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Hydration and Your Brain Health

Every part of your body needs water to function. We are made up of around 60% water after all. So, staying hydrated is important for the health of your brain and your cognitive abilities as well as the rest of your body. Read on for more info on how hydration (and dehydration!) can affect your brain health.

Why does your brain need water?

Your brain is lubricated and essentially cushioned by cerebrospinal fluid, which helps to protect your brain from injury. This fluid also helps to maintain the correct pressure inside your skull and carries waste and toxins away from the brain and spinal cord. Proper hydration is essential for your body to produce enough of this cerebrospinal fluid.

Water also contributes to your blood levels (which is why you’re encouraged to drink lots of fluids after donating blood). Blood delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to your brain, so hydration is essential for this. Additionally, water helps with the creation of neurons and with balancing hormones.

Cognitive benefits of hydration

The boost that hydration gives to your brain health and function has a number of benefits. It helps to maintain levels of focus and concentration, and also boosts energy levels. So, if you’re feeling sluggish and unfocused at work or school and you feel like it’s impacting your performance, keep a bottle of water with you and take regular sips to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Since hydration is important for hormone balance and the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, staying hydrated can also help to boost or maintain your mood. And dehydration can cause an increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, in turn having a negative impact on your mood if you don’t stay hydrated.

Hydration is also linked with improved performance when it comes to your cognitive abilities. Your memory is improved, you have better problem-solving ability and decision-making skills, and you can better understand new concepts and ideas when learning. So, if you’re studying for a test or are taking a test, make sure you’re well-hydrated.

If you’re even a little dehydrated, you could notice a decline in your cognitive function in terms of memory, concentration, energy levels, mood, and more.

Make hydration easier and tastier with a spring water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water. Delivering bottled water to your door and properly disposing of and recycling your used bottles. Get in touch for more information about our services across Virginia and North Carolina, and about our water coolers, dispensers, and accessories.

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Methods of Distilling Water

Purified, spring, distilled, filtered, and tap water. There are a lot of different terms when it comes to something as simple as water, and it can be easy to get confused by the differences between them. We’ve compared spring water with purified water in the past, so now let’s look at distilled water, its properties, and how water is distilled.

What is distilled water?

Distilled water is similar to purified water in that it has had all or almost all of the impurities removed from it. This includes any minerals as well as bacteria and other contaminants. Distilled water could start from spring water or basic tap water, which then goes through a distillation process.

How is distillation achieved?

While purified water may go through various processes and treatments to remove the contaminants, distillation is a fairly simple process that you could even do yourself. Distilled water is that which has been evaporated, and then the water vapor has been collected once it condenses. This can be achieved through simple heating and cooling processes. You boil the water to make it evaporate, then collect the condensation on something like a pot lid as it cools, and collect the water as it drips down from the condensation.

Check out more detailed instructions on how to distill your own water at home.

In more commercial or industrial settings, a specialized distillation machine can be used to distill and collect the water much more efficiently. Since the majority of the contaminants contained in water don’t boil at the same temperature as the water, they are left behind in the original container while the water evaporates and condenses to be collected in another container. This method can be used, for example, to separate the salt content out of seawater to make it drinkable.

Pros and cons of distilled water

While distilled water is free of contaminants, most people don’t enjoy the taste of it because it is lacking the minerals that generally give water its refreshing and satisfying taste. Essentially, distilled water will have no taste. It also won’t provide the benefits of those minerals that you’d get from drinking spring water, for example.

In fact, distilled water will draw minerals from the materials around it to restore a balance, meaning it can actually leach minerals from your body. So, if you do drink distilled water, make sure that you’re getting plenty of minerals and other nutrients through your diet.

Distilled water can have a number of uses in situations where the minerals and contaminants in other types of water could be harmful. For example, steam irons tend to advise using distilled water. Distilled water can also be good for water your plants or filling your car, and even for use in fish tanks and aquariums.

If you want the best-tasting water in your home, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water for more information about our spring water delivery service around Virginia and North Carolina.

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A Quick Guide to Water Features

If you’re looking for a feature piece for your garden, then a water feature is a popular option. But you should consider the pros and cons of installing a water feature before you make this decision. Are they wasteful when it comes to using water? Read on to find out more about adding a water feature to your home and garden.

Why install a water feature?

Water features are typically added to a garden for their aesthetic appeal, creating a point of interest that livens up the area. They also add a sense of peacefulness and tranquillity to your garden. As you relax in the sun or enjoy a drink in your backyard, the constant sound of trickling water in the background can be soothing and almost zen-like.

And with such a wide range of options available for water features, you can find one that you like and that suits the space you have available, from large waterfall features to smaller fountains. Water features can also attract certain wildlife to your garden, so you might want a water feature if you like the idea of looking out of your window to see small birds splashing around in it.

Do water features waste water?

If you’re focused on conserving water at home, then you might wonder if adding a water feature is a bad idea. But the truth is that most water features are already fairly conservative when it comes to water use as they continuously recirculate the water. As long as your feature is well-maintained and, therefore, isn’t leaking water at any point of the system, the only water they lose is through evaporation and sometimes through splash depending on the intensity of the water flow.

The fact is that a slowly dripping faucet in your kitchen will waste much more water than a water feature. But what about other potential downsides of water features to consider? We’ve already mentioned the attraction to some wildlife such as birds, but your water feature may also attract unwanted pests, particularly bugs.

Water features also come with added expense, particularly the cost of maintaining them when parts become worn over time and need repairing or replacing. You will need to regularly clean your water feature and perhaps also the water itself using chemicals, top up the water lost due to evaporation, and clear out leaves and other debris that build up in the feature.

We want to make it easier for you to conserve water while still having easy access to fresh, great-tasting water. Get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our bottled water delivery service or to order a water dispenser and other accessories.

