March 22: World Water Day

World Water Day 2011March 22 every year is World Water Day. And what is World Water Day? Not another Hallmark holiday, I can assure you. World Water Day is an education and awareness program that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Environment and Development Conference. World Water Day 2005 marked the beginning of a Decade of Action, between 2005 and 2015, during which Word Water Day each year would focus on a specific problem facing global water supplies. 2010 was “clean water for a healthy world,” 2009 was “transboundary waters: sharing water, sharing opportunities,” but my personal favorite was 2001’s discussion on “water for health – taking charge.”

World Water Day 2011 is about water for cities and the many issues and challenges facing cities regarding sanitation, waste water and drinking water. According to the World Health Organization, in 2005 40% of the world’s population did not have access to even a simple pit latrine, and 20% did not have access to a source of clean drinking water. I hope advocacy and education programs like World Water Day have improved those numbers, but the situation for so many people is so grim.

There are World Water Day events going on in a lot of cities worldwide today, with the main event taking place in Cape Town, South Africa. Learn about the issues and challenges, and take part in some local events if you have the time.

3 Recipes to Dress Up Your Water

Ever heard this one? “I want to drink more water, I just get so bored with it! I need taste!”

A-MEN!

infused water recipesSome people are happy with a slice of lemon, some just guzzle water when it is super cold to avoid having to taste it. But there are more interesting ways to liven up your water to make it taste great and still enjoy the numerous benefits to your health and well-being. Our favorite way at Aquasana is to infuse the water with various vegetables, fruits and herbs. We served our three favorite recipes at the Natural Products Expo West last week, and they were such a big hit, we wanted to share the recipes in detail here.

 

 

 

 

Cucumber Savory

Yield: 1 ½ quarts or 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cold Aquasana filtered water, divided
  • 20 thin slices cucumber
  • 2 lemons, sliced thin
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, slightly crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, slightly crushed

Preparation:

In a 2- to 2 ½-quart pitcher, fill the bottom with about 1 cup of water. Add the thyme and rosemary and use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly crush the herbs. Add the lemon and cucumber, then the rest of the water. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add ice cubes made from Aquasana water just before serving and enjoy!

Tangelo Dream

Yield: 1 ½ quarts or 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cold Aquasana filtered water, divided
  • 10 strawberries, sliced thin
  • 2 tangelos, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, slightly crushed

Preparation:

In a 2- to 2 ½-quart pitcher, fill the bottom with about 1 cup of water. Add the mint and use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly crush the leaves. Add the strawberry and tangelo, then the rest of the water. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add ice cubes made from Aquasana water just before serving and enjoy!

Watermelon Cooler (not served at Expo West)

Yield: 1 ½ quarts or 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cold Aquasana filtered water, divided
  • 1 ½ C watermelon slices
  • 2 lemons, sliced thin
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, slightly crushed

Preparation:

In a 2- to 2 ½-quart pitcher, fill the bottom with about 1 cup of water. Add the mint and use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly crush the herbs. Add the watermelon and lemon, then the rest of the water. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add ice cubes made from Aquasana water just before serving and enjoy!

Alternative recipes

  • Plum and cinnamon (served at Expo West—tasty but subtle, and the plums sink!)
  • Pineapple and mint
  • Raspberry and lime
  • Cilantro, lime and jalapeno
  • Tarragon leaves with blueberries and raspberries
  • Cucumber, honeydew and mint
  • Tomato slices with fresh horseradish
  • Strawberry, kiwi and mint

What are your favorite ways to dress up your water? Do you know more infused water recipes? Share your secrets with us!

 

 

Natural Products Expo West Roundup

The Expo was a huge hit! Preparing for the Expo was a ton of work, but our efforts were completely worth the trouble. We met so many lovely people and introduced them to Aquasana and the realities of filtered water, which is always a good thing.

Highlights

New bottle cap colors

AQ-CAPS new bottle caps

 

We showed off our new bottle cap colors at the show. Everyone loved choosing their favorite color! The blue seems to be the most popular, then red and green. These will be on sale on our website soon—stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mao

Dr Mao
Dr. Mao joined us on Saturday afternoon to sign books and advise people on improving their longevity and overall health. There was a line of people waiting before he even got there! We loved hosting Dr. Mao, and will continue to work with him to help spread the word about the importance of filtering water and taking care of yourself.

 

New booth
Amid much excitement, we debuted our new booth at Expo West. The more streamlined and softer construction brought people in on all sides, and we got a number of compliments! People especially loved the ability to fill up their free glass water bottles (that we provided) with chilled water from the twin Aquasana water chiller taps at the end.

