Tackle Thirst & Dehydration By Adding ZeroWater Filters To Your Tailgating Gear


Tackle Thirst & DehydrationThis past week and weekend was the kickoff of the NFL Pre-Season, an exciting four-week period where we spend our time arguing, jumping to conclusions and preparing mentally for the season ahead.

For many of us, this means that we lock down all of our tailgating gear so it’s ready to go every Sunday morning, afternoon, or evening – depending on the schedule that weekend.  Fortunately, our online store has just expanded its line of ZeroWater filters, perhaps the most powerful filtration products in the field today.

Here’s why ZeroWater filtration products, including water filter pitchers and filtered tumblers, need to be a part of your tailgating gear.  All products mentioned below may be found by visiting the ZeroWater category at our online store:

Runs Your Water Through Five Complex Filtration Stages
There’s only a handful of tailgating opportunities all year.  Why go half-way, whether that means the size of your RV or the spiciness of your wings?  Well, we feel the same way about keeping you hydrated.

All ZeroWater products, including pitchers and tumblers, run your water through five powerful filtration stages using activated carbon, ion exchange and more.  In the video posted below, you’ll even see ZeroWater filters taking the color out of red wine!  Bottom-line, if your drinking water needs to be powerful enough to stand up to a day of tailgating, it better run through a ZeroWater filter first.

Kick Out Unpleasant Taste & Odors
It’s one thing to filter drinking water, but sometimes, quite another to make sure that water still tastes great.  Fortunately, the use of high-powered activated carbon in ZeroWater filters will reduce virtually all unpleasant taste and odor, leaving you with the cleanest tasting drinking water imaginable.  In other words, ZeroWater products are heavy hitting filtration systems at a low-impact prices.  When it’s time to switch to a safer beverage on game day, you’ll be glad to have ZeroWater on-hand.

Block Nearly All Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) From Your Drinking Water
ZeroWater filters will block 99.99% of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) ranging from lead, to pharmaceuticals to fluoride.  ZeroWater can both make this claim and back it up – again and again.

ZeroWater Filtered Water Pitcher & Tumbler (ZB-626)Pass All Tests For Performance Enhancing Chemicals
BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an industrial epoxy that has been used in the production of plastic since the 60s.  While it can make plastic stronger, some research has shown that BPA (especially BPA used in plastic water bottles) can seep into beverages.  Over-exposure to this chemical, per the Mayo Clinic, can result possible health effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

Unlike plastic water bottles or other types of portable drinking water containers, ZeroWater filtration products contain no performance enhancing BPA.

Build Your Ordinary Water Into A Championship Caliber Beverage
Every new season brings with it the promise that – if nothing else – you’ll see something remarkable you’ve never seen before.  (Think: our own Adrian Peterson coming 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s rushing record just one year recovered from a torn ACL and MCL.)

Similarly, the taste of drinking water filtered through a ZeroWater product will taste unlike any water you’ve ever had before.  If you don’t have the ability to enjoy this beverage all throughout the season, your tailgating experiences will simply not be built up to be all they can be.

If you need help getting the right ZeroWater filtration products to prepare for tailgating all throughout the NFL season, visit our online store or call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.  If you are a current ZeroWater user, I also invite you to leave your thoughts via a comment below.

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Stay Hydrated & Stay In School: Your Back To School Hydration Checklist


Back To School Hydration ChecklistAs you close out the summer with the kids, and get ready for those first few sweet weeks of silence around your home, ensuring your kids stay hydrated is critical to ensuring they don’t just go back to school – but stay back in school.

Everything from concentration to cognitive ability relies on your child’s ability to stay hydrated.  This post by Philippa Norman, MD  shares some of the reasons why.  Plus, when your child stays hydrated, they are more certain to stay healthy, stay at level moods and even stay freer of acne.  In other words, they’ll stay freer of those issues that cause them to miss school in the first place.

