How to Keep Well Hydrated And Healthy Just By Carrying A BPA-Free Stainless Water Bottle

The amount of water you need depends on a number of factors ranging from your age, the level of physical activity you are engaged in, the weather etc. One quick way to determine if your level of hydration is good is to check the color of your urine.

Provided you are in good health and your kidneys are working well, your urine should be pale straw color if you are getting enough water. If your urine is darker and you are beginning to feel a bit thirsty then you need to take in more water.

Feeling thirsty is nature's way of telling us we are not getting enough water but how much water do we need to take? The average adult requires between 1.6- 2.0 liters of water per day and the food we eat provides a significant amount of this. However, certain activities such as exercises, sports and a hot weather place an extra burden on our fluid requirement.

When we engage in a vigilous exercise, we lose a certain amount of water in our sweat that needs to be replaced. Failure to do so leads to poor hydration and a poor income if this were to be competitive sports. Poor hydration quickly leads to injury in skill levels and an increase in perceived tiredness and exhaustion.Similarly, taking an excess amount of water is unhelpful and counter-productive.

Striking a balance between under-hydration and over-hydration can be achieved by taking small quantities of fluid periodically over time depending on our level of physical activity. We may need to experiment with different amounts and timings of water to get it right but if we are engaged in competitive sports, it may be advisable not to wait until we feel thirsty before we take a sip because we will be already under-hydrated by then.

It will normally require that a portable source of water supply such as a water bottle is kept handy to meet this requirement. It is also essential that the water bottle is of adequate volume to meet any contingencies and it is robust enough to withstanding handling during sporting activities and as we move around.

Beyond being robustly built, the water bottle should be user-friendly and easy to drink from as we go along. It should be made from material that is healthy to store water in and free from BPA since we may need to carry it with us for a greater part of our day. If the container is reusable, it can be made use of to carry other soft drinks without contamination the water we put in it with the taste of the soft drink whenever we use it to carry just water.

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Caustic, Chloric And Corrosive – Are These Words On Your Welcome Mat? Care About What’s In Your Home

I doubt whether you or I would put anything on our homes' 'Welcome' mat that would indicate anything less than saying 'you are most welcome in our home'. We want people to feel welcome, to be safe and to enjoy our abode.

I do not know of anyone who would intentionally put anything harmful or dangerous or unwelcoming in the path of their guests. That would be so counter to providing the kind of atmosphere that we would want for them.

However, there may be substitutes in our homes that could potentially be dangerous and unsafe for our guests and indeed our own family, both persons and pets.

Even though we would never put out a warm pot of chlorine bleach or calcium, lime, rust remover or glass and window cleaner to greet them at the front door, if we have recently used these compounds, then there may be residue on surfaces that they touch or airborne molecules that they breathe.

Before, being dismissed as a 'scare monger', I want to review some of the obvious and not so obvious danger-related items that we may use and also store in areas of homes where our family and friends frequent.

The obvious areas that come to mind where family and perhaps guests may frequent are the kitchen and the bathrooms. However, airborne contaminants can find their way into any areas such as living rooms and dining rooms.

Let's look at the four basic states of materials; solid, liquid, gas and plasma and see whether or not any materials used in our homes exist in one or more state and how these could affect the health and wellness of people and pets.

SOLIDS: Can be caustic, corrosive or abrasive and can harm skin and cells when contacted

LIQUIDS: When they are highly acidic or very basic they can cause burning and irreversible cell damage.

GASES: Because they are airborne, they can be breathed in causing nose and lung damage.

PLASMAS: These are a unique case of GASES and are under electrical stress and many times are elevated temperatures and can cause burning and other skin / cell damage. Plasmas are further defined as a state in which a gas is illuminated under a potential difference or high temperature. In the case of a plasma being created under a potential difference, typical household examples are a plasma-screen TV or a fluorescent light fixture. They are only a problem when the structure enclosing the plasma is damaged.

Some Obvious Problematic Materials:

  • Chlorine bleach – LIQUID – very dangerous to touch – fumes are extremely dangerous.
  • Calcium, lime, rust removers – LIQUID, ditto fumes
  • Toilet bowl cleaners – LIQUID – ditto fumes
  • Drain un-blockers and cleaners SOLID and LIQUID – corrosive and ditto fumes.
  • Petroleum-based cleaning solvents – LIQUID – dangerous and ditto fumes

Some Not So Obvious Materials:

  • Window / glass cleaner – LIQUID – can contain Isopropanol, 2-Butoxyethanol and Ethylene glycol n-hexyl ether.
  • Furniture polishes – LIQUID – often contain Hydrocarbons (waxes, oils, organic solvents)
  • Many laundry detergents – SOLID and LIQUID – may contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) 1,4-dioxane, NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate) and even Phosphates.
  • 'gritty' stove-top surface cleaners – LIQUID – may contain Limestone (Calcium carbonate), Feldspar, Soda ash (Sodium carbonate) and Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
  • Bathroom and toilet bowl cleaners – LIQUID – may contain Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hypochlorite and bleach.

The lists go on. Some of the above agents are not a serious threat to health but some are certainly.

There is no end of information on how to eliminate or minimize some of these agents and even how to make your own, safer cleaners. Most of do not want to go that far. It is too easy to buy our cleaning agents at the grocery store.

