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For you Austinites and out-of-towners enjoying Austin’s annual SXSW festival, it is important
to stay hydrated in order to enjoy all the best parts of this year’s activities. It is important to
remember that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Avoid dehydration with
these tips below from your friends at Aquasana:
1. Carry a reusable BPA free water bottle
Here in Austin, we are big on recycling. What better way to contribute than to carry
a reusable water bottle? Not only will you be helping the environment, you’ll also be
keeping toxins out of your system when drinking water. Bringing your own bottle will
also ensure you aren’t spending the extra time or money getting a replacement bottle
every time you need to hydrate. This gives you more time and money to spend on fun
events, activities, and delicious food!
2. Fill it up with filtered water as often as possible
While we are on the topic of healthy hydration, we would like to remind you that having
a BPA free reusable water won’t be the only factor to consider when thinking about
how to keep toxins from entering your body. The main source of toxins is in the water.
Municipal water has hundreds of contaminants in it, many of them being unregulated
contaminants. It is best to fill up your water bottle with healthy, filtered water as often as
possible to ensure that your body is not being exposed to contaminants such as chlorine,
chloramines, pharmaceuticals, gasoline additives, lead, mercury, pesticides, and many
3. Add enhancements
Many people don’t like the taste of plain, boring old water. Combat that by adding fruits
to your water to create delicious infusions! Anything from lemon and raspberries to
watermelon and rosemary works. Just pick your favorite fruit, add it into your delicious
filtered water, and you’re all set!
4. Keep track of how much water you drink
An average human being should be drinking 10 to 12 glasses of water per day. However,
with SXSW going on – there’s going to be lots of exposure to the sun and running from
place to place going on. Think about it. You will probably be sweating a lot over the
course of the week. Drinking about 8 ounces per hour will not only help you make sure
you are keeping toxins away from your body but it will also ensure that you are getting
the right amount of hydration for your active week.
5. Share the knowledge!
Remind those you are with to drink water often. Keep your friends and families from getting
dehydrated while you’re at it so you can all have a fun filled SXSW week!
Genetically Modified Organisms, more commonly known as GMOs, are plants and animals that are created through processes of genetic engineering. GMOs were first introduced in 1996 when major corporations began trying to maximize their yearly profits.
Studies have shown that the percentage of Americans with more than 3 chronic illnesses increased by 5% in that 9-year period. Reproductive disorders, cancer, autism, digestive problems, and food allergies are just a few of the 65 known health risks that skyrocketed with the introduction of these unnatural organisms.
The process of Genetic Engineering (GE) merges DNA from one species into another to create unstable combinations of genes that cannot occur naturally through traditional crossbreeding. This is done in order to create desirable traits such as larger and longer lasting food products.
The health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) plants are evident through the toxins, imbalance of nutrients, diseases, and unnatural reactions that organisms such as plants have to complete natural processes. These processes include photosynthesis, an important factor for life on Earth. By mixing genes from different species together, genetic engineering can result in unpredictable and dangerous side effects. These processes create new and unknown toxins that our world is not accustomed to.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has found organ damage, gastrointestinal disorders, immune system failures, accelerated aging, and infertility in both humans and animals from the intake of GMO foods. GM foods often also leave material inside of our bodies once everything else has been washed out, paving the way for long term problems in your body. Genes from GM foods transferred into the DNA of pre-existing bacteria create toxic insecticides that flow into the bloodstream. Your body has a hard time processing GMOs simply because it was not made to handle unnatural man-made organisms.
Genetically modified foods cause a chain reaction not only in humans and plants, but our environment and the future of our planet as well. GMOs are a permanent creation that will outlast many other things on Earth. By creating new and unnatural species, many other organisms on our planet may become extinct. From that alone, the entire atmosphere of our planet can be altered. It sounds drastic, but GMO toxins are not something to be taken lightly!
As a consumer, it is important to remember that many day-to-day foods are genetically modified to give consumers what they want, for a more profitable price on the business end. Fruits, vegetables, meat, and even dairy products are essential for a healthy lifestyle, especially for children. Many of these essential foods are injected with GMOs so that major corporations can get more for their money. When these products are fed to children, pregnant women, and developing brains, they may begin the slow and steady process of long-term damage to organs, immune systems, and abilities to handle simple everyday tasks. Effects can be fatal if the proper steps are not taken to avoid GMOs.
