Water Conservation

Water conservation has been a topic of hot debate for quite some time now. Our society has become so industrialized and focused on the technological innovations that propel us to our future, but in a bid to innovate and create more technology to make our day to day lives easier, we have left innovating to conserve our natural resources in the dust and this is a huge mistake. Water conservation is of grave importance to us. Our decision to conserve our limited water supply is one that will have a great impact on every living thing in this world from humans to animals to insects and plants. We simply cannot survive without water, yet it is so odd that with this understanding we take from water selfishly without thinking about the repercussions. Water is something that is so important to us and why as smart humans are, we taking that for granted? It is so crazy to think how we innovate technologies that allow us to take satellite images from space, video chat a person that is 3,000 miles away, and have access to all kinds of information and knowledge at our fingertips, yet at the same time, that same motivation that allows us to innovate such hard and complex technologies cannot motivate us to take simple measures to conserve our water? We need to spread awareness about how much water we are actually consuming and how this high level of consumption can spell doom for us and our Earth. In this article, I will go over the importance and necessity for conserving our water resources as well as go over the extremely simple ways in which you can make a great change for the better in terms of water conservation. At this end of this article, hopefully you are able to have a better understanding and willingness to truly make a change that can help us all.

 

The Simple Reasons Behind Why Water Conservation is Necessary

 

I know that many people have already heard this speech a thousand times, but sometimes you need to hear it more so that people can truly understand that no one is messing around when we say that the need to conserve water is more dire than ever. By going over these key facts about the Earth’s water supply, I can only hope that you see why this situation is of mass importance.

 

Water Encompasses Everything We Use

People have heard many times about how water helps to create many different products that we utilize in today’s society, but people are often unaware of how even the simplest products need water in order to be made. For example, plastic utensils actually use up a lot of water. It is weird to think that plastic would need water, but it actually does. About one pound of plastic typically uses around 24 gallons of water! That is a lot when you think about how much plastic we use. It practically encompasses everything within our lives from utensils to packaging to coffee cups, straws, and more! Manufacturing the new and trendy clothes that we wear also drives up water consumption. Around one pound of cotton typically uses up about 700 gallons of water and denim jeans produces a similar figure to that. The bottom line is that huge amounts of water are used to make everything that we own and we often do not even realize it! By choosing to conserve water, we can help drive down consumption and keep our water supply going.

 

We Have a Limited Supply of It

As much as everyone may wish that water came in an infinite supply that just continued to replenish itself after it has been used, the sad fact is that this is not the case. Water will never be infinite and no amount of wishing is going to change that. This means that once we have driven up the consumption of our water, the chance of nature being able to account for that loss is very slow and not something we can rely on in regards to how much water we use. Water scarcity is a big problem in our world right now and no amount of ignoring that will make it go away. Think of it this way, of all the lakes, glaciers, streams, creeks, oceans, rivers, etc. that exist in this world (and there is a lot of them), only 2.5% of them can actually account for fresh water. This means that 97% of our Earth’s water is saltwater. Let us think even more about this. Of the 2.5% of freshwater that exists in this world, only 0.3% of that water is readily available as surface water in lakes, swamps, rivers, and streams. The other 2.2%? It is stored below ground as ground water, meaning it is not easily accessible by any means. So, all that water that you see around you? Majority of it is completely unusable which really emphasizes the water scarcity problem that we are dealing with.

 

Besides Water Usage in Products, Water Feeds Us as Well

 

Aside from the fact that water is used to create a lot of the material products that we use today, it is also extremely important to note that water feeds us as well. By using the word “feed”, I mean that water accounts for the vast majority of the food that we eat. Without it our food supply would decrease greatly and we would then enter a second problem – food scarcity. About 70% of humanity’s fresh water supply is used to help grow a great number of crops. In addition to that, we also need water to feed the animals that we may use for food as well. If you were to take out water from the equation, both crops and animals would die out and we would be in an absolute panic for food. Sounds pretty catastrophic, which is why so many people do not take this seriously, but do keep in mind that consumption is constantly on the rise. Even if this doesn’t happen now, generations in the future will surely pay for it and the effects of a decreased water supply will still surely be felt by us in this moment in time.

 

How to Take Efforts in Conserving Your Water

Now that I delved a bit into why conserving water is so essential to us, you will be happy to know that there are so many solutions to our water scarcity problem. We have so many ways in which we can limit our water consumption and if we just implemented a few of these habits into our daily life, over the next few years, that would create such a huge difference for us. I aim to list out the simplest water conservation methods that you can incorporate in your life, so that you can see for yourself how easy it is to solve this problem. I think as more people start to understand that conserving water is not something that starts with drastic changes in your lifestyle and habits then more people are willing to do the small things that can add up to make a big difference.

 

Wash Full Loads of Clothes Only

This is not a super big change in your lifestyle and with some minor adjustments can actually be an easy goal to accomplish. One easy way that you can work to conserve water is by limiting the number of loads of laundry you do. This can be done by choosing to wait a little bit more for loads to actually fill up the basket before you decide to take it to the laundry room for cleaning. Work hard to maybe wait a few days out before you throw your clothes in the laundry, so in that way you don’t have the machine using up tons of water to clean a load that is only ¼ of the way full. Some may argue that they like to wash a load of clothes that is only half way full because if it is too full then all the clothes cannot be cleaned adequately. I’ll admit that for some, this tip may be harder than other ones, but surely with some minor adjustments in your schedule of how you typically do laundry, you can help to conserve water and develop eco-friendly habits! Trust me when I say that whether it is halfway full or full to the brim, the clothes will still be cleaned adequately!

 

Use a Basin to Shave

Shaving is one of the easiest ways that we end up using up so much water. We tend to keep water running and running during the duration of our shave and it really takes a toll on our water usage. In order to decrease the amount of water that just continues running while you are shaving, it would be wise to use a basin full of water right beside you in the shower when you are getting ready to shave. In this way, you have water ready to go for you when you need it, but you are not wasting a ton of water that never ends up being used at all. In fact, this basin method can be used for a wide variety of simple chores and daily habits such as brushing your teeth, washing your face, doing the dishes by hand and so on!

 

Just Turn the Faucet Off

 

This only takes a couple of seconds to do, but many of us are guilty of just letting the faucet run while we go through our morning or night routine. Some of us are lazy about practicing this tip and some of us genuinely forget or get sidetracked with other things that it just never crosses our mind. To solve that issue, maybe try to leave inspirational sticky notes on the mirror or around your sink area so that when you walk in and go through your routine, you remember to turn the faucet off while you wash your face or brush your teeth! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, faucets run at about 2 gallons per minute. That is a lot of water! By choosing to pursue this method think about how many gallons of water that you can conserve in the long term!

 

Dispose of Leftover Water in Your Backyard

It is quite common that when we rinse things such as fruits and veggies that naturally there is a lot of water that runs down into the sink and gets wasted. It would be a very easy and useful tip so actually put a pot or bowl under whatever you are rinsing so that when all the leftover water is captured, instead of wasting it but chucking it down the sink, you can instead dispose of it by throwing it out in the backyard. The same can be done for when you are using hot water! Sometimes it can take a while for hot water to come on and this can cause a lot of water to continue running as you wait. Be sure to catch all the leftover water and dispose of it in your backyard, garden, for your plants, etc. In this way you can learn how to repurpose water and save gallons of it!

 

Cover Up Your Pools

If you are a pool owner then this water conservation tip is for you! According to the Department of Energy, covering a pool actually helps to retain a heated pool’s temperature and reduce evaporation. By choosing to invest in a simple pool cover, you can actually cut replacement water amounts from around 30-50%.

 

As you can see, the need to make changes in the way we think about water and how we use it, is more dire than ever. Change does not happen if we believe that we can sit back idly on matters that are important and expect someone else to do them. By stepping up and incorporating little differences, you can help in a way that matters. It may seem insignificant to you that you would create water conservation habits that only save a little bit of water, but it is so important to remember that in the long term, these conservation methods truly do make a difference. They will add up and create a beautiful environment for not only you and your generation, but for the many generations that will come after you that also deserve a chance to enjoy all the beauties that nature has to offer.

 

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Flavored Alkaline Water

     Many people already acknowledge the many wonderful benefits that water can provide to us, but even with that understanding we often fail to ever intake the amount of water that our body needs daily to perform all of its important functions. Drinking water is definitely a lot easier said than done, but it is something that we should consistently work on in order to ensure a happy and healthy body for ourselves. Luckily, many people have gotten increasingly creative with the ways that we can dress up the taste of water. For example, flavored alkaline water has become an absolute hit! It provides all of the benefits that alkaline water can provide for you (in comparison to plain water) and it also offers amazing flavor options for you to try out so that you can feel excited to take a sip every time. With all the temptations of other drinks such as sugary juices and smoothies, milkshakes, tea, coffee, etc. it can become pretty difficult for the average person to get the nutrients and benefits they need from water. This is because sometimes the water they have access to may not be good for their health and other times it can boil down to the fact that water is just so plain. Thankfully flavored alkaline water nails both of those problems out of the park. They not only have added benefits that other kinds of water do not offer, but they come in a variety of different flavors to keep you intrigued in wanting to sip more and more!

 

What is Alkaline Water?

 

Before I encourage you to pursue flavored alkaline water, it would probably be best to first go over what alkaline water is, for anyone that may be confused. It first would help to give a mini crash course on pH. pH is known as the potential hydrogen of a substance. It measures the hydrogen ion concentration within that substance. The pH scale can range from 0-14 and this scale is based on the concentration of the hydrogen ion within pure water. This is known to be neutral which means it has a pH of 7. Anything with a pH below 7 is considered to be acidic while anything above 7 is considered to be basic. The lower the hydrogen concentration the more basic the solution is and the higher the concentration of hydrogen ions is, the more acidic it becomes. It is quite easy for people to confuse basic and alkaline as the same thing. Both of these terms do not mean the same thing, but they certainly can relate to each other. Think of the term alkaline as not “basic” rather things that can be added to a substance that can make that substance become basic. That is typically what is meant when referring to alkaline. So, in this sense think of alkaline water as water that had certain things added to it, in order to make the water even more basic. Many factors influence how plain tap water becomes alkaline water. Inorganic salts such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium are some of the compounds that are typically added to plain tap water in order to bring the pH level of the water to a more basic step. Normally, tap water falls at a pH of around 7, but when these inorganic salts are added, it can bring the water’s pH level down to a level of around 8 or 9. The higher amounts of these total dissolved solids, the more basic the water becomes.

 

Benefits of Alkaline Water

There has been a lot of research done to understand the effects of pH food and drinks on our body. Many people have stated that alkaline water has many medicinal and curative properties that can bring great health to our body. This is based on the belief that acidic properties within the body and blood are actually the root cause of many illnesses and diseases that need to be neutralized. Here are some of the other helpful benefits that alkaline water can provide for your body!

