All Kinds Of Valentines

Love. With Valentine’s Day being February’s big claim to fame, it’s a concept that’s top-of-mind for many people this month. But because many people associate the holiday primarily with romantic love, other forms of “amore” get left out in the (considerable) cold. Let’s not forget that there are all types of love…and just as many ways to show the recipients of our affections that we care.

We’re all more than familiar with the million-and-one (tired, old) ways to prove our love to our romantic Valentines. Chocolates? Check. Red roses? You know it. Lacy lingerie? Last-minute lifesavers. All well and good…for your significant other, at least. But what about the other loves of our lives?

What about the dad who drove you to practice every day when he got off work? Or the grandmother who fed you dinner every night because your mom worked late? Or the older brother who tutored you to be sure you were accepted into your first-choice college? From beloved childhood nannies to cherished teachers to the coworker who leaves a latte-your-way on your desk twice a week, too many loves go unnoticed on Valentine’s Day. Once you’ve decided to acknowledge your platonic Valentine, however, there’s the question…what to get them that says “I love you (but not in that way)?”

One way to answer that question is by considering what they might need, but would never buy themselves…these are often the most thoughtful gifts. For some that means a gas card, for others it’s a personalized coupon book offering rides to doctors’ appointments. Our suggestion? An air purifier. Now, bear with us. It’s not the sexiest, nor the most romantic of Valentine’s presents. We realize this. But it shows you care about the person as a whole…and for longer than just a day. Making sure that the very air your loved one breathes is as clean as possible says “I love you” for the whole year round, not just for a couple hours of dinner or the week it takes flowers to wither.

(Filtered) Water For Weight Loss!

It’s the theme of every magazine’s January issue and of most adults’ lists of New Year’s resolutions: atonement. Specifically, atoning for the gluttony of the holidays…and all the cookies, fruitcakes, eggnogs and champagne that go along with them. Come January 2, gyms are the most packed they’ll be all year…and while that’s a good thing, throwing yourself into a brand-new hardcore exercise regime that you likely won’t keep up isn’t the smartest way to go. Instead, make a commitment to performing small steps every day that will lead you to achieving long-lasting results. Your first step to success is such a piece of cake that you’ll be kicking yourself for not having done it all year long – Just. Drink. Water. Specifically, just drink water before you eat. That’s it…and it could help you lose up to a pound a month…without changing your eating or exercise habits at all!

How does “preloading” water before a meal contribute to weight loss…with absolutely no help from exercise or diet change? There are several ideas about why it works. The first is probably also the most obvious…it literally fills up empty space in your stomach, physically leaving less room for solid, caloric food. Another hypothesis is that hydrating your body before eating allows you to gauge how hungry you really are, as dehydration creates a type of “phantom hunger” that your brain confuses with the real thing. In any case, losing a pound a month simply by putting down two glasses of water is nothing to sneeze at!

But keep in mind that the type of water you ingest is just as important as the fact that you’re drinking it. Your goal here is to sip the purest, healthiest H2O you can find…because what’s the point of losing weight if you’re potentially contaminating your body? Water filtration is essential to remove sediments, minerals, chlorine, pathogens, pesticides and potentially life-threatening lead from the water we drink.

As we start the a new year, make a commitment to yourself. But rather than a commitment to looking better, make a commitment to feeling better. Rather than a commitment to hitting the gym hard on January 2, make a commitment to being healthier all year long. And rather than eating mindlessly and hating yourself for it after, make a commitment to drinking a couple glasses of (filtered) water before every meal. You’ll be amazed at how great your year will be…because of how great you feel throughout itwater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brondell’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Air Purifier for Allergy Relief

The Many Air Purifier Benefits for Allergy Relief

For Allergy Sufferers

There are many benefits of using an air purifier for allergy relief for those who suffer through the agony of asthma and allergies millions of people know that pollen, smoke, off gassing, mold, bacteria, dust mites and pet dander can wreak havoc on your well being. By utilizing a true HEPA certified filtration system you can reduce up to 99.97% of these irritants. Brondells O2+ Air Purifiers work by using a Japanese Nidec motor to force air through 3 stages of filtration: a mesh pre-filter, activated granulated carbon and a true HEPA filter.