There are alternatives thought that fall between the 'really bad' and the 'really good' home-made products.

It may have crossed your mind that even though you use some 'nasty' agents in your home, by the time your friends and family are around them, they will have discharged up, evaporated or otherwise disappeared.

Anything that 'dries' will leave a residue, anything that dries means some portion of it has evaporated – not left the Earth, but has gone into the air we breathe. That 'clean' smell that we smell after cleaning simply means that esters are present in the air.

We know all too well the smell of petroleum-based products long after they have been used. There are always caveats about using these in well-ventilated areas. Do we always follow that advice?

Certainly, dried residue left by many bathroom and kitchen cleaners is still on the surfaces we clean many hours after being applied – and we touch them, and our family and friends touch them. Have you ever noticed the 'film' that is left cleaning? It may not be obvious but take a light shone at an angle to the surface and the presence of residual will be obvious.

Thinking about what we use to clean and what may be left on surfaces or in the air and doing something about them will insure that when we put out our 'Welcome' mat that is will indeed say “Welcome to our safe and eco-friendly Home “He said.

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Green Living: Being Practical With Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning

These days there is a palable anxiety around the pursuit of a clean and healthy household. There is a rallying cry to abandon all harsh chemical cleaners and energy-draining appliances. While this is excellent news for the environment, figuring out the best way to make your home a healthy place can be a challenge. Balancing that with your time and budget constants can create tension around an exercise that is intended to increase your well being.

Not only do you want to find the right and most cost-effective cleaning products and methods for your home, the search can take time and you could end up with product or ingredients you do not absolutely use. Then there is the quandary of whether you make everything yourself or buy what you need.

I follow a number of bloggers who are way ahead of me in terms of being conscious with the way they live and run their households (especially homesteaders). Even they can feel overwhelmed at times. One blogger was at a loss during flue season to keep up with her inventory of homemade remedies, like cough syrup.

Balancing an Eco-friendly Clean Home with Practicality

The lesson here is to be practical and know your limits. Do what you can, when you can. Having gone through this eco-friendly adventure myself, these are some findings I've compiled over the past four years.

Basic Supplies to Consider for Your Cleaning Pantry

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bragg's Raw Apple vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Rubbing alcohol (91+ percent)
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Castile soap (I use it sparingly because I do not like the scum it can leave behind)
  • Essential oils (like tea tree, lavender, lemon or orange, peppermint)
  • Lemons and lemon juice
  • Basic olive oil (does not need to be the extra virgin variety)

Where to Find Recipes for Natural Cleaning Solutions

  • Pinterest
  • Blogs
  • Essential oil supplier websites
  • Online publications

I do not think any of us can escape the need to experiment with homemade cleaning recipes. I know I have tried a number of variations and extremely customized most of them. So it does take some time find your rhythm with these formulas. However, I have found that it has been well worth the effort. Here are some highlights of my adventures.

Adventures in Laundry

Soap Nuts

On one hand, using these natural buds to clean your clothes sounds great. It's nature, right? On the other hand, I worry about how well today's fabrics generally hold up to their bulk (even when inside a cloth bag). How many of us have sturdy denim and cotton clothes as the bulk of our wardrobe? Personally, I'd rather use some form of liquid soap (either handmade or from an eco-friendly brand). For me it's Seventh Generation or Eco. Measured accurately, I find the large size of these brands can last at least 3 months.

Dryer Balls

As for drying clothes in a dryer, I've seen Pinterest recommendations like tennis balls as a replacements to conventional dry sheets. Given the materials used to make these balls, this looks like an unwisely choice for two reasons. First, these balls are intended to hold up to some pretty rough use. I'm thinking they might in turn rough up my clothes and linens as a result. Second, new tennis balls give off a fairly strong odor, not one I want to have in my laundry. There are also some plastic or rubber versions that put me off.

I've also read plenty about people scrunching up aluminum foil into dryer balls. Frankly, this solution seems more like a potential problem, as in being too abrasive for the walls of my dryer.

What I have found works best are the wool dryer balls (I use six together). They hold up well, reduce drying time, and provide me with almost wrinkle-free, non-static laundry. Plus, you can add a bit of essential oil to them for a fresh scent.

A note on drying: I generally use the dryer on low, just to get out wrinkles. Then I hang most things to dry thoroughly.

Dusting Bunnies and Wood Care

In my experience, it turns out that dusting, and caring for wood furniture, is actually pretty easy and straightforward. For dusting I have two approaches that work best. First, I find a microfiber facecloth is the most efficient way to collect dust from furniture and other surfaces, without having any airborn. Second, a wet cloth works best for corralling dust bunnies and other strains from the washer and dryer, the top of the toilet tank, and other smooth surfaces.

After a short period of experimentation, I've come to the conclusion that simple olive oil is the best wood care product. As a result of some Pinterest frenzy over coconut oil, I gave it a try. I found it absolutely counterproductive. It appeared to suck the moisture right out of the wood. Once upon a time I used Teak oil, but it is very expensive, so I gave my handy olive oil a try. Eureka! It works beautifully and all my wood furniture is happy. I rarely have to recondition it.

Those Dirty Dishes

Making my own liquid and dishwasher soaps are not for me. I prefer to rely on Seventh Generation liquid soap for hand washing. As for the dishwasher, I've yet to find any sustainable brand able to hold its own against hard water. So I fully admit I use a conventional brand in this case. Come to think of it, it is the only conventional kitchen cleaning product I now use.

