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Health, Water Filters and You
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:24 PM

If you are health conscious and desire to live a long and healthy life, it's important to consume a sufficient quantity of safe and healthy water everyday. When we don't get enough water, or the water that we take in is contaminated, our bodies aren't able to function at their maximum efficiency. The human body is made up primarily of water (70%), and must have water to survive and thrive.

Water is the most basic substance our bodies need to function. It's impossible to truly be in good health without getting enough water. On average, most people don't consume nearly as much water as their bodies really need, and many people exist in a constant state of some level of dehydration.

Even individuals who do consume enough water often put their health at risk by consuming the wrong kind of water. Unfiltered water is contaminated with chlorine, volatile organic compounds, lead, and other potentially harmful substances. Consuming contaminated water is dangerous, and certainly prevents people from being able to enjoy the health benefits of water.

When it comes to drinking water for wellness, it's certainly just as important to consider the quality of the water one is consuming as it is to make sure one is getting a sufficient quantity of the life sustaining liquid. The best way to make sure your body is able to function at peak capacity is to drink a sufficient quantity of thoroughly filtered water every day. You'll stay hydrated and won't have to worry about ingesting contaminated water that can be harmful to your health.

So what is the best source of filtered, healthy water then? The first answer for many people would be "bottled water". However, bottled water, due to several factors, is clearly not a healthier or purer alternative to tap water. Also, bottled water is outrageously expensive when compared to the cost per gallon of tap water. If one is choosing only between tap water and bottled water, tap water is plainly the more economical, and, in many cases, the healthier choice. Despite this assertion, tap water does not remain without its problems. The concerns over the quality and safety of tap water that sparked the growth of the bottled water industry are still entirely present. Tap water is nowhere near free from dangerous contaminants.

Tap water and even bottled water are flawed resources for healthy water – What about Water Filters?

Water filters currently provide the best and healthiest solution to the problems of both bottled water and tap water.

It's best to take a quick look at the good reasons why people choose to have their home water filtered. Some consumers simply want filters to remove what makes water smell or taste funny. Among the contaminants that do so and which filters can control are iron, particulates and chlorine, according to NSF International, an independent, nonprofit group that evaluates filters and certifies that they meet standards for removing substances from water.

Water filters remove more dangerous contaminants than any other purification method, and they are uniquely designed to work with municipally treated water. The water they produce is not subject to phthalate contamination, and filters are able to remove cryptosporidium from drinking water, a feat that neither municipal water treatment plants nor bottled water companies have yet to manage successfully.

Also, drinking filtered water is a far more economical practice than drinking bottled water. The pure water product of a water filter costs very little more than untreated tap water. Furthermore, because water filters use no more energy than is already required to propel water through a home’s plumbing system, they circumvent several of the environmental problems of the bottled water industry. Using a water filtration system means you will not be contributing to plastic recycling and disposal issues either.

At this point in time, there is simply no better choice-for purity and economy-than filtered water.

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3 Essential Reasons Your Body Needs A Supply of Clean Water
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 01:51 PM

We are constantly urged by doctors and nutritionists to drink enough water on a daily basis, but most people do not realize just how important having access to clean water truly is.

Water and oxygen are the two most essential elements that our bodies need in order to survive for even a short period of time. There have even been studies that have shown that if a 175 pound man would lose only 2.5% of the water in his body, which equals about 2 quarts, his body would be 25% less likely to survive. There are many symptoms that can tell you that your body is beginning to dehydrate, and most experts say that if you are feeling thirsty, then you're likely already dehydrated and should seek out clean water immediately. Depending on the circumstances, a person can die within 24 hours if they do not have access to water, although that is generally only true if someone is laboring over a hot summer. Most people may live up to three days without water, but while that seems like a long time, remember that your body can survive for weeks without food. There are three very essential reasons that you should always have access to good, clean, healthy, water.

Losing Water

Most people don't realize that they actually lose water every day, whether they are indulging in a strenuous workout or simply going about their daily business. The smallest amount of water that you will lose in a day is about two liters. In order to avoid dehydration, most people need to have access to clean water on a daily basis and need to drink at least a gallon of water a day. The more of a workout you are putting your body through, or the hotter the day, the more you need to have clean water. Dehydration is a very serious condition that can cause a number of different symptoms and can even lead to a fatal conclusion. When your body is dehydrated, your blood becomes thicker, and your muscles must work harder in order to pump it through the circulatory system. The dehydrated person will begin to lose their ability to think straight and, as stated, can die in just a few days.

