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Do Drink The Water In Texas

Posted on January 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

You may watch what you eat in Dallas, Houston or anywhere else in Texas. But do you watch what you drink? A number of health problems, including tooth decay, thinning bones, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, cancer and obesity are linked to the beverages you drink.

In 2006, the Unilever Health Institute in the Netherlands — Unilever owns Lipton Tea — sponsored a panel of nutrition and health experts who published a study, “Beverage Guidance System.” This study was developed to help individuals reduce the amount of calories they are drinking when those calories contribute little or nothing to their health and, in many cases, may actually detract from it.

The panel, led by Barry M. Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina, was concerned by the contribution popular drinks make to weight problems. Panel experts also reviewed 146 published reports to find the best evidence for the health problems from various beverages.
At the top of the heap of preferred beverages is water. It has no calories or hazards, just benefits. But the panel expressed concerns about bottled water fortified with nutrients, implying that some individuals may think they don’t need to eat certain nutrient-fortified foods that contain substances like fiber and phytochemicals, which are lacking in some bottled waters.

Aaahh, The Sweet Nectar of Life…

The panel also reported that approximately 21 percent of calories consumed by Texans, and other individuals, over the age of two comes from beverages, mostly soft drinks and fruit drinks with added sugars. There’s been an incredible increase in sugar-sweetened drinks in recent decades, primarily at the expense of milk, which, in comparison, has a number of nutritional benefits. The calories from sweetened sodas and fruit drinks account for half the rise in caloric intake by Americans since the late 1970s.
Americans are not only drinking more sweet beverages, but serving sizes have also bloated, with some restaurants and convenience stores offering 32 ounces servings as well as free refills.

And throw in America’s recent thirst for smoothies and sweetened coffee drinks — 240 calories in a 16-ounce Starbucks Caffe Mocha without the whipped cream — and it’s easy to see why people are drinking themselves into stretch pants with elastic waistbands.

But calories from sweet drinks are not the only problem. In a report in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it’s cited that beverages have “weak satiety properties.” In other words, they do little or nothing to curb an individual’s appetite. As a result, people do not compensate for the calories they drink by eating less.

In addition, some soft drinks contribute to other health problems. The American Academy of General Dentistry says that non-cola carbonated beverages and bottled or canned sweetened iced tea harm tooth enamel, especially when they’re consumed alone, without a meal. And a study of 2,500 adults in Massachusetts linked cola drinking, both regular and diet, to the thinning of hipbones in women.

The panel suggests that if individuals drink something sweet, they should sip a no-calorie beverage like diet soda that includes an approved sweetener, although many experts have recognized the lack of long-term safety data and the possibility that these diet sodas “condition” people to prefer sweetness.

Fruit juices are another alternative, but not nearly as good as whole fruits, which satisfy hunger better.

Coffee, Tea and You

Here’s a chance to tip your cup at some good news. Several newer studies have linked regular coffee consumption to a reduced risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Most studies don’t link a high intake of coffee or caffeine to heart disease, although caffeinated coffee raises blood pressure somewhat and boiled unfiltered coffee — French-pressed and espresso — raises harmful LDL and total cholesterol levels.

On its own, caffeine — up to 400 milligrams a day, or the amount in about 30 ounces of brewed coffee — doesn’t seem to be a health problem or affect water balance in the body. But pregnant women should limit their intake because more than 300 milligrams of caffeine a day might increase the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight, the panel reported.

There also seems to be good news on the brain front regarding caffeine. Mice prone to an Alzheimer’s-like disease were protected by drinking water spiked with caffeine equivalent to what people get from five cups of coffee a day. And a study of more than 600 men suggested that drinking three cups of coffee a day protects against age-related memory and thinking deficits.

For tea, the evidence on health benefits is somewhat uncertain. Tea lowers cancer risk in experimental animals, but the effects in individuals are unknown. Tea may benefit bone density and help prevent kidney stones and tooth decay. And four or five cups of black tea daily helps arteries expand, possibly improving blood flow to the heart.

A Drink a Day May Keep the Doctor Away.

Moderate consumption of alcohol — one drink a day for women and two for men — has been linked in many large, long-term studies to lower mortality rates, especially from heart attacks and strokes. It may also lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes and gallstones. The panel found no convincing evidence that, for example, a glass of red wine is better than a vodka rocks with a twist.

But even moderate alcohol consumption has its downside. Moderate intake can raise the risk of birth defects and breast cancer, because it may interfere with essential B vitamins. And, of course, heavy alcohol consumption is associated with several lethal cancers, cirrhosis of the liver, hemorrhagic stroke, hypertension, dementia and some forms of heart disease.

Milk and Soy Drinks.

The panel, which rated low-fat and skim milk third, just below water and coffee and tea, said that dairy drinks were not essential to a healthy diet. The panel did acknowledge the benefits of milk for bone density, while noting that the calcium and vitamin D benefits to bones are not maintained unless people continue to drink milk. Other essential nutrients in milk include magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, vitamin A, riboflavin, folate and protein, approximately eight grams per eight-ounce glass. A 10-year study of overweight individuals found that milk drinkers were less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a group of coronary risk factors that includes hypertension and low levels of protective HDLs.

The panel did emphasize the need for children and teenagers to drink more milk and fewer high-calorie, sweetened drinks. The report stated that fortified soymilk is a good alternative for individuals who prefer not to consume cow milk. But the panel cautioned that soymilk cannot be legally fortified with vitamin D and provides only 75 percent of the calcium the body gets from cow’s milk.

If you’ve never considered the ramifications of what you drink, maybe you should. It may not seem like it will affect your health now, but it certainly will in the long run. And as you’ll discover, what affects your health also will eventually affect your bank account. If you’re young individual who watches what you consume and tries to keep healthy, you should take a look at the revolutionary, comprehensive individual health insurance solutions created by Precedent specifically for you.

