I have a hydration pack that sat in storage over winter. I pulled it out last weekend, and I found that the tube from bladder to bite valve has a thin white coating inside it. I tried rinsing them out first with a mild bleach solution, then a vinegar one. Neither of these removed the stuff from the tube. If I squish the tube, the coating comes away from the tube. How can I remove this gunk from the tube? Would I be better off buying new tubes instead of cleaning?
What is the best hydration system you have used for running? I would love to hear the pros and cons of whatever gear you are using so I can make an informed purchase. When I search online it seems like it is all marketing spiel. Tell me what works and what doesn't work for you, please! [more inside]
Like this questioner here, I too am a grown-ass woman who fails at hydration. However, I do find that I am more willing to guzzle down creamy drinks, such as milk or hot chocolate. Are those enough to hydrate me, will I die from too much milk, and what other drinks will help fulfil both the cream craving and the hydration? [more inside]
What happens to the drinking water I swallow? All I know is that it goes down my throat to my stomach, and then my body does its thing. Can you go into greater detail for me? For example: What positive effects does the water I drink have on my mouth, my throat, my stomach and other parts of my body? How does the stomach process the water? Where does the water go after my stomach? How does what's in the water get from my stomach to the necessary parts of my body? What's in water that my body needs? What parts of my body benefit the most from the water I drink? Feel free to answer other relevant questions that I've overlooked.
I am a grown-ass woman who fails utterly at hydrating herself. I would love any and all suggestions to help me drink more water regularly. [more inside]
Can high sodium intake be offset by drinking a lot of water? [more inside]
Assuming I maintain my electrolytes, can drinking large volumes of water be bad for my health? [more inside]
Which is a better way to stay hydrated while hiking outdoors: large quantities at infrequent intervals or smaller amounts frequently?
Which is a better way to stay hydrated while hiking outdoors: large quantities at infrequent intervals or smaller amounts frequently? [more inside]
When should I drink water in relation to when I work out or compete? In terms of water drinking in general this snopes article makes a lot of sense to me. I hear so many, different, and contradictory things about how much water to drink and when. [more inside]
I have a bicycle with a step through frame, and am looking for solutions for carrying fluids and keeping hydrated on long (30 - 100 mile) bike rides. C'mon, bike-friendly problem-solving MeFites, help a girl out! [more inside]
What is the best hydration pack for running with? [more inside]
The water in my #7 plastic polycarbonate 5-gallon jug is starting to taste funny. Also a bonus BPA question. [more inside]
I do not like drinking (plain) water, but I know I should. Is it healthy to only drink stuff like Gatorade? If not, how can I force myself to like water? [more inside]
Will drinking seltzer water before exercise hurt me? [more inside]
It seems obvious, but what is the best liquid to drink to prevent dehydration in a desert environment? [more inside]
How can I rehydrate quickly after a bad cold? [more inside]
Am I harming my kidneys? [more inside]
What temperature water will hydrate one fastest? [more inside]
It seems that soda water (i.e. water with bubbles) doesn't hydrate me very well at all, even when consumed in great quantities. This is true of club soda, seltzer water, and sparkling mineral water. Is it all in my head or is there a good scientific explanation of this?
Pets pets and more pets: http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/4681">Sorta tangental followup from about a year ago- re: feline urinary tract blockage. [more inside]