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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

27 October, 2015 (13:37) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

drinking waterDrinking water is essential to good health, but how much water should we be drinking? There are so many conflicting reports on the topic that it’s hard to decipher an exact amount; there are some common guidelines however that can help. While eight glasses of water per day has been the recommendation in the past, many dieticians are now saying it depends on your body weight and activity level; eight glasses may not be enough for some people.

As a general rule, it is recommended to drink approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight, especially if you are moderately active. More sedentary individuals should drink at least half an ounce of water per pound of body weight and extremely active individuals should drink at least an ounce and a half per pound. Your body is probably the best gage to determine if you are drinking enough water however; the following signs are a good indication that you need to increase your water intake:

  • Feeling Thirsty: This might seem obvious, but oftentimes we don’t realize that we need water until we are dying of thirst, but by then we are already partially dehydrated.
  • Headache: When hydration levels in your body drop, a chemical reaction takes place which triggers a headache. As your blood volume continues to drops due to dehydration, less oxygen flows to the brain causing the blood vessels to dilate and your headache will worsen.
  • Hunger: Those hunger pangs you think you have, they might not actually be hunger pangs, but your body telling you that you need to drink. Drinking a glass of water or two will often reduce hunger pangs.
  • Constipation: The digestive system needs hydration to stay lubricated and if you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day, the colon will steal it from the intestine which causes you to become constipated.
  • Fatigue: When a person experiences that mid-afternoon slump it is often attributed to lack of hydration. As your blood volume drops, oxygen flow decreases and this lack of oxygen causes you to feel sleepy if not downright exhausted.
  • Bad Breath: If you are dehydrated, there is a decreased amount of saliva in the mouth which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria; the end result is bad breath.
  • Decreased Urination: Urinating fewer than four times a day is another sign that you are not drinking enough. You should also take a minute to look at your urine color as well; it should be a very pale yellow. If it is dark yellow or orange-ish you need to increase your water intake.
  • Mental Fog: Even mild dehydration can cause your mental acuity to suffer. If you are feeling mentally sluggish, drink a glass of water and see if it helps you get your focus back.

Our bodies are mostly comprised of water, so it makes sense that it needs water to function properly. Every single organ is affected when we aren’t drinking enough so the first thing you should do when you aren’t feeling well is to reach for a tall glass of water – who knows it just might cure all your ills!

Signs of Hard Water Easy to Spot

22 October, 2015 (16:56) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

Have you ever wondered if you have hard water? Well, if you do not currently have a water softener or other water treatment system in your home, you very well may. The majority of households in our region do have hard water and the signs are everywhere. If you’re wondering if you have hard water and do not have access to your water treatment company’s most recent water test results, keep reading! We can help you answer the question right now.

Hard water often causes white scale buildup on dishes, pots and pans and other surfaces. It often leaves a detergent film on newly washed clothes or hair and usually is a pain to deal with. People with softened water often claim that the soft water makes their skin smoother and their hair more manageable. Would this be something you could use? Most people would love improvements like this with a water softener.

Hard water is not dangerous to your health, thankfully, but is simply water that contains a high level of the minerals magnesium and calcium. These minerals make everyday chores difficult and could end up costing you more money in the long run. Dealing with your hard water now could leave you with more time to spend doing things you actually need to do apart from those pesky household chores. Often, people tell us there is a substantial reason to purchase or lease one of our water softeners  simply because they have had enough of the mineral buildup everywhere they look in their home.

Hard water may cause more problems than you noticed. While white film on surfaces and dishes is embarrassing enough, hard water also creates a scale buildup inside your pipes and water appliances reducing the efficiency of your water heater. This means more energy is used to heat water which will result in increased energy expenses. It can also mean clogged pipes and breakdowns in those water appliances. Shortened lifespans mean more money. It is mostly important to protect your home with softened water to prolong the lifespan of pipes and home appliances from scale buildup and clogging.

Water spots, however, as mentioned above are one of the easiest ways to check if you have hard water. If you wash your dishes well and still see the water spots when they air dry, you probably have an abundance of hard minerals. They complicate soap and detergent dissolving in water, and leave behind those water spots. Soap is also less effective in hard water because it reacts to form the calcium or magnesium salt of the organic acid of the soap. Skin washed in hard water is typically reported as feeling scratchy and dry as a result of the soap scum.

