What’s The Best Water Filter For Your Home?

What’s The Best Water Filter For Your Home?

When Professor Marc Cohen (AKA ‘Dr Marc’) asked what the best water filter was for his home, the answer was, “It depends”.  Every type of filter has pros and cons and there is no one filter that ticks all the boxes.  As Dr Marc says though, “you can either use a filter, or become one” and he set out to find the best technology currently available.

 

The Importance of Water

We know that water is essential to life.  We have all heard that humans are around 70% water.  While that’s true based on volume and mass, Dr Marc says that on a molecular level, we’re actually 99% water.  As such, the quality of the water that we’re exposed to can significantly impact our health.  According to an analysis just released by the EWG, substances in drinking water can even increase your risk of cancer.

Clean water is the cheapest way of improving health.  On a large scale, this involves adding chlorine &/or chloramine to Municipal water supplies to kill common pathogenic bacteria.  It does the job well, but with all we’re learning about the microbes responsible for 90% of our genetic expression, now the question is what effects are these chemicals having on our gut microbiome? These microbes help to control our thoughts, mood, diet, appetite, what food we want to eat and even who we want to be with.  They also impact our gut permeability, nutrient uptake and immune function.  

It’s not just the water we drink that matters, though.  We’re exposed to 10x more water through bathing each day than what we drink and when water is heated, the chlorine and its by-products (such as trihalomethanes, or THMs) become volatile and are easily inhaled.  The skin surface area of an average adult is around 2m2 and we’re covered is beneficial microbes. Our lungs have a surface area of around 150m2, or nearly the size of a tennis court, with a high permeability to allow normal exchange of gasses to & from our bloodstream.  As such, there’s probably no part of our body not affected by the chlorine.

Here are the ‘10 Calamities of Chlorine‘ that Dr Marc posted on his Facebook page:

1) Chlorine is a potent poison
Chlorine is so toxic to bacteria it makes great disinfectants, antiseptics, pesticides and antibiotics. The acrid smell of chlorine can be detected above 0.1 ppm, inhaling 1- 4 ppm damages the lungs, above 40 ppm causes acute chest pain, shortness of breath, and cough, and above 400 ppm is fatal.

2) Chlorine has many toxic forms
Chlorine gas was used to kill soldiers in the First World War. Chlorine bleach and disinfectants produce toxic disinfection by-products. Organochlorines like DDT are persistent pollutants that accumulate in the food-chain. Chlorofluorocarbons are volatile compounds toxic to the ozone layer. PVC releases dioxins and other hazardous waste into the environment.

3) Chlorine is toxic when ingested
Chlorine forms poisonous acids in the body and its disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethanes are known to cause cancer and birth defects. Persistent exposure to low levels of chlorine and its by-products in contaminated drinking water and food may lead to gut dysbiosis and a wide range of chronic diseases.

4) Chlorine is toxic on skin
Chlorine in bathing water directly irritates and dries out skin and hair and may alter the skin microflora leading to skin dysbiosis. Chlorine may cause or aggravate many diseases including psoriasis, allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, acne, poor wound-healing, skin ulcers, dandruff, yeast and fungal infections, rosacea, and accelerated skin aging.

5) Chlorine is toxic when inhaled
Chlorine and its volatile by-products are released when chlorinated water is heated and are easily inhaled. Chlorine irritates the mucous membranes in your eyes, nose and respiratory tract and causes immediate or delayed symptoms including watering eyes, sneezing, sinus congestion, coughing, choking, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and death.

6) Chlorine is volatile
Chlorine and its volatile by-products avoid first-pass metabolism in your liver by being directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the large surface area of your lungs and skin. Exposure to hot water through bathing, showering, dishwashing or other activities therefore produces greater exposure to disinfection by-products than exposure through drinking.

7) Chlorine is more toxic for the young
Chlorinated water is associated with higher rates of still births and birth defects. Infants and young children’s skin, eyes, respiratory tract and developing microbiome are more sensitive to chlorine and its by-products, which may contribute to the development and aggravation of asthma, hay fever, allergies, skin irritation and gut dysbiosis.

8) Chlorine leads to leaks
Chlorine and its volatile by-products can erode flexible, braided water hoses leading to leaks and plumbing failure when chlorine-based cleaners and disinfectants are stored nearby. Chlorine can also cause pinhole pitting in copper pipes and cause leaks and water damage to buildings and the development of dampness, moisture and mould.

