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Archive for October, 2013

Aging and Dehydration a Concern During Healthy Aging Awareness Month

Posted by Rayne Water

Aging is not an easy process and sometimes age brings on more problems. Staying healthy and making good choices for your body can ease the burdens and possibly even extend your life. September celebrates Healthy Aging Awareness Month, a time to remember how important drinking safe, quality water can be for aging healthier and to increase awareness on the best products on the market to support healthy aging. Our drinking water systems use the latest technology to ensure that you are satisfied with the taste and reduction in harmful contaminants that could cause other health impairments.
According to one Census Bureau report, “there were 40.3 million people age 65 and older on April 1, 2010, up 5.3 percent from 35 million in 2000.”  With so many seniors living in our country, we are in need of best practices which promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health and increase the attention to our aging American population. When our bodies and medications change, so does our need for better and more drinking water. Seniors are at risk of dehydration more than most other people. This could be due to their bodily functions, physical activity, routine, medications and other variables. For example, increased fiber intake is often recommended for older people to aid with issues of constipation and also increases the need for more water intake. Likewise, it is crucial that you or your aging loved ones understand any medications that have been prescribed because they may be diuretics and will need more fluids to be consumed daily to avoid dehydration. Even slight dehydration can have an impact on a senior. It can lead to fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and reading, and difficulty staying focused. Aside from replacing what is to hydrate the blood and tissues, water also lubricates joints, regulates temperature, and moistens the lungs to allow for breathing. Inadequate water intake over time prevents these processes from occurring, leading to arthritis, sore muscles, heavy breathing, and a higher body temperature.
Compromised immune systems also make drinking water contamination another source of problems for the elderly. Our drinking water systems filter out harmful contaminants so that the water they drink provides all of the necessary benefits for healthy aging and will keep seniors looking and feeling their best. The best benefits of our water filters are clearly the effectiveness in which they remove contamination and the efficiency in which they do so. Our LINX drinking water systems utilize the latest in filtration technology to reduce water waste up to 90% more than traditional reverse osmosis products on the market and can even reduce nitrate and nitrite contamination to non-detect levels. Aging is difficult, but finding a way to have safe drinking water doesn’t have to be. Contact us today to learn more about how our drinking water systems can help support healthy aging and keep you feeling better no matter what your age is.

California Water Woes

Posted by Rayne Water

drinking water, it makes sense to examine how safe this water is.California has been plagued by water concerns over the years, and 2013 has been no different.  The Central Valley has had a prominent place in the news due to the excessively high amount of nitrates in the groundwater and unfortunately it is not the only region in California that is experiencing this problem.  Contaminates can find their way into the ground from several sources, most frequently from, agriculture, septic tanks, industrial plants, leakage from underground storage tanks and other natural sources.
The two most prevalent contaminates found in California groundwater are arsenic and nitrates.  Municipal water supply facilities are mandated to maintain arsenic levels at a minimum, although they are not required to remove it completely.  Arsenic levels are of particular concern for privately owned wells however; western states and most notably California have been identified as areas with high arsenic levels.  According to the EPA, long term human exposure to arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidneys, nasal passages, liver and prostrate.
Due to the massive agriculture industry in the state of California, nitrates have also come under scrutiny in the past several years.  Nitrates can be naturally occurring in the ground; however a major contributor of nitrates found in our drinking water is caused by runoff stemming from fertilizer use.  Exposure to excessive nitrates can also lead to some serious health conditions.  Infants ingesting nitrate contaminated water from formula can become seriously ill and experience shortness of breath and an inability to properly oxygenate blood which leads to “blue baby syndrome”.  Adults with long term exposure to nitrates have a greater risk of cancer, predominantly colorectal cancer.
The only way to remove both nitrates and arsenic is through a drinking water system such as a reverse osmosis or through ion exchange.  Reverse osmosis systems remove both nitrates and Arsenic 5, and an ion exchange system such as a LINX drinking water system removes nitrates as well as Arsenic 3 and Arsenic 5.  If your water source comes from a well, it is extremely important to have your water tested to see what contaminants might be lurking within; arsenic is odorless and tasteless so testing is the only way to discover if it is there.  There are solutions available to remediate water contamination so make sure you are drinking the cleanest and safest water available.