Below are some simple steps you can follow to avoid bringing GMOs into your life:
1. Read the labels.
The non-GMO project is an American organization dedicated to providing consumers with non-GMO food labels. The foods verified by the project will carry the Non-GMO Project Seal. These products are verified to adhere to the only North American third party standard for the avoidance of GMOs. These foods have not been tested with delinquent ingredients. Products that are labeled NO rBGH (synthetic hormone to increase milk production in cows), NO rBST(synthetic protein hormone), or Artificial Hormone-free, are marks of non-GMO foods.
2. Get educated.
The most important part of a non-GMO shopping trip is to understand which foods are at risk for being GMO. Some of the GM foods available at your local grocery store include soy, sugar, papaya, zucchini, squash, corn, rice, milk, eggs, cheese, honey, beef, salmon, all the way down to the vitamins you put in your body. These foods are just a fraction of GM foods available for purchase. Knowing which ones are at risk for being GMO will save you a lot of time and future health problems.
3. Shop local.
The majority of GMO foods are made through industrial farms where vegetables, fruits, and animals are injected with various genes to help them grow bigger and produce more product to sell. Shopping at farmer’s markets ensures that you will be getting non-GMO foods (after you confirm with the farmer, of course!). Most certified organic produce will also be GMO free.
4. Grow your own food.
Growing an organic garden is not only fun, it’s easy. An organic garden also ensures that you know exactly what is going into your foods. It also ensures that you will have whole foods that you can cook and prepare yourself, rather than processed grocery store foods. And the best part is, having your own garden will allow you to eat fresh and delicious food on a daily basis.
The first days of spring bring warmer weather and a chance to open the windows to let the fresh air in. For many of us, this is also the time to complete a good spring-cleaning in preparation for the warmer days ahead. Before you reach for your stash of commercial cleaning products, consider this:
Most conventional cleaning products are packed with toxic chemicals and unnatural substances. These toxins pollute indoor air with every spray or use. They seep into air vents to circulate throughout the home, into the laundry as it is being washed and dried, and onto tabletops, windows, and surfaces as we wipe them down with everyday household cleaners. That’s not very clean at all!
This year make a commitment to take cleaner, greener approach to household cleaning. As we like to say here at Aquasana, it’s better for you and the environment. We found some amazing home recipes on diynatural.com for all types of household cleaning including glass, laundry and dishes. And now for the fun part: You can customize almost any homemade cleaning solution with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Reuse/Recycle Tip: Before you toss out empty spray bottles, save the sprayer. Sprayer bottle tops can be used on top of many other containers.
1. All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon sodium carbonate
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap ( try Dr. Bronners 100% organic castile soap)
2 cups warm water
Directions: Mix ingredients into a spray bottle (the spray bottle tops can be saved from store-bought bottles to be reused with your homemade cleaners) and shake well before using. Use filtered water for the best results. This cleaner is perfectly safe around children and will help keep the air you breathe clean.
2. Glass Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
Directions: Mix ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well before using. The natural ingredients in this cleaner will help keep your air clean, ensuring that you or your children are not breathing in the harmful fumes.
3. Laundry Detergent
5 ounces of shaved bar soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
Directions: Mix ingredients together in a blender to create a laundry powder. This detergent will help your clothes last longer and keep them looking newer longer. The harmful chemicals will also be gone, preventing them from seeping into your clothes, and again into your lungs.
4. Hand Dishwashing Soap- (Not for dishwashers!)
5 ounces of shaved bar soap
1 cup liquid castile soap
1 cup washing soda
Directions: Mix the shaved soap flakes into boiling water and stir. Once dissolved, add washing soda and stir. Next, add liquid soap and once again, stir until dissolved. Let the mixture cool. Add essential oils for scent. This mixture will rinse away all residue and leave your dishes looking and feeling clean.
Fun. Clean. Green.
Spring cleaning doesn’t get any better than this!
Every year, the world spends over $100 billion on bottled water. The economic value of clean water began in the late 1700s when people began to visit natural springs to drink and bathe in the water. Today, bottled water is a multibillion-dollar business that produces a product that is many times equal to what you can get at the tap – with roughly two thirds of those bottles winding up in oceans and landfills, polluting and poisoning water and wildlife.
