How Much Water Should I Give My Baby?

Becoming a parent can be the most terrifying and simultaneously enthralling experiences you may ever encounter in your life. However, to some of our dismay, there are so many things we forget to consider before baby is born! Now, if you are not a strict water drinker who abides faultlessly to the recommended daily intake, chances are, you’re not going to consider water intake a priority. We’ve traipsed some reliable sites to give you guidelines on how much you should be giving your little bambino per day, and other ways of having them reach their daily recommended amount that will cause a little less grey hair for you :-)

How Much Water Should I Give My Baby: Ages 6 Months and Above

It’s important to note that it’s a rule of thumb to only start giving babies plain water from about 6 months and above. According to BabyCenter.com , babies’ daily water intake requirements before 6 months of age can be met by their intake of breast milk or formula. A baby over the age of 6 months who is learning to use his or her cup may be given a few sips of water, two or three times per day. The recommended maximum is 60ml in a 24 hour period. Anything more than this may affect baby’s comfort levels, and decrease his or her appetite and they will end up eating smaller amounts as they are already “full” from the water.

How Much Water Should I Give My Baby: One Year

Yay! One of the biggest milestones has passed and your baby’s age can now be measured in years – for the first time :-) Now is a great time to start teaching your baby (albeit subtly and by means of encouraging water intake) to choose drinking water over sugary and gassy drinks. Since your baby is likely now on solid foods, the water density of those foods is probably to slow to reach their daily intake requirements. It’s a great way to introduce water into your toddler’s diet by using a “sippy cup”. If you’re fortunate enough to have a baby with no milk allergies,it’s suggested you perhaps offer your baby some milk with his or her solid foods, and water at other times. A rule of thumb is to not exceed 230ml of plain water for your toddler. If your child’s urine is pale yellow, they’re probably getting enough water already.

How Much Water Should I Give My Baby: Two Years

BabyCenter.com suggests the following: A toddler between the ages of 1 and 3 years old needs bout a litre of FLUIDS per day. No, I’m not shouting, I just want to emphasize that the daily intake is of all fluids – NOT water alone! There’s no hard and fast rule of required water intake for this age group, it’s a case of checking how your child reacts to temperature, activity levels and when they become thirsty – handing them water to drink. If your child begins suffering from constipation, dehydration, if they are exposed to extreme heat or are ill – and also if they show signs of wanting more liquids – you can adjust your daily intake accordingly. A handy tip may be to offer your child a half a glass of water every time you fetch yourself one; try do this on the hour, so you can keep tabs on their (and your own) water intake.

How Can I Get My Child To Drink Water?

So, you’ve found yourself in the difficult position where your child simply does not want water. Here’s where “Parenting 101” kicks in. Trick them a little. Add their water with a tiny amount (5-10ml) of low calorie flavouring squash in their favourite superhero or animated character cup. Whatever it takes, right? :-)

Whatever you must do, do it according to YOUR child’s needs.

Disclaimer: This is only a suggested, subjective guideline. Consult your pediatrician for accurate details.

Is Sparkling Water Healthy?

For as long as I can remember, we’ve been told to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. For most of the people I know – that’s not an easy task. So, they took to drinking sparkling water instead. Sparkling water is simply filtered or purified water which has been carbonated. This affects the taste quite a bit – and for me – the biggest side effect is the gassiness that follows. But, is that all we should be considering when we drink sparkling water? Or are there more benefits or dangers we’re simply unaware of? We tackle this topic head-on!

Is Sparkling Water Fattening?

This is probably the first question out the mouths of those who are concerned about the possible side effects of sparkling water. And in short – as documented by NY Daily News says – NO! A direct except of an article published online reads “If somebody doesn’t like the taste of water, they shouldn’t be concerned if sparkling is all they’re drinking,” said Manhattan-based nutritionist Keri Gans, RDN, CND. “Sparkling water is just as hydrating. All it is is added carbonation.”

It’s actually suggested that replacing fizzy, sugary drinks with sparkling water may be the most effective method of “weaning” yourself from things like Coke, etc. Why? It still gives you the feeling of drinking a fizzy drink, without all the added calories and sugars.

Will Sparkling Water Make You Bloated?

Referring back to the only side effect of sparkling water I’ve yet to experience. ANY kind of carbonated drink will inevitably increase your gas levels and if they are not expelled in time, will cause bloating. This issue can be avoided by allowing yourself to expel the gas discretely. An associated side effect is the “bubbling” noise that extra gas in your stomach will cause. So, if you’re going to be replacing your regular, still water with sparkling water, you may want to consider these side effects and they damage they may cause in the long run (continual bloating and build-up of gas can become unbearably uncomfortable, so take the necessary precautions).

