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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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5 Best Water Filtration Products For Dog Owners


Snuggling In Bed With DogAs we approach the weekend, dog owners everywhere rejoice just a bit.  Rather than forcing ourselves out of a warm bed where our pup is ready and willing to snuggle, we can allow ourselves to remain in furball heaven for hours.  This is followed by a leisurely day of playing, eating and sleeping – and not necessarily in that order.

With the love that we have for our dogs, it’s no wonder that there are so many products available now specifically designed to ensure your dog always has easy access to the cleanest drinking water possible.

At DiscountFilterStore.com, we’re big time advocates for keeping your dog as healthy and hydrated as possible.  Fortunately, the same type of water filtration products that keep you and your two-legged family members hydrated with clean water are just as useful when caring for your dog.

Five water filtration products we recommend for dog owners appear below:

ZD-010 ZeroWater Water Pitcher1. ZeroWater Pitcher – Any guess on why dogs seems so insistent on drinking toilet water?  Many dogs would prefer filtered water free of chemicals commonly used to clean tap water, including chlorine, that can impact the taste and smell of water.  This is just one of the reasons that a ZeroWater filtered water pitcher, like the one shown to the left is a perfect water filtration solution for dog owners.

This pitcher will remove virtually all chlorine and sediment that can lead to a finicky yet healthy dog turning up its nose at your tap water in favor of more questionable sources, while also reducing sediments and minerals that can compromise an older dog’s immune system.  Better yet, this pitcher is great for humans, too!

Sprit HR5-WH Shower Filter2. Handheld Shower Filter System – Chlorine in shower water can cause a whole host of issues, from dry skin to split ends.  This is why we recommend a good shower filter for nearly all of our human customers.  But a good shower filter is just as important for your dog.  After all, that chlorine can have just as itchy an impact on his or her skin and fur as it does on your skin and hair.

Of course, since most dogs seems to hate bath time – yet ironically love water – we would recommend the handheld shower filter, like the one pictured to the left, to make bath time a little bit more manageable.

Instapure F8 Faucet Filter3. Instapure Faucet Filter – Let’s move back into the kitchen.  When it comes to the source of your dog’s drinking water, most critical is ensuring that what you are pouring is as clean as possible, whether this means pouring from a filtered water pitcher or pouring from your tap.

The Instapure faucet filter system pictured helps reduce up to 99% of more than a dozen contaminants, including chlorine, mercury, lead and more.  Installing this faucet filter will help ensure that whether you are pouring a glass for yourself or a bowl for your furry friend, your drinking water will be virtually free of some of the more nasty contaminants.

Katadyn Personal Water Purifier Bottle4. Katadyn Personal Water Purifier Bottle – Mike Sagman at DogFoodAdvisor has a great post where he describes water as the most ‘neglected of all canine nutrients.’  Quite simply, drinking water must be provided for a dog on-demand, in large part because canines pass through much water through their system and lose so much moisture through the panting that is akin to a human sweating.  Sagman also very rightly points out that tainted or contaminated water poses the very real risk of intestinal disease.

Some of the more challenging situations when it comes to keeping your dog hydrated with the cleanest water possible come when you’re on the road or in the great outdoors.  For either situation, we would recommend hydrating your pal with the Katadyn water purifier bottle to the left.  This bottle is currently the only EPA registered sports bottle with complete multi-stage anti-microbial protection that is designed to reduce more than 99% of bacteria and viruses.

Tier1 Green Funbottle5. DiscountFilterStore.com Funbottles – Here’s a secret about dogs.  They like to chew.  Here’s a secret about water bottles.  Sometimes, quite frankly, they can be a bit of a pain to lug on short trips to the dog park or the beach.

Our funbottles are light and easy to bring just about anywhere after filling up with clean drinking water from your home.  And at just about $3 per funbottle, your dog is free to destroy this bottle all he or she likes without breaking your bank!

What other water filtration products have you found useful for keeping your dog hydrated?

We encourage you to share via a comment below.

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Why Should Filtered Water Be Used In Coffee Machines?


Should Filtered Water Be Used In Coffee MachineMore than 400 billion cups consumed annually.

Grown commercially in 45+ countries.

Representative of 75% of all caffeinated beverages consumed in the United States.

Coffee is more than just a beverage.  It’s a powerhouse, economic-game changer and daily savior.  For a commodity this important, why is it that many will scoff at the sight of someone using filtered water to brew their daily cup?

Much of this likely has to do with the perception that heating water will kill off most forms of contamination and that the flavor of the coffee will mask any remaining issues.  Another perception is that city or municipal water is already perfectly safe to drink, so why fuss over what’s going into the coffee pot?  Unfortunately, there are some major problems with these perceptions.

Coffee & Clean Drinking WaterThe first has to do with the flavors imparted by water-based contaminants that make it into coffee.  While heating water to an appropriate temperature will help to kill off any naturally occurring germs or bacteria that may slip through, man-made chemicals will still leave a lasting impression in your cup even when heated.  Most specifically, chlorine.

Karen Paterson, owner of Hula Daddy Kona Coffee in Hawaii shares that coffee that comes out tasting flat, overly bitter or harsh will oftentimes have chlorine or other man-made chemicals to blame.  In addition to recommending a brew temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, Paterson recommends a high quality water filter, designed to reduce chemicals such as chlorine, organic odors and algae.

Other types of contaminants, including dirt, sediment and limescale, can impact the flavor of your coffee by making it into your cup today and by clogging up your coffee machine tomorrow.  Using only filtered water in your coffee machine will virtually eliminate the issues that sediments can cause.

Finally, there will always be groups of people that scoff at any type of product designed to serve filtered water.  After all, most municipal water in the US is treated and is perfectly safe to drink.  While this may be true, ‘safe to drink’ and ‘clean tasting’ are not always the same thing – just as ‘treated water’ can be very different than ‘filtered water.’

When drinking water leaves a treatment plant, it is often bulked up with chemicals ranging from chlorine to fluoride.  As it moves through pipes and pours through your faucet, it will pick up any number of sediments present in either the path to your home, or if you live in an older home, in your very pipes.  A true coffee aficionado will not let any of these chemicals, sediments or corresponding off-flavors anywhere near their daily mug.HM Digital TDS-4 Water Test Meter

If you are looking for a solution to ensure only the cleanest filtered water is used in your coffee, we would recommend one or more of the following products below:

  • TDS Meter – like the one pictured to the left, will provide you with an indication of the level of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in your drinking water.  Most drinking water in the US will range anywhere from a score of 100 (relatively low) to 500 (highest allowed by EPA.)  A lower score means you likely will not need as hard core of filtration equipment.
  • ZeroWater Filtered Water Pitcher – designed to reduce 99.99% of dissolved solids, this pitcher will eliminate virtually all off-flavors from drinking water.  The ZD-010 pitcher to the left even comes with a TDS meter.ZeroWater ZD-010 Water Pitcher
  • Reverse Osmosis Filtration system – if you experience significant water quality issues, investing in a reverse osmosis filtration system may be wise.  Beyond ensuring filtered water is used in your coffee, this type of system will improve the water quality in your home overall.

Many coffee machines will also offer their own specific types of water filters, including the Bosch / Siemens water filter cartridge below.

If you are a lifelong or in-training coffee aficionado seeking the best way to ensure only the cleanest, best tasting filtered water is used in your daily cup, we would encourage you to 461732 Claris Water Filter Cartridge for Bosch Siemens Coffee Machinesconsider one or more of the products above, or if you have additional questions, to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.

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