drinking water http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13233/all en-US 5 Easy Things Science Says You Should Do for Your Body Every Day http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-things-science-says-you-should-do-for-your-body-every-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-easy-things-science-says-you-should-do-for-your-body-every-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_meditating_000040993854.jpg" alt="Woman doing easy things science says she should do every day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It can be hard to take care of yourself. So hard that in some circles, &quot;self-care&quot; is quickly becoming a buzzword.</p> <p>Even if the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-body-every-day">concept of self-care</a> intimidates or confounds you &mdash; maybe you're wondering where you will ever find time to do one more thing &mdash; think about starting with your body. The five steps below are things that aren't hard to incorporate into a daily routine, and can have a significant impact on how you feel.</p> <h2>1. Consume Probiotics</h2> <p>Your colon has its own specific set of bacteria. These help you digest and absorb food. The thing is, it's better to have some sets of bacteria than others. &quot;Bad&quot; bacteria seem to make it easier to <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/">maintain a higher body weight</a> and hold onto fat, while &quot;good&quot; bacteria seem to promote leanness.</p> <p>In addition, there also seems to be a connection between the bacteria in your gut and <a href="http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/bacteria-yogurt-seems-give-people-brain-boost">how well your brain functions</a>. Gut bacteria also influence your immune system, because they have quite a bit of say regarding whether or not bad things &mdash; like viruses and other bacteria &mdash; get absorbed into the body or excreted.</p> <p>It seems that the bacteria you have in your colon are determined largely by what you eat. Probiotics are fermented foods &mdash; foods full of bacteria &mdash; that seem to help you develop a healthy set of &quot;good&quot; bacteria. These foods include everything from yogurt to kefir to kombucha and sauerkraut. And consuming them every day ensures that you continue to grow the right kinds of bacteria and not the wrong ones.</p> <h2>2. Drink Plenty of Water</h2> <p>I'm sure you've heard it a million times, but that doesn't mean you're drinking enough. Water helps so many parts of the human body &mdash; it can help you digest food, lose weight, have clearer skin, feel less tired, and have a better functioning brain. And many people don't even realize that they are chronically dehydrated, because they've been that way for so long.</p> <p>What &quot;enough&quot; is will vary from person to person based on size, activity level, age, and more, so it might take some trial and error to figure out how much you need. Let your urine be your guide &mdash; if it is a light lemonade color, you're drinking plenty of water. So find a water bottle that fits your lifestyle and start carrying it today.</p> <h2>3. Meditate</h2> <p>The form of meditation that seems to help your brain most basically involves setting aside a period of time and, in that time, doing your best to be fully present. Some people focus on their breathing to help them achieve this. Others repeat a mantra.</p> <p>Meditation is good for your body because it changes the way your brain works. Over time, you will find yourself responding in a calmer manner, even to things that are difficult. You will also find yourself <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/use-your-mind-change-your-brain/201305/is-your-brain-meditation">more present in daily matters</a>, better able to show empathy, and more compassionate. All of this happens because of physical changes in your brain!</p> <p>Daily meditation is important because most brains aren't naturally wired this way, and will revert to an old way of being quite easily. If you are intimidated by the thought of starting a meditation practice (and many people are), try beginning with sitting in the present for only five minutes at a time. Gradually, your desire to meditate and your capacity for it will increase.</p> <h2>4. Get Enough Sleep</h2> <p>We need sleep to survive, to grow, to remember well, to be able to deal emotionally throughout the day, and for our bodies to repair themselves. While experts aren't sure exactly how sleep helps us in all of these ways, it does, and we shouldn't skimp on it.</p> <p>There's not really a &quot;magic number&quot; of hours when it comes to sleep. Some people seem to reap all the benefits when they only sleep six to seven hours each night, while others need eight or nine hours to feel rested and function well. Only you can figure out how much sleep you need to be getting on a regular basis. While going to bed early can be a pain, it is worth the effort in the long run.