Water Testing Kits….I Drink Tap Water! Is it Safe?

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After being overwhelmed with fancy bottled water at every turn, my family still chooses to drink tap water.  The decision was reached from a financial and environmental standpoint, as well as basic convenience.  After realizing the impact that disposable water bottles are having on the environment, and learning that the average American family spends nearly $100/ year, per person on those bottles and knowing that I can walk to my kitchen faucet for free, it was really a no-brainer for us.

These days, when you admit to drinking tap water, you must be ready to defend yourself.  In addition to the common sense aspects mentioned above, you must also know indisputably that your water is clean and healthy.  Contaminates in drinking water are no joke.  Our first priority should always be to keep our families safe.  One thing we can do is determine what exactly is coming out of your tap.  The easiest way to accomplish this is with a home Water Testing Kit.

There are a variety of kits to choose from. No expensive equipment is required and they are generally easy to use and provide quick results. Some kits are specific to either city water or well water. Some are all-inclusive meaning thtest-kit-lg-plainat they test across the board for the most common contaminates including bacteria, lead, chlorine, other chemicals, minerals and pesticides.  These are a good place to start if you have no idea what type of water you have in your home.  An example of this type of kit is the Watersafe All-in-One Drinking Water Test Kit.

Then there are kits that are specific to particular contaminates.  For example, it may only test for bacteria or pesticides or metals etc.  Examples of these types of kits would be:

These are only a few options available on FiltersFast.com, where you will find a wide variety of testing methods and kits.

Determining if your home drinking water is safe is a priority.  After testing with an approved kit, never fear if contaminates are present.  You can still have your tap water and drink it too, simply invest in an easy to install, faucet mount water filter.  One highly recommended product is the PUR 3 Stage Faucet Water Filter System. This filter removes or reducePUR-FM-9100B-Faucet-Filter-Mounts lead, mercury, sediment, dirt, microbial cysts such as cryptosporidium and giardia, the bad taste and odor of chlorine, and numerous other harmful impurities and contaminants.  In addition to this product, there are countless other options available, as well as other water filtration methods available on FiltersFast.com.

The take away is this; don’t be afraid to drink your tap water.  Be proud to drink it!  The money savings, the environmental impact, the hassle of dealing with a ton of plastic bottles… the list goes on.  But, do be smart about it.  Test your water with an at home drinking water testing kit.  They are inexpensive, easy to use and will provide peace of mind which is priceless.

Please visit FilterFast.com to find all of your water testing supplies and for water filtration needs.

 

Water Detox Recipe for a Healthy Holiday Season

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The holidays are nearly upon us!  With Halloween just past, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Then, more festivities arrive in December. This all means one thing for most of us…. the potential for overindulging from time to time!  Whether raiding your kid’s Halloween candy basket or  celebrating at your office holiday party, we all fall prey to consuming too much food and drink during the last quarter of the calendar year.  Though many of us do try to adhere to healthy eating habits during this time, it’s not always practical and certainly not always easy.  Eating and drinking too much is hardest on your liver, kidneys and intestines according to a report by FoxNews.com and usually leads to a general feeling of lethargy and discomfort.  Too many holiday cocktails can also lead to dehydration and the dreaded hangover.

Did you know that by drinking water, you can rid your body of many of the toxins left residing in your system and rehydrate at the same time?  So, when sticking to a healthy diet just isn’t an option, consider detoxing with good old fashioned H2O! As a bonus, drinking water can also restore moisture to overly parched winter skin.

It is not necessary to jump on the bandwagon with one of the many detox fad diets that are on the market today.  Although the phrase has gained much popularity in the recent years, the truth is that all you need is nature’s oldest and purest element, water!  The idea is to flush the system with an ample amount of water, usually the old adage 8 glasses per day.

Don’t care for the taste of plain water?  Not a problem.  There are a lot of simple ingredients that can be added to enhance the flavor, plus contribute to additional health benefits. An article on EverydayRoots.com, recommends the following:

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon and/ or Lime
  • Mint leaves

 

Start with a 2 liter pitcher of purified water; add one or a combination of any or all of the above ingredients.  Then refrigerate.   The longer you allow it to sit, the stronger the flavors will be.  Then, simply serve over ice with added lemon or lime if desired.  Drink the entire 2 liters throughout the day to receive the most benefits.  This water detox plan is safe to use on a daily basis, as it is completely natural with no harsh additives or chemicals.

Before you start this simple plan, make sure to invest in a quality water filtration system from FiltersFast.com.  You may choose from filtered pitchers and water bottles to under sink filtration and whole house filtration systems. Once you have decided on the best way to filter your drinking water, follow this regimen for a few days after overindulging and you should be back to normal in no time. So if you find yourself feeling out of sorts during the holidays this year, just drink up…water that is!

Experience Gourmet Water at a Fraction of the Price!

water sommelier, gourmet water, boutique waterIn order to enjoy a great tasting glass of water, you do not need to be a Water Sommelier to indulge. Treat yourself and your guests to clean filtered drinking water at a fraction of what it would cost for boutique or gourmet water. A water sommelier, akin to a wine sommelier, becomes skilled at the technique of pairing different compositions of water from around the world with food. The fine dining experience of drinking sommelier crafted water focuses on the impact of the taste and flavor of food combined with the complexity in the taste of water.

Typically, the average consumer does not have the luxury to frequently dine out and purchase a $20.00 bottle of gourmet water, or pay around $2.50 to $5.00 per glass. With that said, we have some suggestions to help create that fine dining atmosphere at home for pennies on the dollar, while enjoying great tasting filtered water with your food.

Here are a few basic and inexpensive items you will need:

  • 1 Filtered Water Pitcher like the ZeroWater Water Filter Pitcher
  • A wine glass (2 if someone is joining you)
  • 1 tablecloth
  • Cloth napkins
  • Candles in a glass votive or on candlesticks
  • Light finger sandwiches/pastries
  • Plates or Saucers
  • Soft music

Now on to that fine dining experience!

  1. Pour tap water into filtered water pitcher.
  2. Spread a tablecloth over your dinette table or if you prefer al fresco, drape the cloth over your patio table.
  3. Place candles in the middle of the table and light
  4. Set your table with your wine glass, folded cloth napkins, plates/saucers and flatware if needed
  5. Place light appetizers/pastries on table
  6. Pour water from filtered water pitcher in wine glasses
  7. Bon Appétit!

 

You don’t have to travel to faraway lands or become a water sommelier in order to have clean, delicious filtered drinking water. Water from different regions of the country vary in mineral content, hardness and contain other waterborne particles that could impact taste. While no one knows how long the trend of fine dining gourmet or boutique water will last, access to clean filtered drinking water is within your reach, without the large price tag. If you choose to add some pizzazz to your drinking water, you could add fruit or other flavors on the market.