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Water, Coffee, Sports Drinks, and More: Which Water Way Products Will You Get Delivered This Fall?

When our customers think of Water Way––pure, high-quality water is one thing that comes to mind. The next thing? Fast, convenient water delivery––no matter the season! Home water delivery is a great way to foster healthy hydration habits with your family. But besides water delivery, we also deliver sports drinks, coffee, water coolers, and so much more. Here’s a short run-through of all of the wonderful products we deliver––all year long.

Pure Water

Interestingly enough, many people have opinions about the tastes of certain commercial brands of water. But to be honest, we agree––not all water tastes the same! We believe taste and purity are the two key components that set our water apart from other brands. Water Way’s spring water sources are the best available with impeccable quality standards. 

Our water is perfect for your kid’s hydration during the school day, hydration during your workday, or even after-school activities. 

Skip the Line at the Coffee Shop

Imagine waking up in the morning and not having to get ready to get a cup of coffee. With our coffee delivery, you can enjoy the convenience of always having coffee waiting for you in the morning––right on schedule. Our coffee is available by the case or by the pallet and includes specialty K-cup coffee, coffee packets, and filter packs. 

Along with coffee packets, we can also deliver coffee equipment such as coffee makers or stations. You never have to worry about boiling a pot on the stove again.

Sports Drinks for Optimum Hydration

If your kids are playing after-school sports this year like soccer, football, tennis, or baseball, you need to make sure they’re staying hydrated. Our flavorful line of sports drinks can help make hydrating tasty and fun. In addition to sports drinks like Gatorade, we also offer Sqwincher Freeze Pops for those long, hot days of practice in the sun. 

They’re great for sports, or if you just want a hydrating, tasty treat on-the-go!

Water Way Delivery Is Safe and Easy

We know you may be reading through this and feeling hesitant due to the constant spread of COVID-19 in Alabama, but we can assure you that we are taking every preventative measure to ensure our customers stay safe during routine water delivery. We have a full blog that outlines our safety protocol, here

In addition to your safety, we value your time! If you need to make any changes to your schedule, we are more than happy to adjust our truck delivery to fit your needs. Our promise is to deliver you refreshing water, and we will stop at nothing to deliver on that promise. If, for any reason, you need to cancel a future delivery, just reach out to your delivery person and we can adjust your schedule accordingly. 

For more information about water delivery, contact Water Way today. 

Whatever School Looks Like This Year, Keep Your Kids Hydrated

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, school this year might look like a computer screen, countless breaks, frustrated parents, and lots of “recess.” But that’s okay! No matter where your child is in school this year, make sure they stay hydrated. 

Here are some ways you can help your kids stay hydrated during the school day––wherever they may be.

Stay Hydrated with Your Kids

Children tend to copy their surroundings, especially adults who are closest to them. If you’re (no judgment!) sipping on an ice cold Coke, chances are, your child is going to want a taste. If you want to instill healthy hydration habits in your little ones, make sure you set a good example––drink water with them!

If you want to start staying hydrated, we recommend getting a large water bottle, so that you get in the habit of refilling it when it’s empty. Buy your child a water bottle that they can refill, and maybe make a game out of who can finish their water first. This is a great way to start a habit of regularly consuming water.

Include Water-Based Foods in Their Lunchbox

Many fruits and vegetables are made up of water, making it easy to get extra hydration at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A few fruits you can include in your child’s lunch include cut-up watermelon, cucumber slices, grapes, and cantaloupe. Since fruits like watermelon are sweet, it should be relatively easy to get your child used to eating them.

Let Your Child Pick Out a Water Bottle

Be honest, as a child, how likely were you to drink out of a boring clear container? Probably not likely at all! Your child, more than likely, applies the same reasoning to other bottles of water. Instead of making your child drink water out of a regular cup, take them to the store and let them pick out a reusable water bottle. Look for ones with their favorite cartoon characters on it. 

If you want, you can even buy them a few packs of their favorite stickers to let them customize it with their name. This is a great incentive to help your child stay hydrated––and it’s fun for your child. Win-win!

Pack Water in Their Lunchbox

If your child is back in school, it can be hard to know if they’re staying hydrated. So, including a small bottle of water is a great way to make sure they get enough water during their school day. 

Going back to the previous tip, it could be a fun surprise to pack their favorite water bottle for lunch.

