For people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, there’s something in your kitchen sink.
It seems that tap water may be what the doctor ordered.
A new study that examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water — tap water or from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle — by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.
People who increased their consumption of water by one, two or three cups daily decreased their total energy intake by 68 to 205 calories daily and their sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, according to a paper by University of Illinois community health professor Ruopeng An. They also consumed 5 grams to nearly 18 grams less sugar and decreased their cholesterol consumption by 7 to 21 milligrams daily.
Here’s what he said: (and here is the report)
“The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status. This finding indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories in diverse population subgroups without profound concerns about message and strategy customization.”
In plain words?
Drink water. Lose weight.
Ian: Of course the study didn’t take into account water quality which has reared its head recently with the discovery of a vast avoidance of water quality testing in hundreds of locations across the US. here in Australia my friend and water technologist Neil Sweeney has this to say:
“I would encourage all families to get the news out about the dangers lurking in our drinking water. Encourage them to join here or read up as much as they can about the hidden risks in the water supply. Connect my page to any groups you are in if you feel I am right after reading and considering this.
For the past 2 years I have been writing articles about the dangers of Bioaccumulation in the body from Heavy Metals, Chemicals and Pharma in our Potable (Tap) Water.
If you have been following the news you will have seen, finally, this year, Sydney Water and the NSW govt are now coming clean about the dilapadated state of our ageing water pipe system and the impossible and restrictive costs placed on replacing the thousands of kilometres of 60 to 100 year old pipes in this country. The costs runs into the billions PLUS we just dont have the manpower to replace it quickly.
Have you noticed the increase in water main bursts?
So why are we JUST being told now?
The growing presence of Endocrine Disruptors in our reservoirs, the increased concentrations of pharmaceuticals, in particular; antibiotics, the development of organic super bugs and the ever-growing concentration of heavy metals from mining are polluting our catchment and dam systems in this country like never before.
This means that every time we have a heavy downpour of rain the concentration levels of bio-toxins and metals increase exponentially in the reservoirs creating new mutations at the molecular level of harmful chemicals, larger concentrations of soft and heavy metals and more virulent and resistant super bugs and microbial infestations which effect our G.I. tract, Neurological and Endocrine systems.”
Ian: We are about to field test our new UltraStream UltraH2+. It’s still in prototype but the BIG news is that we’ve been able to enhance the already excellent filtration of the present UltraStreams. It will increase its ability to filter out:
>99.9 % of viruses, (polio, rotovirus, norovirus)
>99.99% of bacteria (e-coli, legionella, pseudomonas, etc)
>99.95% cysts( giardia, cryptosporidium)
>80% Ferrous Iron
>95% Arsenic V
PCB’s and BPA
This takes the UltraStream, already an unchallenged leader in water filter and ionizer filtration, to a level unparallelled anywhere in the industry, yet still at a price ordinary people can manage.
You don’t even have to wait for the ‘new improved model’ with an UltraStream. If you order our present model, you’ll get the new model when you order a new replacement filter. That’s the joy of the UltraStream. It never gets obselete!
From ANH International
A new report entitled “Ebola virus disease: clinical care and patient-centred research” has just appeared in The Lancet by Professor Ian Roberts of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In it Professor Anders Perner of the University of Copenhagen begins with a strong opening statement.
“It is often stated that there are no proven therapies for Ebola virus disease but that potential treatments, including blood products, immune therapies, and antiviral drugs, are being evaluated. This view is inaccurate”.
Due to the nature of the disease and the symptoms associated with Ebola, i.e. vomiting, diarrhoea and haemorrhage, patients can lose as much as 5 to 10 litres of fluid a day, making dehydration a highly probable outcome. Add to this the natural heat of the climate and the inability of severely ill patients to be drinking and eating, and the risk of dying of dehydration rather than Ebola becomes more than a high certainty. Sadly this wholly avoidable situation is proving true. On his last visit to Sierra Leone, ANH’s Rob Verkerk PhD reported on the difference that enhanced care has made to survival rates. At the Sierra Leone-run Hastings treatment facility headed by Dr Santigie Sesay, intravenous (IV) support for dehydration and basic multivitamins are provided, which has increased survival rates by over 20% almost overnight. Dr Sesay has implemented protocols that are contrary to WHO guidelines, which recommends against IV to lower the risk of need-stick injuries and infection of health workers. His centre now has the highest success rate in Sierra Leone. The authors of the new The Lancet report state clearly that profound water and electrolyte depletion leads to circulatory collapse and death, but which have proven treatments. For additional clarity, they accompany their report with a supplementary video entitled “Parenteral access for fluid administration in patients with Ebola virus disease”. It’s made clear in the video that “dehydration and low potassium levels are common treatable causes of death. Fluid administration is a proven treatment for dehydration, and potassium supplementation is a proven treatment for low potassium… Many patients in West Africa are not receiving these treatments”. Not only are West African Ebola patients missing out on basic lifesaving treatments due to WHO treatment protocols, but the Minister of Information and Communications, the Hon. Alpha Kanu, reports back that Sierra Leonean health workers are also being refused entry to the British built facilities in Kerry Town!
Sierra Leoneans denied hydration
An article on the BBC News website announced just last month that, “At the moment, medics can only treat the symptoms of Ebola, giving people pain relief and keeping patients hydrated in the hope they will be strong enough to fight the virus off themselves.” And yet, despite having all of this information, Sierra Leoneans are being denied hydration, and “…missing out on basic care that could improve their chances of survival.” Following the results of his treatment protocol, Dr Sesay concurs, saying, “the effect on patients has been dramatic”. Treatment for dehydration is a relatively simple and cheap method of immediately improving Ebola patients’ health and also giving them a chance of fighting the disease. The Lancet report also points out that sufficient priority has not been given to overcoming the risk to health workers, shortages of IV-trained nursing staff and other barriers that are associated with giving intravenous fluids, nor the implementation of practical protocols for managing fluids and electrolytes. However, the Hastings treatment facility is proof that it can be done, and done successfully.