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If you notice that you are going through three liters of water at work alone, you may think that you are drinking too much water, but you are nowhere near a level that is dangerous to your health. It’s great that you are drinking a generous amount of water throughout the work day. Staying hydrated at work is one of the best things you can do for your health.
There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) for water, but there is an adequate intake level (AI). For example, the AI for women is approximately 2.2 liters, which is more than the eight 8-ounce glasses that many health experts recommend. Whether you decide to drink the 2.2 liters or eight glasses, you will be making an excellent decision regarding your health.
The amount of water you need to drink every day is very individualized due to how much physical activity you do on a daily basis, or how hot it is where you live, but there are five easy tips to follow in order to make sure you’re getting the right amount of water for you.
1. Avoid being thirsty!
You feel thirsty for a reason. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need more water to function properly and avoid being dehydrated. Don’t ignore it. Research from as early as the 1960’s tells us that people underestimate the amount of fluid they need to re-hydrate, so it’s always safe to drink a little more than you think you need.
2. Don’t drink it all at once!
The old trick that says if you drink a glass of water before you eat so you get full faster… doesn’t work. You should also not drink so much water that you feel full. That much water at once is overkill, and the full feeling is telling you so. If you drink too much water in a short period of time, that’s when water toxicity occurs. Spreading out your water over the course of the day is the only good way to keep yourself constantly hydrated.
3. Aim to wake up feeling hydrated!
Waking up thirsty is a good sign that you aren’t getting enough water during the day, and that you should consume more fluids. Also, pay attention when you step on the scale in the morning. Your weight can fluctuate due to the fact that you aren’t getting enough fluids during the day.
4. Bottle your own!
You are much more likely to drink water if you carry it with you. If you don’t have to go to the vending machine to buy a bottle or wait to get one on your lunch break, you’re more likely to keep yourself hydrated. Also, if you want to avoid all of the waste that comes with drinking bottled water, grab your own reusable bottle and fill it at home.
5. Filter it!
What is one of the best ways to get yourself to drink enough water? Make sure to drink water that is refreshing and tastes good. Installing a drinking water filter in your home is a great way to make sure your water is healthy and delicious! Aquasana drinking water systems are a great way to take out more than 60 contaminants and leave in the good stuff such as magnesium and calcium. Find them at aquasana.com.
Summer can be tough on hair. The elements we expose our hair to in the summer can cause it to become dry, brittle, damaged, and overall, unhealthy. Here are a few tips to help prevent hair damage and keep our hair looking healthy and beautiful all summer long!
Wash your hair daily with filtered water:
At the end of the day after exposing yourself to all kinds of elements, you know your skin is extremely dirty. On top of being exposed to the same elements, your hair follicles produce sebum, or oil, as your scalp perspires. Washing your hair every day is the single most effective way you make your hair and scalp healthier. The best thing you can do for your hair (and skin!) is to use filtered water. Using an Aquasana shower filter, designed to remove over 90% of the harmful chlorine in tap water, is one of the best choices when it comes to making your hair healthy and beautiful!
Treat your hair to tea:
Try an herbal tea rinse for your hair—it’s a great way to boost your hair’s natural highlights! Use lemon or chamomile for blond hair, black tea for brown or black hair, or red zinger for copper or red hair. To do it, boil a gallon of Aquasana filtered water, add four tea bags, and let them steep for three to five minutes in a large bowl. Then let the water cool to room temperature. Lean over the sink, flipping your hair over your head. Pour the tea over your hair and let it drip into the sink. Then put a shower cap over your hair and let the tea sit for 10 minutes before rinsing, shampooing, and conditioning as usual. It’s so easy to do, but gives you big results!
Heat it up:
Use the sun’s heat to your advantage! While you’re poolside or at the beach, treat your hair to a deep conditioning mask, comb your hair into a bun, and let the product go to work while you lounge. This protects hair from salt or chlorinated water and gives you extra softness and shine.
Eating a healthy diet, full of omega-3 fatty acids (found in foods such as salmon, spinach, and omega-3 rich eggs) can keep your hair strong and looking healthy and shiny. The nutrients in these foods help nourish your hair and keep it healthier for longer. Supplements such as flax seed oil can also be added to your diet to boost your intake of essential fatty acids (EFA’s).
Don’t soak up the bad stuff:
Limit the amount of saturation from pool or ocean water by brushing a few drops of natural neem hair oil through your dry locks with a boar-bristle brush, then dousing your hair with fresh water. Hair can absorb only so much liquid, so if you enter chlorinated or salt water with wet hair, you’ll prevent some of the water from penetrating if your hair is already wet. The oil acts as an additional barrier due to the fact that oil and water don’t mix.
