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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.

What Are the Different Types of Drinking Water Contaminants?

Drinking water is essential for everyday life. No one wants to drink water that is contaminated. And yet, avoiding water contamination can be difficult.

A contaminant is any substance in the water that is biological, chemical, physical, or radiological. In other words, according to the Safe Drinking Water Act, a contaminant is anything in the water that isn’t water itself.

Not all contaminants are dangerous, and as we said, it’s very difficult to remove all traces of contaminants from your water.

With that being said, we want to educate you about the different types of water contaminants out there and the threat they may or may not pose to your health.

Defining the Four Types of Contaminants

As mentioned above, there are four types of contaminants as defined by law:

Physical – These substances affect the physical properties of water, including its appearance. Soil and organic matter are the most common types of physical contaminants. If you’ve ever seen brown water in a river or pond, you’ve seen water contaminated by soil. Algae is another example. Clearing this type of contaminant is often easier than other types.

Chemical – Chemical substances include anything from pesticides and nitrogen from farms to bleach, metals, toxins, and other various chemicals that are often natural, but very frequently man-made in origin. The main contaminant in the Flint water crisis – a good example of chemical contamination – was lead, which made the water unsafe for consumption.

Biological – These substances are living organisms. We’re not really talking about fish here. We’re talking about parasites, bacteria, viruses, and protozoans. Drinking water that has been contaminated with these substances can make you sick and introduce waterborne illnesses (which are a really big deal in underdeveloped countries, but also happen in the U.S.) If you’ve been to a foreign country and been told to not drink the water, it’s usually because of biological contamination of some sort.

Radiological – These substances can be dangerous. They emit radiation of some kind. Examples include uranium, cesium, and radium. According to one study, approximately 170 million Americans are drinking water that contains radioactive elements.

Should You Be Worried?

We should all be very vigilant about what we put into our bodies, and that includes the water we drink. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about municipal water; that’s what the government is supposed to protect. But we can choose drinking water that we bring into our homes and offices.

To protect against water contamination, go with trusted sources of drinking water. Your water should be clean spring water or some kind of purified water that goes through rigorous screening processes.

When traveling overseas, be very careful about what you drink and check to see if the drinking water in that country is safe for travelers. If it isn’t, follow precautions and only drink bottled water.

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Drinking Water During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a scary, but awesome time for a family. Expectant mothers want and need to take care of their bodies – and thus, their babies – as much as possible, which means learning what foods to eat, what substances to avoid, and other tips and tricks to make it through the long nine months.

Surprisingly, pregnant women and their doctors don’t often focus on the one thing that is really important, yet often goes under the radar: drinking water.

Drinking water is essential for life, naturally, but it’s also extremely important for an expectant mother. Here’s why.

Why Staying Hydrated Is So Important

Your body can’t function properly without enough water, even if you’re not pregnant. It’s even more true when you are pregnant

Staying hydrated makes it easier for your body to transport vital nutrients to you and your baby. Since your baby gets everything it needs from the mother, he or she will depend on what you put into your body. And you need to be putting a lot of water so your baby is well-nourished.

Also, staying hydrated avoids the nasty symptoms that come with dehydration. Pregnancy can be unpleasant; it’s even worse when you are feeling dizzy, or are getting headaches and muscle aches and cramps from being dehydrated.

Some of those unwanted symptoms of pregnancy, like morning sickness and cramping, can be alleviated by drinking plenty of water.

So, water delivers nutrients, fights off unpleasant dehydration symptoms, and helps alleviate some of the side effects of pregnancy.

How Much Water Is Needed?

Short answer: a lot.

Longer answer: According to the American Pregnancy Association, a pregnant woman should drink 10 glasses of water a day. That’s above what a non-pregnant person should be drinking, so you’ll have to down a couple more glasses.

If you’re staying active while working out, it’s even more important to drink extra.

The easiest way is to buy a nice, reusable water bottle and keep it filled – and near you – at all times. Sip on it continuously throughout the day and you’ll be fine.

