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Monday, May 25, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety



The decision to purchase and use a water filtration system is hopefully the beginning of consumer awareness of the quality of and care for our fresh water sources. By the time a consumer makes that choice to invest in their health, he or she has typically uncovered the poor quality of not only their local water supply, but may have also uncovered larger, farther-reaching concerns regarding the impact of purchasing choices on the global water supply.

An article in this week’s New York Times online introduces us to Stiv Wilson, an environmental advocate who has taken on the battle against microbeads. Microbeads (or, #microplastics) are those miniscule colorful dots contained in toothpaste, hand sanitizers, facial cleansers, and other cosmetic products. But once the product is rinsed away, the beads rinse away with it and end up into our water sources. “By the billions,” according to Rachel Abrams' article. “‘The effect is similar to grinding up plastic water bottles, other products of concern to environmentalists, and pumping them into oceans and lakes. But because microbeads are small enough to be ingested by fish and other marine life, they can carry other pollutants into the food chain.’”

While four states (IL, ME, NJ, and CO) have restricted the use of #microbeads, there is no federal mandate at this time to restrict or ban synthetic particles, or even to require the development and use of biodegradable beads. But consumers can make responsible personal choices, deciding not to purchase or use products that contain microbeads. “Consumers have more outlets than ever to voice concerns about products, particularly online, where a whisper of danger can turn into a roar. Seeing the effect on their sales, manufacturers have increasingly faced pressure to respond to those concerns,” says Ms. Abrams. The only way we can prevent this microscopic plastic pollution in our waters is by insisting the products we buy are responsibly produced.

In the meantime, the use of a solid carbon block filter, such as a Multipure Drinking Water System from #Water2Drink, will effectively remove these particles from your drinking water. All Multipure systems are NSF tested and certified to the submicron level, using both mechanical filtration and electrokinetic adsorption to capture particulate matter. As the water passes through its densely compacted #solidcarbon block filter, particles as small as 0.5 micron are removed.

Look around your house today to see if you can replace or eliminate any products containing microbeads. And we encourage you to contact us at Water2Drink.com if you need help evaluating the best drinking water system.

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The Dirty Dozen

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News


Atrazine Molecule

It’s human nature to discount or ignore issues that are not right in front of us. You pay attention to the bus that cut you off in traffic, but are you thinking about chemical disruptions that may be happening in your body right now?

Endocrine disruptors are hormone-altering chemicals that do exactly as they say: they disrupt important bodily functions that are driven by your #endocrine system. According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website, endocrine disruptors can be responsible for “increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; {and} accumulating in organs that produce hormones.”

Of the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” #endocrinedisruptors, water-borne contaminants are the easiest to avoid by using an NSF-tested and certified water filter. All Multipure Drinking Water Systems are certified by NSF International to reduce the greatest number of #contaminants, including many of those on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. BPA, atrazine, lead, arsenic, mercury, fire retardants, and pesticides are reduced by using a #Multipure Drinking Water System.

If you have questions about the #DirtyDozen, and if you want to learn more about how to reduce your exposure to these and other dangerous contaminants, contact Water2Drink.com today. We can help you determine your exposure and help you decide which Multipure Drinking Water System is right for you.


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All in the Family

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News


This week, we share this video of one family’s story about gaining critical knowledge of their drinking water system, and understanding the importance of knowing the effects of choices that a parent might make. This story hits close to home, as it is told by Jennifer Rice, Executive Vice President of Multipure International, and the President of Multipure’s Pure Foundation.  The Pure Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water and better health to people without access to it.

Jennifer’s story about the health of her child highlights the reason why we at #Water2Drink encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the Multipure family of products.  Each drinking water filtration system is NSF-tested and certified, and each system offers different benefits for our customers.  By talking with you about your personal #waterfiltration needs, Water2Drink.com will help you pinpoint the most effective and economical drinking water system for your family. We can explain how Multipure drinking water systems allow beneficial minerals to remain in the water (excluding the Reverse Osmosis technology), while still providing the greatest reduction of the most contaminants. We can also describe how Multipure offers superior product performance when compared to others on the market, and how the price you pay is reflected in the highest standards of design, certification, and manufacture of your Multipure system.

