I’ll start right off letting you know that this is NOT a paid ad or endorsement, but it is a rocking product that I found and use to monitor my daily hydration. When you have a heart problem, hydration issues come in two categories. The first is that fluid intakes may be restricted if your heart and kidneys can not process large loads of fluid. The second, is that in cooperation with heart health devices, such as an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) a minimum requirement of hydration may be needed. When I had the LVAD I needed to be taking in 2 liters of non-diuretic (dehydrating) liquid such as water.
In both situations I needed a way to monitor the amount of fluid I was taking in on a daily basis. I saw many solutions from people, such as logging water intakes in journals, marking bottles with lines of tape or marker to track, and so on. It was all pretty clunky and faulty as far as delivering a pretty true idea as to what I was drinking each day. I thought there had to be a better way to do this, so I jumped online. There were several apps, such as Myfitnesspal that allowed me to enter fluids I was taking. The problem with that is I had no idea how many ounces of water fit into each of the various size cups in our household, or out an about at restaurants. Then finally I came across the Hydracoach water bottle.
This bottle has a built in hydration monitor, which is an “interactive fluid measurement device that automatically calculates, monitors and provides instant feedback on fluid consumption for athletes, medical professionals and other health conscious individuals.” For me was the simple fact that I got a real-time report of how much liquid I was taking in each day, and I could adjust my levels whether I had needed restricting, or boosting of hydration to support my heart and the heart device I had.
It has some other really cool features: you can input your weight and duration of exercise ( in their sport version), and the bottle will generate a personal hydration goal for the day. The bottle’s computer can be further adjusted manually in the setup mode to accommodate other known hydration factors (i.e. intensity of exercise, heat, altitude, pregnancy, etc…) to meet each user’s specific hydration needs, or the recommendation of one’s coach or other nutrition expert.
What was the coolest factor, was that it was developed by a fellow heart transplant survivor and her husband, Craig and Kelly Perkins. From their website:
In September of 1996, when Craig and Kelly were making their way down Half Dome in Yosemite after reaching its summit. This was Kelly’s first serious hike following a heart transplant operation only ten months earlier. Using a concealed hydration backpack, Kelly was unable to gauge her rate of fluid intake during the climb. Disastrously, she ran out of water four miles from the nearest stream. Severe dehydration put Kelly back in the hospital where she fortunately made a full recovery.
The bottle can be disassembled easily so the computer may be removed so the bottle can be washed in the dishwasher. I have typically found the best prices for the bottle on Amazon, I placed a link below: