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Staying Hydrated During a Drought

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As we all know, there’s a drought going on in Southern California. Local water monitors come through residential neighborhoods looking for culprits, boat owners can’t put in local lakes due to their shallowness, and signs are up everywhere pleading people to cut back on their water use. But humans need water to live, it’s a fact. So how do you drink enough water to stay hydrated while also contributing to lessen your water use during this drought? Here are a few tips to doing just that.

  1. Buy a filtering water bottle and stop buying bottled water. Firstly, some bottles leak chemicals from plastics, so you don’t really know what’s in your water. Secondly, the actual water itself can come from many different sources, so you don’t know what you’re putting in your body. And lastly, buying bottled water is not eco-friendly. 100 bottles= more trash than 1 BPA-free bottle re-used 100 times. It’ll also help you to drink more water if you carry a bottle everywhere.
  2. Drink a glass or two of water with every meal. Experts say that most of the time when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty/dehydrated. So use that filtered water bottle you’re about to buy and fill it up a couple times before, during, and after your meal.
  3. Make sure you hydrate properly before, during, and after a workout. It’s hot out, and if you’re running outside you’re going to need to drink enough water to replenish your body’s 70% H2O makeup. It’s also a fact that drinking water helps to flush out the lactic acid in your muscles after a workout. So grab some water and drink up so that you aren’t as sore tomorrow.

Filtercon Technologies provides you with two great ways to save water and money while staying hydrated during this drought. Firstly, we have two different filtering water bottles that you can carry with you anywhere. One is from BPA-free and includes a carbon filter that takes out chlorine. The other is a stainless steel bottle that filters out bacteria. The other way that you can save money, water, and help your family stay healthy is to buy a whole house water filtration system for your home. It feeds filtered water to all of the pipes in your house while also re-using the water it backwashes with.

To find out more information, visit our website at http://www.filtercon.com or call our office at our toll-free number (800)-550-1995.

BPA. How Does it Really Affect Us?

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Have you ever wondered what’s in those water bottles that you hear about being detrimental to your health but that everyone uses? It’s BPA, or Bisphenol A. But what does that really mean and how does it affect our bodies?

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Well, BPA is an industrial chemical that disrupts hormone messages. It’s been used since 1960 to make certain plastics; water bottles, baby bottles, toys, and some consumer goods. Some canned goods not only contain this harmful plastic but also include resin in its deadly composition. It increases estrogen and decreases testosterone. It can seep into your foods and beverages and affects babies the most because of their small body systems. This is very bad because babies need hormones to grow correctly, and BPA blocks them. It has also been linked to Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancers.

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Discourse on BPA is highly controversial. But would you take a chance on your health or the health of your family? These days many bottles are required to be labeled if they contain traces of BPA.  If you see a recycling symbol on a bottle, you should check for its density. #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), and #5 PP(polypropylene) are safe to use. But most water bottles are made out of #1 density. They are intended for a single usage, but it is common for people to reuse plastic bottles even after one use.  If you see a water bottle with the #7 recycling symbol, you should probably not drink from it. Reports have said that these water bottles “may” leak BPA. But again, you should always ask yourself if you want to take those kinds of risks for your health…

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If you are one of those people that use water bottles from the grocery store frequently or switch out using different water bottles that you haven’t checked for BPA (when you bought it, it should say on the label), then you should think about getting a reusable, BPA-free bottle. Filtercon Technologies has one that not only is BPA-free, but also filters chlorine out of water so that city drinking water is better for your health. If you want to know more about BPA-free materials or Filtercon’s water bottle, check it out on the website http://www.filtercon.com.

Filtercon Technologies is a full-line water filtration company. We have systems for your faucets, under-the sink, or your whole house! Call 800-550-1995 to learn more or visit our website http://www.filtercon.com

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How Bottled Water is Exaserbating the California Drought

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The good state of California only has so many reservoirs in its groundwater that can be tapped and used for drinking water. Some of these reservoirs are used for the biggest cities, like L.A., San Francisco, and San Diego, as city water that comes through their tap. But other reservoirs lie underneath land bought by bottled water companies like Nestlé and Crystal Gyser. These companies not only take the water underneath the land below them, they also suck up water from entire communities surrounding them. Then those companies sell it back to the people in that community for a profit! What they’re doing isn’t just unfair, it’s environmentally destructive. California’s drought has snowballed into our current situation over the past few decades, and this year it’s getting its worst statistics yet. The bottled water industry is doing nothing to change its course of action because, as CEO of Nest says, “It is a good civic responsibility to provide hydration and bottled water to the public.”