</p> <h2>5. Consume Nutrients</h2> <p>Thinking about nutrients can be intimidating. After all, there are a lot of them. However, focusing on eating nutrient-dense foods (which foods depends on which nutrients you need) and even taking supplements can have an astounding number of benefits for your body.</p> <p>If you're not sure where to start, take the time to visit your doctor. Many nutrients can be tested via a blood sample, and then you'll have some idea of what your particular body is lacking. That will give you a good place to focus for a while, and you can decide where to go from there when your initial levels balance out.</p> <p>No matter how relaxed you are, self-care is important. Take care of your body now so that you can live your life to the fullest!</p> <p><em>What do you do for your body every day? How has this changed your life?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-things-science-says-you-should-do-for-your-body-every-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-that-can-help-you-sleep">10 Foods That Can Help You Sleep</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-health-rules-you-should-be-breaking">6 Health Rules You Should Be Breaking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-easy-diy-bath-and-body-products">50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-sleeping-position-may-be-hurting-you">Your Sleeping Position May Be Hurting You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty body drinking water meditating nutrition probiotics sleep Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:13 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1493879 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Health Rules You Should Be Breaking http://www.wisebread.com/6-health-rules-you-should-be-breaking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-health-rules-you-should-be-breaking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_water_000020137742.jpg" alt="Woman breaking common health rule about water" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The real rules of healthful living aren't black and white. But oh-so-many of the tenets of good health we all grew up with &mdash; drink eight glasses of water a day, don't read in the dark &mdash; are precisely that restrictive. Now new research is finding that many of them are also false.</p> <p>&quot;Research is revealing that whoever wrote the old guidelines didn't have the whole picture, and that there are more paths to optimal health than we previously thought,&quot; said Harvard Medical School psychologist Alice Domar.</p> <p>So rule breakers, rejoice! And then read on for our roundup of all the things you thought were good for your health &mdash; but actually aren't.</p> <h2>1. Don't Swim on a Full Stomach</h2> <p>As it turns out, the 30-minute rule every child loathes &mdash; don't get in the water directly after eating &mdash; is a full-blown myth. Though enforced by well-intentioned parents (and begrudgingly followed by their water-loving children), experts have debunked the theory that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/health/28real.html?_r=0">swimming on a full stomach</a> leads to cramps, which increases the risk of drowning. In fact, less than 1% of all drownings in the U.S. occur after the victim has eaten a meal.</p> <h2>2. Avoid Reading in Dim Lighting</h2> <p>The notion that reading in a lowly lit room will damage your eyesight is false, although it will <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/safeguarding-your-sight">tire your eyes out</a> more quickly. Experts say the best lighting arrangement for a night in with a juicy book is a lamp with an opaque shade pointing directly at the reading material, so as to avoid a glare. However, reading by candlelight won't do you any harm.</p> <h2>3. You Need Eight Hours of Sleep</h2> <p>The ideal amount of sleep is different for everyone, depending on factors like age, genetic makeup, and gender. Ten-year-olds need about nine hours of slumber, while adults older than 30, including senior citizens, require about seven hours. Women tend to sleep longer than men, but only by 14 minutes. &quot;It's not difficult to figure out <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-sleep/2012/11/21/4e1c9f44-3273-11e2-bb9b-288a310849ee_story.html">how much sleep we need</a>,&quot; writes sleep expert Till Roenneberg. &quot;When we wake up unprompted, feeling refreshed, we have slept enough.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Drink Eight Glasses of Water Per Day</h2> <p>There's simply no scientific evidence to back up this claim. Drinking eight glasses of water certainly won't harm you, but there's no reason to think your health will benefit from meeting this daily threshold. The purpose of drinking water, of course, is to hydrate your body, flush it of toxins, and improve various bodily functions. But most of your required <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/you-dont-need-8-glasses-of-water-a-day/">daily water intake</a> is contained in foods &mdash; no liquid required.</p> <h2>5. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p>Anything made of vegetables is healthy, right? Not necessarily. A veggie burger is still a burger, and can contain more than 1,000 calories when loaded with toppings and a bun. Plus, the vegetables in these patties undergo a good deal of processing, which zaps many of the nutrients. Another example: Avocados. These delicious green fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, and&hellip; lots of fats. Healthy fats, but fats nonetheless. In fact, about 85% of the total calories in an avocado come from fat. If you overindulge, you're likely to start packing on the pounds. Even healthy fats can cause weight gain when over-consumed.</p> <p>Dried fruit is another misleading health food. That's because dried fruits are packed with up to eight times more calories as fresh fruit. Fresh grapes, for example, have 60 calories per cup while raisins have 430.</p> <h2>6. Eat Something Every Three Hours</h2> <p>The theory that your <a href="http://www.theiflife.com/eating-more-meals-does-not-speed-up-your-metabolism/">metabolism will crash</a> if you don't snack throughout the day has been debunked. Research shows that it's the amount of food eaten, and not the rate at which it is consumed throughout the day, that determines the health of your metabolism. In fact, those who adhere to a diet of snacks rather than meals run the risk of over-snacking, thereby consuming too many calories for a single day.</p> <p><em>What stale health rules are you happily breaking?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-health-rules-you-should-be-breaking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-things-science-says-you-should-do-for-your-body-every-day">5 Easy Things Science Says You Should Do for Your Body Every Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight">How to Naturally Reset Your Sleep Cycle in One Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-sleeping-position-may-be-hurting-you">Your Sleeping Position May Be Hurting You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-a-50-year-old-gadget-may-be-the-best-cure-for-insomnia">Why a 50-Year-Old Gadget May Be the Best Cure for Insomnia</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty dieting drinking water health rules reading sleep swimming Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:00:08 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1392476 at http://www.wisebread.com 50+ Ways to Save Water http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-water <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/50-ways-to-save-water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/655111542_bcb108ae52_z.jpg" alt="water bucket" title="water bucket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know you live in a First World country when you have the luxury of flushing your toilet with drinking water.</p> <p>Even though most Americans don&rsquo;t spend a good part of their day worrying about accessing fresh water, water in this country is growing scarcer and more expensive with each passing year. Even if you live in a rainy climate, you can do the planet and your pocket book a favor by conserving water. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-hundreds-by-getting-yourself-out-of-hot-water">Save Hundreds by Getting Yourself Out of Hot Water</a>)</p> <h2>In the Kitchen</h2> <p>To avoid wasting water from a running tap, <strong>collect it in a bottle or Brita pitcher </strong>and chill it in the refrigerator for drinking. Or, while waiting for the water to warm up, <strong>use the water to rinse dirty dishes</strong>, water the plants, or wash produce.</p> <p>Instead of using the garbage disposal, <strong>compost your fruit and vegetable scraps. </strong>(In turn, adding compost to your yard will help the soil retain moisture).</p> <p><strong>Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load</strong>. Instead of pre-rinsing dishes in the sink, use the rinse and hold setting on your dishwasher.</p> <p>If you can afford to <strong>get an energy star dishwasher</strong>, do it. The best dishwashers and washing machines only use four gallons of water per load. Less water than you&rsquo;d use hand-washing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers">The 5 Best Dishwashers</a>)</p> <p>If you are hand-washing dishes, <strong>use the least amount of detergent possible</strong> to reduce the amount of water you then have to use to rinse the dishes.</p> <p><strong>Steam or microwave veggies instead of boiling them</strong>. If your recipe calls for boiling vegetables, only use enough water to cover them, and put a lid on your saucepan. Use the water leftover from boiling vegetables as a basis for homemade stock.</p> <p><strong>Make one-pot meals</strong>. Fewer dishes means less water for washing up.</p> <p><strong>Defrost food in the refrigerator overnight</strong> instead of using hot running water. (This is the best food-safe method). If you are in a rush, thaw your food in the microwave.