I’ve got unruly hair… always have. My hair is coarse, long and thick. I grew up in rural OH and had very hard water to contend with. Hard water, aka water containing large amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, bicarbonates and sulfates, is not kind to girls with hair like mine… or any hair type for that matter. How do you know hard water is affecting your locks? I know the symptoms all too well. Let me share:
- Hair never “feels” clean. You can’t fully rinse out the shampoo or conditioner. There is always a residue sticking around.
- Your hair is dry (straw-like even), and breaks at the gentlest touch no matter how many deep conditioning treatments you use.
- Tangles upon tangles, regardless of the amount of conditioner applied.
- Hair color – don’t bother. It will fade before you get home from the salon.
- And frizz…don’t forget the frizz.
Why does hard water have this effect? Basically it is due to the high mineral content present. The minerals cause the hair cuticles to “stand up” which gives the hair that rough feel. For the same reason, it becomes nearly impossible to rinse hair thoroughly. Plus, since shampoo cannot break down properly in hard water, it is difficult to wash out styling products, resulting in product build-up. In addition to causing bad hair days, dissolved calcium and magnesium in your hard water causes scale. Scale builds up on the insides of pipes, water heaters, tea pots and coffee makers. Overtime scale build up can completely clog pipes and ruin appliances.
Fortunately for me and others like me, there is a solution! We just need to filter the water before we use it. The best way to accomplish this is to invest in a water softening system for your house. These systems replace excessive calcium and magnesium, as well as other mineral content in your water, with sodium ions, which decrease the detrimental effects of hard water. There are other benefits to installing a home water softening system as stated on Livestrong.com such as:
- Easier cleaning. Softened water helps rinse off soap residue for cleaner dishes and clothes, as well as your general household cleaning.
- Longer lifespan for appliances. Hard water minerals can build up over time in your appliances causing decreased efficiency and usability. According to North Dakota State University, water-softening systems extend the life of washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and other appliances that use water.
- Faster hot water. Softened water heats quicker. Estimates find increased efficiency in water heaters up to 30% when using soft water!
- Cleaner plumbing system. The mineral and metal build up caused by hard water can lead to clogs and corrosion in your pipes and your faucet fixtures. Softened water can eliminate this issue, saving you money on costly repairs and replacements.
There are a variety of water softeners available. Visit FiltersFast.com for all of your water filtration needs and say goodbye to “bad” hair for good!
In 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!
- Pour tap water into filtered water pitcher.
- Spread a tablecloth over your dinette table or if you prefer al fresco, drape the cloth over your patio table.
- Place candles in the middle of the table and light
- Set your table with your wine glass, folded cloth napkins, plates/saucers and flatware if needed
- Place light appetizers/pastries on table
- Pour water from filtered water pitcher in wine glasses
- 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.
Breweries, vineyards, wineries and distilleries are enjoying the growth of their fast-growing industries. Producing wine, beer and liquor are seeing consumer sales go up faster than producers can make. Overall, everything seems to be going well for these industries, but there is a major growing concern about a common ingredient that is threatening many beer, liquor and wine companies.
Grain, hops and grapes share one common denominator that all of them are competing for. That common ingredient is water. Farmers and viticulturists are running into problems trying to keep crops properly irrigated, as a result of the severe drought that occurred during the recent years. Viticulturists (grape growers), and farmers of hops and grain are competing for the same limited water resources. This will ultimately affect production, supply and demand, throughout many critical crop producing regions.
Just as water conservation is a major concern for various facets of the farming industry, it is an even greater concern for regular consumers. Be sure to check your home for leaks that could be sending your water bill through the roof each month. Here are a couple of items to help you conserve water in your home.
Watts LPSOV Leak Detector Rainshow’r Bernoulli Shower Head
Although there is a constant cycle of water that evaporates from the ocean – through the air – from the rain and then back to the ocean, about 98% of the water on this planet is in the oceans and thus unusable for human consumption, due to the salt content. This leaves approximately 2% of fresh water on the planet. In spite of the fact that water shortage is a growing concern with crops in many regions across the country, it is imperative that we get into the habit of protecting our natural water resources and use them wisely. Inevitably, our survival depends on it.