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Old 12-09-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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I started buying bottled water in the early 1970s -- Perrier, because I never cared much for the various sodas (Coke, Pepsi, ginger ale) but wanted something carbonated. The sodas were too sweet and Schweppes tonic water too bitter. But it was an at-home thing because I bought the 1-liter bottles. At that time there was no such thing as fruit-flavored bottled water.

During the 1980s I was first diagnosed with kidney stones and the urologist told me that my drinking of mineral water may have contributed to it, along with other things in my usual diet. I was also told to seriously up my water intake to at least 2 liters per day and the ONLY way to do that was to take water with me if I didn't want to drink tap, which is chlorinated here and has a relatively high iron content with causes other issues with me internally. I stopped drinking Perrier and switched to the sparkling Poland Spring (which does not have minerals in it) if I want a carbonated drink. I don't very often now because Poland Spring is very acidic which is bad news for my GERD.

In the early 2000s I bought a Doulton water filter and began using it for all the tap water for cooking or drinking. Removes the chlorine and iron, and whenever I go anywhere I fill one of the three clear glass Ello 20-oz water bottles that I bought at Target. There's no way I would even hit 1 liter of water drinking, let alone two, if I didn't bring water with me when away from the house.

When my reflux is acting up I will drink Icelandic Spring water for a day or so to help my throat heal. It's the only high-pH (8+) water I've found that doesn't have any minerals and doesn't taste worse than my filtered tap water (which is 7.2 pH) does.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:05 AM
 
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Why I hate shopping. Young parents with a water bottle or $10 coffee in one hand, a $1000 cell phone in the other, and their evil spawn are running amuck through the stores while the parents are one hundred feet behind and screaming at the kids.

Merry Holiday Shopping Everyone!


FWIW: Our oldest worked as a Starbucks barista while in high school and college. Some of those Vente sized fancy coffees contain an entire day's recommended intake of calories and fats - IN A SINGLE BEVERAGE!
Starbucks = SixBucks!

Funny story on bottled water:

Met a guy that was in the water business for 40+ years. I believe he started delivering those 5 gallon bottles to businesses and servicing the machines/water fountains etc. Henry said, never in his wildest dreams would he think people would walk into every store in America and buy a bottle of water for $2-3-4!

He was wealthy, drove new Lincoln Town Cars but he said he just never saw it coming.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:05 AM
 
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Why I hate shopping. Young parents with a water bottle or $10 coffee in one hand, a $1000 cell phone in the other, and their evil spawn are running amuck through the stores while the parents are one hundred feet behind and screaming at the kids.

Merry Holiday Shopping Everyone!


FWIW: Our oldest worked as a Starbucks barista while in high school and college. Some of those Vente sized fancy coffees contain an entire day's recommended intake of calories and fats - IN A SINGLE BEVERAGE!
Not to mention that they are probably behind in their rent, and are always telling the landlord they just can't seem to come up with the money.

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Old 12-09-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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I would if there weren't billions of empty one use water bottles to deal with, in the ocean, on lakes, in landfills - that's a travesty. They should be illegal along with disposable plastic straws, shopping bags, etc. If you must carry water around, at least buy reusable bottles. Please!
How many straws would it take to make ONE plastic water bottle?

That eliminate straws campaign has been ridiculous to the point it almost seems like a paper straw manufacturer got the campaign going.......hmmmmm.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:10 AM
 
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Could be worse.....More people walking around with a bottle of gin.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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This is curious.

Weren’t “you guys”, the retirees of today; the Yuppies of the 1980’s?

I thought you guys started this bottled water craze with your green bottles of Perrier. I used to think ya’ll were strange for spending money on water in bottles.

True enough. Although FWIW, I didn't really pick up the habit until my 40s. I knew people who did, though. Thinking about old friends and their ever present Perrier bottle does make me wonder if they kept the habit going (even after it stopped being seen as the latest gym accessory)? Or did they move on to the next trend?
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:22 AM
 
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I recall 7th grade...for about 2 weeks our city was under water contamination warning.

Off we drove to a spring water well....omg! Best of the best. Cold from the mountain side and clear...
We hauled it back to use for cooking ...Basin bathing ...and brushing our teeth. Once the ban was lifted. ..we continued getting the water from that spring. It became a family tradition . But...someone decided to hold rights to that spring.... Guess after that they got $$...

The reality is...the body needs hydrated...
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:31 AM
 
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I'm sure there were other reasons, as well, but FWIW my parents were definitely less healthy at my age than I am. By the time she was 50, mother had all sorts of problems with arthritis and inflammation (two things that staying hydrated helps). I'm ten years older than that and so far mostly avoiding those issues. She was also heavier than I am.

I inherited my kidney stones from my dad; by the time he was my age he had had lithotripsy 3 times. I've had it done once, and once was enough. If something as simple as drinking water keeps me from going down his path, I will happily continue. (And yes, I think that's the reason I haven't had nearly as many occurrences as he had).

Both my parents looked a lot older than I do at the same age; I think hydration plays a role in that, too. When I look at photos, it's hard not to note that by the time they were 50, my mother, in particular, looked old. To be fair, although my Dad looked old and he had some kidney issues, he was basically pretty healthy and lived to see 90.
Oh yes, I had kidney stones way back when I was younger none since I have been keeping tabs on hydrating and I certainly agree with you if this has kept them away and my Dr said it would help back then, then it’s more than worthwhile because that was the worst pain I have encountered in my life.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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I saw young people drinking water from bottles in streets in France in 1986. I was surprised.


I can get a six pack of water for $1. at the dollar store, so I do. paying for the handy bottle that I keep in my bedroom. Very dry mouth and throat. Tastes better than my tap water.

Though the planet needs less plastic, not more of it.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I would if there weren't billions of empty one use water bottles to deal with, in the ocean, on lakes, in landfills - that's a travesty. They should be illegal along with disposable plastic straws, shopping bags, etc. If you must carry water around, at least buy reusable bottles. Please!

Nope. I'm not going to. They harbor bacteria and are hard to clean.
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