Dehydration, reusable bottles, and other things that keep me awake at night

If you've met me, you probably already know that I don't drink enough water. Try as I might, I'm in a near-constant state of dehydration, thanks to my penchant for coffee and wine and other things that tend to suck the life right outta ya. But, they say the first step is admitting that you have a problem. I assume that means the second step is doing something about it.

Wait, back up to that first step. How can you tell whether you're dehydrated? Well, I know I am, but if you're not sure, you can take this quiz over at Healthy Beginnings magazine to find out.

Ok, so, you're dehydrated. Now, on to that second step. Did you notice that the guy pictured on the quiz site is drinking from a disposable plastic bottle? What's up with that? I know it's 2010 and we've got a lot of great recycling technology these days, but you know what's even better than recycling? REUSING. So let's pretend Mr. Dehydration has gotten himself a nice, BPA-free reusable water bottle for all his aqueous needs. Something like this 1 liter CamelBak BPA-Free Better Bottle which just so happens to come in a variety of lovely colors. Or, if you prefer a little heavy metal, maybe one of SIGG's famous Stainless Steel Water Bottles. Our man's gotta have something to drink from. Ok, got that mental image? Good.

Now, how will Mr. Dehydration change his habits to become Mr. Super Hydrated? Maybe a little support from the online community would help. If you're in his boat, check out the Do the Reusable Challenge sponsored by Aladdin. Aladdin makes water bottles and mugs and stuff, and they're willing to give you a little discount on their products if you join the cause. But, let's face it, you probably already have a reusable bottle or travel mug or three stashed in your kitchen cupboard, so you should take the challenge to help you remember to use it.

P.S. Did you know that getting into the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle can actually help you drink MORE water than relying on glasses and disposable bottles? (Duh, because it's, like, a constant reminder! That's what I'm counting on.)

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