The newest addition to the family is the NewAir WCD-100W Triple Tap Water Dispenser. Yes, a whopping three faucets for room temperature, hot or cold water. Now you can have hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate from the same machine that provides your chilled drinking water. It also has a storage compartment beneath the dispenser with one shelf, great for storing cups or water bottles. The removable overflow drip tray provides easy cleaning. The WCD-100W is perfect for the home or office to keep everyone hydrated and happy. In honor of the occasion, let’s look at the benefits of water.
Did you know that water makes up 60% of our body weight? According to the Mayo Clinic, water helps to carry nutrients to cells, flushes toxins from the body, and gives moisture to ear, nose and throat tissues.It is also important for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Water helps control our body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. A difference of even 2% of your body’s water can result in mild dehydration, which will make you tired and lacking in energy. Yuri Elkaim of U.S. News lists possible symptoms of dehydration as fatigue, lethargy, headaches, inability to focus, dizziness, and lack of strength. Extreme dehydration can even cause brain swelling, seizures, kidney failure, or death.
Menshealth.com reports that men and women both benefit from regular water intake. “Researchers tested 25 women’s moods throughout different periods of hydration and exercise.” Do you know what they discovered? “Even the slightest amount of dehydration – whether they were working or resting – resulted in a bad mood.” Staying hydrated doesn’t only result in less of a mood funk for both men and women, but it also increases metabolism for the day.
You lose water all day long through your breath, perspiration and, yes, every time you use the bathroom. Drinking alcohol is also a huge dehydrator. The only way to replenish this water is by ingesting beverages and foods that contain water. On average, foods provide about 20% of our liquid intake each day. Fruits and vegetables like watermelons or tomatoes contain upwards of 90% water based on their weight. Watermelon actually has the highest water content of the fruits and vegetables on the list. Oatmeal, yogurt, soup, and smoothies also have a high water content and are good choices for staying hydrated. All liquids count toward your daily total of water, but in varying degrees. Sodas and caffeinated beverages will hydrate you to a certain extent, but it is still better to get plenty of water. Some fear that caffeine will lead to dehydration, that has actually been debunked. Yes, it does have a diuretic effect, but it does not offset the hydration that you are accomplishing. If you just have some strange aversion to water, then milk is the next best choice, but water is calorie-free, sugar-free, and provides nothing but the benefits.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake [of water] for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.” This total has to be adjusted based on the weight of the individual, their exercise level, the environment they live in, whether or not the individual is pregnant or breast feeding, and any illnesses or health conditions they may have. The old saying of “8 glasses a day” is still a good goal for people struggling to drink enough, but the actual quantity you may need is based on your size and activity level—no two people have the same requirements.
Slender Kitchen, a health and cooking site, suggests this formula for finding your ideal water intake:
- Take your weight in pounds and multiply by 2/3
- Adjust that number based on how often you work out. For every 30 minutes of exercise, add 12 ounces of water to your daily total
- For the average person of 150 lbs., their ideal water intake is 100 ounces
Slender Kitchen also suggests that you can increase metabolism if you drink 2 cups (16 oz.) of water before every meal. Drinking one glass (16 oz.) of water when you wake up and 8 oz. before you go to sleep can add an easy 24 ounces of water to your diet. Also, drinking 16 ounces of water an hour before exercising can help your body function better during any strenuous activity. Other tips include using a unique container to monitor your water intake, infusing your water with flavors such as lemon, or adding bubbles using machines like Sodastream.
Let’s put these requirements in perspective: If you have a 5-gallon bottle installed in your NewAir WCD-100W, you should finish the bottle by the end of each week. Yes, that is a lot of water and it will probably take some getting used to. However, being hydrated has been shown to increase your metabolism, increase your productivity and focus, and increase your energy levels. With all those health benefits, the choice seems obvious.
The NewAir WCD-100W Triple Tap Water Dispenser could be the perfect way to get started on your goal of staying hydrated. With this product, you can drink both hot and cold beverages. Use some drink mixes to keep things excited. The hot water can be heated from 176-203⁰F and the cold water is 41-50⁰F. And don’t just keep the water for yourself—keep your pets refreshed and cooled with the chilled water. Add a little bit of warm water to your pet’s dry food to make it easier to eat, too. Use the hot water to prep bottles for your baby, or quickly thaw frozen foods by running them under the hot tap. In case you still don’t have enough reasons, you can also use the hot and cold to make compresses for your aching muscles.