Our mission at Water2Drink.com is to present helpful information regarding the global water industry and to assist consumers in obtaining local, clean water. There are myriad of factors to consider when choosing the right drinking water filtration system for your health and the health of your loved ones.

Water2Drink is also a family-run business, and we want your #family to be as healthy as ours.  We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Eastern, to answer your questions. 


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Spring Cleaning

Friday, April 3, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News


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Now that the weather has turned to spring over most of the U.S., many people turn their minds to spring cleaning. There is something renewing about opening up windows, letting in the fresh air and sunshine in, and clearing out your space to make room for new, healthy opportunities.

While you may focus on cleaning house, Water2Drink invites you to consider the health of your body, organs, and tissues.  Our bodies are more than 60 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75%, bones are about 22%, and the blood is an astounding 92% water. Keeping your organs in top working condition and preventing toxic buildups in the body can be helped by a simple solution: drink clean, filtered water with fresh lemon.

Drinking water with lemon has a variety of benefits.  Staying hydrated is the most important, but there are others equally as important. Lemons are an #alkaline food when ingested (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once it’s metabolized). Water with lemon helps with weight loss, both because of its alkaline properties and also because of lemon’s high pectin fiber content, which helps fight cravings.  The vitamin C contained in lemon juice can boost your immune system, control blood pressure, helps dissolve uric acid that often is related to joint #inflammation, and cleanse toxins from the blood, which helps to clear the skin. Lemons are also a good source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.

It’s easy to add this simple tonic to your day.  Simply start your day by drawing 8 to 12 ounces of filtered water and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. It’s best to drink this tonic when you first rise, at room temperature or warmed slightly (warm the filtered water in a tea kettle or small saucepan, pour it into a cup, and then add the lemon juice), as ice cold water may hinder the digestive benefits. Drinking freshly filtered drinking water from your tap using a Multipure Drinking Water System gives you convenient, clean, mineral-rich water from your local water source. It also eliminates the need for expensive bottled water and negates the impact of plastic bottles on the environment.

If you are skeptical of the benefits of #lemonwater in the morning, give it a try for a month. It’s a simple way to start your morning and take care of your body at the same time.  Contact Water2Drink.com and tell us how your health improved using a Multipure Drinking Water System. 


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How Exposed Are You?

Friday, March 13, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News



An interesting study came across the Water2Drink.com news desk this week. It is the 2014 Silent Spring Institute’s “Scientists Identify Highest Priority Toxic Chemicals to Target for Breast Cancer Prevention Study Fact Sheet.” This fact sheet gives breast cancer prevention tips by “identifying high-priority chemicals and evaluating tools to measure exposure” to suspected carcinogens.

The measurement methods are called “exposure biomarkers.” They can be used to study cancer risk and assist the public in reducing exposure to known or suspected toxins.  Many chemicals, though, have never been studied because there was no reliable way to measure exposure to carcinogens. Scientists need to track exposures to toxins to determine where they come from and to investigate if exposure reduction efforts make a difference.

The Silent Spring Institute study is easy to read and understand.  The study “evaluated 102 common chemicals that cause mammary tumors in laboratory studies of rodents.”  Many of these chemicals are from gasoline and the petroleum industries. More specifically, the study says “Drinking water can contain mammary carcinogens, such as byproducts of disinfection or solvents that are common well water contaminants.”

While the study provides implications for public health, more importantly it contains a section that addresses how to reduce your personal exposures (#SilentSpring Study, Page 5).  And while this study focuses on #breastcancer, the ways in which to reduce or eliminate the risks could apply to many #cancers. There are many practical and easy steps, such as avoiding fuel and exhaust (petroleum), using ventilation fans, and properly storing solvents and other chemicals. The most significant suggestion is: “Use and maintain a solid carbon block drinking water filter.”

The entire Multipure family of drinking water systems feature a solid carbon block filter that is NSF-tested and certified to the sub-micron level.  A #Multipure Drinking Water System does an amazing job of reducing chloramine, chlorine, disinfection by-products, and dozens of other contaminants, both naturally occurring and man-made.