Not too cold, not too hot:
Wash your hair with lukewarm water. Some people put ice in the water in which they wash their hair to make it cold, when in reality, the water temperature should neither be too hot nor too cold; it should be balanced. Water that is either very hot or very cold can dry out and damage hair.
Keeping your hair protected during the summer is one of the most important things you can do in order to keep your hair looking great all year long!
The Simple Secret Insiders Know for Lustrous Locks and Supple Skin
Austin, TX (June 28, 2013) – It’s rumored that self-indulgent celebs bathe in bottled water to maintain star-quality hair and skin. The secret to the water is actually the lack of one element: beauty enemy chlorine. Think of how dry skin and hair is after a dip in a chlorinated pool. While tap water doesn’t contain as much chlorine as a pool, levels are high enough to have a drying effect on skin and hair.
An easier and less expensive alternative to buying cases of bottled water is a simple shower filter. “One of the most important things you can do for your hair is to wash it with filtered, chlorine-free water,” says celebrity stylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda Salon. “Your hair will be noticeably softer and shinier, your scalp will be healthier and hair color will stay true and last longer.”
Aquasana, maker of best-in-class water filtration systems, offers shower filters that reduce chlorine by 90% and retail for as little as $30. The removal of chlorine not only benefits hair, but also reduces harmful effects that can contribute to the premature aging of skin. Additionally, the filters enhance the performance of beauty products – providing valuable savings on pricey shampoos, conditioners and soaps.
Vanity isn’t the only reason to install a filter. Shower filters also improve air quality by reducing vaporized chlorine and many users with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema see improvements after only a few weeks of use. More information can be found at Aquasana.com.
Aquasana is a leading water filtration company with the sole focus of providing best-in-class water filtration products so everyone can enjoy great-tasting, healthy water. Based in Austin, Texas, the company markets drinking water filters, shower filters, and whole-home water filter systems that remove over 60 harmful contaminants from water including chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, lead, and mercury. Aquasana water filters are engineered to preserve the healthy minerals in water, which include calcium, magnesium and potassium resulting in healthy, great-tasting water. For more information visit www.aquasana.com.
Do you know what’s in your water? Do a little digging and it’s likely you’ll be disturbed when you discover the whole story. According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study of the country’s drinking water, 316 contaminants have been found in the nation’s drinking water. Over 60% of these contaminants have no safety standards and are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Quite simply, government regulations and water treatment facilities haven’t kept up with the steady increase in contaminants resulting from new technologies like alternative disinfectants, increased use of pesticides, herbicides, natural gas drilling and the like.
So what’s the best way to ensure that you’re drinking the safest water possible? Bottled water is not a trusted alternative as it’s often unregulated, expensive and plastic waste is taxing on the environment. The EWG recommends that consumers use home water filters for the cleanest, safest water. Do a little research and you’ll find not all water filters are created equal. In fact, our Aquasana drinking water filter systems will remove up to 10X the amount of contaminants as the leading drip filter pitcher. In addition to filtering your water at home, it is important to educate yourself on what contaminants could be flowing into your home. Here are three of the worst offenders commonly found in municipal tap water.
Water treatment facilities are increasingly using chloramines – a combination of chlorine and ammonia – to disinfect tap water. By adding ammonia to the mix, chlorine will not evaporate as readily, thus keeping the disinfectant chemicals in your water longer. This new chemical concoction is used to disinfect water for longer periods of time, from water treatment through delivery to your home. A nationwide study on water treatment contaminants conducted by the EPA reported that chloraminated drinking water had the highest levels of an unregulated chemical family known as iodoacids. Some researchers consider one of the iodoacids, iodoacetic acid, to be potentially the most toxic of all disinfection byproducts (DBPs) found to date based on its DNA-damaging capabilities in mammalian cell tests.
It’s common knowledge that lead poisoning can lead to a horrifying host of issues, including irreversible loss of IQ and developmental disorders in children. What’s little known is that chloramines – as opposed to the traditional disinfectant chlorine – corrode lead pipes, which can lead to the discharge of toxic levels of lead in drinking water. As chloramines become more widely used, lead contamination in water has increasingly become more of a threat. In 2004, Washington D.C.’s switch to chloramines — and the subsequent cover up of dangerous lead levels in drinking water by officials — caused a public health crisis and the eventual reversal of the use of the disinfectant.
The widespread use of pesticides and herbicides in agriculture results in the chemical runoff of these toxic substances to lakes and rivers. In many communities these chemicals directly contaminate the source water supply. Pesticides can affect human health and the environment depending on how much chemical is present and the length and frequency of exposure. In large amounts, some pesticides have been shown to cause long-term negative health effects such as cancer and organ damage in laboratory testing.