Although we agree that the public should be hydrated, bottled water is not the best path to making this happen. Firstly, most plastic water bottles that are used by companies in the industry have BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic compound based from carbon that doesn’t change form when it comes in contact with water and is clear and tough. So all of these chemicals from the plastics used to make “disposable” water bottles are going into your body.

How can you help stop harmful chemicals from coming into your body while also ceasing bottled water companies from hurting California’s natural resources? The answer is simple, buy a BPA-free, filtering water bottle. By reusing a chemical-free water bottle that filters out the bad chemicals in your city water, you’re not only helping the environment, you’re creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Check out our BPA-free, filtering water bottle that takes the toxins out of approx. 40 gallons of water. Equal to about 300 uses before you have to change the filter!

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Reducing Water Pollution

It’s inevitable that every system and process on Earth results in some sort of pollution. But thanks to an increase in education about water pollution, presently this is a growing concern. The definition of water pollution is a change in the quality of water, whether it be chemical, physical, or biological. Effects pollution can be harmful to those drinking or using it and particularly dangerous to humans.

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Water pollution, ironically enough, mostly stems from human impact. Oil tankers and mines contribute greatly to water pollution. Other human sources include factories or sewage treatment plants.

How do can you tell if the water near you is polluted? Well, you can’t tell just by looking at it. The only sure way is to scientifically test a small sample. Many companies, like Filtercon for example, offer test kits to test your water at home for water pollution.

Here are some simple thing you can do in your life to prevent water from being polluted:
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Non-Toxic Products
Rainwater can wash unsafe substances into nearby rivers, oceans, and other bodies of water. For this reason, try buying products that are not harmful to the environment. This includes BPA-free bottles, artificial air fresheners and disinfectants, chemical fertilizers, and flame retardants. You can find products that aren’t harmful to the environment in most local stores. If you use toxic products, simply dispose of them correctly (take them to hazardous waste sites) so they do not cause water pollution. Make sure that you aren’t dumping chemicals down the drain and check out your city’s local hazardous waste dropoff site.

Motor Oil and Cooking Oil
A good practice is not to allow your car to drip motor oil on the ground. Contact your local waste site and ask them when you can dispose of it properly to them. The same goes for cooking oil and paint, it’s a good idea not to put it down faucet. Many restaurants have a grease bin where they dispose of their cooking oil. If you can’t find a place to properly dispose of your cooking oil, ask a restaurant close by.

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Yard Care
The best type of yard fertilizer for your yard is a non-toxic fertilizer, like compost. Toxic fertilizers turn into ocean and lake pollution when it rains. They can also be absorbed in the water supply, which is a result of poor drainage in the yard. It’s also good to not overwater your yard if you are using toxic fertilizer.

Dog Friendly
When walking your dog, clean up after him/her. It is courtesy, of course, but their stool sometimes can find their way to our water supply.

Your Toilet
Some people use their toilet as a garbage can. Please do not make this mistake. It is polluting to add items like dirty diapers, sanitary napkins, and tampon applicators to your toilet drainage. These items could end up polluting the ocean and can damage the water treatment effort.

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How to Halve your BPA

 

Bisphenol-A (BPA) — a chemical that is associated with obesity, lower sperm counts, and pre-cancerous changes in the body — is found in the bodies of 90 percent of Americans. Now a study shows that you can halve your levels of BPA and other chemicals within three days through a change in diet.

When Monica Laurlund, a mother of two, signed up to participate in the study looking at body levels of chemicals from plastic, she was astonished by her BPA numbers. “The most surprising thing for us was how dramatic our BPA levels were before the study — higher than the national average,” says Laurlund, adding, “And the fact that they could drop so dramatically within one day was just shocking.”

Laurlund and her family took part in a study showing that body levels of chemicals from plastic can plummet when people made relatively minor changes in their eating and food storage habits, including choosing freshly prepared foods over prepackaged items, avoiding restaurants, and consuming organically grown produce and meats.

A Week of Fresh Foods

Although food is suspected to be a major source of exposure, no one had ever examined whether or not changes in diet could cause levels in the body to fall. To explore this question, research staff from the Silent Spring Institute and Breast Cancer Fund selected five families who ate typical amounts of canned foods, food from restaurant food, and foods stored in plastic containers.

Having collected baseline readings of the amount of BPA and phthalates from urine samples, the researchers delivered to the families freshly prepared meals made from organic grains, vegetables, and meats for three days. All foods were stored in glass or stainless-steel containers and the families were instructed not to microwave in plastic. The participants were given stainless-steel water bottles and the children took their lunch to school in stainless-steel containers. (Click here if you’d like to see week’s menu for the diet.)

