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Time to Drink

The museum where I work has started to get unbearably hot again in some areas. Many of the back rooms and the main offices become absolutely sweltering during midday. Quite recently some of my interns suggested getting a water filter pitcher so that we would all have a clean source of water. This was an amazing idea, so much so that I was completely shocked to find out we didn’t already have one. Staying hydrated is absolutely vital when working.

There are countless benefits to staying hydrated, especially when working. I thought that I would write a brief article on just a few of the benefits that staying hydrated holds. I hope that you learn something new and remember to stay hydrated at all times during this hot weather. Nothing is more important than drinking water.

 

Battles Tiredness

Woman drinking water

It is incredibly important to stay hydrated in order to battle tiredness and general fatigue. It is impossible to maintain a constant work ethic if you are dehydrated. Water is, in fact, one of the most vital sources of energy for your whole body. Water aids cells’ enzymatic activities which in turn provide you with a good sleep pattern, amplifies the production of energy and helps to restore many of the body’s functions.

Reduces the Risk of High Blood Pressure

 

On average, when a body is fully hydrated the content within the blood is made up of around 92% water. This water keeps the blood cells moving smoothly around the body’s various arteries and veins. This smooth movement aided by water helps to prevent the risk of high blood pressure as the blood cells are kept flowing down a continuous pathway.

Reduces Acne and Aging of the Skin

 

When the body is not hydrated, our skin tends to not be able to get rid of the toxins that are present on the surface. The skin then becomes irritated and inflamed which has the very likely outcome of causing skin issues such as acne and dermatitis. Hydrated skin also appears to age quicker as these toxins cannot be gotten rid of easily.

 

Prevents Digestive Problems

Person with stomach ache

Water tends to eliminate stomach ulcers as well as reduce the presence of gas and acid in the stomach itself. Water also helps to keep substances moving through the intestines, therefore reducing the frequency of bloating and constipation. Having enough water in your body also purges any harmful toxins that may be causing digestive issues.

Remove Excess Bacteria from Kidneys

It is well documented that people who remain hydrated tend to experience less kidney and bladder infections than those who do not remain hydrated. This is because water helps the body to remove any excess microbes that may be present in the bladder or kidney. A constant flow of water in the body will help to eliminate any excess bacteria or toxins and will keep your kidneys and bladder safe from infection. It is also important to drink filtered water that has removed any harmful contaminants.

Water is a Must

The other day my interns came up to me and asked for something called a water filter pitcher for the shared break room. I was a bit taken aback as I thought we already had one. It is absolutely essential to have clean water in the workplace that is available to everyone at any time of the day. You can’t work properly if you’re dehydrated. I apologized profusely to my interns, exclaiming that I thought we already had one. I immediately jumped straight online to research the best water filter pitchers out there.

After just a few minutes of browsing, I stumbled upon multiple sites, all claiming to have the answers of which water filter is the best on the current market. I thought that I would take some information and provide it to you guys here just in case you’re in need of one. Below is a short list of just a few of these water filters. I have taken care to provide a brief summary for each and label the many pros and cons to owning each of the models. I hope that you find what you’re looking for. After all, water is a must.

 

BWT

BWT

The favorite on the best water filter pitcher reviews site, the BWT is a water filter pitcher with a large capacity of 2.7L. The BWT has won many awards for its ingenious design and efficient filtration system. This model is also fairly inexpensive, so this is definitely one to look out for if you’re on a tighter budget. This model is ideal if you live alone or only tend to provide water for one other person as the water reservoir is not the largest on the market.

Pros:

  •         Red Dot’s “Innovation of the year” winner 2014
  •         EESC “Best product” 2014
  •         Added magnesium removes contaminants from water as well as provide a health boost to your diet
  •         Cartridges have silver that prevents the growth of bacteria and prolongs the life of the cartridge
  •         Relatively inexpensive model
  •         Easy to fill, the whole lid does not need to be removed

Cons:

  •         Not practical for large groups due to the limited reservoir
  •         Small in size
  •         Takes a while to filter water
  •         Cartridge replacements can be quite expensive

 

Watts

Watts

If you need to provide filtered water for a much larger group, then consider purchasing the Watts whole house water filter. This particular model is rated very highly on the whole house water filter reviews site. This filter is one of the least expensive models on the current market. This model does away with fancy features like timers and instead focuses on the filtration system and the large water reservoir. This is the perfect, inexpensive option for a larger household or an office-like situation where a large number of people need to be catered for.