There are many benefits to installing one of our water softenersEffects of Hard Water. Mostly the elimination of all of those annoyances listed above but also because the quality of your water may also improve. Although it is minerals that give water the refreshing flavor many people find desirable, our systems also produce great-tasting water thanks to advanced technology and efficiency.  You will instantly enjoy cleaner and shinier silverware and dishware, softer skin and smoother hair, reduced soap needed to clean clothing or skin, reduction in housework, cost savings on detergents, soaps and replacing water appliances, reduced costs for your energy, and less damage to appliances down the road. If you said yes to having hard water, give is a call. We have what you need!

 

 

 

 

How Does Water Become Contaminated?

28 September, 2015 (13:59) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Have you ever considered the fact that the water on the Earth right now is the same water that was on the Earth millions of years ago? National Geographic is quoted as saying “The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today.” How amazing is that? When we stop and think about this fact, it makes us want to keep our water as clean and unpolluted as possible for future generations. While we can certainly take steps toward this goal, there are times when our water supply becomes contaminated due to circumstances beyond our control. One of those circumstances is natural events such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides and here in California lately, wildfires.

One of the byproducts of wildfires is the tremendous amount of debris that is generated. This debris tends to end up in our water reservoirs, lakes and streams, causing increased sediment and turbidity in the water supply. This sediment can be so extreme that the contaminated water can be unpotable for several years. Another byproduct of wildfires is the vast amount of chemicals that find their way into the water chain. Water quality studies have shown that after a wildfire, there is a significant increase in the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous found in the surrounding water; some studies have even shown a tenfold increase in nitrates as much as three years post fire.

Earthquakes are another concern that Californians face and can also be a source for water contamination. When a significant earthquake occurs, municipal water lines can be damaged or broken and underground wells can be dislodged or disrupted from the shaking. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquakes have a direct impact on groundwater. Water wells have been known to become turbid, dry or even begun flowing again, new water springs have been formed, old water springs have dried up and both well and surface water quality suffer from varying degrees of degradation.

Our water supply can become contaminated from a variety of sources, those in our control and those beyond our control. A water filtration system can help eliminate the risk of ingesting contaminated water; it adds that extra layer of protection for homeowners and their families. The Centers for Disease Control (CDS) rates reverse osmosis (RO) systems with very high effectiveness for removing protozoa, bacteria, viruses, sodium, chloride, copper, chromium, lead, arsenic, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrates and phosphorous. Whatever the initial quality of your water, you can be assured that filtered drinking water is going to be as safe and contaminate free as possible

What Makes Water Healthy?

21 September, 2015 (17:58) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Water News | By: admin

We love how the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) looks at water. They say that water is our most precious global resource and that clean, safe drinking water is critical to sustain human life. But this begs the question – what makes water so healthy? We thought we would take a few minutes to look at the health benefits of water. We tend to focus much of our attention on drinking water and we would be remiss if we didn’t look at its myriad list of health benefits, but we also want to look at water in general and how it can help keep us healthy.

Considering the fact that our bodies are predominately water (approximately 60%), they require quite a bit of it to function properly. Every organ in our bodies is affected if we aren’t drinking enough water; in fact, humans can live for three weeks without food but only 3 DAYS without water! Drinking water can help with digestion, weight loss, fatigue, building muscle, clearer skin, kidney function, pain prevention and is one of the best hangover remedies around.

Water can also keep us from getting sick. One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the flu is frequent hand washing. Proper hygiene can prevent the spread of many different types of diseases which is why it runs rampant in parts of the world without access to clean water and soap. The CDC estimates that hand washing alone could reduce diarrheal disease associated deaths by up to fifty percent. Proper hand washing can also reduce the risk of food borne illness.

Have you ever considered the fact that water can give you a fantastic workout? Swimming is an excellent form of exercise; it gives your heart a great cardiovascular workout, it builds and tones muscles and burns a ton of calories. Just thirty minutes of swimming the butterfly will burn almost 500 calories – more than double what you will burn running. Swimming is also one of the lowest impact workouts you can do and will protect your joints from stress. It is strongly recommended by the Arthritis Foundation for this very reason.