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Which Water Heater Is Right For Your Home?

Posted on January 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Do you suspect that your water heater is no longer doing its job? Perhaps you are considering switching to a tankless water heater, or a more energy efficient model. Any question you might have about them will be answered below, so read on to get the 411 on all things related to your water heater.


If you need to change out your heater, you have a few options to mull over. Below is a basic list of the different types, as well as the advantages and drawbacks of each:

Conventional gas water heater: When speaking of conventional heaters, we mean that the utility includes a water tank that stores a reserve of heated water on a constant basis. Once this reserve is used, it will take some time to store the hot water. The advantage of a conventional water heater fueled by gas is that it is typically cheaper to run, and it is not affected by power outages. With a gas, the up-front investment is a little higher than with an electric.

Conventional electric water heater: The advantages of a conventional electric water heater include a faster heating time, a cheaper unit overall, and easy maintenance.

Tankless water heaters: Tankless quickly heat up on an on-demand basis, rather than keeping a supply of liquid heated all day long. For this reason, tankless are more energy efficient. On average, a tankless will save you $70-80 in utility costs each year. However, tankless are expensive to install. Since they are relatively new to the U.S., there may be problems with your gas lines allowing for adequate pressure. Units with this issue may require an update, which also requires more expenses. Also, the temperature of the H20 may not be as consistent as with a tank heater. You must reconcile the costs of installation to the energy savings annually.


A little nervous about the safety and efficiency? A good saying regarding them is “If it’s old enough to drive, it’s probably time to replace it.” The duration and durability of a tank depends on the quality of the liquid and the quality of the tank. Most typically last between 10 and 12 years. But what if it seems like your water heater is doing fine?

We would be happy to take a look at your water heater and give you an efficiency report. In the meantime, here are some reasons why it might be time to upgrade your one when: Your tank is getting up there: As mentioned above, if your tank has reached the legal driving age, it is probably time to get rid of it. Even if it is still running and you do not have any problems with it, the heater is undoubtedly running at such a low efficiency that it is costing you more and more money in utility costs to run it.

You are concerned about efficiency: It is certainly a good idea to upgrade your water heater if you are concerned about energy efficiency. The newer the model of tanks, the more efficient it will be. Since heating water for a home accounts for around 30% of utility costs, upgrading your tank will make a significant impact on your monthly utility bill. You need a bigger tank: If you are dissatisfied with how much hot water you have on hand, and how long it takes for the water to heat back up, there are several options available to you. A tankless one will heat the water instantaneously, allowing for hot water whenever you need it. A larger one will do the trick as well. If your family is growing, a larger one is a good option to consider.

Much like a vehicle, the best way to take care of your water heater and ensure a long, efficient life is to provide proper preventative maintenance. Flushing the system and checking or replacing the anode rod should be done on an annual bases. A system flush and new anode rod will help remove sediment and decrease corrosion. With proper maintenance, your system should run efficiently for a longer time, which will save you money in the long run.

The Truth About Drinking Water Filters and Why Your Family Needs One

Posted on January 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Let me ask you a simple question. Did you know that the water you are drinking can be legal, yet unhealthy at the same time? Well that is the truth. There are over 60,000 chemicals in this country, but less than 150 are regulated by the EPA when it comes to our drinking water.

That is why the bottled water industry has exploded. They saw a market and worked it. But don’t let them off the hook so easily either.

Bottled water is seldom higher quality than tap water. Why? Because it doesn’t have to be. No government standards require bottled water to be any better, safer or more pure than tap water. What a slap in the face to consumers!

On the flip side, the use of drinking water filters has become more and more as popular people become conscious about the dangers of drinking water from the tap. Many water treatment methods exist but drinking water filters are the most sensible choice because of its clear and proven advantages.

Most importantly is its cost efficiency in getting rid of pathogens, cancer-causing chemicals and metals that exist in your tap water. Yes, they are there. You just cannot see, smell or taste them.

Especially those carafe style ones that come in a pitcher. They are cheap up front, but they hammer you on the replacement filters. And they might not even be removing all that much.

A reputable point of use filter, however, uses a physical barrier to separate the contaminants in the water. The better systems utilize a combination system of carbon filtration, sub micron filtration, and ion exchange.

Carbon filtration is well known for its effectiveness in absorbing chlorine, heavy metals like lead and volatile organic compound (VOC’s) present in the water.

Behavioral problems, mental retardation, learning disabilities, as well as different kinds of cancer are linked to these toxic chemicals. Even the government knows it.

The EPA established a safe lead level of 0 mg/l, but an entirely different legal limit! But every test sample from a water distribution system shows some level of lead.

Chlorine is the cheapest way water companies keep drinking water reservoirs free from biological contaminants like bacteria and viruses. Yet it is proven to be harmful to the cells and our digestive tract when ingested.

Sub micron filtration is essential to removing chlorine resistant microorganisms. Ordinary filtration would not do this as the pores may be large enough to allow them to pass through. But, sub micron filtration uses very fine pores so that only clean water is allowed through the drinking water filters.

Ion exchange is another important step of the process many water purification systems ignore. This is the part that gives you good-tasting water full of healthy minerals by exchanging harmful ions for healthy ones.

Treatment methods like reverse osmosis and distillation actually remove minerals from the water completely. Now who wants that? If we were meant to drink demineralized water, don’t you think it would show up naturally anywhere on earth?

When you are considering the benefits of a filtration system over tap and bottled water, just remember that there are no bad systems. Any type of filter is better than nothing at all. The important thing to learn is which one produces the best water for the best value.

Now get out there and find a top quality drinking water filter system for your home. They are more economical, convenient and produce better water than anything you get in a bottle.