Less Stress: Drink Water Stress Reduction by Joel Wagner - October 1, 2007July 5, 20103 I used to drink sodas all the time. I drank Dr. Pepper numerous times daily while I was in junior high and high school. I “became smart” and started drinking Diet Coke when I got to college. Still, daily. I cut out caffeine from my diet last August but continued drinking Diet Sprite every day. Then I learned how important water is to the people of the world. I learned that most Americans are chronically dehydrated. So I tried it out beginning last Spring Break. I began drinking virtually nothing but water. I have eliminated all carbonated drinks from my dietary intake, as well as most juice and other non-carbonated drinks. I feel better. I have also learned that there are weight loss benefits to drinking water. With as much criticism as bottled water has received in the news lately, it is still better than sodas! I personally prefer the taste of Aquafina over the taste of most tap water I have had. I prefer its taste to most other brands of bottled waters as well, so that is the brand that I generally go with — even with as much negative press as it has received lately. Give it a try, see if you FEEL better when you remove all unnatural drinks. On a side note, if you are addicted to caffeine as I was, eliminating it may result in about a week of intense headaches. The more water you drink, the easier it will be to manage. Hang in there, though! Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.