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12th May 2020

Tips on Buying Water Filter for Your Home

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Having fresh, pure water today has become a real blessing. This fluid is becoming a valuable resource, as its availability decreases. Consider yourself lucky if you can supply your home with unpolluted and clean liquid gold.

These days, you can find fresh, crystal clear water only in rural, mountain areas. In big cities, this is only possible if you have a sound filtration system. You can use tap H2O, but be aware that it contains a variety of chemicals, residues, and contaminants. These can be a cause of many health problems.

On the link below, you can see more about the diseases that polluted water can cause:

https://www.lifehack.org/448605/three-reasons-why-drinking-untreated-water-is-unsafe

Investing in a filtration system is an investment in health. The choice of these systems is extensive. You can pick among devices for all purposes, either commercial or household. The choice depends on many factors, but before choosing a ‘weapon,’ you should ‘meet’ your enemy. In other words, you have to detect the contaminants in the water.

Detect the Contaminants

Almost all types of pollutants found in the ground or air can get into the H2O. Plus, there are various types of liquid waste, outflows from industrial plants, organic waste, and so on. The presence of heavy metals is also frequent in the city supply system. This information is essential to determine what kind of filtration treatment you need.

If you use water from the city supply, make sure you find the annual reports and analyzes that this institution is required to conduct. If you’re on a private well, you need to do analysis on your own. Certified laboratories do these examinations, and they detect many types of pollutants. You can also carry out this analysis if you are using city water.

Also, regardless of the supply type, you can always do the home test yourself. These kits can detect many sorts of contaminants, bacteria, heavy metals, and the pH of the water you use. You should perform these tests several times a year for your own safety, even after you have purchased a filter.

Choose Water Treatment

Once you know what kind of bad things are in your water, you need to make two choices. The first is which filter treatment you will use. And another critical decision is whether to purify the H2O only for drinking, or for the needs of the entire household (for shower, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.).

With the advancement of technology, filtration systems are also being upgraded. Still, most devices on the market use conventional carbon filtration media. Carbon resin, ceramic filters, and reverse osmosis membranes are also available. Which one you opt for depends on the pollutants. Not every water filter system is suitable for cleaning different types of dirt.

For example, carbon filters will clean most of the bigger particles. But smaller contaminants will pass through the system. On the other hand, ceramic filtration media remove pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms. But these are costlier and complicated to maintain.

H2O for Drink or Entire Household

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As for the other decision, it will most affect your budget for buying a filtration system. Also, you have to think about how many people will use purified water. The price differences between, for example, the pitcher filter and the whole house system are significant.

Filters for Small Amounts

If you only need water for drinks, a pitcher filter and sink filters are the right solutions. They are suitable for small amounts of water. Also, these are convenient if you live in a rented place. The recommendation is to buy models of reputable brands, as they have excellent performances.

There are also special free-standing filters that you can put on or under the countertop. These are cheaper options, but only at first. Later, you have to change filtration media frequently. Consider whether this pays off. The maintenance costs for these models are quite high compared to some more expensive solutions.

Filters with Extra Tap

Some of these more expensive and better-quality solutions are a reverse osmosis filter and ‘under the counter’ filter. These systems hook onto the cold water line. The clean H2O can come out on the sink or through the specialized small tap.

These purification models also have tanks for storing purified liquid, which means they need more space. Also, the installation of these systems is a bit specific. You can do it yourself if you’re handy with a tool. Or call a plumber.

Whole-House System

If you need clean water throughout your household, the Point of Entry purification system will save you the trouble. That is a whole-house system placed on the incoming supply line. The initial investment is more expensive than all the solutions mentioned above.

As for the maintenance, in case there are no breakdowns, you’ll have only regular annual service. But, the problem with these systems may be poor filtration efficiency. Often, you have to install an additional filtering method to get drinking water.

