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Neurodivergence and Bottled Water

Neurodivergence and Bottled Water

Everyone knows that single use plastics are Not Good™. It’s popular opinion that bottled water is pointless, a scam, a waste of money, and utterly terrible for the environment. However, as a neurodivergent person, I drink exclusively bottled water – and I try not to feel guilty about it.

Drinking water can be a huge struggle for many neurodivergent people. Some autistic people can struggle with interoception. This means that they may struggle to know what is going on with their bodies, which can include struggling to recognise signals such as hunger or thirst. If you struggle to know when you’re thirsty, drinking water becomes a challenge. In this situation, it is important to make the task as easy and hassle-free as possible.

Sensory Issues

Some might argue that all water ‘tastes the same’. But for people who are sensory sensitive, this is not the case at all. Tap water can have a strange chemical taste. For me, if I only have the option of tap water available, I would simply drink no water at all. I would then get steadily more dehydrated (without realising it), until I started to feel quite ill. Obviously, water is vital to health, so if a person can’t tolerate tap water, then they have to find another option.

Executive Dysfunction Issues

Water filter jugs are an decent option for some, but these comes with their own struggles. There are many steps to consider when using one. You have to do the research to decide which jug you want. Then you have to buy it, and learn how often you need to change the filters. Then you need to actually remember to buy and change the filters. Of course, you also have to remember to actually fill it up. If you then go to the fridge for a drink, and find that the jug is empty, you may just not drink at all, if your only other option is tap water.

When a person struggles with executive dysfunction (common in autism and ADHD), these steps aren’t as easy for them as they would be for a neurotypical person. A filter jug may end up being just one more overwhelming thing in a neurodivergent person’s life.

Bottled Water Can Be A Saviour

If you’re able to remember to stock up on it, bottled water can solve a lot of these problems. You can keep it in every room of your house, so it’s to hand whenever you need it. It doesn’t need any prep. You don’t need to wash them out before popping them in the recycling bin. You don’t need to wash glasses or maintain filter jugs.

For people who struggle with drinking water, bottled water can be a saviour. It can be the difference between staying hydrated, or not drinking water at all. The guilt of using so much single-use plastic hits hard – there’s no denying that it’s awful for the environment. But when the alternative is making yourself ill with dehydration, it’s a no-brainer.

Are there any other ways you struggle with water consumption? Or do you have any tips that worked for you? Please feel free to leave a comment.

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