Category: Health

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 »

Contaminants in Your Water?

It is hard to imagine our drinking water having chemicals in it, but there are many present.  The amount allowed is set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and communicated by the ‘Maximum Contaminant Level’ or MCL, which is based on “what is feasible using the best available water treatment technology and taking cost into… 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 »

Soft Water Feel on Your Skin vs Squeaky Clean

In a society of commercialism and strong, effective marketing, we have been raised with the belief that the “squeaky-clean” feel from our water is a nice, clean feeling. We imagine we are cleansed, fresh & well, squeaky-clean. What these companies fail to tell us is that being squeaky clean is actually not the best for… Read more »

New Year’s Resolution – Drink More Water!

How many of you made a resolution to drink more water?  That is a step in the right direction to a healthier, more well……..well, you.  Water is the most precious commodity, other than food, we have been given to survive.  you want to be sure to consume the required daily amount of 60-80oz of water… Read more »

Earth Day – Bottled Water is Green!

April 22, 2012 will mark the 42nd annual Earth Day event celebrated all over the world. Started by Senator Gaylord Nelson, in 1970, as an environmental protest to call attention to increased pollution, wildlife endangerment & disregard for natural resources. Locally, on Earth Day, we celebrate environmental education and “green” practices. Here at Crystal Clear… Read more »