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Chemicals 101: Fluoride, Exposed March 16 2017, 0 Comments

 

Environmental science is a growing field. However, environmental research and city policy have often butted heads. This is no different in the case of fluoride, which has been added to metropolitan water since the late 1970’s. While officials claim to keep fluoride for the dental well-being of their citizens, they ignore studies that hold fluoride to be anything but beneficial.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is the 13th-most abundant element on Earth’s crust. It is a negative anion of fluorine and is present in most metals.

Because it occurs naturally, trace amounts of fluoride are present in groundwater and soil. However, it can also be synthesized in labs.

Why is Fluoride a Health Concern?

The release of a 1975 study that correlated fluoride consumption with lower levels of dental decay gave rise to excessive consumption of the mineral, especially after cities began adding it to municipal drinking water without the consent of constituents. Since this time, institutions like Harvard University, the WHO, and the EPA have documented the negative effects of excessive fluoride consumption.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular study comes from Harvard, which found a correlation between excessive fluoride consumption and lowered I.Q. Since the study’s, over 50 replication attempts have yielded similar results. According to the Fluoride Action Network, the question is no longer whether excessive fluoride consumption lowers I.Q. Rather, it is what dose of fluoride, and for how long.

Scientists have also researched the negative effects of fluoride on the body, specifically the bones and teeth. Skeletal fluorosis, characterized by the pitting, darkening, and weakening of the bones and teeth, has been associated with individuals with lifetime exposure to excessive fluoride. In the same vein, a 2006 study published in Cancer Causes & Control identified a possible link between excessive fluoride consumption and osteosarcoma in boys.

Finally, the WHO has determined that the regular consumption of fluoride at rates exceeding 1.5mg per liter of water can exacerbate neurological conditions, like epilepsy, as well as gastrointestinal conditions.

How does Fluoride Contaminate Water?

Although fluoride occurs naturally and has been consumed via groundwater for centuries, it has only been added to water over the past three decades. Especially in areas with high counts for natural fluoride, this means that individuals are consuming potentially deadly levels of the mineral.

The rarity of natural fluoride contamination is worth noting. In areas without fluoride-treated water, measurements rarely exceed half of the EPA’s safety limit of 4 parts per million (ppm). From this information, environmentalists have long concluded that fluoride contamination happens via human intervention, rather than from natural causes.

Is Fluoride Regulated?

Currently, fluoride levels are regulated at the municipal level. Since most U.S. cities still fluoridate their water, and since some U.S. cities base their fluoridation levels on frequently-updated measurements, it is impossible to determine a national average.

The EPA and the WHO, on the other hand, have established safety limits of 4ppm and 1.5mg per liter, respectively. Still, the EPA warns that damage can happen with long-term exposure to even a quarter of these amounts.

How to Remove Fluoride from Your Water

As Fluoride is a natural element, it is difficult to remove all fluoride from your water. Trace amounts, however, have long shown to be harmless. Thankfully, too, Adya Clarity provides an affordable solution for avoiding dangerous fluoride levels; it traps 100% of fluoride ions and brings levels to below EPA detectability.

At once naturally-occurring and potentially-harmful, fluoride is the frenemy of environmental scientists and city politicians, alike. However, until municipal officials recognize that excessive consumption of fluoride does more harm to well-being than good, to teeth, it is up to the people to act. Thankfully, with the help of Adya Clarity, you can prevent your family and friends from excessive fluoride exposure.

Sources:
Blank, Tara & Connett, Michael. “Fluoride & I.Q.: The 50 Studies.” FluorideAlert. Fluoride Action Network, 11 Sep. 2016. url: http://fluoridealert.org/studies/brain01/.
Choi, A.L., Sun, G., Zhang, Y., & Grandjean, P. “Developmental fluoride neurotoxicity: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” PubMed. National Center for Biotechnology Information, Oct. 2012. Abstract. url: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22820538.
Mercola, Dr. Joseph. “Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers I.Q.” Mercola. Dr. Joseph Mercola, 7 Aug. 2012. url: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/07/effects-of-fluoride-to-children.aspx#_edn1.
Mercola, Dr. Joseph. “No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities.” Mercola. Dr. Joseph Mercola, 20 Sep. 2016. url: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/20/fluoridated-water-less-cavities.aspx.

Introducing: The Adya Water Affiliate Program February 16 2017, 0 Comments

 


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A Resolution Worth Sticking To January 15 2017, 0 Comments

 

“New year, new me,” as the old cliché goes. Over the past decade, losing weight and eating healthier have topped New Years’ resolutions among most Americans. However, according to Forbes, only 8% of Americans stick with their resolutions for a full year.

With hectic schedules and even less pleasant lifestyle changes associated with losing weight and eating healthier, infused water – that is, unsweetened water flavored with natural fruits, vegetables, and herbs – can make it easier, and tastier, to meet your personal goals. Here are some of our favorite recipes:

1. Blueberry + lemon + cucumber

This trio infuses a powerful combination of antioxidants, vitamin C, and muscle-strengthening properties when placed into water. Blueberries fight free radicals while increasing insulin sensitivity, allowing the body to better determine instances of hunger and satiety. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, with just two tablespoons of lemon juice alone containing nearly a quarter of the daily recommended serving. Cucumbers, furthermore, contain an element called silica, which repairs muscle fibers. By preventing illness and strengthening your body, this mix adds layers upon layers of protection.

