More and more of us are ditching tap water and using filter bottles to achieve improved levels of hydration.
For those yet to hop on the filtering bandwagon, we’ve compiled an article detailing the notable benefits of doing just that.
If you thought these ubiquitous slimline vessels were nothing more than a fashion statement, guess again: using a portable water filter is all about gaining access to clean, safe, fresh drinking water wherever you are.
The environmental benefits of consistently drinking from a reusable water bottle, whether it filters or not, are obvious.
Over 7 billion single-use plastic water bottles are consumed throughout the UK every year, and sadly less than 50% are recycled, confined to landfills or discarded in the ocean to wreak havoc on our marine life.
Investing in a BPA-free reusable plastic bottle for all your hydration needs will ensure you don’t contribute to this damaging ecological trend.
In the UK we are lucky to have access to tap water, but for the reasons stated above we may not necessarily wish to drink it due to the presence of unnatural components of water.
That said, tap water is incredibly convenient, and this convenience is further enhanced if you’re in possession of a quality filter bottle. Why? Because you can fill your bottle from the tap whenever you please and enjoy greater levels of filtration.
Take it to the gym, carry it with you while running, hiking or cycling, bring it to work; in fact, take your portable filter bottle with you wherever you go.
Fill from your tap before you leave the house, then refill as required to enjoy pure, clean-tasting, contaminant-free water throughout the day.
The added convenience of using a water bottle means you’re unlikely to ever fall short of the recommended 6-8 glasses of water per day.
Drinking water is essential for your health, but we would argue that there are shades of grey when it comes to water quality.
This is borne out by the large number of pharmaceutical compounds and microplastics which have been detected in tap water not only in Britain but throughout the world.
Tested tap water has also shown up traces of steroid hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone.
While filter bottles generally won’t remove all of these impurities, even getting rid of one group of compounds would be beneficial.
The bottled water industry continues to go from strength to strength. Last year in the US, sales of bottled water overtook those of fizzy drinks for the first time (which is good, in its own way).
In Britain alone, the industry is worth a staggering £2.4 billion.
While paying a pound here and there for a plastic water bottle while you’re on the move doesn’t sound like a major financial imposition, the costs can easily mount over time.
Especially since the stats show that one in five of us drank bottled water every single day in 2017.
The cost savings entailed by favouring a reusable water bottle, therefore, are not insignificant – particularly if you take good care of it.
Not all water filter bottles elevate the pH of water, but those that do are ideal if you want regular access to alkaline water.
Most tap water in the UK has a pH of around 7, which is neutral, although it can vary from place to place. While it is not inconceivable to obtain alkaline water from the tap, it is far from common.
Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9, and consistently drinking such water can help the body to metabolise nutrients more efficiently.
There is also evidence to suggest that drinking alkaline water, in tandem with a Mediterranean diet, can be just as effective at controlling acid reflux symptoms as conventional medication.
The Biocera AHA Water Bottle is a great option if you’re after a hard-wearing reusable vessel. Notable for its stylish, cylindrical design and reliance on natural bioceramic minerals to alkalise water, the bottle boasts a 500ml capacity and is manufactured by Korean water experts Biocera.
The AHA Bottle, which is made from BPA-free Titan plastic, doesn’t just yield alkaline water; the bioceramics also stimulates the release of molecular hydrogen, an emerging antioxidant.
Hydrogen-infused water contains active hydrogen molecules believed to exert numerous health benefits due to their ability to penetrate the blood–brain barrier and counteract oxidative stress.
Sceptical? Molecular hydrogen (or hydrogen gas) has been the subject of hundreds of studies published in peer-reviewed journals. In one, published in 2017, the authors concluded that “H2-based therapies show great promise as novel and innovative tools to prevent and treat human ailments that are currently major health burdens globally.”
Although the features of the AHA Bottle do not encompass filtration, its mineral composition does actively increase levels of calcium, magnesium and potassium, and it’s an affordable option for those who would otherwise buy expensive alkaline or hydrogen-rich water from health stores.
The see-through bottle is lightweight, ideal for day-to-day use, and has a loop fastened to the lid for easy attachment to your rucksack or wrist. It’s also leak-proof, and bioceramic filter cartridges must be replaced annually.
With any luck, the public demand for reusable water bottles will help to reduce plastic pollution while also resulting in higher levels of wellbeing stemming from proper hydration.
It sounds simple, but if you listen to your body, you will drink when you are thirsty and avoid the negative symptoms of dehydration. After all, we are two-thirds water and the body has systems in place to flag up when water is needed.
Drinking from a reusable filter bottle merely ensures that you maximise your hydration.
In Britain alone, the bottled water industry is worth a staggering £2.4 billion.