 

 

 

 

Infused water

Aquasana Infused Water

We supplied samples of yummy infused water concoctions for our new friends. From left to right, we served

1) Lemon, cucumber, rosemary and thyme
2) Strawberry, tangelo and mint
3) Plum and cinnamon

Women tended to like the cucumber/lemon infusion the best, and men generally preferred the orange and strawberry. The plum was tasty, but very subtle, and the plums sink, so it didn’t look as appealing as the other two.

 

 

Shout outs
And last but certainly not least, we’d like to send a big, happy shout-out to all of our new friends: Seventh Generation, Dr. Mao, True2o, Rodale News, Evolution Fresh, Bert’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, Kor bottles, Ciao Bella Gelato and all our new friends!

Aquasana heads west: EXPO WEST

Natural Products Expo West is right around the corner (next week!) in Anaheim, California, and we’ll be there! We have a new booth, some great giveaway items, delicious samples and guest appearances! There will be something for everyone, so come on by and say hi.

Aquasana Oasis, Booth 4178, Exhibit Hall D: Infused Water Recipes

Come visit us at the Aquasana Oasis and refresh from the exhaustion of the Expo: enjoy a bottle of delicious water (and keep your bottle), have a seat, relax. We’ll be sharing some great infused water concoctions each day (while supplies last), so make sure to stop by early!

Featured flavors:

• Tangelo, strawberry, mint
• Lemon, cucumber, rosemary, thyme
• Plum, cinnamon

We’ll be serving the water only while supplies last each day, some come by early!

Special guest appearance by Dr. Mao!

And Saturday ONLY from 3 pm-6 pm, come by to see Dr. Maoshing Ni (Dr. Mao), author and longevity expert. He’ll be signing copies of his latest book, Secrets of Longevity: Dr. Mao’s 8-Week Planner, and talking healthy tips for a long life!

Giveaways:

We’ll also be giving away products every day: drinking filters, shower filters and bottles. If you want a bottle, just come by and tell us you’re thirsty. And to score a filter, follow @aquasana on Twitter and keep an eye out for instructions on how to enter the at-show giveaways.

We hope to see you there!

11 Easy Ways to Drink More Water in 2011

For the start of the New Year, and to help our friends and fans get a great head start on those New Year’s goals, we rounded up 11 expert tips from nationally renowned health & wellness and culinary experts, including bestselling longevity expert Dr. Maoshing Ni, bestselling weight-loss expert Dr. Ann Louie Gittleman, and Chef-to-the-Stars Lulu Powers, whose clients have included Madonna, Will Smith and Bill Clinton.

Read the original release.

If you’re like most people, losing those last few holiday pounds is high on your list of to-dos this month. Fortunately, one of the best diet aids is free, abundant and right at your fingertips: water.

Healthy WaterAccording to research from Virginia Tech, dieters who started each meal with two eight-ounce glasses of water lost an average of five pounds more than those who didn’t. Researchers say this is the first study that provides real evidence that water’s appetite-suppressing benefits translate into actual weight loss.

But you know the saying, “You can lead a horse to water…”

Fortunately, these 11 easy tips from a variety of health and wellness experts are sure to make you drink:

1. To make water taste better, Todd Bartee, the CEO of Aquasana, a leading maker of water filters for the home, recommends using an easy-to-install countertop filter to strip out the chlorine and other chemicals that are put in tap water to disinfect it. Says Bartee, “Once you remove the contaminants, you’re left with the most pure and delicious water you’ve ever tasted. You’ll notice a difference immediately.” Top consumer rating organizations recommend Aquasana’s AQ-4000 counter top filter, which uses a patented process to remove the chlorine, pesticides, lead and other chemicals in tap water.

2. Chef-to-the-stars, Lulu Powers, who just released a new cookbook, Lulu Powers Food to Flowers, recommends adding slices of orange, mint or cucumber to your water to complement meals.

3. Powers also suggests adding specialty ice cubes made from fresh fruits and herbs for an extra hint of flavor and to up the aesthetic factor.

4. Ann Louie Gittleman, Ph.D., author of the national bestseller, The Fat Flush Plan, recommends diluting your juice with water, adding less and less juice—and more water—as time goes by.

5. Dr. Gittleman also recommends including in your diet water-rich foods like broth-based soups, lettuce, broccoli and citrus fruits.