2. Orange + vanilla bean + cinnamon

A warming combination for a cold winter’s day, this infusion helps fight disease while also lowering cholesterol. Like lemons, oranges (and pure orange juice) contain almost an entire day’s serving of vitamin C. Vanilla Bean offers a smooth contrast to orange’s more acidic flavor, while also preventing liver and joint inflammation. Cinnamon adds spicy savor to the mix, while additionally lowering bad cholesterol and, by extension, blood pressure. Spicy and sweet, and infusion of orange, vanilla bean, and cinnamon is not to be missed.

3. Pear + raspberry + rosemary

Pears are interesting, for they contain fibers that cleanse the colon, even after long-term submersion in water. Likewise, more recent studies suggest these same fibers may help lower blood pressure. Raspberry and Rosemary also do wonders for the blood. Raspberries contain iron, which increases oxygen flow as well as brain performance. Rosemary augments this asset, acting as a natural stimulant for blood flow and metabolic activity. Basically, if you desire weight control and a sharper start to the new year, pear, raspberry, and rosemary are the way to go.

4. Lemon + sea salt

Known as the classic salt water flush, lemon and sea salt gently cleanse the colon by, in not-so-polite terms, forcing a bowel movement. This mixture reduces bloat and water retention and adds nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and potassium when created with real, non-processed sea salt. In all, while lemon and sea salt have long been the tried and true method for reducing weight. What modern research tells us is they provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well.

5. Lemon + aloe + orange + mint

As we have mentioned before, lemon and orange alone cap daily vitamin C requirements. Aloe and Mint harmonize well with their citrus flavor, creating an infusion that has just the right amount of sweetness, tanginess, and brightness. Aloe also contains a substance called latex which, like sea salt, provides a gentle laxative effect. However, unlike its more popular relative, Aloe does not have the same dehydrating effects. Mint, on the other hand, acts as a natural stimulant for both metabolic and digestive functions. In all, lemon, orange, aloe, and mint are a more exotic option for your latest detoxing endeavors.

As Americans gravitate toward natural solutions for their personal goals, infused water has become more common in everyday households. And of course, far more combinations are possible beyond the blends addressed in this list.

Finally, as a word of reminder, filtered water gets rid of toxic chemicals, and makes your infusions healthier. As you make changes this year, keep in mind that Adya's home water purification and filtration products, can help you reap your resolution’s ultimate benefits.

Sources

“Benefits of a Salt Water Flush, Including Detoxing + Pooping.” Dr. Axe, Dr. Axe, n.d. url: https://draxe.com/salt-water-flush/.

“Health Benefits of Mint.” OrganicFacts, Organic Information Services, n.d. url: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-mint.html.

Billings-Smith, Lana. “What Are the Health Benefits of Vanilla Extract?” LiveStrong, LiveStrong, 16 Apr. 2015. url: http://www.livestrong.com/article/298410-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-vanilla-extract/.

Diamond, Dan. “Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They Do It.” Forbes, Forbes Media, LLC, 1 Jan. 2013. url: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#6863f0b6304c.

Dillon, Katie. “8 Reasons Why You Should Drink Cucumber Water.” LaJollaMom, La Jolla Living, 23 July 2012. url: http://lajollamom.com/drink-cucumber-water-health/.

Leech, Joe. “10 Proven Health Benefits of Blueberries.” AuthorityNutrition, Authority Nutrition, n.d. url: https://authoritynutrition.com/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries/.

Leech, Joe. “8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Aloe Vera.” AuthorityNutrition, Authority Nutrition, n.d. url: https://authoritynutrition.com/8-proven-health-benefits-of-aloe-vera/.

Manistas, Andrea, and Monaco, Emily. “7 Health Benefits of Cinnamon You Need to Know.” OrganicAuthority, Organic Authority, n.d. url: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/11-health-benefits-of-cinnamon.html

Raidt, Dana. “6 Immune-Boosting Infused Water Ideas for Winter.” HelloGlow, Hello Natural, 15 Jan. 2015. url: http://helloglow.co/5-new-health-and-beauty-boosting-infused-water-ideas-for-winter/#_a5y_p=3190321.

Ware, Megan. “Pears: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information.” MedicalNewsToday, MedLexicon, 22 Nov. 2016. url: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285430.php.


Holly Jolly (Hydrated) Holidays December 22 2016, 1 Comment

Your mouth feels dry and sticky like it’s filled with syrup or sugar. You also feel sluggish and drowsy, even though the season has allowed you to catch up on much-needed sleep. Some chalk it up to end-of-year fatigue, and others call it the holiday blues, but doctors know the real cause of these symptoms: dehydration.

Many people don’t know when they’re dehydrated, and even more, don’t know the symptoms of dehydration. However, you can prevent it this winter by knowing the symptoms, and what to do about them.

What Causes Dehydration?

Dehydration has several causes, the holiday diet among them. During this time of year, we consume more simple sugars and salty food. We also consume fewer fruits and vegetables than typical, at other times. Holiday sweets bring elevated blood sugar, which causes increased urination and water loss. Salty food does the opposite, causing us to retain water and, thus, feel less thirsty. Both instances, however, rarely bring us to increase our water intake.