Your health is our first concern, and by drinking cleaner, healthful water, you can only improve your health.  A Multipure Drinking Water System offers superior quality, innovation, and performance with its solid carbon block filter. Contact Water2Drink today and begin to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.

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Do You Know Your Neighbors?

Friday, March 6, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety



The March 5, 2015, issue of The Atlantic online magazine (theatlantic.com) covers a consequential story about the Rice family outside of Asheville, NC. Bob and Dot Rice bought a piece of property in 1974, built a home there, raised children, and planned for the property to be passed along to their two sons and their children.  The home water source was a local spring a few hundred yards behind the family cabin.

According to the article, “after they moved in, the Rices noticed the water coming out of the spring had a salty taste and smelled musty.”  They could smell a distinct #petroleum smell coming from their well and spring, “especially when it rained. ‘I got used to it,’ Terry Rice said. ‘We checked for bacteria. We didn’t check for chemicals.’”  In 1999, a family friend discovered environmental contamination in the spring, along with barrels from a long-closed factory that once bordered the property.

The contamination came from CTS Corporation, which operated a factory plant that closed in 1986.  The company produced electronic components, and workers there used #TCE, a colorless solvent with a sweet odor.  The article states, “Drinking or breathing high levels of TCE may cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma, and possibly death, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry website. The EPA investigation found that CTS employees were disposing of TCE and other chemicals by pouring them down the drains and letting the chemicals leach into the ground.”  A year after closing the factory, the company sold the property to developers who had the soil at the site tested, but never had the groundwater sampled or tested.  Adding insult to injury, the EPA “had a chance to clean up the site years ago but didn’t. A memo from 1991 shows that federal regulators knew pollution from the former factory threatened the surrounding community’s water and air. But the agency failed to do more testing or even warn residents of potential dangers.”

This type of contamination can be an environmental nightmare.  A wide range of chemicals can contaminate our water, land, or air, which impacts our environment but also our health.  Some pollutants resist breakdown and can accumulate in the #foodchain, being absorbed by fish or wildlife, and then eaten by residents.  Contamination can also impact coastal areas, waterways, surface water sources, and groundwater.  It can be years or decades before the contamination is identified, and even longer for the sites to be cleaned and the water source becomes healthy again, if ever.

To combat environmental contamination, water consumers and home buyers should educate themselves on the surrounding areas. What businesses or industries are or were nearby? Were there #chemicals used in that industry? Has there been environmental testing in the area? Even if your water source is municipal (provided by your city or county), there are many opportunities for water contamination to occur between a water treatment plant and your home. 

We at Water2Drink.com believe you have the power to protect yourself and your family by using a water filtration device such as a Multipure Drinking Water System. The family of #Multipure Drinking Water Systems are NSF-tested and certified to reduce TCE and dozens of other chemical and organic contaminants, including arsenic, metals and cysts. Each Multipure filter Owner’s Manual comes with a Performance Data Sheet that outlines exactly what contaminants the filters are certified to reduce, and to what degree. Most contaminants are reduced more than 99 percent!

The Multipure lifestyle focuses on improving and maintaining your health. Let Water2Drink help you begin the process. Contact us today and find out how Multipure supports a healthy lifestyle.

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Does Your Local School Serve Toxic Water?

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety



California has myriad water woes, and here’s another one to consider. Seven years ago, the local NBC4 I-Team investigated Los Angeles area schools that had children drinking from potentially unsafe water fountains.  The schools had old fountains and pipes made with lead that leached into the drinking water.   Today, thousands of schoolchildren in L.A. are still drinking from these fountains.
 
The NBC4 story states the Los Angeles Unified School District (#LAUSD) would solve the problem by having the water lines to each fountain flushed daily, running the water for a minimum of 30 seconds at the beginning of each school day.  The schools were to keep logs for proof that the lines were flushed.  But a 2013 audit report says one #school was found to have falsified the logs, and an additional six schools claimed they had followed the policy but in fact hadn’t.

