Monthly Archives: July 2015

Laughing Out Loud Is Healthy!

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Looking for a great natural, healthy remedy? Try laughing!

Laughter might be the best natural remedy, and quite a few people think its also contagious! I know that if I am with a group of people laughing, I cant help but start chucking myself.

While it’s great for your face muscles to have a chuckle, its also great for quite a few other things.

  • Laughter Boosts The Immune System

    • Laughter has been shown to decrease stress hormones and increase immune cells and infection fighting antibodies. This all leads to improving your bodies health, and its resistance to disease!
  • Laughter Reduces Depression

    • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural good feeling chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of feeling good, and can temporarily relieve pain!
  • Laughter Relaxes The Body

    • While laughing it might not feel super relaxing, but theres a ton of work going on. A good laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed after.
  • Laughter Protects Your Cardiovascular System

    • Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow around your heart. This can help prevent a heart attack and other problems.

Laughter is a good thing, so go out and have a chuckle today! While laughing, hopefully you’ll start a domino effect for other people!

 

How the Drought is Poisoning California’s Drinking Water

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As California struggles through the fourth year of its historic drought, the effects are starting to hit a little closer to home… and our health.

The results of a 10-year study of California groundwater quality showed some disturbing findings.

Normally, Californians get about 30% of their drinking water from aquifers, but the drought has forced Californians to rely on these aquifers for more than 60% of our water needs.

The study found that roughly 20% of our groundwater is contaminated with high concentrations of dangerous substances like arsenic, uranium and nitrates. And it’s not getting any better…

As groundwater keeps getting lower, our drinking water will become more and more unsafe.

The longer the drought continues, the more we will rely on groundwater. You can probably see how this is quite the vicious cycle. But is there an answer? In order to understand that, we have to know what caused this quality issue.

 

Where do the contaminants come from?

Contaminants enter California’s water artificially – through heavy use of nitrogen-based fertilizers on farms – and naturally – through erosion of natural deposits.

Heavy reliance on nitrogen fertilizers (and animal waste) has led to increased levels of nitrates in the water. At levels above 10 ppm (parts per million), nitrates can impede the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, leading to birth defects and cancers of the ovaries and thyroid.

Agriculture alone isn’t the only source of contamination; arsenic – which is not used on farms – turned up more than nitrates. The study also found an alarming amount of aquifers poisoned with uranium, which is a contaminant not used in farms, but which has been pushed further into the water table (5-10 feet per year) by irrigation.

According to Kenneth Belitz, the study’s lead author and chief of the USGS’s National Water Quality Assessment Program, the process of contaminants slowly moving further down into the water table affects all areas of California.

Former agricultural areas that have evolved into suburban (Santa Ana, for example) will start to see the effects of years-old nitrates sinking into their water tables. Today’s farming hotspots – especially the San Joaquin Valley (where San Diego gets a portion of its water) – could be slowly building up nitrate levels year by year that could lead to much higher nitrate levels in well water.

 

How is the drought making it worse?

This heart-wrenching video from High Country News depicts how the drought is exacerbating the level of contaminants in California’s water. It shows the situation in East Orosi, one of the areas hit hardest by the drought.

Chad Fischer, East Orosi District Engineer, explains how landowners are digging a higher level of wells, putting more stress on the aquifers:

“It’s simple, drill a lot of wells, produce a lot of water. The water tables are going to drop and the level of contaminants is going to go up.”

As groundwater levels drop and the level of contaminants stays the same, the concentration of nitrates in groundwater supply will continue to increase.

Think of it as a small amount of poison that’s diluted by a large amount of water. The poison is relatively harmless as long as the water level stays high enough. But when the water level decreases, there’s not as much to dilute the poison, making it much more dangerous.

This issue is hitting areas of California at different times. East Orosi is getting the worst of it now. Residents use five-gallon plastic jugs for drinking, cleaning, brushing teeth, making tea and coffee, making soup and cleaning fruits and vegetables.

East Orosi’s situation serves as a stark warning to the rest of the state about the dangers of the drought on water quality. Hopefully it serves as a canary in the coal mine demonstrating that serious actions need to be taken for the health and safety of the people.

When will it end?

That’s the bad news. According to NASA Analysis, California’s aquifers are extremely depleted (by 11 trillion gallons, to be exact). Lower rainfall in the coming years and steady or increased farming will only continue to diminish these sources, therefore raising contaminant concentration.

As the drought continues, it’s imperative that California residents continue to monitor their local drinking water quality. Every municipality is required to send out a Water Quality Report (or CCR) annually, detailing local contaminant levels.

As always, the safest solution for your water’s safety is to install water filter systems in your home to ensure the highest quality clean water in your home regardless of outside circumstances. See your home water filter options HERE.

 

More information: Mother Jones on California’s Drinking Water

 

Five Fruits And Vegetables That Help You Stay Hydrated

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Staying hydrated in the summer is critical. Drinking enough evolution alkaline water should be the first priority, but try including some of these fruits and vegetables in your diet for added benefits!

  1. Cucumbers
    • Cucumbers are 95% water content
    • They are a great source of fiber and Vitamin C
  2. Salad Greens
    • Salad Greens are 90% water content
    • They are a great source of Vitamin C and Antioxidants
  3. Strawberries
    • Strawberries are 91% water content
    • Strawberries are a great source of folate
  4. Watermelon
    • Watermelon are 92% water content
    • They are a great source of Vitamin C and Lycopene
  5. Papaya
    • Papaya are 88% water content
    • They are a great source of fiber

3 Tips For A Healthier 4th of July!

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Whether your heading to the beach, the lake, or anywhere in between, the 4th of july is a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. As an American company, we’re proud to be able to provide healthy drinking water to members of our community.

As great as the 4th is, its not inherently the healthiest holiday. Typically BBQ food, alcoholic beverages, and lounging next to a body of water are involved.

Check out these three tips to make sure your holiday is both emotionally and physically healthy!

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Get Out An Exercise Early!

Starting your day with something active is great because it gets the blood flowing, and helps you feel great throughout the day!

A great way to get started this year is the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Run & Ride! Enjoy the race itself, get a cool race shirt, and enjoy a cold beverage after your race. Also, make sure to take plenty of pictures to post on social media to let everyone know who’s having a healthy 4th!

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Stay Hydrated

The 4th is typically very hot, so drinking plenty of water is critical. I know we here at Evolution Healthworks will have our Drink Safes with us and be constantly drinking water.

If you are going to drink Alcohol heres a couple tips

  • Never drink on an empty stomach
  • Alternate one drink for a water
  • Be mindful of mixers, and always try to use a splash of soda with your favorite juice
  • Move around while drinking, this helps burn those calories!

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Color Up Your Meal

Try to consume as many naturally vibrant and nutritionally colored foods as possible. Try Kale, Mangoes, Cayenne Peppers, and Blueberries!

Looking for a Patriotic Platter, make it red white and blue! Our favorite is Eggplant, Blueberries and Strawberries!

We hope everyone has a safe, and fun 4th of July!