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.
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“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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adya Offers an Affordable Solution to the Flint Water Crisis December 21 2015, 0 Comments
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(VIDEO) How Does Adya Clarity® Purify Water? December 11 2015, 0 Comments
Similar to the process whereby nature keeps her water bodies fresh and clean, Adya Clarity® purifies water in a four-step process. The first steps, coagulation, and flocculation occur in succession.
Step 1: Coagulation
When added to water, Adya Clarity® causes invisible, suspended fine particles to destabilize, or neutralize, allowing the particles to come closer together, forming clumps, making it easier to separate solids from the water.
Step 2: Flocculation
Flocculation is the process whereby the clumps of bacteria and particulate impurities formed during the coagulation process gather, or floc, and come together forming clusters. Once step one and two are complete, the contaminants are now neutralized and insoluble.
Step 3: Precipitation
Once Coagulation and Flocculation occur, the insoluble, neutralized contaminants solidify as they precipitate out of solution.
Step 4: Deposition or Sedimentation
The precipitates settle and are deposited as sediment at the bottom of your water container.
This four-step process allows the precipitated contaminants to be easily filtered. We recommend using the Adya Water Filtration System in conjunction with Adya Clarity® for best results. The Adya Water Filtration System begins filtering the precipitated, neutralized contaminants immediately, making your drinking water readily available for consumption. When not using our filtration system, it can take 24-48 hours for precipitates to settle to the bottom of your water container.
The Adya Clarity® Water Purification System not only removes many harmful contaminants and microbes from drinking water, Adya Clarity® also contains a broad spectrum of bioavailable ionic minerals providing you, your family, and even your pets with cleaner, healthier, and better-tasting drinking water.
(VIDEO) The Adya Clarity® Water Purification Technology November 13 2015, 2 Comments
|Learn how the water you drink greatly affects your health and well-being and how the Adya Clarity® Water Purification Technology reduces the most contaminants while containing natural trace minerals, leaving you with cleaner, healthier, better-tasting drinking water.|
|Clean, Contaminant-Free Drinking Water is the Foundation of Good Health|
Water is key to life and a very precious resource. The human body is composed of over 60% water. Water regulates all functions of the body; it helps to generate energy and delivers nutrients. Not only does water give life, but it is also a powerful cleanser. It detoxifies the body by cleaning out accumulated toxins and waste. As such, the quality of the water we drink affects nearly every aspect of our well-being.
Unfortunately, the majority of our drinking water sources have been found to contain numerous contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides, chemical disinfectants, harmful microorganisms, and even pharmaceutical drugs. Drinking water with even minute amounts of these contaminants over time is unsafe and extremely unhealthy. It can lead to serious health problems such as liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems, as well as cancers.
|The Adya Clarity® Water Purification Technology Revolutionizes Water Purification|
The Adya Clarity® Water Purification Technology is based on nature's water healing secrets. It is a natural blend of purified water and concentrated ionic sulfate minerals. It is non-toxic, free of synthetic chemicals, and safe for the environment. Adya Clarity® removes or reduces more contaminants than the leading filtration brands and gives your water a pure, delicious taste.
The Adya Clarity® Water Purification System not only removes many harmful contaminants and microbes from drinking water, but our purifying solution contains a broad spectrum of bio-available ionic minerals, providing you, your family, and even your pets with cleaner, healthier, and great-tasting drinking water.
Be Aware: Unauthorized Dealers Selling Adya Clarity® June 03 2015, 2 Comments
Not every dealer advertising Adya Clarity® products has been authorized by Adya, Inc. to advertise or sell our products. Now and then, an unauthorized third-party dealer manages to acquire our products and sell them to unsuspecting customers. We're using our best efforts to prevent these dealers from from misleading customers by posing as knowledgeable representatives of our products.
Unauthorized dealers often advertise Adya Clarity® at ridiculously cheap prices, well below fair market value, that undercuts honest, hardworking authorized dealers.
Here are 5 reasons why you should avoid buying Adya Clarity® from an unauthorized dealer:
To avoid these issues and ensure you receive quality customer support, we urge you always to buy from an Authorized Adya Dealer.
Below is a list we've compiled of known unauthorized dealers, however, this is not a complete list, and we'll continually update it on our Unauthorized Dealer Page as we discover new unauthorized dealers. Please review our Authorized Dealer Page or contact us if you have any doubts before purchasing Adya Clarity® products.
Unauthorized Adya Dealers:
Introducing Our New Program: Adya For Everyone™ March 17 2015, 5 Comments
To coincide with World Water Day, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new program, Adya For Everyone™.
At Adya, we believe that everyone should be able to afford clean, healthy, high-quality drinking water. The Adya For Everyone™ program makes that possible by helping low-income individuals and families access Adya's water purification and filtration products at an affordable rate within their financial means.
Here's how it works: An interested person fills out our simple online form. An Adya Team Member contacts them and customizes an option based on their individual needs.
If you think Adya For Everyone™ can help you, just follow the link above to fill out our form. If you know someone who could benefit from this program, please share it with them using the following links:
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