Preloading water before meals helps you lose weight, according to a study published in the journal Obesity, which can be found via WebMD. The study looked at 84 obese adults and had 41 members of the group drink around 16 ounces of water before meals, while the other 43 adults were asked simply to imagine being full before digging into their food. (And yes, we’re talking pure, natural water here — no pre-packaged fizzy waters or store-bought bottles of flavored water that can sometimes also contain sugar or chemicals.)
Interestingly, those who had the 16 ounces of H2O before meals lost an average of 2.87 pounds more than those who just pictured themselves full. In fact, over the course of the 12 weeks, those who filled up on water prior to eating the three main meals a day lost an average of 9.48 pounds, whereas doing it just once a day or not at all resulted in an average loss of 1.76 pounds. Read more
As many as 63 million Americans may be consuming dangerous H20.
Water. It hydrates you, powers you through workouts, and makes up 65 percent of your body. But lately, you may have some concerns.
Last year, chemical sludge from a shoe manufacturer was found in the tap water of Plainfield Township, Michigan. The area lies about 120 miles from Flint, where, in 2015, dangerous levels of lead were found in the city’s drinking supply. Experts soon linked the tainted water to local outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease (a severe form of pneumonia). More than a dozen people died, fertility rates plummeted, and the toll on countless children’s future health might not be known for a generation. Read more
Water is the essence of life, except for when it isn’t. In some instances, people need to stay as far away as possible from certain bodies of water, and here are the deadliest that the planet has to offer.
Rio Tinto: Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia, Spain’s Rio Tinto is a toxic mix of heavy metal mining byproducts and acid drain-off. Since about 3,000 BC, the areas around the river have been mined for their rich deposits of gold, silver, copper, and other precious minerals. The end result is the technicolor waters that run 62 miles to the Gulf of Cadiz. Surprisingly, though the waters are too dangerous for humans, they aren’t devoid of life. Read more
Before I started writing this article, I didn’t spend much time thinking about water. I knew that drinking water is a good thing, and drinking activated charcoal water can be a bad thing. But if you asked me the difference is between mineral water and regular water? I had no clue.
Admit it. You don’t know the difference
It’s pretty obvious that mineral water is, well, water with minerals, but what minerals? Doesn’t all water have minerals? I wanted a concrete definition — I’m talking Scripps National Spelling Bee level, people.
It turns out, some people do know what mineral water is. Those people are the FDA, which actually regulates bottled water. They say that natural mineral waters must contain at least 250 parts per million (ppm) “total dissolved solids,” originating from “a geologically and physically protected underground water source.” In other words, mineral waters have to come out of the earth that way. Read more
Easy tips for conserving water at home
Diverse plantings, such as the ones seen at this home on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, can help conserve water.
With Earth Day approaching and California’s drought-related water restrictions in the news, water efficiency is on many people’s minds. Fortunately, simple changes at home can often result in major water savings. “Most homeowners can take action to reduce their water use in a significant way,” says Bill Christiansen, program manager at the nonprofit Alliance for Water Efficiency. “We’ve seen the marketplace transform, and a lot of the fixtures have become very efficient.” Read more