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Try as we might to remember to hydrate, the sad truth of the matter is that most of us aren’t drinking enough water. In fact, a 2018 survey by Quench water found that out of more than 1,000 employed Americans polled, a whopping 77 percent said they didn’t always consume enough agua to get them through the day. An easy way to up your intake? Invest in a top-of-the-line, reusable water bottle that will inspire you to quench your parched, parched mouth on a more regular basis.
How much water should I drink a day?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends a total water intake from all foods and liquids of 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women.
As many an expert will tell you, however, the optimal amount can actually vary greatly from person to person. “It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live,” Nashville-based sports medicine director Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, told WebMD.
As a general rule of thumb, Nessler recommends drinking between a half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh daily.
That means if you weigh 125 pounds, you should be consuming between 62.5 to 125 ounces of water each and every day.
Your required water intake will also vary based on other internal factors, like how much exercise you get each day, and external factors, such as the climate you live in.
What happens if you don’t drink enough water?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), not drinking a sufficient amount of water can increase your risk of dehydration, kidney stones, and even decrease cognitive performance.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American College Nutrition also stated that as little as a two percent dehydration can also have negative impacts on your visual-motor tracking, short-term memory, and attention span.
As for the physical aspect of things, dehydration can result in a decrease of cell turnover, allowing dead cells to accumulate and causing clogged pores, congestion, and a lackluster complexion. It can also accelerate signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
The Best Reusable Water Bottle
Ready to be inspired to drink more H2O? Say no more. We’ve rounded up a stellar selection of picks that are sure to help you up your water intake in the new year. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best reusable water bottles on the market.
Best Smart Water Bottle
Hidrate Spark Smart 3
Where to buy: $59.95, Amazon
If you’re the type that could use a little nudge to drink more from time to time, the Hidrate Spark 3 is for you. It’s got unrivaled sensor technology that will sync to the brand’s free app via Bluetooth to track your water intake and light up when it’s time for a sip.
Raved one buyer: “It has definitely encouraged me to increase my water intake, the subtle reminders throughout the day are not annoying at all. Small encouragements in the app also help, such as keeping track of your number of days that you hit your goal. I am on a four-day streak right now.”
Best Water Bottle With Straw
Simple Modern Summit Water Bottle
Where to buy: $16.99 (Originally $19.99), Target
For some people, drinking through a straw may result in higher water consumption. Rather than contribute to our growing plastic problem with a throw-away version, why not get one that comes built into your water bottle? This Simple Modern design features a leak-proof straw on its lid, so you can happily sip free from spills. It’s also made with premium 18/8 stainless steel that will keep your water cold for hours. Better yet, 10 percent of the company’s profits goes to charity.
Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle
LARQ Self-Cleaning Bottle
Where to buy: $95, Neiman Marcus
Stainless steel makes for great water bottle material since it’s eco-friendly, super durable, and safe. This bottle from LARQ has an added self-cleaning benefit that makes it even more covetable. Every two hours, it will self-activate a UV-C LED light that’s said to eliminate up to 99.9999 percent of bio-contaminants, no replacement batteries or filters required. What’s more, it’s equipped with a double-insulated construction that will keep your water icy cold for up to 24 hours!
Reviewers call it “superb,” pointing out its excellent quality and design. Wrote one, “Beautiful looking bottle made with outstanding craftsmanship.’
Best Infuser Water Bottle
Bevgo Fruit Infuser
Where to buy: $14.97, Amazon
Not only does this water bottle from Bevgo come with a flat-bottom infuser basket and a free ebook with more than 50 hydration-enticing infusion recipes, it’s got a timeline tracker on the side that will clue you into where you are for the day versus where you should be as far as water consumption goes. There’s a detachable ice attachment you can throw in the freezer, then back into your bottle for über-cold drinks, and grips on both sides make for convenient carrying.
Best Collapsible Water Bottle
Where to buy: $25.95, Amazon
Sure, this little bottle is an attention grabber, through and through, thanks to its unique spiral design, but it’s also highly functional, twisting its way from 8.4 inches tall (that’s a 20-ounce capacity) down into a tiny 4.8 inches for drinking on-the-go. Made of food-grade silicone, it’s also leakproof and shockproof, so it won’t matter if it gets tossed around in your bag. Pop it into the dishwasher for an easy clean.
Best Water Bottle for Kids
CamelBak Eddy Kids Water Bottle
Where to buy: $9.48 (Originally $12.99), Amazon
Concerned about your little one’s water consumption? Pick up this Eddy water bottle from CamelBak. With nearly 9,000 ratings on Amazon, this bottle is adored by customers for its superior leak-proof protection and easy-to-clean surface.
One woman called it the “last cup you’ll ever buy,” writing, “The cup doesnt leak (even if you try), it's very sturdy, easy to clean, and the mouthpiece is soft.”
Parts are removable and you can choose from more than 40 fun designs.
Best Insulated Water Bottle
S’Well Lilac Posy
Where to buy: From $35, S’Well
If keeping your water cold is a top priority, you can’t go wrong with a S’Well, like this pretty lily-patterned bottle. The beloved brand boasts a triple-layered vacuum insulation system to keep drinks cold for a full 24 hours. There’s also a wall of copper to prevent exterior sweating. And, should you need a quick chill, you can pop some ice cubes right into the bottle’s mouth, which is wide enough for most standard cubes. This bottle is hand wash only.
Best Water Bottle for Travel
E-Senior Collapsible Water Bottle
Where to buy: $12.99 (Originally $14.99), Amazon
Looking for a resuable water bottle that will suit your water drinking needs while on-the-go? Meet the E-Senior. This genius pick not only collapses, it rolls up into a neat cylinder for super easy storage. There’s even a hand ring for carrying! It has a rotating cap that wont leak its contents, and it's made from 100 percent food-grade silicone.
What’s more, it has a perfect five-star rating from 92 percent of Amazon shoppers. Wrote one: “This bottle is so easy to bring to plane through security on a vacay! It’s convenient to take anywhere when traveling. … Very easy to fold and bring anywhere!”
Best Glass Water Bottle
Bkr Big Jil Kiss Kit
Where to buy: $59 (Originally $80), bkr
When it comes to glass water bottles, which are beloved for their ability to hold water at steady temperatures, bkr is king — er, make that queen. They’re made from BPA-free glass and silicone, and have a small mouth opening to prevent spillage while sipping. This bottle, which holds a full liter of fluid, also comes with a compact cap you can fit its included lip balm in — so you can keep your lips hydrated, too!
Best Filtered Water Bottle
Where to buy: From $34.95, Amazon
Your excuses for drinking from plastic bottles for the unparalleled taste of fresh, filtered water, just ran out, thanks to the Brita premium water bottle. Designed with a built-in filter, you’ll have clean, chlorine-free agua for up to two months (replaceable filters are sold here for $9.23, Amazon). Just one of these bottle filters can replace up to 300 standard 16.9-ounce single-use plastic bottles. In one year, that’s a whopping 1,800 plastic bottles — sold!