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.

Whole Home Water Systems

Whole Home water systems from The Pure H2O Co. deliver total water purity for the ultimate in taste, protection against contamination and care of your property investments.

We offer 3 Whole Home systems.

  1. PoE Pure Home replaces tap water at point of entry with RO pure water, for protection against accidental or deliberate contamination, pure and clean water throughout the property.
  2. RoSoCo Home gives RODI pure water, plus Softened & Conditioned water.
  3. SoCo Home soft & conditioned water throughout the property

Benefits of Whole Home water systems. 

1. KITCHEN: the pure, clean refreshing taste of Pure H2O drinking water on tap. We have several multifunction taps, including the iconic Quatreau, to suit your needs and budget.

2. BATHROOMS: purified water throughout your home helps skin stay soft and smooth, surfaces stay cleaner for longer and appliances remain free from scale build up – reducing running costs and expensive repair bills!

3. UTILITY: washing machines, dishwashers and irons all last longer when connected to pure water. Clothes, towels and linen are softer and last longe when free from hard water.

4. HEATING: protect your heating systems with pure water; no scale build up helps reduces wear and tear and helps underfloor heating, boilers, etc run more efficiently.

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In short, pure water isn’t just for drinking and soft water isn’t just for bathing; our water systems increase comfort and care throughout the home.

We specialise in tailoring bespoke water systems to our client’s needs and requirements of their property, and can liaise with architects at the planning stage. 

Find out more on our website, call us today on 01483 617 000 or you can email us: customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk

Abode2 Luxury Property Magazine

Have you heard of Abode2? It’s the must-read magazine for the pick of the crop of residential homes at home or across the world. Abode2 “offers distilled advice from expert sources: acknowledged property specialists, investors and owners, all with a detailed knowledge of the destinations and resorts featured.”

So you can imagine we’re really proud to see Pure H2O and Quatreau in the Abode2 Directory, the one-stop source of all that’s good in residential property:

Quatreau represents unparalleled technological function and design, and offers the ultimate in water purity with its optional under-sink water purifier. Eliminated of scale and all impurities, hot and cold drinks made with Quatreau and Pure H2O have exceptional purity of taste and aroma and are delivered crystal clear for the most discerning palettes.

Our tip for a must-read is the Gurus To Go section, featuring in-depth interviews from homes and interiors experts including Sophie Conran, Philippe Starck and India Hicks.

Although we love having a print copy of Abode2 to hand, there is a wealth of information in their digital edition & online directory – click here to view.

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!

World of Interiors: Quatreau is the ultimate tap for the smartest kitchens

Quatreau is the ultimate tap for the smartest kitchens, as seen in the latest edition of World Of Interiors magazine.

Demand more than boiling – insist on Quatreau. It’s the only four function touchscreen tap to dispense Pure Boiling, Pure Sparkling, Pure Chilled, as well as unfiltered thermostatically controlled Hot / Cold tap water.

Enjoy unrivalled quality and taste with 99.99% pure water with the optional under-sink Pure H2O RODI purifier.

Quatreau is the ultimate tap for the smartest kitchens, designed and manufactured in Great Britain by The Pure H2O Company, passionate about water purity since 1992.

Thanks to The World Of Interiors for featuring us in their stunning May edition. Find out more about our touchscreen smart tap with optional Pure Water at www.quatreau.com all 01483 617 000 or email natalie@pureh2o.co.uk

Images copyright The World Of interiors, 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.

Customer Recommendations

They say self-praise is no recommendation and as we believe the foundation of a good business is happy customers and word of mouth recommendations we are so happy to be receiving a flurry of testimonials by email, on Facebook and Google+. Read on to see what our customers think of Pure H2O products and services…

Paul describes his 10 year relationship with us:

“We have had a standard [Pure H2O] water purification system for the past ten years which sits underneath the sink in the kitchen. System is serviced once a year by friendly and reliable team. The water is fresh, pure and means we don’t have to buy bottled water.

After ten years of near constant use, a small leak developed which was fixed promptly despite being out of warranty. No problems since. Found the service team responsive and helpful.

Stylish water Pure H2O bottles were given to us when we bought the system – we fill these up and have a constant supply of chilled, pure water in the fridge. Difficult to envisage going back to tap water or buying bottled water.

Definitely recommend this system and the team at Pure H2O.

J.M. reviews our customer service record:

 “We have been using the Pure H2O company for over ten years now. Their customer service is great. If I ever have a problem with any of my system, a quick phone call will get an engineer out to repair the problem. Part of having a great product is having the support of the company behind it.”

Manda shares her experience of the Pure H2O annual service:

 “Just had our annual pure water service and have been using this company since its early days, 15 to 20 years ago I think. I have their purifier and softener both of which I take for granted and wouldn’t be without. I bottle my own pure water from our tap now which I take to work as I hate tap water or most ‘mineral’ waters.

The service has always been excellent and is not expensive – and doesnt have any constant price hikes unlike all my other utility companies…

I have recommended this company to family and friends over the years who have all been really happy with the products and service – and I still do.”

And Nicky explains why she uses the Pure H2O RODI purifier, softener, conditioner and Quatreau multifunction tap:

“An innovative product from a company delivering great customer service !! The Quatreau tap was the third product we purchased from the Pure H2O Company we would never buy bottled water, this is far superior and we take it everywhere we go !

We initially had their RODI water purifier back in 2010 and when we subsequently built our new home we included their softener and conditioner too, as we all suffer from allergies and our previous system was an inferior one compared to this one from the Pure H2O Company.

We then added the Quatreau tap for our kitchen delivering pure boiling, chilled, and carbonated water plus handwashing and plant watering from one tap, we love it !!

I rate a company not merely by its ability to deliver innovative products, but by how it achieves servicing the requirements that may follow. The Pure H2O Company has certainly excelled on that front, as despite initial Quatreau teething issues ( it was a brand new product when we bought the tap) we have been looked after exceptionally well! We recommend their products to all who visit our home who love using the tap especially and showering in superior soft water too.

The equipment is all serviced annually and we hope to have many many more years being looked after by the excellent team at the Pure H2O company!”

And Tony (pictured, above) tells us what he loves about his Quatreau tap:

“Our Quatreau Tap has made all the difference to our kitchen and how we enjoy it’s multi-functions.

To immediately  have boiling water, pure water, hot and cold water and then fizzy water at your fingertips is extremely satisfactory. Not to mention the time and money it saves on the electricity bill not having to boil a kettle every time we need coffee or tea.

Our tap is the talking point of our custom built kitchen and gives it the final wow factor.”

A heartfelt thank you to all our customers who take the time out of their busy lives to get in touch. Please share your reviews on Facebook or Google+

And if you need to book an annual service or require support from our customer care team, call us on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit the dedicated customer services section of our website.