Skip the Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is a popular drink of choice for children because it’s sweet, tasty, and usually comes in fun packaging. But a lot of commercial fruit juices contain tooth-decaying sugar, additives, and little to no actual juice. Instead of spending money on artificial juice or sodas, consider limiting your child’s intake of these less healthy drink choices.

At Water Way, we understand the importance of hydration, and how it benefits your overall health. For more resources on hydration, be sure to check out our blog

Keeping Your Baby Hydrated This Summer

Even if you don’t notice beads of sweat dripping from your toddler’s forehead, they can be losing large amounts of fluid to perspiration in hot weather. If your toddler has a flushed face, skin that’s warm to the touch, or rapid breathing, they may be dehydrated. Most people know that adults need to drink about eight glasses of water per day, but keeping babies hydrated has other considerations.

Does Your Baby Need Water?

Healthy newborns get all the water they need from breast milk, even when it’s hot outside. Unlike adults, babies do not need water to stay hydrated. Giving a young baby water can decrease their appetite, and prevent them from receiving the nutrients they need from breast milk or baby formula. 

Not to mention, excessive water given to babies under six months of age can result in a rare but serious condition called “water intoxication.” The safest thing to do is to only give your baby breastmilk or baby formula. Always remember to mix your baby’s formula per the instructions on the box. Adding extra water to make the formula “last longer” can result in water intoxication or poor weight gain. 

When Can I Give My Baby Water?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering “well, when can I give my baby water?” We recommend waiting until after your baby is six months of age. After six months, it’s a great idea to start introducing sippy cups with water. 

How Much Water Should I Give My Baby?

A two-to-twelve-month-old baby needs two to eight ounce of water per day in addition to the water they get from breastmilk or formula. In general, babies that are six months or older can drink as much water as they want. You can slowly increase their intake of water as you introduce more solid foods into their diet. Once babies turn one year old, they need about four cups of water per day. 

Can I Give My Baby Tap Water?

Tap water works well for mixing formula or for drinking from a sippy cup. If you’re concerned about the quality of your city’s water supply, contact your local health department. Water does not need to be boiled unless there’s a concern about unsafe water. If you’d prefer to use bottled water, you can, but make sure that you also integrate tap water into your baby’s diet, as it contains fluoride! Fluoride is a mineral found in tap water that helps build strong enamel and keeps cavities from forming. Trying to stay hydrated, but don’t want to leave the house? Set up water delivery! It’s a fast, convenient way to get water delivered right to your door. Contact Water Way for more information.

Swimmers: Maintain Proper Hydration This Summer

Hydration is probably one of the most underlooked aspects of sports. For cyclists, the reminder to stay hydrated is a water bottle hooked to their bike, for runners, a drink is typically in hand. But what about for swimmers? 

Sweat is typically not visible on swimmers, because they’re constantly immersed in water. Yet it’s still just as present, as it is on a runner or cyclist. So, why is it important for swimmers to maintain proper hydration at the pool? 

Water Is Required by the Body While Exercising

Water is an essential part of normal body function, and is required in the transportation of red blood cells throughout the body, as well as the formation of protein and glycogen. In order for muscles to grow and recover, water is crucial. Hydration also helps regulate the body’s temperature and lubricate joints––both of which are important for swimming.

Without proper hydration, swimmers risk developing cramps both inside and outside of the pool. They can experience early onset fatigue during workouts, poor response times, and an increased risk of injury. 

How Swimmers Can Avoid Dehydration In and Out of the Pool

There are many studies available that debate the required amount of water a person should consume daily. A general rule of thumb is to take your body weight, divide it by two, and drink that much water in ounces. 

Since swimming takes place in water, it can be difficult to know how much a swimmer is sweating, and how much water they need to drink to stay hydrated. The most accurate way to check your hydration status is to look at your urine output (how much you’re urinating), as well as the color of your urine. Urine that’s a pale yellow color indicates proper hydration, and darker urine indicates someone who is dehydrated. 

Know the signs of dehydration:

When in doubt, it’s best to always look out for the telltale signs of dehydration:

  • Thirst
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness

If you’re an athlete, you need to always pay attention to your hydration levels to avoid getting injured or dehydrated while out on the field, on the track, in the pool, or on the court. 
For more tips on hydration, visit our website.

Stay Hydrated While Working From Home

For months now, employees across the country have been hunkering down in the comfort of their homes in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s safe to say that if you’re juggling mountains of work, you’ve probably unintentionally neglected self-care during this time of isolation. When our schedules are drastically disrupted, it can be much harder to maintain healthy habits such as hydration and regular movement. 

