Earth Month = Rebirth Month

The dawn of Spring carries different meanings for different people. For some, it’s baseball’s Spring Training – the time when all MLB teams make their way down south to practice before commencing another season. For others, it’s the Spring Fling…the college (more specifically, the Greek life) kickoff to all of Spring’s parties and formals. But for almost everyone, it’s that oft-dreaded event…Spring Cleaning. Rather than look at it as a chore of drudgery, flip your mindset and see it as a chance for rebirth. After a year in which Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up spawned major life changes for millions, the benefits of living cleanly are clear. Let us help get you there.

Many of us think we can reorganize our closets, donate a couple bags of clothing to Goodwill, and be done with “spring cleaning” until next year. A much smaller number of people will break out the cleaning supplies and get down on their hands and knees to scrub their walls, windows, and baseboards. And a TINY number will make the fundamental changes that will positively affect their actual health, all year round.

Clean air and clean water are things we generally take for granted…without really verifying that the air we’re breathing in our home or that the water coming out of our faucets actually is clean. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common that the opposite is true. Air pollution is becoming more and more common in North America, and the world at large, and its effects on our children have dire consequences. As the U.S. learned the hard way this past year, not even modern metropolises in first-world countries are exempt from water pollution crises. So what to do?

Installing air purifiers and water filtration systems in your abode is the first step to ensuring that you and your family live in a healthy home. And what’s the point of clearing out your closet or washing your windows if you’re living in a home that’s making you sick? Instead, rebirth your living space into a healthy oasis…that’s a Spring Cleaning that’ll last beyond the season.balance-both_facing-left _DSC7968

 

 

You Never Miss the Water ‘Til the Well Has Run Dry – Irish Proverb

This March, there are plenty of people who are more concerned with plotting the best pub crawl route featuring bars selling green beer than with finding potable drinking water for their families. To be sure, we don’t begrudge anyone their Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day…but we do try to keep in mind the fact that much of the world has to worry about having access to clean drinking water (before they can focus on turning it into green suds).

Ireland, too, is mindful of that fact, and is taking its own steps in addressing the projected water supply shortage. Its own University College Cork is now hosting a Capacity Development Center, part of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water). The center’s goal, in the words of its director, Dr. Deborah V. Chapman, is to “…make an important contribution to sustainable management of water resources at the global scale.”

The old Irish proverb heading this entry – “You never miss the water ’til the well has run dry” – is becoming a reality for more of the planet each year. By 2025, it is projected that half of Earth’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That’s just another scary statistic which makes Ireland’s efforts all the more powerful. This St. Patrick’s Day, as you raise your pints, be sure to toast Ireland’s contribution to more than just your social life. Toast its commitment to making the planet’s water better for everyone.

Then order another Guinness. Sláinte!

 

 

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/

For more articles and hygienic solutions for your bathroom, please visit http://brondell.com/blog/

 

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.