PFAS Chemicals We're been asked a lot of questions about PFAS Chemicals or Forever Chemicals as they're sometimes referred to. These questions coincided with a BBC news article that was published on the 19th March 2022. You can read it here - Concern over toxic chemicals in tap water Needless to say, that after doing a little digging on the internet, we found an overwhelming amount of information out there about PFAS chemicals and not all of it is that easy to understand. There was even a 2019 film called Dark Waters in 2019 where PFAS was a central theme. You may have watched this. What we're most interested in at Fountain Filters is determining which of our water filter systems is going to be the most beneficial in reducing the level of PFAS chemicals in drinking water. It's important to understand that the use of PFAS in everyday products is not new. They first came into common use in the 1950's. What are PFAS or Forever Chemicals? PFAS or Forever chemicals (Per - or poly-fluorinated alkyl substances) are a group of over 4,700 industrial chemicals used in everyday products such as non-stick pans, food packaging, carpets, furniture, toiletries, and firefighting foam. The number of uses for PFAS chemicals has risen dramatically since they first came into common use in the 1950s. The PFAS used in our everyday products leak into our environment during production, use and disposal, and may contaminate our blood, water, air and food. PFAS are often referred to as the ‘forever chemicals’ because of their extreme persistence in the environment. The BBC did carry out a limited study in England; one of many that will have been carried out by multiple agencies around the world. The BBC study concluded that PFAS 'levels exceeded European safety levels (2.2 nanograms per litre - 2.2ng/l) in almost half of the 45 samples taken. However, none exceeded the current safety level in England and Wales. The Drinking Water Inspectorate states that drinking water in Englandand Wales contain 'PFAS chemicals at no more than 100 nanograms per litre (ng/l)'. Four out of 25 samples taken had PFAS chemical levels exceeding 10ng/l, which means that levels must be monitored and also flagged up to local healthcare professionals. Professor Roger Klein, a chemist and PFAS chemicals expert thinks it's ludicrous for the Drinking Water Inspectorate to set a level of 100ng/l before any action needs to be taken. He says that even though the results show small levels of contamination with PFAS chemicals it highlights that PFAS chemicals are everywhere and that it's even in drinking water. How do I remove Forever Chemicals from Drinking Water? We're currently looking into this in much greater depth. At the moment any of our drinking water filters or mains water filters that contain a carbon block water filter cartridge will reduce PFAS chemicals. We recommend the Pearl T, Moby, or Doby. For more efficient reduction of PFAS chemicals we recommend a two stage water filter system where the carbon block cartridge is followed by a NanoCeram water filter cartridge. We suggest that you contact us on 01352 838 281 to discuss your requirements or send us a message HERE.
I think people underestimate how important the start of their day is. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do for a living, the start of your day sets the tone for the type of day you’re going to have. Drinking a mug of warm water and lemon will have lasting benefits that you can see on your skin and feel in your body each day and beyond. Or is it just an old wives tale? What does your morning ritual look like? Here’s how my Monday to Sunday mornings tend to go… 5.15 am – my alarm echoes around the room. My mobile phone is always across the other side of the bedroom so I have to get up to switch it off. Once I'm up I'm up. This is a trick I learnt from Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning. If you haven't already read his book I highly recommend it. I get up, sling my dressing gown on or get dressed (one of the two) and then head bleary eyed to the bathroom where I brush my teeth and my hair (not with the same object thankfully). Sometimes I run hot water over a face cloth and hold it on my face if I’m feeling particularly tired. That feels so refreshing. Even though I keep telling myself not too I have a quick scroll through Instagram, Facebook and any emails that have come in during the night. Five or so minutes later I head downstairs to the kitchen and put the coffee maker on so that I can enjoy a cup of fresh coffee (with oat milk) along with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Fresh coffee makes the house smell divine. My next stop is the living room. The blinds get opened and I settle into my comfy space so that I can meditate using the insight timer app (it’s brilliant by the way). After meditation I visualise, write in my journal about the previous day, plan what exercise I’m going to do, read out my mission and affirmations and read my book. At about 7am, I head back into the kitchen and make coffee for my husband Simon. It’s a routine we have and it works. I love the quiet mornings where I can sit and focus on my day ahead. Its quality ‘me time’ and I don’t like to be disturbed. Simon on the other hand loves a lie in and doesn’t really appear until about 8am, unless we have to be somewhere really early. One thing I've kept seeing on social media is the benefits of drinking lemon water. It seems to be all the rage. Warm water and lemon is something I haven’t incorporated into my morning routine yet. I know that drinking water first thing is good for you because it helps hydrate your body. Remember your body hasn't had any water for up to 8 hours or however long you tend to sleep. I normally just have a few swigs of water before, during and