Symptoms of Dehydration

As mentioned above, symptoms of early-stage dehydration are hard to detect: your mouth may feel dry, and you may feel tired, but it’s normal to associate these signs with other lifestyle choices, like a poor diet or lack of sleep. In fact, we frequently misinterpret the dry mouth symptom as hunger.

However, as dehydration progresses, more symptoms crop up. For instance, you may develop a headache, because the body has depleted the water stores that surround the brain. You may also experience muscle cramping and weakness because a lack of water limits the flow of electrolytes through the blood stream.

In addition to giving attention to the symptoms, however, there are simple tests that will help you tell whether you need something to drink. The first, called a skin test, is when you pinch yourself, raising skin about ½ centimeter high. If your skin doesn’t spring back within a few seconds, you may be dehydrated. The second test, called the urine test, is a little more self-explanatory. If your urine is darker than light yellow, you need to hydrate better.

Staying Hydrated

We said before that staying hydrated is more difficult during the holidays, due to the holiday diet and our own difficulty identifying signs of dehydration. Luckily, there are many simple tips that you can follow to make hydration easier.

Beginning with the least obvious, try to maintain a diet full of fruits and vegetables, even during the busy, sugar-filled holiday season. Foods like grapes, oranges, and watermelon have up to 92% water and are excellent sources of vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, and K. Combined, the water content and electrolytes help you not only stay hydrated but prevent electrolyte deficiencies, as well. Vegetables, like broccoli, cucumbers, and green beans do similar work while adding fiber that will keep your dessert cravings at bay.

Unfortunately, not all holiday parties will have a vast selection of fruits and vegetables. If this is the case for you, then look for foods higher in water content, like gelatin dessert (Jell-O), fruit pies (crust optional), or even potatoes. While these may not be the most nutritious options, they can still help you attain your hydration goals while avoiding excessive fat, salt, and sugar levels.

Of course, if the food lets you down, you can still hydrate with the old-fashioned stuff, water, during the holidays. Eight, eight-ounce glasses per day are still recommended, but feel free to drink more if you still feel thirsty. What’s more, avoiding diuretic beverages, like alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, or adding an extra glass of water for every diuretic beverage consumed, will further prevent dehydration this season.

Finally, while water is great, purified water is even better. Whether visiting your loved ones or inviting them to your home this holiday season, make sure to have the best in water treatment with an Adya water filter or the portable Adya Clarity® water purification solution.

Sources:

 Borland, Sophie.  “Is dehydration the reason you’re tired ALL the time? One in five ‘don’t realise they need eight drinks a day.’” TheDailyMail, Associated Newspapers Ltd., 25 May 2015. url: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3096702/Could-one-five-GP-visits-dehydration-New-study-claims-fatigue-epidemic.html

George, Nancie.  “6 Unusual Signs of Dehydration.” EverydayHealth, Everyday Health Media, LLC, 1 Feb. 2016. url: http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/unusual-signs-of-dehydration/

“Grapes.” World’sHealthiestFoods, The George Mateljan Foundation, n.d. url: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=40

Lerner, Abby. “Top 30 Hydrating Foods.” Shape, Meredith Corporation, 2016. url: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/top-30-hydrating-foods

“Oranges.” World’sHealthiestFoods, The George Mateljan Foundation, n.d. url: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=37

Szalay, Jessie.  “Watermelon: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts.” LiveScience Reference, Purch, 7 Oct. 2014. url: http://www.livescience.com/46019-watermelon-nutrition.html

Verity, Alicia.  “Top 5 Ways to Stay Hydrated During the Holidays.” iTriage Health Blog, iTriage, 30 Nov. 2009. url: https://blog.itriagehealth.com/top-5-ways-to-stay-hydrated-during-the-holidays/

 


Chemicals 101: Chromium-6, The Silent Carcinogen November 11 2016, 0 Comments

Environmental policy has made strides in reducing greenhouse gasses and embracing renewable energy. However, while the water is clearer, something still lurks in its shallows. Made famous by the Erin Brockovich case, chromium-6 still takes headlines even 23 years after becoming a national concern.

What is Chromium-6?

Chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment as well as artificially in manufacturing waste. Despite being organic, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has linked it to cancer in rats and humans.

Why is Chromium-6 a Health Concern?

As stated above, the EWG has linked consumption or exposure to high quantities of chromium-6 to cancer in humans and rats. Furthermore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alerts that extended exposure to chromium-6 may damage eyes, lungs, and respiratory pathways. Chromium-6 also contains corrosive properties, such as aggravating allergic contact dermatitis (rashes) on the skin and eroding tooth enamel.

How Does Chromium-6 Contaminate Water?

Chromium-6 occurs naturally in the environment and is most common in topsoil and rocks. Industrial waste, such as that of leather, textiles, metal alloys, and pigments is the source of artificial occurrences of this same mineral.

The fact that it thrives in topsoil and rocks means that naturally occurring chromium-6 can easily reach water sources, like lakes, ponds, and older wells. Furthermore, leather and textile industries usually do not provide a barrier between their waste and the ground, allowing industrial chromium-6 to seep into the soil. Finally, as metal alloys and pigments typically form the bulk of architectural projects, what chromium-6 they contain may reach water sources, as well.

Is it Regulated?

OSHA has established regulations for chromium-6 in shipyards, construction, and general industry. Simply put, these guidelines require that all who are exposed to chromium-6 wear some sort of protective covering.

