We all know that we should drink more water instead of the sugary drinks and coffee that are so much more appealing. But sadly, something like 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
This is worrying because water is one of the most essential resources to our existence. Your body needs H2O to regulate its temperature, flush out harmful toxins and to help vital organs work properly. Being dehydrated for prolonged periods can have bad health outcomes in the long run.
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If you are not getting enough water in your diet then you should seriously start looking for ways to increase your daily intake. Changing old habits is never easy but here are some gadgets that may help.
Ulla is a device that is small enough to fit pretty much any bottle or cup. Attach it and it will track how much water you drink and nudge you when its time to take in more liquid. The company behind the gadget claims that users drink between two and three times more water when they follow Ulla’s optimal hydration cycle.
The gadget is very subtle and stylish. A high-precision accelerometer always knows when you take a drink. A gentle blinking will let you know when its time to take another sip.
Best of all, you don’t need to worry about complex settings. There are no on/off buttons. Just attach Ulla on a bottle/cup full of water and its tilt sensors will do the magic. The gadget works with an easily replaceable coin cell battery, no charging necessary and the battery life is up to 6 months.
H2OPal is a thin device that sits at the base of the bottle. It makes your life easier by helping you take in more water, fewer calories and improve your productivity and focus by avoiding dehydration.
Smart notifications help you stay hydrated and the gadget also syncs with Fitbit through the iPhone app. The built-in flash memory, weight measuring sensor and accelerometer combine to monitor your water intake. Each day, H2OPal determines your optimal goal based on a range of metrics including: physical activity, weather, weight, and age.
Magnetic and vacuum connections enable a sleek design and easy setup. No worries about charing, the gadget can keep going for months on a single coin-cell battery.
Solar power is abundant, clean, renewable, and effective. In fact, each hour, enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface to provide for the world’s energy demand for a year.
This versatile backpack lets you charge your devices on the go and stay hydrated at the same time. It has an easy to remove 7W/6V solar panel along with a 10,000mAh waterproof emergency power backup / storage. The green, Earth-friendly solar charging module features a removable panel USB port that lets you charge two gadgets at the same time.
Most important of all, Ivation comes with a 1.8-liter water bladder along with a flexible pipe. The result is that you can drink water while wearing the backpack.
All in all, this is a great solution for holding backpacking supplies, as well as hiking, biking, or camping
Bellabeat has, in the few years its been around, become one of the leading names when it comes to fitness tracking for women. The wellness-oriented company has distributed over 400,000 of its hugely popular Leaf device.
Its recent venture, however, is slightly different from its fitness band range. Bellabeat Spring automatically logs your water intake as you drink throughout the day. The system sets tailored hydration goals based on your lifestyle, activity and sleep. You also get drinking reminders based on your tailored intake goal.
In terms of design, the dishwasher safe, 16 flu.oz, smart bottle is built with lightweight glass, a grip surface, a leak-proof cap, and BPA-free removable neck. No charging is required.
Hidrate Spark 2.0 is one of the best selling smart water bottles on Amazon. What makes it different from other gadgets is that its equipped with lights that flash to remind you to drink more water and to celebrate when you’ve met your daily goal.
The rest is pretty standard. The bottle has a sensor inside which automatically records how many oz/ml you drink and syncs with the accompanying smartphone app. Here you can view your trends and set daily goals. The long lasting replaceable battery means no charging is required, and the gadget plays nice with Fitbit, Apple Watch, Apple Health Kit, Google Fit and more. That way you can keep all your health and fitness data in one place.
Sporting a fashionable design and made from tough Triton BPA Free plastic, Ozmo is a complete system designed to help you hydrated. The gadget tracks both your water and coffee consumption, so you’ll know whether than 4pm latte before heading home from work is a good idea. As you would expect, there is a companion app that tracks your progress throughout the day and lets you customize hydration goals.
Ozmo syncs with Fitbit, Apple Health and Garmin ecosystems. The 16oz smart water bottle works without a smartphone too, with indicator lights to show your progress towards your daily goal and a vibration alert to remind you to drink.
DrinKup is a water bottle that comes across as some of the premium steel bottles you can get from the shops. Built into the lid, however, is a touch enabled 5 x 16 LED lattice display. This is actually the only visual clue DrinKup is not your run-of-the-mill water bottle.
Everything you need to know can be found there. This includes your progress, reminders (an icon and vibrating alert), battery status and more. The lid will even warn you if your drink is too hot or it’s time to replace the water as it has gone stale.
Just fill the bottle with a water-based liquid and leave the rest to DrinKup. The smart lid works independently of the smartphone app and remembers your intake whenever you take a sip. Everything works seamlessly letting you know when it’s time to take a drink without overloading you with stats. Plus its compatible with popular apps such as Fitbit and Apple Health.
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