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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5 Reasons Clean Water Beats Out Diamonds As A Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift


Clean Water For Valentine's DayWhen she opens her eyes, she will be overcome by pure, untouched quality.

When he opens his eyes, he will know that he has received something that will change his life forever.

Together, the gifts they have given each other will represent small tokens of a love that will last throughout a lifetime, full of happiness – and just as important – full of healthiness.

Of course, we’re talking about clean water – this year’s top Valentine’s Day gift.  Don’t believe us?  Check out five ways that clean water beats out diamonds as the best way to tell someone special just how much they mean to you this year.

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Clean Spa Water Is The Perfect Valentine's Day Beverage1. Turns Tap Water Into A Spa Quality Beverage
The Huffington Post recently shared more on the trend of ‘spa water,’ or water floating with fruit, citrus or cucumber.  It’s just such a beverage that may be served to you in a romantic spa, hence the name.  Just as nothing can spark romance more quickly than the right sparkling beverage, nothing can kill the mood like spa water that smells like it was scooped up poolside.   Surprising your significant other with a glass of clean spa water, poured from your new faucet filter, is the perfect way to kick off a romantic Valentine’s Day evening.

Clean Water Makes For A Romantic Pool2. Ensures Bacteria Does Not Kill The Inherent Romance of A Pool or Spa
Of course, chlorine does have its purpose.  After all, who would want to take a dip in a pool or spa unless they were reasonably certain that it was full of clean water, and that they would not emerge covered in an excess of bacteria or other scary water-based contaminants?  If a pool or spa is part of your Valentine’s Day or evening plans, we would highly recommend checking your chlorine levels and ensuring your pool or spa filter is up to date.

Culligan Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage3. Transforms A Shower Into A Romantic Sauna Complete With Massage
On Valentine’s Day, your shower can magically transform into a romantic sauna built just for two.  But if your shower water isn’t properly filtered, that pleasing mist you are creating may be full of unpleasant odors and vapors from either chlorine (if you use municipal water) or sulfur (if you use well water.)  The Culligan shower filter to the left helps to significantly reduce foul odors from your shower water, and as an added perk that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, even includes a massage feature!

4. Helps Bath Water Become A Luxury Bubble Bath For Two
Tap water containing impurities, especially chlorine, can have a difficult time working with Bath-3000 Rainshow'r Bath Filtersoap to create a lather.  As the best bubble baths are just as full of romantic bubbles and lather as they are clean water, this simply won’t do on Valentine’s Day.  A bath dechlorinator, like the one from Rainshow’r to the left, helps significantly reduce chlorine from bath water, giving those bubbles a chance to thrive!

5. Provides The Hydration You Need To Make It Through The Day…And Through The Night
If you’re doing Valentine’s Day right, hydration will be critical.  May we kindly recommend that you keep the 64 oz. Klean Kanteen water bottle full of clean water – and close by?

Klean Kanteen 64 Oz Water BottleWhat do you think?

Will clean water become the new go-to Valentine’s Day gift, knocking diamonds off their gilded perch?

Or more importantly, what do you think makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

Please share your thoughts in a comment below.

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