As far as water goes, things are not as strict. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a limit for total chromium, at 100 parts per billion (ppb). However, since chromium-6 and chromium-3, an essential nutrient, exist in unequal amounts, chromium from some water sources may consist of 100% chromium-6.

Some independent groups have called for stricter guidelines. However, they are not in effect nationally. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), for instance, set a public health goal of 0.02ppb in 2011. Unfortunately, this legislation was struck down in 2014, for the far more lenient 10ppb. In 2010, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-governmental organization, has conducted its own research, finding chromium-6 in over 75% of 60,000 samples of drinking water around the United States. While this evidence supported the OEHHA’s case for a legal limit, it did not spur any legislation of its own.

Simply put, chromium-6 is not, as itself, regulated by national policy. What results is that both private- and public-sourced water consumers are at risk for cancer, gastrointestinal disruption, and skin inflammation.

Fortunately, you can gauge your risk with a test. While municipally-administrated screenings are usually more accurate, personal tests are also available online.

How to Remove Chromium-6 From Your Water

The United States has yet to establish a protocol for removing chromium-6 from municipal water supplies. However, products such as Adya Clarity® convert chromium-6 to chromium-3, a vital nutrient your body uses to process sugars, proteins, and fats.

Other solutions include buying bottled water or collecting spring water. Nonetheless, bottled water usually comes from a tap, and bottle waste does more harm to the environment than it benefits, public health. Spring water comes without the waste, but not without the exposure to topsoil, sediment, and air pollution that may contain chromium-6.

Environmental science and steadfast activism have helped the conservationally-concerned fight for renewable energy, sustainable sources, and healthy resources for consumers, and work remains to be done. Although it will be long before lawmakers put hexavalent chromium at the top of their lists, using Adya Clarity® will help you cultivate your own healthy environment and, as news spreads, community.

Sources:

"Contact Dermatitis: Facts About Skin Rashes." WebMD, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/contact-dermatitis#1.  Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

"Safety and Health Topics: Hexavalent Chromium." OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hexavalentchromium/healtheffects.html.  Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

“Chromium Toxicity: Where is Chromium Found?” ASTDR, Center for Disease Control, 10 Dec. 2013, https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=10&po=5.  Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

“Frequently Asked Questions: Chromium (III) and (IV).” DHSS, Delaware Health and Social Services, http://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/files/chromiumfaq.pdf.  Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

“Hexavalent Chromium Testing.” CASLab, ALS Environmental, 2014, http://www.caslab.com/Hexavalent-Chromium-Testing/.  Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

Norris, Courtney.  "What is chromium-6 and how did it infiltrate America's drinking water?"  PBS NewsHour, NewsHour Publications, 26 Sep. 2016, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/chromium-6-wash-many-drinking-supplies. Accessed 10 Nov. 2016. 


Breaking: Chromium-6 Creepier than Clowns October 10 2016, 0 Comments

To most Americans, the United States is one of the cleanest nations in the world: we have the most sanitary hospitals, the cleanest bathrooms, and, of course, the most drinkable water.

We cannot comment for the first two, but the latter leaves much room for interpretation. According to the EWG, over 75% of water sources in a 60,000-sample survey measured above-average levels of Chromium-6 between 2010 and 2015. Indeed, decades after its first appearance in court, this toxin continues to invade American homes.

What is Chromium-6?

Chromium-6, called hexavalent chromium, occurs naturally and is a common ingredient in paints, dyes, and pigments. A powerful anticorrosive, it is also used in manufacturing plants to harden and treat alloy metals and water towers, to lower water temperature.

Although a common industrial element, Chromium-6 has a dark side. Prolonged exposure can damage the kidneys, liver, skin, and eyes, and can induce or aggravate certain respiratory systems. The substance also has carcinogenic properties, a two-year study by the National Toxicology Program deeming it responsible for cancer in a significant sample of laboratory mice and a Chinese study linking the element to stomach cancer.

While 26 states have established strict limits against Chromium-6 in the workplace, what quantities of the substance appear in waste go largely ignored. A prime component in the ash that blows out of smoke stacks, the insidious chemical falls on unprotected land where it damages soil and, yes, groundwater.

What have we done?

As documented in the film Erin Brockovich, environmental activists began taking a stand against Chromium-6 in their homes and environments as early as the year 2000.

However, thanks to lobbying and lack of public awareness, their efforts have made little progress. In California, for example, legislators raised the proposed limit of 0.02 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb, or over 500 times the original proposition. Similarly, New Jersey and North Carolina tried to pass bills regulating levels of Chromium-6 to 0.06 ppb, only to have their bids multiplied several times over. These go leaps and bounds over the efforts of most states, which have set no definite limit for levels of the toxic chemical.

As you can see, the fight for better water has been anything but crystal. The EPA has established a “safe” limit of 10 ppb which, often surpassed, puts America at risk for 12,000 excess cases of cancer per year.

What can we do?

Until legislators and state officials open their eyes to the reality of the situation, the outlook appears grim. It is estimated that treating water to attain even the astoundingly high 10 ppb limit will cost the country over $20 million, an amount that legislators are quick to cut.