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Electrolytes and Hydration

You might see electrolytes mentioned on sports drinks or expensive bottled water, but what exactly are they and do you really need them to stay hydrated? Let’s look at some of the facts and theories behind electrolytes and hydration.

What are electrolytes?

An electrolyte is a particle that carries an electric charge and can conduct electricity when combined with water. In this context, we’re talking about essential minerals, such as sodium and potassium, that allow things like our muscle tissues and nerve cells to function properly. They are necessary to allow our muscles to contract and our nerves to send signals.

Important electrolytes include:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Phosphate

How are electrolytes linked with hydration?

Electrolytes also play an important role in hydration. If you don’t drink enough fluids or eat enough food, or if you lose a lot of fluids through excessive sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea, then you can experience an electrolyte imbalance. Imbalances can cause mild to severe symptoms, from fatigue, weakness, and muscle twitches to confusion, seizures, and an irregular heartbeat.

This is because your body loses both fluids and electrolytes when you sweat or excrete fluid in other ways. So, it’s important to replace those electrolytes just like you replace your fluids to stay hydrated.

How to replace electrolytes

Most of our electrolytes come from the food that we eat. For example, two common electrolytes are sodium and chloride, aka table salt. Of course, salt is one of the substances that we need to consume in moderation for the sake of heart health and other aspects of our health, but it is still necessary to a degree.

Are sports drinks or electrolyte water necessary for staying hydrated and replenishing your electrolytes? For most people, the answer is no. Elite athletes or those who take part in long events such as marathon running can benefit from electrolyte drinks to maintain the balance in their bodies. However, most people will simply be able to restore their electrolytes by eating a healthy snack or meal after their workout.

Also, most water contains trace amounts of electrolytes (except for filtered water), so you’re still topping them up slightly if you drink enough water during your workouts. Even if it’s water straight from the tap!

Mountain Park Spring Water are here to keep you hydrated with our bottled water delivery service and water dispensers and filtration systems. Get in touch to find out more about our services across North Carolina and Virginia.

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Essential Minerals for Your Health

There are lots of different minerals that help to support our health and wellbeing. We get most of these from the food we eat, and you can also boost your mineral intake using dietary supplements if you don’t get enough from what you eat. Chances are that the water you drink is also providing you with some of these minerals.

While purified water has most or all of the minerals removed, spring water, mineral water, and even your tap water contain a variety of beneficial minerals in trace amounts. Filtered water also retains most of its minerals, filtering out larger molecules instead.

So, let’s look at some of the minerals that are commonly found in water, and what benefits they can have.

Calcium

You know that milk and other dairy products are a good source of calcium, but it’s also found in your water to a lesser extent. Calcium is important for the development and maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth, also helping to reduce risks of osteoporosis. Strong bones are essential for healthy development, also reducing your risk of bone fractures.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays lots of different roles, supporting the function of all the cells in your body. It contributes toward nerve function, brain health, and energy levels. It also helps to control blood pressure, which can keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Many people don’t get enough magnesium in their diets, so drinking plenty of water containing this mineral is certainly beneficial.

Zinc

Zinc is found in a variety of foods, some naturally and others that are fortified with this mineral. It helps to support your immune system, healthy growth and development, skin health, and the healing and repair of wounds. It also contributes to enzyme reactions that are necessary for digestion, metabolism, nerve function, and much more.

Potassium

The food we most commonly associate potassium with is bananas, but it can also be found in trace amounts in some sources of water. Potassium is important for regulating nerve signals and muscle contractions, which is why you may be advised to eat a banana or an electrolyte drink to prevent muscle cramps. It also regulates fluid levels, helping to keep you properly hydrated.

Make it easy to boost your daily mineral intake with a spring water delivery service from Mountain Park Spring Water. Enjoy great-tasting water that provides you with magnesium, calcium, and zinc. Contact us to find out more about our bottled water delivery service across Virginia and North Carolina.

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The Pros and Cons of Refrigerator Ice and Water Dispensers

If you’re buying a new fridge or fridge/freezer, then there are a wide range of choices from basic to luxury. You’ve even got the option of a refrigerator with a water and/or ice dispenser in the door. Is this a convenient way to access fresh, cool water or is it just an over-expensive fad? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s right for you.

The pros of fridge water dispensers

Water and ice dispensers are nice and convenient, meaning you can always fill a fresh glass of water or top up a drink. It’s a great way to encourage yourself or your family to drink water throughout the day, as you may be reminded to fill up your glass whenever you go to get something from the fridge. Ice dispensers are also convenient for when you’re entertaining guests or having a party.

Just like regular water dispensers, the water dispenser in your fridge door delivers fresh, clean-tasting water as it is usually filtered first (although not all of these types of fridges have a filter in their water dispenser). Most people prefer this to tap water, and it saves you from having to buy bottled water. These water dispensers can also be easier for young children to use compared to them having to pour water from a bottle, which could lead to spills.

The cons of fridge water dispensers

There are a few downsides to having a fridge with a water and ice dispenser though, starting with the cost. The initial cost of buying one of these refrigerators can be much more expensive than your standard fridge. You will then need to have the dispenser plumbed in to your water, and there are likely to be slightly higher ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Having a water and/or ice dispenser in the door of your fridge or freezer will also eat into the space inside the refrigerator. This means you’ll have less space to store food and drink inside, so you need to decide which is more important to you. It could still be worth it if you usually store ice or bottled water in your fridge/freezer, as your new dispenser could get rid of the need for this.

A fridge water dispenser or a regular water dispenser does have its benefits, so decide if one is right for you before your upcoming purchase. And if you’re interested in a water delivery service for your home or office, contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more.

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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.