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Real Dirt on Clean Water

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. But what’s coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.

Sure, your water may look clean but is it?

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Most people think that governmental agencies ensure that our water’s clean. And while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Water Act to safeguard our water supply, it only set standards and testing requirements in our municipal water treatment facilities for 114 different contaminants out of literally hundreds more.

In fact, the Environmental Working Group obtained test results from a database of over 20 million records from state water officials to determine the quality of drinking water in 45 states. The results revealed 316 contaminants were present in our water supplies. Among them were 202 chemicals that aren’t regulated by any safe water standards.i

Checking the quality of your local water is easy to do. Just visit the National Drinking Water Database.

So yes, your water looks clean. But really, it’s not.

Why Filtration?

The simple answer? You either use a filter or you are the filter.

Only 2% of all treated water is used for drinking water. The rest is used on your lawn, shower, laundry, or used for farms or industry. It’s simply too time-consuming and expensive to test and remove the thousands of chemicals that may be present in any particular water source.

And even if your water was perfectly clean before it left your municipality, it still has miles to travel in pipes before it gets to your home. Who knows what it runs into along the way?

What are you really drinking?

Here’s what may be in your water, and some of its hazardous effects:

Industrial Pollutants (such as benzene, nitrates, and petrochemicals): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as blood, nervous system, kidney, and liver problems.

Agricultural Pollutants (pesticides such as atrazine, lindane, alachlor, and others): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as eye, liver, kidney, spleen, blood, and nervous system problems.

Heavy Metals (such as lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium): Even at low levels, long-term exposure may cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The EPA estimates that between 10 and 20% of total lead exposure in young children comes from drinking water.ii

Disinfection By-products (such as: trihalomethanes, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane,and bromoform): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as liver, kidney, or central nWater Bottlesrvous system problems.

With all these problems with tap water, you might think that bottled water is the answer—but you’re wrong. What most people don’t know is that there’re no regulations regarding the quality of bottled water. That’s right, none. Bottling companies don’t even have the same regulations to follow that your local municipal water supply does. That means that despite the clean look of your bottle, in many cases the water it contains isn’t any better than tap water.

The bottom line is that you can’t control what happens to your water before it gets to your house. But you can control what happens after. If you want to make sure you have r

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eally clean drinking water, you really have to use a filter—a good one.

Why Get Clean® Water?

Because it’s safe, powerful, green and smart—and it outperforms both Brita® and PUR®*, hands-down:

Safe:  It reduces 59 harmful contaminants—at least 21 of which Brita doesn’t even touch—including up to 99% of water-borne lead.

Powerful:   It’s incredibly thrifty, delivering over 80 gallons of purer water from every hardworking, environmentally friendly filter—twice as much as big-name brands—for just a little over a penny per glass**.

Green:   It uses a unique refillable filter system, so there’s less waste in landfills.†

Smart:   It features a convenient smart-meter that shows you exactly when to replace your filter, so there’s no more guessing. And on top of all that, it’s ‘Gold Seal’ certified to tough ANSI/NSF Standards 42 and 53 by the Water Quality Association (WQA).

Ready to feel better with good Clean Water?  Visit my site  Elise.MyShaklee.com for purchasing options and more information!  Good health is a choice we make all through the day, make Shaklee Products part of those choices. Stay Well! Elise

i http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/executive-summary.php

ii http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/lead1.cfm

* Comparison of current WQA and NSF certified reduction claims conduced on May 26, 2011, referencing Brita® pitchers using OB03 cartridge and PUR® pitchers using CFR-950Z cartridge and is valid only for the named products marketed at that time. Product data claims obtained from the NSF and WQA website certification listings. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. “Big name brands” defined as Brita and Pur.

** Compared to Brita and Pur pitcher filters at 40 gallons.

† Compared to traditional carbon production.

Source: Shaklee Corporation 04/10/13

Just how Toxic is Your World?

In a recent article, Dr Richard Brouse, explored some of the sources of Toxicity in our lives and the unfortunate consequences of this toxicity.  Not only are there many different sources of toxins, there are also many levels of toxicity! Oh my…

There are many sources of toxins in our busy industrial world.  From automobiles to the food we eat, toxins are in our word.  Yes, I said the food we eat.  Farmers are using more and more pesticides, herbicides and GMO plants.  The pesticides and herbicides linger in the food and ground water, making there way into our bodies on a daily basis.  People are having allergic reactions to foods now due to the GMO process.  The combining of genes from one plant to another is creating new allergies and sensitivities that have not existed before.

Water, air, plastics, cosmetics, building materials, fabrics, detergents and fabric softeners, household cleaners, carpets, personal care items and air fresheners are just a partial list of possible chemical pollutants that we encounter each day.  Also, we need to remember the prescription drugs we take along with over the counter medications that we take.  All have ingredients that our bodies have to filter and discard.  And each time you eat food from a plastic container, you ingest chemical pollutants.