With that said, here’s a quick 5-step checklist that you can use to help your child stay hydrated every day of the school year, along with some products from our online store (shared when appropriate) that can help you complete each item:

1. Serve Clean Drinking Water With Breakfast (and Lunch & Dinner)
A big part of the reason kids (not to mention adults) wake up with low energy levels is simply mild dehydration.

During the time we spend sleeping, our body uses up the hydration it has stored, meaning it needs to be replaced. ZD-010 ZeroWater Water Filter Pitcher Serving a tall glass of water, along with juice, milk or coffee during breakfast, is a great way to get this hydration back into the body.  And just so lunch and dinner don’t feel left out, we’d advise a tall glass of water accompanying every meal.

A filtered water pitcher, including those we offer from Brita, PUR or ZeroWater (pictured,) can ensure the drinking water you serve at meal-time always tastes clean, fresh and cool.  Many of these pitchers are even sharp enough looking to deserve their own place at your table!

2. Send Them Off With An Eco-Friendly Water Bottle
What’s great about the explosion in bottled water sales is that it means we are starting to understand the importance of staying hydrated and having a source of hydration close-by.  Many schools, in fact, will now even offer bottled water in vending machines.  The downside, though, is that plastic water bottles account for a significant percentage of plastic waste.  In other words, great for your body, not so great for the planet.

Fortunately, we offer several eco-friendly water bottles, including many that will fit into lunch boxes, that can help keep your son or daughter hydrated without contributing to plastic waste.

Klean Kanteen 12-Ounce Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Sport-Top3. Provide The Right Drinking Water Containers For The Right Time
Before sending your son or daughter off to school with a water bottle, one important task it to be sure that you send them with the right type of bottle, both in terms of when they’ll be using it and what the school approves.

If your son or daughter’s school does not allow beverages in the classroom,  a smaller bottle – like the 12 ounce Klean Kanteen water bottle to the left – will fit easily into most lunchboxes and take up little space in a locker.  This type of bottle is great for younger kids!

Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier BottleOn the other hand, if your son or daughter will be using a water bottle primarily in after-school athletics, a sturdier bottle with a longer spout, straw and mouthpiece cover would be more ideal as it will stand up to more while remaining a more sanitary source of hydration – even when shoved into a dirty gear bag.  The Katadyn MyBottle to the right is a great option.

4. Keep A Source of Great Tasting Drinking Water On Hand At Home
Once the kids arrive home, be sure that they remain hydrated throughout the evening by ensuring there’s a great source of hydration on hand, especially during meal time.

As noted above, many of the filtered water pitchers we offer look great on a dining table, while our selection of faucet filters, countertop or undersink filters help to ensure your children get great tasting drinking water from virtually any tap in your home.

5. Manage Drinking Water Intake (Softly, If Necessary)
“How many glasses of water have you had today?”

This simple question is perhaps the easiest way to get your kids to drink more water.  Honestly, whether they’ve only had one glass or whether they’ve had six glasses, asking this question will likely prompt kids of any age to drink another – which is great from a hydration stand-point.  After all, any other response would simply lead to a battle that just about any child would know not to pick, in favor of something of far greater importance to them.  Sometimes, the predictability of kid behavior can be a great thing!

How else do you help your kids stay hydrated, both when it’s time to go back to school and all throughout the year?  I invite you to share your thoughts via a comment below.

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Cycling Hydration Tips From The Experts To Get You Through Bike Month


Stay Hydrated While CyclingBiking while dehydrated is bad.

Look online for biking or cycling hydration tips and this is the one bottom-line theme that everyone, from professional dieticians to hard-core bikers can agree on.

But before we get to that bottom-line agreement, there are dozens of articles containing tips, factoids and stats that can make your head spin more quickly than your bike wheels could ever hope to.

In honor of May’s distinction as Bike Month, and this week’s distinction as Bike Week in our Minneapolis-area headquarters, we’ve gone out and found what we consider to be the most straight-forward, make-sense and definitive cycling hydration tips.

