you endorphins, helping to lift your mood and give you energy for the day ahead.

A cold shower

If you’re strong enough to face a cold shower first thing in the morning, then this is certain to give you the jolt you need to wake you up properly. It will be a shock to the system at first, but you might get used to it and it can offer you other benefits.

Wake up with water

You’re likely to be thirsty after around 8 hours in bed without drinking anything, and fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration. So, it’s a good idea to keep a glass or bottle of water by your bed so you can chug some when your alarm goes off. This will rehydrate you and help to boost your energy levels and alertness.

Make sure you always have fresh, good-tasting water readily available in your home with a bottled water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water. And try a water cooler so you can wake up in the morning with a glass of cold water. Contact us to find out more about our services across Virginia and North Carolina.

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What is World Water Day?

We recently celebrated World Water Day, a global celebration that’s officially observed by the United Nations, which takes place on March 22nd every year and has done since 1993. If you want to find out more about World Water Day and what it means, then read on for more information.

What does World Water Day celebrate?

World Water Day is a day for education about and advocacy for sustainable practices when it comes to using water. It celebrates the importance of water in our everyday lives and what it means to us. It’s a chance to appreciate the fact that we have easy access to clean water while also planning ways in which we can save water and help less fortunate communities access clean water. It’s also a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for various freshwater causes.

Each year, a different theme is chosen for World Water Day to help guide activities and events. Here are some of the themes of recent years:

  • 2021 – Valuing water
  • 2020 – Water and climate change
  • 2019 – Leaving no one behind
  • 2018 – Nature for water
  • 2017 – Why waste water?
  • 2016 – Water and jobs

What can you do for World Water Day?

Get involved in the next World Water Day to do something for a good cause and to feel a sense of fulfillment. And if you get involved as a business, you can gain some positive PR for your brand as well as doing something good. You can follow UN-Water on Twitter to keep up to date with their activities and share their information for increased awareness.

World Water Day is a great time to donate to water charities or organize your own events and fundraisers to raise even more money and awareness. It’s also a good time to think about your water usage on a personal level. Are there any ways you can conserve more water in your everyday life?

The next World Water Day takes place on Monday 22nd March 2021. How will you or your business get involved? Let’s wait and see what the next theme will be to help us focus our awareness and activities with everyone else involved.

If you need a water delivery service or water dispenser for your home or office, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our services across Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, NC, and locations across Virginia.

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The Importance of Water When You’re Trying to Lose Weight

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight for either health reasons or aesthetic reasons, you’ll likely know how difficult it can be. There’s no quick fix or easy answer for getting in shape or losing weight, but water is one of the simple things that can help make things easier for you. Read on to find out how…

Portion control

If you drink water during a meal, then it fills your stomach a little more than food alone would. So, simply drinking more can mean you’re less likely to overeat as you will become fuller more quickly. Stopping to take sips of water after a couple of mouthfuls also makes you take your time more when you eat, which has also been found to affect portion control and feelings of fullness.

Curbing cravings

When we feel hungry or are craving a particular food, it can sometimes just be feelings of thirst that are getting mixed up in our brains. When you feel like having a sugary snack in between meals or late at night, try drinking a glass of water and then waiting 30 minutes. You might find that your hunger or cravings pass on their own.

More energy

When you’re dehydrated, your body can’t function as well as it should do. This leaves you feeling tired and lethargic, and if you’re feeling low, then you might turn to unhealthy food to make you feel better. Staying hydrated also gives you more energy to be active and exercise, if this is a part of your weight loss regime.

Reduce the number of calories you drink

If you tend to drink a lot of sugary drinks, then replacing these with water will decrease the number of calories and the amount of sugar that you consume each day. For example, if you replace two cans of regular soda a day with water, you’re reducing your calorie intake by approximately 300 calories per day, depending on the drink. This means you can cut back on calories without even changing how much you eat or what you eat.

Get rid of water weight

If you see the number on your scale go up, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve gained fat. It could just be extra water weight, especially if you don’t get enough fluids. When your body is dehydrated it retains more water to maintain hydration levels and the balance between fluids and electrolytes. Drinking enough water throughout the day essentially helps to flush out any extra weight caused by water retention.

Having fresh, good-tasting water on hand throughout the day can help you drink enough water. Contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our spring water delivery service across North Carolina and Virginia.

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What is Water Weight and How Can You Shift it?

If you weigh yourself on a regular basis, then you probably know how much it can change from one day to the next. This can be disheartening if you’re trying to lose or gain weight and the numbers aren’t going the way you want. If you’re following a balanced diet and regular exercise but still find that you gain several pounds overnight, then water weight may be to blame.

What is water weight?

