What the Water?!

Let's talk about (our favorite subject)  the one thing on Earth so precious to our planet that all living organisms need it in order to survive. It covers 70% of our planet's surface and is the reason Earth is the only known inhabited planet in the universe: Water.

We all have a general understanding and appreciation that water is important – for instance, "don't waste water" has been ingrained into most of our brains since childhood, and like most people, you probably remember to turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth and possibly even time your showers in the spirit of conservation. But, as indispensable as water is to all of us, how much do we really pay attention to it, especially in the type we drink?

For most of us, water is easy to take for granted. When we're thirsty, we never have to go far to find accessible water to drink – a water fountain, the tap, the convenience or grocery store for bottled water. Of course, between those three options, there's definitely an automatic preference that bottled water is the best option.

Which is true on a basic level. We generally assume that bottled water has been purified, or believe it's been sourced from a natural spring, and that it's cleaner and safer than drinking from the tap or a public water fountain; But not all bottled water is created equal, comes from the same place, is treated the same way, or has the same things in it.

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How much do you know about the bottled water you drink?

[1] Per Wikipedia, bottled water is defined as (a) drinking water packaged in plastic or glass bottles; (b) may or may not be carbonated; and (c) comes in various sizes. From that, all we can really say is that it comes in a bottle, sold in different sizes, and potentially carbonated, or sparkling.

[2] The FDA defines bottled water as “water that is intended for human consumption and that is sealed in bottles or other containers with no added ingredients except that it may optionally contain safe and suitable antimicrobial agents.”

[3] Taken from the EPA website, below are categorical terms that define the different types of drinking water available to us in bottled form:

Ø Artesian water, ground water, spring water, well water – water from an underground aquifer which may or may not be treated. Well water and artesian water are tapped through a well. Spring water is collected as it flows to the surface or via a bore-hole. Ground water can be either.

Ø Distilled water – steam from boiling water is re-condensed and bottled. Distilling water kills microbes and removes water’s natural minerals, giving it a flat taste.

Ø Drinking water – water intended for human consumption and sealed in bottles or other containers with no ingredients except that it may optionally contain safe and suitable disinfectants. Fluoride may be added within limitations set in the bottled water quality standards.

Ø Mineral water – ground water that naturally contains 250 or more parts per million of total dissolved solids.

Ø Purified water – water that originates from any source but has been treated to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia definition of purified water. Purified water is essentially free of all chemicals (it must not contain more than 10 parts per million of total dissolved solids), and may also be free of microbes if treated by distillation or reverse osmosis. Purified water may alternatively be labeled according to how it is treated

Ø Sterile water – water that originates from any source, but has been treated to meet the U.S. Pharmacopeia standards for sterilization. Sterilized water is free from all microbes

Note: Carbonated water, soda water, seltzer water, sparkling water, and tonic water are considered soft drinks and are not regulated as bottled water

Taken from the same source, listed below are common ways in which water is treated prior to bottling:

Ø Distillation – water is boiled, and the steam is condensed to remove salts, metals, minerals, asbestos, particles, and some organic materials

Ø Micron Filtration – water is filtered through screens with microscopic holes. The smaller the filter holes, the more contaminants the filter can remove. Good filters can remove most chemical contaminants and microbes. Filter holes are measured in microns.

Ø Ozonation – water is disinfected using ozone, which kills most microbes, depending on dosage applied.

Ø Reverse Osmosis – water is forced under pressure to pass through a membrane, leaving contaminants behind. This process removes all microbes, minerals, color, turbidity, organic and inorganic chemicals.

Ø Ultraviolet (UV) light – water is passed through UV light, which kills most microbes, depending on dosage applied.

Well folks, that’s all for this week. Thank you for tuning in and I hope you learned a little bit about drinking water.

EARTHWATER – Locally sourced from a natural Texas spring, purified (treated via reverse osmosis and UV light), and Alkalized by the Infusion of 70+ naturally occurring trace minerals (FULVIC/HUMIC) that are essential to your health and optimal wellbeing. You can find all of our products on Amazon.com/fulhum.

#WhatTheWater #KnowYourWater #MineralsInMyDrink #HumicAndFulvic #HealthyLiving

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REFERENCES

[1] Wikipedia, Bottled water. Wikimedia Foundation, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottled_water. Accessed 24 Jan 2018.

[2] US Food and Drug Administration, Sec. 165. 110 Bottled water. Code of Federal Regulations, 2017. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=165&showFR=1&subpartNode=21:2.0.1.1.41.2. Accessed 24 Jan 2018.

[3] US Environmental Protection Agency, Bottled Water Basics. NSCEP/NEPIS, 2005. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/2005_09_14_faq_fs_healthseries_bottledwater.pdf[PDF]. Accessed 24 Jan 2018.

Question of the Day: Is it ACTUALLY Healthier to Drink Mineral Water?

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Well, it depends on which minerals, how much your body needs, and the amount you’re taking in. Did you know that most of the food you eat, even the fruits and vegetables we eat are not as nutritious as they used to be due to mineral depletion in the soil. We know what minerals our bodies need, but it's important to add them to your diet in the right amounts and in a way your body can actually absorb and benefit from.

It's also important to note that not all minerals are created equal and our bodies need different minerals in different amounts for different purposes. Some are beneficial, some are harmful, and some are beneficial but harmful at high levels. Common macro-minerals such as Sodium, Potassium, and Calcium are necessary for the normal functioning and development of bones, muscles, heart, and brain. But there are also more uncommon ones such as Chromium, Fluorine, Molybdenum, and Selenium that are required in trace quantities.  

According to the Merck Manuals, there are six macro-minerals which are needed by your body in gram amounts: 

  • Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, and Phosphorus 

By the same token, there are nine trace minerals needed in minute amounts: 

  • Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, and Zinc 

If you would like to learn more about these minerals, please find linked below the referenced Merck Manuals webpage. There contains information on all the above-mentioned minerals, common sources for those minerals, their specific functions, and the effects of deficiency and toxicity. There also includes guidelines to the daily intake of those minerals, separated out by age and gender. 

Thanks for listening, and Please Drink EarthWater – Collected, Purified, and Alkalized by the Infusion of 70+ trace minerals essential to your well being. 

Overview of Minerals – Merck Manuals 

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/mineral-deficiency-and-toxicity/overview-of-minerals   

Have a Less Toxic New Year

Toxins are often unavoidable in everyday life, but some simple changes could greatly reduce the number of toxins that you encounter throughout the day. This year I implore you to challenge yourself to have a less toxic year. Leave the gym and diet filled New Year’s resolutions in 2017 and this year vow to limit the toxic exposure in your home!

1.)   BPA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified detectable levels of BPA, in 93 percent of people tested. BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical that is used to make shatterproof plastics and plastics that contain the chemical are labeled as a number 7. The effects of BPA are yet to be fully understood as just 40 years ago BPA was not in consumer products. Studies have shown that elevated rates of BPA are linked to the development of breast and prostate cancer, asthma and cardiovascular problems. Prenatal exposure to the chemical has also been linked to aggression and hyperactivity, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study of 2-year-old girls. Rid your home of number 7 plastics to avoid BPA exposure - a switch to glass or metal reusable containers and bottles could easily quell any risk of exposure.