Nonetheless, you can protect your own home by treating your water with Adya Clarity®. Cheap and easy-to-use, Adya Clarity® converts toxic Chromium-6 into Chromium-3, also known as trivalent chromium. Unlike its cousin, Chromium-3 is nutritionally beneficial and helps the body process certain sugars, proteins, and fats. While possibly toxic in high levels, it does nowhere near the damage of Chromium-6 and can help you make the most of a healthy diet.

Other sources may encourage you to drink bottled water or to collect spring water straight from the source. While the second solution does not pose a threat to the environment as do, plastic bottles, the prevalence of Chromium-6 in the soil and the air indicates that even the freshest natural H2O may put your life on the line.

It looks like the Erin Brockovich story has only just begun. However, by using Adya Clarity®, you can ensure that you and your family will see it through until the end.

Sources:

Andrews, David, and Walker, Bill. “Erin Brockovich Carcinogen in Tap Water of More Than 100 Million Americans.” EWG, Environmental Working Group, 20 Sep. 2016, url: http://www.ewg.org/research/chromium-six-found-in-us-tap-water

“Frequently Asked Questions: Chromium (III) and (VI).” DHSS, Delaware Health and Social Services, n.d., url: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/chromiumfaq.pdf

“Hexavalent Chromium in California’s Water.” AdyaWater, Adya Water, 7 Nov. 2013, url: https://adyawater.com/blogs/adya-news-1/9987601-hexavalent-chromium-in-californias-water

“Safety and Health Topics: Hexavalent Chromium.” OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, n.d., url: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hexavalentchromium/


Prevent Colds in the Cold September 21 2016, 0 Comments

When holiday decorations appear in stores, we know that only weeks wait until carolers hit the streets, and our families gather together for warm, wholesome feasts. Sadly, the season of holiday cheer also means heading to the stores to stock up on cough drops, cold medicine, and strong-smelling decongestants. Little did we know that the answer to our wintertime woes was right in our kitchens.

Hydration in Winter – Already a Challenge

It’s natural to welcome cold temperatures after a hot summer and finally be able to sip tasty, hot beverages without breaking a sweat. Unlike summer treats, however, our bodies don’t beg for water after indulging in these sugary – often caffeinated – delights. This is because our blood vessels, the body’s natural temperature regulators, constrict when exposed to cold temperatures. While this evolutionary phenomenon keeps icy air from freezing our fingers and toes, it also suppresses our thirst cues, which rely on blood volume. With less space for blood to flow, our body believes that it no longer needs hydration.

Diminished thirst signals pose a real problem when mixed with our fall and winter diet and clothing choices. We tend to eat saltier meat during these months, as well as starchier vegetables. Neither of these has the water content of their summer counterparts and can even have a diuretic effect. Furthermore, heavier clothing requires our bodies to exert more energy to move – yes, you can break a sweat. Thankfully, sipping regularly will keep the negative side-effects of both your aunt’s famous ham and your ugly holiday sweater in-check.

Why Water Means Wellness

Science has long confirmed that water benefits the human body. It plays a significant role in maintaining your weight, clearing your skin, and ridding your body of toxins. What’s more, during cold and flu season, it can also help you combat the sniffles or prevent you from getting them, in the first place.

Although over-the-counter cold and flu medications help lower fevers and make it easier to sleep in times of illness, water is the go-to trick for minor symptoms. For instance, warm water – and the steam that comes with it – helps to loosen mucus, aerate sinuses, and prevent coughs from stealing away your voice. Mixed with lemon or honey, it coats sore throats and gives your body an extra dose of Vitamin C, great for those who prefer to join the chorus.

Less obviously, water alone replaces fluids lost during fever via sweat, urine, and respiratory evaporation. When consumed in larger quantities, it may even stimulate the immune response to prevent or fight disease. This is in stark contrast to caffeinated beverages, such as tea, a favorite sore throat alleviant, and alcohol, a key ingredient in most cough and cold syrups. Both substances cause the body to lose water and, in the case of alcohol, weaken the immune system.

The benefits listed above increase tenfold when the water is purified and filtered instead of drawn from the tap. When filtered using a home filtration system, like Adya’s water filter, or purified with a concentrated water purification solution like Adya Clarity®, water contains significantly lower levels of lead, chlorine, bacterial contaminants, and other toxins that can make a sick person even sicker and cause illnesses far more severe than the flu. Using a filter is especially important for houses with children because child and adolescent immune systems have not yet reached the strength of those of adults.

It’s already difficult to stay hydrated during the winter. By keeping an eye on your water intake and consuming only purified liquids, you can reduce your chances of both dehydration and wintertime illness. Overall, water can make for a merrier snow-filled time, indeed.

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Pumpkin Spice and Lemon-Aid September 12 2016, 0 Comments

The season of pumpkins and apple cider has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you should shed your stock of summer fruits. When added to water, these citrus delights can help you fight fall allergies, freshen up after family feasts, and reach your New Year goals.

Below are just five of the benefits lemon water can give to you: 

Weight Loss

To begin with the obvious, lemon water, unlike lemonade or other lemon-flavored soft drinks, has no sugar or calories when consumed straight. Better yet, it carries the hydrating benefits of plain water, while allowing you to feel fuller and taste something zestier than plain H2O.

On a more specific level, the acids in lemon juice act as natural stimulants of saliva and gastric juices, which helps move things along and prevents your body from absorbing unnecessary fats. The fresh-squeezed taste does indeed benefit your colon, but you should consume in moderation: too much lemon juice can aggravate acid reflux or cause sour stomach, especially if you have a sensitive bowel system.