Around 60% of your body is made up of water, so obviously this contributes a great deal to your weight. It’s why you might temporarily weigh significantly less after a night of heavy drinking – the hangover has left you dehydrated.

But when people refer to water weight, they’re talking about excess water retention. This means that extra water is being stored in your tissues and between blood vessels. It results in a bloated feeling – your stomach may look bloated and you may experience some swelling in your legs and ankles, and puffiness around the face.

What causes water weight?

Water retention and water weight are predominantly caused by what we eat. Consuming too much salt throws off the balance between water content and electrolytes, so your body instinctively holds on to more water to keep your hydration in check.

Too much sugar in your diet can also have a similar effect on water retention. This is because excess sugar leads to excess insulin, which has a big impact on hydration. With more insulin in your blood, your body will retain more sodium (aka salt). This will again cause your body to retain more water to balance out the excess salt.

Diet isn’t the only cause of water weight. It could simply be due to hormone fluctuations. Women often gain weight and feel bloated in the days leading up to their period. Similarly, pregnant women can experience a lot of water weight, especially toward the end of their pregnancy. Stress can also cause hormone-related water weight.

Other causes include standing or sitting for long periods of time, certain medications, and the atmospheric pressure in airplane cabins. Water retention is rarely a cause for concern, but can be related to heart or kidney dysfunction in some cases, so it may be worth seeing a doctor if you consistently experience water retention.

How to get rid of or prevent excess water weight

Perhaps counterintuitively, drinking more water can help you get rid of extra water weight. If you’re always well-hydrated, then your body doesn’t need to retain excess water. So, stay hydrated and try to avoid excess salt and sugar in your diet to avoid water weight. If you work at a desk all day, then try to get up and walk around regularly to avoid water retention. Exercise can also help to manage water weight as you expel sodium as you sweat, but stay hydrated as you exercise.

A water delivery service or water cooler for your home or office can help you stay hydrated and healthy. Contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our services around North Carolina and Virginia.

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Less Obvious Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

You can usually tell that you’re dehydrated because you’ll feel thirsty, have a dry mouth, your urine will be darker and less frequent, and you may suffer from headaches and light-headedness. But there are other signs that indicate you’re not drinking enough water, which might be less obviously linked to dehydration. Let’s look at some examples to look out for…

Dry, chapped skin

If you have dry skin that moisturizers and other skin care products can’t beat, then it might just be a lack of hydration. Your skin cells need water just like the rest of your body, so your skin will look and feel dry if you’re not getting enough water. Your lips are also likely to become dry and chapped and your skin may lose some of its elasticity

Muscle cramps

Our bodily fluids contain electrolytes that play a number of roles in the body. Staying hydrated helps to maintain a balance between these electrolytes and the fluids they are contained in. If you become dehydrated, this balance is thrown off due to the lack of water, making you more likely to experience muscle cramps.

Food cravings

Sometimes, when you think you are hungry, you’re actually just thirsty. These signals can get mixed up in our brains, leading to false feelings of hunger or cravings for particular foods. Water can be filling, which is why drinking water with your meals can help to curb portion control. Craving sweet snacks when your hungry may due to signals sent by your liver due to it not being able to function optimally when you don’t provide it with enough water.

Bad breath

We already mentioned that dehydration can cause a dry mouth. Connected to this, bad breath could be a sign that you’re not drinking enough water. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, results from a lack of saliva production. Your saliva helps to keep your mouth clean and sanitary by washing away food particles and preventing bacteria from building up. So, without sufficient saliva, this build-up of bacteria leads to bad breath.

Fatigue

If you’re tired all of the time, then it might not just be your sleep schedule that’s causing problems. Your entire body needs water to function, so it makes sense that you feel lethargic when you don’t get enough of it. Dehydration reduces blood flow to your brain and other organs due to the decrease in bodily fluids, making them less efficient at doing their jobs. Dehydration can also literally disrupt your sleep due to a decrease in the production of melatonin, and a dry mouth and nasal passages causing irritation.

If you experience any of these signs of dehydration, then it’s time to add more water to your daily routine. Get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our convenient spring water delivery service across Virginia and North Carolina.

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The Most Hydrating Foods

The Most Hydrating Foods

Hydration is obviously important, and you’re often told to drink at least 8 cups of water a day to stay well-hydrated. But water and other drinks aren’t the only way to up your hydration levels. We also intake water through the food we eat, and some types of food contain more water than others. We actually get around 20% of our water intake from food. Let’s look at a list of some of the most hydrating foods to include in your diet.

