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Drink Lots of Water, Just Not the Bottled Kind

I thought this article was interesting.  We should all drink lots of water, but maybe not the bottled water.  I've started bringing a reusable plastic bottle to work to fill up throughout the day and then bring to the gym.  After reading this article, I guess that was a good habit to start.http://snipurl.com/nqp65
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Re: Drink Lots of Water, Just Not the Bottled Kind

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    Mrs_AFMrs_AF member
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    As a sort of related follow up, I found that I drink a lot more water by adding those little single sized Crystal Light packets. I have been getting the Skin Essentials one but they also have ones for metabolism and energy. Makes the water taste better. :)
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    Here in Denmark they recently started telling people never to reuse plastic bottles, because so many bacteria will stick to the walls ("soft" bottles) since they are meant to contain water only once! Gross... And also the water in itself has been thoroughly tested in the EU labs or whatever and turns out most countries have cleaner tap water, because it is controlled a lot more closely. So now I have this hiking bottle that I fill up directly from the tap. It can be washed in the dish washer too. Just my two cents :)
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    Bryn - They have said things like that here but it's meant specifically for the bottles that bottled water come in, not all water bottles.  Is this what you mean?
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    Basically all the bottles that can't be used as containers for the same drink again. Pepsi etc bottles are hard plastic and endurable, will wash well, so those I'd consider using a few times before sending in return. But the soft bottles like Evian etc can be recycled only as plastic, not as drink containers, so bacteria get along like a house on fire with those :)
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    Do you all think that drinking seltzer water (0 cal, everythign else) is worse than drinking plain water.  I haev been obsessed with the S&S Kiwi Strawberry sparkling water...it has 0 cal, sodium free, caffeine free...but still i wonder?
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    Actually any drink that is carbonated is extremely bad for the teeth. The pH is lowered in the mouth which provides a better surroundings for the nice friends to start diggin' :) Sucks doesn't it...
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    My reusable bottles are dishwasher safe so I wash them after use.  I wouldn't reuse the ones that are sold as water bottles for the reasons you mentioned, Nina.  The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) here in the states regulates bottled water and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulates tap water.  The EPA's standards are more strict for tap water so it is probably better for us anyway.For the selzer water question, since it is just water with bubbles, it is as good for you as still water, but may cause bloating (that's the only drawback I see).  If you drink anything that is not still water but has a sugar substitute, it is still better than not drinking water, but I've heard that it might cause some people to crave sweets.
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    Oh, I just learned something.  I take back what I said about seltzer water.  BUMMER!
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    LOL. ****SNARKY SNARKY SNARKY comment if this was some of the other boards**** (Basically saying "Seriously, like who do you think you are??? Don't you know ANYthing?") :)
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    Actually I only know this because my dentist told me. Haven't even heard about it in med school :)
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    yeah im sure that is true....i esp try not to drink it before a WI.  I buy 1 liter bottles and drink the seltzer, and then fill it up twice with regular water so i think it would end up being ok...and it mixes it up a bit!
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    Here in Chicago they have a special tax on bottled water...which I think is a good idea.  We have such good tap water, and considering I can down a bottled water in less then 5 minutes I always do the reusable.  I do refill them a few times if I do buy one, and havent gotten sick yet!
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