</p> <h2>In the Bathroom</h2> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t let the water run</strong> while you are brushing your teeth or soaping up your hands.</p> <p>Instead of rinsing it in running water, <strong>clean your razor by swishing it in a cup of water.</strong></p> <p><strong>Install a low-flow shower head</strong> and/or an aerator.</p> <p><strong>Make sure to insulate your hot water pipes</strong>. This avoids wasting water by cutting down the time it takes for hot water to flow through and saves energy.</p> <p><strong>Turn down your hot water thermostat</strong>. In addition to protecting you from being scalded by accident, adding cold water to cool down extremely hot water wastes energy and water.</p> <p><strong>Take shorter showers</strong>. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-a-shower-in-sixty-seconds-or-less">Set a timer so you don&rsquo;t cheat</a>. Turn off the tap while shaving, soaping up, or waiting for conditioner to do its thing.</p> <p><strong>Use a bucket to collect water while waiting for the water to heat up</strong>. Use this water to force flush your toilet, shave your legs, or mop the floor.</p> <p><strong>Bathe your kids together</strong> or reuse your bathwater to wash your kids. Or reuse the kids&rsquo; bathwater to wash your dog. Or...you get the picture.</p> <p>If you can&rsquo;t afford a low-flow toilet, <strong>put a brick to your toilet tank</strong> until you can afford to add a dual flush system or a flow restrictor to your existing toilet. Also, <strong>check to make sure that your tank isn&rsquo;t leaking</strong>. To check for leaks, add some food coloring to the tank water. If your tank is leaking, you&rsquo;ll see the dye in the toilet bowl before you flush.</p> <p><strong>Flush your toilet less often</strong>. If this sounds disgusting to you, know that in drought areas of Australia, the government is encouraging men to pee in the garden to conserve water. <strong>Avoid using the toilet to dispose of hair, bugs, goldfish, or other random waste</strong> items that can be composted or thrown in the trash instead.</p> <h2>In the Laundry</h2> <p><strong>Use the least amount of detergent that you can.</strong> In addition to making your clothes last longer, your washer will not have to work as hard to wash all the soap out. If your clothes still smell soapy when they come out of the wash, you are using too much detergent.</p> <p><strong>Only run full loads of laundry</strong>. If you have a small household, consider sharing laundry duty with your friends or neighbors to ensure every load is a full load.</p> <h2>In the Yard</h2> <p>Check the weather forecast. If it&rsquo;s going to rain in the next four days, <strong>let nature water your plants</strong> for you.</p> <p><strong>Use a broom to sweep walkways and driveways</strong> instead of hosing them down with water.</p> <p><strong>Use leftover bath water to water non-food plants, wash the car, or clean the siding</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Plant drought-resistant ornamental plants</strong>.</p> <p>Use the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Lu-7FIj_g">Square Foot Garden system</a> or permaculture <strong>methods of under-planting and inter-planting tall vegetables with shorter vegetables</strong> to self-mulch. In addition to growing a tremendous amount of food in a small space, you&rsquo;ll also save on water.</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t water your garden at high noon</strong>, in addition to losing more water to evaporation, you run the risk of burning your plants. (Water beads act like little magnifying glasses). Water in the morning or in the evening when it&rsquo;s cooler.</p> <p><strong>Add soil amendments like compost to your soil that will help it retain water</strong>. Mulch your garden to keep water from evaporating quickly.</p> <p><strong>Water the base of your plants using a watering can, a soaker hose, or a drip system</strong> instead of watering the tops of the plants with a sprinkler or hose.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-conserve-water-by-harvesting-rain-or-snow"><strong>Install a rain water tank or divert water from your gutters</strong></a> into the garden instead of into the storm drains.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/xeriscaping-to-promote-water-conservation"><strong>Replace your lawn with low-water plants</strong></a>.</p> <p>If your neighborhood covenant requires you to maintain a lawn, <strong>install a low-water grass variety</strong>. Deep soak your lawn once a week to encourage deep root growth instead of watering for less time more often. Also, <strong>make sure that your lawn needs to be watered before turning on the hose</strong>. If the grass springs back after you step on it, you don&rsquo;t need to water.</p> <p>Taller grass holds more water than short grass so <strong>wait a bit between mows</strong>. Short lawns will burn because they don&rsquo;t have leaf protection. Don&rsquo;t mow your lawn to less than one inch in height. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-lawn-mowers">The 6 Best Lawn Mowers</a>)</p> <p><strong>Aerate your lawn in the summer </strong>to help it absorb more water quickly.</p> <p>When planting a garden, try to <strong>group plants by their watering needs</strong>. Also, sparsely planted areas are more difficult to water efficiently. Try to plant in the spring or autumn when it&rsquo;s cooler.</p> <p><strong>Avoid buying outdoor toys that require constantly running water</strong>.</p> <p><em>How much water do you save every year by conserving water? How many dollars do you save? Please share your favorite water saving tips in the comments section.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-save-water">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-conserve-water-by-harvesting-rain-or-snow">How to Conserve Water by Harvesting Rain or Snow</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shower-less-and-still-feel-clean">How to Shower Less (and Still Feel Clean)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/saving-the-planet-one-drop-at-a-time">Saving the Planet - One Drop at a Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living drinking water laundry care tips lawn care water conservation Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:36:34 +0000 Max Wong 971637 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Water Filters http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-water-filters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-water-filters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5641581780_2fede1a3e0_z.jpg" alt="glass of water" title="glass of water" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's important that people drink water. Without getting into the nitty-gritty science of it all, consuming water is essential to our survival. But that doesn't tell us just how we should consume our daily dosage of H2O. While the portability and convenience of bottled water may be attractive, in reality it is no cleaner than tap water, it produces an extremely large amount of plastic waste, and it's significantly more expensive. Having said that, even if you are committed to drinking tap instead of bottled water, there are still chemical contaminants in regulated tap water that need to be dealt with. The best way to do that is through the use of a water filter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>What Is a Water Filter?</h2> <p>A water filter is any device that serves to remove impurities from water. While there are a number of different methods and types of filters, point-of-use filters are most applicable when talking about personal and at-home water purification. However, even within this category there is a wide range of filter types. What we'll do in this article is briefly discuss the most common types and list the top product recommendations for each.</p> <h2>Best Water Filter Pitchers</h2> <p>Water filter pitchers are probably the most accessible and easy-to-use form of water filtration device. These take the form of large pitcher with a carbon filter inside; all you need to do is pour water into the pitcher and let it run through the filter, and out the other side is clean water.</p> <h3>Clear2O CWS100AW Water Filtration Pitcher</h3> <p><img width="233" height="230" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Clear2O-CWS100AW.jpg" />Recommended by Consumer Reports, this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004918OPO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004918OPO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Clear2O</a> outperforms other well-known water filter pitchers such as Brita when it comes to removing lead and organic compounds. Its carbon filter has the ability to clean 50 gallons of water, making last longer than other carbon filters. Also, a favorite feature among users is the filler hose that attaches to your <a title="Should You Repair a Dripping Faucet?" href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-repair-a-dripping-faucet">faucet</a>, which serves to push water through the filter, whereas other filter pitchers rely on gravity to do the job. Currently $21.10 on Amazon.</p> <h3>ZeroWater ZD-013 Pitcher</h3> <p><img width="230" height="230" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/ZeroWater-ZD-013.JPG" />The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CUMLOK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001CUMLOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">ZeroWater ZD-013</a> water filter pitcher is a model that is recommended by both Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. This water filter pitcher utilizes a five-stage filtration process that completely removes dissolved solids from your drinking water. The ZeroWater also includes a &quot;TDS meter,&quot; a small device used to measure the total number of dissolved solids in your water, with the manufacturer's guarantee that every test will yield &quot;000&quot; &mdash; no dissolved solids. The meter is also handy for letting you know when it is time to replace your filter. Currently $32.88 on Amazon.