According to a 2010 report by Food and Water Watch, 47.8% of bottled water is obtained from municipal tap water. In 2001, 13% of bottled water companies were required to change their labels to list the source of their bottled water. If the label reads “from a community/municipal water system,” you are buying tap water. If the label reads “demineralized,” “reverse osmosis,” or “distilled” water, most likely, you are still buying tap water that has been filtered or processed to remove minerals. The process of reverse osmosis and demineralization remove healthy minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium from the bottled water.
Below, you’ll find some examples of bottled water brands that are essentially just bottled tap water:
• Pepsi’s Aquafina announced in 2007 that it would begin to label it’s bottled water with “Public Water Source” to accurately describe where their water came from: municipal tap water.
• Coca Cola’s Dasani is not natural spring water. Coca Cola admitted in 2004 that the water in their product was just “purified” tap water.
• Nestle’s Pure Life switched from spring water to tap water in 2005 with an increase in advertising leading to a 320 percent increase in sales since 2004.
• Everest water lists it’s source of water as the municipal water supply of Corpus Christi, rather than the advertised pure mountain water.
• Safeway Spring Water chemically resembled tap water with chlorine disinfection byproducts in two different studies done by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
In 2011, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the water bottle industry fails to provide basic information about the water consumers are buying. Their last label survey found that only 2 out of the 188 bottled water companies provided the water source and treatment methods on their labels.
A 2011 Drinking Water Research Foundation study found that the differences in the number of contaminants between bottled and tap water are near to the same. The FDA lists 91 known contaminants in bottled water while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists 96 in tap water. To add to that, the FDA has 4 contaminants on its list which are not on the EPA’s list of known contaminants. In turn, the EPA has 11 contaminants on its list that are not on the FDA’s list of known contaminants. Bottled water companies are not required by the FDA to publish water quality tests. However, the EPA is required to provide water quality
Post Treatment Contamination
The only major difference between tap and bottled water stems down to the delivery methods used to transport the water for consumption. Tap water is delivered to consumers through miles of unlined and poly-lined underground iron, PVC, and lead service lines. As these lines age or leak, they can lead to post-treatment contamination. These toxins have been shown to cause brain damage in infants and children, cancer, and birth defects. Bottled water is delivered in plastic containers that are usually not Bisphenol A (BPA) free. Once sealed, the bottles may remain in storage for months at a time before they are sold. This leads to contamination when toxins from the plastic leak into the water over time. A 2009 German study raises concerns about the regulations around bottled water considered “safe” by the FDA. It was found that a man-made estrogen-like compound was leaking into polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. This endocrine disruptor has the ability to restrict human reproductive hormones.
The safest water you can consume will come directly from a high quality water filter. Try the Aquasana 3-stage under counter drinking water system. The system will remove up to 97% of chlorine and chloramines along with pesticides, herbicides, lead, mercury, pharmaceuticals, and VOCs – up to 60 contaminants from your water. The system will also keep in the healthy minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium so that the water you are drinking is not only clean, it’s healthy for you as well.
Forget tap water – filter your water for healthy living!
The most important part of your day begins the moment you wake up. Sleeping all night will leave you in a dehydrated state and the best thing you can do for yourself is to start the day with a glass of warm, delicious, filtered citrus water. This easy routine will impact the rest of your day positively.
Kick start your day with proper hydration, and your energy levels will go up, making simple everyday tasks easier. You’ll start to crave citrus water regularly. Drinking it often will allow your body to receive the proper vitamins, enzymes, and minerals it needs to function at its absolute best.
Start by using an all-natural citrus fruit (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit) and warm, filtered water. Citrus fruits contain citric acid, calcium, magnesium, pectin, Vitamin C, and many other minerals that will help fight infection and promote immunity. Do not boil the water, simply heat it up and add the lemon into the water to ensure that you are not killing any of the healthy enzymes found in the fruit. Drink the mix every morning and before any meal to ensure you are providing your body with optimum health and hydration.
Listed below are some of the health benefits of starting your day with warm, filtered, citrus water:
Support your immune system
Citrus fruits are high in both Vitamin C and potassium. The potassium will help stimulate the brain and nerve functions while controlling your blood pressure and the Vitamin C will work to keep away the common cold. Pairing a citrus fruit with filtered water will also act as support for asthma, as the Vitamin C in the citrus and pure water will open up your respiratory system to function normally.