6. Dr. Maoshing Ni, author of the bestseller, Secrets of Longevity, and the just-released follow-up, Secrets of Longevity: Dr. Mao’s 8 Week Program, refers to filtered tap water as “a key to losing weight.” Says Dr. Mao, “Filter your own water with a high-quality water filter like the one from Aquasana and drink it throughout the day to help with fluid retention. It is also a natural appetite suppressant.”

7. Dr. Mao also suggests making a “detox soup” with filtered tap water, seasonal vegetables like kale and winter squash, dried beans and legumes and aromatic herbs and spices. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for a couple of hours.

8. Track and monitor your daily water consumption by downloading an application for your phone such as Water Me or Water Your Body. www.itunes.com/appstore

9. Substitute a cup of warm water with a drop of honey for the coffee you might have after lunch and dinner. This will also help you eliminate caffeine, which dehydrates the body.

10. Outsmart the mid-afternoon blood-sugar blues. Set the alarm on your phone to ring at 3 pm to remind you to stop and drink a full glass of water before the afternoon munchies hit.

11. Design your own, one-of-a-kind, stainless steel water bottle to make drinking water more fun and a way to express yourself. This works especially well with kids. www.siggskins.com

Do your post-holiday detox right this year!

Detox from the holidaysGet out there and walk
Everybody does it: over-indulge just a bit in December: take some extra egg nog, eat some extra pastries. Hey, you earned it, right? 2010 was one difficult year all around! But once the holiday decorations are safely boxed up again and your life begins to resume its normal shape, you turn your mind to making some changes in your life to fully realize a new and more healthy you. Be it changes in your beauty regimen, vowing to exercise more and consume less, or tailoring your diet to help you look and feel better, most everyone spends the first week in January taking stock and making some commitments to change for the better. Well, when it comes to making changes, there are some best practices and recommended changes you can make that will help you do it right in 2011 and make the changes permanent.

Set goals and make incremental changes
I know you’ve heard it before, from nutrition experts, personal trainers and life coaches who stake their reputations on knowing how people and their bodies work: SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF. And I’m not talking those Big Dream goals, I mean the small ones that you can celebrate next week and a month from now. (And steer clear of rewarding yourself with food—get a massage, buy yourself some new clothes, or treat yourself to some spiffy new deco for the house.) If your goal is weight loss, make a plan to lose 1-2 pounds a week (which is typically what doctors recommend). Losing a lot of weight by taking on an extreme low calorie diet or crash diet rarely lasts beyond the last day of starvation. And when making all those lovely long-term plans, make sure to identify and implement incremental changes to help you get there. Changing everything at once—promising to go from carnivore to vegan, run 15 miles a week and volunteer for 10 hours of charity work every week—will more than likely end in miserable failure, unless you have truly Herculean amounts of self-control and discipline. (And if that’s the case, more power to you!)

Post-holiday detox changes you can make today:

Replace one soft drink a day with waterExchange one soda for a glass of water. Nutrition experts and doctors the world over have banded together to loudly decry the continued mass consumption of soft drinks and other high-sugar beverages. Whether diet or full sugar, these drinks are bad news and often spell disaster for well-meaning dieters’ weight loss goals.

Exchange one impulse, nutritionally deficient snack for a healthy snack a day.Eat one more healthy snack a dayEating an apple and a handful of almonds in the afternoon, as opposed to a grab bag of chips or a candy bar, will help boost your energy and still those hungry grumblings until dinner. For a super boost, try Runa, a tea-like drink that imparts the benefits of caffeine without the crash and the less savory side effects of another cup of coffee or an iced tea.

Get a little more exercise every day. And by this, I am certainly not telling you that you need to join an expensive gym, or hit the treadmill for an hour every morning. I am a firm believer in slowly and steadily increasing exercise until you reach a goals. Walk around the block tomorrow morning. 5 minutes. Nice and slow. Try to go a little bit faster the next day. Maybe make it 2 blocks the next day, or next week. If you work up to a place where you feel uncomfortable, back off a bit until you feel better about it. If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up. Just relax and enjoy being outdoors!

Forming habits
Experts say that it takes 60 days, more or less, to form a habit. Performing the same action on a regular basis for 60 days will make it automatic and less a matter of will power and discipline. So instead of surveying your long-term fitness or nutritional goals with dismay, commit to making a few tiny changes, repeat for 60 days, and then consider adopting some more. With time, luck, and a little perseverance, you WILL successfully detox from December 2010, and be in a great position to reach your goals for 2011. Make a plan today to ring in 2012 with a great deal of style and no guilt at all!

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