How Does Each Filter Help?

The mesh pre-filter helps by catching larger dust and pollen molecules to help extend the life of the remaining two filters. The activated granular carbon filters out odors and larger airborne particles. The HEPA filter, which stands for high-efficiency particulate air which traps dander, dust mites and smoke. This additional filter is what allows the O2+ to be most effective in reducing the known respiratory irritants such as Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) such as Formaldehyde and Benzene, and gaseous pollutants. These can come from common household adhesives, paints, cleaning products and off-gassing from plastics and polyurethane materials. These materials are found in carpet and rugs as well as drapery, common items that some people don’t realize the hidden danger of the chemicals in their homes.

Choosing an Air Purifier for Your Home

After assessing your allergy needs the next consideration in choosing the best air purifier for your home is looking into room size. Many air purifiers are rated for optimum purification up to a specified square footage. For example the Brondell O2+ Air Purifier models Source, and Balance are both AHAM Verifide for a suggested room size of 243 square feet. This is the suggested size for a enclosed room. It’s also important to look at the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) numbers, this figure signifies the cubic feet per minute that the particles of a specified size (tobacco smoke, dust, pollen) are completely removed. The higher the CADR rating is for each of the given category, the better the air purifiers performance in that category. With the rating and category in mind, you should be well equipped to chose a purifier that most closely suits your needs.cropped-o2-home-banner3.jpg

How Do Reverse Osmosis Filtration Systems Work?

How Do Reverse Osmosis Filtration Systems Work?

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Reverse Osmosis for Health

RO for Health

When you think about the possible contaminants in your tap water it becomes clear that some form of water filtration is necessary for the health conscious. Bottled water hasn’t proven itself to be as pure or filtered as some would like for you to believe, and the environmental implications can leave one feeling guilty just trying to stay hydrated. Brondell has created a tank less easy install Reverse Osmosis filtration system that is significantly more efficient than conventional reverse osmosis systems.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) works by a process that utilizes pressure to force water through a semipermeable finely pored RO membrane. This process filters out contaminants, inorganic materials, and minerals. Typically many synthetic chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides are molecularly smaller than H2O molecules which requires additional filters that maximize filtration. The Brondell H2O+ Circle RO system utilizes four filtration stages including sediment, pre and post carbon filters in addition to the reverse osmosis membrane. Given its high filtration capabilities RO is a good solution for those with weakened or compromised immune systems. The best way to find and effective water filtration system for your needs can be found based upon comparison of Performance Data Sheets which lists all the contaminant that the specific system in certified to removed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reverse osmosis filtration systems can effectively remove lead, thus making it safe for consumption. Excess levels of lead in the body can result in increased blood pressure, problems with fertility and development of nerve and muscle damage. RO systems also effectively removes sodium molecules from water which provides the added benefit of ensuring that your water is fully hydrating without the concern for those with sodium restricted diets.

Reverse Osmosis Myths

One of the main concerns with drinking reverse osmosis water is the misrepresentation of is acidity. The Water Quality Association (WQA) delved further into this topic in their study Consumption of Low TDS Water deeming the adverse health consequences negligible. Where a healthy body will maintain a homeostatic pH of 7.4 naturally even after consuming either acidic or alkaline food or beverages. The Brondell H2O+ Circle RO System produces a pH neutral filtered water in the 7-8 pH range.

Reverse Osmosis Adoption

It is interesting to note several city wide initiatives to adopt RO filtration for the communities of Madison, MN, Ottawa, IL, Beverly Hills, CA and Orange County. For those who feel unfamiliar with RO Filtration you may be surprised to know that Aquafina, Dasani, and Nestle all utilize reverse osmosis in their bottled water practices, which you can do for yourself at home with the Brondell H2O+ Circle Reverse Osmosis System.