Lymphatic System

Water is also very important because it helps to remove wastes and toxins from your body through the lymphatic system. You may notice that you are getting ill if one of your lymph nodes are swollen. The lymphatic system carries the clear lymph fluid through various organs in your body, including the digestive system and your tonsils. It is responsible for transporting and absorbing fatty acids, but more importantly it is also responsible for transporting white blood cells around the lymph node system and into the bones. Water helps to flush the lymph nodes out making your work much more efficiently.

Digestive Problems

Someone who is not drinking enough water will quickly find that they are having a problem even removing the waste from the body. Constipation is not only a frustrating condition to deal with, but it can also be one that can cause a host of other problems, including toxic overload syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and loss of appetite. Water helps to push the food through the intestines and bowels and makes eliminating much easier and more comfortable.

There are a great many reasons why it is important to include not only water in your daily activities, but clean water. After all there is no point in drinking a gallon of water a day, if you are only going to be putting things like parasites and bacteria into your body. So make sure that you're not only getting your daily recommended amount of water, but that the water that you’re drinking is clean.

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Why You Need A Water Filtration System
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 01:12 PM

A frighteningly wide variety of contaminants, ranging from toxic metals and synthetic chemicals to biological parasites can be found in American tap water. According to a recent EPA report, the United States’ water supply is home to over 2,000 kinds of potentially cancer-causing agents. While this information might prompt you to pick up bottled water the next time you’re thirsty, the solution isn’t that simple. Studies have indicated that bottled water is also home to many invisible contaminants, making it just a more expensive version of the same old problem. This data alone supports the broad benefits of water filtration systems but let’s take a closer look at the specific benefits of filtered water.

The benefits of an in-home water filtration system are vast. Purifying your own water supply is, in most circumstances, the most affordable and convenient means of insuring clean water for you and your family.

As a society that produces 80,000 toxic chemical byproducts on a daily basis, we live in a near-constant cycle of pollution. A large percentage of those pollutants eventually find their way into the water. Because the planet’s water supply is constantly reused and recycled, many of those contaminants are omnipresent in our water supply and, what’s worse, steadily growing. Although we have water treatment plants tasked with cleansing the water supply, the truth is that our current water treatment facilities are not equipped to handle the most potentially harmful toxins.

Municipal water treatment technology has been basically unchanged for over a century. In these plants, water is treated by being filtered through sand beds. The intent of this process is to eliminate visible pollutants to give the water a clean appearance. Afterwards, the water is chlorinated in an effort to purge organic bacteria. However, this process does nothing to combat synthetic chemicals which can be among the most detrimental of pollutants.

A home water filtration system is an easy and economical way to guarantee fresh, healthy water and avoid risking exposure to contaminants. Consider that at the turn of the 20th century, none of these pollutants were in our environment and cancer was only found in one out of every 50 American citizens. Now, just over 100 later, in a time when we’ve since been introduced to thousands of environmental toxins, one-third of Americans are diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. In the last 25 years alone, the rate of childhood cancer has ballooned by 300 percent.

Because cancer is largely the result of accumulated chemicals in the human body, a water filtration system can be a good first line of defense against future health problems, including cancer and other degenerative diseases. Water is the primary means through which our bodies purify themselves. If the water we drink isn’t pure, we’re never effectively purifying ourselves.

And let’s not forget taste. Water filtration systems eliminate a number of factors that can have an adverse effect on the way water tastes. Most filtration systems eliminate traces of lead, radon, radium, pesticides, and even byproducts of municipal water treatment that can seriously diminish the drinking quality of water in your home. With a home water filtration system, you’re guaranteed a refreshing drink every time.

So now that we know about the necessity of water filtration, what’s the best way to implement a system in your home? Water filtration systems can be broadly divided into two categories: Point of Use versus Point of Entry.

Point of Use systems filter the water a certain location, such as a sink or a shower. This can include anything from a simple filtered water pitcher to a small, faucet-mounted unit to a more complex reverse-osmosis unit. A reverse osmosis water filtration system cleanses water via a pressurized membrane that pulls out all chemicals and other microbes. Although these systems use a considerable amount of water to get the job done, they are highly effective in providing the cleanest water possible.

Point of Entry systems are a bit more involved. This kind of system filters an entire home’s water supply at the source, meaning the water dispensed at every faucet in the house is filtered. This includes things like water softeners and the less-familiar aerators. Aerators are filtration devices that utilize jets of air to remove pollutants.

Of course, there are many options within these two categories, and you’ll get the best results by determining your particular water filtration needs. Everything from a single faucet to a washing machine to an entire home can be outfitted with a water filtration system. In an age when the risks of unfiltered water are so rampant and the solution so relatively simple, it’s time to seriously consider a filtration system of your own.

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