What Is In Sparkling Water?

If we are talking about pure, filtered water with only the addition of gas – then the only additive would natural;ly be CO2 (carbon dioxide). The problem comes into play when we begin adding flavourants and additives. A prime example is tonic water. It contains extra sodium (salt) and sugar! Club Soda (less popular in South Africa) also contains extra salts – always, a;ways check the label of you are buying pre-canned or pre-bottled water.

Still VS Sparkling Water: The Verdict

So, which is better? This one is pretty easy. If you are directly replacing your ordinary filtered water with plain, sparkling water (with no cordials, flavours or sugars added) – then you are in the safe zone. Just keep an eye out for the additional gas intake and be sure to expel the gas to avoid bloating and belching.

Tonic waters and Club Soda’s should be scrutinized for their additives – and this should be considered according to your health status (avoid tonic water if you have high blood pressure or high sugar levels).

So, in short – NO. Sparkling water is NOT unhealthy. It will NOT make you gain weight and it is safe to drink!

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Where Can I Buy A Water Cooler?

The water cooler / water dispenser market has boomed in the last decade; now, we’re no longer limited to a bulky off-white water cooler limited to office staff from Monday to Friday. Instead, we’ve opened a whole new market to home users. The variety, functionality and pricing on each of the machines can vary vastly – and we understand how daunting that can be. I mean, you’re buying a water cooler to make your life easier – not harder. We discuss the two best options for buying (NOT renting) water coolers for you office or home: retail suppliers and professional water suppliers.

Where Can I Buy A Water Cooler: Retail Option

Walking down the km-spanning aisles at any wholesale store (or even the larger, family retail stores) exposes you to the options available for water coolers you can buy. We take the top 3 major suppliers and compare their pricing: something important to remember when you buy a water cooler from a retailer is the after-sales service. Let’s be fully honest here – Makro, Game – whoever – focus their business intention on retail – not product support. If you encounter any machine-related problems, who will you be able to call to fix it? Or will you have to send it back to the store, wait for it to be evaluated, fixed or replaced and only then sent back to you. Consider this an investment piece and think of any problems you may encounter beforehand.

– Makro:

1) Elegance Cold Floor-Standing Water Cooler (cooling only, no filter, no bottle – R 1 699.00.)

2) Elegance Hot and Cold Floor Standing Water Dispenser (hot, cold water, no filter, no bottle) –

R 2 399.00

3) Little Luxury Cold-Only Tabletop Water Dispenser (dispenses only cold water – includes filter and bottle for R 1 199.00

-Game Stores

1) Sunbeam Water Dispenser (hot and cold, desktop or floor standing, no filter or bottle) – R 1 399.00

-Binuns

1)Impression Floor Standing Water Cooler with Bottle (hot and cold water) – R 2 699.00

Now, remember that when you buy a water cooler, price variations may be based on things like warranty period, brand, quality of materials used as well as functionality. Remember that when you buy an off-the-shelf water cooler, you will be responsible with refilling your own water bottles, as well as cleaning (and occasionally servicing) the water dispenser – especially if you are using tap water to refill your bottles.
Scrutinise each of these elements before purchasing your water cooler – they could have a big imp[act a few years down the line.

Where Can I Buy A Water Cooler: Professional Water Suppliers

We drew up this pricing comparison a while ago – have a look through it for more detailed estimated price breakdowns of some of South Africa’s best water companies. Now, when buying your water cooler from a professional water supplier – ask a few questions. How much will you pay – and for what functionality. See, professional water companies will advise you on YOUR best solution – whether it’s a floor standing, desktop or plumbed-in unit, chances are they know what solution is best for you.

Will your purchase include and required services or maintenance? Will you get purified water with your purchase? Any type of warranty?

Either way – start looking forward to a healthier and more convenient way of life once you’ve got your water cooler.

It make the world of difference!

Dangers of Bottled Water: Plastic, Costs and Pollution

The bottled water market is valued at a staggering R 1.7 billion – according to News24 and their attached infographic.

At Aquazania – we ensure every bottle we receive back is recycled.

It’s also vitally important to note that this infographic reflects countries with higher-grade tap water – and the bottled water referred to is NOT equivalent to our 9-step filtered water. Most bottled waters are sold under the guise of “Spring Water”, “Mineral Water” or “Filtered Water” – and we agree that water of that nature is not nearly as safe to drink as our multi-filtered, purified water. 