Pros:

  •         Cheaper than other Culligan models that use the same sediment cartridges
  •         Certified by the NSF
  •         Made from heavy-duty plastic components for extra durability
  •         Stainless-steel inserts
  •         Very good quality control
  •         Replacement filters are inexpensive
  •         Will fit any standard 10” cartridge

Cons:

  •         Whilst relatively inexpensive, you may still need to pay for a professional installation
  •         No timer, you need to manually swap filters when you deem it necessary
  •         Mounting bracket may be needed
  •         Mainly made from plastic
  •         Filters reportedly do not last very long
  •         Plastic can develop cracks if tightened too much

 

Brita Everyday 10-Cup

Brita Everyday 10-Cup

A classic model that has been used in many households for several years now, the Brita Everyday 10-Cup is a highly practical and reliable model that is perfectly suited for use in just about every average household. This model has a larger water reservoir than the BWT does but is still designed for use by only a few people at a time, nowhere near as much as the Watts.

Pros:

  •         Nearly double the capacity of the BWT model
  •         Recommended for use for entire households, not just one or two people
  •         Compact enough to fit safely inside a fridge
  •         Replacement cartridges are inexpensive
  •         Cartridges are certified to NSF standards
  •         Can fit any of Brita’s other cartridges
  •         Highly practical and user-friendly

Cons:

  •         Does not thoroughly filter out lead, which can be a major problem depending on your particular water supply
  •         Cheap-feeling plastic

We Need It in Our Lives

“If music be the food of love, play on”. Such wise words come from one of the wisest men who ever lived, Mr. William Shakespeare. And he is absolutely correct. Music really is the food of love. Music is the soul. Music is life itself. Music is everything and everything is music. Take some time to look around yourself and you’ll notice that music is absolutely everywhere, and for good reason! Music has the uncanny ability to change how a human feels, shape their life in new ways and spur them on to creating something wholly original. Music truly is something wonderful.

Heart shape music

As the majority of modern society does, I listen to music on a daily basis. I tend to put on my favorite tracks when I roam around the museum halls and inspect all the displays. It adds a certain quality to my day that would otherwise be missing. One of my favorite things about music is that everyone has a different taste or viewpoint and it is very refreshing to have those different mindsets around me. I learn so much on a daily basis thanks to music. Without music, where would humanity be? It is my belief that we would still be in the very early ages of mankind. I have written a short article expressing why I think this and why I think that music is one of the most important elements of modern life.

 

Music Nourishes Us

 

Music encourages us and builds us up in many ways. Music manages to inspire us to do things that we never thought were possible, it manages to keep us energized while also having the unique ability to calm us when we need it to. Pythagoras himself, the ancient Greek scientist and philosopher, often talked about his observation of music and the human being. He observed that specific sequences of musical notes could greatly influence a human’s behavior and mood. He even suggested that music can heal those who are wounded. Many of these theories are still being worked on today, but the influence that music has over us is a staple of both ancient and modern civilization.

Music Can Enhance the Mind

Brain and music

There are many different genres of music in the world. Each of these genres can have a completely different effect on the mind. For example, jazz music has an entirely different sound and reaction than monk chanting does. Music used in meditation and other spiritual practices is often said to open the mind of the individual and keep them focused on their own life and goals.

Music Represents Culture

Similarly, each different genre of music has a different meaning based on where they originated from and where they are popular. Music is the perfect representation for different cultures as it manages to express so much about a culture that one might not already know. For thousands of years, music has been used to communicate between different cultures because it is a universal language. A language that can be understood by everyone in the world, no matter their country of origin or their background. Music brings us all together and puts us on the same plain.