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World Toilet Day 2014: Access to Toilets for All

World Toilet Day 2014 – Equality and Dignity

Here in the U.S., we’re lucky enough to have sanitary toilet systems in every home, but many places in other parts of the world aren’t so fortunate. In fact, nearly 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet. So to help raise awareness for this basic human right, the 13th annual World Toilet Day will be celebrated across the globe on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

How it all started

For a long time, one of the worst places for sanitary toilet systems was Singapore, where toilets were simply non-existent in most homes. Many people were left to use open fields, rivers, and lakes to do their business, causing contaminated waterways and widespread illnesses. Something needed to be done to address the repulsive state of public toilets and sanitation in Singapore, so in 1998, a world-class entrepreneur named Jack Sim created the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS).

While RAS was successful at improving sanitation conditions in Singapore, much of the world still struggled with a lack of toilets. And since going to the bathroom is such a taboo subject in many parts of the world, many governments in Asia and Africa refused to address, let alone discuss the need for toilets. To help bring these discussions to the table in other parts of the world, Sim founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) on November 19, 2001.

Since then, the WTO has raised the issue of sanitation by lobbying governments, shareholders, and the international community for better standards on sanitation conditions throughout the world. Every year, the WTO holds its annual World Toilet Summit, where delegates from across the globe gather to discuss the current state of sanitation and recommend new standards to improve toilet conditions.

Still not enough: the World Toilet College

To help continue shining the international spotlight on this issue, Sim created the World Toilet College (WTC) in 2005. With the support of private shareholders and government institutions alike, the WTC offers training to sanitation workers and also helps create the standards that ensure that the design and hygienic maintenance of restrooms are adequate. Comprehensive programs such as the Restroom Specialist Training Course and School Sanitation and Hygiene Education Course help give sanitation workers and community leaders the skills they need to provide clean and safe access to toilets for those in their regions.

World Toilet Day 2014

Every year, World Toilet Day has a theme, and this year’s theme is “Equality and Dignity.” Recently, many rural areas of India without toilets have left women to shamefully go out in the open. In doing so, they have not only had to sacrifice their dignity, but many have become the victims of sexual crimes while trying to relieve themselves. This year’s World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness for these heinous acts, as well as make sure that everyone has access to some type of private toilet.

Additionally, the mission behind this year’s World Toilet Day is also an effort to provide equality in access to sanitary facilities in all public places, including schools and the workplace. Many toilets are still inadequate for women, the elderly, and people with special needs, leaving these people unable to obtain jobs or attend classes.

How can you help? There are a number of ways you can do your part, such as fundraisers, participating in a race, or by simply spreading the message with your friends online.

To learn more about World Toilet Day, check out http://www.unwater.org/worldtoiletday/home/en/

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Bidets: The Ultimate Bathroom Solution for Seniors

Seniors can benefit greatly from bidet products – restore independence and dignity to the bathroom experience.

As we age, our muscle strength gradually begins to weaken, and we become much less mobile than we were in our younger years. We begin to experience physiological changes, like thinning skin and loss in bone density, and many of us develop arthritis, all of which can make going to the bathroom a very difficult experience.

However, the good news is that making a small change, like using a toilet seat bidet, can make all the difference. Below we’ve listed a variety of common issues that seniors face, and how a bidet can make going to the bathroom a more comfortable and much safer experience for seniors with such issues.

Mobility. The cramped spaces of a bathroom and impaired mobility can make it difficult for seniors to properly wipe. In fact, wiping can actually be dangerous for those who can’t stand or maintain their balance without assistance.

With a bidet, much less wiping is needed, if any at all, and you don’t have to stand up and sit down over and over again. For those with Alzheimer’s or others who rely on a caregiver for assistance with wiping, a bidet eliminates any embarrassment of asking others for help, giving seniors a greater sense of independence. Simply put, bidets make bathroom hygiene a breeze.

Arthritis. Some bidets, like the Brondell Swash 300 Bidet Seat, come with a warm water wash, giving seniors with arthritis a soothing bathroom experience. The Swash 300 even features a heated seat with adjustable temperature controls, so you can set the temperature to your liking.