Drinking citrus water every morning will make you crave it more often, increasing your water intake. This will prevent dehydration and will help your body focus on the minerals it does need.
Stimulate digestive system
Citrus fruits are high in minerals and vitamins that help flush out toxins in the digestive system by simulating your liver. The water will promote bile production in your liver and that in turn will help the digestion process move along further. Citrus fruits will also eliminate heartburn, indigestion, and vomiting.
Pairing citrus with warm water will make it easier for your gastrointestinal tract to keep your intake of toxins flowing through your body so that you are starting fresh each day. The citrus will increase the rate of urination so that your body can continue to flush out toxins at a faster rate. This will keep your urinary tract healthy and help you detoxify faster.
Balance pH levels
Citrus fruits are an alkaline food. This will leave your body without excess acidity once the citric acid has been metabolized. The metabolized acid will allow minerals from the citrus to alkalize your blood – preventing the risk of disease, as it only happens when the pH in your body is highly acidic.
Drinking filtered citrus water will help reduce “water weight” as you will crave water more often. Drinking water regularly will keep your body from trying to store water. Your body begins to store water when it feels dehydrated, creating bloating from the water. If taken in proper amounts, water will not create extra bloat. Citrus drinks will also help fight your hunger cravings because of their high pectin fiber levels. The fiber will also serve as a powerful antibacterial and improve colon health.
The Vitamin C in lemons helps prevent the formation of wrinkles, acne, and blemishes. It will help kill acne-causing bacteria and will further promote skin rejuvenation from within your body due to its ability to get rid of unwanted toxins. The Vitamin C also helps fade current scars and blemishes if applied directly to the skin as well as reduce pain and inflammation. It can do this by dissolving the acids that cause the pain.
The citrus fruits can also be paired with other foods to get the best possible results. A pinch of cayenne pepper can be used to help raise the temperature of your body and make it easier for you to flush out unwanted toxins. Ginger can help with nausea as will as increase the circulation of blood within your body. Honey and cinnamon will help burn fat. Mint will enhance the citrus’ ability to help clear your skin. There are various other pairings that can help you get the best out of the water. The key is to start with citrus and warm water.
Starting your day with citrus water is an easy routine that will change the way you look at mornings forever!
Washing your hair with unfiltered tap water can not only make your hair hard to manage, but it can cause big damage to it as well. Additives in the water can adversely affect the health of your hair even by preventing further growth while leaving you with dull, flat hair.
Long, beautiful locks were much more common before cities began to put chemicals in the water. Beginning in the early 1900s, cities started permanently adding chlorine and various other chemicals to the public water supply to disinfect and “purify” the water in use. Regular exposure to chlorinated water can cause significant damage to hair by stripping hair of oil. The oil in hair is what protects it from over drying and in turn prevents cracking and splitting easily. With the right approach, healthy hair can once again be possible.
Identifying what kind of hair is most at risk for chlorine related hair damage can help you figure out what home remedy is best to add the healthy glow back into your hair.
· Color and chemically treated hair, dry hair, fine hair, and previously damaged hair face the largest risks for chlorine damage. People with this type of hair definitely use a filter to remove chlorine, should not be wash their hair often, and should eat plenty of protein rich foods and vitamins.
· For those with oily hair, unfiltered water strips your scalp on a daily basis of natural oils. This leaves your body thinking it needs to make up for the oils lost and it does so by producing more oils to protect the scalp and hair, leaving you with over oily hair.
· Long hair is particularly at risk for hair damage, as the effects of unfiltered water will leave hair vulnerable to split ends. Instead, using natural oils in your hair will help keep hair healthy and long.
· Curly hair is difficult to manage and keep healthy even without the chemicals in water. It should not be shampooed on a daily basis to prevent too many minerals from situating themselves into the dense hair fibers.
Below is a list of healthy habits to get glowing, perfect hair:
1. Massage your scalp: Massaging your scalp will increase your blood circulation levels going to your hair follicles and will help your hair grow faster and smoother. Try the Aquasana Shower Filter with Massaging Wand to get the best results.
2. Filter your water: Filtering water with the Aquasana Shower Filter will take the chlorine, chloramines, and hardness that contributes to the stripping of oils out of your water while leaving in the healthy minerals that help your hair grow strong. The water will also help your shampoos and conditioners work better on your hair, as the products will also be stripped of their abilities when paired with the harsh chemicals in tap water.