These toxins may top the list, but tap water can also be contaminated with chlorine, other heavy metals and pharmaceuticals among others. The safest route for peace of mind — and the best shot at long term health — is to install a home water filtration system customized for individual issues. Home water test kits are easy to procure and advanced water filtration systems, such as our Aquasana drinking water filtration systems, can be customized to suit specific needs. Based on extensive research, Aquasana has developed water filtration systems that are NSF Certified to remove 97% of chloramines, reduce over 60 common water contaminants including lead and pesticides, while retaining healthy minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Check out our line of Aquasana drinking water filters here.
On Earth Day weekend, Aquasana Green Garage Initiative allows Austin and Travis County residents the opportunity to clear their garages, storage sheds and supply closets of common waste items, which should not be disposed of in residential trash or recycling. Household and car batteries, used motor oil, paint and anti-freeze will be collected at the Four Hands Furniture Outlet These materials will be reused or properly recycled.
Not properly disposing of household and car batteries, used motor oil, paint and anti-freeze is harmful to the environment and can lead to water pollution. Because Austin’s drinking water sources include our local lakes and aquifers, Aquasana wants to help the community reduce pollutants in our source water by preventing hazardous runoff.
The Aquasana Green Garage Initiative provides a convenient opportunity for North Austin residents to responsibly dispose of their batteries, oil, paint and anti-freeze. All other residents of Austin and Travis County are welcome to drop these items as well. The project also seeks to raise awareness of the City of Austin’s year-round programs to protect Austin’s environment and reduce, reuse and properly recycle household hazardous waste.
Austin-based Aquasana, a leading manufacturer of water filtration systems, created the Green Garage Initiative as a resource for Austin residents because they believe that healthy living starts with healthy water. For more information, visit aquasana.com.
Placing a small, easily accessible recycle bin in your kitchen is an easy way to encourage you to recycle those plastic containers, bottles, cardboard boxes and other recyclables that you would normally just toss in your trashcan out of convenience. Most cities will provide you with a free recycle bin. I find that I just keep my big ol’ recycle bin out in the garage because it is too big (and unattractive) to keep in my kitchen. Unfortunately, by not having a designated recycle bin in my kitchen, I fail to recycle as much as I should. To remedy this, I recently added a small plastic bin and designated it for recyclables only. My kitchen recycle bin fits neatly next to my fridge and I’ve noticed a huge change in my recycling behavior!
I have recently been poking around online to find a more attractive and innovative recycle bin idea. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Get the classic steel recycle bins in the picture above. They are great for separating out paper, glass and plastic recyclables.
These Kangaroom Recycle Bags are a fun twist on the boring old recycle bin.
For those of us looking to reduce the amount of harsh chemicals we keep in our homes, finding an effective natural solution for whitening our white clothes and linens can be difficult. Concentrated chlorine bleach is toxic and can be harmful to our health; it can also destroy clothing over time. Here is an excellent way to gently and naturally whiten and brighten your white clothes without using chlorine bleach or other harsh chemicals.
What you’ll need: lemon slices, water (chemical-free, filtered water for best results) and a clothing line or spot to hang your clothes to dry in direct sunlight.
1. Start by filling a large pot with filtered water. Bring water to a boil.
2. Add lemon slices. I usually use one normal sized lemon all sliced up.
3. Turn off the heat and add your white clothes to the pot. Let soak for at least two hours.
4. After soaking, gently ring out clothes and hang out to dry in direct sunlight. Note: If you do not have a place to hang clothes in the sun, you can always use your regular dryer on a low heat setting.
Why this works:
Lemon juice has been used as a whitening agent for years. The citric acid in lemons gently and effectively fights stains and unlike chlorine bleach, is even safe to use on colors. Sunlight is also a powerful and completely natural bleaching alternative. Drying your clothes outside on a clothing line with not only brighten and refresh your clothes, but it will help cut down your energy bill and save you some money. As always, we recommend using Aquasana filtered water to clean and wash your clothes. Unlike tap water that is ridden with chemicals including high amounts of chlorine, Aquasana filtered water is virtually chlorine and chemical-free. Clothes washed in filtered water last longer and stay brighter than those washed in unfiltered, chlorinated water.
Click here to check out our home filtration solutions so you can start filtering your water.
In many communities across the country, the disposable plastic shopping bag has been banned. You don’t need to wait for a mandate to make this super simple change that goes a long way to reduce plastic waste. Gather up all those paper and re-usable bags lying around the house. Place a stash in in the trunk of your car so you can “BYOB” wherever you go, significantly reducing your contribution to plastic waste.