9) Chlorine leaches lead
Chlorine and its by-products are corrosive agents and they combine with pH, alkalinity, temperature, oxidation potential, and other chemicals to leach lead from pipes, solder and ‘lead-free’ brass plumbing fixtures. Lead in drinking water leads to neurotoxicity, and stunted cognitive development, learning disabilities, attention difficulties and antisocial behaviour in children.

10) Chlorine makes hazardous waste
Chlorine-based products such as PVC produce dioxins and other hazardous Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) when they are burned. POPs are toxic to human and wildlife at low levels, do not degrade easily, are distributed around the globe through long-range environmental transport, and bioaccumulate up the food chain in fatty tissue.

 

An Increasingly Toxic World

Chlorine and chloramine are not the only toxins in our water.  There’s a saying that “the solution to pollution is dilution”, and for the last century in particular, humans have discharged all sorts of toxins into sewers, streams, rivers and oceans with this idea that it would just wash away.  However, we have now created so much pollution that it doesn’t just disappear.  Testing was done on the breastmilk of a native tribe in New Guinea who lived 2000km away from agriculture and an elevation of 2000m and DDT (an organochlorine) was found that they’d never been exposed to in any other way.  These chemicals are part of the water cycle now and fall in rain world-wide.  In the last few decades, we’ve seen an average loss 2/3 of all species on Earth, increasing to around 78% near ‘fresh’ water.

Common pollutants in our drinking water include:

  • pharmaceutical drugs (including the oral contraceptive pill and antibiotics)
  • pesticides
  • herbicides (such as glyphosate)
  • heavy metals
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • parasites
  • protozoa
  • cysts
  • mould spores
  • sediment
  • radioactive materials
  • fire retardants
  • VOCs

Thirsty yet?

Even if you are on tank water, many of these pollutants are still in the water, so filtration is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury.

 

Extreme Wellness Water Filters

Dr Marc’s motto is “drinking less poison is good for you”.  The man has a point!

After searching worldwide for the best technology available, he discovered filter catridges developed by a Russian company that took out the main pollutants of concern, but also had a high flow rate so you can shower without any loss of pressure or fill the bath for the kids without delay.  Testing in both Europe and America show they completely remove Hepatitis A virus, noroviruses, rotaviruses, chlorine, chloramine, pathogens, residues, pharmaceutical drugs, sediments, parasites, around 40-50% of fluoride and everything else that should be removed from water before you bathe, shower or drink it.

Extreme Wellness Water Filter Cartridge | www.unitywellness.com.au

I know a lot of people are concerned about fluoride and I’m one who’d love to see the end of mass medication through water fluoridation (a topic for another day).  However, the only way to remove 100% of fluoride is through reverse osmosis – a process that wastes a lot of water and can’t filter water at a high flow rate.  Dr Marc is working on an add-on filter to further reduce fluoride and I’ll update this post when it becomes available.  He wanted to focus on the 10 other pollutants that are worse than fluoride first.

There are 3 water filters in Dr Marcs Extreme Wellness Range, with options to suit renters or those travelling, right up to the whole house system.

 

Countertop Filter

Countertop Water Filter | www.unitywellness.com.auSitting above the sink,this system screws onto any standard mixer tap making it extremely easy to install and uninstall.

This system has a flow rate of 2.5 L/min at pressures up to 100 PSI and a capacity of 4,000 litres (depending on water source). Cartridges provide clean drinking water for a full 12 months.

These reliable filters are easy to install operate and maintain and will protect you and your family whether or not power is available.

AVAILABLE HERE

 

 

Whole Sink Filter

Under Sink Water Filter | www.unitywellness.com.auFree your kitchen water from contaminants, without leaving holes in your bench-top, or your budget.

Fitting comfortably under your sink, this high-flow filter can filter all the water from your kitchen tap, hot and cold, and reduce the toxic burden from your food and drinks.

This system has a flow rate of 25 L/min at pressures up to 100 PSI and a capacity of 150,000 litres(depending on water source). Cartridges provide clean kitchen water for a full 12 months.

