Categories
Blog

How to Keep Your Reusable Water Bottles Clean

More and more people are going about their daily lives with a reusable water bottle in tow. This is a great way to reduce the usage of single-use plastics while still staying hydrated on the go. But if you’re constantly refilling and drinking from the same water bottle, hygiene can become an issue. Make sure you’re keeping your reusable water bottle, and the water you’re drinking from it, clean with the following tips.

Wash it every day

If you’re constantly using your water bottle, you might just be filling it up as soon as its empty, or even topping up half a bottle of old water. We’re here to get you out of this habit. You should be washing your reusable water bottle every day to keep it free of a whole host of germs and other things. Simply rinsing it out with warm water and dish soap should be enough to give it a good clean. Don’t forget to clean the entirety of the lid and around the rim of the bottle.

Instead, you can put your water bottle in the dishwasher, just make sure to check first that it is dishwasher safe. The packaging or product details online may have suggested dishwasher settings to clean the bottle on.

Leave the lid off after washing

A sealed bottle with some moisture left behind is the perfect place for bacteria and mildew to grow. You definitely don’t want that from somewhere you regularly drink from. Unless you thoroughly dry your bottle with a clean, dry towel or paper towels after washing it, you must leave the lid off to let the bottle and lid dry out properly. Never put your water bottle away with the lid on after washing it unless it is completely dry.

Rotate water bottles

It’s a good idea to have two reusable water bottles so that you’re not constantly using the same one. This way, you can put one in the dishwasher or leave it to air out after washing while you fill your next one ready to drink. This will also prevent excessive use of one bottle, making them last longer.

If you want a water delivery service to ensure you always have a supply of clean, fresh, tasty water in your home or office, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water today. We provide a spring water delivery service across Virginia And Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro, NC.

Categories
Blog

A Guide to Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws

The battle against single-use plastics is still raging on, and how we drink is especially under fire. As well as single-use water bottles, drinking straws are also being cut back on. Some bars, restaurants, and cafés have switched to only handing out straws when customers request them, rather than using them by default. Others are using more sustainable, eco-friendly options. 

If you can’t resist drinking cocktails, milkshakes, and soda through a straw, here’s a guide to the different eco-friendly and reusable drinking straws out there…

Paper

Many establishments have now switched to paper straws. While these are still only single-use, they break down much, much faster than plastic straws (as long as they are disposed of properly) and many are made to be compostable. You can get drinks served with paper straws in many places now, or you could buy a pack of your own online to carry around with you or to use at home. 

Metal

If you’re looking for something more reusable, then metal straws are another big trend. Mostly made from stainless steel, these straws can be used time and time again, so it’s a good idea to buy your own and carry it around with you if you want to cut back on plastic use. They’re dishwasher-friendly and many come with a small brush designed for cleaning inside of them. You can find them in different colors, and shaped to be straight or slightly bent.

Glass

Glass straws are similar to metal straws in that they are completely reusable and available in various different styles. They’re also shatterproof, so they’re safe to use and carry around.  

Pasta

You read that right! I once had a drink in Spain served to me with a long tube of dry pasta as the straw. These are single-use since they become soggy in the drink (and probably aren’t suitable for hot drinks), but they’re compostable since it’s a natural product.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a highly sustainable product because it has a lot of the same properties as wood but, since it is a grass, it regrows in a fraction of the time compared to trees. Bamboo straws are reusable but are also biodegradable once you’re done with them. They also come with small cleaning brushes to keep them hygienic. 

People are coming up with incredible innovations all the time to make our everyday habits more environmentally friendly. Why not buy your own reusable straws so you can drink your Mountain Park Spring Water in style? And get in touch if you’re looking for an environmentally friendly water delivery service in Martinsville, VA.

Categories
Blog

Why Doesn’t All Water Taste the Same?

Have you ever had a glass of tap water at someone’s house and noticed that it doesn’t taste the same as your own tap water? Or maybe you much prefer the taste of spring water or purified water, rather than that from the tap? But it’s all water, something we generally think of as being flavorless. So, what is it that’s causing these differences in taste?

We’ll answer this question for you in this blog…

Does water have a taste?

Some people will say that water is flavorless, yet others refuse to drink plain water because they don’t like its taste. Confused? Water does actually have a taste that is influenced by the different minerals and other things it picks up along its journey to your glass. These will be microscopic amounts, but they still impact its taste.