 

Antioxidant Rich

 

Antioxidant is the key to having a healthy body that functions well and at optimal levels. Alkaline water is known to be very rich in a number of antioxidants and these work well to provide a great deal of benefits to our body. They help fight against free radicals and cellular damage within the body which can lead to aggressive forms of cancer and other illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, and other diseases. The most common antioxidant that tends to exist within alkaline water is hydrogen antioxidants. These kinds of antioxidants are so tiny that they are able to penetrate the cell membrane quite easily and help the cell become more efficient in its functions. In other words, antioxidants are key to helping your body fight against all of the horrible illnesses and diseases that can invade your body and thankfully alkaline water is full of them.

 

Neutralizes the Acidity within the Body

It is very common in our society to fill ourselves up on an array of food that we don’t think about as being acidic and harmful to us. The truth is that so much of the food that we tend to consume is naturally acidic and this can create high levels of acidity within our own body if consumed in high amounts. High acidity within the body can pose an array of health concerns that can be avoided through drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water is a great way to neutralize the concern of too much acidity within the body. The only other alternative to neutralizing acidity within the body would be to overall limit the intake of acidic foods, but that is incredibly difficult to do considering the fact that acid forming substances are in an array of foods that we consume daily such as meat, dairy, nuts, coffee, caffeinated drinks, refined table salt, unsprouted beans, grains, carbonated drinks, sweeteners, and more. Don’t stress yourself about creating a less acidic diet and instead choose to neutralize your acidity with alkaline water! I mean you have to drink water anyways so might as well choose the water that not only hydrates you but balances your body’s pH levels!

 

Bonus Benefits of Alkaline Water

In addition to the benefits I outlined earlier, alkaline water is beneficial because it is oxygen rich and can increase the amount of dissolved oxygen in the blood. It works to eliminate mucus that can build up within the body and this will improve the body’s ability to absorb crucial nutrients. Alkaline water can also help to cleanse out toxins within the body and its packed with negatively charged hydroxyl ions that help to contribute to alertness, increased energy, and mental clarity. An additional benefit is that it can help your body control weight because it reduces the body’s need for fatty tissues that help to protect vital organs from acidity. It helps to sore that acidic waste in less critical parts of the body! There are so many more benefits that I can add, but I think you get the overall message of why alkaline water is so great for your body and overall health. If you feel inspired to start drinking alkaline water, then I am inclined to tell you all about flavored alkaline water. Flavored alkaline water provides all the benefits that I already mentioned and it tastes so much better than regular water, which therefore encourages you to drink more of it!

 

Flavored Alkaline Water Recipes

 

Here are some super easy and hydrating water recipes that you can utilize with your favorite alkaline water. Simply pour some alkaline water, throw in those fruits and veggies, and voila! You have instant homemade flavored alkaline water that is full of nothing but fruits and veggies that will detoxify your body and create a healthier you! These recipes are purely here for your own inspiration. Feel free to take the concept of flavored alkaline water, wherever you want it to go! Let your creativity flow and allow your water to be a representation of you!

 

Spa Fruit Infused Detox Water (modernhoney.com)

Ultimate Detoxifier

Ingredients

  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Mint leaves

Directions

  1. Fill up a pitcher with some ice-cold water.
  2. Add in the cucumber, lemon, and mint leaves. Keep in mind that herbs tend to be pretty strong in flavor naturally so a little bit can go a long way for you!
  3. Allow the cucumber, lemon, and mint leaves to chill and infuse with the water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. This water recipe can last up to 2-3 days! The bright side is that this specific recipe is filled with cucumbers and lemons and they both typically last longer in the refrigerator than other fruits.
  5. Enjoy ice cold and refresh yourself!

 

Mango Pineapple (wellnessmama.com)

 

Ingredients

  • Mango
  • pineapple

Directions

  1. First begin by peeling and thinly slicing one fresh mango.
  2. Add the mangoes to a ½ gallon glass jar.
  3. Add about 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water. Allow them to infuse in the refrigerator for about 4-6 hours before drinking.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Sun Kissed Apricot Berries Infused Water (tasteofhome.com)

Ingredients

  • Apricot
  • Raspberry
  • Mint

Directions

  1. Cut up the apricot into thin slices (the size can really be up to you and your preference).
  2. Throw in berries into the water.
  3. Finish off with mint.
  4. Let the water sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes at least to allow the fruit and herbs to infuse well with the water.
  5. Throw in some ice cubes and enjoy!

 

Lavender Lemonade (eatyourelfskinny.com)

 

Ingredients

For the Lavender Mixture

  • 2 cups of water
  • ¼ cup of agave nectar or honey
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 3 Tbsp of dried lavender

For the Lemonade

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

  1. Start this recipe off by creating the simple syrup (lavender mixture). First combine about two cups of water and sugar in a small saucepan. Put the saucepan over medium high heat and bring it to a boil while whisking until sugar is dissolved. Then proceed to remove from heat and stir in the agave nectar or honey as well as the dried lavender.
  2. Cover the saucepan for about 15 minutes and allow the mixture to steep. Strain the lavender and make sure to release all the juices and syrup.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture, and water. If you are feeling extra fancy then feel free to add a drop of red and blue coloring in order to give it a pretty lavender color. Let it chill for about 2 hours before serving over ice. Enjoy!

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Water (tasteofhome.com)

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of fresh ginger root
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass carafe or pitcher. Cover it up and refrigerate for at least 12-24 hours. Throw in some ice cubes and enjoy!
  2. This was a few flavored alkaline water recipes that you can copy in the comfort of your own home. These recipes are amazing because you are not only getting the powerful benefits that alkaline water has to offer, but you are also reaping all of the health benefits that the fruit, veggies, and herbs can bring to you. From clear skin to healthy digestion, there is no reason or excuse for not drinking homemade flavored alkaline water! The fun thing about this is that you have room to be as creative as you want to be! Play around with a variety of fruits, veggies, spices, and herbs that you think will complement each other well and enjoy the excitement that comes with trying new things! It is the ultimate way to keep you hydrated and healthy, while being incredibly yummy to drink up. I mean who knew that health could taste this good and be so refreshing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disadvantages of Added Sodium and Chlorine in Water

It is no doubt an established fact that water is so vital to our daily lives. We need water to maintain optimal body functions and without it we can really start to see negative consequences that take part on our environment, body, mood, health, etc. Water is definitely important, but with that being said, it is crucial to note that while we should see water as critical in our lives, not all water should be considered as helpful to our body. While water is meant to replenish our body, organs, and bodily functions, some water can actually do more harm to our body than good. This is why it is so imperative that we are knowledgeable about the kind of water we are drinking and what kind of elements are within it. I mean it makes sense when we think about it. We drink so much water every day so you can only imagine how rapidly contaminants can build up in our body. It can lead to injurious consequences to our health at a very quick rate. There are so many contaminants that are in water so it would take me forever to go over every contaminant that is out there! Today we will be going over two well-known elements within water, that at small amounts are not bad for your body, but at large amounts can pose some serious risks.

Why is Sodium Added to Water?

Before I go over the disadvantages of having added sodium and chlorine in water, it is wise that I first talk about why people add sodium to water in the first place as well as the role it plays within our drinking water. Sodium is actually naturally found in drinking water. It can originate from the water itself, be the result of road salt application, water treatment chemicals or ion-exchanging softening units. A lot of the time when you have tap water, your tap water can be very hard (in other words there is a lot of calcium buildup within the water). To soften the water up and take the ease off the harsh bitter taste that can sometimes accompany the water, sodium is sometimes added in to replace the calcium. Generally, the level of sodium that is found in water naturally does not pose a risk to your health at all, but through a variety of processes that are used to convert non-drinkable water to drinkable water, sodium can be added in extra amounts to get rid of some elements or to make the water taste better. For this reason, it becomes common for drinking water to carry added sodium.

Why is Chlorine Added to Water?

Similar to sodium, chlorine is typically added to water for the purpose of killing certain bacteria or other microbes that can live within tap water. Chlorination is a process that is used to stop the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and typhoid. For this reason, it is common for chlorine to be added to your drinking water. Unfortunately, chlorine is used not because it is the most effective method of water purification, rather it is the cheapest method of reducing contaminants. It appears that at a certain amount, chlorine, like sodium does not pose any sort of danger to your health, but if found in high amounts can actually pose great dangers eventually. It isn’t hard to see that both chlorine and sodium are added for the purpose of improving the quality and purity of water, but like everything else in the world, too much of it can also reverse all the good it can do for you!

The Disadvantages of Sodium

It can take quite a lot of sodium intake from water alone to pose an incredible danger to your body and health. That is the good news, but unfortunately the bad news is that one should keep in mind that you do not get your sodium from your water only. You can also get sodium from the food you eat. So, if you are a person who drinks a lot of water daily (which you should) and your water has added sodium plus you are eating high sodium from you diet than you can see how high your sodium intake may actually end up being. It can end up surpassing the healthy amount of sodium that a healthy adult should be consuming. So, what does this realization mean? It means that if you are someone who has only been watching how much sodium you take in in relation to your food and paid no attention to how much sodium is in your water, then you may be consistently consuming way more sodium then you should be! This means that over time you experience the harmful consequences that high sodium creates for the body. The kidneys will have a lot of trouble keeping up with all the excess sodium that exists within the bloodstream. The sodium will accumulate within the kidney and the body will hold onto all this water within the body in order to dilute all of that sodium buildup. This causes the fluid to increase around cells and increases the volume of blood, creating more work on the heart and more pressure on your blood vessels. This extra pressure and work cause horrible things to happen such as blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Its other cases it can cause your heart to fail entirely. Obviously, these are all horrible things that nobody wishes to experience. If you are someone who is over the age of 50, have high or slightly elevated blood pressure, or have diabetes than this can put you at an even higher risk of experiencing such diseases or conditions! Even if you do not fall into that category, it is still wise that you keep track of how much sodium is in your water, because maybe it won’t affect you within a couple of months, but as you drink the same water every day over and over again, it will surely affect you in the years to come and once the consequences have hit you than it will be irreversible. Better to stop the issue before it even starts!

