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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Eve Kalinik: Understanding Hydration with Pure H2O Co. Ltd

Here’s guest blogger, Eve Kalinik, on the importance of adequate hydration with pure water

Hydration, or the lack thereof, is something that I’m consistently reinforcing with my clients, many of us wonder why we have afternoon slumps, food cravings, headaches and sluggish digestions but often this can be a simple fact of not taking in enough water. When you think as we are almost 60% water and pretty much every cellular process is conducted in a water environment its no wonder we need to make sure that our bodies are well hydrated. This also contributes to supporting digestive processes & juices as well as transporting oxygen and vital nutrients in the blood and around the body. And a hydrated body also burns fat more efficiently. Fact.

As a general guide we need to take in around 2 litres per day but this should be increased if you are exercising or traveling. Whilst pure water is the obvious and most bio available source, hydration isn’t just about straight up h20. It is also important to eat plenty of water rich food based sources too. Cucumber, green leafy veg and strawberries are up there at around 90% water but generally most vegetables will contain good levels. Try not to get so fixated on having a certain amount of fluid per day but also ensure to have hydrating foods as part of your daily intake. Juices & smoothies are a great way to max this but making sure you are hitting your 8 portions of veggies per day will have an impact on your hydration levels too. When drinking water the key thing is to make sure that your water comes from a clean source, trying to avoid plastic bottles where possible as these contain hormone mimicking substances and other chemicals that can leach into the water itself. Repeated and long term exposure to these are not beneficial for our health so try to buy your water in glass bottles where you can. Investing in a home filtration unit is well worth the money, rather than wasting it on filter jugs that don’t get rid of a lot of the contaminants and general nasties. In my opinion the best filtration system uses a reverse osmosis process, like the pureh2o.co.uk systems, that also takes out hormones, since most regular filters won’t do this.

Here’s some more of my better hydrating tips…

WAKE & HYDRATE – start the day as soon as you wake up with a glass of water. The body will be pretty thirsty first thing so try to get into a routine with this. Warm water and lemon juice can be a nice twist and also stimulates digestive processes.

MAKE IT INTERESTING – add things like slices of lemon, mandolin sliced cucumber, fresh mint or fresh lime & pinch cayenne can make all the difference and certainly make your water look and taste more inspiring. Avoid the flavoured waters as these often contain high levels of sugar.

SIP THROUGHOUT THE DAY – don’t get to the end of the day and realise that you haven’t had enough and chug back in one go. We can over hydrate ourselves too so little and often is the key mantra here.

WINE NOT WATER – when it comes to meal times that is! Avoid drinking a lot of water when you are eating as this can dilute gastric juice secretion and impair breaking down food. A small glass of wine can assist this though.

HAVE A GOAL – buy a beautiful jug and have it on your desk at work or in the kitchen. That way you’ll be more inclined to drink regularly. A plastic bottle with its label peeling off isn’t the most appealing things and clients often tell me they don’t have time to go to the water machine so having this to hand will make it a lot easier. Check out BKR bottles that are chic and make you want to drink more.

HERBAL TEAS COUNT – in all their variety are another great and delicious way of increasing your intake. Coffee has a dehydrating effect so just stick to one organic freshly ground cup in the morning after breakfast.

Mineral Supplement Linked to Dementia

The Telegraph newspaper recently reported on a study which found an increased risk of dementia in women taking calcium supplements, who have previously had a stroke.

“Patients who had survived a stroke were  seven times more likely to go on to develop dementia if they took the daily supplement, say scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.”

Reassuringly, organic calcium found in food is perfectly safe. As Eve Kalinik advised in her recent blog for us: Mythbusting: Osteoporosis, there are plenty of food sources of calcium, as well as lifestyle changes, that can be taken by women seeking to reduce their risk of osteoporosis.

We know from our Mythbusting blog series that inorganic minerals found in tap water and supplements do not support health, cannot be absorbed by the body, and are therefore unnecessary – and according to the study the Telegraph reported on – downright dangerous, in some cases.

Neither mineral supplements, nor tap water, nor ‘remineralised’ water is useful to our bodies. All the minerals we need as humans can only be derived from food; plants convert inorganic minerals to organic, which the human body is capabable of asbsorbing and putting to use to protect our health.

Check out the rest of our Mythbusting blog series to learn more about minerals and health (we also tackle that other common myth, alkalinity). And read the Telegraph article here.

 

Toxic Arsenic in Cornish Private Drinking Water Supplies

Pure H2O RODI Removes Carcinogenic Arsenic from Private Drinking Water Supplies.