The taste of spring water

Spring water comes from naturally occurring springs in the ground and is collected and bottled at the source. Because it’s collected from the ground, it contains lots of naturally occurring minerals from the earth around it. These are completely safe minerals that our body needs to function properly, like calcium and magnesium. Most people enjoy the taste of spring water, affected by these minerals. When spring water is placed in a mug or glass with residual detergent or dish soap, those minerals also help to prevent the taste from being absorbed.

The taste of purified water

In purified water, processes have removed any minerals that the water previously contained. This removes any taste so it is, in theory, flavorless. Most people find purified water too bland to drink by itself because of this, but it can be used for making hot drinks without affecting their flavor.

Why doesn’t all tap water taste the same?

Like spring water, tap water has a taste based on the minerals and other traces of elements it collects along the way. But since tap water takes different journeys to different houses and is sourced from different places, one home’s tap water is likely to taste different from another. Some will collect minerals that improve the taste of the water, whereas others might pick up metallic tastes from the pipes, which some may find unpleasant. The tap water in some homes may have an earthy taste or a faint smell of sulfur due to the source of the water.

Everyone’s tastebuds are slightly different, so delicious-tasting water for one person might be off-putting to another. If you prefer the taste of spring water and want a regular supply to your home or office, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our water delivery service in Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

Categories
Blog

Stay Young by Drinking Lots of Water

There are a number of things we don’t look forward to about aging. Less energy, decreased mobility, and lines and wrinkles appearing on our skin. But in modern society, many of us are experiencing certain aging effects prematurely because of how we treat our bodies. We eat processed foods, sugary drinks, and spend too much time sitting down staring at screens.

All of this is normal in today’s society. But we can fight the effects of premature aging. One simple way of doing this is by drinking more water.

Look younger with proper hydration

A high percentage of our body is made up of water. It’s contained in all of our cells, making it vital to every aspect of how we function. But as we age, this water percentage drops. This is one of the main reasons why young skin is so soft and supple, and older skin starts to become dry and wrinkled.

This comparison suggests how important water and hydration are to the way our skin looks and feels. When you stay well-hydrated, your skin will greatly benefit because your cells are flush with water. Just think of the difference between the skin of a grape and a raisin for an exaggerated example of this. Your skin will look smoother and younger with fewer lines, and will feel softer and more supple.

Hydration also helps you avoid dry skin as it helps to promote the growth of new cells. New, fresh skin cells will replace the old, dry ones (and the same theory applies to hair growth, too!). Another important factor is the detoxifying effect of water. Staying well-hydrated is said to help flush toxins out of your body, making your body and your skin healthier.

Feel younger with proper hydration

Staying hydrated affects the way you feel as well as the way you look. If you often feel tired and sluggish at work in the afternoon, it might be that you’ve not been drinking enough water. When you drink plenty of water every day and avoid drinking too many diuretics (like alcohol!), you’ll probably find yourself with heaps more energy.

Get that youthful energy back so you can enjoy socializing with friends or running around with your kids more often.

If you need a supply of fresh spring water in your home to help you stay young and hydrated, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water to find out more about our bottled water delivery service in Martinsville, VA, and across North Carolina.

Categories
Blog

Supporting Water Charities

We don’t tend to think about how easy it is to get fresh, clean water from a tap or a water dispenser. We’re so used to it that we almost take it for granted. But there are people around the world not as lucky as us. They don’t have clean water or have to walk a long way to get it. Luckily, there are charities set up that aim to help these people and supply them with a source of clean water.

How do water charities help communities?

Water charities do a number of things to help the communities they support. This may involve working with the local government to establish schemes that will help the community access clean water. It may also involve actively building clean water solutions for the community to access. Charities may also talk and campaign to governments to convince them to invest more in clean water solutions.

How can you help?

Any donation you can give, whether that’s one-off or on a regular basis, helps the charity towards their funding goals. These funds may go toward building a well or sanitation system for a community to use. If you’d like to raise more funds to donate to a charity, you could also organize a fundraiser to collect donations from friends and family.

Another option for many charities is to volunteer for them locally. Some charities, for example, have a local shop that raises money for the charity with every sale made. Places like these are always looking for volunteers.

How to choose the best charities to support

There are so many good charities out there, how do you know which ones to support. Unfortunately, there are also some charities that are less than transparent about where their funds go, so it’s important that you research a charity before donating to it, ensuring that they are trustworthy. Look into what they do and how they distribute their funds. Checking an independent charity reviewer will also help you make your mind up.