Watch of Scams and Low Prices

Purifiers with low prices are the most common type of fraud. Unreal prices are the most common way you can spot a scam. Something that initially costs a few hundred dollars can’t be sold for 10 or 20 times less than the price, even when it’s on sale for Black Friday.

Fake filters are often sold with the same labels as the original ones. Often fraudsters commit illegal acts when they forge certificates and licenses for use. See here how to spot a counterfeit. Instead of a carbon filtration media, they use elements that are inefficient in the process of purification. These can often be dangerous to health. Some fake purifiers are highly toxic.

Except for health reasons, the use of purified tap water in your home will bring significant savings. Bottled H2O may be safe to drink, but it will cost you a lot more. Plus, plastic packaging is a threat to the environment. Using filtered tap water is environmentally friendly and worth every penny.

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10 Safety and Comfort Tips for Female Runners

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Female runners are at times more prone to accidents, perhaps due to their femininity and vulnerability, which means that they may encounter more safety risks and hazards than men. This is why it is imperative for every female runner to be conversant with safety measures that they should observe when exercising. To ensure that all running sessions are not only safe but fun, there are certain safety precautions to observe, applicable to men, but more so for female runners, who may have different special needs. Here are the top tips that every female runner should know:

1.  Female runners should identify techniques to use when training in order to have control and balance as well as anaerobic training. This can be done using repetitive hill training and anaerobic (absence of oxygen) exercises. What this does is build your resilience and strength, allowing you to build speed levels even when breathing in low levels of oxygen. Intensive anaerobic training moreover, stimulates growth hormones that build muscles, increasing overall speed and power to the level of male runners.

2.  While you may be tempted to boost morale by listening to music using headphones when running, this is not recommended. This is because when honked at, or alerted by word of mouth in case of an accident or impending danger, you’ll miss it. Besides, in a world such as this where people are always in a hurry, people may simply assume you’re reckless, hit you for failing to respond to danger alerts then go on their way.

3.  One essential tip is to keep physically fit. This is because keeping fit not only improves your resilience but also steers away heart disease. Statistics have actually shown that heart disease kills ten more women for every case of breast cancer in the States. Kick out heart disease by exercising regularly to maintain a regular heartbeat as well as the right range of blood pressure.

4.  Comfort is essential, and though most running shoes available are designed for male feet, choose the right kind of running shoes. This would be shoes designed for women, who have smaller slimmer feet than men’s. You can read more about the differences here. When designed specifically for female runners, they tend to fit perfectly and offer more comfort.

5.  If you want to be a great runner, always assume you are on the race track, with a competitor right on your trail. The best motivation is competition, and imagining this will fuel your energy and give you the boost you need to stay determined, motivated, and energetic, to be the best runner you can ever be.

6.  Opt for running over walking. If sprinting seems to be too much, slow running could be a perfect choice instead of walking. It burns more calories, removes harmful toxins from the body when sweating, and is enjoyable in the quest for a physically fit body!

7. Go the extra mile of informing your family members of your whereabouts, so any unusual situations will be detected early enough. simply write a note or text informing the family that you are out jogging, and where you are doing it at. If any attacks happen, an emergency alert will be easy to trigger. Besides this, you could take a defence stick everywhere you go, especially in dark unfamiliar parks or alleys. 

8.  Running generally releases endorphins, which may affect pregnancy hormones leading to soft ligaments and tendons. This can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women, especially those in their first trimester. Instead of running, opt for swimming, stationary cycling, or walking.

9.  Some exercises like high jumping and fast running could lead to unbearable pain from intense breast motion. This is why it is imperative that every female runner gets a sports bra for exercising. It promises a tight grasp therefore comfort. Remember to try out the sports bra before purchasing to ensure its neither too tight nor too loose, which would be uncomfortable. 

10. Finally, form a jogging squad with female runners that regularly jog and exercise near your place. This will keep you motivated at all times and keep you safe from harm. In addition, it is always fun to have a companion while you are running!

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