AVAILABLE HERE

 

 

Whole House Filter

Whole House Water Filter | www.unitywellness.com.auExperience the comfort of knowing you can drink, cook, shower, bathe, groom your pets and irrigate your plants using water free from toxic contaminants such as chlorine, chloramines, pesticides, heavy metals, hardness salts, dissolved and colloidal iron, radioactive materials, sediment, and a range of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, cysts, mould spores and residues from pharmaceutical drugs.

These two 20-inch high-grade stainless steel cannisters are loaded with filter media including woven polypropylene, activated carbon and state-of-the-art ion-exchange polymer. These filters soften and alkalinise your water leaving naturally healthy water that resists and prevent scaling.

With a flow rate of 50 L/min at pressures up to 100 PSI and a capacity of 300,000 litres (depending on water source), this system can supply your entire home for a year before cartridges need replacing.

AVAILABLE HERE

 

 

If you’d like more information on the filters, you can download a brochure HERE or watch the interview with Dr Marc below about the range.

EDIT 1st Oct 2019: The introductory pricing in the catalogue is about to end, so order now before the prices increase.  Payment plans are available over 4 weeks.  Please email nyree@unitywellness.com.au or message me via my Facebook Page for more info.

 

For more general information on why we need to reduce our exposure to toxins, you can also read a great article by Dr Marc about the ‘10 Toxic Truths‘.

When you purchase one of these filters,  you can also opt to participate in a study Dr Marc is doing on the effects of filtered water on the microbiome.  You can contact him direct at info@drmarc.co to discuss the process and requirements.

Your purchase will not only benefit you and your family, but proceeds from every Extreme Wellness Water Filter purchased will help to provide a family in a third world country with 100 litres of clean, distilled water every day for 25 years.  Worldwide, (primarily) women and girls travel a combined 200 million hours every day to collect water, much of which causes illness due to pollution, pathogens and parasites.  Imagine how different their lives could be if they got those hours back to study, grow food or start a business in their local community and no longer had to suffer debilitating illness!

Bathe The World | www.unitywellness.com

 

Clean Water | www.unitywellness.com.au

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Self Care for Busy Women: Part 1

Self Care for Busy Women: Part 1

Ladies and gentleman, in case of emergency, an oxygen mask will drop from the compartment above your head.  Pull down firmly on the mask to begin the flow of oxygen and be sure to put on your own mask before assisting children or other passengers.

 

After pulling another all-nighter, I woke up this afternoon to a message from a friend asking what time I was coming over.  Actually, there were three messages from her, spread across the day.

Huh?  There must be some confusion?  I said next Wednesday.  I know that because I’d worked out that I’d double-booked myself next Wednesday and had to see if I could meet the other person another day.  Why would I have said this week?  I’m promoting a movie screening like crazy and the deadline is so close and my youngest has been sick and it’s her birthday in two days and I have to organize food and a gift and I need to work out what my teenager can do so she’s not just sitting at a computer all day and all those dishes need washing before I can cook anything and aaaaaarrrrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! 

As it turns out, I had said this Wednesday, but my brain had filed it against the wrong date.

Crap!  I messed up.  I let someone down.  I hate being that person who doesn’t show when you’re expecting them to.  What the hell happened to my memory?  Why did my brain have to rewire during pregnancy to favour fast reflexes instead of the great memory I once had? 

Sound familiar?  As women trying to balance ALL the things – work, family, friends, household, ourselves – it’s often that last thing that falls to the bottom of the priority list.  We’re so busy & so tired that we get by on the fumes of the coffee or tea that goes cold before we get to drink it or that snack that we packed in our bag for the kids the other day that they didn’t want or maybe that whole block of dark chocolate we stashed away where hopefully the kids wouldn’t find it.  Ya feelin’ me?  The great irony being that if we DO prioritise self-care more, we’re better able to manage everything else.

The thing is, I know this.  I reckon you know it. We all do, but it’s easy to forget or justify why we don’t have time to nurture ourselves.  It’s what landed me in hospital with sudden-onset convulsions two years ago, imagining the worst & wondering if I’d see my kids grow up.  Broken sleep, poor appetite, hormonal imbalance, breastfeeding, underlying genetic issues, financial strain; all these things were causing stress to my body.  I wasn’t feeling it psychologically because my brain was protecting itself, instead creating somatic symptoms as a sort of release valve.  It was a huge wake-up call at the time and these days, I try to be more aware of the whispers before my body has to scream at me again.  It’s time to go back to those things that will create a better sense of balance and calm.  I wanted to share some tried & true tips for self-care that are as much a reminder to myself as they are my way of trying to help you so you don’t find yourself sick and burnt out.