Here are a few water charities from the US and globally that help people around the world access clean water:

The holiday season is the perfect time for giving, so how can you help provide communities with fresh water? Contact Mountain Park Spring Water if you need a spring water delivery service in Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

Categories
Blog

How Does Hydration Affect Your Sleeping Patterns?

Hydration is important to so many aspects of our health. Next on the list is the link between hydration and your sleep patterns. Always tired and struggling to sleep at night? It could just be that you’re dehydrated. Read on to find out how the two are linked.

The effects of dehydration during the day

When we don’t drink enough water, we feel tired and sluggish throughout the day. It’s difficult to stay focused at work and you might even find yourself falling asleep at your desk. If you’re in an environment where it’s possible, you might end up going for a nap during the day or falling asleep on your commute home from work. And if you sleep too much during the day, you might find it more difficult to get to sleep at night.

The effects of dehydration at night

If you’re dehydrated when going to bed, there are a number of negative effects that will impact your night’s sleep. Firstly, dehydration reduces natural melatonin production in your body. This hormone helps to regulate our sleep cycle. If you’re underproducing it, then you’ll find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

A couple of other effects of dehydration will give you a disruptive night’s sleep. Your mouth and throat will be dry, leading to coughing and snoring in the night, which could wake you up, or at least leave you with a sore throat in the morning. Dehydration can also cause muscle cramps in the night, the pain of which is likely to wake you up.

A vicious cycle

All the effects listed above can create a vicious cycle of poor sleep habits. You’re kept awake in the night, feel sluggish the next day, take a nap, and then can’t get to sleep again that night. Rinse and repeat.

The best way to break out of this cycle is to drink enough water. Try to drink at least 8 cups of water a day, spread out across the day. Drink a glass of water before bed to stay hydrated through the night, but not so close to bedtime or else you’ll be up in the night needing the bathroom. And swap out sugary drinks for water to boost your hydration.

If you need a supply of fresh, cool water in your home or office, then contact Mountain Park for our spring water delivery service across North Carolina and Virginia.

Categories
Blog

How to Fix Common Water Cooler Problems

Water coolers are a really convenient tool for both home and the office. There are various different models that can provide you with cool, filtered water, and even some that provide cool water from one tap and hot water from another. But, whatever type of water cooler you have, it’s common to face problems along the line, just like with any appliance that gets a lot of use.

To help you keep the fresh water flowing, here are some common water cooler problems and how to get around them.

Your cooler is dispensing room temperature water

If your water cooling isn’t cooling the water, then it’s not doing its job. A few things could cause this. Firstly, check that the cooler’s thermostat is set to an optimum temperature for cooling the water. Turn it down slightly if the temperature is set too high, but don’t turn it too far down as this can cause the cooler to freeze and stop dispensing water.

It may also be a simple case of overuse, especially in busy offices. If lots of people are using the cooler throughout the day, then it may not be able to keep up with the demand. Give it a few minutes’ break and try the cold tap again.

The hot tap isn’t heating the water

If the opposite is true, again try checking the cooler’s thermostat. Also, make sure that the water heater aspect of the cooler is switched on. There should be a “hot water” switch somewhere on your cooler if it has this feature. And, just like above, make sure the system has enough time to recuperate if it is getting a lot of use.

A leaking water cooler

Leaks in your water cooler can come from different areas, most commonly the drip tray. When people pour their water back into the drip tray or accidentally leave the tap running, this drip tray can start to overflow. Simply empty the drip tray and make sure users know not to pour out too much water into this tray.

If there is an actual leak, then it may be from either the bottle or the cooler itself. Try changing bottles or call your water delivery company to have them do this for you. If the leak is coming from the tap, then make sure it is closed tightly. If you are still experiencing a leak, then try calling customer service to have the cooler checked out and repaired.

If you’re having problems with your water cooler, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water for our support and services. We provide a water delivery service around Virginia and North Carolina, including Kernersville, Winston Salem, High Point, and Greensboro.

Categories
Blog

How Does Hydration Change as We Age?

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

Your body’s water content

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

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

Young and old are more at risk

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

Diuretics and adults

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

Weaker thirst signals

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

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

Categories
Blog

The Ideal Times of Day to Drink Water

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

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

First thing in the morning

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

Before each meal

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

When you feel like snacking

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

Before you go to bed

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

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

Categories
Blog

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

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

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

Hydrating with sports drinks

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

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

Hydrating with water

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

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

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