Many bidets have the misconception of being difficult to operate, but unlike other bidet seats, the Swash 300 comes with a handy 6-button remote control, so you can control the direction of the stream, the water pressure, and the seat and water temperatures.

Thinning skin.  As we age, our skin becomes thinner, and as a result, the skin on our backsides becomes much more sensitive to wiping. The warm, gentle spray of a bidet eliminates the need for repeated wiping with toilet paper and bathroom wipes, meaning less cuts and sore spots.

Hemorrhoids. Because many seniors struggle with constipation as they age, hemorrhoids also tend to become a common issue. Since you don’t have to wipe as much with a bidet, a bidet is a much safer solution for those with hemorrhoids.

Incontinence. Many senior citizens, especially women, face incontinence at one point or another. Often times, incontinence can result in infections when urine remains in the genital area, but using a bidet is a great way to stay clean and wash away bacteria. Not all bidet seats are the same, so be sure to use a bidet that has a feminine wash option, like the Swash 300.

Diarrhea. Like incontinence, diarrhea is also a common issue that seniors face, especially when you consider the ways that our dietary needs change as we age. The spray of a bidet will leave you feeling clean and refreshed, and will also rid your backside of residual bacteria in places you might miss when wiping.

Hygiene and bathing. For seniors who rely on caregivers for assistance with bathing, having the genital and anal regions cleaned by another can not only be embarrassing, but can also be quite painful. The warm water wash of a bidet is an outstanding alternative to scrubbing the genital and anal area by hand. Additionally, using a bidet eliminates the need for a senior to move around in any awkward or potentially dangerous positions in the bathtub.

 

 

5 Facts About At-home Water Filtration Systems

So you’re still lugging home cases of water, adding dollars to your weekly grocery bill for an essential that comes gushing from your faucets for next to nothing? Yeah, we all want to provide the safest options for our families, but as it turns out, using an at-home water filter is not only safer than bottled water, but immensely more economical. And to top it off, you don’t have to go around lugging cases of water when you use an at-home filter.

Still not sold on water filters? Read on, and we’ll break down a few more reasons why using an at-home water filtration system is the way to go.

#1: Water filtration is more sustainable than buying bottled water.

Believe it or not, few water bottles are actually recycled. As it turns out, only 38% of plastic water bottles are actually recycled, while the other 62% ends up in landfills across the U.S.  And for every 1 liter of bottled water, 3 liters of water are used in the cleaning and manufacturing process. Lastly, the bottling process emits millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year.

When you use an at-home water filter, you help reduce the number of bottles that end up in landfills, as well as reduce the amount of water wasted during bottled water production.

#2: At-home water filtration makes water that is cleaner than bottled water.

According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, bottled water is loaded with harmful contaminants, such as fertilizer, plastic byproducts, and medical waste. Because of these findings and the fact that many plastic bottles are made with Bisphenol-A, a carbon-based chemical, the President’s Cancer Panel recommends against drinking bottled water.

#3: Point-of-use filtration is much more cost effective than bottled water.

When you factor in all of the different types of bottled water available, from single serve bottles to cases, Americans spend about $1.22 per gallon on bottled water every year. Considering that tap water costs less than a penny a gallon on average, bottled water costs us about 300 times more than tap water. Sure, water filtration systems come at a cost, but they only add about $.02 to the cost of every pint of water, still making water filtration much more cost effective than bottled water.

#4: Water filtration systems are low maintenance and easy to use.

Faucet mounted point-of-use filters and pitcher filters use removable carbon filters to remove contaminants from water, and you only have to replace them every couple months or so. Even countertop filtration systems, such as the Brondell Cypress H360, are incredibly easy to maintain.

The great thing about the Brondell Cypress is that you only have to replace the filters once a year. Unlike other countertop filtration systems, the Brondell Cypress uses a patented 3-stage water filtration system to remove industrial waste, pesticides, and other chemicals that end up in your tap water. And when it comes time to change out the filters, replacing them couldn’t possibly be easier- just plug them in, and you’re good to go for another year.