Lead leaching from older pipes and fixtures is a chronic problem in older buildings like schools, and this problem can occur in any school district in the country. The problem is exacerbated when communities use chloramine to disinfect their water, which accelerates #lead leaching.  Chloramine is a disinfectant that is formed by mixing chlorine with ammonia.  It is a less effective disinfectant than chlorine, but is longer lasting and stays in the water system as it is transported to the point of use.

The solution? Carry fresh, filtered water from home, using a Multipure Drinking Water System from Water2Drink.  The #Multipure family of drinking water systems are all tested and certified to reduce #chloramine, along with dozens of other contaminants, metals, PCBs, and cysts.  Using a Multipure system for your drinking water costs just $.09 cents a gallon, and provides assurance that you are using a superior water filter in removing or reducing the highest number of contaminants. Water2Drink.com is happy to answer your questions about choosing the best #waterfilter for your family’s needs.

Give your kids a head start by giving them clean, Multipure-filtered water. 

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What Are Your Drinking Water Standards?

Friday, February 13, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety



If your community water system violates drinking water standards, do you trust them when they say “there is nothing you need to do?”

Recently, the town of Wrightsville Beach, NC, experienced a violation of the drinking water standard for #trihalomethanes. While the public notice indicates this is not an emergency, it goes on to list the possible health risks associated with the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, including #cancer.

The town is working with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) to bring the contaminant concentration down and into compliance, and that they “anticipate improvements within three months.” The notice also says the public doesn’t need to boil water or take other corrective actions.  But during that three-month period, and for potentially longer, the public is still exposed to trihalomethanes in their drinking water.  If this happened to your water supply, are you willing to risk your health for three months? 

The only way to ensure your health and the safety of your drinking water is to be proactive.  Using a Multipure Drinking Water System allows you to be in control of the quality of your water source.   The Multipure family of filtration products are NSF-certified to reduce trihalomethanes, the offending contaminant, along with dozens of other #contaminants, cysts, and heavy metals. 

Water2Drink believes the consumer should know exactly what contaminants are reduced by using a #Multipure product.  On our website, Water2Drink.com, we have provided links on each product page to the description, features, documentation, specifications, and “What’s in the Box.”  Simply click on the Products link on our homepage, then click the drinking water system you are researching.  You will find the Performance Data Sheet listed under the “Documentation” tab.

You can’t always trust the water source, but you can trust your Multipure Drinking Water System.

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Your Pet: Merely a Companion, or a Member of the Family?

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety



For many of us, our pets are not just a companion to us. Pet owners often consider their pets to be an actual family member.  Whether four-legged and #furry, or two-legged and feathery, we want to give our family pets the very best lives we can.
 
Pet industry expenditures have skyrocketed more than 200% in the past 20 years. Pet owners spare no expense on nutritious food, high quality #veterinary care, holiday presents, and necessary pharmaceuticals or surgeries.  We devote ourselves to ensuring our pets have a quality of life at least as high as our children or other family members.

When providing for the health, safety and comfort of your pet, have you considered the quality of water you are providing?  Using water from the tap or from a garden hose can expose your #pets to contaminants that pose a threat to their health.  These can include arsenic, cysts, lead, PCBs, and radon.  Tap water may be treated in your community, but your pet will ingest the chemicals used in the water treatment process, such as chlorine and chloramine.  Filling up their outdoor water bowl from the garden hose poses an entirely new level of contamination, as garden hoses can contain hazardous chemicals and metals such as parasites, lead, cadmium, bromine, and bisphenol A. Also, keep in mind that unlike residential fixtures, #gardenhoses and fittings are not regulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act.

You wouldn’t knowingly expose your children or other family members to contaminated water.  Your pet’s health is important as well.  Just as we’d recommend using a drinking water system for your entire family, we strongly advocate giving fresh, filtered water to your furry friends too.  Water2Drink.com can help you choose the filter that will reduce the greatest range of contaminants for all of your family members.

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The Next Generation: Teaching Our Children About Water Resources

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health



As adults, we are able to easily find information about water resources, water efficiency and #conservation. Why not set an example for our next generation, who will be directly impacted by our choices today?

