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

 

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

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.

Mythbusting: Osteoporosis

Eve_400x400In the latest in our Mythbusting series, and the latest post from guest blogger Eve Kalinik, we take a look at Osteoporosis and learn that it’s not all about calcium.

Nutritional therapist and wellbeing writer Eve, explains: “We are all familiar with the condition osteoporosis but do we actually know what it means? Or, that in many instances, it can be largely preventable through good nutrition and better lifestyle choices? And guess what – its not just about calcium!

Typically the disease itself can be characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue that leads to enhanced bone fragility and consequently an increased risk of fracture. Often without any obvious symptoms, these fractures can be debilitating and costly to fix, too. But identifying the condition earlier can reduce these risks by almost half and this is where prevention is key.

As with many chronic conditions in our modern society there is a huge amount attributed to lifestyle choices that can increase your risk of developing this disease. Lack of exercise, sitting for hours on end at desks and poor sleep can all impact on our bone health as much as the nutrients we need to take in to support this.

But let’s talk nutrition first…

Most of us tend to think only about calcium when we think of bone health and whilst that’s undoubtedly the most vital nutrient there are other vitamins and minerals that play essential functions in the formation and maintenance of a strong skeleton. Firstly its not just about eating more calcium although certainly the only way we can get this is through our diet but its really about getting it from an easily absorbed source. Often associated with dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese these can provide an easily available excellent source when they are full fat and organic as they contain other bone supportive fat-soluble nutrients.

However, if you are someone who prefers to reduce or eliminate these foods due to allergies, intolerances or political beliefs you need to make sure you are getting enough from other plant based sources. The top of the list when it comes to these foods are the leafy greens such as kale, watercress, broccoli, pak choi, sesame seeds (tahini), almonds and white beans.

However bone health and nutrition is much further reaching than this. We also need vitamins & minerals such as magnesium that provides strength for bones. Magnesium is a critical cofactor responsible for the conversion of vitamin D and mediates hormones that support calcium regulation. Good sources include all the leafy greens – think spinach, kale, chard; nuts & seeds particularly sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds; bananas, avocados and cacao powder (the purest form of chocolate).

And there is also vitamin K that contributes to bone mineralization that can also assist in channeling calcium directly to the bones themselves. Add in plenty of the aforementioned leafy greens as well as the brassicas such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage as well as herbs including parsley, dried sage & thyme.

Then there is the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D! Living in the UK with our less than hot and sunny climate can leave many of us pretty deficient. This vitamin is a vital part of calcium absorption in the intestine and involved directly in bone turnover. Moreover, vitamin D levels naturally decrease greatly with age, which is also when you most need to support bone health, so boosting these levels could be a good idea (always check with your GP before adding in any kind of supplement).

Beyond our plates, certain factors can increase your risk of developing the condition, such as being postmenopausal with associated accelerated bone loss from lack of oestrogen, family history, increased age and low body weight.

But by far one of the most significant factors – and the one we can help deter the most – is those that come from our lifestyle. Things like cigarette smoking, high caffeine intake (that impairs calcium absorption), heavy alcohol consumption and lack of exercise all have a marked impact. Physical weight-bearing exercise and the load of muscles onto the bones gives them the strength they need. That’s not to say you need to go bodybuilding but some weight resistance is essential. Research shows that maintaining physical fitness is as, if not more, important than diet or hormonally related factors. Depending on your fitness level other activities such as dancing, yoga and power walking can also complement resistance training as these also help with coordination of movement.

And to end…this is where a little bit more weight can actually serve you well so intolerances aside try to have an all inclusive whole and real foods approach to your diet. Book a sunshine filled holiday. Oh and move a bit more too!”

Thank you Eve, for your insightful, common-sense approach to reducing the risk of osteoporosis through good nutrition and positive lifestyle choices.

Myth Busting: Alkaline Diet has no effect on cancer

We’ve been running a series of myth busting articles on alkalinity because there’s a lot of confusion, disinformation and frankly outright nonsense online about acidity and alkalinity when it comes to pure water and nutrition – usually peddled by people trying to sell you an alkaliser for RODI pure water or convince you of the importance of the latest fad diet.

So we were really pleased to see this fact-based, common-sense article in The Independent written by experts Cancer Research UK, confirming what we’ve been saying: the food you eat and the water you drink does not affect the acid / alkaline balance or pH of your body.

Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths about Cancer That Are False

Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths about Cancer That Are False

Read the excellent article online here: Cancer Research UK: 10 Persistent Myths About Cancer That Are False.

What we do know is that staying hydrated with Pure H2O and eating a balanced healthy diet helps keep you in the best possible health. If you’ve got any further questions about the acid / alkaline debate and Pure H2O, you can check out our other articles on alkalinity, pure water and nutrition:

Mythbusting: Pure Water, pH and Alkalisers

Eve Kalinik: The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

And of course you can call us on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our website at www.PureH2O.co.uk

Eve Kalinik on Pure H2O: brighter, vibrant and improved energy levels.