The Disadvantages of Added Chlorine

There have actually been a lot of studies done on the effects of prolonged consumption of water with added chlorine and it appears that added chlorine can do quite a lot of damage over time. Researchers have done studies that have linked consumption of chlorinated water to contracting bladder cancer. Other studies have also been done that reveal an increase in the risk of cancer through the by-products released from the process of chlorine disinfection. This includes by-products such as halo acetic acids and trihalomethane. Scientists have claimed these chlorine related by-products trigger the production of free radicals and results in carcinogenic cell damage. A variety of studies have also pointed to added chlorine in water as having a harmful effect on children, specifically in increasing the chances of developing asthmatic attacks. In addition to this, drinking too much chlorine has been known to hurt the body similar to pesticides by causing damage to cells and tissue. Dr. Joseph Price, a scientist, further developed tests and studies to further understand the damage of chlorine to our body and the results do not look too good. He developed a study to test chlorine water consumption in chickens and it appeared that chickens that did drink the chlorinated water had some levels of heart and circulatory diseases. They also developed other horrible symptoms such as poor circulation, shivering, and reduced activity levels. Chickens that did not drink the water had much better health by growing up a lot faster and displaying vigorous health. Of course, we humans are different from chickens, but nonetheless, this study really asks the question of what exactly can chlorine do to us in the long run?


Through these disadvantages, it becomes quite clear that added chlorine and sodium are not very healthy for us in the long run. We need to understand this concept now, so that we can make the right decisions for ourselves in the future. It may seem petty to pay a large amount of attention and effort on deciding what kind of water to drink and which types of water we need to stay away from, but you will thank yourself later for doing so. I get that our lives can be pretty busy and in all the activities and stresses that accompany our daily lives, thinking about our water seems like the least of our problems. I mean as long as we are drinking water, can the effects really be that bad? Well based on what you read, it becomes quite apparent that the effects can really be detrimental to your health. You drink water every single day of your life and that will never change. Of the many foods and dishes/drinks that you consume throughout your life, water will always be the constant that will never change as your diet or lifestyle changes. So, it makes sense that because we consume water every single day of our lives until the very end that we should pay more attention to our water more than anything else. We need to know what our water consists of because not doing so will only inevitably push us closer to diseases and conditions that we would never want to experience. Make all the changes you want to your food and activity in order to become healthier, but until you take the necessary steps to ensure that you are drinking nothing but the best water, then you can never really say that you are completely healthy! With this in mind, read on to learn how you can make the necessary changes to your own water so that you can lower the risk of harmful diseases brought on by added sodium and chlorine.

The Best Solution for Removing Sodium from Your Water

If you really are concerned about the level of sodium in your water and want to take extra precautions, you can implement two types of water treatment systems. If you realize that your water has high calcium (hard water) than you can install a water softener for your tap water. Be sure to only do this for hot water though rather than cold water so that your cooking and drinking water are unaffected. If you want to implement more measures than you can also install a secondary water treatment system that essentially removes sodium and other contaminants from your water. If you have further questions about the process or other options to implement then you can also get in contact with a plumber or plumbing professional.

The Best Solution for Removing Chlorine from Your Water

Some of the best ways you can remedy the problem of too much chlorine in your water is by implementing a GAC or Granular Activated Carbon. The GAC is a water filter that is made from raw organic materials such as coconut shells, wood, and coal. Heat is used to activate the carbon and significantly increase the surface area. The large surface area and the Carbon filters porous properties allows for an efficient mechanism for absorbing and trapping all the natural organic tastes, odors, compounds, and synthetic organic chemicals from the water.


This article has worked to shed some light on the effects of added sodium and chlorine to your water. This barely scratched the surface of all the contaminants and dangers that your drinking water can give you, but I hope the article has at least worked well with making you realize the importance of being aware of what you are putting into your body. Water may be good for you, but not all water is good for you and it is important that more people realize this fact. By understanding just how a few added elements to water can greatly affect your health, hopefully you can learn to do more research and make more educated decisions about the kinds of water that you choose to put into your body. Remember, you only have one body so treat it well!

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Intake of Water in the Winter

As the cold seasons roll by, many succumb to the horrible flus and viruses that permeate throughout the air. It almost becomes inevitable for anyone to go through winter without experiencing at least one or two serious flus, colds, or fevers. It can honestly put a serious damper on the mood when such a thing happens because for starters, we are already dealing with pretty gloomy weather for quite some time now. To have to deal with gloomy weather that feels like forever, shorter days, dark nights, and then sickness. One can easily see how winter after the holidays can be a long nightmare that people await to be over. Don’t get me wrong, winter is beautiful, but after all that staying indoors after the holidays, not seeing the sun out as much, experiencing shorter days, but still going to work and school it can definitely create an environment that really plays around with your mood. For that reason, being sick is something we try to avoid because no one wants to feel even more blecch both mentally and physically! That is why it is so important that even during the winter months, you work hard to keep yourself in good shape and you ensure that you are properly taking care of yourself. By not doing so, you end up becoming more vulnerable to the horrible viruses and fevers that lurk around during this season and trust me when I say it isn’t pretty. Thankfully there is a way that you can work to ensure better health for yourself during this time and it all starts with drinking enough water in the winter!

Why Water Intake in the Winter is Just as Important

Majority of people fall under this concept that drinking water and staying hydrated during the winter is not something that is seen as important as it is during the summer time. It isn’t common for people to think that when it is hot, you sweat more and sweating creates a sense of thirst that causes us to drink more water. This is quite a true statement, but it has also become quite a dangerous thought to have for it is this belief that has created the idea within people, that our feeling of thirst is a signal of our dehydration. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Dehydration within our body doesn’t only happen when we feel thirsty. Even if you do not feel like you need more water, there is still an overwhelming possibility that your body is in a state of dehydration. In fact, it is so common for nowadays for people to be in a consistent state of dehydration without even realizing it! It is also due to this idea, that people do not drink as much in the winter. In the winter people tend to not feel as thirsty as they do in the summer and because of that they believe that they do not need to drink as much water because their activity is lower, the heat is not forcing them to sweat, etc. But many people do not realize that no matter the weather, your body will always be losing water whether it is through urine or through you exhaling into the air when it is cold outside. These two simple and natural functions within your body actually forces you to lose more water than you would think and because of this, it is quite apparent that even during winter, the need to stay hydrated is still just as critical as it is during the summer. Especially if you still play sports during this season! Chances are if you do not hydrate, then you will end up in bed feeling horrible with a runny nose and an intense cough!

The Link Between Dehydration and Sicknesses

As I stated in the introduction to this article, people do not want to experience sickness all the time during the winter season, but nonetheless see it as a normal part of being in the winter season. Surely it can be, but if you are someone who is getting sick about 2-3 times in the span of winter (about 3 months) this is a signal to you that you most likely are not taking as much care of yourself during this season as you should be. In addition, this can also hint to you that your immune system has completely become vulnerable to viruses and sickness which can all be avoided if one drank more water in the winter! Drinking more water allows the body’s immune system to stay more alert and focused so that it can attack foreign entities within the body before they take over. Staying even adequately hydrated can allow the body to eliminate toxins and waste materials that enable your immune system to fight off infection. In addition, one can even consider dehydration as an indirect factor to affecting your immune system. In addition to directly affecting your immune system from within, dehydration can sort of create a domino effect in which it can trigger other factors that are known to weaken your immune system. For example, dehydration can affect your energy levels by making you feel very tired and weak. It can also greatly affect your ability to sleep which makes you less prone to exercising, another factor that can create a weakened immune system over time. It is important to remember that immune systems help us to fight off diseases, infections, and even cancer! With such a powerful system within our body, we would be crazy to not treat it in the best way that we can by nourishing it with water!

Signs that You Need to Hydrate Now

If you are reading this article and have now become curious whether you are dehydrated or not, then look no further. I can give you some signs that can help you understand whether you are currently in a state of dehydration, that way you can easily remedy the problem before it gets worse for you!

Cramps

If you notice that your muscles are cramping up a lot, then this is a great sign that your body is currently lacking enough water. If this is the case for you then maybe it is a sign that you need to carry more water with you when exercising or doing other physical activities in order to avoid this problem altogether. Cramps are absolutely painful even if they only last a few minutes so take this into consideration now so that you can make better decisions about your water intake later!

Dry Skin

You hear the saying of how people get dry skin during the winter and experience the horrible chapped lips as well. It all becomes too common during this cold, snowy, or rainy season because the winter season is often known for being very low in humidity. Humidity is known to hold moisture in the air that can help your skin stay hydrated, but unfortunately when it is lacking during the winter time, the loss of moisture contributes to incredibly dry skin. Factor this in with the fact that your skin also becomes dry when you do not drink enough water and you can see how you can be hit with double the trouble. If your skin is already known to be dry during the winter and you make it worse by not staying hydrated, you can experience dry skin that is so severe that it becomes flaky and inflamed, an overall horrible experience that no one wishes to have. If you notice that your skin has become intensely dry and the moisturizer you use is not cutting it, then this is a telltale sign that you need more than just a good moisturizer to correct the problem. You need water to help alleviate the problem and trust me when I say that with the right intake of water daily, your complexion will be glowing again.

Confusion and Lightheadedness

If you notice throughout the season, that your mind feels a lot slower and you tend to feel more dazed and confused, this is a strong sign that you are definitely dehydrated. Dehydration at even little levels can create quite a profound impact on your brain. Studies show that just a two percent loss in body weight from water loss can affect cognitive and physical performance. You will notice that over time, you are not performing as well as you would like and in addition to that, a strong feeling of fatigue may cause you to be unable to focus on your important tasks and goals for the day. If your reaction time is slower, you can’t process information as quickly, and you just feel lightheaded and dazed then bring out the water now and start drinking! If you do, you will notice over time that your mental state is improving and physically you feel fresh and awake to tackle on the day no matter what!

Dry Eyes and Eye Strain


Your vision can also be greatly impaired by your lack of dehydration during the winter season. Upon dehydration, you will realize that your eyes are producing less tears meaning that they are no longer able to properly lubricate, causing dry eyes. With dry eyes you can end up unable to produce enough tears to see more clearly or flush out any particles that may get into your eye. This leads to blurred vision and feelings of irritation in the eye which are absolute no good! In addition, what is known as an eye strain can also occur. This happens when the eyes are insufficiently lubricated creating tired eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and double vision. You can help to reduce your eye strain by drinking lots of water so that you can flush out the salt in the body and keep the eyes hydrated.

Little Tips for Proper Hydration

Now that you are aware of what hydration can do for you in the winter and how hydration is just as critical in the summer as it is in the winter, it is now time to take the necessary steps to drink more water and fuel your body! Here are some little tips to help you on your journey to becoming a happier and healthier you!

Sip not Gulp!

It becomes really common for people to gulp their water down instantly and think that this helps you to stay hydrated when in all honesty, hydration is something that happens slowly. If you gulp your water down like it is nothing, you are way more prone to being dehydrated because you drink the water so quickly at a rate that surpasses your body’s ability to absorb that water for necessary processes, what ends up happening is that your body only takes a certain amount of water in and then completely passes the rest of the water through, leaving you to use the bathroom to urinate the rest. In the end, you ended up drinking a lot of water, but the majority of it was wasted and then after sometime your body needs more hydration so you need to fuel it with more water. It becomes better for you that instead of drinking large amounts of water every few hours that you focus on sipping water every few minutes or as often as you can. That way you know that every bit of water you are consuming is being used by your body efficiently!

