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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.

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How Often to Drink Water

You often hear that you should drink 8 glasses of water per day to stay healthy and hydrated, but how should you spread this throughout the day? You could, for example, drink 8 glasses of water in the morning and be done for the day. But are there downsides to this compared to drinking more slowly and steadily throughout the day?

In this article, we’ll look at some tips to help you figure out how often you should be drinking water throughout the day and some of the best times to do it.

Can you drink too much water?

If you’re chugging glass after glass of water, then there is a risk of what’s known as overhydration. Drinking too much water disrupts the balance in our bodies. Diluting the blood with too much water throws off the ratio of liquids to electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium, which can cause symptoms of overhydration or water intoxication, such as:

  • Light-headedness

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness

  • Confusion

  • Changes in mood, i.e. irritability

However, you would have to drink a lot of water in a short space of time to suffer from these side effects. Drinking a glass of water in one go should not put you at risk, and fasting from water for a few hours at a time or for several hours overnight should not put you at risk of dehydration as long as you drink enough water at other times of day.

How much water can our bodies use?

Our bodies use the water we consume through food and drink for various purposes, including hydrating the cells in our body. The rest is flushed out of our bodies by our kidneys, which serve various essential purposes. But our kidneys can only flush out a maximum of around one liter per hour. So, drinking more than this will put a strain on our kidneys and could lead to the consequences described above.

The best times of day to drink water

So, to hydrate more efficiently and more safely, it is better to drink little and often throughout the day rather than knocking back glass after glass of water. There are even certain times of the day that can be the most beneficial times to hydrate, which we discussed in a previous blog. These include:

  • First thing in the morning

  • Before eating a meal

  • Before a hot bath (to lower blood pressure)

  • Around one hour before bed

So, it’s a good idea to drink water regularly throughout the day, just make sure you don’t drink too much. Having water on hand thanks to a water cooler and bottled water delivery service is the best way to remind yourself to drink enough each day. Contact us at Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our water delivery service.

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What Happens When You Drink Seawater?

At Mountain Park Spring Water, we’re all about healthy hydration, and part of this involves learning about why hydration is so important and the best ways of staying hydrated. If you’ve ever fancied a refreshing drink of water at the beach or if you like to imagine how you would survive if you ever got stranded on a deserted island, then you might have wondered if you could take a drink from the sea if you didn’t have any other alternatives.

Maybe you’ve heard that you shouldn’t drink seawater, but why is this? Let’s learn about the contents of seawater and how it affects the human body.

Why you shouldn’t drink seawater

Other than the fact that seawater often isn’t clean and you don’t know what’s floating around in it, the reason we don’t drink seawater is because it contains salt. In fact, around 3.5% of seawater is made up of salt. This is around four times the amount of salt that we have in our bodily fluids.

You’ve probably experienced strong feelings of thirst after eating fast food or any other meal that was high in salt. This is because salt dehydrates you. So, if you’re drinking only seawater, then the salt in the water is counteracting the hydration provided by the water.

How seawater affects the body

When we drink seawater or saltwater, the concentration of salt in our blood increases. Our body does a good job at naturally maintaining balances, so it attempts to correct this difference in concentration by taking water out of our cells and into our bloodstream, essentially to dilute the blood and reduce its salt concentration. This dehydrates your cells, leaving you feeling thirstier than before. If salt concentrations in your blood are high enough, then this process will eventually kill you.

Your kidneys usually keep your blood clean by filtering out waste, such as salt, and excreting it in your urine. As it attempts to do this, more water will be taken from your body in order to sufficiently dilute the salt that you pass in your urine. As well as further dehydrating you, this also puts a strain on your kidneys and can cause damage to them.

While it’s unlikely that you’d ever be stuck without a source of freshwater for an extended period of time, it’s a fun fact to know that you shouldn’t drink from the sea in the unlikely event you end up in a castaway situation.

Stay hydrated at home and in the office with Mountain Park Spring Water’s bottled water delivery service across North Carolina and Virginia. Get in touch with us to find out more.