</p> <h2>Best Faucet-Mounted Water Filter</h2> <p>For those who are looking for a more permanent solution to their water purification needs, a faucet-mounted water filter may be a better alternative. A faucet-mounted filter would serve households that need more water than a water filter pitcher could provide or if the quality of tap water is bad enough that it disrupts things like cooking or other tasks.</p> <h3>Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter</h3> <p><img width="194" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CulliganFM-15A.jpg" />The mostly highly-reviewed faucet filter on Consumer Reports, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006WNMI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00006WNMI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Culligan FM-15A</a> performs very well at filtering out lead, chlorine, and other contaminants as well as improving the odor and taste of your tap water. The Culligan can be installed in minutes as long as your faucet does not require a special adapter to fit the filter. The filter lasts for 200 gallons, and it can easily switch between filtered and unfiltered water. Currently $16.79 on Amazon.</p> <h2>Best Undersink Water Filters</h2> <p>Undersink water filters are for those that are really serious about purifying their tap water. Undersink filters filter out a larger degree of contaminants and typically last longer than other forms of water filters. However, the higher level of filtering generally requires professional installation, space underneath your sink, and a higher price tag.</p> <h3>Multipure MP750SB Undersink Water Filter</h3> <p><img width="182" height="150" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/MultipureMP750SB.jpeg" />Recommended by Consumer Reports, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017I95SW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0017I95SW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Multipure MP750SB</a> delivers high-performance and clog-free filtering of lead and organic compounds. With a capacity of 750 gallons, the filter can continually deliver clean water for approximately one year. Also, the included faucet has a better flow rate than other water filters of this type. Currently $442.95 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Aqua-Pure AP-DWS1000 Undersink Water System</h3> <p><img width="180" height="180" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Aqua-Pure-AP-DWS1000.jpg" />Another undersink water filter recommended by Consumer Reports, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WR0PWE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WR0PWE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Aqua-Pure</a> filters out lead and other contaminants with carbon block cartridges that sends water through increasingly tighter pores to reduce particulate. The filter has a capacity of 625 gallons and a built-in shut-off feature that stops the system once its capacity has been met. Currently $294.74 on Amazon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And that is our overview of the most popular at-home water filtration methods and some of the best products of each category. As always, before making a purchase, think carefully about your specific situation and needs in order to decide which product is right for you. And remember to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Shopping Calendar</a> to find the best times and ways to buy just about everything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-water-filters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aaa-batteries">The 5 Best AAA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pressure-cookers">The 5 Best Pressure Cookers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-lawn-mowers">The 6 Best Lawn Mowers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide drinking water product reviews water filter Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:48:32 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 967914 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/water_bottle.jpg" alt="Man holding reusable water bottle" title="Man holding reusable water bottle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve always been a tap drinker &mdash; it&rsquo;s refreshing, healthy, and free &mdash; but when some genius started putting H2O in plastic containers and selling it for a dollar a pop, Americans went nuts. Water? In a bottle?! As popular as it became, you&rsquo;d think they were filled at the Fountain of Youth. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-uses-for-empty-plastic-bottles">The Many Uses for Empty Plastic Bottles</a>)</p> <p>Some quick facts:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottled_water_in_the_United_States">U.S. is the largest consumer of bottled water</a> in the world.</li> <li>As a nation, <a href="http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/npr-bottled-water-sales-flatten">we spent more than $11 billion on bottled water</a> last year.