Water It Down
Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S....after
soft drinks. This is a scary statistic, since sugary soda is a big
health hazard, increasing the risk of obesity, stroke, and other
heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people
choose to drink water instead, which doesn't have any negative side
effects. So, this new year, put the sugary stuff to the side and
make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are
endless. (Just take a read!)
- Fluid balance. Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of
water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body's fluid balance,
which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body
temperature, digest food, and more.
- Calorie control. Forget other diet tricks-drinking water could also
weight loss, according to WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water?page=2).
, Numerous studies have found a connection between water
consumption and losing a few pounds. The secret reason? Water
simply helps people feel
full, and as a result consume fewer calories.
- Muscle fuel. Sweating
at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the
muscles don't have enough water, they get tired. So for extra
energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of
- Clearer skin. Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to
inflame, which results in clogged pores. Water can help flush out
toxins and decrease occurrence of acne.
- Kidney function. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily,
sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet,
enough fluids to clear away what we don't need in the body.
Let's drink to that!
- Productivity boost. In order to really focus,
glass of water could help people concentrate and stay
refreshed and alert.
- Fatigue buster. Move over coffee-water can help fight those tired
eyes. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is
tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big gulp! (Not the
7 Eleven kind.)
- Hangover help. If alcohol has got the best of you, help a
hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop
that pounding headache.
- Pain prevention. A little water can really go a long way. Aching
muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is
- Keep things flowing. Nobody wants to deal with
digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water
adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, ahem,
- Sickness fighter. Water may help with
decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when
feeling under the weather.
- Brain boost. A study in London found a link between students bringing water
into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes
clearer thinking. While it's unclear if drinking the
water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn't hurt to
try it out!
So, What is Your Action Plan?
The amount of water people need per day is
up for debate, but studies suggest adults need nine to 16 cups
of H2O. This number, however, varies depending on activity level,
age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or
water-rich veggies and fruit.
Here's how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass
of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any
big meal. (This will help control
appetite, too.) Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on
hand at all times. And spice up those taste buds with a squeeze of
citrus to the glass! Before you know it, all the benefits of water
will be right at your fingertips…. and in your body.
Investing in a Culligan water treatment solution (http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/)
is proof that one small change can have a big impact on your home's
quality, and the quality of life of the people in your home.
Besides the many benefits
of drinking more water, having fresher, filtered water in your
house can improve appliance efficiency, cut down on cleaning time,
reduces wear and tear on plumbing, and contributes in a variety of
other ways around the house.
Here are some additional ways that soft water can benefit your
- With a Culligan water softener, your silverware and glassware are
cleaner and shinier.
- Your hair and skin feels softer, cleaner and smoother with water
treated by a water softener.
Hard water treated with a water softener greatly reduces housework
by eliminating the formation of soap curd.
Hard water made soft through a water softener restores the rich
lathering of your soaps and shampoos, thus reducing the usage and
costs of these products by 75%.
Fabrics are also softer without hard minerals becoming trapped in
them. Fabrics last longer and whites stay white without the dingy
gray caused by hard water. Having your water softened will provide
softer, brighter clothes and will extend their life as well!
Soft water also preserves the life of all water using appliances
such as coffee and ice makers, dishwashers, and clothing washers.
According to Consumer Reports, a water heater protected by a
Culligan water softening system will also reduce the yearly energy
cost of that appliance by 22%-29%.
Having a water softener in the home reduces greenhouse gases
equivalent to removing one SUV from the road for one year. (Source:
So, call your local Culligan Man today to get an expert
recommendation about which product is best for your household.
Water isn’t just about staying hydrated during the dry, cold months of winter. It is truly an essential component to our overall self care from our skin to our energy level to our organs. Here are some important reasons to keep the water flowing this winter season:
- CLEARER SKIN
Bodies that don’t consume enough water have a tendency toward break-outs on the skin. Drinking water helps remove impurities from our bodies. If we don’t drink enough water, these impurities have to find a new escape route… like our pores! This reason to drink more water will help you have clearer, healthier skin this winter.
