Water Improves Kidney Health – National Kidney Month

March is designated as National Kidney Month to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease, the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Kidney Fund, as many as 31 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease. To protect you from this disease, a healthy lifestyle must be prominent. This includes regular exercise, eating right and a good control of blood sugar (diabetes) and high blood pressure. Another vital step is to drink more water. The kidney plays a vital function in the body, and does an amazing job of cleansing and ridding the body of toxins.

Think of your kidney as a filter. It keeps some things in your body that you need, and eliminates other things that you don’t. Some key functions of your kidneys are:

  • Producing urine
  • Removing waste and extra fluid from your blood
  • Controlling your body’s chemical balance
  • Helping to keep bones healthy and controlling blood pressure
  • Assisting in producing red blood cells

 

When you’re drinking enough fluids, urine flows freely, is free of odor and light in color. When you are not getting enough water intake, urine concentration, color and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluids to perform bodily functions.

Not drinking enough water can put you at higher risks of kidney stones, which is a solid piece of material that forms in a kidney when there are high levels of certain substances (such as salts and minerals) in the urine. Water prevents this by not allowing the salts and minerals to accumulate to form stones.

You may have heard that drinking 8 glasses of water per day is an adequate amount for water intake. That is a general rule of thumb so keep this in mind: We need to take in enough fluids to replace the amount of water we lose daily through perspiration, excretion and other bodily functions. This can vary widely for different individuals depending on age, weight, physical condition, activity level and environmental conditions (hot, humid, etc). You also consume water through food (a cup of Yogurt is 85% water), so eating healthy is also a good way to meet daily water requirements.

To ensure that you are drinking pure and filtered water, looking into a Reverse Osmosis (RO) System is recommended. RO Systems, such as the Aqua Flo Reverse Osmosis System, are great for removing harmful chemicals from entering your water supply. Also, be sure that your refrigerator water filter has been replaced within the last six months. Refrigerator water filters offer a useful line of defense against harmful waterborne contaminants (such as bacteria, e.coli and viruses) from entering your drinking water.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms. Simple medical tests (such as blood and urine tests) can tell you your kidneys are working right. Without water and a healthy lifestyle, your kidneys cannot properly filter out the harmful material that often finds its way inside of our bodies.

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Baby Health: Take A Stand! – Avoid BPA

In the largest study of its kind, Environmental Health Perspectives analyzed over three million births in nine countries. The results were startling. The studies concluded that pregnant women who breathe in high levels of air pollution are at an increased risk of having children with low birth weight, which is commonly associated with high infant mortality as well as various diseases later in life.

March is National Baby Month, a time where we are supposed to celebrate the life of our newborn sons and daughters. However, we are often exposed to the risks that many face.

There are far too many hazards, but what are they?

Every year, multiple recalls on children toys are put into effect due to lead being discovered. Lead poisoning can lead to long-term neurological damage that is often associated with learning and behavior problems. Recalls are also issued for toys that contain choking hazards, which is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under the age of 5. Keeping track of the hazards that face our children is important, but keeping track of the healthy options for your son or daughter is just as important.

The Kid Kanteen BPA Free Sippy Cup is one of those options. Amid growing awareness of health concerns over the brain, breast and prostate, the FDA recently banned BPA (Bisphenol A) from popular plastic baby bottles and Sippy cups. Despite the ban, other harmful chemicals can easily latch onto plastic bottles causing health problems. The Kid Kanteen Sippy Cup line is BPA-free, stainless steel and resistant to colors and flavors. It allows you to carry milk, filtered water and juice in a safer container than many plastic baby bottles.

What about breathing in air pollution?

As noted earlier, air pollution can pose serious health risk for your newborn son or daughter. Poor indoor air quality is a major source for allergen and asthma triggers. It is also linked to sleeping problems such as sleep apnea, according to a study by WebMD.com. When it comes to cleaning up indoor air and asthma/allergy relief, parents turn to the Austin Air Junior Allergy air Purifier. The reason isn’t that its top-of-the-line, the reason is that it works. In a recent study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the parents who used The Austin Air Machine for their children saw the number of hospital visits reduced by 18.5%. The Austin Air HM205 is effective in improving the overall respiratory health of your son or daughter.

When your child is having trouble sleeping or breathing, another healthy option is the Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier. This humidifier allows your child to experience easier breathing and a better night’s rest. With a run time of 18-24 hours and a tank capacity of 1 gallon, this is one of the best child-friendly humidifiers on the market. The Starry Night Projector (its distinctive feature) transforms your child’s room into a starry night sky that will delight your son or daughter.

As a parent, what should you do?

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the dangers that certain baby products can pose. As a parent, the most important thing  is to pay close attention to all recalls that affect your children. It is also important to consider the products that have the most important factor in mind: the health of your son or daughter.

Celebrating the apple of your eye goes far beyond this month. It makes since to consider baby items that are long lasting and succeed in the areas that too many fall short in. There are options that have the overall health of your son or daughter in mind to ensure that their bright smile and infectious laugh continues to delight you for years to come.

St. Patrick’s Day: All Things Green

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For over 1,000 years, the Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday. It is also observed in the United States and abroad with parades, Irish inspired feasts, and of course, green. Since the 17th century, the color green has become an important part of the celebrations and are seen on many clothes, shamrocks and yes, leprechauns.  To get into the festive spirit, we decided to share some of our favorite green items that we offer.

Favorite Green Water Pitcher

The Brita Grand Green Water Pitcher: We love this filtered water pitcher from Brita. A flip-top lid, soft grip handle and electronic filter change indicator light are convenient features that make this a great fit for your home. Our favorite part about this pitcher is that it’s green in more ways than one. First, this Brita pitcher eliminates the need to buy bottled water, which often clogs our nation’s landfills. Secondly, when it’s time for the filter to be replaced, you can recycle it through the Brita recycling program. How’s that for green?

Favorite Green Water Bottle

The Klean Kanteen Be Green Bottle and Loop Cap: Like the Brita water pitcher, this water bottle is also green in more ways than one. Made from BPA free, food-grade stainless steel, this is one of the more eco-friendly water bottles available on the market today. The Klean Kanteen Loop Cap allows you to clip the water bottle to backpacks, camping equipment and more with the Klean Kanteen S-Biner Carabiner. It’s dishwasher friendly and will not retain any flavors or odors, making it a perfect addition to your collection of reusable water bottles.

Favorite Green Humidifier

The Crane Cool Mist Green Frog Humidifier: Its adorability alone makes this a personal favorite of ours. Admit it, the face mesmerizes you. It’s great for use in children’s rooms and provides relief from sinus irritation, nasal congestion and dry skin. The winter months may be nearing an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead of the game and get your humidifier for next winter. Even after the numerous health benefits, there’s still that adorable face…

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. If you choose to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, remember to be safe and wear green lest you fall victim to the pinch. Out of all the green items we offer, what is your personal favorite? Tell us your preference in the comments below.