Water, water, water. It’s one of the most precious resources we have and it’s oh too often taken for granted. Sure, I’m guilty of taking one too many (long) showers and I guzzle it all day long without thinking of where it’s coming from or feeling grateful for the accessibility.
It’s the summer days where I find myself drinking the most water. Time spent running in the heat and humidity and afternoons hiking along Mammoth Mountain’s best trails. I guess you could say that water is my beverage of choice – filtered, fresh, sparkling, or flavored. After all, it keeps the body hydrated, the skin clear, and the metabolism revving.
As a runner, I learned to consume my fair share of water so that I could stay hydrated. There were times during my prime where I was guzzling almost 6 bottles before lunch. That was not the smartest of plans, but then I was trying to do everything in my power to follow the rules and drinking water was one of them.
But where does your water come from? Yes, the original source is important but let’s bring it down to more of a personal level. Do you drink tap water right out of the faucet? Do you splurge on bottled water? (cough cough TFred) 😉 To be honest I’ve never been picky about where it comes from and usually end up filling right up from the tap.
Back in high school I started carrying around a large purple Nalgene with me. Later on I discovered the Camelbak water bottle with a built-in straw and thought it was one of the greatest inventions. Now I alternate between 2 or three different bottles and still love my Camelbak. It’s handy when at the office or walking around town and gives me some piece of mind that I’m helping to reduce the trash tossed into the landfill. Not to mention that one of my favorite places is the beach and the ocean and it just about kills me that we dump so much of our waste into such a precious resource.
Now that I live in the grand old city of New York, I’m surrounded by apparently the best water around. The local folks claim it’s what makes the bagels and pizza dough that much more desired. When I was at the Blend Retreat I picked up a Camelbak Relay. While the NYC water is pretty tasty, I like having a filter in the fridge to clean it up just a bit more.
This jug has a 10-cup capacity and really is perfectly sized for any fridge, even the itty-bitty one I had back in college. Sure the filter seemed a bit large at first, but you can taste the difference. Not only that, but it filters quite quickly in comparison to my old Brita. When I’m feeling extra fancy or motivated to drink more water, I like to throw some lemon slices in the mix. Not filtered of course, just in the base 🙂
Do you filter your water? Tell me your favorite way to drink water (hot, cold, with lemon, etc) 🙂
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