Less Mucous

Fall means the beginning of cold and allergy season, as well as the start of expensive mucous-fighting methods hitting the shelves. To avoid wasting cash on something that could be caustic to your respiratory system, invest in some lemons instead.

While it may not smell as strong as mint or Echinacea, lemon juice is loaded with antioxidants that can fight colds, or prevent them from becoming worse. Mixed with honey, it creates a mucous-fighting barrier that coats the throat and keeps you breathing easy even in your stuffiest times.

More Liver Enzymes

With the holidays drawing near, everyone seems eager to try the latest detox trick. The majority of these regimes call for expensive juicers or a radical diet shift, none of which compare to what the liver can do on its own.

Yes, the liver itself is a magnificent organ, but you have to maintain it to keep it in working order. This is where lemon water comes in: a fiber present in lemon rinds, d-limonene, has been shown to activate liver enzymes and maximize the detoxification process. In fact, water alone can spare your liver from the potentially damaging effects of other products, like alcohol and medication.

Fresher Breath

You know the situation: Indian food for lunch, and a meeting right afterward. Carrying around a toothbrush isn’t always practical, and chomping on gum is just plain distracting. But still, you need some way to keep your mouth from stinking up the room.

Luckily, lemon water comes to the rescue. In addition to being effective against mucous, the acids in lemon juice can kill the bad breath bacteria in your mouth. Take caution, however, to avoid excess: acidic substances, even natural ones, may erode tooth enamel if consumed too often or in too high concentrations. Nonetheless, whether going to a meeting or polishing off Thanksgiving dinner, you can now speak (and breathe) easy.

Less UTI Pain

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are bacterial infections that cause immense pain during urination. This pain is caused by the acid in the urine itself, which the body alkalizes in normal situations.

Thankfully, lemon juice can take care of the alkalization while your body recuperates. Although UTIs must be treated with antibiotics, lemon water can ease the pain. In all, it can make your day much less irritating, until you get ahold of a prescription.

Yes, the small price of a lemon can mean big benefits for your body, inside and out. Although research does not suggest that lemon water is the miracle formula for weight loss or detox, it can certainly keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle without being wasteful or breaking the bank.

Sources:

“Lemon Water Can Really Improve Your Morning (And Day).” HuffingtonPost. The Huffington Post, 17 Mar. 2014. Web.

“These 6 Home Remedies for Phlegm Will Have You Breathing Easy in No Time.” SimpleOrganicLife. Simple Organic Life, n. d. Web.

Allen, Jae. “Is Lemon Good for the Bladder and Kidney?” LiveStrong. Demand Media, 18 Dec. 2013. Web.

Brewer, Sarah (Dr.). “Get a breath of fresh air! How to fight halitosis.” Express. Express Newspapers, 25 Mar. 2014. Web.

Nolasco, Stephanie. “Hot Water and Lemon: A Weight Loss Breakfast?” FoxNews. FOX News Network, 18 Jul. 2013. Web.


Lack of Preparation – Yes, it’s Your Fault September 01 2016, 0 Comments

With tornadoes, hurricanes, and tropical storms performing their biggest finales, it is no wonder that September is National Preparedness Month. However, along the West Coast, geologists are tracking something more threatening than meteorological phenomena.

The San Andreas fault, which runs along the Californian coast, last produced a major earthquake in 1857. Nonetheless, fossil evidence and modern technology measure that its plates have moved at a rate of 2 inches per year for the last several million years. While this movement has caused minor earthquakes in California since the disaster of 150 years before, the San Andreas is due for another big tremor.

But the San Andreas is the least of our worries. The Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ), which runs from Canada to northern California, has the potential to unleash what would be the worst natural disaster in United States history. An estimated thirty times stronger than the San Andreas, historical and geological records indicate that tremors from the CSZ initiated a tsunami in Japan in 1700. As this was its last major tremor, science suggests that it will produce another – reaching up to 9.0 magnitude – soon.

It goes without saying that earthquakes can wreak havoc on even the most advanced water systems. To begin at the most natural level, freshwater sources typically undergo stepping, or the permanent raising or lowering of water levels, and oscillation, or erratic water levels, in adjustment to new the sea levels established by tectonic tremors. While these incidences sound minor, they could erode contaminated soil and render water undrinkable.

Earthquakes also have the potential to run sources dry, or to open new sources in unmetered areas. This means that normal reserves could be difficult or impossible to access and that those that are accessible have not undergone proper inspection, sanitation, or upkeep. Especially in rural areas, this could leave consumers’ access to clean water severely compromised.

Despite their modern plumbing, our city-dwelling readers should not consider themselves spared. Changes in the Earth’s crust can cause irreparable damage to underground structures – water mains, in particular. With an eye to older municipal systems and those not reinforced to withstand the pressure of tremors, a damaged water main could mean lack of access to running water, as well as severely contaminated tap water.

Indeed, such a disaster would take years to rehabilitate. The situation is made all the direr by the fact that only nine U.S. states (Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee) report safe levels of lead in their water supply, and that the remaining 41 have reported lead at Action Level Exceedance (ALE) for the past three years.