Yep, water truly is our most precious global resource and we need to value and protect it as such. From its countless health benefits to its use in agricultural and industrial environments, we could not live without it. So the next time you lift your glass to take a drink of water, just think about all the good it does on a daily basis all around the globe.

 

Water Coolers or Water Fountains?

21 September, 2015 (16:57) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

water coolerIt can seem like rocket science to get your kid to drink more water, but a recent article from the Las Vegas Review Journal has an idea that is anything but rocket science. They state that if you want kids to drink more water, a water cooler is the way to go. Whether it be a daycare, preschool or school center, each place must ensure that they are providing adequate hydration for children, but how can we get them to actually drink it? Well at Mountain Heights Montessori School in the central Las Vegas Valley, the staff has a simple but proven tool: a water cooler. This is a great idea for schools and daycare centers here in Irvine, too. The hot weather plus the activities of children call for hydration as part of their daily routine for certain. Finding ways to provide them with safe drinking water may not be as hard as it seems.

According to the article, like any and all day care centers and preschools in Nevada, Mountain Heights has fountains that must comply with a state regulation that says drinking water “must be freely available to all children at all times.” But they have also brought in a water cooler, is the water source of choice, especially during the summer when the fountain needs to run for a while to push out the hot water that never runs nearly as cool as the cooler. It is also safer in some cases than the water that could be flowing from the water fountain. Finding a water cooler with reverse osmosis water filtration technology is the best option you can give to the kids.

The kids also seemed to enjoy using the water cooler. The staff was able to promote good drinking habits into their routine just as New York school officials learned after they quietly introduced electronic drinking water dispensers near lunch lines, according to researchers from New York University and the city’s Health Department. Kids drank water nearly three times more because the dispensers made the water easier to get, the researchers reported in December in the American Journal of Public Health. Hydrated children tend to perform better in school and they are healthier overall – a win-win.

Our residential water coolers and commercial water coolers are available for homes, offices or academic and learning centers and schools. Using the same water filtration technology as water filters, the water from our coolers is safe and clean, and of course great-tasting. It is a positive way to encourage more water throughout the day for younger and older children and to introduce some sort of interesting way to get water which children can sometimes find to be boring. Children’s’ health and well-being is the most important thing anyone can focus on in a learning environment. If this will get them to drink more water, isn’t it worth giving us a call, too?

The Origins of Your Drinking Water

15 September, 2015 (16:01) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Here in the United States we are blessed with one of the safest and most plenteous drinking water supplies in the surface waterworld. The water we consume is delivered from a combination of surface water, including rivers, lakes and reservoirs and groundwater drawn from beneath the Earth’s surface. The ratio between surface water usage and groundwater usage varies depending on location and the quantity of available water. With the pervasive drought the west has been experiencing, their groundwater usage has almost doubled compared to their surface water usage; but does it matter where our drinking water comes from?

Other than location, there are some distinct differences between groundwater and surface water. Groundwater tends to harbor nitrates, pesticides and other chemicals whereas surface water tends to contain more bacteria and other potentially dangerous microbes. That being said however, groundwater and surface water are undeniably connected which means that contaminates can be shared between them.  The Clean Water Act mandates that municipally supplied drinking water, whether from the ground or surface, must be treated for harmful contaminates before being transported for public consumption.

The one caveat to water treatment is when drinking water is supplied by private wells. The EPA regulations in place for public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. Owners of private water wells are responsible for safeguarding their water and treating it appropriately to reduce harmful bacteria and contaminates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are over 15 million households here in the US being supplied by private groundwater wells. Builders are required to test private wells to make sure they are safe for consumption but even then without ongoing regulation, they can quickly become contaminated.

If you have a well, it is especially important to have your water tested at least once per year to ensure that it is safe to drink. However, even municipally supplied water can leave unwanted chemicals behind from treatment that should be filtered out. Ask for a drinking water report from your water supplier if you have one, it will show you where your water comes from and what contaminates are in it.