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They are thirsty for knowledge, and they also exhibit compassion for issues that affect them.  Bringing water efficiency and conservation to their attention at a young age can allow them to learn and take ownership of this important resource.  The Environmental Protection Agency has created “Water Sense Kids,” an easily approachable learning tool.  It provides simple examples and promotes water conservation.  It also has a link specifically for educators, which provides program materials to be used alongside the “Water Sense” information.

Water2Drink.com believes the key to a good life is having great #health.  We believe good healthy habits begin in childhood, and drinking plenty of clean, delicious water is a habit that can be easily created in children.  Once your #children are treated to healthful #water, they will most likely choose Multipure-filtered water over other beverages.

Share your belief in clean water with the children in your life.  You will set them on the path to good health for life!

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Raising Awareness of Asbestos

Monday, January 5, 2015 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety



Most Americans know the dangers of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral. Asbestos was heavily used from the 1930’s to the 1970’s as insulation on water or steam pipes, and in floor, ceiling and siding tiles, textured paint and soundproofing materials.  Many people believe asbestos was banned from use in the 1970’s, but a complete ban was decided against by the U.S. #Congress, allowing numerous asbestos-containing products to remain on the market.  Some of these include construction materials, automotive products such as gaskets and brake pads, and asbestos clothing such as gloves and welder’s blankets. 

If you suspect your home contains asbestos, don’t panic.  Older homes often do contain it, but if the material is in good condition and not deteriorating, the best solution is to leave it alone.   Material that is crumbling, or if it has been scraped or sanded, is more likely to create a health hazard.  However, even if your home does not contain #asbestos, it is possible that because asbestos is still in our environment, you are at risk for exposure.

A recent blog post by Adam Lee, who writes for The #Mesothelioma Center, describes how asbestos can be found in our tap water via its use in the cement pipes of water distribution systems around the country.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) screens for and regulates the levels of acceptable contaminant levels, and in 1992 the EPA added asbestos to the list of #contaminants often found in tap water.

Of course the only way to know you are not ingesting asbestos is to filter your drinking water, using a high-quality filter that specifically addresses asbestos as a contaminant.  The Multipure family of water filters are all tested and certified by NSF International, the independent third party that is widely recognized around the world for its expertise in testing and certifying consumer goods for health and safety.  All Multipure Drinking Water Systems are NSF certified to reduce asbestos.

We at Water2Drink.com hope to educate you on the dangers of asbestos, and to reassure you that a simple solution is available.  Contact us today and we can assist you in determining the right Multipure system for your environment.

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Is It Safe to Drink the Water?

Friday, December 19, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News



If you are living in the United States, you probably have never had to ask that question in any restaurant, private home, or business setting. Most Americans believe that the water pouring from their faucets is a reliable source of safe drinking water. Almost no American has ever had to ask, is it safe to drink the water?

Clean, safe public drinking water was not always so available. Public water systems began to be established in the 1800’s, yet the first standards for drinking water were not developed until 1914, and even then the standards only applied to interstate common carriers such as trains, buses, and ships.  A comprehensive article by Professor James Salzman and published by Slate.com states, “In historic terms, the assumption of safe drinking water is a very recent development.” What we now consider safe, uniform drinking water standards weren’t actually put into place until the Clean Water Act of 1972, and with the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974.

However, while these measures certainly deserve recognition, there are still significant challenges ahead for public drinking water delivery systems. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated $384 billion in infrastructure needs ahead to replace aging water mains, which date back to the 1860’s. The SDWA is also faced with “emerging contaminants,” by-products of our modern lifestyle. Newly recognized contaminants from medications, personal care products, and components that act like hormones were unimaginable when our water treatment systems were designed.  Even new contaminants introduced by hydraulic #fracking have not yet been addressed. Therefore, these polluted fluids and #contaminants are not now being addressed by municipal treatment plants.

These infrastructure changes will take incredible amounts of effort, time and money.  Don’t wait for the public infrastructure to “catch up” to what is happening today. Get ahead of these potential health hazards and filter your own water at the point of use.  #Water2Drink recommends industry-leader Multipure International as the high-quality, reasonable-cost manufacturer.  As these newly emerging contaminants affect our water supply, Multipure is constantly pursuing improvements to their solid carbon block filter to address these concerns. Water2Drink.com is here to help you decide which filter will provide the protection you need.

