October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a great reminder for you or someone you love to take the time to reduce the risks of breast cancer. Breastcancer.org writes that “1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at sometime in their lives.” To promote early detection, women should practice regular self-check programs and get recommended mammograms. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website features a list of locations where women can get low cost screenings for both breast and cervical cancers.
There are many factors that can contribute to a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Family history can be a contributing factor, but other things can raise a woman’s risk of cancer. These variable factors are ones that women (and the men who love them) can work to reduce. Exercise and healthy habits like not smoking can decrease the risk of breast cancer.
But scientists have been discovering that environmental factors can also contribute to a person’s cancer risk, including exposure to toxic chemicals, like pesticides. One chemical has been proven in numerous studies to increase cancer is bisphenol A, known as BPA.
This chemical is used in making polycarbonate plastic. This plastic is used in many household products including plastic food storage containers, baby bottles, and in the linings of food cans. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that can cause abnormal development of cells in babies and children, which can continue into adulthood. As shown in the booklet put out by Breast Cancer Fund.org, BPA has even been proven to inhibit the efficacy of chemotherapy treatment after breast cancer has been found.
BPA is in many things in your home, but one way to begin to eliminate its presence while reducing the risk of breast cancer for women and young girls, is to replace water, juice bottles, and baby bottles with glass, stainless steel or BPA-free plastic. Baby bottles should be BPA-free as they are often heated, which can cause the dangerous chemical to leach out into the liquid. Many versions of commercially bottled water are also packaged in BPA bottles. Replace these disposable water bottles with a stainless steel water bottle. These are refillable, cost-saving, and BPA-free.
Another way to reduce exposure to BPA is to use products that are BPA-free. Freshwatersystems.com offers the innovative, Swift Green Refrigerator Filters that are the only replacement refrigerator water filter that offers BPA-free and eco-friendly construction. So, do yourself or the women you love a favor and go beyond the pink this month. Help to reduce the risk of breast cancer by going BPA-free.
Oct. 14, 2013: RECENT UPDATE:
Not only has BPA been linked to cancer, but now it seems to be very dangerous to unborn babies. A study recently released has also shown that women with higher BPA levels in their blood are more likely to miscarry.
Feeling thirsty? Your body craves water for several reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is because a large percentage of your body is made out of water. Recently, two studies came out that proved that drinking more water can have specific health benefits.
1. Drinking water can help you lose weight.
In a recent study, scientists discovered that those who drink water before they eat a meal will lose an average of four more pounds than those who did not. The cause of this weight loss was not clear; perhaps drinking water before the meal actually tells the brain you are less thirsty, which means that you will eat less food. Additionally, Americans tend to drink about 400 to 500 calories daily in high calorie drinks. Replacing these with the first zero calorie drink (water) is a great way to reduce calories quickly and easily, and therefore, lose weight!
2. Drinking more water can help you act smarter.
“About 80% of your brain is made out of water, says Dr. Caroline Edmonds, who is a psychologist at the University of East London. Edmonds was quoted in a recent article in the Telegraph
touting the brain benefits of drinking water.
Edmonds and her colleagues performed a study that found that adults were far quicker to react and could complete complex mental tasks easier and with more success after drinking water. Those who were deprived of water before the tests were significantly slower in reaction and comprehension times. One reason for this may be that being thirsty actually takes brain power. She suggested that before doing complicated tasks, drinking water will help the task go quicker and easier.
Healthier and Smarter? So how can you drink more water during your day?
This blog has 23 great tips on how to drink more water. Here’s some that we like:
- Make sure to drink a full glass after each trip to the restroom.
- Bring a 2 liter bottle of water with you to work. Make sure you drink it before you go back home.
- Drink a full glass before and after each meal.
- Carry a water bottle with you so that you can refill it when it gets empty.
If you need a water bottle to help you lose weight and be smarter, check out our great selection at Fresh Water Systems. We offer various sizes of water bottles from a perfect desk sized 18 oz. to the perfect picnic sized 40 oz.
Currently, our 27 oz. Tritan Sports Bottles are on sale for a great choice to help you on your way to being a healthier and smart you!
Fireworks, picnics, and baseball games–July 4th has come and gone, and summer is almost over. Kids will be going back to school soon, and college freshmen will soon be traveling to their chosen campus. They will meet their new roommates, decide on which classes to take, and learn how to navigate a new town or city.
The shopping list for your student’s new apartment or dorm room probably includes new linens, notebooks, and maybe even a laptop. But, have you thought about whether or not your student will have access to good, clean water?
Colleges and universities usually have two options for student housing: residence halls that are owned and maintained by the university or private apartments selected by the student. Depending on the age of the apartment building or dormitory hall and the source of the tap water, your student may be at risk for exposure to lead, chlorine, bacteria and other contaminants that could be damaging to his or her health. How can you avoid these contaminants and make sure that your newly-minted high school graduate will be safe? Here are a few steps you can take to provide your college student with the best and safest water possible:
Step 1: Find out more about the tap water
The first step to protecting your college student is finding out more about the source of water. For example, if your student is going to college in Los Angeles, CA, he or she might be exposed to high levels of cancer-causing “THMs” and even Arsenic.
- Contact the college or university and ask them for information. A small amount of colleges and universities have begun to realize the need for filtered water and may already provide it in cafeterias or student lounges.
- Read the most recent customer confidence reports for the municipality where your college student’s future alma mater is located. This research will provide you with the
information needed to decide the best water filtration system.
Step 2: Give your college student an easy to use product that will provide great tasting, filtered water.
1. If your student’s new home has water that tastes and smells like chlorine, but has few other contaminants, the easiest solution is to give him or her an OmniFilter PF500 Water Filter Pitcher. For just $30.98 (not including shipping), this pitcher and water filter 3 pack will provide the college student with an easy to use solution for filtered water. This product even includes an electronic change indicator, that reminds the user when it is time to change the carbon filter.
For tap water that contains more hard to remove contaminants like pesticides, bacteria, or lead, a different water filtration system is needed. Here are three options that will work nicely in a dormroom or apartment:
2. Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter
- Reduces lead, cysts, and other contaminants.
- Easy to install, only $19.99 (before shipping).
- Filter must be changed every 2-3 months.
3. AquaCera HCP Countertop Ceramic Drinking Water Filter System
- Reduces 99.99% of pathogenic organisms (including E. Coli, etc.).
- Reduces chlorine, lead, arsenic, and other contaminants.
- Easy installation that requires no under the sink plumbing.
- Costs $99.99 (not including shipping).
- Ceramic filter candle will only need replacing after 6 months to a 1 year.
4. Nimbus Water Maker Mini RO System
- Reduces 96% of Total Dissolved Solids (includes nitrates and other chemicals).
- Fits simply and easily over the faucet.
- Costs $98.99 (not including shipping).
- Interior membrane filter cartridge lasts for about 1 year.
Don’t forget to get a reusable, stainless-steel water bottle with a Neo-Tote that will let your college student carry along this great tasting, filtered water!