While this may not be a comprehensive list of all the information out there, that’s kind of our point.  These tips are designed to stop your head from spinning from all the advice so you can get out there, get hydrated and get biking!

Think Ahead and Think Simple:
One to two hours before you start pedaling, fill your tank with about 20 ounces of fluid, up to 50 grams of carbs, and a little sodium.  It could be in the form of a sports drink, powdered lemonade with a pinch of salt, or plain water with a bagel and jam, or a bowl of cereal.

Water Break After Cycling

What you eat during the ride depends on the duration. If you’re heading out for just an hour, water is fine. Any longer and you need to plan for about 30 grams of carbs per hour. That could be a 16-ounce sports drink or water plus an energy gel or chew. After a ride, your goal should be to rehydrate, replenish energy, and eat some protein to rebuild muscles. Chocolate milk has become the gold standard for a reason. It’s relatively cheap, tastes good, and has an optimal ratio of carbs to protein.
- Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, director of sports nutrition at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as shared with Bicycling Magazine

Test Your Level of Hydration Before You Start Pedaling:
“Your starting level of hydration is likely to be important. If you start a race already partially dehydrated, than the amount you need to drink to satisfy thirst and prevent performance declines will likely be greater. If this volume exceeds what’s practical to carry or comfortably consume than performance degradation will occur.”
- Alan McCubbin is an Accredited Sports Dietitian, Accredited Practicing Dietitian and the President of Sports Dietitians Australia.

Remember That Hydration May Be A Science, But It’s Also As Easy As The ABCs
A. Weigh yourself naked on an accurate scale before an hour-long high-intensity activity, such as biking at your target  pace. Write down your body weight in kilograms. (To convert from pounds to kilograms, divide pounds by 2.2)
**Drink a measured amount of a beverage of your choice during the activity if/when you’re thirsty. It’s important that you keep track of exactly how much fluid in ounces that you took in during the activity.
B. After biking, weigh yourself naked again on the same scale. Record your body weight in kilograms.
C. Subtract B from A.
D. Convert your total in C to grams by multiplying by 1,000.
E. Write down the amount of fluid you consumed during the run in milliliters. (To convert from ounces to milliliters, multiply ounces by 30.)
F. Add E to D.
- Formula provided by Douglas Casa, Ph.D, CamelBak hydration advisor and COO of the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI), as shared with Cristina Goyanes of Shape

Hydration Break After Biking

Adhere to the World’s Easiest and Most Proven System:
Set an alarm for drinking and eating. It’s easy to set an alarm on your watch or bike computer to go off every 30 minutes to remind you to take on energy gels, bars or food and wash them down with water.
 - Tom Eeles, Brevet Alpine Cycling Adventures

Don’t Save Hydration Until The Last Minute:
Drink when you feel good not when you feel bad. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Every time you feel good, admire a nice view or change onto a new road, form a habit of taking a sip. Drink little and often to keep well hydrated.
- Tom Eeles, Brevet Alpine Cycling Adventures

Don’t Forget The Electrolytes – And Don’t Forget That You Don’t Have To Shell Out For Gatorade To Get Them:
I’ve started adding 1 pinch of unrefined sea salt per liter of water. Adding a pinch of unrefined sea salt is supposed to help your body better absorb and utilize the water you drink. This means you pee less of it out so you can get more out of the water you do drink.
- James Wilson, Pinkbike

Juice/salt and water works well: 350ml juice, 150ml water and 1/8 tspn salt. There are many recipes around. Just look for 6–8g of carbohydrate per 100ml of fluid and 300–700mg sodium per litre. Too much sodium will make the drink unpalatable and you won’t drink it. So some adjustment may be needed here to suit individuals likes/dislikes.
- Melissa Heagney, Ride On

Drinking Water While Biking In Evening

Remember That It’s Not About What Works For Anyone Else:
Hydration is unique to you.  So experiment with it to find what works for you.
- David Heatley, CyclingInform

What tips do you have for staying hydrated on the bike?  We invite you to share them via a comment below.

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