2.)   Asbestos: A known carcinogen, asbestos, is commonly found in the home. The microscopic fibers were used heavily in building materials in the United States throughout the 1970s. The fibers were an attractive option because of its ability to resist fire, heat, and electricity. Unfortunately asbestos is also the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer, a disease that occurs when asbestos fibers are released into the air, inhaled, and then embed in the lining of the lungs. The cancer can develop in the lungs, abdominal cavity, heart, and testicles. Mesothelioma has an extremely poor prognosis with most patients only living 12 to 21 months following diagnosis. Currently, there is no cure so awareness and prevention are paramount. If your home was built prior to 1980, it is suggested that a certified asbestos specialist inspect your home.

                        Products that can contain asbestos:

●      Wallpaper

●      Ceiling/Floor Tiles

●      Vinyl Flooring

●      Sheetrock

●      Wallboard

●      Roofing, Shingles, Stucco

●      Insulation

While abatement projects may be an annoying cost to bear now, it could save you and your family from battles with cancer and immense medical costs down the road.

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3.)   Radon: This radioactive gas is released from the elements in rocks and soil. Radon is dangerous because it’s odorless, tasteless, and not visible to the eye. It usually exists in low levels outdoors, but indoors with poor ventilation radon levels can accumulate. Radon can enter the home through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations, and collect, elevating the indoor levels. It can also be released from building materials, or from water obtained from wells that contain radon. Levels are higher in homes that are well insulated, tightly sealed, or built on soil rich in the elements uranium, thorium, and radium. Basements and first floors typically have the highest radon levels because of their proximity to the ground from which the gas emanates.                    

Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, as scientists estimate that 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are related to radon. A combination of smoking - the number one cause of lung cancer - and exposure to radon creates the greatest risk of lung cancer. Radon-related cancer deaths most often occur among smokers, but it is estimated that more than 10 percent of radon-related cancer deaths occur among nonsmokers.

Testing your home is the only way to know your level of exposure. There are two different types of radon tests - short and long term. The short term radon tests measures radon levels for two to 90 days, whereas the long term tests determine the average level in a 90 day period. Longer form tests are more accurate as radon levels in the home tend to fluctuate depending on rain or snow, barometric pressure, and other influences. Additionally it is important to test your own home and not base your safety on a neighbor’s radon results. Homes right next door to each other can have drastically different radon levels which can create a false sense of safety.

4.)   Polluted Water: Water may seem like the purest possible element, however, between 2010 and 2015 the Environmental Working Group collected data from 48,721 water utilities in 50 states in which they found over 250 different pollutants in U.S. tap water. Results for each municipality can be found in the EWG Tap Water Database. Contaminants include 93 that have a link to an increased risk of cancer, 78 associated with brain and nervous system damage, 63 that can cause developmental harm to children and fetuses, 45 connected to hormonal disruption, and 38 that may cause fertility problems. Many of the samples showed levels that are legal under the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet well above the levels scientific studies have deemed as safe with no risk to health.

            To prevent exposure to toxins by consuming one of the basic human needs, it is recommended to filter water either from the spout itself or using a pitcher. Additionally switching to a product like Earth Water in bottle, packet, or cap form will ensure a trusted clean drink that also has the benefit of antioxidants that combat free radicals and flush out toxins.

 

By taking small steps to monitor and reduce your exposure to the above toxins, 2018 could be your happiest, and in turn healthiest, year yet. Reducing the presence of these toxins in your home can ensure that your family is able to live their best lives each and every day!

What Do NASCAR, EarthWater and The Kitchen Have in Common? Chef Andrew Combs Dishes.

Andrew recently shared his home-cooking with EarthWater over the holidays on his Facebook Page @cookinginthefastlane

Andrew recently shared his home-cooking with EarthWater over the holidays on his Facebook Page @cookinginthefastlane

Andrew Combs is Chef to BK Racing’s 60+ employees that work to field the No. 23 and 83 entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He is a big fan of our Earthwater products, but not just in the way you might think. The adventurous chef that he is, he has begun cooking with EarthWater products as a way to not only flavor his dishes, but also to add nutrients to them.

We sat down with Andrew this week to find out how this Cooking With EarthWater adventure came about.

Q: So, Mr. Combs, how often and for how many people do you cook for?

A: I cook almost every cup race, not only for my own team but for other teams as well. The actual race is usually on Sundays, but people start getting there for the event from Friday forward. So, for big races, you’re looking at close to 100 people that’s I have to prepare for. I cook for celebrities too that come to the races, like the Rock.  

Q: How important is it for the drivers and those on the track to get a good meal in?

A: It’s all about efficiency out there. Speed, size, and strength matters. The difference between winning and losing comes down to milliseconds, so everyone’s got to be at their best. A lot of the crew members out there come from athletic backgrounds - baseball players, football players, wresters, etc, so eating right is essential. On top of that, they are usually out there for the entire day, so you can imagine how exhausting it can get, especially on a hot day.

 

Q: How do you use our products in your cooking?

A: I mostly use it instead of water to steam or boil my vegetables in. Take for example canned corn. I’ll drain ¾ of the can water, fill it back up with either the black water or Zenfuls, and then use that to boil the contents. Not only does this fill the vegetables with minerals, but the Zenfuls, like Cucumber Mint, give the end product an added aroma. Some of these guys scarf it down and probably don’t even notice, but others do. Another way I use it is in my pasta. I’ll put the black water in with the marinara sauce, which gives it a darker, more robust red. I’d be generous when using it with lighter sauces such as alfredo because it might make it too dark. Also, it’s nice because the Earthwater cleans you out. Not like it makes you run to the bathroom or anything, but it helps to regulate your digestive system. You’re out on the track all day and sometimes you just can’t get away.

Chef Andrew Combs (right) with The Rock 

Chef Andrew Combs (right) with The Rock 

 

Q: Have you used the black water to boil pasta with? If so, does it change the color?

A: With thinner pastas such as angel hair, the pastas might come out a little darker. But with thicker ones, like tortellini, it comes out the same. Also, I use the Zenfuls to marinade with. It adds an extra natural hint of flavors.

Follow Chef Andrew: facebook @cookinginthefastlane

Something in the Water

Flint, Michigan, just 60 miles northwest of Detroit, is home to over 100,000 people. It’s nick named ‘Buick City’ for its massive operations in automobile manufacturing, is the birthplace of left-wing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, and was made infamous by its water crisis of 2015.

For those unfamiliar, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the city of Flint on behalf of the tens of thousands of Flint residents for its violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency, after being contacted by residents who noticed abnormalities with their drinking water, found dangerous levels of lead in the city’s municipal waters. Plaintiffs blamed authorities for negligence, and that this misconduct has led to “physical and psychological injuries, learning and other permanent disabilities, weight loss, stunted growth, anemia, headaches, abdominal and other pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, the cost of medical, education, and rehabilitation expenses, and other expenses of training assistance, loss of income and earning capacity, property damage, destruction of water service lines, and devaluation of property damages.” Further testing revealed that some drinking waters in Flint contained nearly 7 times the amount of lead allowed by the EPA.

How did this happen?