3. Eat healthy: Eating the right amount of proteins, minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to keep your hair strong are vital to begin taking care of your hair. For example, hair is mostly composed of protein, making it an important factor in how fast and long your hair grows.
4. Use natural remedies: Using natural remedies over store bought products to treat your hair will leave your scalp and hair thanking you. Just as eating healthy can provide the right nutrients for your hair, homemade cleansers can help boost hair growth. Try the remedies below for a refreshing new cleanser that won’t dry out your scalp and will jumpstart your road to beautiful hair.
· For dry scalp: Eggs are high in protein and they provide vibrancy to dried out hair. In a large bowl, mix two egg yolks with 1/8-cup water and two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil. Beat until it is well mixed. Apply the mixture to damp hair after a shampoo and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and let dry naturally.
· For oily scalp: Lemons are high in vitamins and minerals that keep excessive oils away. Squeeze one lemon for it’s juice and dilute it with one cup of warm water. After mixing it, apply to your scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and an all-natural shampoo. Let dry naturally.
Here’s to a beautiful you!
A three-year investigation by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) of the country’s drinking water found that water flowing to about 85 percent of the population contains 316 contaminants – over 60 percent of these have no safety standards and are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Safe Drinking Water Act is undeniably outdated, as not a single contaminant has been added to its list of regulated chemicals since the year 2000. Standards for judging whether or not a chemical is harmful at certain levels have not been updated since 1974.
“Filtering your tap water is the first step to protecting your family from toxins on a daily basis, whether it’s for drinking, showering or cooking,” said Amy Myers, MD, an Austin-based physician specializing in functional medicine. “Government regulations focus on protecting us from the big health risks like waterborne bacterial diseases. The long-term health effects of chronic exposures to trace elements of contaminants in our drinking water are something we all need to take personal responsibility for.”
Some of the most concerning contaminants lurking in your tap water can include:
Lead is a toxic metal that can cause damage to health even at low doses. Corrosion of household plumbing systems and erosion of natural deposits are major sources of lead pollution in public drinking water. The amount of lead found in the water varies depending on how long the water is exposed to the pipes, the amount of corrosion on the pipes, the water’s acidity and the temperature of the water. Lead in drinking water can cause a variety of adverse health effects.
Chlorine is a powerful oxidant added to the water by several municipal water systems to control microbes. Chlorine can be absorbed through physical consumption as well as through your skin while bathing. Chlorine can severely dry skin and hair and cause irritating effects to your eyes and nose.
Chloramines are formed when ammonia is added to water that contains free chlorine. Chloramines are typically added as secondary disinfectant. Chlorine and chloramine, when combined with naturally occurring materials in water, form disinfectant byproducts (DBP’s) which have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory testing.
Mercury is a liquid metal that can be found in various natural deposits. Erosion of natural deposits, discharge from refineries & factories, landfill runoff and cropland runoff are just a few of the ways that mercury can get into public drinking water. Being exposed to high levels of mercury over time can cause kidney damage.
Volatile Organic Compounds include a variety of chemicals emitted as gases. Thousands of products contain VOC’s so it’s no surprise some of these elements end up in our drinking water. When water is heated and vaporized, your body can absorb these contaminants.
Pharmaceuticals are synthetic chemicals that are found in prescription, therapeutic and veterinary medication. They commonly make it into the water stream from poorly controlled manufacturing facilities and improper disposal.
Herbicides enter the drinking water system by accumulation in public soil and water sources. Most commonly, they enter the water system from rainfall and irrigation which wash herbicides off farmlands and into lakes and rivers. Atrazine, a herbicide commonly used on golf courses, can interfere with the bodies hormonal activity and reproductive organs.
Pesticides travel through sewers that run from drains within the home, carrying all wastewater to treatment plants where they remain untreated throughout the detoxifying process. There are hundreds of different compounds with few tests and studies on how these contaminants may impact our health.
Cysts are a microbial parasite that can be found in lakes and rivers and can enter the water through sewage, leaking septic tanks and runoff from feedlots. Many cysts are resistant to the water disinfection process making cysts a health risk in tap water.
Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether is used in gasoline throughout the country to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels from auto emissions. MTBE can leak into water through seepage of underground storage tanks, pipelines, spills, and discharge from water engines into lakes and rivers.
