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5 Things To Look For In Your Water Filter

5 Things To Look For In Your Water Filter

Are you concerned about the quality of drinking water that you get at your home? If you are worried by studies that show how drinking water may contain different chemicals, heavy metals and pathogens then you should get yourself a water filtration system to quash your doubts for good.

Once you’ve decided to put your good health in the hand of water filter, there are several options available. The market is flooded with many models of water filters from various brands employing different filtering technologies that the prospect of buying a filtering system can overwhelm you.

The following five things will help you get a general idea about what to look for in your water filter.

1. Removal of contamination

The primary reason to install a water filtration system is to get rid of the contaminants that are present in tap water and get safe water. Water coming to your household may contain several impurities that can have serious effects on your health.

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Biological impurities like bacteria, cysts and other micro parasites can make their way into your body via impure water. In addition, several studies have shown that household water may contain harmful chemical pollutants that are linked to high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression, etc. Furthermore, there may be carcinogenic heavy metals like arsenic and lead in tap water.

So, to select a filter get your water tested properly in a certified lab to check what contaminants may be present and then decide which filter suits you the best. Most of the filters remove around 40 contaminants, while some can filter as many as 60 and others remove just about 25 contaminants. If your water contains more contaminants get a filter that removes them.

Activated Carbon filters can expel organic compounds, chlorine and THMs and most of the parasites from water; but for nitrates, sulfates, arsenic and heavy metals you will need to get reverse osmosis or UV filter systems.

2. Filtration rate

It’s very likely that most people will not care much about the maximum daily filtration rate when they are looking for a filter. But a wise buyer should pay attention to it. Maximum filtration rate is the amount of filtered water a filter can produce each day. So, if your daily water consumption outweighs the maximum gallons of water produced by your filter, the filter is not right for you.

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Different filters available in the market differ significantly in their maximum filtration rate. It is essential to get one that meets or exceeds your usage slightly. On the other hand, you should also avoid buying filters that filter far more water than you actually consume because they are usually more expensive.

So first get a good idea of how much filtered water you need daily and select your filter accordingly.

3. Quality of water

Your filter should not just remove contaminants but improve the overall quality of water. This includes getting rid of foul taste and pungent smell and maintaining proper pH balance but preserving natural minerals that are healthy for you.

Filters employing reverse osmosis may seem to be the ultimate solution in your quest for finding healthy water but it is not always the case. While it removes several unwanted impurities, it also eliminates minerals that are healthy.

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In fact, it removes several natural minerals that are necessary for our body like calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, fluoride etc. Deficiency of these minerals may cause gastrointestinal problems, bone density issues, joint conditions, and cardiovascular disease. The lack of minerals also makes water tasteless and increase acidity.

In case your water does not contain very harmful contaminants in non-negligible amount, you might want to go with active carbon filters that preserve minerals. Alternatively you can get filters with remineralization elements that add necessary minerals to your water after completing the filtration process.

4. Installation and operating cost

Your budget will have a significant influence on the type of water filter you buy. The cost of a filter is determined by many factors including the number of stages applied to process water, filtration rate, storage capacity etc. Similarly if a filter has a remineralization cartridge, it will cost you more.

Besides the money you pay upfront, there are additional costs that come with having a filter. You will have to change your cartridges so make sure how much they cost. Calculate how much electricity your filter uses. Keep in mind that filters that may appear expensive when you first buy them, but might prove to be cheaper in the long run.

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You do not need to have the most expensive and complex system to enjoy healthy water. Determine what type of contaminants you have to eliminate from your tap water, your daily water use to find out what best suits you. Do not spend your hard earned money on something you do not need. And, do not hesitate to go a little over budget if the situation calls for it.

5. Ease in maintenance

Usually water filter cartridges need replacing after some time. You’ll have to consult your water filter guide to determine how often you need to replace your cartridges and always replace them in time. You might want to avoid filters that require frequent cartridge change.

Depending upon their types, water filters have different maintenance requirements. Some level of monitoring is necessary for all filters but more complex systems demand more of your time and expenses.

For instance: A 6 phase Reverse Osmosis Filter may require changing several cartridges that too at different intervals. In such filters, pretreatment of feed water is mandatory for durability of the filter. In case the feed water is hard, water softener is indispensable to avoid severe scaling of membranes due to magnesium and calcium deposits in filter parts.

To ensure that your filter keeps working efficiently, you will need to take proper care of it. Keeping your filter in excellent working condition is essential to ensure you get pure, healthy water.

Getting a water filter is a serious task because your health is on the line. Therefore it must take considerable amount of research before you install one. Failing to consider other factors apart from the fundamental function of making water pure and healthy in search of a perfect water filter, might make you regret your choice later.

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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