- BETTER DIGESTION
Consuming plenty of water each day helps our bodies digest the food we eat much more easily. During the winter months and holidays, many of us gain a few extra pounds. Drinking water can also reduce weight gain by helping our bodies properly process the food we consume. Drinking ice cold water is even said to help burn calories!
Did you know that the number one cause of daytime fatigue is dehydration? If you are one of those people who must have a caffeine blast mid-day, you just might be dehydrated. Without ample amounts of water, our bodily functions slow down and use up extra energy. This reason to drink more water will help you feel better during the cloudy, dreary days this winter.
- FIGHT WEIGHT GAIN
Many times, our brains misinterpret thirst for hunger, causing us to eat unnecessarily. If you feel hungry around snack-time or shortly after a meal, try drinking a tall glass of water before grabbing a snack.
Drinking more water will help to detoxify your body. Drinking water helps push impurities and waste through our bodies in order to keep us healthy and energized. As one of the best reasons to drink more water, this is especially important during the winter months when we have a tendency to be more sedentary.
- HEALTHIER & BRIGHTER SKIN
When we don’t drink enough water, our skin becomes dehydrated just like our bodies do. Dehydrated skin has a dull, scaly appearance that can be avoided by consuming plenty of water each day. Dull skin can be even more of a problem during the winter months due to the weather. The harsh, cold winter air can chap our skin and the dry air from the heaters in our homes can dehydrate and further dull our complexions.
- WATER LOSS
Just because you don’t sweat as much during the winter months as you do during the summer does not mean that your body isn’t losing water. During the winter, water vapor escapes from our bodies through our breath. Drinking water in the winter helps seal in the crucial hydration necessary to fight off sickness and boost immune systems.
So, stop what you are doing and grab a tall glass of water! It’s just what your body needs.
Source: Women’s Health, 2014; WebMD, 2014
Reverse osmosis (commonly known as "RO") serves as a great (and
simple) solution for purifying water and removing foreign
What is "RO"?
Reverse osmosis is a
process that forces water through specialized membranes and exerts a
certain amount of pressure on it to remove foreign contaminants,
solid substances, large molecules and minerals. Reverse osmosis is
a water purification system used around the world to help improve
water for drinking, cooking and other important uses.
What are the health benefits?
RO water is likely to contain fewer contaminants. Although
contaminants may not be in your water, lead can be relatively
common out of most taps. Especially in areas where the water pipes
and infrastructure are old and are in need of repair. Too much lead
in your body can lead to increased blood pressure, reduced
fertility and nerve damage. Lead toxicity can also cause brain
damage and anemia in children. An RO system is also great for
filtering out parasites such as cryptosporidium, which is a common
contaminant in lakes and rivers. Cryptosporidium infection leads to
stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.
It tastes better!
Taste is obviously very subjective, but RO water is usually
rated as better tasting than tap water by people who directly
compare the two in blind taste tests, according to the National
Rural Water Association. Lead, iron, nitrates, sulfur-based
compounds and various chemical residues often make tap water
unpalatable. The removal of these substances by reverse osmosis can
give drinking water a cleaner or fresher taste.
What works best for
Every household and business is different. Your
local Culligan Man can test your water for free, and customize a
multi-stage reverse osmosis system that meets the needs of your
individual water. Call today!
The temperatures are dropping, it's getting dark early and the
air is dry, dry, dry! Winter is fast approaching.
Did you know dehydration happens just as easily in winter as in
the heat of summer? As we move around in the cold air, we may
not be sweating, but water vapor is still being lost through our
breath (that's the steam we see coming from your mouth in frigid
Winter can also accelerate dehydration because we have a
survival mechanism that constricts blood vessels in cold weather,
to conserve heat and maintain body temperature. As our blood
vessels shrink, our blood pressure increases. To lower the
pressure, our kidneys produce more urine. These more frequent trips
to the bathroom can put us at a greater risk of dehydration.
