Sometimes making a few small day-to-day changes can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Whether it’s eating less sugar or working out, everyday habits and routines are the secret to long-term health and well-being. One thing that we all should pay more attention to is better hydration.
Because good hydration also means drinking good quality liquids, a water filter can be an easy way to improve the taste, odour, and appearance of your tap water.
Here are the many ways a kitchen water filter can help you enjoy better tap water and achieve long-term well-being:
Removes chemicals from tap water
If you don’t like tap water because you can taste chlorine in it or you’ve afraid of the negative health effects of artificially added chemicals like fluoride, an undersink or countertop water filter installed in your kitchen will help remove these chemicals from tap water along with other undesirable ingredients (e.g. sediments, bacteria, heavy metals, etc.).
Improves the odour of tap water
Chlorine taste is not the only thing that people take issue with when it comes to tap water. Usually, chlorine smell is also high on the list of reasons why people choose not to drink tap water. Tap water filters are usually fitted with an activated carbon filter media, which is excellent at removing chlorine and chlorine taste and odour.
Saves you money
You may not think about the cost of bottled water as a big expense, but the reality is that bottled water is expensive especially if you contrast it with the price of tap water. Some bottled water brands are as much as 1000 times more expensive than tap water.
Even if you add the one-time purchase price and the yearly maintenance costs of a water filter, your drinking water will still cost significantly less than bottled water.
Protects the environment
Besides saving money, you’ll also reduce the amount of plastic waste you create by buying bottled water. Plastic is among the top pollutants of oceans and rivers, and a danger to wildlife living in and around water sources.
Saves you time
With a water filter installed in your kitchen, you won’t have to run errands when you run out of bottled water, you’ll be spending less time shopping and sorting plastic for recycling. Whenever you get thirsty, you can turn on the tap and pour yourself a fresh glass of filtered water, and you’ll never have to worry about running out of drinking water ever again.
Kitchen water filters are easy to install, and most models can be installed without the intervention of a plumber. Same goes for replacing filter cartridges, which can be replaced in seconds.
Some filters like the PurePro RS 4000 or the BMB Nano Ultrafiltration System are equipped with quick-change technology filters, which allows you to replace filter cartridges without contact with used filter media.
To further reduce your reliance on bottled water, you can buy a reusable bottle to carry filtered water with you to the gym or to the office, or you can buy a filter bottle to filter tap water on the go.
Tips for Better and Healthier Hydration
Hydration is a buzzword you’ll hear and read everywhere — on TV shows about lifestyle, in lifestyle magazines, on the Instagram pages or YouTube channels of celebrities. “Stay hydrated!” or “Don’t forget to hydrate!” are repeated on and on, but what does it mean to be well hydrated?
For long, the 8×8 rule (8 glasses of water per day) was the general guideline for proper hydration. Since then, several studies have evaluated the evidence behind the 8×8 rule and found that there are many variables that influence proper hydration, and while in some cases the 8×8 rule is a good guideline to follow, there are many cases when you’ll need to up your water intake.
Here are some of our recommendation for better hydration:
- Listen to your built-in instinct – Thirst!
Yes, if you’re thirsty and whenever you’re thirsty drink water! Your thirst instinct is there for a reason – to make sure you drink plenty of water, so listen to it!
- Eat fruits and veggies too
Water is not the only source of liquid in your diet. The fruits and veggies that you eat during the day also count as hydration.
- Avoid “junk” liquids
Although sugary fizzy drinks also count as liquids, their high sugar content makes them an unhealthy option. And an even worse choice of liquid than fizzy drinks are energy drinks and alcohol, both of which dehydrate.
If healthy hydration is your goal, stick to water and fresh veggies and fruits. If plain water is not as appealing to you, there are multiple recipes for fruit infused water that you can try out to jazz up your water.
- Up your liquid intake when necessary
Sometimes you may be losing more liquids than normally. On hot summer days, when working out or when you’re sick, it is a good idea to up your liquid intake, because your body may be losing liquids at a faster rate than it’s able to replenish. Therefore, when you feel a cold sneaking up on you or a UTI, drink more water than usually.
- Recognize the signs of dehydration
Dehydration is easy to spot if you know what to look for. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth, fatigue, headache, dizziness, dark urine, less frequent urination. Children and the elderly are the most likely to experience severe dehydration due to diarrhoea or vomiting.
- Don’t go overboard!
Yes, it is possible to drink too much water and get a water intoxication. However, you’ll have to drink a lot of water in a short amount of time for this to happen. Signs of water intoxication include headaches, confusion, vomiting, nausea, irregular heartbeats, frequent urination, difficulty breathing, delirium, and even coma.
When you drink too much water, you create an electrolyte imbalance in your body, and cells in your brain expand causing central nervous system disbalances.
Now that you know about the benefits of installing a kitchen water filter and what steps to take to stay well hydrated, you can enjoy the health benefits that come with good hydration.