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7 Important Things You Should Know About Water

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Water is the core of our existence. Every living organism needs it to survive. How much do you really know about the element that keeps us going and all the wonderful things it does for us?

It flows out of our faucets to help us clean our teeth, our dishes and our ourselves. We need it to have fun in the sun and drink it to keep hydrated and healthy, but this precious resource is so much more than we may think.

Only 1% of water is readily available for human use. Crazy, right!?

70% of the world’s surface is covered with water, but 97.5% of that is salt water and the rest of the fresh water is frozen into those big glaciers, leaving us 1% to work with for almost 7 billion people. Our need for water makes it super important for us to be aware of the widespread drought affecting a large amount of the United States. Water is a basic right, but also a precious resource, so conserving it is crucial to our survival.

Here are 7 important things to know when you feel like skipping your water drinking for the day:

Can Help You Lose or Maintain a Healthy Weight

Basically, water makes you full and you eat few calories. This keeps you eating healthy portions and keeps you sufficiently hydrated.

Reduces The Risk of Pimples

Water flushes out toxins in the body that causes skin to inflame which can result in clogged pores and acne.

Can Wake You Up More Than Caffeine

Tiredness and fatigue are two of the most common symptoms of dehydration. If you feel tired try drinking a few cups of water before something high in sugar or caffeine.

Keeps Your Kidneys Going

Our kidneys process over 200 quarts of blood per day. They pull out waste and carry urine to the bladder, but if they don’t get enough fluids they can’t clear away things the body doesn’t need and can lead to infection.

Helps You Finish Your Workout or The Big Game

If you exercise too long without being properly hydrated you get a build-up of chemicals, such as lactic acid, that cause you muscles to tighten up. Drink water before, during and after to prevent muscle cramping and help with soreness.

Is Best From The Tap And Filter

It’s always important to stay hydrated, but crucial during summer. There are more than 2100 contaminants that can be present in tap water, but a well-placed filter can change all of that. Water filters are designed specifically to work with the water coming from your faucet. Go one step further and put a filter on your shower to protect the spongiest organ of all, your skin!

Might Be Worse In A Bottle

Not only is bottled water a waste of plastic, but just like many personal care products it is less regulated than tap water. Tap water is EPA regulated, undergoing tests for things such as e. coli, as well as being required to produce its source and quality testing. Bottled water is not required to meet any of these standards to be distributed.

I would stay and tell you more, but I have to go drink some water! Drink up!

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6 Easy Skin Protectors To Rock This Summer And Reduce Sun Exposure

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It’s important to our health and well being to stay active. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get some serious fun in the sun in too. Swimming, surfing, beach volleyball and other outdoor activities are great options for aerobic exercise. Did you know just 30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent? Even though the sun can be helpful to our bodies, too much of it can be harmful and dangerous. Too much sun and natural or artificial UV ray exposure can lead to skin and damage or sometimes even cancer.

Never fear! Sun safety tips are here and ready to help you keep the sun on your good side. Summer is the time for beaches, pools, outdoor festivals, and concerts. We’ll be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long, so we came up with 6 easy skin protectors that you can do anytime and anywhere this summer.

1. Wear a hat

Choose a hat with a wider brim to protect your eyes, ears and face. This keeps them safe from direct sunlight throughout the day.

2. Wear Your Sunglasses Outside (And inside if you want)

You can wear them inside too, but your eyes are way too awesome and sensitive to be out in the sun without them. Choose sunglasses that wrap around your face as much as possible and provide 100% UV protection for the best results.

3. Lounge in the Shade During Peak Sun Hours

The sun is strongest during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm so if you’re going to be outside try to find some shade or do the majority of your outside activities before or after that time. Avoiding the sun during this time can lower exposure by up to sixty percent. Also, don’t be tricked by cloudy and overcast weather, UV rays are still getting through those clouds.

4. Wear Lightweight Clothing

When you’re not in the water arm yourself with lightweight and loose-fitting clothing that covers a large area of your skin. Keeping cool, but still protecting yourself from prolonged sun exposure is key.

5. Don’t forget your feet

Be sure to cover all the exposed skin when applying sunscreen, some are easy to forget. Don’t miss your feet, ears, eyelids, hands, nose, lips or the top of your head!

6. Choose the Right Sunscreen

There are a lot of sunscreens to choose from out there and it can be confusing. Check out our guide to protecting your skin with nontoxic options. We highly recommend Badger Natural and Organic Sunscreen.

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Visit the Non Toxic Revolution on the Vans Warped Tour and stop by for FREE nontoxic sunscreen (and guide) from our friends at Badger and EWG.

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WTF is with Asbestos?! How To Be Aware And Avoid Exposure

WTF Is With Asbestos!?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was once used in massive amounts to build homes, schools, office buildings, churches, hospitals, and appliances such as old furnaces. Since it hasn’t been used as much since the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ban on it use over 30 years ago, lots of people think they are safe from exposure. You can do your best to make sure you stay safe, but the sad fact is that asbestos still remains all over the world and in places many people frequent daily.

Asbestos In Older Homes

Unless a licensed asbestos abatement professional has confirmed asbestos is in your home, there really isn’t a way to tell how much, if any, your home has. A good rule of thumb is to remember that if you live in a home built prior to the mid or early 1980s, there is a chance that you may be living with asbestos. There is no need to panic and start packing, but you should always take precautions until you’re able to have your home professionally inspected:

1. Don’t do any repairs, whether large or small. It may a simple enough task to clean an old furnace before winter starts or replace old flooring in your kitchen, but regardless of what the task is, you don’t want to risk stirring up asbestos fibers.

2. Stay out of your attic. The Johns Manville Corporation shipped asbestos-containing to an abundance of homes across the nation. Again, if you live in an older home, there is a chance your attic was insulated with asbestos. If you absolutely must go in your attic, be certain to walk on boards or in areas where you won’t touch any insulation.

Asbestos At School

If your school was built anytime prior to the mid to early 1980s, then there is a good chance that there is asbestos in at least some buildings and appliances. The EPA realized long ago that not all schools can be demolished, and therefore established the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The AHERA mandates that schools follow strict guidelines to ensure all students and staff are as safe as possible. You have the right to stay informed on how your school is handling the situation. Get involved with your school’s administration and ensure that they are following all standards of the AHERA. Schools that fail to comply are in serious violation of federal and state laws.

If you think you’ve been exposed to asbestos at school after safety violations, it’s a good idea to seek legal help to see what your options are.

Why is Asbestos So Bad?

You can’t see asbestos with the naked eye, making its thin fibers easy to swallow or inhale without detection. When asbestos fibers enter the body, it’s impossible to remove them all. Over time, these fibers will attack organs, leading to life-threatening diseases such as Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. For example Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly cancers, with only a 5-10% five-year survival rate, and it affects over 3,000 people in the US each year.

If you’re unsure whether you’ve been exposed to asbestos or not, it’s always recommended to have regular check-ups with a physician. The health effects of asbestos exposure isn’t recognized immediately, so regular health appointments will allow your doctor to keep proactive, just in case.

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