Here are a few tips to help you stay hydrated while working from home. 

Set Hydration Goals

One of the easiest ways to stay on top of your hydration is to set benchmarks for hydration, such as drinking a certain amount of water before breakfast, again before lunch, and again before dinner. Setting attainable goals is a great way to meet your water intake goals for the day. A plus? You’ll be less likely to binge eat, or mistake thirst cues for hunger cues. 

Set Alarms on Your Phone

Setting a phone alarm for drinking water is actually a great technique to stay hydrated. It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated, especially if you’re in meetings all day, or have a million other important things on your plate. By setting an alarm, you are automating a regular reminder to yourself to stay on top of your goals. After you depend on an alarm for a few days, it’ll start to feel like second nature.

Wipe Down a Surface, Take a Sip

If you’re someone who is motivated by cleaning, you may benefit from making a game out of hydration. Every time you wipe down a surface in your home, drink a glass of water. It’s a great way to do something for your environment and for your body at the same time. 

Swap One Sugary Beverage a Day

If one of the biggest things keeping you from staying hydrated is unhealthy habits––start small! Instead of getting rid of every soft drink or fruit juice in your home, swap out one a day with a glass of water. If flavor is what keeps you from staying hydrated––add a fruit slice to your next glass of water.

Set Up Water Delivery

Water delivery with Water Way is a convenient way to have fresh, great tasting water delivered right to your door. Whether you need one gallon of water or five, we can provide your home with clean, refreshing water in a variety of sizes and types. If you’re interested in a filtration system, our team is experienced in installation and maintenance, and will be happy to install a filtration system in your home. 
Staying hydrated while working from home doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, with Water Way, it’s easier than you think! If you’re interested in our water delivery services, or filtration systems, please contact us.

Working Remote? Get Water and Coffee Delivered to Your Doorstep!

If you’re still following the Safer-At-Home orders enforced by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering: Can I still order water delivery? And is it safe? 

The answer is, yes! And our team at Water Way is more than happy to supply you with water delivery, coffee delivery, and more! Here, we’ll answer all of the questions you have about water delivery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to find out how you can have water and coffee delivered right to your doorstep. 

Is It Safe?

Probably one of our most eyebrow raising moments is when we tell our clients that we’re delivering water like normal, and that it’s still safe to consume. There is currently no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted through food or food packaging. However, our company has implemented rigorous procedures regarding quality control and providing safe drinking products and sanitized equipment to avoid contamination. As our client, your safety and wellbeing is our top priority, so we are doing everything in our power to prevent contamination and mitigate the spread of the virus.

Can’t Go Out for Coffee? No Problem!

Does the Safer-At-Home order have you missing your favorite coffee shop? Us, too! Though we can’t supply you with the peaceful ambiance, roasted coffee smells, and quiet chatter of a coffee shop, we can supply you with delicious packets of coffee and K-Cups in a wide selection of flavors from brands like Starbucks, McCafe, Folgers, and more! 

If you’re interested in hassle-free coffee delivery, get in contact with us! We can also provide equipment, so you’ll never have to worry about not having a hot cup of coffee in your hand.

We Can Deliver Bottles or Cases of Water, So You’ll Never Run Out

Along with delicious, fresh coffee, we can also deliver bottles or cases of fresh, crisp water. Whether you need one gallon of water or five, we can provide your home with clean, refreshing water in a variety of sizes and types. If you’re interested in a filtration system, we offer a variety of filtration systems and bottomless coolers to keep your entire family cool and hydrated. 
Interested in starting a water delivery with Water Way? It’s easy, hassle-free, and a great way to keep your family hydrated! Contact Water Way for more information.

Boost Your Immunity to Viruses by Staying Hydrated

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all a little more concerned about staying healthy than we were before. While the myth that drinking water every 15 minutes would prevent the coronavirus infection certainly isn’t true, there is truth in the idea that staying hydrated can boost immunity and help you stay well when viruses are running rampant, COVID-19 or otherwise. 

Hydration and Your Health

The human body is composed of about 70% water, which is pretty incredible when you think about it. With all that water in our bodies, it’s no surprise that hydration is important on many levels—including the health of our immune system. 

Aside from practicing good personal hygiene, like washing your hands (birthday song twice, please), covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and following a healthy diet, staying hydrated plays a huge role in keeping your immune system strong and helping you stay well. 

