I don’t think I used to drink enough water – but that was before I acquired this awesome water bottle by CamelBak. It has a built-in filter, so I can fill up anywhere. I never leave home without it!
It will fit in a standard-size car cupholder, has an easy-to-grab handle, and you can throw it in the dishwasher to keep it germ-free. The carbon filters have a pretty long life, (unless you’re filling your bottle up with pond water) and are easily replaceable ($9.99 for a 3-pack at Whole Foods).
Why is it so important to stay hydrated?
Water is the body’s principle chemical component, making up about 60 to 70 percent of your weight. Every body system depends on water to function properly. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to our cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissue – especially important in dry climates.
It’s so easy to forget to drink enough water – that’s why having a portable water bottle is key.
I’ve gotten in the habit of sipping on mine regularly, which helps me stay hydrated through my workouts as well as over the course of daily activities.
We lose water every time we exhale – as much as two cups a day.
We also lose moisture through our skins’ surface, even without exercise, and we pass water in our urine. Through the course of a day, adults lose an average of 8 to 10 cups of water. Add exercise, and the number rises.
Drink before you get thirsty – if you wait until you’re thirsty, you’re probably already slightly dehydrated.
What you eat generally provides about 20 percent of your fluids, and the remaining 80 comes from water and other beverages.
Don’t count on drinks containing caffeine or alcohol to hydrate you – those dehydrate your body.
To compensate, drink a glass of water for each cup of coffee, tea or cocktail. I employ this strategy especially when cocktailing – I always order a water with whatever drink I get. It’s a multi-purpose strategy that keeps me hydrated, reduces my hangover the next day, and allows me to pace myself when I’m drinking.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that men consume roughly 3 L – about 13 cups- a day, and women consume 2.2 L – about 9 cups of total fluid a day.
These bottles hold about 0.6L, so refill regularly. You can modify your fluid intake depending on how much you exercise. On average, drink an extra 1 to 2 cups of water for short exercise bouts, but for exercise lasting an hour or more, you will want to add to that depending on how much you sweat. Typically 2 to 3 cups per hour during exercise – unless it’s really hot – is a good rule of thumb.
You can find more information about the CamelBak New Groove filter system water bottle here:
CamelBak New Groove Water Bottle