The threat to water alone tells us that we should prepare for natural disasters, earthquakes or otherwise, however very few of us actually do. Only a fraction of the population has a stock of water and a way to purify it, in addition to an arsenal of non-perishable foods and a working, non-wired source of communication. Indeed, most individuals have only the contents of their cupboards, and some even less than that. Should this trend continue, there will be more people who are needing help than can help, in a disaster situation.

Luckily, we can reverse the pattern in a supremely sustainable way. Adya Water Filters are portable, require no electricity or pumping, and can purify even the most contaminated water, and ready it for pouring into a reusable bottle. If you want to save on the cost of the full filtering system, the compact Adya Clarity® Water Purification Solution can also make any freshwater source - up to 99.9% pure, and is an excellent way to treat stored water for extended periods of time. Both items are essential additions to any emergency preparedness kit.

Unlike hurricanes and forest fires, science cannot predict exactly when earthquakes will happen. Fossil evidence gives us a ballpark estimate, but it’s ultimately up to us to watch the signs, keep a mind to the environment, and take action. By being prepared, we can save both money and our natural resources.

Sources:

Imam, Jareen.  “Overdue California quake greater than thought, report says.” CNN.  Cable News Network, 15 Mar. 2016.  Web.

Martinez, Michael, Elam, Stephanie, and Nieves, Rosalina.  “The quake-maker you’ve never heard of: Cascadia.” CNN.  Cable News Network, 13 Feb. 2016.  Web.

Nace, Trevor.  “The San Andreas Fault Is On The Brink Of A Devastating Earthquake.”  Forbes.  Forbes, 8 May 2016.  Web.

Sneed, Michelle, Galloway, Devin L., and Cunningham, William L.  “Earthquakes – Rattling the Earth’s Plumbing System.” USGS.  United States Geological Survey, 18 Feb. 2014.  Web.


Tap Water Safety, From Flint to Your Faucet August 24 2016, 0 Comments

National Water Quality Month happens in August, but the contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan has placed the topic at the forefront of a months-long debate on the tenacity of water safety claims. Flint, switched its water supply without taking proper precaution, exposing drinkers to lead levels several times above the legal limit.

It is no doubt that this is an extreme example, but that doesn’t mean it cannot happen elsewhere. Still today, millions of Americans still don’t know the true state of their tap water. While no estimate can speak for every citizen, the idea is worth exploring.

Tap water has a bad rap. Even in metropolitan regions, cautious diners demand bottled water at restaurants, and health-conscientious students refuse to use school water fountains. This is driven by the rampant assumption that tap water is dirtier than its bottled counterpart, even if marginal evidence backs the claim.

While individuals may take their suspicion of tap water to extremes, they aren’t totally without reason; Flint is not the only city measuring lead at crisis levels. In fact, the potent neurotoxin was detected at above-recommended averages in more than 5,000 water systems in 2015. More shocking, only ten percent of these measurements were reported to higher authorities, and only thirty percent of those municipalities reported received any penalty at all. Yes, this means that millions of Americans were (and still are) consuming lead via tap water, posing imminent risks to small children and the elderly.

We could point to the irony that municipal tap water undergoes over 100 tests, on average, per month, but we would ignore the fact that these tests are not wholly representative. Large populations and small municipal labor forces require that testers sample only a small number of homes and, in some neighborhoods, make concessions for water delivered through aged pipes. This process, which saves the city time and money in the short-term, may carry the long-term costs of citizen health and water system upkeep.

Municipal measurements also do not account for lead and other chemicals in non-public water systems, like wells and private sources serviced by a pump. As most of these sources are located in extremely rural regions, they are also host to a number of problems not encountered in more urban environments.

Agricultural runoff is the most prevalent hazard, especially in the Midwest. Arriving in the form of animal waste, pesticides, and fertilizers, agricultural substances have the potential to cause birth defects, hormonal disruptions, allergies, or heart disease in those who consume it regularly. Moreover, the CDC has not determined lethal or dangerous criteria for many of these chemicals; if you do order a test for your private water system, it is hard to establish a point of comparison regarding what is and what is not safe for you and your family.

The dangers of tap water beg the question: is bottled water really better?

In short, it depends on what you buy and where you live. Bottled water is screened about once per week, however, it undergoes more rigorous sanitation processes than tap water. Bottled water also tastes better to many drinkers and, for some, is essential to staying hydrated. Furthermore, some bottled waters are engineered to contain minerals and electrolytes that benefit the body more than regular tap water, alone.

Still, some bottled waters are not worth the extra money. If derived from a municipal source, they are no different than tap water. Too, if bottles are not used before their expiration date, there is an increased chance that phthalates, hormone – affecting chemicals, may have leaked into the water.

In all, it is best for you, as a consumer, to do your research. Call your water provider for more information on your municipal or private water system. If your family's local water is found to contain unwanted pollutants like heavy metals or agricultural chemicals, there are ways to eliminate them to restore the quality of your drinking water.

The Adya Clarity® Water Purification System reduces up to 4X's more contaminants than conventional countertop filters (like Aquasana), and up to 50X's more than water pitchers (like PUR or Brita), and provides a broad spectrum of natural ionic trace minerals including calcium, magnesium, and potassium. (The same ones added to bottled water to make it taste better.)

Take control of your water quality and avoid environmentally hazardous plastic bottles by opting for a water purification system up to the job of delivering cleaner, healthier, better-tasting water every time you turn on the tap.