</li> <li><a href="http://www.watertechonline.com/bottled-water/article/us-bottled-water-consumption-increased-35-percent-in-2010">Bottled water accounts for 30%</a> of the total liquid refreshments marketplace.</li> <li><a href="http://www.bottledwater.org/news/us-bottled-water-volume-grew-35-2010-economic-conditions-begin-improve">Americans drank, on average, 28.3 gallons</a> of bottled water per person last year.</li> </ul> <p>What those numbers equal is a whole lot of waste. Which is insane, right? Am I the only one who knows that water &mdash; safe, tasty water &mdash; is available direct from nearly every faucet in the country?</p> <p>The problem is, we&rsquo;re just too lazy to turn on our sinks and fill up a reusable bottle. Because if we did that, it might mean we have to wash it every now and then &mdash; and, well, that&rsquo;s just not worth the effort, right?&nbsp;</p> <p>With this post, I hope to change that attitude. I&rsquo;ve chosen seven reusable, affordable, eco-friendly (all BPA-free) bottles to rate. Because they each have different features, I&rsquo;ve established four categories on which to judge the bottles &mdash; style, design, price, and versatility. Which bottle is best for you? Find out below.</p> <h2>Bobble (550 ml; $9.95)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="335" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/Bobble.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>There&rsquo;s a level of simplicity to the <a href="http://www.waterbobble.com">Bobble</a> that makes it fashionable. The bottle itself is clear plastic with a solid-colored, changeable in-cap filter. The cap is available in an array of colors.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>Out of all of the bottles, this is the most thoughtfully designed. Its hourglass shape makes gripping easy and comfortable. The cap closes tight, as does the sipping nozzle. The Bobble comes with an additional cap to place over the sipping nozzle to prevent leakage.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>The initial purchase is affordable, but when you consider replacement filters, the purchase, over time, isn&rsquo;t a value. Each filter, however, lasts for 300 refills.</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>Not much. Because it&rsquo;s equipped with a built-in filter, it&rsquo;s only good for water.</p> <h2>S&rsquo;well (17 oz; $35)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/swell.jpg" alt="Swell" /><a href="http://swellbottle.com/"><br /> </a></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>Soda drinkers may like the <a href="http://swellbottle.com/">S&rsquo;well</a> because of its resemblance to pop-style bottles. The shiny, brushed steel exterior comes in seven glossy colors, each one printed with the company&rsquo;s motto &mdash; &ldquo;Healthy Helpful Happy&rdquo; &mdash; up the side. Ten percent of net sales goes to WaterAid, which supports programs improving access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation in the world&rsquo;s poorest communities.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>This bottle is fairly tall &mdash; taller than any of the others featured here &mdash; which may prove cumbersome, depending on your activity. Upon inspection, it seems to be well-made with quality materials.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>Quite steep at $35. There are similar-quality bottles available at lower costs.</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>Because S&rsquo;well is insulated, it can be used for hot or cold beverages. If the mouth wasn&rsquo;t so narrow, the bottle&rsquo;s function could also include hot soups, but anything chunky would likely get stuck.</p> <h2>Sip N&rsquo; Go (500 ml; $7.99)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="508" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/SipNGo.jpg" /></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>With its sporty aesthetic, the name says it all; the <a href="http://www.buysipngo.com/">Sip N' Go</a> bottle &mdash; though more like a bag &mdash; is great for those who identify as athletic. Colors include pink and blue.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>When empty, the bottle lays flat or can be folded, and there&rsquo;s a snap to keep the folded bag in place. When filled, the bottle will stand on its own. The cap is a standard water-bottle cap that holds tight. There&rsquo;s also a sipping nozzle cap to prevent leakage. A carabiner is attached for convenient clipping. On the backside is a dedicated space to write the owner&rsquo;s name.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>Considering all its features, the price is a steal.</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>Bottle can be frozen to use as an ice pack to keep lunches chilled.</p> <h2>Aquasana (18 oz; $26.99 for 6)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="403" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/Aquasana.