Category Archives: water

US Spends More in Health Care Costs, But Not Healthier

Health Care CostsPolitico reported about a month ago that while the US spends a lot more on health care per person than any other industrialized country, we are not significantly healthier.

According to the article, health care costs in the US are almost $8,000 per person while the second place country is just over $5,000 per person. That’s a difference of almost $3,000 per person. That’s huge.

One thing they point to is that the US uses a lot more expensive technology, like MRIs and CT scans. If we have and use all of this expensive technology, and it isn’t making us any healthier, then what’s the point?

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Get Kidney Stones? Drink More Water

I found this article on the Hartford Courant website: Too little calcium, water linked to kidney stones.

Researchers in a study tracked 78,000 women in their 50s and 70s to find links to kidney stones. They found that women who got more calcium in their diet (in their food, not from supplements), drank more water, and consumed less salt had a lower risk of developing kidney stones.

Doctors used to think that kidney stones came from getting too much calcium but have now learned differently. It isn’t too much calcium, it’s whether your body uses the calcium or eliminates it. Calcium in your diet is more readily used than calcium from supplements. Other vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, help the body to make better use of calcium.

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Sodas, Heart Disease, and Diabetes

In an article on Yahoo! News titled Sugar-Sweetened Drinks May Pose Heart Risks to Women, Study Suggests they report that drinking two or more sugary drinks a day may boost a woman’s risk for developing heart disease and diabetes even if doing so doesn’t increase her weight. Middle-aged women who drank two or more of these drinks, such as soda or flavored water, were almost four times more likely to have high levels of triglycerides (dangerous blood fats) and impaired blood sugar levels compared to women who drank less than one sweetened beverage a day.

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Are You Tired of Being Sick Yet?

You probably hear almost daily that another one of your friends or co-workers is sick. The media is still pumping up the swine flu even though some medical authorities have said that it has already peaked and has not been the event that it was predicted to be. Personally, I’m tired of hearing about it.

I don’t believe that most people need to get sick, especially not with things like a cold or the flu. None of my immediate family has been sick in over a year, and it isn’t because we live in isolation. I have small kids who go to school every day and are around other sick kids, so they have been “exposed” to whatever is out there, as have my wife and I.

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What You Drink Affects Acid Blood

Do you know someone who has problems with acid blood?  What you drink can have a big impact on your blood pH level.

Why should you care about blood pH?  Our bodies are designed to live happy and healthy in a narrow, slightly alkaline pH range.  If we get much outside of that range we start to get sick, develop chronic problems, and will eventually die if we don’t correct it quickly.

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Reverse Osmosis Systems are Wasteful

I have always heard that reverse osmosis water purification systems are wasteful, but I had no idea how wasteful they really were until today.

I work with a network marketing company that sells water filters among other things, so I decided to do some research about other water filtration systems for your home.  Of course, I’m hoping that when I’m done all of the evidence will say you should buy mine, but I’m trying to keep an open mind about what I find.

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Are You Showering in Chlorine?

Do you have a shower water filter?

You probably make sure that your drinking water is filtered because you know that you don’t want to drink chlorinated water.  Some people even shower after swimming to rinse off the chlorine from the pool (which is pointless because the chlorine has already been absorbed by the skin and there is probably more chlorine in the shower water, unless it is filtered).

Chlorine is absorbed very quickly and easily by the skin, especially when it is heated.  Heat opens the pores and relaxes the skin.  The heat in a shower makes it easier for the chlorine to escape the water and become a free gas that we breathe in as well.

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The Power of Positive Daily Insights

You know how important it is to keep your body healthy, but do you think much about keeping your mind healthy?  With all of the bad news about the economy and everything else in the media it is vital to keep a positive outlook.  One great way to do that is to receive insightful daily emails that affirm how powerful and amazing you are and that good things do happen.

I currently receive two every morning that I think are very powerful.  The first is Notes from the Universe from Mike Dooley and the other is Daily Insights from Bob Proctor.  Check them out.

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Alkaline Water vs Distilled Water

I have been taught over the past few years that alkaline water is better for the body than distilled water.  With all of the acid that is in the western diet it has become very important to get more alkaline substances into our bodies whenever possible, and alkaline water is a great way to do that.  The problem with distilled water is that is is completely neutral (7.0 pH) and will actually leech out nutrients from your body.

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