We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Dangers of Retail Bottled Water

 

How Much Water Is Too Much?

I can’t count how many different stories I’ve heard, read or seen regarding how much water we should be drinking. It seems the rule of thumb is to stick to 2 litres of water per day (that equates to the “8” glasses we hear most commonly). There have been scientifically backed research articles indicating that amount is STILL too low, and that women should be drinking about 3 litres daily, while men should up their intake to about 4 litres per day. It’s easy to see that the average person drinks far too little water today – and studies show that 75% of the American population are dehydrated. Did you know that due to a delay in our “body clocks” – by the time we feel thirsty we are already dehydrated? But what happens when you go a bit overboard? Exactly how much water is too much?

Daily Water Intake

Remembering that the main functions of our internal organs, especially the kidneys, is to filter literally every drop of liquid that enters our body, we must remember that any organ that has to over-exert itself is going to take strain in the long run. It’s directly relevant with water intake. Too little water and your kidneys will have insufficient water to filter anything properly, and a build-up of unfiltered matter may result in kidney stones, etc. Inversely, too much water and your kidneys will be overworked; if they are unable to excrete the excess water, the mineral content of your blood becomes diluted. This means lowered sodium levels (sodium AKA salt cannot dissolve in the excess water) and ends up in a condition called hypoatremia. Having said all that, it is highly unlikely and actually quite rare that a healthy adult can take in too much water, considering the nutrient content of an average diet, activity levels and other influencing factors.

Increased Water Intake: The Effects

While there is always going to be a danger of ingesting too much water – however rare it is – we must remember to adjust our daily intake accordingly. Generally stating, a higher water intake (between 2 – 3 litres per day) speeds up and assists weight loss and weight maintenance greatly, we must consider the other factors that help decide how much water we need – and when. Things to consider include activity levels, climate (higher temperatures call for a higher intake, while lower temperatures make us stay away from the hydration stations); health conditions, such as water retention, renal issues and blood pressure and pregnancy or breast-feeding. Although it is mentioned last – activity levels are one of the largest influencing factors and must be considered closely.

Water Intake: Alternate Sources

So often we overlook other sources that contribute to our daily water intake. Green and herbal tea’s, water-heavy fruits and vegetables (with the likes of watermelon, celery and spinach) all contain amounts of water that need to be taken into consideration when you’re trying to determine and stick to a daily amount of water. Just remember to look closely at the calorie content of these items, especially hidden sugarswhen you’re ingesting higher amounts of water to aide in weight loss.

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What is your happy medium? How much water do you consider enough or “too much”? Have you, or anyone you know, ingested too much water and experienced side effects?

We’d love to hear form you.

Water From Air: Fact or Fiction

I wouldn’t judge you at all if you assumed this was some far-fetched science fiction pitch, but I assure you, it’s not. This is possibly one of the most innovative, unique and multi-benefit systems created to date. Just as some people have taken matters into their own hands by “going off the grid” for electricity, leaps in technology now allow us to live “off the grid” with water! And it’s proudly South African!

How Does Water From Air Work?

Sourced directly from waterfromair.co.za

“Air is drawn into the water maker, cooled and the condensation drops into a collection tank. It goes through 9 filters, is sterilized by UV, stored in a UV lit tank, passed through further UV lights and then dispensed. The water is alkaline.”

Water From Air: When and Where?

Water From Air requires a humidity level of between 35% – 95% in order to effectively extract sufficient water from the condensed humidity in the air and convert it to drinkable water. As such, winter months and drier areas will yield far less water than traditionally humid areas.

There’s a way around that, though. This machine can be connected to “alternate water sources” such as rivers, boreholes and it can also be plumbed-in to existing water supplies. The machine doubles as a water purifier – filtering each drop through a process of hard filtration and UV sterilisation.

Water From air: An Untapped Resource

There are close to 13 trillion (13 000 000 000 000 000 000) cubic litres of water in the atmosphere that cycles in and out of the water cycle. Water From Air has tapped into this previously unheard of market. The introduction of this machine into South African markets Is perfectly timed for current rampant droughts, dwindling and compromised quality municipal water and widely implemented water cuts and restrictions.

Water From Air: Is It Sustainable?

Considering this technology uses condensed water pulled from the air, a question I found myself asking is “are we interfering with – and possible damaging – the natural water cycle?”. This question was answered on Water From Air’s page:

“Water from Air is sustainable. We do not use one drop of South Africa’s precious water resources, in fact, every litre of water that our machines make from the air is a litre left in the dams of our country.”