The 10 Contaminants August 12 2016, 0 Comments



American water is some of the safest around

…or is it? Although the Land of the Free has done an excellent job of setting standards for its water systems, old and new threats pose new potential hazards daily. Here are some of the most common contaminants found in U.S drinking water.

1. Lead

You cannot see, smell, or taste it, but lead contaminates at least half a million households in the United States alone. Fortunately, for healthy adults, abdominal pain is usually the only sign of exposure. On the other hand, these minor symptoms mean that the substance, which has received press for causing developmental delays and birth defects in babies and children, can go undetected or unaddressed for an alarmingly long amount of time. Old homeowners and those who use well systems are the most at-risk because wells do not undergo the same rigorous screening processes as municipal systems and lead, even if determined safe from a public perspective, can enter homes through corroding pipes.

2. Chlorine

One of the most widely manufactured chemicals in the United States, chlorine, is the backbone of the classic – sometimes pervasive – pool smell. While great for keeping toe fungus off the diving board, it can pose real trouble if ingested in drinking water. Indeed, even small doses can aggravate sinus issues, induce nausea, or prompt an asthma attack. Prolonged exposure may do long-term damage to the lungs, as well as to the sinus cavity. Thankfully, unlike lead, homeowners can easily detect chlorine using home tests, as well as their sense of smell.

3. Trihalomethanes (THMS)

Four chemicals make up this almost-unpronounceable group, and all of them are tasteless and odorless when added to water. Beneficial in small doses, they do away with microbes that could cause serious digestive tract disorders. However, two of them – chloroform and bromodichloromethane – are thought to contain carcinogenic properties. Moreover, prolonged overexposure to any of them may lead to kidney, liver, and/or central nervous system damage.

4. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

In this day and age, the industrial will undeniably blend with the organic. VOCs, among other key components of gasoline and other combustibles, are an example of what damage this mix can cause, when not properly managed. Present in 20% of the America’s monitored water supply, they are undeniably a component of well, pond, and other water on or near industrial farms. Because they are not naturally-occurring or the product of another disinfecting process, they are expensive to clean and can cause serious skin irritation or nervous system damage in humans.

5. Agricultural Runoff

The American farming industry uses over 500,000 different herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, which places an immense risk on water users. For example, over 75% of American farms use Atrazine which, aside from preventing weeds, has been linked to low hormones and menstrual irregularities in Midwestern women. EPTC is another chemical for eradicating invasive plant species but is also associated with brain cell death, developmental problems, and muscle damage in those who consume it for an extended period. Even DDT, despite efforts to reduce its presence since after WWII, has continued to cause chemical burns and convulsions in trace populations. As we have already seen, even materials intended to benefit the whole can damage soil and those who use it, as well as spark controversy nationwide.

6. Pharmaceuticals

Due to being more widely distributed and used than agricultural chemicals, it is no wonder that pharmaceuticals, both prescription, and non-prescription, end up in our water. Although they are typically not in high enough concentrations to harm the average consumer, they undoubtedly pose a problem for individuals with severe drug allergies or for individuals who live in areas of heavy drug use. Moreover, the EPA has already begun to detect detrimental environmental changes associated with drugs. The United States currently has not established a safety limit for pharmaceuticals and does not require that municipal systems test for them, yet it is encouraged that pharmacy customers return unused or spoiled medications to a hospital or other source that can dispose of them in a responsible manner.

7. Arsenic

Arsenic, like lead, poses a challenge for detection in homes not attached to a municipal water system. Tasteless and odorless, it is a known carcinogen commonly derived from soil and bedrock. While environmentally-sourced, its large molecular size makes it impossible to clean via boiling alone. Indeed, more extensive (and expensive) measures are necessary to avoid falling victim to nausea, vomiting, diabetes, and even paralysis.

8. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MBTE)

Often used to make gasoline burn better, this potent liquid reeks of turpentine and usually renders water undrinkable before reaching critical levels. Equally so, its powerful stench makes it difficult for researchers, especially those at the American Cancer Society, to determine whether it causes cancer. While public water systems test for the chemical, services are also available for well owners.

9. Microorganisms

As American water systems become increasingly more sanitary, it becomes more surprising to find that they may be teeming with bacteria. Although the majority of them are harmless or kept at non-critical levels, organisms like E. Coli, Rotavirus, and Giardia Lamblia could still affect you, your loved ones, or your pets. As these bacteria usually cause fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in those affected, you should request a screening if these are commonplace in your household.

10. Perchlorate

Like arsenic, perchlorate occurs naturally in the environment. Car companies harvest it for use as an airbag initiator, while other industries use it as an oxidizer for fireworks, matches, and signal flares. Only defined as a contaminant in 2011, it remains unknown whether perchlorate causes cancer or other chronic health issues. Nonetheless, science has revealed that exposure can cause coughing, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

So, how you can you protect your water - and subsequently health - from harmful contaminants like these? You can have your water tested to find out which contaminants are in your tap water. Once you know what type of contaminants are present, you can select a home water filter system that's best for you.

Adya water purification and drinking water filters reduce lead, chlorine, and over 250 additional contaminants including those listed in this article.


Resolve to be Happier & Healthier in 2016 January 03 2016, 0 Comments

Less is more! Here are 12 ways to live happier and healthier in 2016.