I started drinking Propel water because it is so hard to find tasty tap water when we travel and I prefer to avoid the unnecessary calories in soft drinks.
Bottled water has served travelers well for many years. I simply prefer the flavored water that Propel offers, especially if we are walking or hiking a lot.
I've been told that it is rude to carry a bottle of water into a restaurant. I don't doubt the validity of that statement. While I have no desire to offend anyone, I also have no desire to drink the equivalent of pond scum. One only has to travel abroad once to recognize the very real reality of the revenge that some tap water will take on a body.
Tourist cities, and countries, are accustomed to travelers who prefer bottled water. As a matter of fact, many sell bottled water at local places of interest, on their tour observation buses, and in their restaurants. I noted the last time I went to Florida, even the hotel was selling bottled water. I applaud their desire to accommodate a variety of guests with individual preferences or health concerns. That alone would make me choose that hotel over another when I return.
Why I Prefer Propel
Propel Powder Packets Four-Flavor Variety Pack With Electrolytes, Vitamins and No Sugar (50 count)As I said earlier, I prefer flavored water. In addition to being tasty, Propel has 0 calories. Compare that to the calories in a soft drink, and you can easily see that benefit.
Propel is also vitamin enriched! For me, that is just a nice side benefit.
My preference to Propel is not just limited to the flavor and calories. Propel offers individual powder packets! I can use a powder packet to flavor our local tap water. When I visit my parents or friends, I don't have to carry a bottled water with me. I simply carry a powder packet to add to tap water.
Even at home I use the powder packets. They take up a lot less storage space and are relatively inexpensive. I always have bottles of Propel in my refrigerator though for when we make day trips.
Propel is made by Gatorade and is promoted as an exercise drink, enhanced with electrolytes to replace what you lose through sweating. I did ask my doctor if there were any negatives to drinking Propel water every day. He didn't know of any negatives. However, his nurse did tell me that Propel will skew a blood test. Therefore, I don't drink propel after midnight the day before I have an appointment.
My Preferred Water Bottle
The Best Water Bottle to Carry Around A few years ago, our own contributor, Barbara Tremblay Cipak, introduced me to the Contigo Water Bottle. I selected a blue bottle in a slightly different style, but it is still the Contigo brand that Barbara recommended.
I now own 2 bottles so I have one in constant use even when the other is in the dishwasher. The non-spill lid allows me to keep my water on my nightstand while I sleep. Now, when I wake up and need a sip of water, it is right there for me. Plus, it is so nice to have a bottle I can drop, or knock off the table, without spilling the contents on the carpet.
For Propel water, I fill my Contigo water bottle to 20 ounces (not full) and add one packet of Propel powder.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor am I offering any medical advice. Drinking water is required. I am not recommending replacing all water consumption with Propel water.
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