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Water and Your Heart

30 July, 2015 (14:54) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

There are all sorts of articles out on the internet about the relationship between water and heart attacks and some claim more water is better and others debunk this claim. So what should we believe? Does it really matter how much water you drink every day? Does drinking plenty of water reduce your risk of fatal heart attacks? The short answer is, yes. It really does matter how much water we drink daily and the more water we drink, the less likely we are to have a fatal heart attack. This isn’t just a theory anymore, but a definitive conclusion to a study conducted by The American Journal of Epidemiology.

Researchers looked at the water intake of 12,017 female participants and 8,280 male participants in correlation to coronary heart disease events over the period of six years. Even after they adjusted for additional risk factors, they conclusively determined that more than any other factor, water intake determined fatal heart disease risk. The study stated that men who drank at least 40 ounces of water daily reduced their risk by 54 percent and women who drank the same amount reduced their risk by 41 percent.

The majority of fatal heart attacks occur during the morning hours and doctors believe it is caused by the higher viscosity of blood during the morning hours. You lose water throughout the night as you sleep and until you replenish the fluid, your blood will be thicker than usual. Also, lack of water will cause the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol and there have been numerous studies that have linked increased instances of heart attacks with stress.

According to the American Heart Association, the better the hydration, they easier it is for your heart to do its job. They also state that water is the best thing for people to drink for hydration. Drinking water from a high quality water filter will ensure that you only ingest the purest water you can without any other harmful contaminants. You can get water from other sources as well such as certain fruits and vegetables, however plain water is the best source for proper hydration. One more tip they share is to drink plenty of water BEFORE you exercise or go out in the sun. If you wait then you will be constantly playing catch-up and you will be putting extra strain on your heart.

 

 

The Relationship between Water and Skin

30 July, 2015 (14:19) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

Men and women spend billions of dollars every year just to look good; in fact the global beauty industry rakes in over $160 billion dollars annually. Americans in particular spend more each year on beauty products than they do on education, crazy! From lotions and creams to the myriad cosmetics that are on the market, it’s obvious that we value our appearance. Surprisingly though, many overlook the cheapest and simplest path to glowing, fresh looking skin. Water! Drinking water is easy, inexpensive and can help clear up blemishes, minimize the appearance of pores and give you a gorgeous healthy glow.

It has been estimated that as many as 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This is certainly hard on the body and will negatively affect internal organs, but is also affects the appearance of the skin. The skin is an organ just as much as any other organ of the body and it is made up of cells that are predominately water. When the body does not have enough fluid, the skin will become dry, less resilient and prone to excessive wrinkling. Drinking at least 8 cups of filtered water a day will help alleviate these symptoms; many experts recommend at least 12 cups of water per day for women and 15 cups a day for men for optimal hydration.

Water can affect our skin in other ways as well. Let’s take a moment to look at what effect hard water can have on our skin. The compounds that make water hard, usually excess calcium and magnesium, can build up on just about every surface they come in contact with. Scale buildup on fixtures and appliances is readily apparent and not only is it unsightly, it can do damage over time. When our skin comes into contact with hard water, it also suffers from this same type of buildup. When cleansers and hard water come in contact with each other, they will form a deposit that can be left on the skin causing irritation and not allowing moisturizers to soak into the skin’s surface as effectively.

When a water softener removes calcium and magnesium from water you will notice a significant difference on your skin. It will feel much softer even before applying moisturizer. This softness is how your skin is supposed to actually feel with natural oils being brought to the surface and not inhibited by the buildup of hard water deposits. The cells in your skin will also more readily accept any sort of moisturizer you apply because there is no buildup to block the moisturizer.

Before you go spend a fortune on cosmetics, and other skin enhancing products, you might want to evaluate your water habits first. Increase the amount of water you drink each day and make sure that the water you use on your skin is as pure and healthy as possible, enabling you to get the greatest benefit from it.

Drinking Water Can Be Fun!