In August of 2014, city officials announced that coliform bacterium was detected in the Flint public water supply, prompting residents to boil their water before drinking. After flushing the system with chlorine and other disinfectants, that problem was supposedly fixed, and the “boil water” advisory was lifted on August 20, 2014. In September, the water again tested positive for coliform bacteria, which led officials to further flush the pipes with more chlorine.

 

While treating drinking water with chlorine is common and may not seem alarming, when it interacts with other organic matter in the water, produces trihalomethanes, or TTHM. And the buildup and consumption of these particles have been shown to be carcinogenic, meaning it can lead to cancer in humans. Not only that, but higher levels of chlorine in water increase corrosive ability, which, when reacted with metal pipes, contaminate the water with dangerous toxins such as lead. Not only have Michigan and the city of Flint been sued, but a 722 million dollar lawsuit was filed against the EPA on behalf of more than 1,700 residents impacted by the water crisis.

Could This Happen Again?

It’s important to know where our food and water comes from – where anything we put into our bodies comes from. And while what happened in Flint may seem distant or isolated, it’s important to note that by the time residents began to notice there was something in the water, damage was already being done, damage that was irreversible.

While, for some, only drinking bottled water may not be feasible or may be too expensive, for many, it’s the way they ensure they know exactly what they’re drinking. For others, investing in a water filter such as a Brita or PUR is the right choice. Home testing kits are also available and recommended for anyone who drinks water directly from the tap, such as this one which is available on Amazon.

 

Are You Getting the Full Benefit of Your Mineral Supplements?

If you’re one of the 170 million Americans who take dietary supplements, there’s something you should know. Whether it’s tablets, caplets, capsules, softgels, chewables, powders, or liquid supplements, a large part of what you’re taking goes unabsorbed. This is usually the result of a pill’s inability to dissolve completely into your body before passing through your digestive tract, or in some instances, caused by health issues that lead to malabsorption such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, and intestinal damage. Another reason is due to synthetic ingredients combined with the minerals which your body won’t metabolize and absorb. And because many of these vitamins and supplements go untested, price or brand do not necessarily reflect higher quality.

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Some might also have the misconception that liquid forms are the always the best. Although it is true that water is absorbed extremely quickly by our digestive and urinary systems, it is equally true that liquid can flow through our bodies just as fast. Powder supplements, although runs through your system with the water, do not pass through so readily. These small particles are more likely to catch on to the little microvillis within our small intestines, therefore increasing uptake.

But regardless of what type of supplements you take, scientific evidence has shown that fluvic and humic minerals influence the movement of molecules and help with the absorption process. Whether it’s with your meals, daily vitamins, or protein powder, washing it down in combination with our black water will help you better absorb these nutrients and get the most out of what you pay for.

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Have a Healthy Holiday Season

The seasons have a huge impact on us - ushering in changes in weather, in diets, in types and levels of activity. For this reason, seasonal health changes are important to take note of. And the Winter Holiday Season, in particular, can massively impact our health.

Shockingly, experts at the Journal of Social Science took a look at 57,451,944 official U.S. death certificates from 1979 to 2004 from various hospitals. Here’s what they found:

“On Christmas and New Year, mortality from natural causes spikes in dead-on-arrival(DOA) and emergency department (ED) settings. There are more DOA/ED deaths on 12/25, 12/26, and 1/1 than on any other day.”2

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Your first instinct might be to think that this is due to the fact that these are the coldest months of the year, and therefore give rise to cold- and flu- related health problems, leading to more serious cardiac issues. Although cold weather may be the most culpable factor, it may not be all to blame. The above research reports holiday spikes for most major disease groups spanning across every demographic group, not just those relating to heart complications.2 In fact, to study the potential influence of cold temperatures on death rates during the holidays, Dr. John Knight of the University of Melbourne in Austrailia examined death certificates of more than 738,000 individuals from 1988 to 2013, but from New Zealand, where their seasons are switched and Christmas happens in the Summer. They concluded that:

“There were 4.2 percent more heart-related deaths during the last week of December and the first week of January – the period encompassing Christmas and New Year’s Eve – than would be expected if the holidays didn’t affect death rates”. 3

Now, this is not to say that cold weather has no effect, as influenza is still most prevalent during wintertime, and in general, cardiac death rates tend to be lowest during the summer. But, these studies do suggest that there is something about the holiday season which make people go blue. Reasons that cause this ‘Christmas Effect’ remain widely debated, but there are some proposed explanations such as increases in activity and stress during the holidays, changes in diet and alcohol consumption, lower staffing at hospitals, less access to care due to travel plans, changes in environment due to traveling, and increased risk of accidents.

To help you stay safe during this holiday season, here are some tips from EarthWater:

1.       Wash Your Hands (especially when preparing food)

2.       Manage Your Stress (Woo-Sahh)

3.       Get frequent check-ups

4.       Prevent Injuries (fires, falls, fender-benders)

5.       Eat and Drink Responsibly(balance is key)

We might not be able to help you much with the first four, but for #5, try drinking some Earthwater before big meals or before and after consuming alcohol. It hydrates better than regular water, keeps you energized, and is less risky than caffeinated sugar drinks! And, it’s got plenty of benefits!

·         Improves Metabolism

·         Increases Enzyme Activity

·         Blood Oxygenation

·         Nutrient Absorption

·         Rejuvenates Cells

·         Balances pH Levels

·         Boosts Immunity

·         Detoxification

·         Fights Free Radicals

·         Removes Heavy Metals

·         Boost Energy Levels Naturally

·         Improves & Sustains Longevity

So Stay Safe Earthwater Fam! And Happy Holidays!

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4673349/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20805014

[3] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-heart-related-deaths-spike-around-holidays/

THE BLACK MINERALS PHENOMENON

No one can deny the healthy living movement, evidenced by the recent surge in health products and supplements, including fulvic and humic acids, but many people still don’t understand what the potential benefits derived from these natural minerals are.

According to a book written on Humic/Fulvic compounds, resulting from a symposium held in 1996 by the American Chemical Society, which consisted of top scientists and experts in the field, “Humic and Fulvic substances have been studied extensively for more than 200 years.”1 These substances are extracted from mineral rich soil deposits layered beneath the earth’s surface where they are created through compression of biodegraded plant matter.

Initially, observers noticed that animals which consumed grass growing on particular Hungarian deposit experienced accelerated growth and also better resisted diseases common to nearby regions. This suggested to researchers that the animals had ingested something that had enhanced their immune function and promoted growth and disease resistance. It was discovered later that what was affecting these animals were high levels of Fulvic and Humic substances found present in their diets. After extensive testing and research, it was proposed that these substances were able to accomplish such tasks by enhancing the ability of mammals to absorb nutrients into their bodies.

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Due to the colloidal properties of Humic substances, they serve as effective transporters which help to carry essential nutrients and minerals throughout the body, and in turn allow for a more efficient metabolism.2

Continued scientific research support the ability of Humic and Fulvic substances to not only perform as effective transporters for nutrients and mineral, but help people retain water and also remove contaminants from the body. Additionally, there is evidence that suggest its benefits in: Digestion, Immune function, Metabolism, Cognition, Detoxification, Inflammation, Energy, Skin.

EarthWater FulHum: Why is it Black?

Humic substances are naturally occurring and organically black in color. Fulvic Acids can be extracted from the humic and appear reddish brown.

Is it safe?

