What is the healthy, safe and eco-friendly way to hydrate?

Maintaining adequate hydration is one of the cornerstones of good health and it’s an achievable way to start looking after yourself a little better, especially during the hot summer months when dehydration is more likely. Your choice of water probably affects how likely you are to drink enough of it, for reasons of taste, convenience and your perceptions of how healthy and eco-friendly it is.

But first, how do I know if I’m drinking enough water? Headaches, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, feeling lightheaded, having dark urine or peeing less than usual are common signs that you may be dehydrated.

Is tap water a good option? Many people find tap water unpalatable (most of us will be familiar with the unpleasant taste of chlorine) and consequently don’t drink enough to maintain healthy levels of hydration. Unfortunately we know that tap water also contains a myriad of contaminants and impurities which raise health questions: who wants to be drinking plastic fibres, pesticides, fertilisers, hormones and heavy metals? That’s hardly an encouragement to drink tap water.

What about bottled water? Historically, people have opted for bottled water because they feel it tastes better than tap water or because they believe it is the healthier choice, but we now know that bottled water is contaminated with microplastics, just like tap water. And of course who isn’t now acutely aware of the damage done to our oceans and waterways by single-use plastics such as bottled water?

So what’s the healthy, safe and eco-friendly way to hydrate? And what else can you do to stay well during hot weather?

Here are our three top tips:

1. Choose pure water. This is tap water purified of all the contaminants and impurities that mar taste and compromise your health. If you install a Pure H2O Co. reverse osmosis water purifier at home you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited quantities of pure water delivered from a convenient under-sink system. With worrying contaminants and impurities removed, you can be sure that your water not only tastes good, but is guaranteed safe for you. It’s also much more environmentally friendly, compared to plastic bottled water.

When you’re out and about, simply fill up a re-usable bottle from your Pure H2O pure water tap. There are many eco-friendly options on the market so #There’sNoExcuseForSingleUse! You can even refill your travel bottle with Pure H2O at Planet Organic stores, Hello Love and if you happen to be travelling through Paris, the Eurostar Business Lounge.

Don’t forget to encourage children and the elderly to drink more water during hot weather as they’re especially vulnerable to dehydration.

2. Snack on water-rich foods. The water in plant-based foods counts towards your daily water intake so carry around a little container of fruit, salad or vegetables. Cucumber sticks are particularly refreshing on a hot summers day.

3. Make simple lifestyle changes: wear natural fibre clothing (organic cotton, linen) and choose light colours. Don’t forget to wear a hat, seek shade and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, 11 am to 3 pm.

We hope these tips help you enjoy the summer and make hydrating at home or on the go just a little bit easier, more enjoyable and healthier for you and the planet.

And if you prefer drinking sparkling water, we have the perfect solution – either our original multifunction touchscreen kitchen tap the Quatreau Touch or our new compact drinks station the Quatreau SmartTap. Both deliver sparkling and chilled water, either filtered or pure, and can be installed at home, in the workplace or hospitality venue.

Contact us to order a reverse osmosis Pure H2O tap water purifier, a multifunction or smart tap today: 01483 617 000 Alternatively email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

Nitrates In Drinking Water Increase The Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

Nitrates In Drinking Water Increase The Risk Of Developing Colorectal Cancer

What has been suspected for years has now been confirmed: the presence of nitrates in drinking water increases the risk of developing a common form of cancer, even at rates below the current ‘safe’ levels set by the World Health Organisation and followed by the UK Drinking Water Inspectorate.

Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark carried out the largest epidemiological study of its kind (1) and found a positive correlation between long-term exposure to nitrates in drinking water and the development of colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers in Denmark and the most frequently occurring, worldwide.

Nitrates are naturally present in soil and water at unproblematic levels – excessive levels are caused by the contamination of waterways by human activity including industrial and agricultural pollution. Nitrates are a component of agricultural fertilisers and the UK has guidelines for reducing fertiliser run-off into rivers and streams:

farmers are supposed to avoid spreading on slopes, in wet weather and during winter”. (2) 

But it’s known that in some parts of the UK, even where river catchment areas have special conservation status,

huge quantities of slurry and poultry manure are spread on farmland and… the rules and guidelines governing how this should be done are invariably broken”. (3).

Excessive levels of nitrates negatively impact the health of rivers and streams; they cause unchecked algae growth, which depletes the water of oxygen and makes the reproduction and survival of fish, aquatic insects, wildlife and plants difficult or impossible.(4) The risk to human health occurs because once entering the body, excessive nitrate levels interact with normally occurring amines and amides and convert into carcinogenic N -nitroso compounds.