Being pregnant can be one of the most rewarding times of your life. Just make sure it’s as pleasant as possible for you and baby by doing something every pregnant woman should do: drink lots of water!

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How Drinking Water Helps Power Your Brain

Our bodies depend on water. Besides the fact that our bodies are mostly made of water, our bodies need water for a wide variety of purposes.

In short, if we don’t drink enough, we cannot perform at the levels we want to reach.

That especially goes for that big mass of gray matter in your head. Water is crucial for mental health. Without proper hydration, you’ll think – and feel – worse than before.

Your Brain Without Water

Of course, if you don’t drink any water, you’ll die. What we’re talking about here is being perpetually dehydrated like 75% of Americans.

When you’re not drinking enough, your brain’s functions are impacted. How? Well, without enough water, you will:

  • Feel sluggish
  • Lose focus and concentration
  • Have short-term memory issues
  • Experience headaches
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Feel more depression
  • Experience more anger
  • Potentially go through mood swings

These symptoms are all because your brain is struggling to perform at the level it was designed to function, and water is essential for that.

Why?

How Water Fuels the Brain

Your brain depends on two substances: glucose and water. But of the two, water is more efficient.

Water is best at helping the brain’s cells get the electrical energy they need to perform optimally.

Water is also best at helping your body produce enough hormones and neurotransmitters. In fact, half of your brain’s energy is spent sending and receiving signals through your nervous system. Water is kind of like steam for an old-fashioned locomotive: it helps push signals out and bring them back in.

When you’re fully hydrated, your brain will perform more like a Formula One racing car – instead of a beat-up 1987 Ford pickup truck. You’ll think faster, retain more information, process information more clearly, and be more creative.

The Science Is Clear: Drink More Water!

We’ve written before about how dehydration is terrible and can affect vital organs like your heart. Well, it’s also bad for your brain – and without our brains, we’re zombies.

Drink plenty of water. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and need to drink up. Drink throughout the day until you feel satiated, and make sure you resume drinking water as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Drink water – your brain will thank you for it.

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Going Hiking? Take One of These Canteens With You

Prime hiking season in Alabama runs from August through the end of the year. (It doesn’t start getting uncomfortably cold until January, usually.) That gives you plenty of time to hit the trails and hike to your heart’s content.

Just make sure you take lots of water with you. Staying hydrated is very important when you’re outside and exerting yourself. If you don’t bring water, you’ll quickly wish you had.

As any Boy Scout can attest, there’s no better way to bring water along than a trusty canteen. Sure, you can bring a plastic water bottle, but what’s the fun in that? You need something simple, yet functional, that is rugged enough to endure the wilds (i.e. it won’t shatter or crumple if you drop it on a rock).

Here are some primo canteen options for you to take on your hiking expeditions this season.

Rugged, Iconic, Simple: the Pinty G.I. Army Stainless Steel Canteen

When it comes to hitting the outdoors, you can’t do much better than the tried-and-true implements the military has used for decades, and that includes the Pinty G.I. Army Stainless Steel Canteen.

This canteen is made of stainless steel and doesn’t weigh much, but is virtually indestructible. You can drop it all you want and it will hold up. It also uses a simple, no-frills design – nothing fancy, just something that works.

And with a carrying capacity of a quart, you’ll have enough water for most hikes. Plus, the steel does a good job of keeping your water cool for up to 5 hours.

Stylish, Large-Capacity Water Storage: the Laken Camping and Hiking Canteen

Sometimes, you want a bit of decoration for your canteen. And sometimes, you want to carry a lot of water.

Enter: Laken Camping and Hiking Canteen. This is a pretty nice-looking and well-made canteen that adds a bit of rustic charm to your hiking outfit. It holds 1.5 liters of water, which is 1.58 quarts, or 58% larger than the Pinty G.I. Army canteen.

The Laken also has a “cool” evaporative cooling feature that promises to keep your water colder for longer than other canteens. Just soak the outside fabric in water and it’ll evaporate, cooling the inside.

It’s not as durable as a stainless-steel option, since it’s made of aluminum, but it can carry a lot of cool water and look great while doing it.