after my coffee. Am I missing a trick? Should I be swapping my much loved coffee and orange juice for warm water and lemon juice? There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there and less scientific evidence but drinking water and lemon juice isn’t going to do much harm to your body in the grand scheme of things. So, I’ve been hearing that drinking warm water with the juice of ½ a lemon in every morning is good for you. Don’t like lemons – use lime juice. Don’t like limes – oh heck! But why is lemon water so good for you? I’ve done a bit of research and come up with the following. And remember that you can further improve your household water by installing one of our drinking water filters or mains water filters. You can remove chemicals such as chlorine and reap even more benefits out of your warm water and lemon. Helps with weight lossThere’s anecdotal evidence that drinking lemon water supports weight loss because lemons are high in pectin and therefore fight hunger pangs. Now this could of course be because water fills you up and you’re therefore less hungry. People who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. When you start the day off right it’s easier to make better choices for the rest of the day. If you started off every morning with a greasy fry up you’d probably get to lunch time and say ‘well that’s my diet out the window I may have well have that McDonalds’s and I’ll start eating better tomorrow’. Boosts your immune systemThere are tons of fancy teas with fancy price tags available to buy but drinking warm water with the juice of ½ lemon is packed full of vitamin c (great for fighting off coughs and colds) and potassium (stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure). You can’t store vitamin C in the body so you need it in your diet every single day. Adults aged 19-64 need 40mg of vitamin C a day and the juice of one lemon provides about 18.6mg. Balances pHCitric acid does not create acidity in the body once it’s metabolised. So, lemons are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline. Moving towards a more alkaline state in your body is the key to good health and those who stick to a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. Clears your skinDrinking warm water with the juice of a lemon helps purge toxins from the blood and your skin will thank you for it. Vitamin C is a primary antioxidant that helps prevent cells from damaging free radicals. Vitamin C is also good for reducing wrinkles and blemishes. Aids digestion & flushes you outWarm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis (the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving). Lemons and limes are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama*, or toxins in the digestive tract. Lemon juice helps flush unwanted materials out of your body because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. So, the more you pee the quicker you release any built up toxins and the healthier your urinary tract. So, it’s beneficial to drink warm water and lemon in the morning as it may help prevent constipation and get your digestive system moving. Hydrates the lymph systemWarm water and lemon juice in the morning helps kick start your hydration the right way. It’s not good to become dehydrated. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of its proper functions, which leads to toxic build up, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals are small structures attached to the top of each kidney. The human body has two adrenal glands that release chemicals called hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones affect many parts of the human body. The adrenal cortex produces 3 hormones; Mineralocorticoids, Glucocorticoids and Adrenal androgens. The most important Mineralocorticoid is aldosterone. This hormone helps to maintain the body’s salt and water levels which, in turn, regulates blood pressure. Without aldosterone, the kidney loses excessive amounts of salt (sodium) and, consequently, water, leading to severe dehydration and low blood pressure. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with your body by becoming dehydrated. Freshens breath Drinking warm water and lemon juice in the morning and after meals could help reduce bad breath. Lemon stimulates saliva and the water helps prevent a dry mouth that can lead to a build-up of bacteria and eventual bad breath. Helps prevent kidney stonesDrinking plenty of water will help prevent kidney stones and the citric acid in lemons also helps. Citrate makes urine less acidic and may even break up small stones. Drinking lemon water not only gets you citrate, but also the water you need to help prevent or flush out stones. For an even more refreshing drink – filter your water first with one of our drinking water filter systems. As you can see drinking lemon water has lots of potential health benefits. Drink more lemon water and stay hydrated. Lemon water is a win-win. The recipe is simple - 1 cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from ½ a lemon. Water is the best beverage for hydration. That’s a fact. Some people say that water is so boring, so with a bit of lemon juice it might encourage people to swap the fizzies for the healthy option. I do worry about the amount of soft drinks that are consumed by people. I can’t remember the last time I bought cordial. Now there is a lot of scepticism out there about lemon water having any positive effects on the body. The way I see it it’s better than drinking a bottle of coca cola hey! *Ama is a term denoting a product that is an undigested form derived from food that gets absorbed into the system without proper assimilation. Such partly digested material cannot be used by the system, and acts to clog it, eliciting an immune reaction.