Watch some video’s discussing this product, here.

Tell us, what do you think of this type of technology? Do you love it or hate it? Have you used one before?

We love your feedback!

 

Where Does Bottled Water Come From? Are We Being Misled?

Where does bottled water come from? Are we being misled?

While this might not be a local story – it opens our eyes to the gaps some bottled water suppliers have found and are taking advantage of.

This story is curated from CollectiveEvolution.com , regarding PepsiCo’s Aquafina-branded water.

At Aquazania – we are entirely transparent about the sources of our water – as well as the vigorous filtration systems each and every drop undergoes.

This is especially relevant after an insert in 702 Talk Radio’s show regarding our water grading– stating that in a Blue Drop Report – South Africa’s (already questionable) municipal water supply has dropped 8% in quality. It’s stated this is not an entirely “bad” situation – you decide.

Tell us – what measures are you taking to avoid – or purify – your home supply of municipal water?

What Do The Triangles On Plastic Mean?

It’s hard to keep up with all the new symbols popping up, whether it’s on your plastic bottles or your shampoo bottles. It can be misleading, confusing and sometimes worrying – especially when you are using these products on children or yourself – daily. We’d like to explain what each symbol means and where you can expect to find it.

PET 1 / PETE 1 Unicode

pet 1 unicode

Abbreviation for Polyethylene Terepthalate, this is the highest standard of quality, recyclable plastic available. It’s used in cool-drink (soda) bottles, salad dressing bottles and of course – our water bottles. Aquazania is the one and only company in South Africa to blow 21.8 litre PET bottles ourselves. The majority of other water bottles are made using Polycarbonate, a 7 Unicode – which we will outline below. It’s important to note, however, that PET 1 is entirely recyclable, and our bottle thickness is notably less than other bottles available. This allows for ease of recycling. Another point to remember is that there are no known hazardous effects caused by this product to date.

HDPE 2 Unicode

hdpe 2 unicode

This Unicode stands for High Density Polyethylene. It’s mainly used for milk bottles, juice bottles and shower product bottles. This is the second ranking for the ability to recycle a product and also carries no hazardous side effects.

V 3 / PVC Unicode

v 3 unicode

Polyvinyl Chloride – which is represented by this symbol – is not a very common type of plastic. It’s popularity in soft drink bottles has diminished greatly over the last few years, and this is mainly found in plastics like cling-wrap, pipes and toys. The major associated hazard of this plastic is that it contains plasticisers, with the likes of DEHA or Pthalates, which can find their way into food by means of absorption. It’s important to know that DEHA forms part of the unwanted components associated with BPA.

LDPE 4 Unicode

ldpe 4 unicode

The inverse of HDPE, this abbreviation stands for Low-Density Polyethylene. Found mostly in take-away food containers, “squeeze” bottles used for condiments, as well as cling wraps, this plastic is not recyclable but also has no known hazardous side effects.

PP 5 Unicode

pp 5 unicode

Polypropylene 5 serves it’s main functions in bottle capos, yoghurt containers, reusable microwave containers and food storage boxes. With no hazardous side effects, this plastic is not recyclable, but also not harmful.

PS 6 Unicode

ps 6 unicode

Likely unknown to the majority of consumers, this is the most common type of plastic we should all be familiar with – Polystyrene. Used for egg cartons, plastic cutlery and of course the cups and take-away boxes we have become familiar with. It’s got minimal hazardous side effects that are being further researched, but the risks associated are with regards to traces of styrene absorbed into the contained food. It is strongly discouraged to use this material to store food in, or reheat food in. It can also not be recycled.

7 “ Unicode – “Other” or “Polycarbonate”

7 unicode

 

Unfortunately, too many bottling companies are still using this highly hazardous plastic composition,. It is labelled as “other”, but usually comprises of Polycarbonate. This composition releases BPA – a highly hazardous substance – into any contained liquid or food. Baby bottles are especially dangerous considering the re-use of them, the addition of hot water into the bottles allows for BPA release – but perhaps the most concerning aspect is the grouping together of any unclassified plastics or resins into this group. You’re almost uncertain of what the item comprises of. It’s recommended to avoid the “7” Unicode.

There you have it, a breakdown explaining different types of plastic as well as their associated risks and benefits.

We always welcome your questions, concerns and comments and have faith in the fact that our product meets the highest quality regulations and standards.

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