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Why You Should Look for BPA-Free Water Bottles

As knowledge and technology advance over the years, we come to learn what is good for us and our planet, and what isn’t. It’s strange to think that doctors once endorsed smoking before people learned how bad it is for our health.

And the same goes for plastic and the materials contained in plastic products. We now know that excessive plastic use and improper disposal of it is harming the earth and its wildlife. One material that has gained a lot of attention in recent years is BPA.

What is BPA?

BPA stands for bisphenol A, a common industrial chemical that is frequently added to plastic products and packaging in order to make them stronger and more durable. These days, BPA is most commonly found in plastic water bottles, baby’s bottles, and food containers. It is also used to line the inside of cans used for food packaging to improve their durability.

Is BPA harmful?

BPA has been in frequent use since the 1960s, but it started to gain negative press over the last decade. Exposure to this chemical has been found to have a potentially negative impact on our health.

Research shows that BPA can interact with hormone receptors in our body and mimic certain hormones, particularly estrogen. This can particularly have negative effects on babies and children, and can even stunt the development of fetuses. In children, and adults to a lesser extent, it can affect a number of processes, including growth and cell repair.

BPA in water bottles

Water bottles that contain BPA are made using a very low level of this chemical. So, it is likely that these levels are not high enough to have any serious effects. However, BPA is known to leech into your food and drink stored in these containers.

This is especially the case when the plastic is exposed to heat. When you leave a water bottle in direct sunlight or place that plastic food container in the microwave, the structure of the plastic breaks down slightly over time. This means that more of the BPA it contains can leech into your food or drink.

You won’t see any adverse health effects after drinking from a water bottle containing BPA, but this practice over time can gradually lead to side effects, especially if you drink from the same bottle for a long time and frequently leave it in your hot car, for example. So, make sure to properly store your water bottles and change them as needed.

At Mountain Park Spring Water, we deliver spring water to your home or office in BPA-free water bottles, all the way from our 16.9-ounce bottles up to our 5-gallon water bottles. To find out more about our spring water delivery service around North Carolina and Virginia, get in touch with a member of the team today.

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How to Reduce Water Pollution

It is being increasingly reported that our oceans, rivers, and lakes are polluted around the world. Litter, plastics, and chemicals are some of the main culprits polluting our waters, but it is the habits of people and companies that are causing this. This kind of water pollution can contaminate our drinking water and also harm marine life and its habitat.

If you want to do your bit to reduce ocean pollution and other types of water pollution, then here are some simple changes you can make in your daily life.

Reduce single-use plastics

Plastic water bottles, drinking straws, and food and drink packaging are, unfortunately, polluting our waters in lots of different areas. Using fewer single-use plastics can make a big difference to this when we all make the effort. When you do need to use plastics, ensure that you dispose of them properly and recycle wherever possible.

Reduce microfibers

We’re likely to be contributing to plastic pollution even when we can’t see it. This is because so many products are made from plastics, such as polyester and nylon clothing. These clothes contain microfibers that can get washed away into various bodies of water. These microfibers can even be found in the seafood we eat as a result of being washed into the oceans. Avoiding synthetic clothing when possible and washing your clothes at a lower temperature can help with this problem.

Reduce litter

Not everyone is responsible when it comes to properly discarding of litter while they’re out and about. Trash discarded on beaches and around rivers can get washed into the water and contribute to pollution. If you want to do your bit in your local area, you can organize a beach clean-up, for example. Last year, the #Trashtag challenge went viral where people showed off the positive change they made to litter levels in their area.

Be careful of what you wash down your drain

It’s easy to discard a variety of things in the kitchen sink, but this could be polluting our waters. Chemicals that you use in your home are a common culprit. Some household cleaners may be suitable for the drain, but other chemicals can be extremely toxic and polluting. Always check the bottle before disposing of chemicals down your drain, and properly dispose of them or recycle them if possible.

Clean water is an essential part of our life, so we should all be trying to make small changes like these. We always recycle and properly dispose of our water bottles when delivering fresh spring water to homes and businesses across North Carolina and Virginia. Get in touch to find out more.