The Best Low-Cost Canteen on the Market: the Rothco 3 Piece Canteen Kit

If you were in the military, you are probably very familiar with canteens like the Rothco 3 Piece Canteen Kit. It’s a no-nonsense canteen made of hard plastic in the iconic olive green color all servicemembers know and love, and it’s not much different from what was used decades ago in the field.

For the money – it’s just $12 on Amazon – you can’t get a more durable option. The hard plastic holds up well, and the canteen is a nice size. It holds one quart of water and effectively keeps water cool.

It’s not fancy at all, and it does impart a slight taste to the water, but for a very low amount of money, it gets the job done. Plus, it comes with an aluminum cup that’s useful for a lot of things: drinking, cooking, washing, brushing your teeth, getting water from a stream, etc.

If you want an iconic piece of hiking equipment, the Rothco is a good – and cheap – choice.

What are you using to carry water on your next hike?

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Kick Off the School Year with Good Hydration Habits!

School’s back in session, and for those of you who have kids, it’s an exciting time of the year.

Your kids are going to be very active this year, especially if they participate in sports or other extracurricular activities. More activity means a higher chance of becoming dehydrated, which can affect their energy levels and mood – thereby affecting their academic performance.

No one wants their kids to underperform in school over something as basic as not drinking enough water. So, there’s no better time than the present to start the school year off right with good hydration habits.

Get Kids in the Habit of Drinking Water

You probably see your kids twice a day when school is in session: in the morning, before they leave for school, and in the afternoon/evening, when they get home.

Start the day off right by having your kids drink water before they leave. If they can drink an entire glass of water, that’s a huge first step. They should drink a glass when they get home and a glass at dinner, at a minimum.

That’s not enough, of course; kids need to drink more than three glasses of water a day. So, if the school allows, send them with a full reusable water bottle and have them drink from it throughout the day.

If you can establish a habit – one glass of water with every meal to start – then you can help make sure they stay hydrated.

Make Water More Fun with Infusions

For kids, water isn’t nearly as exciting to drink as fruit juice, soda, or sports drinks. And although our fresh spring water tastes great, kids these days may prefer a different taste if they’re going to be drinking it all the time like we want them to.

So, try infused water drinks. These have fruits infused into them, like strawberry, orange, raspberry, grape, and lime. You can actually do this at home and it’s pretty easy. Kids like the extra taste, it’s healthy for them, and they’re more likely to stay hydrated.

Get Hydrated By Eating (Yes, Eating)

Drinking water is a great way to get hydrated, naturally, but we actually get a lot of our hydration from what we eat.

You can get your kids to do the same by encouraging them to eat healthy snacks. Fruits contain a lot of water and fiber, which is why it’s better to eat fresh fruit than to drink fruit juice. You can also turn to foods like celery and tomatoes. Fresh fruits and vegetables have lots of hydrating power, and they’re well worth placing in your kid’s lunch.

As a general tip, try to stay away from sports drinks unless your kids are participating in outdoor activities and are losing a lot of fluid. Sports drinks have a ton of sugar in them, and while they do a good job of providing electrolytes to your kids after they’ve lost a lot of electrolytes to sweat, too much sugar is unhealthy and you’re trading one health problem for another.

Get your kids in habit of drinking plenty of water and eating lots of healthy, hydrating foods and you’re set to have a great year – hydration-wise, of course. (Drinking water won’t make your kids do their homework. That’s up to them.)

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Waterslides Just Got a Lot More Awesome with Virtual Reality

At Water Way, we love all things to do with water. That naturally includes waterslides (who doesn’t love waterslides?).

But as great as they are, some waterslides are getting an upgrade from the world of virtual reality.

To find the first-ever VR waterslide, we have to travel to Germany, to the Galaxy Erding water park. The attraction in question: VRSlide, which lets its riders sit on a single-person inflatable tube while wearing a snazzy VR headset that can be submerged in a few meters of water without being damaged.

The VR headset allows the rider to view animated scenes – anything from a cave tunnel to outer space and even a wintry wonderland – as they move at high speeds through a winding slide.