The safest way to ensure that these toxins do not make it into your body is to have your water tested to determine which contaminants your tap water may contain. Once you have identified the contaminants present, you can select a water filtration solution that is best for you.
Aquasana drinking water filters remove 96% of chlorine and chloramine and 58 additional contaminants including those listed in this post.
As consumer awareness of contaminated tap water increases, many are looking for water filtration solutions. With many to choose from, it is important to understand the benefits and limitations of the different types of water filtration solutions available.
Here at Aquasana, we are often asked about the difference between reverse osmosis purification systems and selective filtration systems. While both are effective at removing contaminants, the filtration processes are indeed different and there are things you need to know about making an informed decision before your final purchase.
Reverse osmosis (RO) is a process of separation that uses water pressure to force the source water through a semi-pervious membrane that retains the solid contaminants on one side while allowing water to pass on to the other side. This membrane is effective at removing anything that is bigger than a water molecule. This process takes place through ion exclusion, where a concentration of ions emerges from a barrier at the membrane to allow water molecules to pass through without letting the contaminants do so. A typical reverse osmosis system will provide approximately 10% purified water, leaving the other 90% as wastewater. Because of this, reverse osmosis systems require a drain. In practical terms, this means it takes 10 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of filtered water. The remaining 9 gallons is wastewater.
The reverse osmosis process removes fluoride, sodium, sulfate, nitrate, iron, zinc, mercury, lead, arsenic, chloride, and cyanide, along with a few other water contaminants. Because RO systems are effective at removing solids from water, they also demineralize the treated water. RO systems remove healthy minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Without these minerals present, the water can become acidic. Some reverse osmosis systems can be equipped with a re-mineralization system to add back in healthy minerals and balance pH.
Many filters use carbon filtration technology to retain contaminants inside the carbon substrate preventing them from flowing through for consumption. Through the process of absorption, contaminants collect on a large surface area where molecules exert force for other molecules to attract to. The longer the water stays in contact with the carbon, the more contaminants can be absorbed from the water.
Aquasana’s Claryum selective filtration technology uses 4 different filtration technologies to tackle contaminants in unfiltered water. Activated carbon, catalytic carbon, ion exchange and 0.5 micron mechanical filtration technologies combine to form Aquasana’s Claryum Selective Filtration. The activated carbon reduces organic chemicals while the catalytic carbon targets chlorine and chloramines specifically. The ion exchange process filters heavy metals like lead and mercury and the 0.5 micron mechanical filter captures asbestos and chlorine resistant cysts like cryptosporidium and giardia, making the water safe to drink.
Aquasana selective filtration is effective at removing over 96% of chlorine and chloramines, and over 99% of lead and mercury. Additional contaminants the system is tested and certified to reduce include: herbicides, pesticides, cysts, asbestos, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), pharmaceuticals, and a long list of additional water contaminants from the water while leaving in beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These filters also minimize water waste on the environment.
Before making a purchase, it is important to know the health benefits of any drinking water system. It should pass NSF/ANSI standards including NSF #42 for aesthetic effects and NSF #53 for health effects. NSF standard 42 establishes a minimum requirement for the point-of-use systems to reduce aesthetic contaminants such as chlorine, chlorine taste, odor, and particulates that may be present in drinking water. NSF standard 53 sets the parameters for POU systems designed to remove health-related contaminants such as lead, mercury, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, volatile organic chemicals, methyl tertiary-butyl ether, and other harmful contaminants from drinking water. Note that the NSF 53 certification does not mean that all of these contaminants are tested – manufacturers can choose any of them to test to get this certification, so be sure the list includes VOCs, lead, mercury and any other elements you want to ensure your filter tackles.
System Pros vs. Cons
Drainage system required
Results in acidic water
No VOC reduction
Claryum Selective Filtration
Chorine & chloramine reduction
50+ other contaminants removed
No fluoride reduction
No nitrate reduction
Whether you use city water or rely on water from a private well, it’s smart to know what’s actually in your water. Clean, healthy water is one of the most important things you can do to maintain healthy living.
Most people believe the tap water they receive at home is safe to drink. But this really depends on what one deems as “safe”. According to a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), over 316 contaminants have been found in the nation’s drinking water. Over 60% of these contaminants have no standards and are not regulated.