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>Sleek and slender, <a href="http://www.aquasana.com/category.php?category_id=8">Aquasana</a> glass water bottles are more for home use than travel, but their colorful caps add pizzazz to the fridge.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>The bottles have a clean, modern feel even if the design isn&rsquo;t particularly inspired.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>For a nice glass bottle, the price is right. Just be cautious; these are meant to be paired with the Auqasana drinking-water filtration system. You can splurge on that if you want, but if you already have a filtration system on your faucet, stick with that. Using that method, you may be able to save even more money in the long run by chucking the Brita pitcher you have in the fridge. Does your water really need to be filtered twice?</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>When it&rsquo;s not in the fridge, it works great as a bedside carafe.</p> <h2>Vapur (.5 L; $9.99)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="351" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Vapur.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://vapur.us"><br /> </a></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>The concept here is the same as Sip N&rsquo; Go &mdash; a bottle that&rsquo;s really a bag. But <a href="http://vapur.us">Vapur</a> gets more style points. The six available colors are vibrant, and the graphics are simple yet chic.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>All that applies for Sip N&rsquo; Go applies here, too: Vapur folds when empty, stands erect when filled, and there&rsquo;s a carabiner attached for clipping. There&rsquo;s also a space to write the owner&rsquo;s name on the back. What it lacks &mdash; and this is an important design element &mdash; is the snap to keep the bag folded when empty.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>Is the extra $2 worth Vapur&rsquo;s style over Sip N&rsquo; Go&rsquo;s added function? I think so.</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>Bottle can be frozen to use as an ice pack to keep lunches chilled.</p> <h2>Klean Kanteen Insulated (16 oz; $25.95 &ndash; $29.95)</h2> <p><img width="250" height="500" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/KleanKanteen.jpg" /></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing extraordinary about the <a href="http://www.greenfeet.com/itemmatrix.asp?kw=Klean-Kanteen-Wide-Mouth-40-Ounce&amp;ic=8502-06600-4000&amp;matrixtype=2">Klean Kanteen</a>&rsquo;s appearance. It looks like your average, everyday Thermos. Its selection of colors are muted, though, making it decidedly more masculine than the other bottle options.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>What this bottle lacks in style it makes up in design. The vacuum-insulated version is double-walled to keep beverages and food hot for up to 6 hours and cold for 24 hours. Notice I said food? Unlike the insulated S&rsquo;well bottle, Klean Kanteen has a wide mouth that will accommodate a spoon, so you can fill it with whatever your tummy desires. Several different caps also are available, depending how you plan to use the bottle.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>At $29.95 for the two-cap combo (loop cap and café cap), it blows S&rsquo;well out of the water.</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>Perfect for cold and hot drinks, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee">coffee</a>, and foods, such as soup.</p> <h2>Flip N' Sip Nature (600 ml; $11.99)</h2> <p><img width="200" height="555" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u931/NewWaveEnviro.jpg" /></p> <h4>Style</h4> <p>Animal lovers will be drawn to the stainless-steel <a href="http://www.newwaveenviro.com">Flip N&rsquo; Sip Nature</a> bottle, which is printed with a panda bear noshing on bamboo. A portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold will benefit Pandas International.</p> <h4>Design</h4> <p>Stainless steel is a nice touch, but the cap is problematic. It tucks away to prevent leakage, but when it&rsquo;s time to drink, the bridge of your nose will hit the integrated handle. Seems unnecessary.</p> <h4>Price</h4> <p>For about $12 it's not a bad bottle, but when you compare the price to other, more versatile bottles, this is kind of a waste. At least it helps the pandas.</p> <h4>Versatility</h4> <p>Just a bottle for liquid beverages.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-stale-cereal">5 Creative Uses for Stale Cereal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bottled-water-bottled-hype-part-1">Bottled Water, Bottled Hype Part 1</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-energy-costs-by-cooking-with-a-hot-box">Save Energy Costs by Cooking with a Hot Box</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living bottled water drinking water reusable Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:37:28 +0000 Mikey Rox 601430 at http://www.wisebread.com