The Practicality and Benefits of Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

Whether you make or buy sustainable home cleaning products, or use a combination of the two, is up to you. Beyond being environmentally sound, the basic cleanser ingredients I list above do not take up a lot of storage space. So they get extra brownie points. Essential oils also do not have to take up a lot of valuable real estate in your pantry. Many are multi-purpose oils, but below are which and how I personally use them on an average basis.

Here are the essential oils I keep on hand for general cleaning:

  • Tea Tree
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Vetiver
  • Orange

For aromatherapy and first-aid purposes I keep:

  • Rose water concentrate
  • Cinnamon Cassia
  • Lemongrass
  • Cedarwood
  • Earth and Wood (Eden's Garden)
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus

My Personal Practices and Tradeoffs

After much consideration, this is what I've come to find works best for me and my household. I absolutely love not chocking on toxic fumes or feeling lightheaded from using strong chemical cleansers

  • General house cleansers: I make my own
  • Reed diffuser fragment: I make my own
  • Dishwashing liquid: I buy it
  • Dishwasher soap: I buy it (still in pursuit of eco-friendly version)
  • Laundry: I buy liquid soap and wool dryer balls
  • Hand washing: I buy liquid soap (but am about to experiment with making my own , for which I will try out Dr. Wood's Rose Castile Soap and their Lavender Organic Shea Butter Castile Soap)

A special note about toilet cleansers: So far I have failed to either find or create a formula that can conquer the toilet bowl. I use a small amount of bleach every other week or so. No, I'm not proud to say that I do. My quest for the proper cleanser continues.

Overall Advice

The best advice I can offer anyone considering an eco-friendly shift in their household cleaning routine is to take your time. Do not try to change everything all at once. You will feel overwhelmed.

If you have not already, experiment with making your own general household cleanser, then branch out from there. Make one change to how you use your washer and dryer. Learn about and then try out two to three essential oils.

It is like cooking. First, you learn to cook a handful of meals, following the recipes precisely. As you become comfortable with the process and ingredients, you gain enough confidence to experiment more and more. The same applies to your household and how you manage a paradigm shift in caring for it.

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Three Ways of Purifying Water

Water from natural sources has organic substances that could have disastrous effects on one's health. It is important to ensure that you consume it in its best state. Water that produces odor or unpleasant taste is not fit for consumption. It should contain a natural taste. The three ways used to purify water include:

• Boiling
• Distillation
Disinfection

Purification

This process to purify water involves extortion of undesirable substances from contaminated water. While the main aim of purification is to produce clean water for consumption, purification of water may be needed for other things, such as application to the skin or clothing, or for medical treatments. Water may appear clean, but it is important to ensure it is pure. The mere look of water will not determine its purity. Apply one of these steps to decrease the likelihood of water contamination:

1. Boiling

This is the simplest way that can help you ensure consumption of clean water. Boiling water is a traditional form of water purification applied in many homes. It is very easy to use this method. One only needs to put water in a boiling tin for few minutes. Once the water has reached a boiling point, cooling before consumption is necessary. Boiling water kill germs and parasites instantly.

2. Disinfection

This process to purify water involves the use of cleaning agents such bleach. The main aim is to destroy microorganisms. While one is using cleaning agents, it is important to know what type they are. Some are not safe to use because they may cause side effects. It is advisable not to use bleaches that have scents. Use of the correct amount of bleaches is recommended. While purifying water for consumption using bleaches, household liquid is the best. The water purified by disinfection should not produce a smell from the bleaching agent.

3. Distillation

Distillation involves extracting dirt from water by draining it from one source to a different place. Water is boiled to emit vapor, which then cools to liquid form. Some impure particles may remain behind during distillation; hence, this purification method is not the preferred method. Although distillation does not purify water completely, the greatest percentage of water is purified.

Filtration

Sometimes water purification is not enough to make water drinkable. The quantity of salts and minerals-including dissolved gases-defines the purity of water. If salts and minerals are out of balance, an odor or unpleasant taste may occur. Filtration can help remove the elements causing the imbalance, leaving behind water that is a pleasure to drink. Use of activated carbon may be a good option because it restores balance and allows water to retain its purity.

It is very important to ensure that the liquid you are consuming is clean. Not many people pay attention to what they are drinking, and this may lead to disease in adults, and even death in children and immunocompromised individuals. In case you have doubts on the kind of liquid you want to consume, it is important to purify it. You do not need to get sick when you can just avoid such circumstances.

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Your Home – Is It Clean and Healthy or Clean, But Toxic? Cleanliness Can Harm You!

We all hate to clean, do not we? We especially hate to clean places in our home that get particularly soiled by day-to-day family use. I am thinking of bathrooms and kitchens. They get the dirtiest and usually harbor the most germs.

But what about basements and garages? Stored materials, possibly even gasoline and other flammable materials are often found in these two areas. The living room and dining room and even the bedrooms are not immune to uncleanliness.

Therefore, all rooms in our home must be cleaned and some more more than others. Many a home keeper (man or woman) has said that cleaning is the least liked chore on par with doing the weekly laundry.

We can not eliminate these chores but we certainly can make sure that when cleaning is done, the area is truly clean and free from toxicants and corrosive substances that may either be contacted or breathed in.