Fruit

It can be really satisfying and refreshing when you bite into a juicy piece of fruit. And the fact that they’re so juicy goes to show how much water they contain. Here are some of the most hydrating types of fruit to eat more of:

  • Watermelon

  • Apples

  • Strawberries

  • Tomatoes

  • Peaches

  • Oranges

  • Grapefruit

Bananas have a lower water content than the other fruits on this list, but they make up for it with the amount of potassium they contain. This helps to restore your electrolytes, which become depleted when you’re dehydrated.

Vegetables

Lots of different vegetables also have a high water content, helping to keep you hydrated while also providing lots of vitamins and other nutrients. These are the top contenders for the most hydrating vegetables:

  • Cucumber

  • Iceberg lettuce

  • Spinach

  • Radishes

  • Celery

  • Zucchini

  • Bell peppers

  • Cabbage

Soup

Soup is a liquid, so it’s already clear how this meal or starter can be so hydrating. The broth itself contains water and if you include lots of vegetables in your soup, then you’re getting the extra hydration from those, too. Try adding some of the above vegetables for a supper hydrating soup. But avoid adding too much salt to your soup as this can lower your hydration levels.

Smoothies

Smoothies are already halfway between food and a drink. They usually contain water, fruit juice, or milk (or a non-dairy equivalent), or you can use a combination of these liquids. On top of this, you’re adding even more hydration when you blend lots of different types of fruit and veg into your smoothie.

Having fresh spring water easily accessible in your home and office can make it easier to drink more throughout the day and stay properly hydrated. Try Mountain Park Spring Water’s water delivery service or check out our water dispensers and filtration systems for more convenient ways of accessing water. Get in touch to find out more about our services across Virginia and North Carolina.

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Which Countries Have the Best Tap Water?

Even if you prefer the taste of spring water, filtered water, or purified water, we are lucky in this country to have drinkable tap water in our homes. You may have traveled to other countries where you were advised not to drink the tap water as it could make you ill. In other countries, however, you may notice the crispness and great taste of their tap water.

So, how does the US stand up against the tap water of other countries? And which countries have the cleanest and best-tasting tap water? Let’s take a look at what others say about this.

The countries with the best tap water

Various factors can affect the quality and purity of a country’s tap water, particularly the source of the water and how it is treated. Tao water can even vary greatly from one area to the next within the same country. Here are some of the countries that are known for the best or cleanest water:

  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Scandinavian and Nordic countries (i.e. Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark)
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • UK

So, how does the US compare? In most parts of the US, the tap water is perfectly safe to drink. However, to many people, it is not the best tasting water, which is why bottled water is often preferred. You are likely to notice the difference in taste and purity if you visit any of the above countries compared to the US’s tap water.

Alternatives to tap water

If you’re in a country where you can’t drink the tap water, or if you don’t like the taste or the quality of the tap water in your own home, then here are some of the easiest alternatives.

  • Filtered water – If you buy a water filter or filtration system, then you can improve the taste and cleanness of your tap water by filtering out its impurities.
  • Bottled water – If you want to avoid tap water entirely, you can rely on bottled water. Buying large bottles of water in bulk can make this cost-effective.
  • Water cooler/dispenser – Water coolers or dispensers can either dispense water from large bottles or by being plumbed into your main water supply. This way you have fresh, cool water literally on tap.

If you want access to fresh, cool, and great-tasting water at all times, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water for our bottled water delivery service or for our filtration systems and water coolers. We serve a wide area around Winston Salem, NC and Martinsville, VA.

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A Guide to Clean Water Technologies

Clean, freshwater is something we often take for granted because it is so readily available to us. But this isn’t the case in a lot of countries around the world. Everyone should have access to clean water wherever they live, which is why water charities are so important. Charities such as WaterAid and charity: water work in a variety of ways, with support from individuals and businesses, to supply developing countries with clean water and the infrastructure that supplies it.

These clean water techniques may also be used in emergency situations, such as after a natural disaster, in order to make water drinkable. Let’s look at some of the techniques and technologies used to create clean water.

Distillation

Distillation can be used to remove salt or contaminants from water to make it drinkable. This process involves heating water to evaporate it then collecting the condensation. The contaminants will be left behind and the liquid that’s collected in the form of condensation should be clean. This is an effective way of making seawater potable. This can be done manually on a small scale or in a plant on a much larger scale.

Reverse osmosis

Another similar method is reverse osmosis. This process sends the water through a partially permeable membrane. The contaminants will be too large to pass through this membrane, leaving only clean water, which can be collected after passing through the membrane. This process is usually achieved using high-pressure pumps to force the contaminated water through the membrane. Reverse osmosis is commonly used in desalination plants.