We like to get to our know our clients a little better, and this month we had the pleasure of chatting to top nutritional therapist, writer and all round wellbeing guru Eve Kalinik. Eve recently had a Pure H2O purifier installed at home and is already feeling the benefits. Read on to find out more…

Q. We heard that you’re very much enjoying your Pure H2O water purifier and that in fact it’s changed your life! Could you tell us a bit more about that?

Generally I don’t think most of us are really aware that the type of water we are drinking truly affects the way we feel and on a very basic level function optimally. When you think that 60-70% of the body is entirely made up of water and most cellular processes happen in a water environment its suddenly clearly evident why the kind of water we drink has such an impact. Most of us have invested in some kind of filter or buy bottled water thinking its a better choice and one could arguably say thats true until you have tried pure filtered water. Getting people better hydrated is a huge part of my practise and to have something I can recommend like the Pure h2o system that is relatively inexpensive means that it is accessible for everyone and anyone.

Q. What sparked your interest in pure water, and how did you first hear about The Pure H2O Co.?

I started researching water for a piece I was writing for my monthly column for Psychologies magazine and realised that water filtration can go way beyond a simple system. Its much more complicated than that. This is when I came across the Pure H2o Co and believe that they have developed the very best systems on the market. Extremely well researched, convenient and most importantly delicious tasting water. More than that the team themselves were extremely knowledgable and personable.

Q. What kind of water did you drink before switching to Pure H2O?

I either bought glass bottled water where at all possible or more regularly from a stand alone EVA filter in my house (which I now know wasn’t really doing very much!). The problem with buying glass bottles is long term the environmental impact isn’t so great.

Q. Do your water and / or hot drinks taste different since having a purifier installed?

Completely! Its like the difference between drinking a good or a great wine. In fact I think this is going to be the next big thing!

Q. What were your reasons for switching to Pure H2O?

I wanted a cleaner fuel for the tank so to speak and if you are going to buy organic foods, non GMO, natural beauty products etc then really pure water needs to be top of the list.

Q. How do you feel now you drink Pure H2O?

I have to say that since using the Pure H2O filtration system I can genuinely say that I feel much brighter, vibrant and my energy levels have certainly improved.

Q. Do you think there’s a correlation between good nutrition and pure water?

Absolutely. On a fundamental level we need water to efficiently and consistently manage processes in the body but the quality of the water we are drinking can be the marked difference of what is an ok system or a great system. Most clients that I see will tell me that they have energy slumps throughout the day which is often down to not being properly hydrated and they say this is because they don’t like water or don’t have time. Its my job to get them to engage with this and drink regularly. Believe me once they start drinking this kind of water they suddenly start to really enjoy it.

Q. Do you feel that Pure H2O is supporting your decisions about the food you drink and the kind of lifestyle you lead, in terms of your wellbeing?

It all goes hand in hand. It is arbitrary to be spending good money on organic fruit and vegetables if you are then going to wash them in water that isn’t clean. And how can you get the best out of your exercise or holistic practises such as meditation without taking in clean water?

Q. What do you think are the main benefits of drinking RODI pure water?

A more efficient overall system, increased energy, improved detoxification, better digestion, clearer skin…need I go on!

Q. In what circumstances would you recommend people drink Pure H2O?

Very simply anyone, anywhere and as much as possible.

Q. Were concerns – environmental and / or health – surrounding the use of plastics a factor in your decision to have a Pure H2O purifier installed?

Yes of course. Lets be clear here that plastics are very hard on the environment, you only have to do a tiny bit of research to find that out. There is also the leaching of xenoestrogens and other chemicals that can have an impact on health. Most water companies will be transparent about this but its not a nice thought on any level.

Thank you for talking to us, Eve! You can find out more about Eve, her recipes, nutrition advice and more at www.evekalinik.com And you can find out about our water purifiers here – we have 3 installation options and now offer a fantastic rental option where your whole household can enjoy unlimited Reverse Osmosis pure water for less than £1 a day.

Meet the Guest Blogger: Eve Kalinik

This month we welcome guest blogger Eve Kalinik, a nutritional therapist and wellbeing writer who you might have seen writing in Psychologies, ELLE Decoration or over on Matches Fashion.

Eve really knows her stuff when it comes to health and wellbeing, having qualified in biomedicine, nutrition and naturopathy, to found her own nutritional consultancy based in Mayfair. Eve’s approach uses food to help support the body’s innnate healing mechanisms to bring the body back in to balance.

Recently Eve discovered Pure H2O and you can read about her experiences with pure water and wellbeing – and why she recommends our water purifiers to her clients – over on this blog post. This month she kicks off her series of articles for us with a look at The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit.

We’re excited to welcome Eve to Pure H2O News and dare say we’ll be more than a little inspired to follow her fantastic nutrition suggestions!