Do we really understand the cleaning agents that we daily use in our homes? Do we read the labels and follow any safety precautions. Probably not to the degree required to insure our and our family's health, wellness and safety.

Most products used in the household are not held to the same standard as industrial products that require a WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) certificate before they can be used.

So, should our homes not be held to the same standard as where we work? We spend more time in our homes than we do at our place of work (or so we should). Now, it may be argued that in some work environments there is much more opportunity to find harmful chemicals and compounds; but is that always true?

We want to look at a few cases where we may find equally harmful materials in our homes as in some workplaces. But first, we need to define two key words and phrases – toxicants and corrosive substances .

Toxicants : Are synthetic substances that present a risk of death, disease or injury in living organisms through absorption, ingestion, inhalation, or by altering the organism's environment.

Corrosive Substances : Are substances that cause visible discoloration, destruction, or irreversible changes in living tissue.

What are we using in our homes right now that may contain toxicants or corrosive substances?

Many floor, counter top, appliance and bathroom cleaners contain both toxicants and corrosive substances. Some strong laundry detergents contain toxicants as do some glass cleaners.

Here is a list of some of the more common toxicants. (Some of these chemical names may be masked or referred to by brand names. Check them carefully)

  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Oxybenzone
  • Fluoride
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)
  • Perchlorate
  • Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DECA)
  • Asbestos

Here is a list of some corrosive liquid substances.

  • Hydrochloric Acid (sometimes called Muriatic Acid). Used for cleaning metal surfaces.
  • Sulfuric Acid . Used in automotive batteries. Very corrosive.
  • Phosphoric Acid . Used in some tarnish removal liquids, for cleaning glassware and silverware.
  • Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda). Used in powdered drain cleaners.
  • Potassium Hydroxide Used in some dish washing powders.
  • Ammonium chloride. The 'paste' in zinc-manganese dry cell batteries (non-alkali batteries).
  • Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach). Found in some bleaches, and mold removal sprays.

Almost certainly all rust removers, calcium removers, lime removers and drain cleaners are of high toxicity and most are extremely corrosive.

If you have not already done so, please get every cleaning product you have in your home and read every label, jot down the chemicals and compounds in them and note any warning labels.

Tally this information and then discuss the findings with family members and discuss whether or not these products should continue to be used in your home. Use the internet and others sources of information to find out if there are safer, yet effective alternatives.

Does this mean you have to throw out 90% of your cleaning products? Not necessarily but if so, you and your family will be better off for the choice you make.

You do have a choice to have a clean and safe home without having a 'clean' but toxic home.

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Things To Do After Testing Showers With Legionella Bacteria

Bacteria and other viruses can be found almost everywhere. Therefore, individuals will never know when and where these bacteria and viruses strike them. Not to mention, bacteria even live in the items individuals use everyday like water.

Water is essential in every home. For one, water is used for bathing and washing. Water is also used to clean items and other belongings. And, it is also used in preparing and cooking food. As a result, individuals can be easily infected by pathogens that are living in the water. One of the most common bacteria that can be found in water is Legionella.

Legionella bacteria commonly live in hot and cold water outlets, wet air conditioning plant, and whirlpool or hydrotherapy baths. Therefore, it is important for individuals to check their showers for Legionella. Testing showers can be easy and efficient since some companies offer water testing kits. After analyzing the quality of water, it is important to prevent bacteria from coming back. Thus, listed below are some tips you need to do.

Cleaning water systems

One of the best options to get rid of Legionella in your water systems is to clean it. It is important that you also clean all pipes to ensure that bacteria are properly removed. One way of getting rid of bacteria is making use of oxidizing disinfection.

Replacing items that attract Legionella bacteria

It is also important for individuals to replace items that attract Legionella bacteria such as corrosion. By replacing such items, you can minimize the growth of Legionella in your water systems. Stagnant water also Promotes Legionella growth. So, it is also essential to get rid of dead end pipes to avoid the increase of Legionella in your water systems.

Using preventive programs

To prevent Legionella, you can also opt for preventive methods like biocide programs and even mist-elimination items. These programs are needed to help you control the growth of Legionella bacteria in your water systems.

Opting for methods to control Legionella growth

Legionella bacteria are dormant below 20c and die above 60c. Therefore, you can opt for methods that can control the growth of Legionella. When using hot water systems, it is best to make sure that it is above 60c to kill Legionella bacteria. In case that you have cooling towers, setting its temperature below 20c can help you lower the risks of Legionella.

With these simple tips, you can make sure that the water system in your home is safe and secured. Click here for more.

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Price Wars: Bottled Water V. Tap Water!

According to a BusinessInsider.com article title (July 12, 2013), bottled water costs 2000 times as much as tap water. I did not believe it outright, but continued to read on. Being a researcher myself, I decided to take a look for myself at the ins and outs of the two water sources, and see if that 2000X figure could be believable.

First, I decided to take a look at major brands of bottled water and investigate on Google Marketplace how much you could buy a case of each brand for. I did this on purpose, because everyone knows retail price per individual bottle is much higher than when you buy in the Costco / Sam's Club bulk. The results were not too surprising, considering what I knew about everyday individual retail bottle sales as high a $ 4.00 per bottle in some cases. In the case of bulk buying, a la the package of 24 or 35 you buy at the big box stores, the cost per bottle is a little cheaper, averaging around $ 2.41 per gallon when not considering the outliers of the few expensive brands, which skew the data.