Create a Schedule


The best way to implement water into your daily life (if you struggle with that) is by creating a schedule in which you designate specific times for consuming water. Try to tell yourself that you will drink this amount of water when you wake up, a certain amount of water before lunch and dinner, as well as a certain amount of water when you go to bed. By designating times for drinking water, you are more likely to stay on track and maintain proper hydration throughout the winter season! Stay warm and hydrated!

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Winter Tips to Stay Hydrated


It is no brainer that you need to keep yourself constantly hydrated in order to stay the healthiest that you can possibly be. Everyone is aware of the benefits that staying hydrated can give to you. A lot of people actually do a very good job of staying hydrated and cool during the summer. We all understand the basic science behind hot weather and our hydration. Hot weather makes you more active outdoors and causes you to sweat more and when you sweat more, you need to drink more water to keep your body balanced and strong. We all know the drill. Yet, no matter how aware we are of the importance of hydration as well as how important it is to stay hydrated during the summer, we seem to neglect this knowledge during the winter. We tend to think that colder weather means being less active and staying indoors and this contributes to not needing to drink as much water. This cannot actually be farther from the truth. Even when it is super cold outside and you aren’t doing much physically, you actually are still losing water very quickly. This means that your body is still very much dehydrated during the winter and you may not even notice it! If you cannot grasp the concept of why winter makes you very dehydrated still, then no problem! I can break it down for you in a fairly simple way!

How the Winter Season Dehydrates Us

It is given that the winter season is in connection with cold weather. Cold weather may not make us sweat more like hot weather does, but cold weather can still produce an effect on our body that causes us to lose fluid quickly as well. In the winter, the body’s thirst response is diminished very quickly. This is one of the reasons as to why many people do not drink enough water during the winter. People equate the feeling of being thirsty to being dehydrated and the feeling of being hydrated to a feeling of not being thirsty. This is actually completely wrong. The body can still be in a state of dehydration even when you do not feel thirsty at all. The diminished thirst response that you feel during the winter is actually caused by the blood vessels constricting. When you are cold the blood vessels constrict to prevent the blood from flowing freely. By doing this, the body is allowed to conserve heat and draw the blood to the core. Because the body is drawing all this blood to the core, it actually ends up fooling itself into believing that it is hydrated. Your body also spends time trying to conserve heat so it doesn’t end up conserving the water within the body, by signaling the kidneys to conserve it. When this happens then the body actually produces more urine. We all know from there what happens. When more urine is produced then more water and fluid leave the body and thus you are in a state of dehydration without even realizing it.
In addition to this, there are a number of other reasons that can contribute to dehydration during the winter. For example, wearing more layers of clothing can actually cause you to be more dehydrated as well. This is because heavy clothing that keeps your warm ends up helping your body to conserve heat. But the heavy clothes actually add weight to the body and this extra body weight naturally causes the body to work about 10-40% harder to conserve heat. If your body is working harder than normal, then you will produce more sweat, thus leading to more fluid loss.
Have you ever had fun going out into the cold and breathing out so that you can see your breath in the air? Ever wondered what that was? Did you know that the puff of air you see in the cold is actually water vapor that you are exhaling out of your body? The more you exhale in cold weather, you lose more and more water vapor which causes fluid loss and inevitably dehydration. In addition to this, you may actually believe that you do not sweat during winter. While it is true that in cold weather you are not going to sweat as much as you would in hot weather, you still do actually sweat. The reason you do not realize that you are sweating is because the sweat is likely to evaporate very quickly in cold air. So, in reality, you probably are sweating if you are engaging in physical activity in the cold weather, you are just less likely to feel it because the cold air evaporates it at a quick rate.
Keeping all these reasons in your head, hopefully you have now realized that indeed the possibility of dehydration during the winter is very high. For this reason, you shouldn’t take hydration lightly during the winter. You should be just as serious about your hydration in the winter as you are in the summer. By doing so, you can allow your body the best opportunity for functioning at optimal levels so that you can stay healthy and active during the winter season.

Winter Tips to Keep You Hydrated and Happy!

Now that you understand the science behind why cold weather provides for dehydrating conditions in a similar way to hot weather, it is now time that I present you with tips and advice on how to keep yourself hydrated and well during the winter so that you never have to experience any severe dehydration during the winter without even realizing it!

Work with Room Temperature Beverages

Cold liquids tend to be absorbed at a much quicker rate than warm or room temperature water. For this reason, it is recommended that if you are doing vigorous or intense activity in the winter that you nourish yourself with room temperature or warm water. This helps to keep your internal temperatures at optimal levels.

Eat Salty Foods and Soups


Have you ever wondered why soup is the common remedy among sick people to make them feel better? Soup is actually one of the best ways to keep the body hydrated and the key actually lies in the salt within the soup. One of the most important electrolytes that provide the body with hydration and energy is sodium. Soup is naturally high in sodium, therefore providing your body with the needed electrolytes to stay healthy. It is great way to keep you warm and another way to keep yourself hydrated if you find yourself getting bored of drinking water over and over again! Some delicious soups you can try include tomato soup, butternut squash bisque, minestrone, and chicken noodle soup.
Drink Your Hot Chocolate
It is very common for people to drink hot chocolate during the winter and it isn’t hard to see why. Hot chocolate is so delicious, creamy, smooth, and it warms you up from the inside during those cold, winter days. I bet that you didn’t know that hot chocolate is very hydrating as well during the winter tip. The cocoa is rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium which are all electrolytes that help to fuel the body and keep you hydrated. In addition, hot chocolate is normally made with water so it is not surprise there that it would give your body a bit of hydration. Since cocoa is also a very warming, but sort of heavy ingredient in the body, once you drink hot cocoa you are far less likely to need to use the restroom as soon as you drink it! Drinks like tea, water, etc. tend to be lighter and it feels like as soon as you drink it you need to go immediately. Thankfully hot cocoa sits in the stomach for a little bit without feeling bloated (like water can sometimes make you feel) so it may the better option to consider when choosing to stay hydrated. Of course, though I wouldn’t recommend only drinking hot chocolate to keep yourself hydrated since it can be a bit high in sugar (if you buy the packet version!)

Consume Your Water with Hydrating Foods

I know that people often stress this as one of the easiest and most traditional ways to hydrate, but people stress it often for a reason. It really is one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated and there are so many ways that you can go about it. Water is water. You can dress it up, but even then, over time the routine of drinking water can be mundane. It becomes even harder to drink water when it is cold outside and your body craves to drink hot drinks and consume foods instead. If you find yourself in the middle of a snowstorm or staying indoors (or you are even an athlete who has to exercise in the cold) then seriously consider the power of eating hydrating snacks or making hot meals with hydrating foods! You can throw some vegetables in a hot soup or snack on some vegetables and fruit alongside some hot tea or hot chocolate. Those are all great alternatives to switch up the routine of hydration while keeping you healthy during the cold winter. Choose fruits like apples, grapes, oranges, etc. or vegetables such as celery, carrots, cucumbers, etc. Either way this alternative is a great one to incorporate not only during the winter but year-round.

Frozen Fruit in Water

You heard of fresh fruit in water, but not many people advocate for frozen fruit in your water. If your house is pretty warm and you can deal with cooler drinks as opposed to hot then consider putting some frozen fruit in your water to dress it up. Frozen fruit offers a different flavor from fresh fruit and many people actually enjoy the taste of frozen fruit. If you do, then this is a wonderful way to stay hydrated. Plus, frozen fruit can also have ice formed around it which contributes to even more water for you to take in! Bingo!

Stay Away from the Alcohol

It is very common during the winter time that you often find yourself invited to many parties or get togethers where alcohol is readily available. If you are working on staying hydrated during the winter though, I would not advocate for excessive or daily drinking of alcohol. Alcohol suppresses the antidiuretic hormone within the body. This hormone is responsible for sending fluids back into your body while simultaneously acting as a diuretic to flush them out of your system as well. Kind of a weird concept to grasp but the bottom line is that alcohol is really just going to dehydrate you even more. You will lose a lot of fluid and it actually diminishes body heat which will in turn make you very dehydrated. Maybe opt for some hot chocolate or an apple cider instead. Your body will thank you for that!

Be Aware When You are Skiing or Snowboarding

Typically, during the winter, people find it the perfect time to go up to the mountains and around ski resorts. Of course, the main mechanic behind snowboarding and skiing is elevation, which means that a majority of the time people are hitting the mountains and slopes so that they can make use of the winter time and do their favorite sports and activities. This also means that you are more likely to be dehydrated because higher altitudes actually have an effect on the way in which our body processes water. I mean think of all the things that I mentioned about how the body loses hydration during the winter. At high altitudes you are performing physical activities that are making you sweat, you are in an area that is much colder than ground level which makes your body constrict blood vessels even more, and the air is a lot drier. With all of these environmental conditions, you can understand then how your body can become even more hydrated in high altitudes. For this reason, you should take precaution by bringing more water with you and sipping on your water throughout the day. By being mindful of how your surroundings can contribute to your dehydration then you can help yourself be more prepared.

With these general tips, you are now much more knowledgeable about what the winter can do to you if you do not drink your water and take it seriously. Realize that hydration is something that affects you daily no matter your surroundings and no matter the season or weather conditions, you should always be prepared to drink as much water as you possibly can!

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Alkaline Foods

You have often heard of the term alkaline in science when you were younger. It probably happened around the time when you were learning about the pH scale and how there is a scale of acidic and alkaline foods and substances as well as foods or compounds that are neutral. You probably didn’t go much farther into the concept of alkaline and acidic unless you study science or have a degree of in the area of science. Even then you probably used the concept of pH for the purpose of understanding how it relates to various chemical compounds and substances. Not many people have really gone far into the concept of alkalinity and acidity as it relates to our own diet. If this is the case for you, then I will introduce you to the world of alkalinity, how it is present in certain foods we eat, and what it can do for our bodies and health! Alkaline foods are actually in a lot of foods that we naturally eat and can provide us with a myriad of benefits to help keep our body healthy. If you are interested and want to learn more about this topic, then keep on reading! This article will give you the basic understanding of alkaline foods and why you should incorporate these amazing foods into your diet (at a moderate level of course).

What are Alkaline Foods?

In the most basic concept alkaline foods are foods that are alkaline in nature. pH is basically a measure of how acidic or basic something is. If something is acidic it will fall on a scale of about 1-6. If something is alkaline then it will fall along the scale of 8-14. Neutral is right in the middle at a level of 7. Alkaline foods refer to foods that are basic in nature and are actually not acidic. The purpose of distinguishing whether something is acidic, basic, or neutral can be relevant and important for a variety of reasons, but for the purpose of understanding alkaline in terms of foods it is probably most important that I talk about what alkaline and acidity can do to your body. That way you can better understand the importance of understanding pH within your own body and how it affects you.