29 July, 2015 (17:44) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

A recent study concluded that over 50% of our kids and teens are dehydrated due to not drinking enough water throughout the day. We all know that getting our kids to drink enough water can be a battle, especially if you’re just now starting to push good habits of drinking more water on a daily basis. Unless you strictly instilled these healthy habits from the beginning, getting your children to drink more water and choose water as their most common beverage may take a little creativity. How do you get your kids to drink more water? Make it fun! By combining clean, great tasting water from a home water filter and some fruits, veggies or herbs, your family can enjoy the power and pleasure of staying hydrated all summer long.

An article from Empowher suggests taking water and adding some tasty ingredients and mixing flavors to entice your family to drink more and get less bored. Putting a twist on water flavors will make kids believe they are drinking something other than water which could help them make better decisions. Staying hydrated is important, especially during the hot summer months. Since water makes up about two-thirds of our bodies, we need to replace what we lose through chemical reactions. When we sweat, go to the bathroom and even when we simply exhale, we lose small amounts of water. Why is this important to replace? Well, water is important for temperature regulation, lubricating your joints, protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissue, and removing waste from the body.  Exercising when the weather is hot it is even more important to make sure water is part of your daily routine. This means drinking water, even when you don’t feel thirsty.

Since many people don’t drink enough water and choose sugary soft drinks or other juices or beverages, using fruits and herbs to flavor water is a great way to increase intake! Also interesting and mentioned by the author of the article is that our thirst sensors aren’t sensitive enough to let us know that we want something to drink at the moment that we need more water. Making a good choice means knowing what is best to drink and this case, water is the best choice. We can make it more enticing by adding fresh fruits during the summer you can freeze your favorite fruit and use them as ice cubes in your water. The author suggests taking herbs, like mint, and breaking them into pieces and add them to hot water so the flavor gets into the water. Then put them in ice cubes trays and freeze them. Adding flavored ice cubes is easy and fun!

We also want you to remember that using high-quality water is important. It will taste better and is better for you. This may mean investing in an RO system or LINX Drinking Water System to remove harmful contaminants and create pure, natural drinking water with an excellent taste.  According to the Institute of Medicine, women need about 9 cups of fluid and for men it is about 13 cups of fluid daily. How much of that is contaminated? Well with a water filter, you won’t have to worry about contaminants, just what flavors you’ll add to your water today! Contact one of our water technicians today and learn about which home water filter would be right for you.

 

Changing Your RO Filter

28 July, 2015 (17:47) | Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

With so many water pollutants in the news, more and more people are seeking protection for their tap water in the form of drinking water systems. According to Infoplease.com, they explain how sodium is implicated in cardiovascular disease, nitrates in blood disorders. Mercury and lead can cause nervous disorders. Some contaminants are carcinogens. DDT is toxic to humans and can alter chromosomes. PCBs cause liver and nerve damage, skin eruptions, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and fetal abnormalities. Reverse osmosis is one common home water filtration system which can help reduce or remove harmful contaminants by passing water through a semi-permeable membrane and giving you a higher quality drinking water right from the tap.

An RO System is a form of technology common in households but with this technology also comes a little bit of maintenance. It is important to remember to change your RO filter and when you buy or lease one of our drinking water systems, either someone in your household or one of our technicians can come change it for you. The maintenance is an important part of your drinking water system’s effectiveness. Some companies will not come change the filter for you and this can be a difficult task for some people if you do not know what you’re doing. Ultimately the quality of the water and the amount of use will determine the frequency of filter changes. It is important to change the filter in order to enjoy the highest quality drinking water and increase contaminant removal during the process.

Our drinking water filters are a great addition to your home or office and our technicians can come switch out your reverse osmosis filters. Reverse osmosis is an effective and proven technology to produce water that is suitable for human consumption without the concern of contamination. Furthermore, as mentioned above, proper pretreatment and monitoring of an RO system is crucial to preventing costly repairs and unscheduled maintenance as well as improved effectiveness. Contact one of our representatives today and enjoy your high-quality drinking water tomorrow.

