Reverse osmosis, distilled, spring or ionized? Experts weigh in on water

 “Water composes half to four-fifths of you, depending on how much body fat you have. It makes up about 85 percent of your brain, 80 percent of your blood, and 70 percent of your lean muscle. The human body, like all living organisms, survives by means of an ongoing flow of energy. You are an engine, and water is your fuel, coolant, and lubricant. Water keeps you running,” states Suzanne Winckler in the UC Davis publication Groundwater.

reverse-osmosisGenerally, health-conscious folks are well aware of the importance of proper hydration. And yet, with so many options for water purification and enhancement, the question remains – which water is best? Read more

Water tractor beam: Complex waves generate flow patterns to manipulate floating objects

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.

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Dr. Horst Punzmann and professor Michael Shats demonstrate their water tractor beam.

The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns with simple wave generators, enabling them to move floating objects at will.

“We have figured out a way of creating waves that can force a floating object to move against the direction of the wave,” said Dr Horst Punzmann, from the Research School of Physics and Engineering, who led the project. Read more

Are you drinking too much water?

Americans everywhere are encouraged to drink half their body weight in fluid ounces in water each day or the proverbial eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Is it too much? Is it not enough? For answers, we turn to some basic aspects of human physiology. While water may seem perfectly pure and natural, you can “clearly” have too much of a good thing, and the side effects can be surprisingly nasty, and include numerous signs to look out for.

Athlete-Drinking-WaterWe often hear that our bodies are made up mostly of water. While this is true, it is only a half truth, and it certainly isn’t justification for blindly chugging as much water as you can stomach each day. In reality, the “water” in our bodies is not much like the water coming out of our faucets, found in bottles of Fiji, or coming out of home filters or distillers. The “water” in our bodies is more like soup, or seawater, or milk. Read more

lemon 3 amazing reasons to add lemon to your water

Lemons have a plethora of positive health benefits. They are packed with vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. To reap the health benefits of lemons simply add them to your water. Lemon juice can potentially wear down tooth enamel. In order to avoid this problem, simply dilute the lemon juice with lukewarm water.

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Lose weight

One reason to add lemon juice to you water is to lose weight. Pectin fiber, present in lemons, helps fight hunger cravings. Lemon juice is also a digestive aid. It encourages the production of bile, which is what breaks down food during digestion. Drinking lemon water can also help keep your liver clean. This is important because the liver metabolizes fat and secretes bile. Together, these small advantages can help you lose weight over time. Read more

Water Shortages In Middle East Could Mean Further Oil Hikes

The publication of the latest Water Security Risk Index from Maplecroft has shown that many oil producing countries are rated ‘extreme risk’ when it comes to the stability of their water supplies.

The Water Security Risk Index is an annual report produced by Maplecroft that measures the future stability of water supplies across 162 countries and this year, six OPEC countries: Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Libya were rated ‘extreme risk’, while Iran and Qatar were rated ‘high risk’.

water-shortages-in-middle-eastThe danger is that disruption to water supplies could, in turn, lead to higher oil prices, as high volumes of water are needed in the oil production process. Huge quantities of ‘lift water’ are often used to force oil from wells with insufficient geological pressure to bring the oil to the surface. If sufficient water is unavailable, then this could result in interruptions in production, oil shortages and inevitable hikes in the cost of a barrel of oil. Read more