On rare occasions, if ingested in large amounts, there have been reports of diarrhea, but resolved without medical intervention.3

References

1.    “Humic and Fulvic Acids: Isolation, Structure, and Environmental Role”. ACS Symposium Series 651. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gaffney, Nancy A. Marley, and Sue B. Clark.  Published by ACS in 1996.

2.    “Scientific Report. Peat-derived Organic Humifulvate Concentrate (HFC): A New Multimineral Dietary Supplement”. American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research. Submitted by Amy Addington, MS and Alexander Schauss, PhD. Released in 2000. https://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/04/jan04/013004/95s-0316-rpt0169-03-Tab-01-Attachment-01-vol123.pdf

3.    “Phase I clinical study of the acute and subacute safety and proof-of–concept efficacy of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid”. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Correspondence to Justin John Gandy. Published by Dove Medical Press Ltd. In 2012. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3304339/pdf/cpaa-4-007.pdf

 

EarthWater is Great for... Hair Rejuvenation!?

Ful-er, Smoother, Shinier Hair in Minutes

EarthWater team member Mely Gomez recently launched a hair rejuvenation experiment using EarthWater FulHum. She loved her results so much, she's sharing her secret recipe!

IMPORTANT:  Best used on Dark Hair Tones. As this product is black, be cautious when applying to color treated / light hair tones.                       

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Use our mineral infused FulHum water to revitalize your hair by bringing back that natural shine and smoothness you desire. With the 70+ nutritious trace minerals found inside our waters, we have created a solution to effectively and instantly treat dry and brittle hair. It’s simple:

 

MIX SOLUTIONS ACCORDINGLY.

1.       Mix ½ apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and the other ½ with of our FulHum mineral water.

2.       Apply (spray with a clean spritz bottle) generous amounts over the entirety of your scalp and hair

3.       Leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes

4.       Rinse away solution

After first use, Mely found that her hair was instantly shinier and more manageable. 

Repeat as needed!

Have a Happy Hair Day! Let us know how it works: info@earthwater.com

What’s water got to do with NASCAR?

A lot more than you think...

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Even if you're not a fan, virtually everyone has been exposed to NASCAR at one point or another. You might say it's just a bunch of guys driving their car around in circles, and not see what they big deal is. Now that EarthWater spent 2017 as the Official Water of BK Racing and has had some serious, in-depth, track-side experience with this incredible team, we can offer an insider perspective on the athleticism that goes into each NASCAR race and also why it's so perfect to sponsor a team as a fulvic /  humic mineral water producer.

So, what does NASCAR have to do with fulvic water? Well, as with most races nowadays lasting about least 3 hours (not including delays), as a driver, there are other risks involved besides the car crashing and potentially going up in flames. There’re also risks associated with the inhalation of fumes (gasoline, burning rubber), hearing loss as track noise exceeds that of even rock concerts, and - the biggest one - DEHYDRATION!

Being stuck in the car for that long with burn-prevention gear, especially on a hot day, can severely dehydrate someone as temperatures can reach well over 100+ degrees. In severe cases, it could even lead to deep vein thrombosis or blood clotting. In fact, cup series driver Brian Vickers was ordered by his physician to stop racing for 6 months after developing such a clot.

And if you have never heard of Brian Vickers, what about Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Jr, who both had to be treated due to severe dehydration after races. Earnhardt needed a couple bags of IV fluids, and here is a video of Jimmie needing to be helped from the car after the race - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDnoY-9uT_o

Here’s another of Kyle Busch just last month collapsing to the ground after the race, gasping for air. He was transported and treated at the onsite medical facility for overheating and increased carbon monoxide levels, and was later released. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1mJMRRJW0g

During a recent interview with NASCAR driver Gray Gaulding, an up and coming 19 year old Virginian who started racing in NASCAR Legends series since age 12, and is the youngest driver to do so, stated that in the past, he’s lost 10-13 pounds after a race. He weighs in regularly at 155 lbs. That’s a lot of water lost just 3 hours. In efforts to support him, NASCAR, and the importance of hydration, EarthWater sponsored Gray on Sunday November 5th at the Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500, part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in BK Racing's #83 car.

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Since introducing him to our product, he tells us it’s kept him better hydrated during races, and has become part of his pre and post-race routine.

We know that hydration is an extremely important factor in the competitive world of NASCAR. And we're proud to provide BK Racing and its drivers with an even BETTER water - one that packs incredible, natural minerals, absorbs faster into the body, has a +9 pH and antioxidants, all to help keep this team running at peak speed!

Watch Gray’s interview with EarthWater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu4ERvSgpv8

View Gray’s upcoming schedule: http://www.graygaulding.com/events/

 

Should You Be Using Essential Oils?

You know of the oil that is pumped into your car to keep your engine running. You also know of the oils that are used for cooking - olive, vegetable, coconut, etc. But what do you know about ESSENTIAL OILS and their applications, like lavender, or eucalyptus?

Chances are, if you’re into yoga and meditation, you’ve probably heard of them being used for aromatherapy or in scented candles. If you’re into natural / homeopathic remedies, there are claims that they can help to fight cold and flu symptoms, soothe sore muscles, alleviate pain, balance hormones, improve digestion, and reduce cellulite and wrinkles. Historically, essential oils were even used by early Egyptians dating thousands of years back in their mummification process.

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Photo Source: https://organicdailypost.com/essential-oils-for-blackheads-the-perfect-formula/

There is even talk nowadays about essential oils being the "new antibiotic". According to an article published by The Atlantic magazine titled “Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics”, farmers are starting to incorporate essential oils into their livestock feed, with some even substituting it for antibiotics. Due to their antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, essential oils offer a more natural and less risky option to antibiotics. According to a recent FDA report, antibiotics consumed by livestock, as a percentage of all antibiotics used in the U.S., jumped 16 points between 2009 and 2012. This puts the total at ~80% consumed by livestock. The rampant use of antibiotics has caused sharp increases in the prevalence of drug-resistant bacteria called “superbugs”, which have not only strained on our healthcare system by incapacitating current medications’ ability to treat infections, but has also resulted in the increased number of deaths caused by infections.

According to Dr. Cyril Gay, the senior national program leader at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Research Service, “The loss of antibiotics due to antimicrobial resistance is potentially one of the most important challenges the medical and animal-health communities will face in the 21st century.”

So, what's the verdict? Whether you believe the hype, see the science, or view essential oils as part of your relaxation therapy – we think that natural remedies such as these are worth looking into and educating yourself about. The Earth, as we know, produces the healthiest and most powerful solutions to many of our health concerns and problems. The key is to explore what is available, learn to use your resources properly and to your benefit!

To learn more about essential oils and natural, healthy living, please visit our friends at the Organic Daily Post.

References

Rodriguez, Tori. “Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics.” The Atlantic. 16 JAN 2015. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/01/the-new-antibiotics-might-be-essential-oils/384247/. Accessed 25 OCT 2017.

Balance Me Beautiful: Typles of Essential Oils & Their Benefits:  http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/types-of-essential-oils-benefits/

EarthWater is Riding for the Cure to Diabetes at the ADA’s 2017 Tour de Cure.