 

Effects of Fluoridated Drinking Water

21 July, 2015 (18:03) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions | By: admin

fluorideFluoride has made its way back into the news again lately and it has the same supporters and critics of fluoridated drinking water in communities around the country. About 75% of people have purposely fluoridated water, but even those who do not may still get fluoride via natural occurrence. With all of the hype about putting fluoride in water for dental health, citizens should know that people could be suffering needlessly from thyroid problems which can cause depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles. All of this due to over-fluoridation when you have added fluoride plus naturally-occurring fluoride!

One article discusses how The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California pumps fluoride into Orange County’s water supply. But with naturally-occurring fluoride, this may not be necessary. It is clear that some residents still have concerns about their drinking water since many reports in the area demonstrate proof of naturally-occurring fluoride, too. Not all communities are affected by the regulations, but most people are affected by fluoride in their drinking water in one way or another. Because it is also now put in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products, some scientists say that is enough to support dental health these days.

A study from the University of Kent claims that fluoride could be causing depression and weight gain and communities should stop adding it to drinking water. But even without adding it, residents without home water filtration systems could be at risk. According to the National Research Council 2006, “it is apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.” The warnings of scientists should not be taken lightly as depression and weight gain are serious health issues that could be prevented with a water filterwater filter in your home.

According to one article, some of Orange County’s 3.2 million users get fully fluoridated water. Others get none and still others get a mix of fluoridated and non-fluoridated water. Even if you do not live in a place where they add fluoride to your drinking water, you may still benefit from water treatment. Water filters such as RO systems will clear water of excess fluoride as well as other harmful drinking water contaminants. The truth is that we never really know what is in our water and with naturally-occurring contaminants as well as chemicals which are placed in our water; we need to monitor our intake and protect our families. The benefits of a home drinking water system outweigh the dental benefits of community fluoridated tap water. Contact your local Irvine water treatment company today for more information.

 

 

 

 

Be on the lookout for these common water contaminants

29 May, 2015 (15:47) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Most people have confidence in their drinking water, but homes that do not have a drinking water system or a water filter to maintain high-quality drinking water could be at risk of common water contaminants. Drinking water contamination doesn’t happen to everyone and it doesn’t always happen in the same places. With so many variables and causes for drinking water contamination, the only true and consistent way to protect your water is with a water filter. Unfiltered drinking water could be more dangerous than you thought. Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated compounds, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant. Yuck!

Twenty-one contaminants were detected – mostly in low concentrations of parts per trillion – in treated drinking water from at least nine of the utilities. Eighteen of the chemicals are not regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act so utilities do not have to meet any limit or even monitor for them. But what are the most common drinking water contaminants we can all look out for? What contaminants can our drinking water filters remove? According to most sources, here are the most common drinking water contaminants and we also included their threats to our health:

  • Nitrates are chemicals found in most fertilizers, manure, and liquid waste discharged from septic tanks. Natural bacteria in soil can also convert nitrogen into nitrate. Rain or irrigation water can carry nitrates through the soil into groundwater. They are quite dangerous to infants and pregnant women. Nitrates impair the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Infants are mostly at risk for a serious health condition called methemoglobinemia or “blue-baby syndrome.” Our LINX drinking water system is especially effective at removing nitrates to non-detect levels.
  • Arsenic is also a common contaminant that comes from certain rock formations. Groundwater then flows through these rock formations and can dissolve the arsenic and carry it into underground aquifers, streams, or rivers. High levels of arsenic in water and multiple exposures over time can lead to health issues such as skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
  • Bacteria, viruses, and other microbes and chemicals are drinking water contaminants that can rapidly cause widespread and serious illnesses. Many microbes come from human or animal wastes that wash into lakes and rivers or that rain or irrigation water carry into shallow groundwater aquifers. These contaminants can cause serious illness, and in some circumstances, death. Infants, children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to serious health effects from contaminants in drinking water.

Our drinking water systems are effective at removing harmful contaminants and efficient when it comes to the environment. High-quality drinking water doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg, it only takes a phone call. Contact us today to learn more about our water filters and which of our drinking water systems would be optimal for your household.

 

 

California Drought Creates Severe Regulations

25 May, 2015 (14:38) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Money Savings | By: admin

If you are a resident of California, then you have probably heard all the buzz surrounding the latest round of water cutbacks around the state. Two weeks ago, with emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California over the last four years at record-breaking levels, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order. When you travel the state, you will see the dry, parched landscapes and deteriorating water sources that have the state pushing water conservation like never before.