As 2014 draws to a close, we at Water2Drink.com would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a healthy and hydrated Holiday Season, and a prosperous New Year!

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Is Your Filtered Water Cloudy?

Friday, November 21, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Products, Water Safety



It’s that time of year again, when the snow is blowing, the wind is howling, and your water is… cloudy?

Probably the single most asked question we get in the wintertime from our customers is, “Why is my filtered water cloudy?”  Water can be cloudy for two reasons, one that is benign and one that can be very bad.
 
The benign answer is:  it’s just air.  If you are using a high quality point-of-use water filter, such as a Multipure Drinking Water System, you may be surprised to see cloudy or milky-looking water coming from your filter.  This most often occurs when the water is cold (coming from cold ground water or being transported underground through cold pipes).  One of the properties of water is its ability to dissolve gasses, including #air.  Cold water is denser than warm water, and therefore it is capable of holding more dissolved gasses.  The cloudiness or milkiness is simply dissolved air.  You can test this by filtering a glass of water and letting it set on the counter for a moment or two. The cloudiness (air) will dissipate upwards from the bottom of the glass, leaving a glass of clear filtered water.
 
Why is this not considered turbidity?  Turbidity is the measure of relative clarity of a liquid, or of how much material may be suspended in water and how that material decreases the passage of light through the water.  Turbidity refers to how clear water is, and indicates the presence of total suspended solids.  When solids are present in water, this indicates the water is not clear of particulate matter, and these solids may also be contaminants of great health concern.   An article on Waterontheweb.org states, “turbidity adds real costs to the treatment of surface water supplies used for drinking water since the #turbidity must be virtually eliminated for effective disinfection (usually by chlorine in a variety of forms) to occur.  Particulates may also provide attachment sites for heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, and many toxic organic contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs and many pesticides.”
 
Of course, you must use a quality water filtration system such as a #Multipure filter to remove particulates and contaminants.  But just how does this filtration work?  For contaminants having a physical size, the solid carbon block filter provides mechanical filtration on a submicron level to remove particulates and bad tastes.  It also employs electrokinetic adsorption to attract and control charged particles.  Almost any carbon filter can reduce chlorine and address taste and odor problems.  The Multipure solid carbon block technology goes well beyond aesthetic improvements to remove the broadest array of #contaminants, including turbidity.  Each product in the Multipure family is provided with a Performance Data Sheet that details NSF’s product certification data and contaminant reduction test results.
 
Water2Drink.com sells only Multipure Drinking Water Systems, the highest performance water filtration systems, which lead the industry in innovation and improving filter performance.  We at Water2Drink.com are here to answer all your water questions and help you select the right filter for your needs.

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Should I Be Drinking Coconut Water?

Friday, November 7, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News



You can’t pick up a fitness magazine or read an online article that doesn’t tout the benefits of coconut water. Even non-athletes buy into the claim that #coconutwater is full of electrolytes, potassium and other nutritional benefits.

But is it all just marketing?  A recent article from Time.com asked the experts, and four out of five agreed that there are other factors to consider.  Coconut water can have as much sugar as a banana, even an unsweetened version, but have none of the beneficial fiber. 

Fluid loss during strenuous exercise is common, and can result in stress, impaired cognition and cardiovascular function, increased fatigue, and impaired #exercise performance. Following the recommendations for fluid intake before, during, and after exercise is particularly important.  But unless you are an elite #athlete, carbohydrate/electrolyte sports drinks are not necessarily the beverage to choose for rehydration.  A 2012 study funded by a coconut water manufacturer (Vita Coco) found little difference in hydration after a workout by drinking water, coconut water, or a sports drink.  On page 7 of the study, under “Results: Performance Data,” the study concludes that “no significant difference… was noted in total exercise time between bottled water… coconut water from concentrate… and sport drink… .”

