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Essentials for Back to School

Posted by Andie Dill

Is it just me, or did summer fly by? I know in my household, Labor Day has always been the last “hurrah!” before the new school year began the following day.

Preparing for a new school year is no small feat, and certainly many items are on the never ending list to be accomplished and crossed off before the school bells ring and your child runs off with his or her friends, full of smiles, in anticipation for the year to come.

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Tags: Fuel Your Body, Avoid Toxins, Drink Pure Water

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: The Importance of Quality Water

Posted by Kaitlin Moretti

As a mom of an energetic, fast-growing little boy, I am continually amazed by how each season is experienced so differently than the last. Last summer, our little bud toddled on sandy beaches, moving his little legs with fierce determination through the uneven terrain and then taking long breaks in the shade of an umbrella. This summer, that same little guy shrieks “Run, Mommy, run!” and races me down the beach, scampering through the waves lapping the shoreline with seemingly boundless energy. What I have heard from many wise folks is holding so very true: time really does slip by so fast with little ones.

Given the marked difference in his independence and physical mobility this summer season, I have found that I need to be much more intentional about keeping my son hydrated. His ever-growing energy and imagination result in little time for breaks, causing hours of playtime outside to fly by without a moment for sips of water. But ultimately, water is what keeps our little guys and girls happy and healthy in these hot and humid months, making it ever more important to prioritize its consumption.

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How to Reduce Potential Pesticide Exposure

Posted by Kaitlin Moretti

Recently, a team of scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Iowa discovered that even after raw source water from the Iowa River was treated at the University of Iowa drinking water treatment plant, the water still contained a particular class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. 1 As acknowledged in the study, this is believed to be the first peer-reviewed study to document the presence of this class of pesticides in drinking water, causing the news to make headlines. 2

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Drink Pure Water

PFOS and PFOA: What You Need to Know About These Common Chemicals

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Over the past decade, there has been growing concern over two environmental contaminants known by the cryptic acronyms PFOS and PFOA. These man-made chemicals were once used to manufacture a diverse collection of consumer goods, ranging from pizza boxes to stain-resistant carpets to teflon pans. Now PFOS and PFOA have worked their way into the soil, air and water, invading even the most remote and pristine corners of the globe. They’ve contaminated our food and water supplies, and pose a significant risk for humans and wildlife. Discover the key things you need to know about these chemicals including health risks, how to avoid them and what you can do to help.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

Wise Traditions Journal Teaches us About the Importance of Water

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Mountain Spring Water. We immediately think of pristine, vibrant and life-giving water. Crystal clear water flowing from the highest mountain peaks filling our streams, rivers and lakes with healthy water, full of key nutrients and perfectly pH balanced to hydrate our bodies the way nature intended. If only all of us could find a local source of clean, natural spring water for our daily needs. Not only is water necessary for the growth and sustainability of our farms, pastures and gardens, properly hydrating our bodies with pure water is key to achieving optimum health and wellness.

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Tags: Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

How Tap Water Can Become Toxic

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

The Governor of Michigan recently declared a state of emergency in Flint, MI because of high lead levels in the city’s drinking water. This situation is concerning for a number of reasons. Unfortunately for city residents, the city’s water troubles began back in April of 2014 after officials decided to change Flint’s water source from the Detroit system, which draws water from Lake Huron, to the Flint River. Within days, residents began noticing the water’s cloudy appearance and foul odor. Over the next year parents became increasingly concerned that their children were consuming water containing dangerous amounts of lead. Their fears were confirmed last September when a study released by Hurley Medical Center in Flint found that the proportion of infants and children with above average levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled since the city switched its water source. The state’s own testing produced similar findings to the Hurley study.

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Beyond BPA: Other Problems with Plastics

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

As you settle in to read this article, chances are you will find several plastic items within your reach—your computer or phone, a pen, maybe an old food container lingering somewhere on your desk. Today, plastic is everywhere in our lives. Light and durable, it has become an icon of convenience culture; a symbol of the on-the-go mentality that dominates modern existence. And yet for a substance that we interact with daily, we know surprisingly little about it. Even now, with the flurry of BPA-free plastic products hitting the market, there are many concerns about plastic that have remained unaddressed.

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An Eco-Friendly Way to Address the Effects of Hard Water

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Is your water supply leaving a white residue in your sinks and bathtubs? Do you see calcification around your tub faucet? Is your shower head clogging due to the presence of a white powder? Do you feel that your soaps and detergents are just not doing their job? Are your clothes that come out of your washing machine still looking dirty and feeling stiff? If so, the effects you are seeing are most likely the result of having “hard” water.

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Are Your Nutrient Dense Foods Being Contaminated?

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

With Spring fast approaching and warm days just around the corner, our thoughts quickly turn to images of vegetable gardens showing the first signs of life, pasture land filling with vegetation for summer grazing and clean, pure life giving water flowing from our rivers, springs, lakes and ponds. Not only is water necessary for the growth and sustainability of our gardens, farms and pastures, properly hydrating our bodies with pure water is key to achieving optimum health and wellness. Thanks to the work of Weston A. Price, we can understand the importance of eating nutrient dense whole foods, however, preparing our meals in the most healthful way requires a source of pure water much as our ancestors used from natures springs and rivers.

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How Do You Picture Pure Water?

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Mountain Spring Water. Reading those words and immediately we think of clean, healthy, vibrant and life-giving pure water. Crystal clear water flowing from the highest mountain peaks filling our streams, rivers and lakes with healthy water, full of key nutrients and perfectly pH balanced to hydrate our bodies. Natural spring water, the way nature intended. If only all of us could find a local source of clean, natural spring water for our daily water needs.

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Tags: Connect With Nature, Drink Pure Water

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