The new regulations, as mentioned in a recent article by the Sacramento Bee, has ten of the Sacramento area’s 23 large water districts must cut usage by 36 percent during the next nine months compared to 2013. All but two must cut usage by 28 percent. That is a lot of water and many residents are fearful that it could cost jobs and businesses and residents will have a hard time dealing with the cutbacks. A state of emergency was also declared by Governor Brown in January and has spoken about the topic of water shortages several times. The state hopes to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought. The article also explains that residents and various industries hit hard by these regulations will need to sacrifice and be responsible for their water use. People across the state are making sacrifices, but with our help, you won’t have to sacrifice the quality of your tap water.

How can residents help reduce their water use and do their part in the quest to save water sources and protect shortage issues? These massive cutbacks are reality in the Irvine and Sacramento areas. How can our water filters support these intiatives? By wasting less water than competitors. You still need to keep your water safe but using a water filter that will waste the majority of the water you filter is not going to support these cutbacks and goes against everything the state of California needs you as a consumer to do. Give us a call today and see how you can waste less water by still preserving the quality and purity of your water.  Your response to the state’s unprecedented and deepening drought can be answered with our drinking water systems.

 

Save Water Inside and Out!

25 May, 2015 (13:50) | Drinking Water System, Money Savings, Water Usage, Water Waste | By: admin

California is currently facing one of the most severe droughts on records and officials have begun to implement strict restrictions and reductions in water usage that have consumers and business owners scurrying for options and advice. With these emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order. That is a lot of water for anyone to reduce to, but not having the right tools like an efficient water filter or other type of drinking water system  could actually be wasting water right in your home. Using our state-of-the-art technology and following some of these easy-to-do tips will help you save water inside of your home and outside, too.

Inside your home, you can start by taking shorter showers, fewer baths, using less water in the bathroom in general and immediately fix leaks. If your toilet has a leak, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water every day. That would be like flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason! Try this experiment: test for leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak! Another neat idea is to put a bucket in the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you catch for watering plants, flushing the toilet or cleaning.

There are also some things you can do outside which will conserve water too. For example, using a broom to sweep dirt and leaves and not use the hose. You will no doubt need to cut back on how often and how much you water your landscape, but for many people they may not know when to water their plants optimally and this, too, can create the issue of using more water than necessary. Experts suggest watering your yard in the early morning or late evening when it’s cool outside. Watering when it’s hot and sunny is wasteful because most of the water evaporates before the plants have time to drink it.

In addition to saving on your water bill, you can feel good knowing that you’re doing your part to conserve water. The state is in dire need of protecting water sources and simply cutting back. Some industries need water to thrive, but as a consumer we can certainly all do a better job of saving water. If you have a drinking water system in your home, be sure to use one which will require smaller amounts of water to do the trick. Household water consumption is one of the easiest ways to consume water in a short amount of time, especially in such desperation.

 

 

5 Home Water Problems You Need to Fix

29 April, 2015 (14:50) | Drinking Water System, Hard Water Solutions, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis, Water Softeners | By: admin

Your home’s water affects nearly every aspect of your daily living. Sure, we all know we need drinking water and water to bathe or shower in, but a home’s water goes way beyond that. From a home’s plumbing and fixtures to how your clothes and bedding look and feel, water has a significant impact. Let’s look at 5 different ways your water can have a negative impact on your home and how it can be fixed.

