Water: The Cornerstone of 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

Make water the cornerstone of 2013 New Year’s resolutions by using water to living healthier, loose weight, being Eco-friendly, and helping others by giving to a water charity.

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Tonight, as New Year's Day is upon us, it’s out with the old and in with the new! And one of the many New Year’s traditions most people have is making resolutions. The idea of a new year brings new opportunities and a sense of self-focus about how to better our lives and the lives of people around us. Most resolutions will be based on willpower, commitment, or trying to make better choices. According to the USA.gov website, here are the 10 most common News Year’s resolutions.

Drink less alcohol
Eat healthier food
Volunteer to help others
Get a better job
Get physically fit
Lose weight
Save money
Manage stress
Quit smoking
Reduce, reuse, and recycle

This year, how about making a resolution that is easy to do and can help you achieve many of these common personal resolutions, including the resolution to also help others. Water can be the cornerstone of your New Year’s resolutions, and here is how.

Helping Others: Let’s start with one of the major necessities in life: clean drinking water. This video illustrates how big the water crisis is and what you can do to help.

Here are a few water charities that you might want to consider donating to:
http://www.solidarites.org/defaulteng.shtml
http://www.charitywater.org/
http://www.dropinthebucket.org/
http://blueplanetnetwork.org/
 

Water can also help you accomplish other personal goals of getting fit, losing weight, saving money, or recycling.

 Getting Fit: In the long term, working out at the gym might not be an ideal place for achieving the goal of becoming more fit in 2013, but many people find that water fitness programs are a great alternative. One of the greatest benefits of a water workout is that the natural resistance of water is used to stimulate both cardio-respiratory AND muscular endurance conditioning. Training studies conducted in water indicate significant body-fat loss along with significant muscular strength or endurance gains!

Losing Weight: On average, Americans drink 1.5, 12 oz. cans of soda per day, or 547 cans per year! If the average can of soda contains 140 calories, by simply drinking water in place of 2 cans of soda per week, you can reduce your yearly calorie intake by 14,500 calories! That surely can help anyone with a resolution of losing weight in 2013.

Saving Money: Bottled water is often a drink of choice for those trying to eliminate sodas. Although bottled water is much better for your overall health than soda, it can get to be very expensive. It is estimated that we spend about $520 per person, per year, on bottled water. By simply using a water filtration system along with a reusable water bottle, you and your family can save hundreds of dollars in 2013 !

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Being more eco-friendly does not always mean sacrificing effectiveness or paying more money. With the new line of eco-friendly refrigerator water filters from Swift Green, you can actually get better drinking water, while saving money. Coconuts, a renewable resource, are at the heart of these new filters. And Swift’s commitment to being the first “Green Water Filter” does not stop there. FromSwift Green's unique manufacturing process to offering a recycling program for old filters, this line of filters makes it easy to go green in 2013.

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Tap Water and Pesticides to Blame for Increase in Food Allergies?

Recent research points to dichlorophenol (DCP) found in drinking water and pesticides could be linked increase in reported food allergies. What dichlorophenol (DCP) water filtering options are available, see what FreshWaterSystems.com certified water specialist recommends.

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In recent years, more and more Americans have developed allergic reactions to the foods they eat. It is estimated that over 3 million Americans suffer from some form of food allergy.  And children under the age of 17 are more likely to have food allergies (about 7% of kids) than adults (about 2%). The decrease in the number of adults might be explained by the fact sometimes food allergies are “outgrown” later in life.

But, anyone that suffers from a food allergy knows that it can cause serious physical health problems. Allergic reactions can range from hives to trouble breathing and swallowing to gastrointestinal issues. What has contributed to this increase in the number of reported food allergies?

In an attempt to explain these rising trends, leading experts from the American College of Allergy zeroed in on a chemical called dichlorophenol (DCP) that enters the body in two ways. The first is from consuming fruits and vegetables that are grown using common pesticides. These pesticides eventually break down and produce the dichlorophenol. The second way DCPs can enter the body is through the drinking water supply. Although researchers believe that the prevalence of DCPs come from produce, chlorinated drinking water plays a role as well. dichlorophenol is a by-product of chlorinization. With approximately 90% of municipal water treatment facilities using chlorination, these chemicals are surely present in a large majority of homes across the country.

During a recent Gallup poll, 48% of Americans stated that both quality and the potential pollution of drinking water is something that they worry about a lot. Yet since May of this year, news stories have simply acknowledged this rising problem without offering any solutions for those who are concerned about dichlorophenols. So after reviewing the research, we asked a Level 6 Certified Water Quality Association member for some advice on managing water levels of DCP. Since there is specific testing or data results from water filtration manufacturers about DCPs, we have some filtration solutions that are based on an expert  understanding of filter media and the chemical composition of DCP.

Dichlorophenol is made up of two chlorine molecules and one phenol molecule, also known as carbolic acid (an organic compound).  And this type of compound lends itself to being captured by a carbon water filter upon contact through an almost instantaneous absorption. We have listed a few of the point of use (POU) water filtration systems that should aid in reducing the dichlorophenols from your drinking water.

Carbon Drinking Water System: These systems are used to remove specific contaminants including DCP’s from water and to give it a better taste. Simple to use and to install, they are placed right underneath your kitchen sink.

UF Water Filtration System: A more comprehensive water filtration method that reduces bacteria, viruses, lead, and other chemicals/compounds. An Ultrafiltration Point of use system such as the Neo-Pure TL3 would be a great choice.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systes: These systems reduce a wide array of contaminants such as fluoride, pesticides, benzene, mercury, arsenic, pesticides, and more.

In conclusion, researchers have noted that there is an increase in both environmental pollution and in the number of people who suffer from food allergies. It might just be a consequence, but the most current study would suggest that these two phenomena are possible linked. If you are concerned about the link between DCP and food allergies as it undergoes further research, you can best protect your family and yourself in two ways: purchase organically grown food or produce that was grown without the use of pesticides, and install a water filtration system in your home to help reduce your exposure. If you want to learn more visit http://www.freshwatersystems.com/t-FoodAllergyandDrinkingWater.aspx for more details.

Resources:
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/foodallergies/index.htm
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121203081621.htm
http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/disinfectants.cfm
http://www.wqa.org/sitelogic.cfm?varCenterColumn=alpha_certifieds.cfm
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