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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

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With summer right around the corner and rising temperatures, it is important to stay adequately hydrated! Since up to 60% of your body is water, it is a vital part in ensuring every part of your body is working properly. From flushing waste and toxins to keeping your body at an optimum temperature, water helps to keep us alive!

Throughout the day, your body loses water through urine, breathing and sweat glands. As a result, you have to constantly replenish this fluid, and sugary sodas and coffee do not count toward this requirement. Because of the high caffeine content in these drinks, they can dehydrate your body. Sticking to pure, clean water is best when rehydrating. Once your body has already lost 1-2% of it’s total water content, you will begin to experience your body’s natural mechanism that tells you when you need to replenish your water supply- thirst. However, by the time you are thirsty, your body may already be a bit dehydrated. Studies have indicated that about 66% of us are dehydrated and need to drink more water.

Before your signals that you are thirsty, learn the subtler signs your body sends, indicating you need to drink more water.

  • Fatigue or moodiness
  • Hunger even after a recent meal
  • Infrequent urination, dark concentrated urine

Besides paying attention to the above signs, a good indicator is to look at the color of your urine. You should be consuming enough water so your urine is a light yellow. How often you urinate can also be used to judge your intake of water. A well-hydrated person urinates about 7-8 times per day. If you haven’t gone to the bathroom in several hours, it is a good indication that you may be dehydrated. A good guideline is to drink six- eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Some adults may need more or less, depending on how active and healthy they are and what type of climate they live in. Some good tips for staying hydrated are:

  • Drink a glass after every time you use the bathroom
  • Sip before every meal
  • Keep a glass of water on your bedside table to drink first thing when you wake BEFORE coffee or tea
  • Invest in a reusable water bottle to sip from throughout the day

By depriving ourselves of water, we are continuously damaging our bodies. Listening and being in tune to your body’s signals will help you stay healthier and live happier.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

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If you’ve ever tasted a glass of water that came from a Reverse Osmosis system, you know that crisp, refreshing taste of pure, clean water that is incomparable to anything else.

Reverse Osmosis is defined as “a process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane.” Reverse Osmosis is simply the opposite of that process.

Reverse Osmosis or RO is a highly advanced and innovative process of filtering water. An RO filter has a semi-permeable membrane that by applying substantial amounts of pressure, allows clean water molecules to flow through while rejecting contaminants, dissolved solids, and other particles; thus removing sediment, toxic metals, bacteria, and chemicals.

A Reverse Osmosis system works in multiple stages. First, water passes through the particle filter to remove impurities like salt and sediment. Then the water passes through an activated carbon filter that removes minerals and contaminants such as chlorine, mercury and pesticides. The water is then forced through the membrane’s tiny holes where the smallest impurities are trapped and only clean water passes through. Finally, the water flows through another activated carbon filter as a final polish to ensure all contaminants have been removed.

The Reverse Osmosis filtration process is highly effective and proven technology that removes over 99% of harmful contaminates including: Fluoride, Lead, Chlorine, Pesticides, Detergents, Nitrates & Sulfates. In addition to removing harmful contaminants, a Reverse Osmosis system also removes harmless nuisances that may change the look, smell or taste of your water. With an RO system, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your office is drinking clean, healthy and pure water.

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Resources:

  1. Pure Water Tech
  2. Dictionary.com
  3. Advanced Water Filters
  4. Freshly Squeezed Water

The Ugly Truths Bottled Water Companies Won’t Tell You

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“Therefore, while much tap water is indeed risky, having compared available data, we conclude that there is no assurance that bottled water is any safer than tap water.” — The Natural Resources Defense Council

Should we be able to cause substantial environmental damage just for the sake of convenience? Consumers purchasing bottled water and their manufacturers certainly think so. Bottled water can cause harm to your health and to our environment, are costly and are a huge strain on our water and energy sources.

Even with the encouraged efforts and attempts to recycle 38 billion (about 80%) water bottles are ending up in our landfills every year. This would, however, not be as terrible if the bottles decomposed but they don’t. Once the bottled water reaches these landfills, they could take 700 years to even begin to decompose. Ten percent of plastic makes its way into our oceans from being trashed by humans or carried by wind and rain. When this plastic is exposed to sunlight, the plastic elements are broken down and toxic chemicals are released, including BPA. These chemicals are then ingested by ocean animals, which are then ingested by humans.

These bottles, however, are not only damaging our environment but also our economy. Would you be willing to pay money every time you filled your water from the faucet? You may already be paying high prices for simple tap water. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, around 25% or more of bottled water is the same type of water you already have coming from your faucet. Tap water for all intensive purposes is almost free, meaning that when we purchase bottled water, we are paying around 500 times what it is worth. Does that make any sense to be overpaying by that much, when we could turn on the tap for free? US consumers spend around $11 billion on bottled water, that is $11 billion we are overpaying by simply making the decision to stop buying bottled water.

Bottled water manufacturers try to present their products as an ‘eco-friendly and healthy choice’. Bottled water alone uses 17 million barrels of oil every year; this could fuel 1 million cars for a year. The Environmental Research Letters journal estimated that 32 to 54 million barrels of oil are required to meet the demand of bottled water consumed in the US.

All of this damaging harm to our environment and economy could be halted with a choice. A choice to stop purchasing and consuming bottled water.

References:

Live Science

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