Looking at the major brands, what was surprising was the vast divergence in cost of some select brands such as Fiji and Evian. They cost as much as $ 37.00 per gallon. I thought water was just water? Maybe I'm wrong, but this article is not about where they get the water, this is just about how much the water costs.

So as I think about that figure, 2000X the cost of tap water, I personally think the math is off. What I do believe is the bulk figure of 300X that BusinessInsider.com further determines. That seems more realistic. My figures put average cost of tap water at $ 0.15 nationwide, so $ 0.15 times 2000 would equal $ 300.00 per gallon. Not quite. But $ 0.15 times 300 is $ 45.00 per gallon. Better, but more aligned with the really expensive brands. My research is a lot more conservative and strictly gets the brands cost per gallon from Google Marketplace, although as you can see $ 45.00 per gallon is not far off the most expensive brands.

How does the standard city tap water fair then in the market place? Far cheaper! Using 2014 statistics from CircleofBlue.org, tap water cost per gallon for major cities averaged just $ 0.15, running the gamut from a low of $ 0.06 per gallon in Phoenix, to a high of $ 0.28 in Seattle. So the final verdict of average cost per gallon for all major bottled water versus tap water is: Bottled Brand $ 7.79 per gallon (including expensive brands), Tap Water $ 0.15 per gallon.

But how much water do we use on a daily basis? Monthly basis? Yearly basis? The fine folks at the Mayo Clinic came up with a rebuke of the old adage of 8 cups of 8 fl oz of water per day for all people. It is a good rule of thumb, but not specific enough. Rather, the Mayo Clinic states in guidelines that healthy water consumption for males is 104 oz. or.8125 gallons and for females it is 72 oz. or.5625 gallons. I converted to gallons to make calculations easier by the way.

Since we just determined how much the per gallon cost of water is for bottled and tap we can easily determine how much a person would theoretically spend per year, just to stay properly hydrated. Keep in mind that the bottled water industry is an $ 11.8 billion dollar industry with 9.7 billion gallons of water consumed by Americans alone in 2012, so that obviously makes branded water an American favorite for hydration. Let's run the numbers.

With the most expensive bottled waters running up of $ 37.00 per gallon and the average cost per gallon of branded water at $ 7.00 per gallon (and with marketing data touting how much Americans love their branded water) is it any wonder that Americans are willing to spend upwards of $ 2500.00 per year just to stay hydrated? Is bottled water that much better than tap water? Well, that is another article, but spoiler alert, in most cases, over 25% of the bottled water simply comes from the same source as the tap water. If you do not believe me, go watch the movie “Tapped”!

In closing, I invite you to run some numbers of your own to double-check my numbers. If a family of four drank just tap water daily to stay hydrated, they would spend around $ 250.00 per year. If a family of four drank average branded water to stay hydrated, they would spend around $ 5600 per year! For arguments sake, lets say that number is somewhere in between, so around $ 2700 per year. That is still a lot of money we Americans are willing to spend over just plain old tap water to stay hydrated! How much does your family spend to stay hydrated?

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The Shocking Truth About Water

Many people look for ways to upgrade their health by improving their eating habits to include leaner meats, more fruits and vegetables with less refined carbs. However, few people realize that water is actually critical for good health. Cells, tissues and organs require water to perform correctly. This occurs when you are hydrated!

My eyes opened wide to this during my journey to beat stage IV cancer without traditional protocols in 2008. During my search for information, alkalinity and the body's natural ability to heal became paramount. Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg, one of my heroes, a biochemist and 1931 Nobel Prize winner for his work with cancer cells and oxygenation told us about the connection between alkalinity and disease long ago. Water rings oxygen to the cells and takes toxins away.

Breathing, sweating, and elimination all contribute to a loss of water each day. Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. Instead of reaching for tea, soda or coffee … drink natural, clean water!

Water is important in disease prevention, because it helps transport toxins and harmful organisms from the body. When toxins build up, they can contribute to a weakened immune system. Water is essential for disease prevention and healthy cells.

Water is considered by many cultures to be healing. When it comes from a natural spring with no chemicals, it can rejuvenate the body and soul. Drinking plenty of clean, clear water is a great way to increase your feel good factor. Acidic conditions tend to contribute to inflammation in the body. If you're not sure what foods are acidic, they are dairy, meat, sugar, caffeine, alcohol (along with stress).

Now that I understand how cancer can not live in an alkaline environment, each day I strive to eat 80% alkaline foods and drink half of my body weight in ounces of alkaline water. Not all water is equal so be sure you are consuming clean, safe and chemical free water.

We are all so very busy and making changes can often lead to overwhelm. Proper hydration is an easy action and simple solution to help you function at your highest level. Yet, it's one of those things we brush off. The body is over 50% water, which is why optimal health, regardless of a person's age or physical stamina depends on consistent watering. Without water, nothing lives.

I see you reaching for a glass of water right now.

Wishing you health and gratitude.

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Which Is Better: Natural or Artificial?