Since different riders move at different speeds, though, the VR headset has a unique tracking ability to know precisely where the rider is at all times so that the animations in the headset can be synced up properly with the rider.

The result is actually pretty cool, according to people who have ridden the ride. The makers of VRSlide say the ride can be more intense than a rollercoaster because you’re stimulating so many senses at once in a way that rollercoasters can’t replicate. Your body is feeling one type of motion, while your brain is processing a different environment with sometimes a different type of motion contrary to what your body is experiencing!

Throw in the normal waterslide experience and you have a great combination.

For now, VRSlide is the only one of its kind. You’ll have to travel to Germany to experience it. However, the maker of VRSlide is in talks to bring the technology outside of Germany – perhaps even to the United States.

There’s already a willing audience. VR is picking up in popularity in the U.S., and some theme parks – most notably Six Flags – have already experimented with VR in a partnership with Samsung.

Adding VR to a waterslide may be viewed as unnecessary by some – waterslides are already pretty great – but it’s one of those things that sounds so intriguing that you just have to try it out. Hopefully you’ll soon be able to give it a try here in the States without having to dust off your passport.

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The Best Birmingham-Area Waterfalls You Have to Visit

We’re big fans of water here at Water Way, and waterfalls have a lot of it in them, so naturally we’re big fans of waterfalls, too.

But you don’t have to travel to Niagara or Africa to view beautiful waterfalls. There are actually quite a few within driving distance of Birmingham, believe it or not, and they’re all spectacular in their own right and make for great hiking expeditions.

Here are some of our favorite Birmingham-area waterfalls that need to be on your must-see list.

Little River Falls

Located in Gaylesville, about a two-hour drive from Birmingham, are the Little River Falls. You’ll find these falls atop Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne at the beginning of Little River Canyon.

One great thing about Little River Falls is that they’re extremely accessible, making them perfect for a day trip with the family. (There are plenty of picnic locations near the falls, too.) There’s even a nearby swimming hole.

Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls is a 90-foot waterfall that has a unique feature: you can follow a hiking trail that actually takes you behind the waterfall into a cave, where you can get a great view of the water and do a little spelunking. The caves are known for having carvings made in the 1860’s by Civil War soldiers.

The waterfall is located in Gadsden along with a pioneer village, covered bridge, and park.

Upper Caney Creek Falls

These falls aren’t as accessible – it takes a three-mile hike to see them – but they are just as beautiful as other waterfalls on this list. Located in Double Springs, outside the Sipsey Wilderness, are the Upper Caney Creek Falls, which come complete with a swimming hole at the bottom. The lush setting around the falls is worth a trip, too.

Dismals Canyon Falls

No list of Alabama waterfalls is complete without mentioning the ones at Dismals Canyon, located an hour and 45 minutes away from Birmingham. Dismals Canyon actually has two waterfalls: Rainbow Falls and Secret Falls. You can see both by following a 1.5-mile trail, but if you’re going in the fall, consider bringing a jacket: the temperature inside the canyon can be as much as 14 degrees cooler than outside!

Dismals Canyon itself is very beautiful, and if you’re there to see the waterfalls, you’ll see a lot more of nature’s beauty during your trip.

Now that you know about these waterfalls, it’s up to you to see them for yourself!

Water Way supplies fresh, clean spring water for homes and offices. Learn more or talk to us about setting up a delivery.

Keep Your Kids Hydrated and Safe This Summer

Kids are out of school and the weather is scorching, which means summer must be here.

It’s important to know that with warm weather comes a danger to your kids: dehydration. The summer season is the absolute worst time in the year when it comes to dehydration, which can lead to serious health issues.

Hydration is especially important for children because their bodies are more prone to dehydration on account of the fact that they don’t cool as efficiency as adult bodies. So, it’s key that you keep fluids flowing to make up for the fluids that your kids are going to be losing through sweat.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your children safe.

Build Good Water Habits

Now is a great time to get your kids into good water habits.