#5: Filtered tap water tastes much fresher and cleaner than bottled water

No matter how many contaminants are removed prior to bottling, there’s just no getting rid of that harsh plastic taste from bottled water. When you use an in-home water filter, you can fill a reusable BPA-free sports bottle with your very own fresh filtered water. Not only will the water taste fresher, but you’ll save some dough in the process.

Bathroom Hygiene, Simplified: Meet the Bidet

The Evolution of Clean! #WashDontWipe

For many of us in the western world, the idea of a bidet is a foreign concept—literally. Just saying the word with its silent “T” calls to mind something that may or may not be French, and suddenly you find yourself pondering whether the word refers to a cleaning product or a delicious pastry.

No, a bidet definitely isn’t sweet or delicious, but if you guessed cleaning product, you’re at least on the right track. A bidet is a device or fixture that you use to wash up end after you use the bathroom.  By spraying water from a nozzle or faucet, bidets pick up where toilet paper falls short, helping you feel way more fresh and clean than when using toilet paper alone. And since bidets significantly reduce the amount of toilet paper you use, they’re great for hemorrhoid sufferers, young children who can’t yet wipe themselves, and the environment.

Bidets come in various shapes and sizes, depending on the part of the world you’re in. In places such as the Middle East, Asia, and southern Europe, you’ll find bidets mounted to the wall next to the toilet, similar to a low lying sink. Come to the states, the UK, and Canada, and most bidets are found as a fixture attached to a toilet. Yeah, it all seems kind of wishy-washy at first, but we’ll explain how different types of bidets work, and why they make bathroom hygiene so downright easy.

Wall-Mounted Bidets

Traditionally, bidets came as the low-lying porcelain basins that you’ll find in many parts of Asia and southern Europe. These types of bidets come in different forms, depending on where the water nozzle is located. With some wall-mounted bidets, the water nozzle is at the base of the bidet, and water projects upward when you turn the faucet handle. Other wall-mounted bidets feature a nozzle at the top of the bidet, like a horizontal water faucet. And just like a faucet, you can control the temperature of the water. Talk about refreshing!

These types of bidets require the user to squat down, almost as you would when using a toilet. After using the toilet and wiping, you step over to the bidet, squat halfway, and turn the nozzle to begin washing. Bathrooms with separate bidets usually provide a special towel to dry off afterwards, but if one isn’t available, a little toilet paper gets the job done.

Bidet Toilet Seats

Bidet toilet seats are a great option as they require no additional bathroom space or remodeling work. Consider a toilet seat bidet your one-stop for using the bathroom and cleansing. These bidets are fixtures attach to your toilet so that you can clean-in-place, without having to get up or squat over a separate fixture. Bidet toilet seats can replace your existing toilet seat, while bidet attachments lie just below it.

Some toilet seat bidets are electric and offer a hot water option, while others just use cold water. For example, the Brondell Fresh Spa Easy Bidet Attachment uses a pressurized cold water wash and has an adjustable nozzle that switches to three different positions to reach all areas.

On the other hand, Brondell’s Swash 300 Bidet Toilet Seat has both a hot and a cold water wash, and even features a heated toilet seat for added comfort. The Swash 300 comes with two water nozzles, one for your backside and one for feminine cleansing, giving you the ultimate hygienic experience. It even comes with a wireless remote for easy temperature and water pressure control.

When all is said and done, bidet toilet seats just make bathroom hygiene simple, leaving you fresh and clean without the waste from wipes and toilet paper. Here at Brondell, we understand that bathroom hygiene is a personal preference, which is why we offer a wide range of bidet toilet seats, bidet attachments, and handheld “diaper-sprayer” bidets.  And while you can’t be home all the time, we even offer our GoSpa Travel Bidet, so you can enjoy the refreshing experience of a bidet wherever you go.

All of our products are economical, easy to use, and come with a variety of super sanitary features to meet your preferences and your budget.