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.

 

6 Ways To Make Water More Interesting

We know that once you’ve tried Pure H2O, you’ll be amazed at just how good pure water tastes. Without all those chemicals, impurities and contaminants found in tap water (and even bottled waters), Pure H2O tastes just as nature intended. One of our clients describes it as ‘almost sweet’, and even children are happy to drink plain, pure water.

But for those times when you’d like a bit of variety – especially on hot summer days – Veggie Magazine has some great ideas, including flavouring your Pure H2O with herbs. Click here to see their blog and visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to see details of 99.99% pure water and our fantastically useful Quatreau Tap that Veggie recommends you try.

Thanks to Veggie for featuring Pure H2O & Quatreau Tap!

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

 

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.