Building infrastructure

The above are solutions for turning groundwater or other forms of dirty water into clean, potable water. But water charities also aim to provide the infrastructure required for communities to continually access clean water, just like that old adage about teaching a man to fish. Here are some things a charity may construct in order to achieve this:

  • Drilled or hand-dug wells

  • Water pipe systems

  • Water purification systems

  • Gravity-fed systems

  • Rainwater catchments

  • Spring protections

The aim of these constructions is to make the community self-sufficient, so that they no longer have to rely on the charity for their supply of clean water.

There are a number of ways you can support a clean water charity. Even something small can help make a difference. Contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our spring water delivery service around North Carolina and Virginia.

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Why Does Sparkling Water Taste Different?

If you’re trying to cut down on soda that’s high in sugar, but a regular glass of tap or mineral water doesn’t satisfy your thirst in the same way, then sparkling water could be a happy medium. You still get the fizz but without all the sugar. But sparkling water isn’t to everyone’s tastes.

You may notice that, even after it’s lost its fizz, sparkling water has a different taste to non-sparkling water. Even if you take an ordinary glass of tap water and use a machine to carbonate it yourself, it still has that taste. Read on to find out more about this mysterious flavor of sparkling water and whether or not it’s a healthy way to quench your thirst.

How is sparkling water made?

Sparkling water is made through a process called carbonation. This means that carbon dioxide gas is added to the water, or any liquid, under pressure. This can either happen naturally or can be performed manually. As mentioned earlier, you can even buy a soda machine that allows you to carbonate your own beverages at home.

The carbon dioxide reacts with the water and produces carbonic acid. This is why you’ll find that sparkling water or soda water has a slightly bitter taste. It’s the carbonic acid you are tasting. For some people, this slightly bitter taste is pleasant, while others find it unappetizing. Sparkling mineral water may also have a slightly different taste because of the presence of different minerals in the water.

Is sparkling water good for you?

So, does the carbon dioxide or carbonic acid have any negative effects on your health or is it a good alternative to soda and other sugary drinks? Evidence shows that the carbonic acid may have a slight effect on the health of your teeth, but this effect was only slightly worse than regular water and still a lot better for your teeth than sugary sodas.

It seems to be gentle on your stomach, too. The acid produced in carbonated water is much less acidic than the acid found in your stomach, so it is a mild enough acid for your body and organs to handle. The gas dissolved in the liquid may cause slight bloating, but this is the same for any kind of sparkling drink. This can even help you feel fuller if you are trying to control the amount of food you eat.

In total, if you like the taste and sensation of sparkling water, then it can be a good alternative when consumed in moderation, providing you with a drink that’s healthier than soda and has a little more taste than regular water.

If you always want to have fresh spring water around your home or office, then a bottled water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water is a great option. Get in touch to find out more about our delivery service and water dispensers to rent or buy.

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The Costs of a Water Cooler

If you’ve decided that you want all the benefits of a water cooler in your home or office, then you might be wondering how much it will cost you before you make your decision. Let’s look at some of the initial and ongoing costs of water coolers or dispensers.

Initial purchase or rental costs

Your first cost is going to be the initial purchase of the water cooler, which can either be done on a rental basis or by buying it outright. Whether you should buy or rent your water cooler will depend on a number of factors, particularly whether you want it for the long-term or just for a trial period.

Prices will vary greatly between different suppliers and depending on the features of the dispenser you choose. At Mountain Park Spring Water, you can purchase a new water cooler for $225 or a used one for $90, or go for the rental option for $84.95 per year. Or, our point-of-use filtration systems cost $39.95 per month with a $100 installation fee.

Cost of accessories

There are certain water cooler accessories that you might need, although these are not compulsory for the use or running of your cooler. The most common accessories that people order are disposable cups for dispensing the water into and storage racks for storing large bottles of water.

We sell storage racks of various sizes and disposable cups of different materials and sizes. You can find out more about the costs and specifications of these accessories here.

Running costs

The running costs of a water dispenser cover different things depending on the type of dispenser. Of course, you’ll have to factor in the cost of electricity if you choose an electrical water dispenser. If you choose a water cooler that connects to the main water supply, then you’ll also have to consider the impact this has on your water costs. Or if you get a bottled water dispenser, then you’ve got the costs of the bottled water itself. See the prices of our bottled water delivery service for an idea of how much this will cost you.

Repair and maintenance costs

When you have a rental agreement for your water cooler, repair and maintenance is usually included in your monthly or annual fees. Make sure to check with your supplier first to find out if this is the case. This can save you money in the long-run on regular servicing. Our annual lease program covers all servicing and repairs, and we even replace your dispenser with a new, freshly sanitized one each year.

If you want to find out more about the costs of running your water cooler and having water delivered, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water, we can answer your questions. We deliver fresh spring water around various locations in Virginia and North Carolina.