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 three out of four 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 there are some gadgets that may help.
A smart water bottle is probably not a purchase many would consider. But it can serve as an eye-opener into how much (or how little) water you drink throughout the day.
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 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.
In our review we found this is is a very well thought out product that takes the hassle out of logging your water intake. It works seamlessly dishing out reminders when it’s time to take a drink and not overloading you with stats. Plus its compatible with popular apps such as Fitbit and Apple Health.
The EQUA Smart Water Bottle is a thing of beauty. You’ll struggle to find a better looking water-bottle. It simply oozes class and sophistication.
The bottle and cap are made of high-quality materials such as stainless steel and electroplated metal. There’s a marble top and a silicone pad at the bottom. The double wall insulation helps to keep water cold for a full day and hot for 12 hours.
In our review we found the bottle motivated us to drink more. It automatically works out your hydration needs, keeps tabs on water intake and sends useful glow reminders when it’s time to take a sip.
The accompanying smartphone app also does a decent job at presenting the hydration stats. Plus it gives you the option to add or remove consumed liquid manually.
Many people underestimate the importance of staying hydrated and the EQUA Smart Water Bottle helps to ensure you are not one of them. Plus it looks great while doing it.
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 low cost yet 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.
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 3.0 is one of the best selling smart water bottles on Amazon. What makes it different from other gadgets is that it’s equipped with lights that flash to remind you to drink more water and to celebrate when you’ve met your daily goal. The whole bottle glows so you are unlike to miss the alert. You can choose from three lighting patterns.
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.
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