When putting this post together, it kept getting longer and longer as I went over all the things I know are important and effective, and saw the irony as the clock marched on into the wee hours and I was nowhere near finishing.  I also thought those of you who will benefit the most from the info are those of you with the least time to sit down and read a lengthy post, so I will post it in 2 parts, each with five tips.

 

 

1) Create a nurturing routine

In a case of perfect timing, a parcel arrived for me today that I’d been eagerly Nurture Me Essential Oil | unitywellness.com.auawaiting.  A beautiful limited edition blend of organic essential oils called Nurture Me.  As I looked at the bottle, I was reminded of Alice in Wonderland where she found the bottle on the table that said ‘Drink Me’.  The temptation to do what the label said was overwhelming (not chug down the whole bottle, just the Nurture Me part).  I opened the bottle and experienced an aroma that felt like a warm hug.  Earthy, spicy, grounding.

When possible, set some time aside for a warm bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of your favourite essential oil mixed into a carrier, but when time is short, do what I did & have a hot shower to relax tight muscles in the shoulders, neck & back.  After drying off gently with a towel, mix a few drops of Nurture Me into a carrier oil (I used jojoba) and rub that stuff all over yourself (except sensitive areas, because no one needs that sort of stress)!  Imagine you are massaging a loved one, or they are massaging you.  Tell each body part how much you appreciate it for everything it does for you.  It might sound strange at first, but trust me, your body is listening to how you talk to it and will respond in kind.  It only takes an extra minute, but is so worth it.

If you don’t already have one, get an ultrasonic oil diffuser and have some oil diffusing in the space you spend the most time, or in a quiet room where you can grab a bit of time to sit and breathe/meditate.  You can even get plug-in diffusers for your car, or diffuser pads that clip onto the air vent.  Just make sure the oil you use does not make you feel TOO relaxed whilst driving!

 

2) Fast Nourishment

When you’re running around, forgetting meals, getting by on insufficient sleep, it’s so much more tempting to reach for the coffee, energy drinks or fast food (or rather, food-like substances).  On days like that, I like to make a drink with coconut water, superfood powder & some medicinal herbs.  Coconut water contains electrolytes to hydrate the body, SunLove is a Naturopathic blend of 36 superfoods to boost energy, reduce oxidative stress and support adrenal function and Cosmic Calm is a blend of three adaptogenic herbs to again support adrenal function and help the body adapt to stress.  I put the coconut water and the 2 powders in a shaker cup, screw the lid on, give it a shake & drink up.  Just as quick as any of the aforementioned pick-me-ups without the resulting crash.  If I feel like an extra boost, I’ll add in some other green powder, colloidal minerals, some probiotics and maybe a little more moringa.  Being in liquid form, the nutrients are absorbed & utilised faster than they would be if you had to chew & breakdown the food first.  It won’t replace a balanced diet, but it will give you a good hit of nutrients to help you through those times your diet is lacking.

If you’re not entirely ready to kick the caffeine habit, still have a green drink like that, but try something like a mushroom coffee that gives you some extra nutrients with less of the jittery feelings.

Self Care Part 1 | unitywellness.com.au

The other thing I like to do is make a batch of bliss balls to keep in the fridge.  It only takes a few minutes and you can pack so much into a batch using dates and coconut as a base, then adding nuts, seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, superfood powders, collagen or plant-based protein powder, etc to taste.  Grab a bliss ball instead of something full of refined sugar.  They also double as a great afternoon snack for the kids, or something to put in their lunchbox if you leave out nuts or other things not allowed in many schools these days.

 

3) Gut health

The health of our gut plays a significant role in not only our immune system & physical health, but also how we feel mentally & emotionally.  Around 80% of the serotonin in our bodies, correlated with feelings of calm, relaxation & happiness is in our gut, so it makes sense to nurture our microbiome.  Eating a wide range of fibre-rich vegetables does the same for our microbes that compost does for our garden; it feeds the microbes that increase availability of nutrients.  The bacteria in our gut synthesise a number of B-group vitamins which help to calm our nervous system to reduce that “tired & wired” feeling.  Eating a spoonful of fermented veggies like sauerkraut or kimchi with each meal is a great way of combining probiotics with the fibre they need to thrive.