Winter Dehydration is Hard on Our Health and
Winter or summer, dehydration can cause exhaustion, muscle
fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke. When
dehydrated, we can also become more susceptible to winter colds and
flu as our immune system is not getting the water it needs to stay
Not drinking enough water can also make it harder to keep extra
pounds off during the shorter days when we tend to exercise less
and eat more. When hydrated, our bodies are better able to break
down the fat we need to boost energy and control our appetites.
(It's important to note that we often think we are hungry when we
are really just thirsty). Also, if we don't drink an adequate
amount of water, our bodies hold onto the water on our insides, so
sufficient hydration is key to avoiding fluid retention.
Hot or Cold, Drink More Water Through the
- Aim to
drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces - for
example, a 140-pound woman should aim to drink 70 ounces of water
per day. A great solution is to have bottled water delivered to your home and on-hand so you have a
visual reminder to hydrate regularly!
- Balance out diuretics with water. Caffeine
and alcohol are diuretics (they cause more water loss through
urine) so when drinking either, drink just as much water to balance
the dehydrating effect. Try drinking decaffeinated coffee or tea as
- Water-based foods count! Fruits and
vegetables are a natural source of water, along with valuable
vitamins and minerals. Soups too, of course!
back on sodium. Salty foods can make you excessively
thirsty and can also lead to bloating.
before, during and after exercise. This is harder
because when it's cold outside you may not sweat much or feel too
thirsty. But it's necessary to avoid dehydration!
This winter, keep the water flowing and stay on top of your
health. Schedule an appointment with your Culligan Man today and start hydrating!
Source: TrueLemon, 2014
The answer is: not necessarily. It is not uncommon for people to drink tap water laced with 20 or 30 chemical contaminants. The pollutants derive from a wealth of sources, including agriculture, factory discharges, consumer products, urban runoff and wastewater treatment plants. In fact, over 300,000 groundwater sites in the U.S. are contaminated.
The simple (or perhaps complicated) truth is that there are contaminants in our water that our natural senses cannot detect. They may go unnoticed by sight or smell, however they can impair bodily functions in our eyesight, livers and kidneys and cause other serious health risks such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.
It may be years before you even realize that you are in danger of contaminated water so it is critical to have your water analyzed by your local Culligan Man
Should you have water contaminants (see list below), you can review filtration and sanitation solutions here: http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/solution-center/
. By simply clicking on the issues that have been uncovered in your water analysis, you can quickly determine which product(s) will help your water get back on a safe and clean track.
Some common waterborne contaminants include:
- Iron & Sulfur Bacteria
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention); EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
With the recent occurrence of some of the more serious droughts in recent US history, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about how a potential water shortage could affect their lives. Many are seeking solutions for water conservation, both in and outside of their home or business.
It is essential for each and every one of us to rethink our daily water use. Here are some additional tips and recommendations that could save your household (and the environment) thousands of gallons of water annually:Kitchen:
- Only run the dishwasher when full
- Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher
- Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute
- Soak pots and pans instead of running water while you scrape them clean
- Use a compost rather than the garbage disposal and save gallons each time
- Rinse fruits and vegetables in a pan of water and re-use that water to soak the plants!
- Install low-flow shower heads – this saves 2.5 gallons!
- Take 5-minute showers instead of 10 minute shower to save gallons…
- Fill the bathtub up only half way
- Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving to save up to 10 gallons/day
- Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month
- Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month
- Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and save up to 25 gallons/each time you water
- Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street to save 15-12 gallons/each time you water
- Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. This will save you 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.
Efficiency is also key to water conservation. With patented smart technology that makes water softeners up to 46% more efficient than other softeners, Culligan’s Aqua-Sensors ®can be integral to your household or business water conservation solution: http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/high-efficiency/Source: http://saveourh2o.org