Now when we eat our food, let’s not forget items like food coloring, artificial flavorings, processed flours and sugars, preservatives, stabilizers and more.  So I think the message here is to eat as much organic foods as possible, avoid processed foods and filter your water.

Using as many natural, organic products as well as cooking with glass if you use a microwave will help us have a healthier life.  Many toxins can be avoided if we change to natural cleaners for the house and laundry.  Clothing and bedding washed in toxic detergents are major sources of toxins since our skin in the largest organ of our body. Taking care of yourself, staying in wellness rather than disease care will make your life better and healthier.  For more information on Toxins in your life, visit www.greenhome-healthyyou.com/

As in my Grand Parent’s Day

As you know I am a big, big fan of Green products and being kind to our planet.  All that started when I was a kid and lived on a farm.  Used to use as little chemical products as possible.  Compost,  crop-rotation and natural fertilizers were popular even then.  Up early with a very sharp hoe, my Grand Mother and Grand Father did more in the early morning hours than most folks today do all day.  They knew the true meaning of work and it was their guiding principle each day.

Rocking Chair with Blue Flowers

They never put off till tomorrow what could be done today.  Since they knew that tomorrow would present a whole new packet of opportunities, work for today was done today.  We spent Summer evenings shelling peas or beans on the front porch watching the fireflies do their thing!  From early morning till late evening they never stopped.  Vegetables picked, shelled, canned or blanched for freezing, hulls put in recycle bins, worms fed and the cycle began again.

And we can all follow this example.  Ask yourself if you are really doing all you can to recycle?  Do you purchase products that are in recyclable packaging, from sustainable resources?  Do we use too many take-out plastic containers when we know we can bring along our own containers to carry home our leftovers?

Are we putting off till tomorrow making a few small changes that can make a big difference for us as well as the planet?  Are we using green cleaning products that don’t pollute, don’t contain harmful chemicals that cause asthma problems in our children or peril for our pets should they wonder into a spill?  Are we using the safest green cleaning products that can be found or just looking at the labels buying from the pictures?

As in my Grand Parent’s day, we need to take responsibility for ourselves, grow more of our own food, learn how local farmers keep prices down by selling locally, learn that fresh is better and organic means no chemicals.  Eating local produce, local beef, chicken, fish may mean a bit higher price since it is not massed produced, but it also means better taste, higher quality of product available and is always a boost to the local economy!  Win – Win for all involved.

So scout out some local farmers markets, local fisheries and local chicken farmers who have free-range chickens for eggs and meat.  Yummy.  Local fruit is delectable since it can stay on the tree or vine till ripe.  An amazing idea!  Ripe fruit, tree ripened is wonderful in desserts, salads and just as an afternoon snack.  Fill those lunch boxes with fresh local fruits, vegetable salads and enjoy.

Look at your habits, see where a few simple changes can bring you back to using local produce, local fruits and local eggs etc.  Plant a few rows of corn next spring, a few tomato plants for sweet goodness to add to salads and salsa all summer.  Now is a great time for winter squash, turnip greens and collards.  Plant in a flower pot or in a small garden, but get involved in your own life.  Feed yourself and you will appreciate the work and effort of the local farmers when you purchase you next batch of vegetables for that big pot of vegetable soup!   Stay well.

Simple Changes Make a Big Difference

Life today is a risky business when it comes to drinking water and food.  As a person who believes in and takes natural supplements, I am always amused when people tell me that they will not take anything that their doctor has not prescribed.  Little do they know about all the chemicals (most untested for human toxicity) and drugs that lurk in our food, water and air.  We are “taking” things not prescribed by doctors all the time just by drinking water and eating our food and don’t even think a thing about it.

There have been dramatic changes in the our food supply as well as our eating habits that are causing equally dramatic changes in our health.  While we are using more pesticides and herbicides along with genetic manipulation of crops, the nutritional of our food has decreased since the 1950’s. Crops are picked before they are ripe, lowering the nutritional potential of the fruits and vegetables.

Our drinking water is the source a myriad of chemicals including prescription drugs, industrial pollutants, agricultural runoff  and fertilizers.   Now 20% of the lead exposure we get on a daily basis, including bottled water.   Using filtered water is sensible and a healthier way to get the much needed hydration we need daily.

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So think carefully the next time you turn your nose up at the idea of taking a natural supplement, remember all the chemicals you are “taking” because of poor quality drinking water  and our food sources.  Do something good for yourself.  Make some simple changes in your food, water and supplementation to have a healthier life.

Use  filtered water such as from Get Clean Water from Shaklee since it filters 99% of the lead from water along with many agricultural and industrial pollutants.  Purchase organic foods from local growers.  Talk with the grower if possible to establish how they grow their crops, what pest control methods they choose and how they handle the food once it is picked.  Avoid processed and fast foods because of preservatives, fat content and sodium levels.