This is a brilliant article for anyone who wants to liven up their water and move away from processed drinks which contain way too much refined sugar and other artificial nasties that are better out of your body and not in it. It's packed full of refreshing fun recipes using fruit and herbs. Such a good alternative to plain water. Read the article HERE Intro: "Fruit-infused waters are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer when the sun is out, the kids are bored, and the bugs are biting.TV commercials will try to convince you that only soda and processed drinks are thirst-quenching enough for summer. Of course, you probably already know better, but sometimes it is nice to have an alternative to plain water.The market for sweetened, processed junk to add to water is a multi-billion dollar industry. This is unfortunate for all of the people drinking this junk. The body doesn’t need refined sugar, and it certainly doesn’t need artificial sweeteners or food dyes.If you want to add some delicious taste and health benefits to water, try these fruit-water recipes instead! These recipes use micronutrient-rich herbs, fruits, and vegetables for thirst-quenching flavor with added benefits!"
This is such a brilliant article by Rupert Brown of Browns Bushcraft about locating water sources and making the water safe to drink when you're out enjoying the wilderness and in remote locations. Water sources should be a major part of your route plan. Without access to water you're pretty much stuffed and would be ill-advised to even leave the comfort of your own home. When you do find your water source it's important to make it safe. Understanding the potential contaminants (turbidity, viruses, bacteria, protozoa and chemicals) that could be present and knowing how to remove them is critical before you attempt to drink it. You don't need expensive kit to achieve safe drinking water when you're in the wilderness. Read this article to find out how. READ ARTICLE HERE
How many times have you been told to 'drink more water' because it will cure a whole host of ailments? And you've probably read numerous articles telling you that you should be drinking at least 8 240 ml glasses of water every day. While drinking water and staying hydrated is a good thing does this guidance have any scientific basis. It appears not. It seems that this guidance is a mash up of two sources of information from decades ago. It's definitely the case that water provides us with many benefits and stops us becoming dehydrated, but we don't need any more fluid than the amount our bodies signal for, when it signals for it. A healthy body alerts us to dehydration by making us feel thirsty. If you listen to your body it will tell you when it's thirsty. This is a brilliant article from BBC Futures - How much water should you drink a day?
Sir James Bevan told the Waterwise Conference in London that wasting water should be "as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby". We're all striving to use less plastic, but we also need to be using less water. Here's a list of easy things we can all do to reduce our water wastage. Get a low flush toiletTake short showers, not deep bathsUse the most efficient shower headGet a water-efficient washing machineDon't use your dishwasher until it's fullTurn the tap off when brushing your teethDon't water your lawn (it will survive) Enjoy the article. Read the article HERE
I've just come across this fascinating article about wet wipes and fatbergs... Wet Wipes could face wipe-out in plastic clean-up - BBC News Most households will at some point use wet wipes. But did you know that 93% of blocked UK sewage pipes are caused by wet wipes... and 5,453 wet wipes were recovered from 116 square metres (that's not a lot!) of the Thames in April 2018. So, without even getting into the plastics debate. DON'T flush wet wipes down the loo. Even if it says on the packet you can flush them away - put them in the bin.
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