Remember to Drink Your Filtered Water – Is It Safe To Drink Tap Water

tap-water-in-a-glassWe learned early in life that all living things need water to survive.  As a matter of fact, a person can only live for about 3 – 4 days without water, while surviving up to a month without food!  In honor of World Water day, March 22, 2014, I thought I would take a moment to remind us all why good old H2O is so important to the human body.

I find myself constantly advising friends and family members to drink more filtered water.  When we neglect to do so, we can experience unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, headache, irritability, tiredness, constipation and a general sense of discomfort. It is amazing how our bodies respond when we take in the proper amount of water. The Institute of Medicine suggests 9 – 12 cups of total beverages each day. This can literally make you feel like a new person!  In addition to relieving the above referenced disagreeable side effects of not drinking enough, water also helps the body with the following functions:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Aids in digestion by ridding the body of waste
  • Lubricates and acts as a cushion for joints, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

These are just a few medical reasons why our body demands drinking water.  There are other benefits as well, such as promoting weight loss, improves complexion, increases energy and can flush out harmful toxins to boost your immune system!

In an effort to make sure that you are consuming the highest quality water available, consider using a water testing kit to determine if contaminates are present in your tap water.  If they are, don’t work.  FiltersFast.com offers a wide variety of water filtration applications from refrigerator filters to filtered pitchers and reusable bottles, as well as whole house filtration systems and faucet mount products.

So do the environment a favor: don’t drink bottled water.  By now we all know that trash from empty water bottles is filling up the landfills and producing tons of litter each year, not to mention the rising cost and simple inconvenience of lugging around heavy cases of water.

This year on World Water Day, take a moment to reflect on how something as pure and simple as can have such a dynamic impact on not only our bodies and lives, but that of the entire world.  Clean water is a luxury and should not be taken for granted, as many people do not have the resources or capacity to produce it.  If you do, count it a blessing and think about how you might get involved to help those who don’t.  To learn more, please visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.

Go Green in the New Year! – Tips for Ways of Going Green

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A lot of us make New Year Resolutions each year, always having the best intentions.  Most have to do with personally bettering ourselves… becoming more fit, eating healthy, losing weight etc.  This year, in addition to personal well-being, why not consider doing something with a more global impact?  The catch phrase “Going Green” is everywhere these days and with good reason.  With 7 billion people on Earth, we need to start focusing on what we can do to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy, thriving planet.

In addition to simply trying to do the right thing, there are many ways to save money by being more environmentally conscience. The Worldwide Institute recently published a list of simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

Recycle

  • There is little excuse these days.  Most local municipalities offer some type of pick-up or drop off service.
  • Check for specific items including plastics, paper, glass, aluminum at the minimum.
  • Keep electronics out of the trash as well, such as cell phones, computers and other E-waste.  These products contain mercury and other toxins which are a growing environmental danger. Donate them or find a recycling center.recycle-green

 

Eat and drink smarter

  • Buy local, organic meat, eggs, dairy and produce.  Visit your local farmers’ markets.
  • Eat “low” on the food chain so as to not deplete resources.  Seafood, for example, has become highly over fished leading to a dangerously low supply of certain species.
  • Don’t buy bottled water when there are so many water filtration alternatives that allow you to save money and reduce container waste. Visit Filtersfast.com for a variety of choices from filtered pitchers and water bottles, refrigerator water filters, faucet mount filters to whole house filtration systems.

Make your own cleaning supplies

  • By using a few simple sustainable ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil, to name a few, you can make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies.  There are recipes available online.
  • By making your own, you will reduce environmental pollution created by the manufacturing and disposal of chemically, mass produced cleaning supplies.

 

Save energy

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat.cfl-green-energy
  • Switch to CFL light bulbs.
  • Wash laundry in cold water (heating water uses 85% more energy).  Air dry clothes instead of using the dryer.
  • Unplug appliances when not using them or use a smart power strip. Appliances can drain energy even when turned off!

 

Save water

  • Take shorter showers and use a low-flow shower head.
  • Use a faucet aerator on each faucet.  This will keep pressure high while conserving heat and water.
  • Consider landscaping with drought tolerant plants – reducing amount of water needed.

 

Save gas

  • Enjoy the health benefits of walking or biking – this reduces cosno-car-signt of gas and parking
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Car-pool

 

Going Green in the New Year is a great way to help the environment. There are so many small things we can do that will have a positive impact. This time, when thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, consider not only bettering yourself personally, but also bettering the world we live in.  Cheers to a happy 2014!

The Connection Between Water and the Health of Your Skin- New SPF Regulations

Water effects on skin

Many people love the warmth of the sun. The sun’s rays  on our skin make us feel good and can make us look good in the short term. However, there is a hidden danger. By now, you may be aware of the SPF controversy. Some SPFs will protect you from UVB rays, which cause skin cancer and burning, and some will protect you against UVA which cause skin cancer and wrinkling. The danger is that many sunscreen ingredients break down in the sun in a matter of hours or even minutes. After this breakdown occurs, UV radiation passes through the skin which can cause a host of problems. Many times, you will see claims such as “all day protection” and “blocks all harmful rays” on bottles, but quite often this is not true.

Fortunately, the FDA has taken action to ensure that consumers are clearer about the protection we are actually getting from a sunscreen product. Beginning in the summer of 2012, new guidelines were put in place for SPF ratings that more accurately reflect the guaranteed protection level. This is great news to be sure, but with all this talk about SPF sunscreens and protecting our skin, we can often overlook one basic way of protecting our skin: water. While there may be no clear evidence on how water effects skin health, the importance of water still can’t be overlooked in any area of your life. Your skin is an organ and just like every other part of your body, your skin is made of cells. Skin cells, like every cell found in the body, are made of water. Without water, the organs won’t function at their best. Your skin will be much better equipped to handle harmful UV rays if properly hydrated and taken care of.

What’s the best way to stay properly hydrated?

Having water on hand at all times is essential. However, having access to filtered water that does not contain harmful contaminants will be best for your skin and overall health. One of the best ways for easy access to filtered water is through the use of a filtered water pitcher. For example, the PUR Filtered Water Pitcher holds up to 7 eight ounce glasses of water and removes 99.9% of microbiological cysts and 98% of lead. It also comes with a built-in electronic LED indicator filter change light and includes the PUR CRF-950Z water filter cartridge that should be changed every 40 gallons.

What is another way to stay properly hydrated? Having a good filter in place is necessary for ensuring that you have pure, clean water in your home. For example, the Pentek Water Filter Cartridge Replacement. This is a 10 inch carbon block water filter replacement for use in many water filter systems, especially undersink filter systems. This Pentek filter replacement cartridge uses advanced Fibredyne carbon block technology to remove or reduce sediment, dirt, rust, and other impurities. Never neglecting to replace your refrigerator water filter is also important to stay properly hydrated the right way.

In conclusion

Remember to always read labels carefully before choosing the sunscreen that may work best for you. Staying up-to-date about the latest information regarding sunscreens is valuable to skin health. Water can go a long way to protecting your overall health, which includes your skin. When filtered from harmful pollutants, you should never underestimate the value that this natural resource can add to your life. Check out this blog for another benefit of this precious resource: water improves kidney health.

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