JOIN EARTHWATER THIS SATURDAY, October 14th for the 2017 DFW TourdeCure @ Southfork Ranch!!! Our cycling foursome includes leader and Advisory Board member Ed Opka, with President and former MLB player Cash Riley, Jr. leading our walking crew! Being the American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising event, you and/or your team can Ride, Run or Walk with thousands of other participants from around the country to:

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·         Raise Diabetes Awareness

·         Help Fund Life-Saving Research

·         Stand Together Against Discrimination

It’s not too late to REGISTER and/or DONATE ! WEBSITE HERE

MAKE AN IMPACT FOR THIS GREAT CAUSE!

In efforts to raise awareness and lower the incidence of diabetes, we want to share with you some FACTS taken from this year’s National Diabetes Statistics Report published by the Center for Disease Control, LINK:

1.       An estimated 30.3 million people of all ages – or 9.4% of the U.S. population – had diabetes in 2015

·         25.2% of adults 65 years or older have diabetes

·         Prevalence of diabetes was higher among American Indians, Asians, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics

·         About 132,000 children and adolescents younger than age 18 years are diagnosed with diabetes

·         Counties in the southern and Appalachian regions of the United States tend to have the highest prevalence of diagnosed diabetes

·         There are more women with diabetes than men

2.       Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015.

3.       The total direct and indirect estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012 was $245 billion.

·         After adjusting for age group and sex, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were about 2.3 times higher than expenditures for people without diabetes.

4.       Of those 18 years and older diagnosed with diabetes(2011-2014)

·         15.9% were current smokers

·         87.5% were overweight or obese

·         40.8% were physically inactive

·         73.6% had high blood pressure

·         58.2% had High Cholesterol

·         15.6% had an A1C value higher than 9%

 

You can’t afford to wait! Join us and the ADA today! Ride or Di-abetes!

How to Make Money with Social Media & EarthWater

The EarthWater Amazon Affiliate Program

As an online company, EarthWater is always looking for the right brand ambassadors to help spread the word about their experiences with our products. Brand Ambassadors are vital to companies by providing credible exposure to an already engaged and trusting audience. The system is a win for everyone – influencers who love our products and become an ambassador use the platforms they already have in place to simply demonstrate the product to their fans – Thus EarthWater gains invaluable exposure to new people, and the Ambassador gets to enjoy the product they love PLUS make money doing what they love.

EarthWater implements all of its ambassadors through the Amazon Associates program, also known as Amazon Affiliates. With our Amazon partnership, this program allows ambassadors to show off EarthWater products, while also getting compensated for their results directly through their Amazon account. Every time a fan clicks an ambassador’s link or banner ad, and proceeds to purchase anything on Amazon, the ambassador earns cash!

 

EarthWater’s newest ambassador, Tiffany Becerra, aka RoundTripGypsy is a fantastic demonstration of this program at work. Tiffany co-owns a recruiting company in Dallas, Tx, Net Gold, LLC, and travels the world while blogging every step of the way. “I wanted to promote EarthWater because I saw an opportunity to be a part of something big. I'm a storyteller, and I love telling people stories through my blog, my pictures, and my travels around the world,” said Tiffany! “EarthWater has an amazing story to tell and I wanted the chance to help bring it to life… EarthWater helps make it easy for me to get all of the minerals I need in one place, and I couldn't be more grateful.”

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Tiffany has leveraged her relationship with EarthWater into a monetary partnership by using the Amazon Associates program! Every sale that Tiffany generates on Amazon earns her a commission, ranging from 4 – 10%! To generate a sale, the user creates clickable links and banner ads through the Amazon Associates dashboard and posts them to their websites, social media channels, blogs, and apps. Once a shopper clicks a link built through the Amazon Associate dashboard, they are routed to Amazon where they can buy the item. The awesome thing about this is even if the customer does not buy the item you advertise, but rather buys other products on Amazon, you still get the commission for the sale!


Make sure you follow along with Tiffany on Instagram to see her in action, use her discount code, and watch as she takes EarthWater on all sorts of adventures! Tiffany: @roundtripgypsy

How to Become an EarthWater Ambassador:

Signing up for the Amazon Associates program is something that anyone can do, and it’s free!

1.      Go to http://affiliate-program.amazon.com and click “Join Now for Free!”

2.      Fill out the application! (For a walk through of the sign up, you can check out the YouTube video I created! Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZq3_zrtKx8)

3.      Once you have completed the sign up, you will need to enter your tax information so Amazon can issue payments to you.

4.      Create your own links and banners for your websites so you can start earning money!

Check out Tiffany’s blog by going to https://www.roundtripgypsy.com.

If you would like more information on being an affiliate or brand ambassador for EarthWater please contact us at Info@EarthWater.com!

Proof of Purity: An EarthWater Experiment!

If you’ve ever been to a bar that’s serious about their cocktails, you know how serious they are about the quality of their ice. With normal, everyday, generic ice, like the ones your refrigerator pops out or the ones that come out of ice trays, you’ll notice that they all come out cloudy. Professionals in the cocktail game make sure that their ice freezes hard and clear. And there are reasons why.

Higher quality ice:

1) Takes longer to melt, therefore keeping your drink cooler for longer and without diluting into your drink.

2) Purer in nature, which ensures its ‘tastelessness’ and therefore does not, in any way, alter the taste of that $10 cocktail

3) And just looks fancier overall

But have you ever wondered why pure water freezes clear while others come out cloudy?

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First of all, water freezes at 32°F or 0 degrees Celsius. When we need to lower that freezing point, such as when we need to prevent ice from developing on roads or to help melt it, we add solvents to it, such as salt. This lowers the water’s freezing point, thus, making it harder to freeze.

When you want to freeze water, such as when you put a bottle in the freezer, the purest molecules freeze first because it freezes at the minimum freezing point (32°F, instead of 31°F or 30°F). Combined with the fact that water will freezes from the outside in, the purest parts of the water will solidify first, on the outside and then slowly inward. Thus, the pure water that froze will begin to push or squeeze the non-water particles towards the center, which will freeze last. Ultimately, this causes the cloudy or air-bubble filled center that you find in some ice cubes.

Freezing FulHum

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A few days ago, our marketing manager, Marco, accidentally left his bottle of FulHum in the freezer for a night. Here’s what happened.

As you can see, the purified portion of our water froze and bonded together first, from the outside in. The strength of those bonds then in turn pushed our Fulvic/Humic Mineral Complex to the middle, enclosing it and freezing last.

Cool! RIGHT?

What if You Freeze Our Complex with Tap Water?

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As an experiment, we froze our Fulvic/Humic Mineral Complex with tap water. Here’s what happened.

This gives great testament to the multi-level purification process that we undertake in order to ensure the quality and purity of the water that we deliver to you. Please Enjoy!

Artificial Sweeteners: Ineffective Against Weight-Loss?

According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, has “stopped [his] daily habit of diet drinks and [is] slowly removing these substances from the rest of his diet.”

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He continues, “Rather than help me maintain a healthy weight, they(artificial sweeteners) like aspartame may be doing exactly what we thought they should be preventing. At the very least, they do not seem to help people keep weight off.” “If, in the end, we discover that large-scale consumption of diet drinks and foods helped fuel the obesity epidemic, it would be more than ironic. It would be tragic” According to a Scientific Report authored by a panel of 14 MDs, PhDs, PharmDs, and Scholars, “they found a mere seven trials, with a total of only 1,003 people, that evaluated consumption of the substances(non-nutritive sweeteners), for more than six months.”