Anything done against the will of Nature has deleterious effects on the inhabitants of Earth. Cutting down the forests caused in climatic change and ecological imbalance. Excessive use of chemical fertilizers renders the soil unfit for agriculture through the destruction of soil organizations and fertility. The suction of ground water without augmenting the storage has resolved in the seepage and the intrusion of seawater. Gas emission from the earth leads to the rise in atmospheric temperature and the gradual melting of glaciers and snow across the planet. The eight common and modern life practices are given hereunder to understand the significance of natural materials.

Coloring: Use of synthetic dyes for hair coloration produces allergy and health problems as well. In the same way, use of artificial dyes in industrial activities like refinery, tannery, cosmetics, textiles, paper, etc. has harmful effects of pollution and contamination.

Cooling: Air conditioner and refrigerator are good for temporary relief but cause health problems like allergy and sinusitis in the long run. Natural perspiration is forced to cease and the normal excretion of waste from the body through sweat and the resultant self-cooling effect is curtailed. The fan is better but dries up the water in our body. A lot of energies is wasted in the manufacture and use of these machines. Moreover, the gases released by them destroy the ozone layer in the atmosphere facilitating the hazardous UV rays hit the earth.

Conveyance: Any vehicle tenders to produce pollution, heat and obesity. In addition, the fatality from speeding, human errors and technical failure of vehicles is not unavoidable. There was no incidence of accident and pollution, and no necessity for insurance during the past when the animal-driven vehicles were in vogue.

Clothing: Synthetic fibers do not allow the body to transpire the sweat naturally, but generates heat. Chemicals that go to the making of these fibers also cause harmful effects through pollution of air and contamination of surface and subsurface water sources. The clothes made from natural cotton, silk and wool are safe at all times.

Reshaping: Plastic surgery and liposuction techniques are employed to structure and beautify the human body. Slimming centers make huge money from the obesity of many people. Just by following the proven old methods like doing the household works, breastfeeding, restricted-eating, hard-work, etc., people can stay in good shape and health.

Foods: Carbonated, junk and artificially flavored foods create health problems like obesity, stomach disorder, and cancer among other things. Foods from crops raised with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides affect the physical growth and mental development. Organic farming based on natural manures and inputs aim to resolve this issue.

Medicines: Cures made from chemical formulas have harmful side and residual effects. Those prepared from natural materials like leaves, fruits, and roots do not disturb and destabilize the metabolism of our body. They do the dual role of curing the disease and rejuvenating the mind and body: a holistic remedy.

Cleaning: The market is flooded with several detergents, acids and powders to keep our household clean and neat. Aerosols and sprays are available to make the air and other spaces free from bad odor and insects. Inhalation and ingestion of the chemical ingredients of these cleaning agents cause several disorders like cancer and diseases in the long run.

Humans have great imagination and talents to simulate the nature, but can not match the originality of nature. Colors of Rainbow, Aroma of Coffee, Hives of Bees, and such things can not be recreated. Even if done, such products are less efficient and inimical to the life. For instance, Cloud seeding has yielded rainfall in a few places only. However, to meet the growing demands of the surging population, certain artificial methods have become indispensable and unavoidable.

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The Dangers of Hydrocarbons in Water

You've likely heard the phrase “oil and water do not mix” at least once in your life. While commonly used to describe two people who do not get along, the saying gets its heft from a truth of chemistry. Certain compounds, known as hydrocarbons, do not dissolve in water due to their chemical makeup; hydrocarbons in water quite literally do not mix! When these two compounds are placed in the same container, the two chemicals will form a series of layers instead of mixing. This interaction can lead to a number of potential hazards that can damage both the environment and your mechanical equipment; therefore it's important to proceed with caution when you find hydrocarbons in water.

Engine Damage

A hydrocarbon engine needs to be constantly lubricated with pure oil. In this instance, it is actually the water that is the contaminant. While engines are closed systems, H2O can still find its way in through rainwater leakage, condensation caused by rapidly changing temperature, and steam leakage from another part of the system. Once water is in the system, it is impossible to remove it without either using a proper filter or changing the oil. If none process is rapidly implemented, it can lead to the following problems: stalled engines, enhanced bacterial growth, loss of additives, reduced conductivity, and enhanced abrasive wear in the hydraulic components. A small amount of the wrong liquid can do serious damage over time to this very expensive piece of equipment.

Storage Tank Sludge

Storage tanks remain in one place for a long period of time. While this may not seem like a cause for concern, their immobility makes it easy to miss a regular inspection; This is a serious issue if the tanks contain flammable chemicals or hydrocarbons. No tank remains perfectly sealed forever, and wear and tear will always allow water to see in. As previously stated, these two liquids do not mix, and so a “rag layer” forms between them. This moist, dark layer is a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. When bacteria can grow unimpeded, it degrades the quality of the tank's contents and corrodes the tank's structure, eventually creating disgusting, unusable sludge.

While invasive liquids can be basically drained, there is no perfect system for doing so. There is always the inherent risk of spilling the chemicals. This can be a safety hazard, particularly when flammable chemicals are being drained. Therefore, an automatic tank-dewatering system is recommended. This device will automatically dewater the storage tank on a regular basis, depositing the unwanted liquid in a separate container that can then be disposed of at a proper treatment facility.