A recent study published in Science Reports reveals that some homes in Cornwall with private water supplies (PWS) have levels of arsenic exceeding World Health Organisation guidelines. As a result, householders are

“exposed at concentrations harmful to health… chronic exposure to arsenic in drinking water is a well-documented cause of numerous cancerous and non-cancerous health defects, including cancers of the lung, bladder and skin.”*

How does this happen?
Cornwall is one area of the world with naturally-occurring high levels of arsenic in its geology. The 2016 study by Middleton et al reports there are estimated to be 20,000 – 30,000 PWS wells in Cornwall, with 2,462 PWS households registered with the Drinking Water Inspectorate (the actual number may be much higher). These PWS are the responsibility of their owners and users, rather than any statutory body.

What can be done?
The government advises “installing appropriate treatment that is capable of treating water to a consistently satisfactory quality”.

Our patented Reverse Osmosis with De-Ionisation (RODI) process is the most efficient and cost-effective way of treating your private drinking water supply, ensuring total removal of Arsenic along with a myriad of other contaminants and impurities both naturally-occurring and man-made.

Additional Benefits of the Pure H2O RODI Purifier

Our RODI purifier protects your health and gives you total peace of mind about the safety of your water. And not forgetting that it gives you delicious tasting water, more palatable than any other. It is purer than all bottled water brands and kind to the environment, with a 95+% carbon footprint reduction compared to bottled, and zero plastics use and waste.

Our RODI purifier is typically installed under your kitchen sink for maximum convenience, but we can tailor our systems to suit your needs and would be happy to advise on the best installation for your home.

Find out more

Call us now on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our main website for further information: http://www.PureH2O.co.uk

References:

Middleton, D. R. S. et al. Urinary arsenic profiles reveal substantial exposures to inorganic arsenic from private drinking water supplies in Cornwall, UK. Sci. Rep. 6, 25656; doi: 10.1038/srep25656 (2016). Link: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25656

Government advice: http://www.privatewatersupplies.gov.uk

40,000 deaths a year linked to air pollution

A landmark joint report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) gives stark warning about the impact of air pollution in the UK.

In Every Breath We Take: the lifelong impact of air pollution these experts conclude that around 40,000 deaths a year in the UK are linked to air pollution, with a further 99,000 deaths annually in Europe.

We blogged last year about the surprising link between anxiety, stroke and air pollution, and the ways in which air pollution makes its way into the water cycle and drinking water.

Now we learn that indoor air pollution can be as problematic as that outdoors:

“The dangers of outdoor air pollution have been well documented, however the report highlights the often overlooked section of our environment – indoor space.

Factors such as kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly-sprays and air fresheners, all of which can cause poor air quality in our homes, workspaces and schools.

According to the report indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths annually in Europe.”

What can you do to minimise exposure within your home? Here’s 3 easy suggestions you can put in place right away:

  1. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products
  2. Ensure your gas appliances are serviced annually
  3. Install one of our tap water purifiers to eliminate the possibility of ingesting pollutants and contaminants whilst you hydrate. Ours are the most effective, efficient & convenient tap water purification systems available and you can rent one from less than £1 a day.

For more information on 99.99% pure water call us on 01483 617 000, email natalie@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our main website www.PureH2O.co.uk

Another Tap Water Crisis

Our customers in the Midlands will no doubt have been hugely relieved they made the sensible decision to install a Pure H2O tap water purifier after Severn Trent Water recently issued a ‘Do Not Use’ order due to high levels of chlorine.

Thousands of households were recently ordered not to use their tap water for any purpose including drinking, bathing and food preparation, due to massively high levels of chlorine. The resulting panic, confusion and efforts to find bottled water left many experiencing a stressful few days.

It’s clear that our water utilities cannot be trusted to guarantee the safety of our water supply even within so-called ‘permissible’ limits of impurities and contaminants. Hundreds of Do Not Use or Boil orders are regularly issued throughout all areas of the UK by the various water utility firms supplying tap water, due to ‘significant, serious and major drinking water quality events’¹.

For total peace of mind our tap water purifiers remove chlorine as well as the cocktail of agro-industrial pollutants, heavy metals, drug residues, disease-causing mico-organisms and more found in tap water. Pure H2O is purer by far than all bottled water brands, and is on tap in your home in unlimited supply.

Our convenient rental option – which starts at less than £1 a day – is an easy way to ensure the safety and purity of the water you drink and reduce your daily exposure to chemicals.

And you need never worry about the quality of your drinking water again, whatever the news headlines.

Call us on 01483 617 000 for more information or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk

Reference: DWI Annual Report 2014 http://www.dwi.gov.uk/about/annual-report/2014/dw-events.pdf

Image copyright BBC News 2016