Claim: This Bottle Knows When You Need A Drink
As covered by CNET yesterday, there is a company claiming they’ve developed a water bottle which glows when you are “dehydrated”. As described at their Kickstarter site:
“HidrateMe, a smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to track your water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated…Drinking water is the simplest thing we can do to feel our best every day. But with daily distractions, millions of us don’t take care of ourselves the way we should. We simply forget. That’s why we built HidrateMe, a connected water bottle that tracks your water intake and makes sure that you’re hydrated all day long.”
The idea that people in developed nations do not consume enough water has been debunked for decades. In addition, the notion that people need help in determining when they require water is a sales pitch. Snopes.com dispelles the “dehydration” myth quite well. As they surmise:
“The best general advice is to rely upon your normal senses. If you feel thirsty, drink; if you don’t feel thirsty, don’t drink unless you want to. The human body already does a good job of regulating water balance on its own, and you therefore need not force yourself to drink when you are not thirsty for fear of being dehydrated.”
Alas, HidrateMe has, so far, raised $250,000 for coming up with a modern device to promote an old, bogus notion.
Don’t drink the fool-aid.