Why Hydration Helps with Immunity

Drinking water oxygenates your cells, which allows them to work at full capacity and protect you from viruses more effectively. Hydration also helps your body regulate its temperature, so it’s even more essential to drink plenty of water if you start to come down with a fever. 

Finally, hydration helps the body distribute nutrients to all of its parts, and it keeps your tissues and body functions working properly—which naturally helps you fight off infections more effectively. Taking certain medications when sick can dry you out, and you can also lose water in the form of mucus. Drinking plenty of water helps your body remove more germs through mucus loss without risking dehydration. 

Stay Healthier with Home Water Delivery

When it comes to your health, you want to do everything you can to stay well. Water Way can deliver fresh, clean water right to your doorstep so that you stay hydrated year round and fight off all those viruses that try to make you sick. While we’re at it, we can deliver coffee and sports drinks, too—find out more today about our delivery services, and don’t forget to drink your water!

How Water Way Serves Clients During COVID-19

To say we live in weird times would be an understatement. People are panic buying everything under the sun––bulk water cases, cleaning supplies, and towers of toilet paper. 

Put simply, COVID-19 has interrupted our everyday routines on the most basic levels––from social distancing, to the items we buy at grocery stores––and will continue to do so. Despite the crazy, changing times, our delivery is still the same––with a few sanitary protocols put into place. Keep reading for more information.

We’re An Essential Business

Under COVID-19 guidelines, Water Way has been classified as an essential service provider. What does this mean? We are continuing to deliver water and other products to our customers. Aside from a few important sanitation adjustments, we are operating our business just as we normally do. To ensure the safety of our customers, we are strictly adhering to “social distancing” guidelines, following our normal procedures regarding quality control, and providing safe drinking products and sanitized equipment. 

What You Can Do

Currently, Water Way has had no instances of employees with COVID-19 symptoms and we are working extra hard to keep it that way. When possible, we are asking that our customers leave their empty bottles outside on their route day. Out of an abundance of caution, we advise that you wipe down the neck of the bottle and handle prior to putting it on the cooler. For extra safety measures, we ask that all of our customers not refill already used containers from the water cooler spigots to avoid contamination.

We can assure you that our bottles are rigorously sanitized prior to delivery, and our water is always safe to drink.

We’re Here to Help

If, for any reason, you need a prompt water delivery, make sure to contact us to let us know about increased water needs. If you have any questions about your water delivery service during the COVID-19 pandemic, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact our office. As our customer, you are of the utmost priority, and we want to make sure your needs are met during a time of emergency. We will continue to serve you the best quality water, and we only ask that you adhere to our safety policy. 
For more information, please contact Water Way.

Can Staying Hydrated Reduce Anxiety?

Right off the bat, after reading this title, you’re probably shaking your head at the idea that drinking water could reduce anxiety and stress levels. However, drinking enough water plays such an important role in how our body and mind function; being dehydrated can lead to higher levels of stress and anxiety, not to mention fatigue and irritability. 

It’s hard to believe that something as simple as drinking enough water can help limit, and even manage, anxiety––but it can. Here’s how. 

Dehydration Can Lead to Higher Levels of Stress

Our bodies are composed of a lot of moving parts; nearly every function of our body is monitored by the efficient flow of water moving through our system. Water transports hormones, chemical messages, and nutrients to vital organs inside of our body––sending important signals to and fro. When we don’t stay properly hydrated, our body will send out signals that look oddly reminiscent to symptoms of anxiety: dizziness, headache, muscle fatigue, feeling faint, and an increased heart rate. 

According to a study done at Tufts University, there appears to be a direct link to hydration and your mood. Scientists found that student-athletes who were just mildly dehydrated reported feelings of anger, confusion, tension, and fatigue. Another study published in 2012 found that dehydration can influence mood, energy levels, and the ability to think clearly.

While staying hydrated is not the “cure” for anxiety, it is a great place to start if you want to reduce its intensity, and live a life with less stress.

How to Stay Hydrated to Prevent Stress

Proper hydration is not a cure-all for mental illnesses, and while we’d love to have a quick fix for anxiety and depression, these unfortunately don’t exist. However, staying properly hydrated is a great way to stave off any unwanted side effects of dehydration like nausea, dizziness, and rapid heart rate. 

The good news? Dehydration is completely preventable, and if you drink enough water during the day, you can keep the unwanted side effects of dehydration at bay. 