The World Health Organisation recommends nitrate levels of 50 mg per litre of drinking water, a standard that Denmark, EU countries and the UK authorities follow.

Problematically, the Aarhus study found that colorectal cancer risks are associated with “concentrations far below the current drinking water standard”(5); in people exposed to the highest concentrations found in the study (9.3 mg per litre water) a 15% greater risk of developing colorectal cancer was identified, compared to those exposed to the lowest concentrations found (1.3 mg per litre water). 

The researchers report: “we found statistically significant increased risks at drinking water levels above 3.87 mg/L, well below the current drinking water standard of 50 mg/L”. (6)

As a result, Professor Torben Sigsgaard from the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University warns:

“the drinking water standard ought to be lower in order to protect against chronic health effects” (7). 

Clearly, current drinking water standards are not safe. But you don’t need to wait for the World Health Organisation and UK water regulators to take action, you can protect your health today by installing a Pure H2O tap water purifier in your home, workplace or venue.

Our technologically advanced reverse osmosis (RO) tap water purifiers remove up to 70% of nitrates and, when coupled with de-ionisation, our RODI water purification systems remove 99.99% of naturally occurring impurities and man-made contaminants including microplastics, hormones and medications, petrochemicals, lead and heavy metals. Our RODI purifiers also remove 100% of disease-causing micro-organisms, pathogens and viruses or your complete peace of mind.

Our drinking water purification systems not only protect your health, they are also an environmentally friendly option. Compared to drinking bottled water, our purifiers reduce plastics use and waste, carbon footprint, food miles and save you money, too. Pure H2O purifiers last longer than others on the market, they are water efficient and contain recyclable components.

Our purifiers are designed specifically for treating UK water whether from public supply (tap water) or private water supply (bore holes, wells, etc).

We’d like to help you protect your health. Call us today to discover which of our tap water purifiers is best for you and to book installation by one of our specially trained engineers at a time that’s convenient to you: 01483 617 000. Alternatively email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit http://www.pureh2o.co.uk/contact.html

References

1,5,6,7 Jörg Schullehner et al. Nitrate in drinking water and colorectal cancer risk: a nationwide population-based cohort study, International Journal of Cancer 23.02.18 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ijc.31306  accessed 11.04.18

2,3 Steffan Messenger: Wales’ farm pollution action ‘absolutely useless’ BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43389895 accessed 28.04.18

4 Partnership For Environmental Education and Rural Health: Nitrates and their effect on water quality, Wheatley River Improvement Group http://www.wheatleyriver.ca/media/nitrates-and-their-effect-on-water-quality-a-quick-study/ accessed 30.04.18

6 Nitrate in drinking water increases the risk of colorectal cancer https://www.wateronline.com/doc/nitrate-in-drinking-water-increases-the-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-0001 13.02.18 accessed 11.04.18

Copper in tap water linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Copper in tap water linked to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Metals such as copper, iron and zinc are essential to good health but research suggests that after the age of 50, copper consumption is linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr George Brewer, lead researcher at the American Chemical Society(1) explains that metals are essential to the body’s functions; they assist the transportation of oxygen through the body and specifically, ‘copper plays an important role in the communication between nerve cells, bone growth and hormone secretion, so it is important to get enough of the metal in your diet’(2).

This is easy to achieve, as copper is naturally present in many foods including fruits and vegetables, nuts, red meat and shellfish.

Copper is also included in many vitamin and mineral supplements and is present in tap water in homes with copper pipes.  Copper in foods seems to be non-problematic, but researchers warn that “inorganic copper in drinking water and in supplements is handled differently than food copper, and is therefore more toxic”.(1)

Scientists have found that even very small traces of copper in drinking water — one-tenth that of US legally permitted levels — “greatly enhanced an Alzheimer’s-like disease in an animal model”. (1)

According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers found that ‘copper prevents the clearance of beta-amyloid’(3). When this protein accumulates in the brain, it forms plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Brewer warns that the Alzheimer’s risks associated with copper are particularly of concern to people aged 50 and over, when the body can no longer efficiently process the metal.

A common-sense approach would be to continue to consume naturally-occuring, food-based copper through a balanced diet, but avoid mineral supplements containing copper and ensure that your drinking water does not contain copper. You can do this simply and cost-effectively by installing a Pure H2O Co. reverse osmosis water purifier.

Our water purifiers remove copper as well as other metals, trace elements, bacteria, hormones and pesticides and guarantee safe, healthy drinking water that will not compromise your health. Pure water also tastes delicious and is environmentally sustainable.

