3 Surprising Reasons To Put A Straw In Your Water Bottle

I struggle with hydration.

Although I love the refreshing, restorative effect only water can have on the body, I struggle to drink enough of it each day. And it’s not like I’m drinking other things—I’m not a fan of soda, juice or sports drinks—it’s just that I forget to drink water.

I used to bring my stainless steel water bottle to work with me every day. It would sit right in front of my face, just inches from my typing fingertips. Despite the convenience, I often forgot about it altogether. Or I forgot to fill it up. Or I managed to empty it once, but then never filled it up again the rest of the day.

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Could the bottle itself have something to do with my hydration issues? The bottle was opaque with a screw top and a wide mouth.

When I really thought hard about it, there was some deep-down laziness at play. Unscrewing, taking a gulp and re-screwing the cap was a little bit more “work” than I wanted to do, especially on days when I had lot on my plate.

Then I was given a new water bottle as a gift from my team at work. It was translucent and had a built-in reusable straw. After using this new water bottle for just a couple weeks, I realized I was draining it multiple times a day. It seemed like the simple addition of a straw was making me drink more water. But that couldn’t be true…could it?

I was surprised to learn that there’s actually some anecdotal research to suggest that both the straw and the transparency of the water bottle were subconsciously turning me into a more well-hydrated person.

We Take Larger Sips Through A Straw

Drinking through a straw is more efficient than picking up and tilting back a glass or open-mouth water bottle. While drinking through a straw, a vacuum is created, meaning we’re ingesting only liquid, not liquid + oxygen like when taking a normal sip. This means more liquid in each sip and fewer sips until the bottle’s empty.

Viewing The Water Level Makes Us Drink More

Humans are competitive. We like racing: against others and ourselves. There are some who suggest that seeing how much water is left in the bottle encourages us to finish it. This is why there are lots of people who draw “time lines” on their water bottles, allowing them to see where the water level should be by each end of the day.

I found this to be true with my new water bottle. When I glance at it now, I can see how much is left to be consumed. If it’s completely full, I think “Oh man, I need to drink some water!” If it’s nearly empty, I think “Oh man, time to fill up the water bottle!”

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The Act Of “Sucking” Calms Us Down

OK this one might sound a little weighted, but stay with me. “A straw creates a sucking action – the oldest way to calm and de-stress the body and brain!” explains Sensory Intelligence. We all know that babies use a sucking motion to breastfeed and many suck their thumb or a pacifier as a form of self-soothing. It’s not that big of a stretch to think that using a straw might have a calming effect on the brain, creating a positive association between feeling good and taking a sip!

Does your water bottle have a straw mechanism? Do you feel like it helps you drink more water, more often? Tell us about it in the comments!

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70 comments

Philip H
Philip H3 months ago

Yes, and your laziness ends up in the ocean killing wildlife. Plus the sucking action on the straw creates more facial wrinkles and intestinal gas (the oxygen reason above is not accurate). If your health matters, you'll drink water, period. Nix the wasteful straw.

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John B
John B7 months ago

Thanks for sharing the suggestion.

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padillaabout a year ago

Yet another thing to add to a dying planet, more pollution! If you will use a straw use a reusable one!

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Marie W.
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thought get more air through straw?

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Fred L.
Fred Labout a year ago

What Katherine K. said. Is Beth Buczynski so out of touch with her body that she forgets to drink water, or needs special motivation to do? Absolutely pathetic.

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Katherine K.
Katherine Kabout a year ago

This article is probably the most outrageous example of laziness I have ever seen. You don't drink because unscrewing a cap is too much for you... dear me. Personally, I drink from clear glass -- no plastics to buy (and possibly get sick from), no straws to ineffectively wash, (and harbor bacteria). ... and the glass looks very pretty on my desk. When I view it's cool water I am enticed to take a sip, and therefore never get dehydrated. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best.

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tanya r.
tanya rabout a year ago

thanks

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Jane R.
Jane Rabout a year ago

When you drink through a straw you are swallowing all the air in the straw before the liquid reaches the top of the straw. This will cause bloating. Models do not use a straw or chew gum for a couple of days before a job because of the air swallowed. It causes abdominal pooch. Use a glass instead.

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Peggy B.
Past Member about a year ago

Water is very beneficial to health. Enough water improve your physical performance, protect from hydration, prevent and treat headaches, helps in kidney stones etc.
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Peggy
Costa Mesa Urgent Care

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