Drinking More Water: The Good and the Bad
Are you looking to lose a few pounds? Do you suffer from random headaches or muscle cramps? Are your hair, skin and nails feeling dry, especially during winter? The answer is simple: Enjoy a healthy glow with more H2O! Drinking adequate amounts of fresh water every day hydrates your joints, muscles and circulatory system. Grab a glass of water instead of soda pop and save yourself from unwanted calories (and chemicals). Fill up on water before a meal and feel full, so you eat less.
A 2014 study from the Natural Marketing Institute shows that Americans’ consumption of water has increased by more than 68 million 8-ounce servings in less than a year. The study evaluated 60,000 U.S. adults and their average daily intake of unflavored water — including bottled, tap and filtered water — between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014. This increase is partially attributed to a general consumer trend toward healthier beverages, the NMI notes. That’s good news. But as personal water consumption rises, so does plastic bottle consumption. That’s bad news.
As a nation, we’re drinking more water for better health. Sometimes we like to add flavor, and bubbles too. Buying plastic containers full of water — still, sparkling, flavored or plain — is bad news for our environment. With a DIY soda maker, you can add compressed CO2 to your water and enjoy the earth’s first carbonated beverage — without adding sugar, chemicals and calories. It tastes great and you can use the same plastic bottle for years to come. Enjoy fresh sparkling beverages every day — it’s good for you and good for the earth too!