“The bottom line was that they generally failed to find that sweeteners helped people lose weight. Since most people use sweeteners for the purpose of controlling or losing weight, if they were considered drugs instead of a food substance they would be deemed ineffective based on the best evidence available”

“They [also] found that people who consumed these sweeteners were more likely to have increases in weight and waistline, and a higher incidence of obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular events.”

So, this begs the question. Are artificial sweeteners really helping? Moreover, they may even be harmful.

Exploring the Benefits of Fulvic / Humic Compounds

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In an age when people are increasingly conscious of their health and what they put into their bodies, it can be hard to discern if we’re making the right choices when it comes to our diet. Even when we read each label of each food product we buy, how do we know what those ingredients mean, or what they do to our health? Therehas been a recent surge in health products and supplements, including fulvic and humic acids, but many people still don’t understand what the potential benefits are of adding them to their diet, or how their body will use them.

So, we did some research, specifically on what Fulvic and Humic minerals really are, and what they really do.

According to a symposium published in 1996 by the American Chemical Society in Chicago, “Humic and Fulvic substances have been studied extensively for more than 200 years.”1 These substances are extracted from mineral rich soil deposits layered beneath the earth’s surface where they are created through compression of biodegraded plant matter, producing fulvic and humic acid compounds.

2One study found that the animals, consuming the grass growing on these deposits, experienced accelerated growth and resisted diseases commonly seen nearby regions. This suggested that the animals had ingested something that had enhanced their immune function and promoted optimal growth and disease resistance. It was discovered that what was affecting these animals was the high levels of fulvic and humic substances that were present in their diets. It is also believed that the fulvic and humic substances ingested by these animals enhanced absorption of minerals found in the plants the livestock was eating.

In fact, veterinary doctors observed that animals grazing on or near a Hungarian deposit “were exceptionally healthy, compared to other animals, especially off-spring.”2 So, through this observation, we can understand that we, as humans can benefit from having these compounds in our diets. The problem is, due to over-farming and bioengineering of our food, many of our foods are no longer rooted in this mineral-rich soil, and if the soil the food grows in is lacking in these compounds, then the food itself will be lacking, too. And so, we have to find other ways to supplement fulvic and humic compounds in our diet if we want the same benefits to our health that have been observed in other species.

Potential Health Benefits

Due to the observed and documented ability for fulvic and humic substances to transport essential minerals, retain water, and even combat contaminants, it is proposed, with significant scientific support, that regular consumption of fulvic and humic substances can help with:

1.       Digestion

2.       Immune function

3.       Nutrient absorption as well as Metabolic activity

4.       Cognitive health

5.       Detoxification

6.       Inflammation

7.       Low energy levels

8.       Skin health

Why is it Black?

Humic substances are naturally occurring and are organically black in color. This is what causes water / food with humic compounds to appear black.

 

 

Safety

There lacks substantial research in the United States, especially in human trials, on the long-term effects of humic and fulvic in the human diet. But, most current research does suggest more pros than cons. One study actually showed that when added to chicken feed, with other variables tightly controlled, it decreased the population’s mortality rate as well as incidences of disease.3

Side Effects

The majority of reported side effects occurred usually after the ingesting high and concentrated amount of the substance, which is why it is recommended that it should be diluted for consumption. These side effects were not severe, and mostly subsided after a period of time after ingestion of food.  Noteworthy side effects include diarrhea (attributed to overconsumption), headache, and a burning sensation in the throat upon ingestion, which can be attributed to the low-pH of a mixing medium.

Take Away

Although more research may be required, fulvic and humic substances have been studied around the world by scholars for centuries, and there is strong evidence that suggest biological and health benefits involved with regular consumption.

References

1.       “Humic and Fulvic Acids: Isolation,m Structure, and Environmental Role”. ACS Symposium Series 651. Edited by Jeffrey S. Gaffney, Nancy A. Marley, and Sue B. Clark.  Published by ACS in 1996.

2.       “Scientific Report. Peat-derived Organic Humifulvate Concentrate (HFC): A New Multimineral Dietary Supplement”. American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research. Submitted by Amy Addington, MS and Alexander Schauss, PhD. Released in 2000

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4.       “Phase I clinical study of the acute and subacute safety and proof-of –concept efficacy of carbohydrate-derived fulvic acid”. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Correspondence to Justin John Gandy. Published by Dove Medical Press Ltd. In 2012.

Do You Have an Electrolyte Imbalance?

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Electrolytes are certain nutrients (or chemicals) present in your body that have many important functions — from regulating your heartbeat to allowing your muscles to contract so you can move.

The major electrolytes found within the body include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride. Because these crucial nutrients help stimulate nerves throughout the body and balance fluid levels, an electrolyte imbalance can cause a variety of serious negative symptoms, including some that are potentially deadly.

You obtain electrolytes through eating different foods and drinking certain fluids, while you lose them partially through exercise, sweating, going to the bathroom and urinating. This is why a poor diet, too little or too much exercise, and being sick are some possible causes for an electrolyte imbalance.

Some of the major roles that electrolytes have within the body include:

  • Calcium: helping with muscle contractions, nerve signaling, blood clotting, cell division, and forming/maintaining bones and teeth
  • Potassium: helping keep blood pressure levels stable, regulating heart contractions, helping with muscle functions
  • Magnesium: needed for muscle contractions, proper heart rhythms, nerve functioning, bone-building and strength, reducing anxiety, digestion, and keeping a stable protein-fluid balance
  • Sodium: helps maintain fluid balance, needed for muscle contractions, and helps with nerve signaling
  • Chloride: maintains fluid balance

How Electrolytes Work and the Causes of an Imbalance

Electrolytes are found within bodily fluids, including urine, blood and sweat. Electrolytes are given their name because they literally have an “electric charge.” They separate into positively and negatively charged ions when they’re dissolved in water. The reason this is important is because of how nerve reactions take place. Your nerves signal to one another by a process of chemical exchanges dependent on oppositely charged ions, both outside and inside of your cells.

An electrolyte imbalance can be caused by a number of different factors, including short-term illnesses, medications, dehydration and underlying chronic disorders. Some of the common causes of electrolyte imbalance are due to fluid loss, which can stem from situations including:

  • Being sick with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, sweating or high fevers that can­ all produce fluid loss or dehydration
  • A poor diet that’s low in essential nutrients from whole foods
  • Trouble absorbing nutrients from food (malabsorption) due to intestinal or digestive issues
  • Hormonal imbalances and endocrine disorders
  • Taking certain medications including those for treating cancer, heart disease or hormonal disorders
  • Taking antibiotics, over-the-counter diuretics or medications, or corticosteroid hormones
  • Kidney disease or damage (since the kidneys play a critical role in regulating chloride in your blood and “flushing out” potassium, magnesium and sodium)
  • Chemotherapy treatments, which can cause side effects of low blood calcium or calcium deficiency, changes in blood potassium levels, and other electrolyte deficiencies

Signs and Symptoms of an Electrolyte Imbalance

Because electrolytes have so many different roles within the body, an imbalance normally causes noticeable changes in how you feel pretty quickly. Depending on the type of electrolyte imbalance you experience, a number of symptoms can occur including:

  • Muscle aches, spasms, twitches and weakness
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Frequent headaches
  • Feely very thirsty
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeats
  • Digestive issues like cramps, constipation or diarrhea
  • Confusion and trouble concentrating
  • Bone disorders
  • Joint pain
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Changes in appetite or body weight
  • Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Numbness and pain in joints
  • Dizziness, especially when standing up suddenly

To diagnose an electrolyte imbalance, your doctor can perform a few different tests to determine your electrolyte levels. Most likely your health care provider will discuss your medical history with you, any reoccurring symptoms you experience, and take a urine and blood test to identify any abnormalities.

