Gone are the days of clunky stainless steel canteens and Nalgene bottles. Like leggings, water bottles have become less just-for-function and more functional and stylish accessory. Below, 13 of our favorite stylish water bottles out there, to help you stay hydrated all summer long. (Pro tip: Upgrade your water bottle benefits by throwing one of these skin-friendly water infusions in it.)
• When I was a kid, my best friend’s aunt was the kind of person who drank green juice before it was called green juice and would go on rants about how ice was terrible for you. Not going to lie: Even six-year-old me thought she was a tiny bit nuts. But maybe her rants had some merit: Nutritionist and New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Snyder says that drinking cold water can slow digestion and — wait for it — make it more difficult for your body to removed unwanted fats. [Byrdie]
• Feeling like you just. Can’t. Focus? It might just be that it’s Thursday, or it might be because you simply need to down some water. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that participants had a tough time concentrating even when they were just mildly dehydrated. [Men’s Health]
• According to registered dietitian Amy Shapiro, the eight-glasses-a-day rule is alright — but it’s probably not accurate when it comes to how much water you should actually be drinking in a day. She says to instead multiply your weight by two-thirds and boom: That’s around how many ounces of water you should be downing a day — and it’s probably over 64. [Bon Appétit]
• The argument for filling your work water cup up with ice cubes? Sipping on cold water forces your body to work harder to warm it up once you swallow. Your body working harder means you’re burning more calories (by literally doing nothing), and those calories add up — to nearly 500 more calories burned per week, to be exact. [Women’s Health]
• I rely on music to get me through a run as much as the next person. On the 10th mile of a half marathon, I undoubtably need an almost-annoying upbeat Calvin Harris tune to get me through. And while music is great to push you over the finish line, not all runs are half marathons where you’re trying to PR. Some runs are just for you — to let your mind wander. And maybe, just maybe, you should give it ample opportunity to do just that, per the suggestion of Outside’s Martin Fritz Huber. [Outside Online] Read more »
• Sometimes I wake up and swear I only slept for 15 minutes and I know a siesta is necessary in my near future unless I’d like to be a miserable human being for the rest of the day. But a sleep expert out of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine says sleeping in or squeezing a nap in after a crappy night of sleep probably isn’t the best way to deal, actually: according to him, the best way to cope with a lack of sleep isn’t to try to make up for it the next day but to just suck it up throughout the day so you are sleepy enough to get back on track the next night—sleeping in or squeezing in an hours-long afternoon nap could actually backfire on you come bedtime, screwing up your sleep for way longer than one night. [Science of Us] Read more »
• With Beyoncé in town yesterday, we feel there’s no better time than now to talk about hot sauce. (After all, Queen Bey does carry it in her bag.) Turns out, hot sauce can work all sorts of wonders for your health, from helping you to burn more fat (really!) to boosting your mood (again, really!) and more. [Women’s Health] Read more »
Purified water is wasted in toilet bowls, but flushing is the single largest source of water consumption in the U.S.
Some researchers at Drexel University have a better idea, one that would work particularly well in Philadelphia: use rainwater instead.
Franco Montalto and other Drexel researchers took a look at rainfall levels in big U.S. cities, and found that Philly is one of just four cities nationwide that gets enough rain to eliminate the need for tap water in the toilet. How? By using large storage bins to collect rainfall from rooftops then diverting that water to the bathroom whenever the need arises. Read more »