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

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

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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

Faecal Bacteria Found in Ice in UK Coffee Chains

Undercover investigators for BBC Watchdog found faecal bacteria in ice served at Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero. 

Faecal bacteria can cause diarrhoea if ingested, which is especially problematic for those with compromised immune systems.

Worse still, the presence of faecal bacteria indicates that other disease-causing pathogens may be present, as microbiologist Philip Tierno explains:

“Where there are fecal bacteria present it is an indicator that there could be other germs….  like Norovirus or hepatitis A or Salmonella”.(1)

How did this happen? Expert Rob Kingsley, explains:

“It is an indicator that somewhere there has been some kind of breakdown in hygiene or the source of the water used for this ice.” (2)

What can you do to protect yourself at home, and how can you ensure your workplace  is clean and safe?

  1. Remove bacteria at source. Our water purification systems remove the faecal bacteria present in tap water, so if you have one at home, your office or food/drink business, you are already removing it at source. If not, you can purchase or rent one now, from as little as £1 a day.
  1. Correct hand washing. Clean hands prevent the spread the bacteria, so follow the World Health Organisation’s procedure for correct hand washing. Click here to view. (3)

Starbucks predicts that 50% of its beverage sales will be cold drinks by 2021(4), so it’s especially important that food and drink businesses take all steps to protect their customers, staff and reputations from faecal contamination in ice, water and on surfaces.

We’d like to reassure our domestic and commercial customers that our water purification systems remove faecal bacteria at source (along with a myriad of other bacteria, organisms and contaminants), providing extra peace of mind. 

If you’d like advice on installing a Pure H2O tap water purifier at home, your office or hospitality venue, call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk We’d be delighted to advise you.

References:

1. ‘Reports of fecal bacteria in iced coffee at chains like Starbucks are a red flag for bigger problems, a scientist explains’ UK Business Insider 29.06.17 http://uk.businessinsider.com/feces-bacteria-coffee-iced-drinks-2017-6?r=US&IR=T accessed 30.06.17

2. ’Faecal bacteria found in ice from Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks’ Guardian 28.06.17  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/faecal-bacteria-found-ice-three-major-uk-chains-caffe-nero-starbucks-costa-coffee accessed 30.06.17

3. ‘Clean Care is Safer Care’ World Heath Organisation http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/ accessed 30.06.17

4. ‘Starbucks Sees Future Sales Growth Fueled by Food, Cold Coffee Beverages’ CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/starbucks-sees-future-sales-growth-fueled-by-food-cold-coffee-beverages.html accessed 30.06.17

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Neonic Pesticides Now Found in Drinking Water

Neonicotinoids_textFor the first time since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids pesticides have been found in tap water in the USA, with water treatment plants varying in their ability to remove the toxic chemicals.(1)

A joint study by the University of Iowa and the US Geological Survey “found that neonics were widespread in water samples collected from 48 different rivers and streams in the US.”(2)

Introduced in the 90s, neonic pesticides were viewed as an advance to older pesticides because they are selectively lethal to insects and not other wildlife such as birds and mammals. However, we now know that these chemicals are linked to the large-scale and long-term decline in bee populations.(3)

Whilst relatively minute levels have been found in drinking water, we don’t yet know what impact this has on human health:

Whenever we have pesticides in the drinking water that is something that raises a flag no matter what type of concentration it is,” said Professor Gregory LeFevre.(2)

Neonic pesticdes have been widely used in the UK until 2013 when a moratorium was introduced due to concerns over bee populations, so we believe it is probable that findings on the presence of neonics in drinking water in the US are applicable to UK drinking water sources.

Added to known breaches of permitted levels of the slug pesticide metaldehyde in some UK drinking water sources, it is clear that tap water is not the healthiest or safest choice of drinking water.

Fortunately, the patented 4-stage filtration process used by our RODI tap water purifiers ensure you need never worry about contaminants such as neonic pesticides in drinking water. Typically fitted underneath your kitchen sink, our purifiers remove up to 99.99% of naturally occurring and man-made contaminants and impurities from drinking water including pesticides of any type, heavy metals, carcinogens, petrochemicals, hormones and medications.

Call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

References:

1. Klarich et al., Occurence of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and fate during Drinking Water Treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2017, 4 (5), pp 168–173 Accessed 31.05.17 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00081

2. McGrath, M: First Study Finds Neonic Pesticides in US Drinking Water, BBC News 05.04.17 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39504487

3. McGrath, M Neonic Pesticide Link to Long-term Wild Bee Decline, BBC News 16.08.16 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37089385

The Green Parent: pure water for children

Have you discovered The Green Parent magazine? The April / May issue explores foraging, shares 50 ways to get fresh air with young children, plus there are regular features on child-led learning, family life and the best natural products for children.

We’re so glad to be on page 12 of the current issue, explaining why we believe that there are no acceptable levels of contaminants in the water your children drink.

In 2013, the Guardian reported that levels of a toxic pesticide, more than 100 times the EU limit were present in a source of English drinking water. The discovery of record levels of Metaldehyde – slug poison – was reported by Natural England and the Environment Agency. This problem is not going to go away, because water utilities have no methods for removal.

In fact, tap water contains a myriad of impurities including chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, hormones and medications. Bottled water is damaging to the environment and still contains impurities. Luckily, there is a solution to safe hydration – Pure H2O.

Our RODI (reverse osmosis with de-ionisation) tap water purifiers typically fit under your kitchen sink and designed specifically for treating UK tap water, they remove 99.99% of organic and inorganic impurities, ensuring a safe source of drinking water for your family.

It tastes pure, too so your children will more readily drink enough water.

As Renee Elliot, founder of Planet Organic says:

“Children absorb impurities at 10 x the rate of adults so it’s important they avoid toxins in food and water. I’ve been drinking Pure H2O for over 25 years and I wouldn’t give my children anything else; it’s the safest, most natural drinking water and has a great taste.”

Are you keen that your children avoid toxins and impurities? Do your children find tap water unpalatable? Pure H2O is the answer. Visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more: or call us on 01483 617 000 we’d be happy to answer your questions and advise how we can help your family enjoy safe, pure water.

And visit The Green Parent online or pick up the latest edition, we’re sure that you’ll find it full of helpful and inspirational features.

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