Fresh, clean water is the most suggested fluid for general fitness enthusiasts.  If you don’t want to pay for expensive, exotic water from a coconut, we recommend a Multipure water filtration system.  Water2Drink.com offers the entire #Multipure family of products, from the Aquamini travel version, to the AquaRO, a full reverse osmosis system, and everything in between, including the Aquaperform which reduces #arsenic as well.  For just 9 cents a gallon, you can have fresh, filtered water at your fingertips for post workout hydration, food preparation, and ice.

Crack the coconut nutritional myths, and contact Water2Drink.com to help you choose which Multipure system makes sense for you. 

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Transmittable Viruses and Pathogens

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water Safety


Cryptosporidium

It’s impossible to ignore the news about the first-ever emergence of the Ebola virus here in the United States. Citizens are quite concerned with the potential to be infected with this rare and deadly virus.

While #Ebola is certainly a grave illness, at this time it is unlikely that the majority of people in the U.S. will come into contact with the virus.  However, there are numerous other non-viral, waterborne parasites that can infect all citizens, even within a treated municipal water delivery system.

For example, the Cryptosporidium pathogen can cause the diarrheal illness cryptosporidiosis. Cryptosporidium is not passed along by insects, but is transmitted by hardy cysts that can be ingested and that result in gastrointestinal infection and illness.  Cryptosporidium can survive for long periods outside a host, and is resistant to common disinfectants including chlorine-based disinfectants.  High concentrations of chlorine disinfection is required to inactivate #Cryptosporidium.  Generally, the required levels of chlorine preclude the use of this #disinfection method as a reliable method to control it in drinking water.

Other microbial pathogens (microorganisms capable of causing disease) such as Giardia, Entamoeba, and Toxoplasma can be transmitted by fecal contamination of surface waters used as drinking water sources, or by other exposures such as touching contaminated soil or eating unwashed fruits and vegetables.

The good news is you can easily protect yourself.  All #Multipure Water Filtration Systems have been NSF tested and certified for 99.95 and over reduction percentage levels of these waterborne microbial cysts.  In addition, a Multipure system will also reduce the chlorine-based disinfectants that are used by municipal water treatment plants. You can check the reduction levels of all contaminants on our Water2Drink website.  The Product Page for each water filtration system contains a link to the Performance Data Sheet which contains that information.  Use your Multipure filtered water for drinking, washing foods, ice cubes, boiling foods, or for any ingestible use.

While #viral and bacterial filtering is still being developed and may be available in the future, you can be assured today that your water is the freshest, cleanest water possible by using a Multipure Water Filtration System. 

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Are You Exposed to PCE?

Friday, October 10, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News, Water Safety



A recent article in The Washington Post brings to light a new example of neurotoxin exposure in the environment.

Tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, was used by New England’s water utilities to line the insides of water pipes in the late 1960’s.  PCE has been linked to increased risk for stillbirths and other pregnancy complications. PCE is widely used in the dry cleaning industry also, so it may be of concern for many other citizens as well.  The toxin has been linked to mental illness, breast cancer risks, and some birth defects.
 
Unfortunately, PCE was not only found in the New England area.  Contamination has been found on military bases across the country as well, along with water systems in Pennsylvania and California.
 
There is a simple solution to address this problem:  use a Multipure Drinking Water System at your sink or point-of-use water supply to filter your drinking water.  Multipure filters are NSF tested and certified under NSF/ANSI Standard 53 Health Effects to reduce the widest array of water contaminants of health concern of any filter on the market, including PCE. You can find a confirming Performance Data Sheet on our Water2Drink website that will give you the list of all contaminants that are addressed by using a Multipure water filter.
 
If you would like to learn more about PCE, the Environmental Protection Agency has information on their website as well.  Click here for more information about health effects and the EPA’s drinking water regulations.
 
#stillbirth #pregnancy #contamination #Water2Drink #Multipure #PCE #EPA

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The (Water) Fountain of Youth

Friday, October 3, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News



Your search for the elusive Fountain of Youth could be as close as your kitchen sink.

Water is a critical life element for our body. Our organs cannot function properly when the body is not adequately hydrated, because water is taken from other places within the body to combat dehydration. This can lead to sunken skin, increased acne, and weakened muscles and joints.