Pollution

Hydrocarbons in water never dissolve. They never dissipate in the ocean, let alone in a lake or river. They will sit on top of waves and remain a constant source of pollution until they are removed by an outside source. These two chemical compounds can not mix under any circumstances. Therefore, wherever you are someone who needs to use hydrocarbons or just someone who enjoys pure water, the presence of hydrocarbons in water is devastating and life threatening. Whenever you're in a situation where the two can interact, it is important to take steps ensuring proper prevention and cleanup, as well as confirming that treatment protocols are followed.

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Two Reasons Why You Need A Water Filtration System

The necessity of water filtration is a toss-up for many people. Adding a step to acquiring drinking water on demand is a hassle which some homeowners do not see much value. The reality is that there are a number of benefits to using a water filtration system. There's misinformation out there, but with the proper understanding of the value of filtration, you'll find that this minor inconvenience can quickly become a necessity for daily life.

Better Taste, Better Hydration

No one will argue that drinking water regularly is important. Everyone has heard that they should drink eight cups of water a day. While that number is up for debt, there is not a person who says that drinking plenty is harmful. Unfortunately, for many self-sufficient adults and picky children, tap water is not a satisfying drinking option. Many people remain dehydrated on a daily basis, having substituted their liquid needs with sugary sodas and juices. Taste is king for these people, which is exactly why a water filtration system is so important. A properly filtered glass of H2O can be as satisfying as any other option.

There is no comparison between a glass of something straight from the tap and its filtered counter. More thirst quenching, more delicious, and better paired with any meal filtering not only makes it easier to get your nebulous daily requirement, but it makes the process more enjoyable. If you've ever had a hard time convincing your children to be better hydrated, providing them with a filtered option may be the solution you've been searching for this whole time.

Better Safe Than Poisoned

There is stuff in your tap. Chemicals and particulates get through the mild cleaning done by your city's utility company and end up in your home. For the most part, small amounts of lead and other compounds are not a big deal, but records indicate that the amount of trace metals can spike at times to be well over the EPA's acceptable minimums. While it is illegally that drinking from the tap will ever be poisonous to your family, there is no reason to increase your intake of harmful chemicals and metals. A water filtration simply eliminates the risk.

For homes on a city supply, the EPA can provide test kits that will allow you to test the importance of a filter in your home. However, if you are on a well system, there is no testing or regulation option for you without hiring a professional. You could spend much less money on a proper filter and be better off in the long run.

No matter the size of your home, your kitchen, or the complexity of your plumbing, there are plenty of options out there to choose from. Pitcher, faucet, whole house, it does not matter which delivery system you decide to use. All that matters is that you invest in a water filtration system to provide your family with a safer, better tasting alternative to drinking straight from the tap.

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Gene Banks Preparing for the Future

From piggy banks to the Federal Reserve, we all use banks of some sort in our lives. For most of us, our paychecks are deposited into them without a second thought. For doctors and nurses, blood banks save lives by providing injured people the life-giving fluid that regulates our bodies. In a similar vein to blood banks (pardon the terrible pun), scientists have recently begun promoting the value of a new type of bank – a genetic bank – to store our DNA.

Scientists speculate that a single gram of DNA can hold 455 exabytes (that's 455 billion gigabytes) of information. That single gram of DNA could hold all the information held by companies like Google and Facebook with extra room left over. Knowing how much information DNA can now hold, scientists are doing everything they can to store and study as much of it as humanly possible.

Storing DNA is a genius idea when you think about how much information it holds and how long it lasts. Case in point – researchers are working on extracting and sequencing the genomes of long-dead animals such as an 110,000 year-old polar bear and a 700,000-year-old horse. What makes this work cool is a) we are able to successfully read the map that put these animals together, and b) the information within their DNA itself was preserved for thousands of years.

As doctors delve deeeper into genetics in an effort to understand different genetic hits of hereditary diseases, imagine how helpful it would be to have your grandparents and great-grandsparents' DNA to look back on. While that may not be an option for all of us going backwards, it can now be something we leave behind for our children and grandchildren going forward.

Moscow State University recently announced plans to build a gigantic storage facility that will hold nothing but DNA samples from all kinds of creatures. They want to gather and store DNA from every known organism that has ever lived on planet Earth, whether it is alive or extinct. When this giant DNA warehouse is finished in 2018, it will be the modern-day equivalent of Noah's Ark (and hopefully not Jurassic Park!). This project and the genome sequencing experiments all focus on how DNA is useful over long periods of time, either preserving information from deep in the past or protecting it for use far into the future.

For everyday people like you and me, the technology to store your own DNA is already here and costs less than your Netflix account. Some companies, for instance, offer plans that store your DNA sample for just $ 2 per month. Storing your own DNA is a great way to preserve your legacy for future generations and also prepare for new medicines yet to be discovered. Also, because DNA can be changed over time through both mutation and degradation, storing your children's DNA at an early age may prove incredibly helpful in tracking down the sources of any future health struggles. Doctors will be able to compare their adult DNA to their child DNA and determine exactly what (if anything) changed.

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Infrared Heating: Cost Effective and Efficient Way to Keep You Warm

Who would not love a feel of warmth in the cold chilling days? Everyone, is not it good to go for infrared heating to beat the weather! How it works, let's get to the details. It has slowly developed itself from being used commercially to domestic environment. While often it's quite misunderstood as heating lamps, but slowly its popularity is rising among people.