Increase your exercise each day, walk or jog in your neighborhood, use the Wii Fit program at home, go to a gym or local fitness center or take classes in dance.  Eat well and use good natural supplements.  I always recommend Shaklee supplements since they are known for being safe and contaminate free.   In my “Supplements to Avoid” post on August 22nd, I sited Dr Jamie McManus explaining why Shaklee supplements are safe.

Simple Changes Make a Big Difference every day of your life.  When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change!  Eat good healthy food, exercise daily, drink filtered drinking water, and supplement wisely! Stay Healthy!! Elise

Prevention and Preparedness

I love to travel!  Road trips are fun to me. However, I must be ready for travel.   Before I travel I have my car checked out by my trusted mechanic.  Tires are rotated and checked, oil is changes, belts are checked for wear, fluid levels are checked, windows are washed and mirrors adjusted.  I check on road conditions for repair work and possible closures.  I also check the weather to avoid driving into a snow storm or heavy rain if possible.

When I travel I take with me maps for the trip, flashlights and extra batteries, food, water, cell phones, chargers, phone numbers written on paper,  a small amount of cash just in case I want a candy bar as a treat along the way and a blanket in case I get cold.  I check the local radio stations at the top and bottom of the hours for traffic and weather updates.

As you can see there are 2 separate but equally important parts of my trip. Prevention and Preparedness.  The Prevention is having the car checked out, belts tightened, oil changed and such.  The Preparation is having a map, a plan for the drive, having food, water and supplies for the trip and such.

While Prevention and Preparedness are different, they work together to make for a safer trip and an easier life.  Knowing the weather ahead of time I can arrange my travel time to miss most of the storm.  Knowing the roads I need to take, having the map with me, I am able to find alternate routes during the trip should there be an accident blocking the highway I am traveling.

Being flexible is important.  Road conditions change, unexpected repairs pop up, weather patterns shift, accidents happen.  But by being ready for those unexpected changes make for a smoother trip.  Having taken responsibility for knowing the route, having the car in good condition for travel and leaving early in case of a surprise on the road create an atmosphere of confidence and calm.  There is no Panic should something change along the route.

Now can you say the same for the way you approach your health? Remember, your

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health is the most valuable possession you have.  How much Prevention do you practice concerning your health?  How Prepared  are you for the aging process that begins to happen around age 20 or so?

Doctors and public health experts agree…..Heart Disease and Stroke, Cancer, and Diabetes—are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. It is estimated tbat these diseases are 75% Preventable!

Primary Prevention: Diet, lifestyle, wise supplementation and weight loss can help prevent the development of diseases.  Secondary Prevention or Preparedness:  Diet, lifestyle, wise supplementation and weight loss can help slow the progression of and/or decrease the consequences of diseases that already exist.

So check out your Prevention and Preparedness!  Don’t get caught in going the wrong way on a one-way street!  It has been said, ” In Youth we lose our Health in pursuit of Wealth, but in Age we lose our Wealth in pursuit of Health.”  We no longer need to follow that plan!

Diet, lifestyle, supplementation and weight loss can help
slow the progression of and/or decrease the consequences
of diseases that already exist

More Pesticides Used on GE Crops!

Do you wash your fruits and vegetables? And does that vigilant washing really do any good? Can you really wash off pesticides and herbicides?  These are great questions and need to be addressed here in the middle of summer with all of us eating more fresh foods, salads, greens, fruits and vegetables. Unless you are growing your own organic vegetables and fruits or purchasing from a known organic farmer, then your exposure to pesticides is real.

Vegetables

In a recent study by The Organic Center, pesticide usage on Genetically Engineered (GE), herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops has increased. Based upon data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), report author Dr. Charles Benbrook shows that glyphosate-based, HT corn, soybeans and cotton have increased herbicide use by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008 with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008.

“This unequivocal admission of serious problems with glyphosate-based HT cropping systems will hopefully accelerate major changes in where and how HT technology is deployed,” said Dr. Charles Benbrook, chief scientist of  The Organic Center. “Such changes are needed to slow the increase in cash expenditures by farmers on herbicides and public health and environmental problems triggered by increased use of herbicides on GE crops.”

Remember that pesticides and herbicides often seep into the fruits and vegetables so even though we are washing the produce, we are still getting some of the chemicals.  Choose wisely.

According to Dr. Benbrook, Organic farmers “accept a little weed pressure in their fields. The key to organic farming success in is the diversity of tools [to control weeds] on their farm.” Organic framers use crop rotation and cover crops to assist in weed control.

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So look for local organic produce for your dinner table. Wash your fruits and vegetables.

Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of summer!

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