It’s also sometimes necessary to have an EKG test, ultrasound or X-rays of your kidneys in order to look for severe electrolyte imbalances that can put you at risk for heart complications.

Your doctor will look for any noticeable changes in optimal electrolyte levels, including very high or low potassium, magnesium or sodium levels. These are usually fairly easy to spot since the body works very hard to keep electrolyte concentrations within a narrow range. Levels are measured per liter of blood, and an electrolyte imbalance is diagnosed when you either have a value higher or lower than the normal ranges below:

  • Calcium: 5–5.5 mEq/L
  • Chloride: 97–107 mEq/L
  • Potassium: 5–5.3 mEq/L
  • Magnesium: 1.5-2.5 mEq/L
  • Sodium: 136–145 mEq/L

How do you know when it’s time to speak with a doctor about whether or not you might have an electrolyte imbalance? If you can identify with the descriptions of electrolyte imbalance symptoms below, it’s best to talk visit a health care provider to talk about how to reverse the problem and prevent it from happening again. Here are some of the common signs of experiencing an electrolyte balance and a bit more about what can cause each one:

  • Changes in Heartbeat: When potassium rises to very high levels, a condition called hyperkalemia develops. This interferes with the normal signals sent from nerves to muscles, which can result in muscles becoming weak, tingly or numb. At the same time, high potassium can impact your heartbeat and cause rapid rhythms that make you feel anxious. Also, one of the main effects of high calcium levels is on the cardiovascular system and electrical transmission pathways of the heart, so very high calcium levels are another common cause of heartbeat changes.
  • Anxiety and Trouble Sleeping: Most of us know how hard it is to fall and stay asleep when we have muscle spasms, a fast heartbeat or night sweats. Despite feeling like you’re always tired, low magnesium levels and high potassium can cause trouble getting good rest because of ongoing pains and mental disturbances.
  • Muscle Spasms: When dehydration occurs or potassium and magnesium levels fall abruptly, muscle weakness and spasms are usually some of the first signs. Very low potassium levels (hypokalemia) can also cause cramps and constipation. Low calcium levels (hypocalcemia) also causes muscle spasms, cramps, abdominal muscle pain and convulsions.
  • Digestive Issues: The muscles within your digestive tract need to contract properly in order to help you go to the bathroom. So either high or low levels of electrolytes can result in diarrhea, constipation, cramping or hemorrhoids. Nausea is also sometimes caused by very low sodium levels (called hyponatremia). This same condition can be followed by headaches, disorientation and respiratory problems when it’s left unresolved.
  • Bone Pains: Very high calcium levels (called hypercalcemia) can result in bone fractures, painful kidney stones, vomiting and constipation. The same condition can also make you feel tired and weak, with trouble concentrating.
  • Confusion, Dizziness and Irritability: When your sodium levels rise too drastically (called hypernatremia), you can become dizzy and weak. When this worsens, it’s possible to become even more delirious and even experience a seizure or coma.

How to Solve an Electrolyte Imbalance

1. Adjust Your Diet

The first step to correcting an electrolyte imbalance is to identify how it developed in the first place. For many people, a poor diet that’s high in processed foods containing lots of sodium, but low in other electrolytes like magnesium or potassium, paves the way for a dangerous imbalance. In many cases, a minor electrolyte imbalance can be corrected by simply making dietary changes and cutting way back on junk foods, takeout and restaurant foods, while instead cooking more fresh foods at home.

Focus your diet around whole, unpackaged foods — especially plenty of vegetables and fruits that provide potassium and magnesium. Some of the best include leafy greens, cruciferous veggies like broccoli or cabbage, starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or squash, bananas, and avocados. A diet that’s rich in magnesium or potassium likely can be enough to solve problems like low potassium levels that can lead to blood pressure problems or magnesium deficiency that can contribute to anxiety, restlessness and muscle cramps.

To prevent dehydration and restore electrolytes, focus on these foods — which are some of the most hydrating due to being very water-dense:

  1. Coconut water
  2. Celery
  3. Watermelon
  4. Cucumber
  5. Kiwi
  6. Bell peppers
  7. Citrus fruit
  8. Carrots
  9. Cultured dairy (amasai/kefir/yogurt)
  10. Pineapple

Another thing to consider is whether you’re consuming enough calcium. With or without eating dairy products, it’s possible to get calcium from leafy greens, other veggies, beans and legumes. To obtain enough calcium naturally without needing supplements, consider adding high-quality and ideally raw dairy products to your diet if you can tolerate them. Foods like organic probiotic yogurt, cultured raw cheeses and raw milk provide high levels of electrolytes in addition to other important nutrients.

2. Monitor Your Sodium Intake

When you do consume packaged or processed foods, check the sodium levels. Sodium is an electrolyte that plays a significant part in the body’s ability to retain or release water, so if your diet is very high in sodium, more water is excreted by the kidneys, and this can cause complications with balancing other electrolytes.

Here’s how sodium works within the body: Essentially, water follows salt, which means if you increase sodium too much, water retention also occurs. At the same time, the opposite is also true: A loss in sodium results in a loss in water, potentially causing dehydration and extreme thirst. Hypernatremia (the name of the condition that develops when either too much water is lost or too much sodium is obtained) is more common among older adults, people with diabetes and those who eat heavily processed diets. People can also lose a high level of sodium through diarrhea, taking certain diuretics or laxatives, and exercising to extreme levels and overtraining without staying hydrated — all of which cause problems of their own.

Monitoring how much sodium you consume helps keep symptoms at bay, including bloating, lethargy, dehydration, weakness, irritability and muscle twitching. Drinking water and eating mostly whole foods (not the kinds that come in packages!) also ensures you obtain enough other important electrolytes.

3. Drink Enough Water (but Not Too Much)

Electrolyte imbalances can develop when the amount of water in your body changes, either causing dehydration (not enough water compared to certain elevated electrolytes) or overhydration (too much water). Drinking enough water, without over-diluting your cells, helps stop levels of sodium and potassium from rising too high or too low.

How much water is the right amount for you? It all depends on your specific needs. Do you exercise often? Do you live in a warm climate that results in you sweating? Do you eat a lot of water-rich fruits or vegetables, or more processed foods?

While “eight glasses a day” has always been the standard recommendation, this isn’t necessarily the best amount for every person, since factors like your diet, age, physical activity level and body size all determine how much water you need. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough so you urinate at least every three to four hours, which for most people is around eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses daily.