Over time, the increased use of water disinfectants, pesticides, herbicides and ongoing environmental pollution all contribute to the contamination of our drinking water. If you drink tap water without filtration, it is likely that you’re consuming chemicals and contaminants including chlorine, chloramines, led, mercury, pesticides, herbicides and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)—a chemical cocktail of sorts.
Fortunately there are steps you can take to become informed on the quality of water coming into your home so you can make informed choices on the action to take, including filtering your water.
Water Quality Report:
The first step is to review your local water report. Each year you should receive a water quality report typically called a Consumer Confidence Report or Water Quality Report before July 1st. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all drinking water suppliers to provide this report annually. This report provides water quality statistics on regulated water contaminants. This report will tell you where your water comes from and contaminants that may be present in your water, including which chemicals are used for water disinfection.
You can also access your water quality information online. The EWG maintains a national drinking water database and the EPA maintains a directory of water quality reports. In addition, most local water suppliers also have this information readily available on their website.
Home Water Tests:
Water can become contaminated as it passes through the distribution channel and even as it passes through the pipes in your home. A home water test will give you a general indication of certain contaminants present in the water from your tap. Home water tests are available at many home supply stores and online. Depending on the home test kit, you can test for a variety of contaminants including E.coli, lead, pesticides, nitrates/nitrites, chlorine, hardness and pH. Even though these tests can be less than 100% accurate, it is a fast and easy way to identify the contaminants present in your water.
Independent Lab Test:
Submitting water samples to an independent testing lab is by far the most accurate way to determine the quality of your water. Although a bit more expensive (most start at around $100), lab tests are quite extensive and provide accurate readings when the lab instructions are followed exactly.
At Aquasana, we use National Testing Labs to test our customer’s water. The results from these tests are used to customize water filtration solutions to meet the exact needs of our customers. The price of the lab test can be used toward a water filtration solution making it a smart choice for those who are ready to take actions to improve the quality of their water.
Important Note about Well Water:
If you receive water from a well, it is important that you have your water tested at least once a year. Most well water is not regulated or monitored for quality and it is up the homeowner to ensure the water is safe to use. Well water can be susceptible to bacteria, iron, hardness and a host of other environmental contaminants. Each of these problems can be easily solved with the proper filtration, softening and anti-bacterial solutions in place.
If you have questions about testing your water, let us know and we’ll connect you with a water specialist on our team!
New Year, New You. The slogan you’ve heard or seen at least twice a day since January first. No matter how many times you’ve heard it, the New Year truly is the perfect opportunity to get a fresh start or improve on any habits you’re already doing. A common resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle and we’re behind that 100 percent. If you’d like to make it longer than the first full week of January, we’ve got some tips to help you along the way.
When it comes to exercising, try starting with a goal of three times a week. If you’re already going three times a week, try five. The goal is to ease into the routine so to not make the habit a dreaded one, but something you look forward to accomplishing each week. For healthier eating, incorporate one vegetable or fruit in every meal. Soon, it will become a habit and you can strive for a step up by trying a Meatless Monday.
Your water intake is one of the most important aspects of any weight loss plan. Increasing water intake naturally speeds up metabolism and allows the body to better assimilate nutrients from the foods and nutritional supplements we consume. The quality of water you consume is equally as important. If you’re consuming water with chemicals like chlorine, chloramine, lead or other pollutants, much of the liver’s energy is spend on filtering contaminants instead of processing fat into energy. Remove the chemicals from your drinking water to ensure you are fueling your weight loss efforts with the healthiest water for optimal hydration and fat burning. Make water your primary beverage and try to consume two glasses of water before each meal.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We’re all human. Sometimes we will slip up and miss a day or indulge on a carb-filled meal, but if you beat yourself up on those occasions, it is likely to deter you from your change all together. Give yourself a mini reward once in a while, it will help curb the need to want to “cheat” on your diet or exercise plan. If it helps to see your progress, try Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret.
It is easier to stay on track when you have a support group. Making and sticking to a resolution can be daunting, but positive affirmations from friends, co-workers and loved ones definitely boosts morale. At Aquasana, we’ve joined together for a 90 day weight-loss challenge encouraging each other to eat healthier, exercise and drop body fat. A weekly weigh in marks progress and gives a little nudge for those who need it. In the end, our main focus is to become a healthier team and spread encouragement to anyone who seeks it.
Best of luck!