As mentioned, I’ll often use a food-based probiotic in my green drink, or you can use a synbiotic powder that combines probiotics with prebiotics, which are the ‘microbe fertiliser’, to recolonise your gut with good bacteria much faster than taking probiotics alone.  You can also get a brew of Kefir, Jun or Kombucha on the go for an endless supply of probiotics.  You can even get Hemp Kombucha kits with all the ingredients & instructions you need to get started.

 

4) Hydrate

I can hear my chiropractor every time I think about this subject……”how’s your water intake been?” he asks, knowing full-well what the answer is by the way I look and how locked up my body is.

I don’t think I’m telling you anything new when I say the human body is around 70% water and it’s recommended you drink 2-3 litres a day (more when exercising, breastfeeding, sick, in hot climates, etc).  You can get an estimated daily water requirement HERE.  Water flushes away the waste from normal cellular function, keeps our skin supple, lubricates our joints and reduces joint pain, prevents muscle cramps, maintains healthy kidney function, regulates blood pressure and keeps the contents of our bowels soft so we can pass stools easily.

If we look just at the brain for a moment, it is around 80% water.  If not properly hydrated, grey matter in the brain begins to shrink and if we become chronically dehydrated, the brain can begin to age prematurely (*takes a big swig of water*).  Water, as cerebrospinal fluid, circulates through the brain via the glymphatic system (no, that’s not a typo), to flush away toxic metabolites and proteins that accumulate between brain cells.  The activity of the glymphatic system increases nearly 10x while we sleep, with the brain cells contracting by 60% to allow the fluid to flush through more easily.  This flushing maintains healthy brain function and reduces the risk of neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s.  Almost every neurodegenerative disease is associated with an accumulation of cellular waste products, so one of the best things you can do to help your brain function during the day and reduce that foggy feeling is to be well-hydrated before going to sleep and start the day with a large glass of water.   Filtered/purified water is best.  Imagine washing yourself in a clear, sparkling stream versus a muddy pool of stagnant water.  That’s kinda how I visualise what’s going on inside the body.   If your water supply is fluoridated, you’d do well to get a filter that removes fluoride as it can compete for with iodine for receptor sites in the thyroid & reduce thyroid function, leading to more sluggishness and brain fog.

 

5) Sleep

We’ve already seen how important well-hydrated sleep is for maintaining a healthy brain.  Another thing the brain does in the sleep state is to produce support cells that go on to produce myelin that insulates our neurons to ensure the proper transmission of electrical signals in the body.  Memory & learning is also consolidated during sleep, so if you keep losing your keys, have no idea what day it is or people start calling you ‘Dory’, you probably need to look at improving your sleep habits.

Ideally, you should aim for being asleep by 9pm as the three hours between 9pm and midnight are the most restorative.  As a lifelong nightowl, I realise how early that sounds, especially when you factor in that it’s best to avoid electronic devices at least a couple of hours before bed. Throw in the need to have some quiet time when everyone else is sleeping and yeah….still working on that balance.

Sleep has a significant impact on other body systems, too.  A study by the CDC shows that both too little sleep (<6 hours) and too much sleep (>10 hours) is associated with higher incidences of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity & anxiety when compared to people getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.  Even one night of insufficient sleep can move you into a pre-diabetic state, so next time you are pondering whether to sleep or get some extra work done (or write a blog post about the importance of sleep), sleep is always the better option.  As a bonus, getting quality sleep makes your skin look better.

You can see on this Chinese Body Clock chart where the energy of our body is most concentrated at certain times of the day based on circadian rhythms:

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If you can plan your activities to line up with these times, you will be following the natural flow of your body and will feel better for it.  There is a similar clock in Ayurvedic medicine, also.

If you have difficulty stopping that chattering ‘Monkey Mind’ that keeps you awake, you may like to try a guided meditation or some amazing sound healing recordings to bypass the conscious mind & clear the subconscious clutter that you’re holding on to.

On that note, it’s wayyyyyy past my bedtime and I have to fill up my water bottle.  If you’d like five more things you can do to nurture your body & soul so you can live a more peaceful life, you can read Part 2 here.

Comment below with the things that help you to relax and recentre

 

 

Nyree xx

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