Summer foods to keep you hydrated and beautiful

Cucumber slicesThe temperature around Australia is now clearly screaming ‘Summer!’ – and we should all be especially careful to stay well hydrated inside and out. If like us you don’t always remember to drink plenty of water until a headache hits – or ever cheeky, you count milky Earl Grey tea as part of your daily water allowance, you might enjoy the cheat sheet Kimberly Snyder put together: behold, foods that help you stay hydrated!

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Water: an instruction manual

water - an instruction manual

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about the dangers of an overly acidic diet. The basic premise behind the acid/alkaline diet is that an acidic blood stream is more receptive to disease and illness – in turn impacting every other living cell in the human body.

As with any new field of research, new information can come from a number of different angles.  We’re probably now just at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding the short and long-term effects of the acid/alklaline balance on the human body.  What we do know, however, is that we have the opportunity to act on new health research by incorporating new habits (or altering old ones) into our daily lives in a safe and sensible manner.

Drinking pure water is one of these habits, and is at the very core of any healthy lifestyle – which is why any opportunity to revisit the subject is always of interest to everyone at Echolife. Continue reading

Steel water bottles fight the fight against landfill

crushed plastic water bottle

At least in Australia, it’s a misconception that bottled water is a pure and healthier alternative to tap water. If you buy your water in a plastic bottle, chemicals (such as BPA) used in the manufacturing process may leech into the water.

We have been warned not to refill these bottles more than once – why? Apart from simple (yet highly dangerous) bacteria buildup inside the bottle, evidence is mounting that ongoing exposure to some of the common chemicals used in the manufacture of plastic water bottles and food containers is highly unsafe. Continue reading

Thirsty?

You may not think of it as such, but water is the most abundant nutrient in the human body (weighing as much as two-thirds of the body’s mass). Water helps remove waste such as toxins absorbed from air, food, and chemicals used in common cosmetics. Water also cushions joints, helps carry oxygen and regulates body temperature.

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