34: Cheers to Water | ULLA Giveaway, Health Benefits of Water, Bottled Water Controversy

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We love our wine and all, but we can't always bring it with us everywhere we go (although, we've tried). This week, we're looking at that other popular beverage of choice, water! Plus, we have a special giveaway for the ULLA - Smart Hydration Reminder!

This episode's wine: 90+ Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 53
This episode's cheese: Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar

Did you know it's actually considered uncouth to drink wine by itself without some water? Emily and James, although skeptical, try adding water to their wine to test the theory that the aroma and taste is better in the beginning. This is not, however, and indication for restaurants to do this.

We also have a very special giveaway we're doing for you to win your very own ULLA, the smart hydration reminder we talked about on the episode. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

And, if you've already noticed we pronounce "water" weirdly, don't worry -- we're not the only ones. We set out on a quest to find the different pronunciations of water around the English-speaking world, featuring clips from:

Thanks to our friends from Podcasters' Society and #PodernFamily for submitting your clips!

We talk about how bottled water isn't a new fad, but it may eclipse soda as the No. 1 beverage by 2017. Find out what Emily really thinks of the coconut water fad, and who Whole Foods screwed up the recipe of ... asparagus water.

Apparently, there are water tasting competitions. Watch for us to try to sign up and cleanse our palettes with wine in between tastings.

We got to review the ULLA, the smart hydration reminder, this week for the show, and we absolutely love it! We both feel better, we drank more water, and, for being so simple, it is surprisingly effective. We also love that it's silent and we didn't have to download any Apps or software.

Emily originally bought it for Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast and Podcasters' Society as a thank you for all his help in helping her learn about podcasting, and now she gets to see him use it while recording his podcast live Mondays at 2 p.m. EDT.

There are some great benefits of drinking more water, including reducing headaches, helping with digestion and metabolism, keeping us focused, and a general feeling of well-being.

However, there are a few myths about water. How many glasses per day we really need? (Hint: it's not eight!)

James tells us about some super-villains in the water industry who may be trying to monopolize what many consider a basic human right, including Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who is no longer with the company. (See Nestlé's explanation video here.)

Emily compares Mad Max: Fury Road to Waterworld -- and, as she writes these show notes, she stands by that comparison!

James also tries to goad Emily into a deep discussion when he talks about why some people are against adding fluoride to water in 2/3 of the United States. But, don't worry, she doesn't take James' click-bait -- so he goes back to talking about Dr. Strangelove.

Emily goes through a quick history of water, including early civilization, the Industrial Revolution, and modern-day laws to help prevent water pollution. Plus, find out how Portland, Ore., is using state-of-the-art turbines to produce energy for the city.

Following a very special story about summer camp, you may think twice before drinking a certain bottled water brand again ...

At the end of the episode, we threw in some extra "water" clips sent in by Nick from The Epic Film Guys Podcast! Thanks for all your love and support, Nick! (If you want more of Nick and Emily, and you're a podcaster, we're starting a Blab-generated podcast called Podcasters' Happy Hour this coming Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m.)

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on PatreonDebt ShepherdPodUnderground & Jason Bryant from Mat Talk Online and the Short Time Wrestling podcast.

Thanks to Howard Jacobson, host of the Plant Yourself Podcast and part of Podcasters' Society with me, for his help in getting a lot of the information about the benefits of drinking water for this episode!

Thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

This week's Audible audiobook recommendation:

You can check out Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water by Peter H. Gleick on Amazon, or download that as one of your TWO free audiobooks by going to www.audibletrial.com/classy.

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