Call The Pure H2O Company on 01483 617 000 to find out more about the health benefits of reverse osmosis water purifiers and how easy they are to have installed in your home. Alternatively visit www.PureH2O.co.uk for further information.

References

1.Brewer, G ‘Risks of Copper and Iron Toxicity during Ageing in Humans’ Chemical Research in Toxicology 2010, 23 (2), pp 319–326 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx900338d . Accessed 10.01.18

2. Fisher Centre for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation ‘Copper May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease’ https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/copper-play-role-alzheimers-disease  accessed 10.01.18

3. Singh, I et al ‘Low levels of copper disrupt brain amyloid-β homeostasis by altering its production and clearance’ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences July 2013, vol. 110 no. 36 pp. 14771–14776 http://www.pnas.org/content/110/36/14771.full.pdf accessed 10.01.18

Mythbusting: Michele Kaye on Minerals

Michele-Kaye422-150x150In the latest in our Mythbusting: Minerals blog series, we welcome guest blogger and leading nutritionist, Michele Kaye.

Here Michele shares her insights on the vital difference between minerals in water and minerals in food and she explains how minerals are used by the body.

What are minerals and do I really want them in my water?

Minerals are inorganic substances formed from rock or soil, and range from beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium to poisonous ones such as lead, arsenic and aluminium. All these minerals are found in water to varying degrees depending where you are in the world and whether it is tap water, spring water or filtered water.

Everyone agrees that we need to remove the harmful minerals from drinking water, however there is considerable debate as to the value of having inorganic minerals in our water. Also it is not possible to remove only the harmful components of water (including pesticides, etc) and leave the desirable minerals.

Can we make use of the minerals in water?
The minerals that are found in water are in an inorganic form, and are a result of the water dissolving the minerals from the rocks and soil that it comes in contact with. Many would agree that inorganic minerals are poorly assimilated by our bodies. A misconception is that we get our minerals from water. In fact the main source is from our diet, particularly plants in our diet.

Minerals must be in a form that the body can absorb and assimilate.
A growing plant converts the inorganic minerals from the soil, by absorbing them in the roots and assimilating them into the plant’s structure, where they combine with carbon to become organic minerals. Animals (humans included) on the other hand, use organic minerals, which comes from plant sources, or from animals that have consumed plants.

Even the so called “good minerals” can cause problems, as our bodies cannot use them in this inorganic form. The body becomes stressed attempting to get rid of the them, particularly inorganic calcium which can build up in tissues causing gallstones, kidney stones, bone and joint calcification, arthritis, and even hardening of the arteries.

If you pick any mineral that you are interested in and research the best source for that mineral, a natural food source will be at the top of the list: mainly vegetables and fruit, also in meat or dairy. On the list will also be supplements but NOT tap water or bottled water. We get most of, if not all of our minerals from the food we eat.

What do minerals do in our body?

For starters various minerals are needed for the metabolism of every cell in the body, nerve and muscle function, to control bone health and growth, regulate fluid balance, connective tissue repair and growth.

The main mineral of the body is calcium, needed for healthy bones, teeth, blood clotting, nerve transmission, regulation of heart beat, and digestion. 99% is stored in bones and teeth, the rest in blood and other tissues. Adequate calcium for bone development and for non-bone functions is key to reducing osteoporosis in later life.

The dietary amount of calcium that is optimum has not yet been decided, nor it’s source, with the pro-milk faction believing in 3 glasses/day, whereas the non-dairy argument says that consuming a lot of milk and other dairy products has little effect on rate of fractures while increasing health problems such as heart disease and certain cancers. However fascinating this aspect is, it’s beyond the scope of this article.

Sources of calcium: dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds particularly almonds, brazil nuts, sesame seeds (tahini), broccoli, kale spinach watercress, dried apricots and figs, also tofu, soya cheeses and milks (also animal products such as dairy, eggs and meat but some research shows that high levels of animal protein alters blood chemistry causing calcium to leach out of your bones).

The mineral iron is vital for blood cell production and the immune system. Iron is found in meat as well as beans, lentils, cabbage, broccoli, whole grains, bananas and dried fruit.

Magnesium is a very important mineral involved with muscle contraction (skeletal and heart), and regulating sodium and potassium, in relation to controlling blood pressure. Although magnesium is found in meat as well as nuts, dried fruits, grains, sweet corn, parsnips, peas and green leafy vegetables the digestive system does not easily absorb it. Alternative ways to absorb magnesium are through the skin by applying magnesium oil or soaking in magnesium salt baths.

