How Water Can Fight Off the Cold and Flu – Cure & Remedies

Water-fights-off-germsThe cold and flu season is no fun. The sniffling, sneezing and headaches add up to a big discomfort for many. While there is no cure for the common cold or flu, there is an organic way you can fight it: by drinking adequate amounts of water. Water helps to wash germs and viruses out of your immune system and keeps the body hydrated. Many in the medical field suggest drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day to boost your immune system and your overall health.

In addition to keeping your system adequately hydrated, here are 4 benefits on why water is essential for your body.

1. Water oxygenates your blood and flushes out harmful toxins from your immune system.

2. Prevention of common chronic ailments is another benefit of using water to fight off cold, flu and other illnesses.

3. Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you digest your food better.

4. Drinking water will help organs like your eyes and mouth to remain moist and repel contaminants that could cause infections.

Before you run for that glass of water however, stop to think about whether your water is filtered or not. The full benefit of water is ineffective if it contains waterborne contaminants such as bacteria, sediment, Giardia or Cryptosporidium. This is why drinking filtered water, free from contaminants, is best for your immune system.

Filtered water can come from many different sources such as point of use (filtered water pitchers and refrigerator water filters) and point of entry (such as whole home water filters). Deciding which option is best for you depends largely on preference. However, always stop and consider what your water quality is like by testing your water before deciding on any option.

Remember that water is a natural way to help your immune system fight germs associated with colds and the flu. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day will keep your body hydrated and ready to fight off harmful viruses. 

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World Water Day 2014- Water & Energy

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On March 22, 2014 we will celebrate World Water Day, as a means of focusing awareness on the importance of, and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day was designated by the United Nations on March 22, 1993 and has been recognized each year since.

Each year focuses on a specific issue or theme.  This year the theme is Water & Energy.  The main objectives are as follows:

  • Raise awareness on the close link between water and energy production.
  • Reach decision makers by presenting case studies on the importance of water-energy issues that greatly impact social and economic development.
  • Identify and demonstrate the water-energy nexus to key stakeholders who may influence UN-Water and UN-Energy policy formulation.

One main priority has always been to address the inequities of producing clean, fresh drinking water, proper sanitation methods and adequate energy services to millions of people living in rural, impoverished areas all around the world.

This World Water Day, by highlighting the importance of the water-energy connection, the aim is to put politics aside and come together for the sake of the greater good.  Let us do our part to help those who are underprivileged and that do not have the resources to attain clean drinking water or the energy to produce it.  This is a global responsibility that each of us must carry.  This also includes practicing water conservation techniques on a regular basis, becoming more educated on water-related issues and becoming connected with a water charity that aims at ending this growing concern.

For more information on World Water Day and to find out what you can do to assist efforts, please visit UN World Water Day 2014.

 

Protect Your Pet: Filter Their Water

July is National Doghouse Repairs Month and with the increase of extreme temperatures,the doghouse can provide much needed shelter from the scorching heat. As the temperature rises, so does the need for easily accessible water for you and your pet. Ask yourself these questions: does your dog or cat have easy access to water? Is it clean water? The importance of keeping water easily accessible especially during the summer months is important. However, giving water to your pet that is contaminated will do more harm than good for your dog or cat. Recent studies indicate that good quality water is beneficial for your pet especially for strengthening their immune systems. The hydration of internal organs will also keep your pet’s organs functioning properly and efficiently. Need more proof that water quality is extremely important for your pet? Look no further than this story from Heather Quinn, a proud cat owner who recently discovered startling news regarding her cat.

“My cat was very sick…and I ended up taking him to the vet. $700 later, we learned that he had a UTI and crystals built up in his bladder.  He had to undergo surgery to remove them.  The vet asked if we had changed his food type or water source recently and I had originally said no. He immediately suspected that the water caused it.  The vet recommends filtering your pets’ water because the minerals and chemicals found in well/tap water can create imbalance in the pet and cause these crystals to form in the bladder. The crystals block urine passage and cause kidney failure.”

As unsettling as that story may be, there are ways you can provide clean, safe drinking water for your pet. The DogIt Design Fresh and Clear Pet Drinking Fountain provides a steady supply of fresh and clean drinking water for your dog, by re-circulating water flow. This outdoor drinking fountain has multi-stage filtration that eliminates stale water by trapping the impurities. The elevated large surface area makes it useful for dogs that are larger, older or suffering from physical ailments. The correct replacement filter is the Dogit Design Fountain Filter Cartridges.

The CatIt Design Fresh and Clear Pet Drinking Fountain is made especially for your cat and provides a constant supply of fresh and clean water. This pet drinking fountain features an elevated design and utilizes multi-stage filtration for reducing impurities in water. The large surface area of this fountain results in higher oxygenation and the re-circulation flow ensures your cat will not receive stale and stagnant water.

Remember, your pet can share the same health benefits that you and I enjoy from drinking filtered water. Don’t deprive your pet of this essential resource.