What is the Deal with pH and Our Bodies?

It has been stated by many scientists that and health experts that when it comes to acidity or alkalinity within our own body, it is best that our body stays neutral with a very slight increase in alkalinity. Most agree that our blood pH should remain at a level of about 7.4 in order to be considered healthy. Why should our blood be neutral? What happens when our blood is too acidic or alkaline? In fact, a variety of unfavorable consequences can ensue when you do not take care of your body and leave it to be too acidic or too alkaline in nature. If your body has too much acidity then it can an inability to breathe properly, confusion, fatigue, headaches, sleepiness, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, a lack of appetite, acne, joint pains, anxiety, depression, frequent colds, digestive issues and more. Those who are on the other side of the spectrum and have too much alkaline in their body will end up experiencing an array of unfavorable symptoms such as hand tremors, prolonged muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, muscle twitching, and numbness in the face or limbs. In very serious cases, both can cause very serious issues if left untreated such as loss of consciousness, seizures, severe breathing difficulties and more! In all, it isn’t hard to understand that one does not want to be on either side of the spectrum. It is way more advantageous to our health and happiness that we always stay in the middle of the pH scale within our body. It is the best way of ensuring that our body is working at its maximum potential. It will inevitably just lead to an easier and better quality of life for you and will not disrupt your ability to focus on work, school, family, and more.

Benefits of Alkaline Foods

Glowy Skin

All skin problems are actually the result of acid in the body. If you are experiencing intense flare-ups on the skin in form of acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or wrinkled skin then this means that you have too much acid in your body. By choosing to eat more alkaline foods you can help get rid of that extra acidity within the body and thus your skill surely clears up and glow!

Get a Great Energy Boost

In addition to amazing and glowy skin, alkaline foods can really help give you a good energy boost during the day (or night if you really have a lot of work to do). The energy you feel during the day is the most important indicator of how well your body is doing internally. If you notice that you are tired and sluggish during the day then this can signal that you are consuming too much acidic foods. Try drinking water with lemon or lime! Lemon or lime, contrary to popular opinion, may be acidic in its natural form, but in contact with our body it turns alkaline. By drinking water with lemon or lime, you can increase the alkaline within your body and get a great burst of energy that will carry you throughout the busy day!

Your Sleep Becomes More Meaningful and Refreshing

Too much acid in the body can also deeply affect your sleep. If you notice that your body naturally wakes up around 1-3 am in the morning then you totally have too much acid in the body! Your liver and kidneys may be asking you for help! During the night, your body is more acidic than it is during the day. If you are not alkalizing your body well enough then you can be interrupting your REM sleep which deeply aggravates your quality of sleep. Take in more dark, green, leafy vegetables to help solve the problem! Vegetables such as spinach, wheatgrass, swiss chard, watercress, and kale are great ways to combat the acidity within your body. If you consume these vegetables at least three hours before going to sleep then you can expect a deeper sleep and your liver can detoxify itself gently. Try to avoid acidic foods before sleeping such as high carbs and sugars. If you throw in some foods or some kind of drink that encompassesminerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium bicarbonate then you can get rid of the acidity in your body very quickly. Guarantee that if you implement these sorts of alkalizing foods into your diet before sleeping, then you no longer have to worry about the lack of sleep at night and the feeling of sleepiness during the day.

Alkaline Foods that You Should Consider

Here is a wonderful list of some well-known foods that are high in alkaline and can help balance your body out well! They are so great for making your body feel better and provide a myriad of benefits that go beyond alkalizing your body!

Spinach

Spinach boasts an alkaline level of about 8.3. Spinach is so easy to add to your diet. This leafy green can be added to smoothies, bowls, salads, cooked up and more! It is high in plant iron, vitamin K, and calcium, all of which is said to help protect against many forms of cancer. Kale is one of the world’s most alkaline foods out there.

Bananas

Bananas are another delicious alkaline food that you can eat if you feel as if you have too much acid in your body! They fall along a pH level of about 6.9 and are so versatile. They can be incorporated in a variety of things from being eaten alone, put into smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, on toast, smoothie bowls, and more! They are also coined the term “potassium sticks” for the incredible amount of potassium that bananas can provide you with. They are a wonderful source of fiber which means that they can help rid your GI or gastrointestinal tract of toxins and help promote digestive regularity. It is also a wonderful alternative to other sugary and processed foods out there. If you feel your sugar cravings hitting you throughout the day then bananas can be one of the healthiest ways to ease such cravings without adding more unnecessary sugar within the body. One awesome technique to eat bananas is by making banana nice cream! It is basically banana ice cream and it is so delicious, healthy, cool and refreshing. You can also throw in other alkaline rich ingredients to your banana nice cream, such as fresh mint leaves and berries.

Sweet Potatoes

Yes, my sweet potato lovers rejoice in this lovely revelation. Sweet potatoes are another alkaline rich food that you can consider. Most people enjoy sweet potato over regular potato anyways so I’m sure you wouldn’t even need to incorporate this awesome super food into your diet. Sweet potatoes are a great way to provide your body with more alkaline, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They have a less negative impact on the blood sugar levels since they are packed with fiber. The fiber really helps to slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream. The best part is that there are so many ways that you can eat and enjoy sweet potatoes. You can bake them into fries, eat them like a baked potato, mash them up, and throw a variety of vegetables or delicious spices to amp them up!
Carrots

Carrots are a great way to snack in a healthy way. There is something about the crunch that people enjoy. I know for me the crunch is actually very therapeutic! They are a great way to reduce the acidity within your body and restore energy and can even help improve eyesight based on the vitamin A content. In all honesty, a cup of carrots contains more than 300 percent of the daily recommended intake of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant form of vitamin A. It can also help protect against cancer and promote a brighter and younger looking complexion.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are another great alkaline rich food that you should intake. If you have a tendency to snack on nuts, then this could be a great way for you to restore your body back to its natural pH. Especially, if you have a tendency to snack on nuts often because the sad reality is that the majority of nuts are very acidic in nature. Yet hazelnuts are the delicious exception to that rule. Yet, with this in mind do not think that by eating nutella that you are getting the right level of alkaline rich food. Nutella does not count with all that added sugar!

Apples

You know how the saying goes. An apple a day keeps the doctor away and although I am not sure how true that statement is, apples are truly a powerful food. Aside from reducing all that high acidity within the body, you can expect so many other benefits to come out from eating apples often. They are rich in detoxifying fiber and antioxidants such as vitamin C. They have flavonoids that can protect against cancer and the nutrients within apples can help promote healthy cholesterol and blood pressure within the body. All in all, apples are one of the healthiest and advantageous foods out there. So, take apples into consideration. Plus, they are so yummy to eat.

These are just a few of the many alkaline rich foods that you can include in your diet! As you can see from the list, incorporating alkaline rich foods is actually not as hard as one would think. There are a lot of alkaline rich foods that are so yummy and that we already have in our diet without even realizing it. With these delicious foods in mind, then switching up the pH of your body and lowering your acidity shouldn’t be too difficult with all the options and recipes that you can utilize to reach a healthier you.

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Ultrafiltration and Filtration System

We all understand the importance of water. I do not need to stress that enough. Water around our world is clearly very abundant. We see it everywhere from oceans to seas to glaciers to streams, rivers, lakes, and more. But while the beautiful Earth is filled with water, a lot of it is actually unfit for drinking. In fact, a very small percentage of the water that exists in this world is actually clean enough to drink and with our increasing population, this is a significant problem. This is why science is so important to us. Through research, science, and expanding technology, people have been able to come up with ways in which we can make water that is naturally not good for drinking, into water that we can drink without getting sick, thus solving our problem. One of the many methods utilized to make this happen include the process known as ultrafiltration. Ultrafiltration is so important because it is one way in which people can create purified and clean water for the rest of the world to drink! If you are unsure what ultrafiltration does or the science behind this system, do not worry! You will soon learn everything you need to know about ultrafiltration systems! In addition, this article will keep you informed on other kinds of filtration systems that exist out there, how they work, and what contaminants and chemicals they are known to remove. Through this, one can gain a great understanding of how to turn harmful tap water into drinking water that is safe for everyone to drink and enjoy.

Understanding the Importance of Ultrafiltration and Filtration Systems

It is incredibly important that one understands the true importance for implementing ultrafiltration and filtration systems on water. Some people know that drinking some kinds of water can pose harmful effects on the body, but the severity of how harmful bad drinking water can be on a person is normally not fully understand. Let’s go through the basics of what dirty drinking water can pose for us. It provides the opportunity for waterborne diseases to reach our body. Certain waterborne diseases that people can receive from the drinking water include cholera, typhoid fever, diarrheal diseases, dysentery, cryptosporidium, gastroenteritis, giardiasis, guinea worm, hepatitis E, and cyclosporiasis. The severity of these diseases is more than just nausea, vomiting, etc. They can lead to death. In fact, water related diseases are the cause of up to 3.4 million deaths a year! With that in mind, you can understand the honest importance of drinking clean water and how ultrafiltration is very much needed to make our water clean.

What is Ultrafiltration?

Ultrafiltration is a type of membrane filtration that is utilized to help purify solutions or water. Forces like pressure or concentration gradients lead to a separation through a semipermeable membrane. Suspended solids and solutes that carry a high molecular weight end up being retained, while water and low molecular weight solutes are passed through the membrane in the permeate (filtrate). Ultrafiltration is very important for the aspect of cleaning and purifying water so that it may be ready to drink. It is similar to reverse osmosis and allows the pressure to push water through a membrane allowing, any suspended solids, bacteria, viruses, endotoxins, and pathogens to stay behind and separated from the water. In terms of the process of ultrafiltration, it actually is not different from methods like reverse osmosis, microfiltration, or nanofiltration. All of these types of filtrations utilize the exact same method, except the only difference is that each system handles a specific size of molecules that it can successfully separate from the water. In the process of Ultrafiltration, the size of pores that can be separated from the water are pores that range in size from 0.0005 to 0.1 micron. In all, think of ultrafiltration as the ideal system for clean water that is completely removed from any sort of colloids, bacteria, proteins, pyrogens, and macromolecules that can greatly affect the taste and odor of the water.

