Category: Bottled Water


The simple act of breathing during the winter months can cause you to lose a significant amount of water, making it vital at this time of year to stay on top of your hydration needs and those of your loved ones, says the International Bottled Water Association. BY JILL CULORA Most people think of dehydration… Read more »

Fluoride and Your Water

There has been a lot of speculation about fluoride in our water and if it is good for us or not.  Everything we seem to be reading tells us that it is not good for us.  Just in Des Moines, Iowa there is a huge concern for the amount of fluoride in our tap water.  One… Read more »

Dehydration and the Body

Water is such a crucial element to our existence.  A person could only survive one week without water.  Our bodies are made up of 70-80% water.  On an average day, an adult can lose 80oz of water.  This is through normal processes: breathing; perspiration; and normal bodily functions.  Studies have shown that being fully hydrated… Read more »

Do You Ever Get Water at a Restaurant?

What is up with the water needs at restaurants?  Do you find it displeasing that they do not offer good tasting filtered/purified water or even a bottled water option.    Then when they do offer it, they want to sell you a bottle of water for way too much!  I buy bottled water so I know… Read more »

Soda Pop, Diabetes, and Water

I found this great quote…..’Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital’…….Kelly Barton.  I was thinking about a topic of soda pop and diabetes, and this seemed like an appropriate quote for this week’s blog.  Coming from a family with a history of diabetes through the generations, this… Read more »

Chlorine in Your Drinking Water

Chlorine:  A halogen element that is isolated as a poisonous, greenish-yellow gas described as having a pungent/choking odor, that has many uses. It is often used as a disinfectant in water treatment.  It is a very corrosive and hazardous chemical. The body does not absorb chlorine well.  According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) the… Read more »

What You Should Know About Nitrates in Iowa Water

Nitrates are released into the ground by fertilization methods, septic leakage, animal manure & decay of natural deposits. Nitrate levels in Iowa  continue to be among the highest in the nation. Nitrates, consumed over time, can harm the kidneys and spleen.  High nitrate levels in infants can cause shortness of breath and fatal “blue baby” syndrome, due… Read more »

Fluoride in Our Water – Is It Really Necessary?

In January 2011, the Des Moines Water Works chose to reduce the amount of fluoride in our tap water by 0.3 parts per million (from 1 ppm to 0.7 ppm) following recommendations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, American Dental Association, American Water Works Association and Iowa Department of… Read more »

Trihalomethanes Review for Des Moines

Trihalomethanes (THM’s) are chemical compounds that show up in different forms such as chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform.  THM’s are considered carcinogenic (having potential to cause cancer).  They are created when chlorine reacts with natural occurring organic and inorganic materials in the water.  The risks associated with exposure to THM’s are liver, kidney and central… Read more »

Total Dissolved Solids in Your Water

Total dissolved solids (TDS) are everything that can be dissolved in water. Sources of TDS include industrial discharge, sewage, fertilizers, road run-off, soil erosion and organic sources such as leaves, silt and plankton. TDS can give a murky appearance and affect the quality and taste of the water. In drinking water, a limit of 500… Read more »