At the end of the week, the participants’ urine was again collected and measured. The researchers found that after the intervention with fresh foods, BPA levels dropped on average by more than 60 percent and phthalate levels were cut in half. When the participants returned to their normal habits, their BPA levels went back up. Their phthalate levels did not rise as much either because the chemical takes longer than BPA to build up in the body or because the participants made changes in their eating habits and food handling.

Why BPA and Phthalates Are of Concern

BPA and some phthalates are suspected of disrupting the way hormones work in the body. BPA has been linked with potential harm to the developing brain, problems with behavior and learning, and prostate cancer, according to a 2008 review conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP).

Other studies have suggested links between BPA and breast cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Some phthalates, including the phthalate DEHP which declined in participants’ samples, have been found to interfere with synthesis of the male sex hormone, testosterone, and have been linked to abnormal formation of male reproductive organs resulting in infertility later in life.

Studies show that BPA can leach from plastic containers and linings into food. BPA has been removed from nearly all brands of baby bottles, but it is still found in the resin linings used in soda and food cans. Some PVC plastic wraps, used for cheese and meat, contain DEHP.

Bringing the Results Home

For Laurlund, participating in the study had a very personal meaning. “Cancer and breast cancer has affected both sides of our family pretty closely,” said Laurlund. “We thought the study was a great opportunity to contribute.”

As a result of the study, Laurlund said her family has stopped buying canned food and replaced their plastic food storage containers with glass ones. They don’t buy bottled water, either. Their two children, an eight-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter, have been talking about these changes to their friends at school. “Immediately my son wanted all cans removed from my pantry,” said Laurlund.

Richard Stahlhut, an environmental health researcher and physician at the University of Rochester in New York, said the findings were important because they show how easy it is to decrease the body levels of some of today’s industrial chemicals. “Nobody had done that simple experiment before,” said Stahlhut. “It shows that you really can have some impact on the exposure to certain chemicals by the things you do.”

What You Can Do

Simple changes in the kitchen can reduce your exposure to BPA and phthalates:

  • Store foods in glass and stainless steel containers rather than plastic. Durable and attractive glass containers with sealable lids are easy to find in most stores and can be safely used in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. Or simply save your glass sauce jars and lids and reuse them as storage containers.
  • Eat fresh or frozen produce instead of canned.
  • Purchase soups and other prepared foods in cartons instead of cans, which are made using polyethylene plastic and do not contain BPA or DEHP. Pass on the soda in favor of juice from glass bottles or filtered tap water.
  • Don’t microwave in plastic.
  • Cook with fresh ingredients and eat out less often.
  • Drink from a stainless steel water bottle or a BPA free bottle. Avoid drinking from office water coolers.
  • Avoid cups and bottles made from polycarbonate, a hard transparent plastic made with bisphenol A. It is usually marked #7 or PC.
  • Ask your dentist for BPA-free sealants and composite filling materials.

At Filtercon, we offer a great Stainless Steel Filtration Bottle that removes 99.99% contaminants and gives you great fresh tasting water anywhere.

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The Stainless Steel Filtration Bottle filters the tap water instantly as you drink! It can remove 99.99 percent of pollutants for up to 100 gallons. With just $30 + shipping you can save over $700 in bottle water costs a year. It can be attached to a belt or backpack. Use it during hikes, travels, camping, boating, hotels, emergencies, and other activities.

The Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration System is an entire water filtration plant within a portable bottle. The patented Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration reduces up to 99.99% of the following zones of contamination:

  • Aesthetics: unpleasant taste, odor, clarity, chlorine, dirt, sediment and Chlorine.
  • Chemicals: toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides and other harmful industrial and agricultural wastes.
  • Dissolved Solids: heavy metals such as aluminum, asbestos, copper, lead, mercury, chromium 6 and others.
  • High-quality food grade 304 L.N. stainless steel. Durable, lightweight, reusable and 100% recyclable.
  • BPA-free; non-leaching & lead-free.
  • No inner lining; clean tasting.
  • Comes in four attractive high-gloss colors: Metallic Blue, Red, Pink, and Stainless.
  • Filters everything but salt water.

 We also offer a BPA-free sport water bottle for those looking for a water filtration bottle that is not stainless steel.

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Article by the National Resources Defense Council

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http://www.nrdc.org/living/healthreports/bpa-diet.asp