A good water habit is to drink water whenever your body needs it – and before your body needs it. Your kids need to drink water with every meal at a minimum, but that won’t be enough if they’re outside at all.

So, encourage your kids to drink water every hour, on the hour, if they’re outside at all this summer. The more they’re outside, the more water they need to drink, and the more frequently they’ll need to drink it.

If you can get them to follow this routine, it’ll turn into a habit.

Avoid Certain Beverages

Keep your children away from drinks with caffeine in them, like soda or tea. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can increase the rate at which our bodies lose fluid and cause more dehydration.

Sugary drinks shouldn’t be consumed in any large quantity, either, so limit the amount of juice-flavored beverages your kids drink.

(Drinks like Gatorade are fine, though, as long as your kids drink water as well. Gatorade and other sports drinks have electrolytes, and kids love them, but they also have a lot of calories.)

Use Fruit as a Cool Snack

One great way to get your kids to hydrate is to feed them something most kids love: fruit!

Watermelon is mostly water and tastes delicious, and is something most kids will enjoy eating. Feel free to break out the watermelon as a cool summer treat whenever your kids will eat it.

Other fruits that have a high water content include strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, and oranges.

Keep your kids hydrated and you’ll help them have a blast this summer. Enjoy the months to come!

If you want to ensure your home or office stays stocked with pure drinking water, contact us – we’ll help your family stay safe and cool.

What’s the Most Expensive Water in the World?

Water is arguably the most valuable resource in the world. We need it to do a million things, including live. Without it, life on Earth wouldn’t be possible.

So how much would you pay for a bottle of water?

There’s definitely value in having water delivered to your home or office, especially crisp, pure drinking water. But for some people with extravagant taste and big wallets, you get what you pay for – and they want water that costs well above average.

Here, we’ll run through some of the world’s most expensive water. By the time you get done reading you’ll never complain about water prices again!

#5: VEEN Water

Made in Finland, VEEN (short for a Finnish phrase that means “Mother of the Water”) comes in at a hefty $23 per 750 ML. Why the high cost? The makers of VEEN claim it is the purest water in the world, and it has won several awards for its taste.

We’ve never had VEEN, but for $23 a bottle, we’ll pass.

#4: Bling H2O

The appropriately-named Bling H20 water was developed by a Hollywood producer and features water bottled from natural springs located in Dandridge, Tennessee. One of the reasons Bling H20 is $40 per 750 ML is because the bottles feature Swarovski crystals and chrome. (The name probably tacks on a few bucks, too.)

#3: Fillico

The previous two entries are expensive, but Fillico really takes it to another level. Branded as “Jewelry water,” Fillico comes in frosted bottles that look like chess pieces, with crowns on the top (and metal wings on the side). The price? A cool $219 per 750 ML. It’s no wonder it’s so expensive; it was started in Beverly Hills and found its way through private parties hosted by Hollywood elite. Also, the water comes from the Kobe, Japan, which is home to ridiculously-expensive Kobe beef.

#2: Kona Nigari

Speaking of Japan, another Japanese brand is near the top of the list. Checking in at a staggering $402 per 750 ML, Kona Nigari contains water that supposedly comes from 2,000 meters off the coast of Hawaii, from a deep sea current. We’re not sure what exactly that means, but the makers claim it has numerous health benefits. For $402 a bottle, it better.

#1: Acqua Di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani

Finally, we get to number one on the list – and it’s a mouthful.

Designed by the same person who designed the world’s most expensive bottle of cognac, Acqua Di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani (our Italian is rusty, but roughly translated it means “Crystal Water Tribute to Modigliani”, who was a famous Italian painter) costs a mind-blowing $70,752 per 750 ML (or 60,000 Euros). The bottle is made from 24 carat gold and contains water from Fiji and France. The only people who are buying this have more money than sense. But still, we’d like to have a bottle, if only to decorate our office.

Fortunately, if you want crisp, clean, pure drinking water delivered to your home or office, you don’t have to pay $70,000. Contact us if you want to learn more about our water delivery services and how we can give you high-quality water for a fraction of the price of Hollywood celebrities and Italian painters.