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I love a new reusable water bottle. Each year seems to see more brands on the market, and I’m sure many people have seen the mad scenes from the limited edition pink Stanley tumbler release. We have quite a few reusable bottles, although we use them in rotation and for different purposes to help us keep hydrated. Both at home and when out and about.
N’s taken after me in a love of a reusable water bottle. We’ve been sent them in the past to review, both Ion 8 and Super Sparrow brands. And we’ve received and given them as gifts, freebies from work and events, and N’s had them in party bags.
I drink a lot of water at work and at home. When I’m out and about I can never travel light because I do like to have a bag that’s big enough to pop in a water bottle. It’s so important to stay hydrated and anything that makes it easier to drink more water is good in my book.
Benefits of drinking water
We all need water to live, so it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day. We’re told 8 glasses of water a day, or 1 1/2 to 2 litres of water is good for most people. You may need more if you are more active. Here’s some of the benefits of drinking the water that you need.
- It replaces water the body has lost.
- It helps lubricate the joints which means shock absorbing properties are maintained.
- Drinking water ahead of snacks or meals will reduce the impact of sugary drinks, helping reduce tooth decay.
- Helps form saliva and mucus to keep our mouth, nose and eyes moist and working properly.
- It boosts skin health and makes skin look healthier.
- Deydration can impact brain function.
- It helps the blood circulate more freely around the body.
- It helps regulate body temperature especially when it gets hot.
- It’s needed for a healthy digestive system and to flush out bodily wastes, including reducing constipation.
- Helps rehydrate during or after drinking alcohol.
- It helps keep airways clear and reduces worsening of allergies and asthma.
- Water helps prevent kidney damage as they regulate fluid in the body.
- Research has partially shown how water can help increase sports performance.
- Drinking water before eating can reduce overeating by feeling full.
Tips to keep hydrated
1, Start early. I always drink more water in the mornings, so start with some before you head downstairs to get you on your way.
2, Always have water on the table at mealtimes, even alongside other drinks
3, Sit water on your desk – have a large bottle and add ice cubes to keep it cooler and poor into a glass as you need it, if you don’t like drinking out of a bottle
4, Carry a water bottle with you when out and about. You can even buy collapsable water bottles (although I’ve never got on with those myself. Most cafes and restaurants will refill water bottles for you if asked. There’s a refill app you can use which tells you where you can find places to refill.
5, If you struggle with water, find ways to enjoy it. Trying infusing it with fruit. Weak squash and tea also count towards your water intake. As does warm, hot or ice cold water. Me I’m all for cold, but my OH sits his glass on the aga to warm it (bleurgh).
6, Set phone reminders to drink a certain amount an hour. If you’ve got a Fitbit you can usually track your water intake via their apps.
7. Make it the norm for drinks. Especially with children. They’ll get used to drinking it and it’ll help their teeth having less sugary drinks.
Review of Ion8 water bottle
My latest discovery has been my Ion8 water bottle that I was sent to review. What’s the one thing that bugs you (or more likely you about your children’s) water bottles? Leaking. But with the Ion8 leakproof water bottles you don’t need to worry about that.
The Ion8 water bottle has a really clever flip lid with a lock. Think like a mason jar clip with its seal. Ion8 bottle lids are just like that, but less bulky and more satisfying when you pop the lid up. My work colleagues think I’m a bit nuts about mine, but I couldn’t stop telling them about it. No more twisting the top up to drink out. And with a lid to cover the drinking spout, it’s a lot more hygienic.
In moving away from one use disposable water bottles, the Ion8 bottles are:
- BPA free
- Bisphenol-A free
- Have no phthlates
And are made from non-toxic Triton. All making them safe to drink from over and over again as well as being dishwashable and odour resistant.
Other features I like are that it’s a rigid bottle with a fast flow to drink from. No having to squeeze the bottle, or sip a bit then stop to let the air flow back in. Cleverly, these bottle have a tiny hole which means the air flows once the water is drunk, meaning you can drink the whole bottle in one go with no problems. The only downside is that means I have to refill my bottle more frequently because it’s easier to drink more.
You can use Ion8 for cold or hot drinks.
Mine is a 500ml bottle and I love that there’s a handle loop so you can hang it off a bag if you’ve not got room to pop it in. There are plenty of choices of colour and sizes, from the child’s 350ml to the massive 1L. Pop that on your desk to make sure you drink enough. With measurements on the side you can keep a check if you’re getting the right amount of water each day.
N has put in his order for a bottle – promised to him when he completes his reward chart. Not only does he want a bottle (probably blue, although I’m liking the look of the grey), he’s also requested a fruit infuser insert.
How do you keep hydrated?