Zinc is needed for a healthy immune system, for cell division and growth, wound healing and also for a sense of taste. It is found in beans, red meat, seafood, brown rice and wholegrains.

Returning to the initial question, do you really need minerals in your water, many would agree they are not at all useful to the body at best and harmful at worst.

The World Health Organization (WHO) made a clarification (2009) that the majority of healthy minerals needed for the human body is from food or dietary supplement and not from drinking tap water.

It is far better to remove the minerals along with pollutants such as chlorine, nitrates, pesticides, prescription drugs to name but a few, and drink very pure RO water (personally I chose and am delighted with a RODI system from the Pure H2O Company) and obtain your minerals from a healthy diet.


About the author:

Michele Kaye (M.Sc. Nutrition, Black Belt Nia Teacher) was originally a Biology teacher. For the last ten years Michele has been leading Nutrition Workshops and several weekly Nia classes (Dance/Fitness). Michele coaches and guides mainly women in practical and inspiring ways to slow the aging process and feel good. www.michelekaye.com

 

Out and about? Visit these venues to enjoy Pure H2O pure water.

We recently heard from our friends at Hello Love on Southampton Row that they not only use Pure H2O in their juice bar and tea house, but that they also offer glasses of our pure water free of charge to anyone undergoing treatment for cancer [more about the inspiration behind the Hello Love Foundation below]. So, we thought we’d start compiling a list of everywhere that you can drink Pure H2O pure water when you’re out and about.

Firstly, a reminder of what Pure H2O pure water is and why you might want to choose it over other waters. Our clever reverse osmosis water purifiers remove all the impurities and contaminants found in tap water, resulting in pure water which tastes amazing, doesn’t compromise your health, and means you can take an environmentally responsible approach to enjoying water – compared to drinking water from a plastic bottle.

Of course you can ask us to install a tap water purifier in your home, office, cafe, studio, restaurant, AirBnB – anywhere you want unlimited healthy, safe, delicious water on tap – and you can either rent or buy outright.

But if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge*, or if you’re out and about and feeling thirsty, here’s where you can find pure water on tap (and do tell the lovely people behind the counter that the Pure H2O Company sent you!):

Hello Love  62-64 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR

Hello Love’s organic juice bar and tea house (pictured above) uses Pure H2O pure water and always lets anyone undergoing cancer treatment have a glass of pure water free of charge. That’s because of their personal experience – founded by Jane Hutchinson of Hello Love design consultancy, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35, the Hello Beautiful Foundation aims “to achieve a better understanding of breast cancer and in the process educate the community on the benefits of living a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle”. Pure H2O water is free from the myriad of pesticides, hormones and heavy metals found in tap water, and supports anyone choosing to eat, drink and use non-toxic products whether they’re dealing with a diagnosis or simply looking after their health.

Planet Organic the UK’s largest fully certified organic supermarket, stores stock organic groceries, health and beauty products, as well as delicious prepared food and Pure H2O pure water on tap. Founder Renée Elliott says: “children absorb impurities at 10x the rate of adults, so it’s important they avoid toxins in food and water”.

  • Westbourne Grove: 42 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH
  • Devonshire Square: 10 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4AE
  • Muswell Hill: 111-117 Muswell Hill Road, London N10 3HS
  • Torrington Place: 22 to 24 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ
  • Tottenham Court Walk: 23 -24 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BJ
  • Wandsworth: 52 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4FT

Eurostar Paris Business Lounge

We’ll be updating this list so get in touch if you’d like your venue added.

* got any questions? Just give us a call on 01483 617 000 – we love to chat about pure water! Or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk 

Image copyright Hello Love, 2017.

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Pure H2O Co. Purifiers Remove Plastic Fibres Found in UK Tap Water

Recent news reports about plastic fibres contaminating UK tap water needn’t concern Pure H2O customers, as all models of the company’s purifiers completely remove plastic particles. 

Researchers recently found that billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles.(1) Whilst the UK has amongst the lowest levels of plastic contamination, 72% of samples of UK tap water have been found to contain plastic fibres. 

“We’ve known about this problem for over 20 years and have developed water treatment systems which, using the Reverse Osmosis process, remove 100% of plastic particles from tap water”, says Pure H2O Co. M.D. Roger Wiltshire.

In fact, the Reverse Osmosis process is the only suitable method of reducing these contaminants.