So, how can you stay hydrated to ensure your day goes by as stress-free as possible? At a minimum, make sure to drink plenty of water during the day. We recommend getting into the habit of drinking at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day.

By maintaining proper hydration, you can be confident that you won’t feel as groggy during the work day, or ready to crash after your cup of coffee wears off. While doing this for a few weeks, try to keep track of any symptoms you notice, as this can help you figure out if water actually does help lower your stress levels.

Again, we aren’t claiming that hydration solves every problem, but it can help you get to the root of some issues you may be experiencing. Proper hydration is essential to living a healthy life, and crucial for keeping your system in the best shape possible. 
For more tips on hydration, contact Water Way today!

Hydrating Properly for Spring Sports

Hydration is important year-round, but especially during spring sports season when temperatures spike and extra fluids are lost during exercise. If your fluid loss is not replenished, this could lead to sports-related injuries and potentially life-threatening, heat-related injuries such as a heat stroke. The best way to stay properly hydrated is to pre-hydrate before you start any physical activity. Keep reading for proper hydration guidelines for spring sports.

Hydrate Before You Exercise

It’s no secret that hydration during physical activity is extremely important to staying healthy and avoiding dehydration-related issues. Just as important as hydrating during a physical activity, is hydrating before you even begin physical activity. Here are a few pre-hydration strategies we recommend: 

  • Consume 500-600 ml of water or a sports drink at least two to three hours prior to physical activity.
  • Consume 200-300 ml of water or a sports drink at least 10 to 20 minutes prior to physical activity.
  • You should begin all physical activities properly hydrated to ensure no dehydration occurs during, or after, physical activity. 

Proper Spring Sports Hydration Strategies

In order to maintain proper hydration levels, individuals should consume 200-300 ml of water every 10 to 20 minutes during physical activity. Individuals who are participating in activities with frequent breaks, such as football, softball, baseball, and track and field, should consume small volumes of liquid at regular intervals. For athletes who are participating in activities where breaks only occur during time-outs or between quarters––like running, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse––they should ingest enough fluids to maximize their hydration levels. Remember, if you feel thirsty it means your body has been needing hydration for some time. Don’t wait until your mouth is dry to drink water, especially when playing sports. 

It’s important to note that you should be paying attention to your perspiration to decide how much fluid intake is necessary to compensate for the amount of fluid lost. 

Post-Exercise Hydration Strategies

The primary goal of rehydrating after physical activity is to immediately return the body back to physiologic function. You should drink hydrating fluids within two hours after physical activity. These fluids consist of water, carbohydrates, and electrolytes to restore your body’s hydration status, and glycogen stores to speed up the rehydration process.

Make sure the fluids you drink are free of fructose, caffeine, and carbonation. We recommend you consume fluids with a temperature of 10 to 15 degrees for optimal rehydration.

Signs of Dehydration

If lost fluids are not replaced within the recommended time frame, you risk dehydration which can lead to other issues ranging from mild to life-threatening, including:

  • Thirst
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Decreased performance

Heat Illnesses and How to Treat Them

An individual who is dehydrated, conscious, and cognizant can be treated with aggressive oral hydration to prevent the occurrence of a heat illness. 

If an individual or an athlete is not properly hydrated before or after physical activity, it can lead to one of the three following heat illnesses:

Cramps––Signs of heat cramps include muscle twitching and cramps in arms, legs, and abdomen. Heat cramps can be treated by increased fluid intake, stretching, and resting in a cool place.

Exhaustion––Heat exhaustion is the result of moderate heat fatigue. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include sweating, increased thirst, weakness, dizziness, headache, and skin that is gray, ashy, cold, or clammy. Treatment for heat exhaustion includes an increase in fluid and electrolytes, and resting in a cool place. 

Stroke––A heat stroke is a severe heat illness and a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms of a heat stroke include skin that is hot and dry, irritability, disorientation, glassy eyes, rapid pulse, and low blood pressure. Emergency treatment for a heat stroke is life or death. Treatment should involve decreasing body temperature by ice or ice towels and transportation to an Emergency Room. 

Athletic performance is always at its best when adequate hydration is maintained. To stay hydrated during spring sports, it’s important that you hydrate before and after any physical activity––so that you can go longer and harder.
At Water Way, we deliver pure, refreshing water, as well as sports drinks for optimal hydration. Do you need to make a bulk order? No problem! Contact us today and we’ll help you schedule a delivery.