Advantages of Ultrafiltration
● Ultrafiltration membranes are designed to come in a variety of sizes which means that it is able to remove toxins of all sizes from the water
● Ultrafiltration uses low energy consumption because it separates without a phase change. This means no electricity is needed.
● Separation and concentration can be performed at low pressures and any bacteria/colloids can be effectively removed
● Ultrafiltration can be very suitable to applications that involve materials that are sensitive to temperature
● They are very simple and compact
● Operation is relatively easy to be restored after it has been shut down
● The method is not particularly expensive (everyone loves to hear that one!)
● The process of ultrafiltration is very environmentally friendly. Receiving clean water does not have to come at a cost of harming the environment or the animals since no pollutants are released.
● There is a lot of pressure put on the water to the point that virtually all contaminants that are within the water will be effectively removed
● Makes water safer to drink and improves the taste of water for formulas, teas, coffees, and more

Disadvantages of Ultrafiltration
● Soluble materials cannot be filtered
● The odor of the water unfortunately remains the same
● The water from the procedure is unfortunately not drinkable yet because the soluble material cannot be removed. Soluble material such as pesticides can still remain in the water thus making it unfit for drinking (yet thankfully there are procedures that can be applied after to get rid of this soluble and make the water clean and ready to use for drinking)

The Exact Lowdown on the Types of Contaminants that Ultrafiltration Can Remove

For those of you who want an even better understanding of the very specific kinds of contaminants that can be removed and how well they can be removed using ultrafiltration, keep on reading! Ultrafiltration water systems utilize 0.05-micron carbon black pre-filters to reduce chlorine taste and odor, lead, cysts, VOCs and MTE. Typically, an at home ultrafiltration system can reduce bacteria. Benzene, chlorine, crypto, pesticides, rust, bad taste/odor, and viruses by a significant amount. It can partially reduce algae, chloride, copper, lead, and mercury. It very minimally reduces contaminants such as arsenic, fluoride, nitrates, salt, and sulfates. If you are concerned that ultrafiltration does not remove enough contaminants, many at home ultrafiltration water systems can reduce contaminants even more when you purchase extra filters. Those extra filters can help make your water even cleaner than before! In addition, the system does not remove necessary minerals that are found naturally in the water. In this way you can be sure that your water is clean, but not so clean to the point that all essential and important minerals are stripped from it!

Other Filtration Systems that You Can Utilize as Well

Aside from being able to purchase ultrafiltration systems at home, you can also purchase other types of filtration systems that utilize different methods to clean the water, but nonetheless get the job done like ultrafiltration systems do. The filtration systems that you can employ to remove contaminants in your water include ultraviolet or UV, activated carbon filters, ceramic filters, distillation, biosand, and more!

Ultraviolet/UV Water Filters

Ultraviolet or UV is a type of energy that is found in the electromagnetic spectrum and lies between x-rays and visible light. UV water filters use lamps that emit UV light of a certain wavelength that have the ability to disrupt the DNA of certain microorganisms. It specifically attacks their genetic code, rearranges the DNA to RNA, and eliminates the microorganism’s ability to function and reproduce. Through this the microorganism cannot replicate or infect the other organism’s that it comes into contact with. The types of diseases that you can avoid by using UV filtration systems include viruses, cysts, salmonella, typhoid fever, polio, flu, dysentery, meningitis, giardia, bacteria, coliform, cryptosporidium, cholera, E. coli, infectious hepatitis, and more!

Activated Carbon Water Filter

This type of filter utilizes active carbon filters. These are small pieces of carbon that (in either granular or block form) and are extremely porous. The large surface areas of these carbon filters allow for easy absorbing or removing of contaminants and other substances. The water essentially flows through the active carbon filters and all chemicals stick to the carbon filters causing a purer water output. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), activated carbon is the only filter that is recommended to remove all 32 identified organic contaminants including THMS (by-products of chlorine that are cancerous). It can remove pesticides and herbicides as well!

Ceramic Filters

Ceramic filters are another type of filters that are very helpful in removing contaminants from water. They are most helpful in developing countries that because they are very inexpensive yet effective. The small pore size of the ceramic material allows for successful filtering of dirt, debris, and bacteria. The water is simply poured over the ceramic filter and removes particles that are larger than the size of the pores in the filter material. Typical contaminants that are known to be effectively removed using ceramic filtration include bacteria, microbial cysts, and protozoa. They are unfortunately, not effective for removing viruses since they are small enough to pass through the ceramic pores and into the clean water. It is quite common for ceramic filters to be coated with silver that can help kill or incapacitate bacteria, preventing the growth of mold and algae.

Distillation

Distillation is quite an easy water filtration system to understand. It separates the liquids from the solids (or contaminants) by heating the components into gas. The gas is then converted back into liquid form and collected. Typically, since contaminants have different boiling points from liquids, the liquids will typically evaporate before the contaminants leaving all of the contaminants behind while the gas is converted back into a liquid that is purer. There are many different types of distillation that exist out there such as vacuum distillation, fractional distillation, steam distillation, and simple distillation. Distillation is known to remove bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. It cannot remove volatiles or other chemicals with boiling points that are at that of water or near to the boiling point of water. They cannot remove chlorine, chlorine by-products, or VOCs. The unfortunate part and downside to water distillation though, is that is completely strips away minerals which is very bad for the body.

Biosand Filtration

Biosand filters or (BSF) are a point-of-use water treatment system that is adapted from slow sand filters. Pathogens and suspended solids are essentially removed through both biological and physical processes that take place in the biolayer and sand layer. The processes that take place include mechanical trapping, predation, adsorption, and natural death. Mechanical trapping allows the suspended solids and pathogens to be trapped in between spaces of the sand grains. The predation process of biosand filtration allows the pathogens from the water to be consumed by microorganisms within the biolayer. The Adsorption process works to force the pathogens to absorb each other and to suspend solids in within the water and sand grains. Lastly the natural death process occurs in which all pathogens trapped and absorbed end their life cycles and die because of lack of food or oxygen. Biosand filtration is best known for removing a variety of contaminants such as viruses, heavy metals, bacteria, turbidity, and protozoa.

In all, through this article, you can see how ultrafiltration and a variety of other filtration systems work to take out a variety of contaminants that are naturally occurring within the water. They work to remove a variety of chemicals and help to increase the percentage of drinking water that is available to the public. If you are interested in purchasing a certain filtration system for your home, then home depot is sure to have them! They are a great and inexpensive way to produce the best tasting water for you and keep you away from waterborne diseases that can cause miserable problems for your health!

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Daily Bad Habits that Dehydrate the Body

Ever notice that no matter how much water you drink you are still making a ton of frequent trips to the bathroom? Do you still feel the signs of dehydration even when you feel like you have drunk a lot of water? It is quite common for many people to experience dehydration symptoms and signs even when they think they have consumed what they perceive as a good amount of water. The truth is that hydrating your body is a little more complex than you would think. Many people fall under this common idea that one merely hydrates their body by drinking a bunch of water and that is it. The reality is that there has to be a certain method or routine when it comes to drinking your water. Otherwise, much of the water you end up drinking, does not get picked up by the body. If you feel like you are drinking a good amount of water, but are experiencing some signs and symptoms of dehydration than you might be someone who has some bad habits when it comes to hydration. If you are still confused on what I mean when I say bad habits, do not worry. This article will aim to explain to you the proper way to hydrate your body and the common habits that people do that end up dehydrating them even more!

You Don’t Follow Up on Weather Changes

One bad habit that a lot of people tend to do, is not checking the weather often enough. It is actually so important that you keep yourself updated on the weather. By doing so, you can actually be aware of weather changes that are occurring such as the climate changing from dry to humid. This may seem sort of insignificant to you and hydration, but it actually plays a bigger role than you would think. When the weather changes frequently, this can end up changing how much water you consume daily. If the weather is warmer, your body will sweat more, meaning that it is losing more water. If you are sweating more frequently, this is a sign to you that you need to replenish your body with the water that it has just lost. In addition, changes to air quality can also have a serious effect on your body and hydration levels. If there are frequent changes in the air around you, your respiratory drive will be affected, causing you to breathe off more water than usual and this will inevitably lead to dehydration. In other words, the weather will sometimes permit you to take necessary precautions about how much water you are consuming. You may actually need to increase the amount of consumption than you normally would. By keeping track of air levels and the weather you can get a fair idea of whether you will need to drink more water than usual and this as a result, can help keep you hydrated and healthy!

You Are a Constant Traveler

If you are someone lucky enough to have a daily routine in which you are constantly traveling somewhere far and new than this routine may be a cause for concern when it comes to your own hydration levels. Traveling can also be another way that you dehydrate yourself quickly although the reasoning behind why may not be so evident. The main concern is that traveling often affects your eating habits. This is because you are often at the mercy of stores and restaurants to satisfy your hunger and sometimes on a jam-packed day of touring the cities, you may not even have time to hit up a place to eat. This means that you can either skip out on important meals or snack throughout the day (even making some unhealthy choices like choosing that famous gelato place down the street as your lunch for the day!). I get it! When you are traveling you are often captivated by all the cool desserts and treats that await you! It is hard to say no. But, failure to maintain a proper diet while traveling can actually be very damaging for your body. You end up consuming less water packed vegetables and fruits and you even lower your water intake immensely without even realizing it. Sometimes taking a water bottle is too much to carry on a long day of sightseeing or maybe you drank through your water, but have no idea where you would even be able to replenish your water. Or maybe you are avoiding water altogether because you have a long commute or trip to somewhere else. That makes sense too. Many people have the habit of cutting down on bathroom trips when they know they cannot reach a bathroom frequently, so they stray away from water altogether. Big mistake. Monitor yourself frequently. Go to the bathroom and check your urine often. If it is dark yellow or brown, then you are in a serious need of water! Trust me, it may seem like a hassle now, but your body will be grateful to you later!

You Hate Using the Bathroom Frequently

I would say that this is a bad habit that everyone has experienced at least a couple times in their life. For me, I know that this bad habit started right at college. Everyone understands that feeling of constantly making trips to the bathroom every 2-3 hours. For some people, it is not a problem and for others, their job or school makes it hard for them to locate a bathroom frequently. I know that for me, I hated using the bathroom frequently throughout the day, because my college classes were jam packed with students and computers at numbers of about 200 and the thought of having to bypass through a tiny narrow walkway filled with backpacks and not trip and fall down onto the row in front of me, didn’t sound like such an appealing idea. It was a pain in the butt to have to navigate my way out of class consistently to use the bathroom (especially when I had three-hour lectures). For that reason, I saw water as the enemy, Water made me want to use the bathroom so frequently that I had to deal with that scary obstacle before waiting in a long line to use the bathroom, only to come back and realized I missed something super important in lecture. It reached a point that when I needed to use a bathroom, I ended up opting to wait on it until after class is over (but that is just so distracting and absolutely difficult after a certain point). Over time, I myself would lessen my water intake because I didn’t want to be burdened with all that the bathroom breaks during lecture would entail. Of course, I know that I am not the only one who did this too. Many people see how water can cause you to urinate frequently and for some people, they cannot afford that many frequent bathroom breaks. So, they start on the bad habit of knowing that if they are going to be in a long meeting or class or group meetup, they are just going to refrain from drinking water at all possible costs. It truly is a natural habit for many to perform, but let me tell you, it is an absolutely bad habit to have! Your body needs water during those long hours. You need to be hydrating your body with consistent sips of water every ten minutes or so. Yeah, the bathroom breaks can be annoying, but a body that is dehydrated is even more annoying. You don’t want to deal with the headaches, nausea, and fatigue that accompanies a dehydrated body. That is way worse than taking frequent trips to the bathroom. So, sip your water!