Dr Anne Marie Mahon at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, who conducted the research, says: “We don’t know what the [health] impact is and for that reason we should follow the precautionary principle…”.(2)

As if ingesting plastic fibres was not bad enough, research on wild animals has shown that micro plastics attract bacteria and absorb toxic chemicals which are then released into the body once ingested.

Water treatment plants clearly aren’t capable of removing plastic fibres, let alone micro plastics. Bottled water is not the solution – samples tested in the US also showed plastic contamination. Added to which, the manufacture, distribution and disposal of plastic bottled water is highly damaging to the environment.

Whilst experts call for urgent research on the health implications of plastic water contamination, you can take action today to protect your and your family’s health. Install a Pure H2O tap water purifier; any of our 3 models remove 100% of plastic particles along with all the other contaminants and impurities found in tap water including petrochemical derivatives, hormones, medications and pesticides.

Call us on 01483 617 000 to enquire about installation, pricing and our rental option. We would be happy to advise you on safeguarding your health through pure water. You can also email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our website for further information: www.PureH2O.co.uk

References

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals

Image copyright Richard Kirby / BNPS

Organic September: Pure H2O is the equivalent of organic food.

This month, The Soil Association is on a mission to spread the word about the many benefits of organic farming and food, with a call to Organic Your September.

For anyone looking to protect their health and promote environmental sustainability, wildlife biodiversity and animal welfare, organic food is the obvious choice: meat and dairy is free range and free from routine use of antibiotics, crops are grown with fewer pesticides and are never genetically modified. And, as Hugh Fernley Whittingstall points out: “it just tastes better”(1).

If you choose to eat organic, drinking pure water is the next logical step.  Tap water is full of the very chemicals, hormones and pesticides you seek to avoid with organic food, bottled water is hugely degrading to the environment.

By contrast, tap water purified with a Pure H2O Reverse Osmosis (RO) or Reverse Osmosis wth De-Ionisation (RODI) under-sink purifier is the safe, healthy and environmentally responsible choice of water, giving you unlimited quantities of up to 99.99% pure water.

We believe there are no acceptable levels of contaminants and impurities in the water you drink. That’s why we say that Pure H2O is the equivalent of organic food:

Pure H2O is free from pesticides, hormones and medications. Did you know that tap water contains all of these? Our purifiers remove them, so your health is never compromised by the water you drink, complimenting your efforts to nourish your body with organic food which is free from these unnecessary toxins.

Pure H2O is kinder to the environment. Plastic bottled water has been described as ‘one of the biggest marketing tricks of the century’(2); sold as better tasting or purer than tap water, it is in fact no better and is hugely detrimental to the environment. From the amount of water, oil, coal and gas required to produce the bottles, the CO2 footprint to transport them, the marine pollution and harm to marine life that occurs when they are discarded, plastic bottled water degrades and pollutes the environment.

Pure H2O is the complete replacement to plastic bottled water; it reduces your carbon footprint, prevents plastic pollution and helps you do your bit for environmental sustainability. What’s more, it is genuinely pure, and many people prefer the taste of Pure H2O when compared to tap water.

Pure H2O is water as nature intended; just as organic food is food as nature intended. Pure H2O is free from all the man-made impurities and contaminants which are found in tap water, including plastic fibres, petrochemical derivatives, and run-off from pesticide-heavy non-organic farming practices.

Pure H2O is trustworthy. Many people trust that organic farmers care about the environment, wildlife biodiversity, animal welfare and food quality. Sadly, UK tap water authorities cannot be trusted to produce safe, clean water – just think of the various ‘no drink’ or ‘boil’ orders issued in the UK each year, not to mention the ‘acceptable’ levels of contaminants and impurities allowed in tap water. And we know that the activities of bottled water companies degrade natural resources. By contrast, people trust The Pure H2O Co.’s purifiers to consistently produce safe, clean water and trust us to reduce our environmental impact and maximise the energy efficiency of our products wherever possible.

Remember, if you’re going to eat organic food, or choose natural cosmetics and toiletries to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, impurities and toxins, Pure H2O is the only choice of drinking water. 

Fortunately, it needn’t cost the earth. You can rent one of our tap water purifiers from around £1 a day (or buy outright). Call us on 01483 617 000 to discuss installation and we can answer any queries you might have, or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

And if you need some tips to Organic Your September, visit The Soil Association.

References

  1. Soil Association ‘Organic Your September’ https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/ accessed 11.09.17
  2. Eco Magazine ‘How You Can Help Reduce Plastic Pollution’ 31.08.17 https://www.ecomagazine.com/currents/infograph-how-you-can-help-reduce-plastic-pollution accessed 11.09.17