Carbonated water without the diabetes risk

Popping the tab of a soda can and hearing the fizz of carbonation evokes memories of quenching thirst on hot summer days. The taste of bubbles can bring a euphoric feeling. But what if just one of these fizzy drinks on a summer day had harmful long term effects? A new study by the Imperial College of London combed over 15 years of data to see if drinking just one soda a day could increase diabetes risk.

Go Bottleless and Avoid the Scam

Advertisements for bottled water have led us to believe that the water from the sink is deadly poisonous and tastes like feet. Maybe that is an exaggeration but based on the advertisements, we are told that bottled water is cleaner than tap and therefore healthier. The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) did a four year test and found that not only were some bottles not cleaner than normal tap but also contained harmful substances. The bottle itself may even be harmful.

Earth Day theme calls for outdoor water conservation

In the United States, we are lucky to be able to have an excess of water.  The theme this Earth Day is outdoor water conservation.  More than 50 percent of residential water use is for landscaping.  Some states, like California are calling for water conservation in this area.

Putting Bottled Water to the Test

Water quality is becoming a big issue.  Our way of handling this is to drink bottled water instead of tap.  A Missouri water collector wanted to know if bottled water is really cleaner than tap.  His results may surprise you.

John O’Connor has been collecting water for decades and has the highest level equipment.  He runs a water quality firm, H20’C Engineering, from his house in Columbia, Missouri.  He has been testing bottled water since 1980 and has collected almost 300 samples over the years.

Ban bottled water in National Parks

An environmentalist group has been successful in banning bottled water in 14 National Parks. Their next stop is San Francisco where they will be campaigning to end the sale of bottled water in Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate Recreation Area.

What will you do for World Water Day?

World Water Day is today. There will be a United Nations conference held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The theme of the high level meeting is water cooperation. During this meeting there will be many works of art on display and also short films shown. One example of this is “Water Light Graffiti” from France was created with thousands of LED lights that are illuminated when they come into contact with water.

Plastic Bottles Into Jeans?

Landfills are piled with plastic bottles that aren’t easily biodegradable. In 2011, only 39% of plastic bottles in the U.S. were recycled, according to the International Bottled Water Association. Recycling is often turned into reusable products such as containers and plastic lumber. Trash into clothing, however, is a new concept.

America Loves Water

Americans are becoming more health conscious. The most popular drink for more than two decades was soda. Rising obesity rates have made more people cut soda out of their diet. Surprisingly, good old fashioned water has risen to the top spot of the most popular drink in America.

2 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Cold and flu season is in full swing. Everyone is scrambling to find a way to avoid getting the dreaded flu bug. Currently, 24 states and New York City have reported very high levels of activity in regards to the influenza virus. The CDC keeps weekly records of recorded cases of the seasonal influenza, and offers many suggestions on how to keep you and your family health.

Aside from getting the flu shot, there are also ways that you can strengthen your immune system. This could be by maintaining ideal body weight, keeping stress levels down, and eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Water is also a good way to build a stronger system

Generation Unhealthy

More than 50% of the population in 39 US states will be obese by 2030.  Not a statistic we should be proud of.

Currently 66% of Americans are considered overweight, while 36% are obese.  These numbers indicate a grim future for Americans, young and old.