A recent article on modernsalon.com includes a case study in which the Daily Mail U.K. writer Sarah Smith asks, “What would happen if I drank the recommended amount every day for a month?”  The article includes a before and after picture of Ms. Smith, who concluded she looked 10 years older in her before picture. Dark under-eye shadows, blotches, and lackluster skin all disappeared in just 30 days. 

Are you looking for a healthy, easy way to look younger? What would you be willing to do to take 10 years off your face? How about nourishing your body with fresh, clean drinking water? We can help to provide the water if you are willing to take the challenge. A Multipure water filtration system will give you the healthy water you need for your challenge.  The rest is up to you!  Just drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water each day and see what happens. 

Water2Drink would love to feature your Fountain of Youth challenge on a future blog post. Send us your before and after photos and the type of Multipure water filter that you use.  Be sure to let us know what you think of your results!  You can send your comments and photos to us at info@Water2Drink.com.


#fountainofyouth #lookyounger #30daychallenge #water2drink #Multipure
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What Are You Made Of?

Friday, August 29, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health



We hear all the time about how much water a person should drink. But have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped drinking water?

The creators of AsapScience, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, have weekly videos that help to understand the science of your own life.  Their “Weekly Dose of Science” video called "What If You Stopped Drinking Water" explains how we would begin to feel as the effects of dehydration take over our bodies.
 
“Much like the desire to breath oxygen, thirst is a survival instinct,” according to the AsapScience video.  With H2O being the most abundant molecule in our bodies, it performs important functions such as carrying nutrients and hormones, regulating body temperature, cushioning our joints and providing lubrication.  These functions produce about 1.5 liters of urine a day, which is essential for the body to replace before it begins shutting down.

While the body can exist many days without food, within one to two days of no fluids the effects of dehydration can seriously impact the body.  Within three to five days, our organs and brain shut down.

The body needs water.  It is possible to replace fluids with any substance containing water, such as soda, tea, or even some foods; however, clean water is the essential element that the body can best assimilate, as our bodies are made up of about 65 percent water. 

While NASA is figuring out how to turn urine into clean drinking water, you may want to just filter your home tap water.  Multipure makes a water filter for almost every environment, and we here at Water2Drink.com are able to help you determine which one is right for you. 

Watch the video. Learn the science. Honor your body. Drink clean water!


#survivial #cleanurine #dehydration #science #NASA
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The Heat Is On!

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News



Now that we are in the heat of summer, many people think that consuming sports or energy drinks will provide replacement electrolytes and nutrients lost through sweating or sports activities. In fact, these drinks are extremely high in sugar and are particularly marketed within sporting events.  For example, among sponsors of the World Cup currently being held in #Brazil, Coca Cola is an official corporate partner of #FIFA, and McDonald’s is an official sponsor of the #WorldCup.

Marketing messaging gives the impression that these drinks, though high in sugar, could support an active, healthy lifestyle.  As with other health products, you should educate yourself on the content of these drinks, and the effect sugar consumption has on the body.  Some of the energy drinks contain between 60 and 70 grams of #sugar in a single bottle.

Additionally, research shows that liquid calories are known to be less satiating than solid calories and fill you up less.  This can set up a cycle of overindulging on sugary beverages as the body searches for nutrients and hydration.

Unless you are an elite athlete, the best hydrating beverage for the body is fresh, filtered water.  Replacing sugary drinks with water reduces your sugar intake and cuts your risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Consider the critical role water plays in your body, and find out here how much water your body needs for digestion, body temperature regulation, and other important functions.

For summer fun, keep cool and hydrate with fresh, clean water from Water2Drink.com!

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Drink Water for Life!

Friday, June 20, 2014 - Posted by Water2Drink, in Health, Water News



Do you realize just how important drinking water is to the efficient functioning of a healthy human body? It is estimated that your body consists of 60% to 75% water. So much of your health and how you feel is related to the quality and quantity of water you consume. Listen to Deanna DeLong, a self-proclaimed “water advocate,” present the “Drink Water For Life” story in a highly informative YouTube video that outlines the virtues of drinking enough water.
 
You can view the video by clicking on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=833lbjUejFM

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