The solution to both groundwater and surface water contamination is a water filtration system. A water filtration system such as the LINX Drinking Water System as well as reverse osmosis (RO) systems has the ability to remove the bacteria and other microorganisms commonly found in surface water as well as the nitrates and other contaminates found in groundwater. When your drinking water is filtered, you can have confidence that the water you and your family are drinking is the safest and cleanest possible, regardless of where it originated from.

 

 

 

The Benefits of a Water Softener

1 September, 2015 (16:44) | Hard Water Solutions, Water Softeners | By: admin

National water hardness mapHard water is the single most widespread water problem here in the United States. The United States Geological Survey, the department responsible for collecting nationwide data on water quality and supply, stated that 89.3% of US homes have hard water. So what is hard water? The simplest explanation is that hard water is water with a high mineral content, usually excessive calcium and magnesium.

The quality and hardness of water is dependent on several factors – where the water originated, a home’s geographical location and the type of water filtration process it goes through before it reaches the tap. Not all water is hard enough to warrant a water softener, however if the mineral content is high enough, the benefits of a water softener significantly outweigh the cost of the system. Residential water softeners can easily become one of the most proficient household energy saving options available to homeowners.

The Battelle Memorial Institute recently conducted a study that researched the effect of water hardness on the performance of faucets, showerheads, dishwashers, clothes washers and water heaters. The results conclusively determined that softened water promoted better functionality, efficiency, life expectancy and appearance of each and every component tested. Water heaters, in particular, dramatically benefited from softened water over hard water. It costs 47 percent less to operate water heaters with softened water over hard water; this energy savings on water heaters alone was shown to reduce a home’s carbon footprint by over 14 percent.

Another crazy comparison the Battelle study uncovered was the flow rates between showerheads using hard water versus soft water. Showerheads using hard water lost a massive 75 percent of their flow rate within 18 months as compared to showerheads using soft water. There was almost no decrease in flow rate in showerheads using soft water; they maintained a brilliant luster, full flow and good-as-new performance.

Water softeners also have hair and skin benefits as well. Hard water can leave a filmy shampoo reside on the hair much like soap scum residue in showers and tubs. Soft water deters excess buildup, so hair stays soft and shiny without the dryness and frizz associated with hard water. Soft water also helps skin retain moisture and keeps skin from becoming dry and irritated from the minerals in hard water.

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. The benefits of softened water make it one of the best investments you can make in your home.

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. The benefits of softened water make it one of the best investments you can make in your home.

 

Drinking Water Leads to More Brain Power

18 August, 2015 (15:48) | Drinking Water System, Impurities Found in Drinking Water, Impurity Solutions, Reverse Osmosis | By: admin

Water is essential to good health – that we know. But do you know just how vital hydration is for a healthy brain?  Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Drinking plenty of high-quality drinking water from an efficient water filter  can lead to superior habits and a better functioning brain over time. Recent research has found that the majority of us are slightly dehydrated, drinking fewer glasses of water than recommended and that we have more difficulty keeping our attention towards things because of it. How much water do you drink each day?

Our brain cells require both water and other elements to operate. It forms a balance but when we lack water or lose water through natural processes, the balance is disrupted and your brain cells become less efficient. For example, one medical expert concluded that dehydration can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory. The ability to perform mental arithmetic, like calculating whether or not you’ll be late for work if you hit snooze for another 15 minutes, is compromised when your fluids are low.

A new study has also found that drinking more water can also benefit your memory and your ability to react to things. In fact, it was proven that drinking a glass of water can make your brain 14% faster. Previous research has shown that mild dehydration can have a negative effect on cognitive performance, and it’s a well-known fact that not getting enough water can make us feel sluggish. For the first time, the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations report included information about the role certain nutrients may play in supporting and protecting our mental health. This includes water as your main source of hydration as a part of this healthy mindset. Your brain will thank you just as your body does.

You can also feel better when the water you drink is safe and clean. It has been recommended that consumers invest in a home water treatment system. We offer numerous water filters to match your home’s needs and your family’s demands. Pure drinking water is just better for you, therefore supporting habits and a healthier brain. Improving brain function could be as easy as drinking more water and staying hydrated – seems worth it, right?

 

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.