 

  1. Laundry: Hard water can be damaging to your clothing and bedding. Soap scum is created when the calcium or magnesium ions in hard water react with the fatty component of soap. This soap scum attaches itself to fabric fibers which not only give a grey or yellow appearance to fabrics, it also causes the fabric fibers to become brittle, shortening their durability and lifespan. A water softener will remove the mineral deposits in your water therefore not allowing the formation of damaging soap scum.
  2. Kitchen: Water is a solvent and as such can easily pick up impurities. When we use water for drinking or cooking, we are ingesting not only the water, but any contaminants it contains as well. Water can, and often does, contain Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) which includes minerals, salts or metals dissolved in it. TDS’s can affect the taste and appearance of water as well as cause some serious health concerns if it contains nitrates, arsenic, lead or chlorine to name a few. Drinking water systems such as a RO system or a LINX® Drinking Water System can filter out TDS’s in your drinking water, making it safe and healthy to drink and cook with.
  3. Bathroom: Do you notice that gray ring around your bath? How about the discoloration in your toilet? Does your sink constantly have white spots on the faucet or counter? Odds are, you have hard water. The minerals in hard water can cling to surfaces, causing them to become stained over time; iron especially can cause some really nasty staining. When hard water comes in contact with soap it creates soap scum (remember from the laundry) which clings to the tub and shower and requires a serious scrubbing to remove. A water softener or salt free water conditioner can help with this problem.
  4. Skin and Hair: Studies have shown that eczema can be triggered by hard water. The magnesium and calcium in the water causes the skin to dry out leading to irritation. In order to get a nice rich lather going in hard water, more soap and shampoo is necessary which can also aggravate eczema. Hard water can play havoc on your hair as well, causing it to become dry, frizzy, easily damaged and can even change the color. Installing a water softener or salt free water conditioner can help alleviate these issues.
  5. Plumbing and Appliances: Pipes, hot water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers and icemakers are in constant contact with water. When a home has hard water, scale is produced inside the pipes, hoses and even the appliance itself which can cause a host of problems. Pipes and hoses become clogged, which significantly decreases water pressure and can even cause them to burst. Heating elements can fail if there is an excess scale buildup and can cause leaks or breakage if valves and gaskets are damaged. Overall, hard water has been proven to decrease efficiency in appliances and shorten their lifespan. A water softener or salt free water conditioner can prevent scale buildup and lengthen the life of your appliances while keeping them running at full efficiency

5 Signs You Need a Water Softener

29 April, 2015 (14:42) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

The quality of our water is dependent on several factors; where we live, the type of water filtration system it goes through and whether or not it is supplied from a municipal water supply or an underground well. The most common water problem here in the United States is that it is often hard water. Hard water is simply water that has a high mineral content. Not all minerals are necessarily harmful for you to drink, however these minerals can have a negative impact in the home and on the body as well. The following signs can help determine if you have hard water in your home.

 

  1. Spots on glasses
    Most hard water contains magnesium and calcium; when the water is heated, as it is to wash dishes, the magnesium and calcium precipitate out of the water and adhere to the surface they are on. This mineral deposit is called scale and it manifests itself as the spots on dishes and the white crusty deposits around the faucet.

  2. Soap scum in the shower / bath
    Once again it is the magnesium and calcium that are at the root of bathroom soap scum. The calcium and/or magnesium ions in hard water produce a chemical reaction with they come in contact with the fatty component in soap which results in the gray nasty soap scum you see around the bath and shower.

 

  1. You pay too much electricity to run your water heater
    Hard water has been proven to decrease efficiency in appliances; water heaters, in particular, tend to be at an even greater risk due to their constant contact with water. Scale builds up on the heating elements causing it to work harder and longer in order to heat up the water. This extra work load also causes the water heater to wear out much sooner than it should.

  2. You have limp dry hair
    If you notice that your hair is constantly limp or dry and frizzy all the time, the culprit is most likely hard water. Shampoo is technically a soap so you have the same chemical reaction going on in your hair as you do inside your shower or tub. The excess filmy shampoo reside will leave your hair looking limp and rather dull. The additional minerals in hard water can also dry out your hair which leads to the dreaded frizz.

  3. You have dry itchy skin
    The excess minerals in hard water can also cause some severe dry skin which leads to irritation and scaly looking skin. In fact there have been studies done showing that hard water can trigger eczema due to the intense drying out of the skin.

 

If you are one of the millions of households that have to deal with hard water on a daily basis, you might want to consider investing in a water softener or salt free water conditioner.  Both of these products will help to eliminate the problems associated with hard water, while saving you money over the long run in appliance maintenance, plumbing repair and even on soap and detergent expenditures.