An Ode To My Water Bottle
|April 22, 2010||Posted by Lauren under Nutrition|
Headache, stomachache, broken bone…it doesn’t matter, the solution never changes. “Drink more water,” Dr. Dad would prescribe and send us on our way.
Although he was joking (most of the time) and my sisters and I typically just rolled our eyes at his suggestion, his underlying message rings true: you feel better when you are well-hydrated. Clearly it’s not going to magically heal whatever ails you, but water is as important to our daily nutrition as the food that we eat.
There are conflicting views about how much water you need to drink per day. I’m sure you’ve all heard the 8 x 8 rule, or that you should drink 8, 8-ounce glasses of water (or 64 ounces total) per day. This rule also says that any fluids you drink besides water don’t count towards this total. While new research suggests this isn’t true, I know that I personally do not feel my best if I don’t drink enough water during the day.
As it is, I drink a lot of water. Mostly because I love it. I know this might sound weird, but the taste of pure, cold water is one of my absolute favorite things in the whole world. In fact, on a typical day I only ever drink two things (besides the occasional smoothie): a cup of coffee, and copious amounts of water. Anything else – any sort of even slightly flavored liquid – just does not quench my thirst.
The way I see it, drinking enough water has lots of benefits;
- First and foremost, it just makes me feel healthier
- I feel more alert when I’m hydrated
- I have more energy during the day…and when I’m working out
- I avoid consuming liquid calories
- I snack less (quick caveat on this one: I don’t really think that drinking water is a replacement for hunger. If I’m really hungry, no amount of water I drink is ever going to replace food. However, sometimes when I get thirsty, I’m more likely to think I’m hungry – or want to think I’m hungry – and snack instead)
- Water helps fend off headaches and stomach pains, two things I get when I haven’t had enough.
And finally, by drinking lots and lots of water throughout the workday…
- I get in extra steps from all my trips to the bathroom at least once an hour. All that walking back and forth adds up!
I realize not everyone shares my love for this wonderful, tasteless substance. So if you’re one of those (normal) people, I’d like to introduce you to the one thing I love AS MUCH as I love water: my water bottle.
Yes, you read that correctly. I love my water bottle. A lot. And I carry this baby with me everywhere I go (literally). This beauty is made by Camelbak and holds over 32 ounces of glorious H2O.
Not only that, but it makes drinking water fun. Seriously. The Camelbak spout (aka the “Big Bite™ valve”) makes drinking super easy. You just bite the top and sip the water through the straw. No tilting, no spilling, no tiny cap you have to keep track of. And you don’t even need your hands, leaving them free to continue on their multi-tasking ways. Yes, you look like a little kid when you’re happily sucking away on this but after a few sips you won’t mind any longer. I promise.
In addition, this bottle is 100% BPA-free so you don’t have to worry about any nasty effects from plastic toxins. I personally don’t really like the way metal water bottles make my water taste, and so this allows me to drink a lot, yet be environmentally friendly.
Sometimes when I’m at work, I pass the time by drinking water. No, really I do. (Ok, before you write me off as being completely nuts, please understand…my job really is that boring.) This bottle also comes in handy when you’re at the gym. You can easily drink water while working out on a machine or running on a treadmill without worrying about it spilling all over yourself.
And for those of you who think 32+ ounces is a bit large, don’t worry, the bottle actually comes in smaller sizes…which are a lot more convenient to carry around.
If you’re in search of a water bottle or want to find a way to make drinking water easier, I highly recommend something similar to my “Camelback Better Bottle”. And since today is Earth Day, there’s no better time to stop buying those bottles of Poland Springs and invest in something reusable!! It was really the best $15 bucks I’ve ever spent (and the smaller sizes cost less).
Let it be noted, while this may sound a bit like an advertisement, Camelbak did not pay me to write this review, nor did they give me a free water bottle to try (though if they want to, I’d be more than happy to be a “tester!”). I’ve just been using this thing for over a year now and absolutely love it. I may or may not have gone so far as to have given it to loved ones as a gift.
Happy Earth Day! And, while we’re at it, I thought I should give recognition to another, less-publicized holiday that is being “celebrated” today…National Jelly Bean Day! Why this day occurs so long after Easter is beyond me, but for those of you who have been devouring these balls of sugar like it’s your job, today is your day to indulge guilt-free!