“Raw Water”—Really?

“Raw Water”—Really?

Technically, “raw water” is unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized water from a natural spring. Are there really benefits to drinking water in a “natural” state? A small, but growing group of advocates believe there are. “Living water”...
Sugar Substitues: May Not be Sweet for Your Health

Sugar Substitues: May Not be Sweet for Your Health

A small study (published as an abstract) of healthy individuals received the equivalent non-caloric sweetener contained in 1.5 liters of “diet” soda for 14 days along with a with a control group receiving a placebo. The results suggest that glucose...
Bravo! U.S. Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Dropping

Bravo! U.S. Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Dropping

Americans are making better beverage choices according to an analysis of data (2003-2014) from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Both adults and children are drinking significantly less sugar-sweetened beverages, which include soda, fruit...
Say Bye-Bye to OTC Antibacterial Soaps

Say Bye-Bye to OTC Antibacterial Soaps

It has taken a long time, but finally, the Federal Drug Administration has brought an end to the marketing of over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps—those that contain any of 19 specific active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban. This new ruling...
Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

So how much water do we actually need? Enough to replace the fluids you lose each day is determined by your size, your activity level, and the climate. A simple method of determining if you are getting enough (adequately hydrated) is the color of your urine (provided...
Water Availability Encourages Weight Loss

Water Availability Encourages Weight Loss

New York City schools may have discovered a remarkably simple, yet effective way of combating overweight–by increasing access to water at lunchtime! The availability of water seemed to lower chocolate milk consumption and sugar-sweetened beverages. This...

Water Sales Gaining on Soda

The sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) industry is under fire today from many quarters. The New York Times reports over the last 20 years sales of full-calorie soda has fallen by 25%. At the same time, sales of bottled water have exploded, and if the trends continue,...
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