You Fail to Read Your Prescription Labels

Many people have prescriptions mandated by their doctors for a variety of reasons. It becomes quite a bad habit for people to do the bare minimum with their prescriptions by merely just taking them and completely avoiding the part where you should read your prescription label. If you drink adequate water, take prescription, and notice you still feel the signs of dehydration than this bad habit may be something you are guilty of! Many people tend to not read the labels on their prescriptions. This is actually so incredibly important because a lot of prescriptions and medications that people take are known as diuretics. Diuretics are essentially things that make you urinate more often than normal and that puts you at risk for dehydration. Obviously, one knows that urinating means water is leaving the body. So, after urinating more frequently you need to replenish the water you lost by drinking even more water. People do not tend to do this very often and if you are especially taking medication that forces your body to use the bathroom a lot more often than usual, then you are going to experience moderate to almost severe dehydration in some cases. Know your labels! Read up on them through reading the prescriptions bottles or understand what medication you are taking by consulting the web. Either way you can understand whether what you are taking is a diuretic and you can also understand the side effects that are associated with taking the medication. This can also be very helpful in alleviating dehydration because side effects associated with some medications can be diarrhea or vomiting, which are both two additional ways that you can lose a lot of water from within the body.

You Don’t Take Sun Care Seriously

Believe it or not, but proper skin care from the sun is actually linked to a higher hydration level within the body. High exposure to the sun without the proper sun care can lead to intense sunburns. Many people would not know this, but sunburns or burns on the skin in general actually dehydrate your body levels. The skin is an organ and it is a barrier that protects against any sort of fluid loss. When your skin begins to burn, that barrier breaks down and your body enters a state in which it struggles to maintain adequate and proper hydration levels. For that reason, do not proceed down the bad habit of walking out in the sun without any sort of sunblock or sun protection whatsoever. This bad habit will surely leave your body in a constant state of dehydration, especially if you live in a place that is very sunny and warm. In addition, be sure to moisturize your skin daily while also protecting it from the sun. Providing more moisture and sun care to the skin allows you to slow down the effects of aging, which can affect your skin over time and cause immense dehydration as well.

Your Diet is Not Healthy

A balanced diet is key. Many people are also guilty of committing the bad habit of not being wary about the foods they decide to put into their body. Your body needs a variety of important things such as lean protein, whole grains, and a ton of fruits and veggies. This is the key to having a body that is overall healthy and by healthy I also mean hydrated. By choosing to incorporate a lot of fruits and veggies into your diet (instead of junk food or fatty foods) you reap the benefits of additional hydration from foods like zucchini, cucumber, watermelon, apples, and more! If you are currently trying to completely cut carbs out of your diet, you may also experience an elevated level of dehydration. This one often comes as a shocker to many, but the reasoning behind it is quite simple. Carbs like oatmeal, whole grain pasta, and brown rice soak up a lot of water during the cooking process. So, when you actually eat these kinds of food you also gain the water that all the food absorbed as well! This is great for keeping yourself hydrated. In addition, keep in large portions of fruits and veggies. It is often advised that you eat the rainbow when it comes to your diet. Throw in all sorts of fruits and veggies from melons to oranges to bananas and more! The more colorful your diet is, the more hydrated your body becomes!

These are just a few of the many, common bad habits that people often do throughout their daily routine, that compromises their hydration levels. Do not make these mistakes for they are absolutely so simple to correct. Now that you have more knowledge on the activities that can push your hydration down, it is important to be warier of what you do on a daily basis and be sure that you are maintaining your hydration to the best of your ability. In the future, your body will thank you immensely and you will thank yourself for correcting those bad habits to begin with!

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Daily Food That Contain Maximum Amount of Water

Water is very important to one’s overall health and wellbeing. It can provide a myriad of advantages to you from physical benefits to internal benefits as well. When the body is dehydrated, this can often lead to unfavorable consequences such as headaches, a depletion in energy, dry or tough skin, chapped lips, dizziness, and more! By choosing to nourish your body with water, whether it be in the form of drinking that water or consuming it through foods, you are offering your body the chance to stay hydrated and healthy. Allowing your body, the opportunity to supply you with ample energy as well as keeping your immune system healthy, promoting clear, glowing skin, healthy lips, nails, hair, and more! It is only beneficial for you, to take the time to contemplate the various ways that you can incorporate more water in your diet, so that you can be sure that your body is functioning at optimal levels. If you feel that you tend to stray away from water because it can become quite mundane to drink over time then fill yourself up on foods that are high in water content and will provide you with the same hydration that your body needs!

Watermelon

Watermelon is the food that is regarded as having the highest water content out there. This makes quite a bit of sense considering it is called watermelon after all. This red fruit contains about 92% of water and is filled with many essential electrolytes from calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. It is rich in beta carotene, lycopene and vitamin C as well. Watermelons consist of many components that can actually promote a healthy heart such as lycopene, citrulline, and other vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals can help greatly with your heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing stiffness and thickness of the artery wall, help your blood vessels expand, and can also lower your blood pressure immensely. The fruit is also rich in a myriad of antioxidants that can help lower inflammation and oxidative damage, as well as provide good minerals and vitamins that are essential to brain health. This can help delay the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. All in all, there is absolutely no doubt that watermelon is packed with a variety of antioxidants and minerals that help keep your body healthy, while providing hydration so there should be no argument as to why you shouldn’t consider watermelon as a part of your diet (unless of course you are allergic in which I suggest you keep reading to learn of more high water content foods that you can consume.

Cucumber

Cucumber comes in and steals the game of high-water content foods with a whopping percentage of about 95% percent water. Holy moly that is quite a lot of water to have in a single vegetable. In addition to being high in water, this green vegetable is also similar to watermelon in the sense that it provides your body with a myriad of other great health benefits that you certainly do not want to miss out on! These health benefits include fiber, vitamin C, as well as electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium which can provide your body with great energy (advised for athletes with moderate intensity of exercise). In addition to these vitamins and minerals, other vitamins and minerals that cucumber is known to be packed with include protein, carbs, vitamin K, and vitamin C. The vegetable is also known to be filled with many different kinds of antioxidants such as flavonoids and tannins. These antioxidants can help prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and can also reduce the risk of chronic disease over time. Regular cucumber eating has also been linked to lowering blood sugar levels as shown by evidence done on animals. In this case, cucumbers can be an excellent way to prevent diabetes-related complications that can make life a lot harder on individuals. One word of advice when it comes to cucumbers, is to eat them unpeeled. By choosing to consume cucumbers un-peeled, you are actually maximizing your health benefits since the peel carries some of those important minerals and antioxidants.

Store Bought Tomato Sauce

Quite an odd way to think about getting your water in, but this actually works. Tomato sauce that is store bought is actually infamous for being about 90 percent water, which sort of makes sense considering that it is made of tomatoes and tomatoes are well known for having a high-water content as well. Tomato sauce is purely just blended and pureed tomatoes that have been seasoned, so logically all that water that comes from the tomatoes, still sit in the sauce. Just like good ole’ watermelon, tomato sauce is also filled up with lycopene which means it has the ability to protect against free radical induced tissue damage. In addition to this, a cup of tomato sauce provides about 6 grams of fiber which helps greatly in aiding your digestion along and keeping you regular. It also controls blood sugar levels and can help lower the risk of cholesterol. If you are even looking to not only reap high hydration, but high fiber as well, pair up your tomato sauce with whole wheat pasta or laden it over a nice vegetable pizza. Either way, tomato sauce is super delicious and not very hard to incorporate in your diet. It fits very nicely with many different lunch and dinner ideas and can be great way to consume some of your hydration for the day.

Chicken Noodle Soup

It appears that this magical soup can actually do more for you than just fight off the flu or any cold you have. It can also provide you with an extraordinary amount of water, helping to keep your body hydrated while it is in a vulnerable condition. A cup of chicken noodle soup typically contains about 840 milligrams of sodium, which means it can help you retain the water from the broth and also has about 14 grams of carbohydrates, which indicates that it can also help your body to absorb the water. It is actually proven to be more beneficial in keeping you hydrated then some of the commercial electrolyte drinks. In addition, the natural salts, warm soup, and steam can all aid in clearing up the mucus that is entrapped around your nose and throat, aiding in soothing those areas. It is also important to consider that chicken noodle soup is more than just chicken, noodle, and broth. The soup is also heavily made of other vegetables that contain high water contents such as onions, carrots, celery, and parsley. All of these vegetables are great sources of antioxidants and nutrients. For example, carrots contain beta-carotene and vitamin A which helps with keeping your eyes healthy, while onions are rich in antioxidants and help to eliminate many toxins from the body. In a nutshell, it is basically not that difficult to understand why chicken noodle soup should be consumed more often for the purpose of providing health benefits and wonderful hydration.

Mango

Mangos are another excellent food that offer you a high content of water in every delicious bite. They are sweet and refreshing, making them the perfect snack after an intense exercise. They also can be used to curb away any sweet cravings since mangoes are typically naturally sweet. These fruits consist mainly of vitamin A, B6, C, and fiber. They are linked to promoting a healthy gut since the flesh of the mango contains prebiotic dietary fiber, helping to feed good bacteria within the gut. It also boosts immunity through the power of vitamin C so that your body is more readily able to fight off any harmful bacteria or viruses that can make you vulnerable to illnesses. That vitamin C (in addition to the vitamin A) can also come in handy for repairing the skin and promoting healthy, glowing skin. They can help eliminate dead pores and are loaded with nutrients that cleanse your gut of all toxic substances, making your skin healthier and clearer! Since it is packed with fiber, you can also rely on these delicious tasting orange fruits as a way to satiate your feelings of hunger. Fiber is infamous for making you feel full for a longer period of time and certainly the fiber in mango are no exception to this rule. If you are looking for a way to lose weight and curb your appetite then munch on some mangoes. They will keep you full, satiated, and keep your body hydrated so that you can ensure your body has all the energy it needs to power on through the day (or maybe even night!).

Grapefruit


Researchers at Scripps Clinic in California state that the chemical properties of grapefruit are wonderful for lowering insulin levels and helping to control your appetite. In addition to that, grapefruit is another wonderful way to stay hydrated as this orange fruit is packed with water. About 4 ounces of water make up half of a medium grapefruit and this accounts for about 88% of its total weight. It is also filled with many helpful antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, and flavanones. The vitamin C within grapefruit can help protect the cells from damage that can cause cancer and heart disease. The beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A which can help reduce the risk of some chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and eye disorders such as macular degeneration. The lycopene within grapefruit, helps to prevent the development of certain kinds of cancer. It can help slow down the growth of tumors and decrease side effects that can accompany common cancer treatments. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also helpful in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, promoting a healthy heart. In all, one can most definitely see that by choosing to drink squeezed grapefruit juice or incorporating a grapefruit for breakfast, you can reap the benefits of hydration along as advantages that will make your body healthier and happier!

