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Why You Should Drink… Water

Why You Should Drink… Water


Sports drinks, soda (diet and not, caffeinated and not), iced tea (diet and not), juice, juice drinks, pure spring water, mineral water, vitamin water: It’s fair to say there are so many things to drink that one forgets the most basic drink of them all:


Two professional snowboarders, Bryan Fox and Austin Smith, have started a campaign with the to-the-point name Drink Water to encourage people to do just that. Drinking good old-fashioned, plane Jane water is better, writes Christopher Mims on Grist, than gulping down “$20-a-gallon sugar-juice” — that is, sports drinks that contain “caffeine, sodium, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and even some mystery chemicals about which little is known,” says the Drink Water site. Both Fox and Smith are sponsored by sports drinks companies so their campaign is all the more notable (though perhaps they might nudge those sponsors in the direction of cutting down on some of the “mystery chemicals” and such in their products?).

To fuel their campaign, the Drink Water website does sell logo-branded gear. 10 percent of every purchase will go to, whose mission is to provide people in the developing world with drinking water. Some facts from

  • 3.575 million people die every year from a water-related disease according to a World Health Organization report from 2008
  • “An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day,” the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report points out
  • Approximately 1 in 8 people lack access to a safe supply of water

Lest you’re concerned about drinking water straight from the tap, Mims writes that the environmental impact of drinking such water is actually “miniscule” when compared to the amount of “energy and resources required to package and transport the average sports drink, not to mention all the industrial ag that went into making the high fructose corn syrup it contains.”

So many of us take water for granted. The Drink Water campaign is a reminder that the very best drink is as close as the kitchen sink, or should be. At a time when fracking has been going on in more and more locales, we need to do everything we can to ensure that our drinking water is safe. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was envisioned as ensuring the quality of drinking water in the US. With research studies linking fracking to flammable drinking water and the contamination of drinking water in the Marcellus ShaleWyoming and elsewhere, we need to make sure that our drinking water is indeed safe to drink because, in the words of the ancient Greek poet Pindar, “water is best.”


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5:46PM PDT on May 29, 2012

I am grateful to have clean water, but I am one of those odd people who can't stand the stuff! I used to like it and if it is VERY cold and the weather is super hot and humid I will drink it, but otherwise I drink juice or tea

8:54AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

awesome!! all I drink is water, and some occasional juice.

7:16PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Water is best! I tend to forget that sometimes...very thankful for a clean, safe, abundant water supply.

10:30AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

We should be grateful for clean fresh water every day. I appreciate it on tap!

9:56AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

96oz+ a day........use to drink nothing but soda, now a soda is maybe picked up once a day, maybe.....

10:09PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

"Eat Your Juice" in the Creators wrapper, not a plastic bottle. a good video "Sugar the Bitter Truth" by Pediatrician, Dr. Robert Lustig, U. of California, San Francsico campus explains the metabolism of HFCS to Aldehyde the hangover component of getting drunk with drinking Ethanol. They are finding 6 month old infants with NAFLD, Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Wonder why we are having an OBESITY EPIDEMIC ? HFCS is rampant in processed foods. A good research project is the relationship of Cancer and Chlorinated Water. Blue light is a lot safer alternative, but the Chemical Industries sponsored "Chlorine Education Council" does not think so.

4:54PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Thank you for the information.

4:06PM PST on Jan 15, 2012

When I'm thirsty the only thing that quenches me is good old plain water, good article, very true.

10:01AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Children need to know the very elements that keep them healthy - as parents and teachers at large, do not emphasize in health. That is one class every child should pass - better yet, get excellent grade on. For it is up to the child to make sure parents know - they know. Similar to pop culture, it is all about the health and knowledge of our children - and your children, that best secures the health and knowledge of our future.

1:40AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

Anyone want to buy a packet of pure dehydrated water?

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