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754 12/20/09 11:53 A
I agree with the posters that said its unnecessary. Why not save your money and get a good reverse-osmosis filter for your house, then fill up a stainless-steel bottle with water and take it with you :) Better for the planet, cheaper, and the water tastes just as good as bottled :)
It is also TERRIBLE for the environment to use bottled water...all those bottles are just thrown away (or even when they are recycled)...such a waste! Stick with pure tap water - it is just as healthy, cheaper, and no adverse environmental effects!
I believe Smart Water has electrolytes (same as Gatorade), which is useful if you've been exercising *really* heavily and are very depleted. But for every day drinking and the level of exercise the average person does, you don't necessarily need electrolytes and so it's no better for you than regular tap water.
That said, I know people who swear it tastes better than tap water or other bottled waters and who also swear that it helps you recover from a hangover more quickly! (LOL)
At the end of the day, my sense is that any additional benefits from drinking electrolyte infused water are marginal (and probably unnecessary) for the average person, particularly when you factor in the added cost. But if you like it and you drink more because of it, than go for it.
smartwater is basically filtered tap water, essentially the same thing as if you took tap water and put it through a brita filter. It doesn't have any extra nutrients in it or anything like that. But with news coming out that the water in many places isn't safe even if it meets federal guidelines, it might be safer to drink bottled water.
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