Moving deep in this regard, it has a great advantage of heating up the object when radiation hits its surface directly. It gives the same feeling when you step out to the sun, and sun rays feel on your skin. It is even Eco-friendly and cost-effective. When the infrared radiations hit the object, the nearer objects even get heated by the reflected radiations from the object, so it quickly gives you a warm sensation and smartly saves your energy bills. In case of conventional heaters, it takes a lot of time to warm the air in the room. Here is a time taking process.

It has great advantage over the conventional heaters and a way to describe is: conventional heaters blow hot air trying to warm the air in the room, the process takes lots of time and thereby causing high energy bills. Even when the entire room is heated there is a temperature difference at the top of the ceiling and the floor which still gives the impression that the room is not warm enough.

But infrared radiation uses long wave electromagnetic energy in which the temperature is even distributed. Even when cold air squeezes into the room through the door gaps, the radiations from the objects respond fast enough to release warmth into the entire room and maintain an even temperature.

It also has got health benefits. Infrared heat can be used as a source of treatment, since it increases the blood circulation and theby improving the healing process. In this troubled economy we're looking at every possible opportunity to spare less money. Clean, infrared warmth will not make the risky outflows of gas and oil warming frameworks. Give a force and wage sparing infrared radiator an appetite. You are really going to like the atmosphere at home and the eminent funds it supplies!

So overall, infrared heating has been proved effective in many ways. It certainly keeps you warm in the freezing cold and saves your energy bills with an additional benefit of your health treatment too.

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What Are Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO and Why Is It Important?

GMOs or genetically modified organisms are living organisms that have been genetically modified or artificially manipulated within a laboratory. This scientific type of genetic engineering has created diverse plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes. Because of this unusual crossbreeding, GMO products have been manufactured to withstand direct herbicide application, while providing insecticide protection.

Since the first genetically modified crop in 1996, these crops have been known to accomplish several tasks. For example, certain GMO crops have been formulated to successfully withstand extreme weather conditions and even extend the product's shelf life. Some of these plants have been useful in producing biofuel which is used to help vehicles get around.

GMOs in the Food You Eat

GMOs have become extremely popular in the foods that many of us eat every day. In fact, estimates suggest that upwards of 80 percent of all US processed foods contain GMOs. The US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has declared GMO foods to be safe for consumption, despite many arguments relating to health risks associated with GMO foods. Sixty other developed countries consider GMO foods to be unsafe and unhealthy. Australia, Japan and the European Union have placed important restrictions and bans on the manufacture and sale of GMO foods .

The FDA has not regulated the labeling for GMO foods, however there are thousands of products labeled “Non-GMO” to assist consumers. This is part of the Non-GMO project developed to help people avoid products that have been genetically engineered or modified.

There has been a long debate over GMO foods and certain health risks associated. Regardless of the health concerns, consuming these foods is a personal choice. Some people have begun to actively avoid eating foods produced in this manner, taking on what could be described as a non-GMO lifestyle.

One of the most straightforward ways to cut down on the amount of genetically modified foods that you are consuming is to reduce the amount of processed foods you eat. This is often easier if you do more of your own food preparation since it can be harder to know about the origins of the ingredients in the foods you eat when you are dining out in restaurants.

While it may seem challenging to avoid GMO foods, especially if you are on a special diet or are trying to lose weight, there are solutions available. For example, certain weight loss programs feature supplements created without GMO products.

Here is a complete list of Non-GMO foods and products organized by the “Non-GMO Project,” for those looking to eat GMO free.

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Reduce Global Warming Problems by Using Eco-Friendly Kraft Paper Bags

While our current way of life in the industrial age is the cause of global warming, many manufacturers have started to give importance to using eco-friendly packaging options that reduce its effects. There are wide range of environmentally friendly packaging options available in the market and if you are also more conscious to environment, then you can opt for the Kraft paper bags, which are completely recyclable and eco-friendly packaging solution for a wide variety of products including :

– Coffee and tea
– Organic products
– Pet food packaging
– Grains packaging
– Protein powder packaging
– Pharmaceutical Products and much more.

These paper bags are available in several sizes and shapes like stand up pouches, flat bottom bags, side gusset bags, side seal bags and many others. You can find metalized or aluminum foil laminated brown Kraft paper bags which are able to preserve the products from moisture, oxygen and any other bacterial contamination and also elongates the shelf life of the products. These bags are able to provide excellent durability and tear resistant strength.

These paper bags are also available with custom printed selections as per your requirements and given specifications. These bags are imprinted with brand name, company logo and nutritional and other important information about the products, so it would be an effective promotional packaging tool. These custom printed bags are useful for grabbing the attention of the consumer at the point of purchase so increase the sales as well. You can also find Kraft paper bags that are inclusive of various accessories like:

– Zip closure
– Tear notch
– Hanging holes
– Degassing valves
– Euro slot
– Transparent window

Because of these accessories product packaging would be more convenient and leakage proof. These bags are more convenient and provide overall protection to the products. Due to their resalable zip closure they are easily opened and closed as many time as needed and they provide leakage proof storage and transportation of the products. With the help of the degassing valves, the freshness, flavor and aroma of the products would be preserved for prolonged period of time.

So these bags are completely eco-friendly packaging solution that not only reduce the global warming problems, but also preserve the packaged products and enhance the overall visibility of the products. The materials that are employed for producing these bags are completely recyclable, so they do not have any negative impact on the environment in any way.

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