Yogurt

Electrolytes are one of the most important ways that we can hydrate our body. They help provide our body with a kind of nourishment that plain water can sometimes lack in. When your body has become dehydrated you can sometimes lose electrolytes in addition to some of the water your body had originally. Yogurt is a wonderful source of potassium and sodium and thus can be advantageous in replacing lost electrolytes and providing substantial energy to the body. In addition to this, yogurt is full of key nutrients such as calcium, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin D. These nutrients are all related to maintaining healthy bones and can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis, which is the weakening of the bones that is commonly found in elders. Research has shown that by consuming about three servings of dairy foods such as yogurt, each day, one can help preserve their strength and bone mass. Yogurt can also contain live bacteria or probiotics that are effective in lessening the uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as well as promote increased digestive health in general. Another great benefit that can be attributed to yogurt is the fact that it contains an impressive amount of protein. Protein is helpful in supporting the metabolism because it increases your energy expenditure, meaning that your body burns more calories a day. It can also aid in appetite regulation in which it increases hormone production that can signal fullness. In all, yogurt is a great way to get your water in for the day, keep your metabolism regulated, and promote bone health.

These list of foods with daily maximum amount of water, just barely scrape the surface of all the many foods that exist out there with high water contents. If you feel like your water intake is surely not enough for your body to carry out all the necessary functions, then maybe this would be a good time to try out something new and switch up your water routine with some high-water content foods. Choosing various foods as a way to keep yourself hydrated is not only a great way to get more water in your system, but is also an amazing way for you to take in all those necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs in order to stay healthy!

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Beat the Heat


The year and seasons pass by before you know it and soon summer will be rearing its head around the corner. Even if it isn’t summer currently, many of us live in an area that produce so much heat no matter the seasons (hint hint Southern California) so hot temperatures are prevalent without the label of summer. We all know what hot heat entails. While hot temperatures may include the positives of a gorgeous radiant sun, beaches, ice-cream, refreshing iced drinks, and more, the increase in temperature can also be the recipe for a disaster if you do not take serious precautions to protect yourself! Yes, it may seem weird that I write this article as we approach December (to some people at least), but to those who come from areas that are prone to heat no matter the seasons (I’m talking to you California), it is so incredibly helpful to have some serious tips and advice on how to beat that winter heat and cool down well enough to join in on all the holiday festivities that are coming up (as well as the holiday work rush and school finals that come with it). If you are struggling in the heat and feel as if it has taken a toll on your body then look no further then this article, for I aim to do nothing but keep you well stocked on all the knowledge you need to know in order to stay hydrated and happy during those hot and heated days!

Curtains Anyone?

Since we are rapidly approaching winter, this also signals to us the beginning of our many holidays that are well known for occurring during the winter time. Holiday festivities tend to occur indoors as opposed to outdoors (since many public places typically close) and for that it becomes very important that your own house remains a beacon of cool hope during the hot sun that is shining away out there. Keep your family feeling cool temperature wise by possibly investing in some nice and pretty curtains. It is a known fact that the more windows you have in your house, the more you will feel the sun streaming in to let down its light. The more sunlight you have going on, the hotter it tends to get inside, so block those sunrays away putting up some curtains. The US Department of Energy has actually stated that putting up curtains can help decrease the sun exposure and heat within your home by almost 45 percent. This can greatly aid in keeping your guests happy and ready to enjoy the holidays and festivities. If you can find curtains that are white and have sun-deflecting white on the window side, then an even better job well done! But any regular curtains will do just fine as well!

Vent, Vent, Vent


If you come from an area that is incredibly hot, even during the winter seasons then it would be wise to not be very picky with turning on your air conditioner. Trust me. A hot day with no air conditioning has got to be the worst thing to experience and it will really put a damper on the festive mood. So just keep your air conditioner running for just a bit in order to really allow that cool air to circulate and permeate throughout the home. If you don’t have an air conditioner, your air conditioner is broken, or you don’t even want to bother paying for the bill, then another thing you can do is run fans around the house. You can buy super inexpensive fans on amazon or eBay and have them shipped to you almost instantly, so that you can keep your holiday home nice and cool (and on a budget!). Handheld fans even work if you are feeling that large fans are not necessary. They can even be of greater help if you are planning to have a holiday feast or party in the backyard area of somewhere outside. The little handheld fans can help keep people feeling cool and refreshed so that they can enjoy the sun, air, food, and socialization without the worry of a hot temperature getting in the way!

Drink Up Honey

You know this one by heart. It is the most obvious tip that you can follow when you are pegged with the issue of trying to beat the infamous heat. Drink up! Water is your best friend and although you may want to roll your eyes at such an obvious tip, it’s common and obvious for a reason my friend. Water helps you so much. It literally is the holy grail that will protect you from all the evils that come out to play when the sun is out and shining. Grab a tall glass of iced cold water, spritz some lemon, throw in a cucumber or two and drink up because you most definitely will need it if you are trying to beat the heat. Naturally heat makes you sweat and sweating makes your body lose electrolytes and hydration. If your body loses too much electrolytes then you are going to feel that horrible and exhausting plummet in energy. That is something that you completely want to avoid during the holidays! So, don’t make that common and easy mistake that everyone does and just drink water! Maybe you can munch on some ice instead, if you feel like it! Whichever way you do it, you can feel easy knowing that your body isn’t going to turn against you and make you feel sick when you need to be in high spirit for the holidays!

Fruit and Veggies Anyone?


Another fun way that you can beat the heat is to ramp up on your fruits and veggies. They are so much fun to enjoy, even during the holidays, and can make for the perfect holiday appetizers! Throw out a vegetable platter and fill up on cucumbers, carrots, and green peppers along with a side of ranch or hummus. You can toss out a fruit salad and I guarantee your friends and family will be munching down on it quicker than you can say Christmas. Fruits and veggies can offer a lovely variety and break from the water norm, providing you with lots of hydration, sugars to give you energy, and can help keep you satiated until the dinner feast. Mix some oranges, strawberries, apples, and berries for a refreshing and fruity salad or opt for a savory salad that is full of cucumbers, lemon juice, iceberg lettuce, spinach, radishes and more! There are so many creative and original ways for you to incorporate these kinds of foods into your holiday feast so that you can help keep the energy of your friends and family going during the crazy heat. Plus, they are super delicious, especially when they seem to be aesthetically organized on a platter or tray! Yum!

Perhaps Consider a Barbecue?

Barbecues may sound like not the brightest idea for those who are very keen on keeping themselves away from the sun. Why would you voluntarily stand out in the sun to cook up dinner when you can just go inside? Well the reason I would advocate for grilling your foods outside, is because using stovetops, ovens, etc. will bring a lot of warm air out and permeate this air around the house. Your house is going to feel a lot stuffier and maybe even smoky, if you choose to cook indoors and this totally defeats the purpose of staying indoors to beat the heat. You can help keep yourself cool by grilling your foods outside on the grill and then bringing them back into your house, so that you can enjoy those foods in your wonderful, air-conditioned home that is totally not stuffy from all the cooking. I mean think about it. Would you rather cook outdoors in the heat, but be rewarded by eating delicious food in an air-conditioned area or would you rather cook indoors and feel all stuffy and hot, then try to eat such a meal afterwards? Plus, barbecued meals don’t sound like a bad idea, especially on holidays. Food on the grill tastes way better than it does in the comfort of your own home and you can feel happy knowing that you stayed cool and hydrated!

Those were just a few of the main tips that will surely be enough to keep you cool and satisfied. Don’t let the hot Arizona or California sun (or wherever you live for that matter) get you down during the holidays. It does not have to stop you from enjoying the festivities both indoor and out! If you are feeling extra excited about all the fun ways that you can beat the heat then check out these fun, hydrating recipes that you can incorporate during the holidays! They will surely be a hit, not only to you, but to your friends and family as well! Happy Holidays!

Cucumber, Corn, Black Bean, Tomato, and Avocado Salad (www.popsugar.com)


This is a salad that you should definitely consider for your holidays as a way to stay hydrated. It is packed with flavor, but also full of vegetables that have high water content such as cucumber and tomato. Cucumber is about 95% water whereas tomatoes are about 93% water. The salad also contains red peppers which has a water content of about 92%. So, you can enjoy this refreshing salad, knowing that it can help keep you hydrated!
Ingredients
● 1 English cucumber
● 1 can of black beans that are diced
● 1 ¼ cup of corn
● 1 red pepper that is diced
● 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
● ½ cup of packed fresh cilantro that is chopped
● 1 lime
● 1 avocado, diced up
● Salt and pepper (to your own taste preference)
Directions
1. Throw in cucumber, black beans, corn, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, and chopped cilantro all into a bowl. Squeeze out the fresh juice from the lime and stir it well into the salad.
2. Mix in the avocado and season with salt and pepper to your own taste preference. Enjoy!

Vintage Lemonade (www.allrecipes.com)


Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Let’s be honest here. Lemonade can be enjoyed (and should be enjoyed no matter the time of year). Any time is lemonade time, so kick off your holidays with this delicious lemonade drink that can be a hit for both kids and adults. In addition, this lemonade is made up of 1 ¼ quarts of water and 5 lemons, which screams hydration! So, drink up and stay refreshed during the holidays with this delicious drink option!
Ingredients
● 5 lemons
● 1 ¼ cups of white sugar
● 1 ¼ quarts of water
● Extra lemons and strawberries for decoration!
Directions
1. Peel off all the rinds from the five lemons and proceed to cut them into ½ inch slices. Then set the lemons off to the side.
2. Place all lemon rinds into a bowl and sprinkle them up with the sugar. Allow this mixture to stand for about one hour. This will allow the sugar to be soaked up by the oils from the lemons.
3. Bring the water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then proceed to pour the hot water over the sugar lemon mixture. Allow this mixture to cool for another 20 minutes before removing the rinds.
4. Squeeze all the lemons into another bowl and pour that juice through a strainer and into the sugar mixture. Stir everything up well and then pour it into a pitcher. Let it pop in the fridge and serve up some ice cubes. Decorate with lemon wedges and halved strawberries for a very pretty and refreshing vintage style lemonade.

There you have it folks! Some tips, tricks, and recipes on how to stay hydrated during this upcoming holiday season for all those lucky people who live in areas where the sun never stops shining. So long as you keep these precautions in the back of your mind, then you should have no problem with dealing the heat, allowing you to carry on with all your holiday festivities! Enjoy!

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