Prefer a shopping bag that reflects your personal style? Just follow the easy instructions below for making your own re-usable shopping bags or lunch bags.
How to Make a Reusable Shopping Bag
Materials you will need:
• 2/3 yard of fabric
• Sewing Machine
• 40” of nylon strapping for handles
Cut out the following 5 pieces:
2 pieces: 12 inches by 15 inches (front and back)
2 pieces: 6 inches by 15 inches (sides)
1 piece: 6 inches by 12 inches (bottom)
If you want to make a bag of different size, adjust the measurements above accordingly.
Step 1: Place the front and bottom pieces together, right sides facing in and sew together
Step 2: Take the back piece and place it together with the other side of the bottom piece, right sides facing in, and sew together. You should now have a long rectangle of fabric: front-bottom-back.
Step 3: Place a side piece against the front of the bag, right sides facing in, and sew together.
Step 4: Bring the back piece to the open side of the side piece, right sides facing in, and sew together
Step 5: Sew the bottom of the bag to the bottom of the side piece.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 to attach the other side to the bag.
Step 7: Fold a section of the top of the bag in towards the inside of the bag. About ½ inch. Pin fabric and sew around the top.
Step 8: Cut the 40 inch strip of nylon material in half. Attach one end of the strap to the front of the bag and the opposite end to the back of the bag. Make sure strap is secured in the same location on each side of the bag. Attach the other strap in same manner, leaving at least 6-8” between the straps.
We all have items we have stored away in the shed, garage or simply discarded in the yard somewhere. Now that Spring is upon us, now is the perfect time to find a new use for these items. Do some Spring cleaning and set aside items that can be used for planting instead of being hauled off to the landfill.
The following items make fabulous new homes for plants and flowers and can add an element of interest to your yard or front entry:
1. Plumbing fixtures
Sinks and bathtubs make great planters. Drainage is already accommodated for and the addition of some gravel in the bottom of the piece is all that is required to prepare the fixture for planting.
Old chairs, benches, vanities and dressers can be transformed to interesting yard art. Cut holes in the tops of chairs or vanities to hold recycled plastic pots. Make sure there is drainage beneath the planters. Coating the exposed surface with an eco-friendly sealant is recommended.
3. Plastic containers
Even though many plastic containers are recyclable, it can be fun to find new uses for things instead of just discarding them. Any plastic container including milk jugs, water bottles and storage containers can be used for plants and seed-starting. Clean the plastic container with soap and water and add drainage holes. The rest is up to your imagination. Try starting some seeds. It’s a super cost effective way to start herbs and veggies all year long.
4. Old dishes
Be it a favorite dish that has broken or a super interesting find at a flea market. Old dishes make beautiful containers for flowers and herbs. If drainage holes are not possible, line the bottom of the dish with gravel for drainage.
According to the EPA, more than 290 million scrap tires are generated each year. Fortunately, used tires make long-lasting, inexpensive raised beds.
Imagine all the garden design possibilities by using recycled and re-discovered items in your own home and yard. Enjoy!
What is MTBE?
MTBE(methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is a chemical compound that is produced in large quantities as a fuel additive to help gasoline burn more effectively to reduce air pollution. So what’s it doing in our drinking water?
MTBE has been used in U.S. gasoline at low levels since 1979 to replace lead as an octane enhancer. Since 1992, MTBE has been used at higher concentrations in some gasoline to fulfill the oxygenate requirements set by Congress in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. MTBE was used across the US up until the last decade as a gasoline additive to make the fuel burn more thoroughly and reduce air pollution. Anytime this toxic chemical leaks or spills on to the ground, the toxins seep into the ground and contaminate natural ground water sources.
MTBE is now a commonly found contaminant in drinking water across the United States. The EPA reports a growing number of studies have detected MTBE in ground water throughout the country; in some instances these contaminated waters are sources of drinking water.The MTBE gasoline additive is now banned in many states due to the elevated risk of brain tumors, liver cancer, blood cancer, and kidney cancer when inhaled or ingested from tap water.
Who is affected?
Almost everyone in the United States breathes in or drinks some MTBE. However, some states have seen dangerously elevated levels of MTBE contamination and have banned its use. New York and California banned MTBE use in 2004, and twenty-three other states followed suit by signing legislation banning MTBE by 2005. The current court battle in New Hampshire alleges pollution of 40,000 wells with 5,590 of them reaching levels that make the water unfit for human consumption.
What you can do to protect yourself from MTBE:
If you are concerned about MTBE in your water make sure you are using a water filter that removes this harmful toxin. Aquasana water filters are certified to reduce MTBE in tap and well water. For more information on the specific impact of MTBE on your local water source contact your local EPA drinking water office for more information.