So, we know that greens are good for us¬†and why; but what makes the sunny side of the fruit bowl so nutritious? ¬†
Sunny and Scrumptious!
So much of our favorite fresh, delicious produce comes in the glorious colors of the sunrise and sunset. ¬†From the cheery, zingy looks of citrus and the warm hue of mango and peaches, to the rich autumnal glow of squash and bright buttery corn — it all looks and tastes great! ¬†
What‚Äôs in Them?
So what exactly is packed into these brilliantly-colored foods that makes them so good for us? ¬†
Did you know that there is a really easy way to find out whether your body is properly hydrated or not? ¬†
Give Yourself a Pinch!
Your skin‚Äôs elasticity is a brilliant indicator of how well hydrated you really are. ¬†To test, pinch the skin on the back of your hand and let go. If it snaps back into place and returns to normal immediately, then congratulations, you‚Äôre hydrated! ¬†
If it doesn‚Äôt and your skin maintains the “pinched” shape for a couple of seconds, then don‚Äôt ignore it; you need to drink more water. ¬†If your skin ‚Äď your body‚Äôs biggest organ ‚Äď isn‚Äôt properly hydrated, then what about the vital internal organs that you can‚Äôt see? ¬†
Three students from Washington DC, Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff, collectively known as S3 Trio, have been named as the only East Coast finalists in the NASA “OPSPARC” Challenge for coming up with an innovative way of cleaning up lead-contaminated drinking water. ¬†
S3 Trio¬†at Work
The all-female team identified that water from public school fountains often contained impurities, putting the health of students at risk. ¬†
‚ÄúOur product will purify public school systems’ water by detecting impurities such as chlorine, copper, and bromine.‚ÄĚ¬†~ S3 Trio¬†
The dynamic 11th graders opted for a community project, working on the serious health issues posed …
Let‚Äôs not beat around the bush. ¬†If we ignore for a moment all the important benefits of hydrogen alkaline water and look purely at the issue of filtration, it‚Äôs no secret that there are cheaper ways to filter your water than with a water ionizer. ¬†
At some point, many people consider buying a jug filter. ¬†Pitchers are cheap and easy to use, but how do they really compare? ¬†
Putting You in The Pitcher
Even the most high-end and technically advanced filter pitchers have only a tiny proportion of the capabilities of a water ionizer. ¬†They remove some impurities from your water and make it taste better, but quite …
Back in 2016, French multinational corporation Saint-Gobain ‚Äėfessed up to releasing carcinogenic chemicals from its premises in Merrimack, New Hampshire, causing private wells in the area to become contaminated though the local groundwater. ¬†
Bottled Water Hand-Out
Following the spill, bottled water was provided to residents with a private well within a one-mile radius of the plant, which meant supplying around 400 properties with bottled water. ¬†
The state gave Saint-Gobain strict deadlines to fix the problem, requiring the 350-year old corporation to conceive, design and install a water treatment solution to clean up the contamination.
A Satisfactory Solution?
Flash forward to March 2018, and state officials have reached ‚Äúa monumental agreement‚ÄĚ¬†to ensure …
Free Radicals might sound like the kind of band name you and your buddy, that guy with the keyboard and the bad perm, might have chosen back in the 80‚Äôs. ¬†
It‚Äôs true to say that free radicals sound a lot cooler than they really are. Existing virtually everywhere in the modern world, free radicals are impossible to avoid. ¬†To labor the 80‚Äôs band theme again, like an aging rock star who has lived a wild and toxic life on the road: free radicals are unstable, slightly unhinged molecules trying to hook up with a nice, calming electron to stabilize them and settle down with.
Most of us know how it feels to become temporarily thirsty, and then slaking that thirst with a long, cool drink that restores our bodies to a healthily hydrated state again. ¬†This common type of dehydration is known as temporary dehydration.
Thirst Doesn‚Äôt Come First
It‚Äôs worth noting that although we‚Äôre sometimes guilty of waiting until we feel thirsty to drink, thirst isn‚Äôt one of the early warning signs of dehydration. ¬†By the time we feel thirsty, our bodies are already experiencing other signs of dehydration, such as needing to urinate less and having a dry or sticky mouth. ¬†
Chronic dehydration is more serious. ¬†Known to occur as a …
Look, don‚Äôt shoot the messenger, but there‚Äôs something else to worry about in America‚Äôs water. ¬†
Bosses at coal-burning power plants country-wide are required to file reports with the Environmental Protection Agency this month, looking into the toxins that are being released into groundwater from vast, unlined “ponds” containing coal ash and debris.
“Coal ash ponds need to be addressed as potential environmental and human health issues.”
~ Avner Vengosh,¬†Professor¬†of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
Coal Ash Court Cases
130 million tons of coal ash is produced each year. ¬†Arsenic, Chromium-6, mercury and radium are just a few of the dangerous substances potentially leaching into the water supply. ¬†…
It‚Äôs almost funny. ¬†The FDA is militant about not allowing perfectly edible and delicious unpasteurized Camembert and many other legendary cheeses into the country, but it is far more laid back when it comes to the controversial chemical BPA ‚Äď linked to low birth weight and certain types of cancer.
According to the FDA, unlike a decent wheel of Brie de Meaux, BPA is “probably alright in very small doses.”¬† We‚Äôre paraphrasing here, by the way, but you get the gist.
“Probably alright in very small doses” is fine when you‚Äôre talking about certain things. ¬†Cleaning your teeth with the kids‚Äô toothpaste for a day because you‚Äôve run …
So, we‚Äôve laid bare the extortionate cost¬†of bottled water and highlighted the practice of selling tap water in bottles at a hugely inflated profit. ¬†Persuading people to buy filtered tap water in a bottle with a slick label is quite a coup for the drinks industry. ¬†
BPA is Here to Stay?
But it‚Äôs not just the ever-rising cost to both your pocket and to the environment. ¬†Bottled water is problematic in other ways as well.
“Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every system in our bodies. ¬†They can affect ovulation, and increase our risk of hormonally driven problems like PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.”