If you practice vigorous exercise (especially in warm/hot weather that increases sweat production), make sure to replenish with plenty of water and electrolytes (like premade formulas that include sodium). If you’ve been sick (including with a fever that causes vomiting or diarrhea), keep in mind that you lose fluids and should increase your intake. If not, you risk developing dehydration symptoms, kidney stones, bladder infections, urinary tract stones and potentially even heart failure. That’s why it’s so important to protect yourself from dehydration. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding also need additional fluids (about 10–13 cups every day) to stay hydrated and prevented deficiencies, as do teenagers who are growing and developing faster than people of other ages.

Is it possible to drink too much water? Over-hydration is rare, but yes, it’s possible. Your kidneys are unable to excrete very high levels of excess water, so this can mean electrolytes within the blood can become diluted. The result might be low sodium levels, which is more common among endurance athletes (who often try to compensate for sweating by drinking lots of water) but not very likely to develop in someone eating the standard American diet that’s high in salt.

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4. Check Your Medications

Antibiotics, diuretics, hormonal pills, blood pressure medications and cancer treatments can all impact electrolyte levels. The most serious forms of electrolyte imbalances are usually seem in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Their symptoms can be very serious when not properly managed and include high blood calcium levels or other imbalances that develop when cancer cells die off.

Laxatives or diuretics also change potassium and sodium levels within the blood and urine. Certain diuretics are considered “potassium-sparing,” meaning they can cause potassium levels to stay very high while other electrolytes like sodium, calcium and magnesium can fall very low. This results in anxiety, fast heartbeats, digestive issues and trouble sleeping. It’s also possible to develop electrolyte imbalances due to hormonal interactions from antidiuretic hormone medications, aldosterone and thyroid hormones. Even high levels of physiological stress can impact hormones to the point that fluid and electrolyte levels become thrown out of balance.

If you’ve started a new medication or supplement and notice changes in your mood, energy, heartbeat and sleep, talk to your doctor about possibly changing your dose to minimize electrolyte imbalance risks.

5. Refuel After Exercise

Fluids and electrolytes (usually in the form of extra sodium) are commonly consumed by athletes during or after training. Replenishing electrolytes has been a well-known recommendation for years and is why sports drinks and enhanced waters are popular among people who are very active. It’s important to drink enough water before, during and after exercise to keep you hydrated, and if you’re training for a prolonged period of time, it’s also necessary to replenish your electrolyte stores since some electrolytes (especially sodium) are lost when you sweat.

You need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss of being active, about 1.5 to 2.5 cups for shorter workouts, and about three extra cups for longer workouts that are more than one hour. Without enough water present in your body, dehydration and deficits can cause cardiovascular complications (changes to heartbeats), muscle cramping, fatigue, dizziness and confusion. Not only does this hurt your overall aerobic performance, but it can cause you to pass out or in rare circumstances even experience serious issues like a heart attack.

Both water and sodium need to be replaced after workouts to re-establish “normal” body water levels. You don’t need to go nuts guzzling down tons of water after a workout, but make sure you eat a balanced meal afterward and have some water throughout the rest of the day. If you notice yourself feeling dizzy or heavily cramping up, try drinking lots of fluids immediately and consuming electrolytes until you feel better.

6. Consider Supplementing

Due to high stress levels, genetic factors or existing medical conditions, some people can be chronically deficient in some electrolytes. Magnesium and potassium are two electrolytes that many people are low in. Taking magnesium supplements daily can help replenish stores and prevent magnesium deficiency that’s responsible for symptoms like anxiety, trouble sleeping or muscle cramps. Potassium and magnesium are usually present in mutlivitamins, just be sure you take a high-quality, food-based vitamin in order to properly absorb these electrolytes and not any supplements that are toxic and full of junk.

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7 Ways to Live a Simpler Life in a Modern World

Today’s world has many luxuries that are supposed to make life easier. At times they may, but other times, they make things more complicated.

Meanwhile, there are lots of people who dream of living a simpler life. They picture spending their days sitting by a lake and enjoying nature. This dream is often interrupted by reality, but it does not have to be that way. There are things we can do to simplify our lives.

When people hear about simplifying life, they may think it means moving into a home in the middle of the woods and living off the land. But that is not necessarily a simpler life—and it may not be for everyone.

Instead, choose things that can keep you in the modern world, but still make life easier.

1. Get a basic cell phone. It would be nice to say that a cell phone was not necessary at all, but pay phones have disappeared and if you need to call someone in an emergency, you will need a cell phone. Instead of getting a smartphone with data and texting, opt for a basic cell phone that only makes or receives calls. There are plans that allow you to get a phone for less than $50 and offer free minutes to talk with every month.

2. Cut the cable cord. Many people are spending well in excess of $100 a month on cable television that gives them 500 different channels. Out of all those channels, most people watch 10 to 15. Instead of having a cable bill, use over the air stations you receive for free. Add a streaming service and you will never miss cable. Without cable, you can go back to an old, reliable method of entertainment—talking to one another.

3. Get rid of credit cards. Credit cards are nice. They allow people to buy things they otherwise could not afford and pay for it over time. They also become a burden that drags many people down each month. Instead of using credit cards, only buy what you can afford. Stick to that plan and the fear of not being able to pay the bills will quickly disappear.

4. Declutter the home. A search around the home will find many things that are not needed, or are no longer used. Find different ways to get rid of the things that are no longer necessary. It is even possible to make some money selling these things that can be used to help in other areas, such as paying off credit card debt.

5. Get rid of monthly expenses that are not needed. Many people are paying for gym memberships, mobile internet service, and many other monthly services they barely use. They have often put the monthly payments on their credit card so they do not even realize how much they are spending and not using.

There are often ways to get the same things that you get from these pay services without having to pay. Gym memberships can be replaced with exercising at a local park or walking around the neighborhood. If you need internet service away from home, look for Wi-Fi hot spots. They are found at many restaurants, hotels, and coffee shops. It might take effort to do this at first, but once it becomes a habit, it is easy to do.

6. Start to track your expenses. One thing people will benefit from doing is tracking the money they spend. It is the best way to find out when you are spending money and what you are spending it on. It is possible you will find you are spending a lot of money you don’t need to. You may find that second car is an expense you may not need. You could take public transportation to work and get by without a second car and all of its headaches. When you realize that, it becomes possible to make changes.

7. Track your time. Pay attention to how much time you are spending doing things. Look for ways to cut down on time you think is being wasted on unnecessary things.

Time and money are two of the most valuable resources people have. When life gets simpler, the amount of these two things that a person has available will rise. That is the benefit of a simpler life in today’s world.

The great thing about this list is that people have choices. They can choose to do one of them, all of them, or some of them. They can start out with just one and then add some others later.

Life is about choices. Making the choice to live life in a simpler way is something that is becoming a popular thing to do.

Prime Week Sales Schedule

Below you'll find the EXACT times when to make the most of prime week discounts on select EarthWater products. 

Official Hours (In CST.) During Prime Week For EXCLUSIVE Deals With EarthWater:

  • Gummies - 7/10/17 | 10am to 4pm CST.
  • FulHum 12 Packs - 7/11/17 | 7:40am to 2:40pm CST.
  • Sachets (mineral concentrate) - 7/13/17 | 8:35am to 2:35pm CST.
  • Pop Tops (mineral concentrate) -  7/15/17 | 11:15am to 5:15 pm CST.
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