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Old 12-09-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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Can’t really drink the tap water where I live, has bad taste, but it’s personal choice for me. Water is vital for our organs, especially bowels. People wouldn’t be so darn “plugged up” if they drank lots more water every day and got proper amounts of fiber in their diets. Constipation is a big health issue especially as one ages and can cause serious health issues. Water is vital to gastrointestinal health. Drink up!

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Old 12-09-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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I remember people stopping to drink from water fountains that were installed in all public places. I haven't seen one in many years, are they still around? If not, that's why people carry water with them now.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:52 AM
 
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Nope. I'm not going to. They harbor bacteria and are hard to clean.
Straw top bottles are actually pretty safe. The other tops can harbor a lot of bacteria, but with the straw top, the straw limits where the bacteria goes/gathers.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:57 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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These days, it seems like most younger folks are toting around water bottles and drinking water *all* the time. Is it really improving our health? I have my doubts.

In the early 1990s, I had a family member who carried a bottle of water everywhere and was always sipping on that water. He was also in the bathroom every 30 minutes (for obvious reasons). We thought it was pretty weird that this healthy 30-something guy was constantly drinking water.

Now it seems like the norm.

When did Americans decide that we must have bottled water with us at all times? Is it really improving our health and/or our longevity? It seems like a very curious habit to me (but then again, I'm old).
Doctors started recommending drinking water regularly (some even recommended--hourly) to stay hydrated. That was sometime in the 90's. At around the same time, the bottled water industry went into high gear, with lots of advertising. You can find videos going into the history of the bottled water industry, on youtube.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:02 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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This thing of toting bottled water everywhere...do you remember anyone doing that 30 years ago?
It a relatively recent phenomenon. In fact, it used to be a joke-line used by Brother Dave Gardner in the 1960's.
"Yeah, we ignorant Southerners selling water to those brilliant Yankees!"
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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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.
If you're oblivious to where all the disposable straws, bottles, etc. end up and the damage they do - I'm sure it wouldn't seem like a big deal.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I've been toting my water bottle around for probably 20+ years. I use filtered water and refillable bottles or plastic cup with straw, a habit I got into at work when we had a large water cooler with 5 gallon bottles. I don't drink coffee, so at work I always had a large (20 oz+) refillable cup or bottle on my desk so I wouldn't be making multiple trips to refill a little coffee mug of water. I drink about 5 of those large cup/bottles per day. Diet programs and doctors recommend drinking .5 oz of water per lb of body weight per day to stay properly hydrated. So for a person of say 150 lbs, that means 75 oz, or about 2 to 3 quarts per day.

As far as it costing as much as gasoline, don't be ridiculous. You can get a case of 24 to 30 bottles for about 3 dollars, or gallon sized bottles at the grocery store for less than a buck. Brita or other filter pitchers can be used, or a filter that goes on your faucet, or under your sink. Even our fridge has a filter that I change every 3 months, that's probably the most expensive thing, but I've found cheaper brands of filters for my fridge on-line.

What I don't get is why other people's water consumption is something to concern oneself with. Our health knowledge has definitely improved over the last 30 years and so people are trying to be healthy and drink something other than coffee, sodas, kool-aid, or other sugar laden beverages, in order to keep oneself healthy. It has nothing to do with status or fashion, or whatever you think. It's because people want water, they're thirsty, and there's no guarantee that there will be clean water, or a way to carry it, where you might be going. If there is a fountain, that's nice but I need more than a sip, and those fountains and their handles are a great way to spread colds and other viruses. Of course we drank out of the hose when we were kids, and now we know better. I used to eat fruit and vegetables without thoroughly washing it too, but now I know better, right? Our knowledge changes, and so our habits change.
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:34 PM
 
Location: The Outer Limits
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These days, it seems like most younger folks are toting around water bottles and drinking water *all* the time. Is it really improving our health? I have my doubts.

In the early 1990s, I had a family member who carried a bottle of water everywhere and was always sipping on that water. He was also in the bathroom every 30 minutes (for obvious reasons). We thought it was pretty weird that this healthy 30-something guy was constantly drinking water.

Now it seems like the norm.

When did Americans decide that we must have bottled water with us at all times? Is it really improving our health and/or our longevity? It seems like a very curious habit to me (but then again, I'm old).
Your family member may have been experiencing onset Diabetes, constant thirst is a sign.
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:36 PM
 
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Topo Chico is mineral water from Monterrey Mexico that has been bottled since 1895

When I was stationed in Sicily, everyone drank bottled water - "con gas". I got hooked!
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I use those plastic bottles mainly pogo since I like that brand with water from my fridge which is filtered and I also put those bottles in the dishwasher therefore cutting the possibility of something like bacteria growing in them in half if not all of it . Those other plastic bottles you buy by the case load is what those ladies are carrying around and then throwing into the trash and hopefully being recycled . yes we have learned to increase our water intake in the last 30 yrs or so . also hydration is also good for the skin as well as our insides .also on another note ladies if you are drinking Perrier or any sparkling water they have been known to cause UTIs so I would stay away from those all together .

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