Monthly Archives: April 2012

 

Would you believe that your laundry room is a big waster of water.  On average, approximately 70 percent of the water used in a home is indoors.  The average family of 4 in the United States can use 400 gallons of water every day.  The EPA has several tips to help you conserve water, including changing your washing machine and toilet to something energy efficient.  For example, traditional model washing machines use between 27 and 54 gallons of water per load.  However, new, energy- and water-conserving models use less than 27 gallons per load.  They come in both front and top loading styles.  We recommend joining one of these efficient models with a laundry cleaning system that eliminates detergents, and you will not just be saving water but making sure that the water you do use washing clothes is free from irritating soaps and bleach.  Pairing these two green technologies for water and energy efficiency is a great way to be kind to the environment and save on your water and energy bills.  Berry Environmental Services

The answer should be None.  As detergents cause pollution.  According to the EPA, chemicals used in detergent could enter the water supply through runoff and waste water treatment for sewage does not make the water reusable.  These toxins may have a harmful effect on wildlife, as well as affecting the public water supply.

Why do you want to keep paying for detergent?  Detergents are expensive.  According to EnergyStar.gov, the average American household spends as much as thirty dollars each month on detergent, and even more on fabric softeners, bleaches, and other cleaning agents.

Would you believe that using detergents is also wearing out your clothes?  The chemicals in detergents can cause fading, and even pilling, because they are abrasive in nature.

Do you or a member of your family have or has had a rash to the detergent you’ve tried in the past?  Detergent can cause allergies because of the chemicals used.  A test called “Human Repeat Insult Patch Test” is used to evaluate a person’s sensitivity to detergents because of the wide variety of chemicals used in detergents, brighteners, bleaches, softeners, and fragrances.  Reactions can be reduced by using hypoallergenic detergents, and by keeping the washing machine in good repair, to reduce leftover residue.

For years, people have used washing machines to do their laundry, and their biggest questions have been “what is the best detergent,” and “which machine is best.”  Detergent companies advertise heavily, and continually strive for higher efficiency products, with broader appeal.  However, the surprising truth is that the best detergent may be no detergent at all.

Fortunately, detergents can be avoided altogether.  Having been used for several years in hospitals,  energy efficient washing machine models that eliminate detergents are now available for household use.  By using these, customers do not just save water but also keep irritating soaps and bleach out of their washing water.  The two-pronged approach of water and energy efficiency is a great way to be kind to the environment and save on your water and energy bills.

It is an exciting time for green technology, and our Company offers innovative products to help you live a cleaner, healthier life.  With a commitment to promoting good health through eco-friendly technologies, our Company lives up to a philosophy of Uncompromising Health. Visit our website to learn more about our eco-friendly products.  Berry Environmental Services

We all know water is essential for life.  Water is absorbed by the body to fuel cells, transport blood, remove wastes, and support almost every other vital function.  Dr. Peter Agre was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 “for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes” jointly with one half to Peter Agre “for the discovery of water channels” and with one half to Roderick MacKinnon “for structural and mechanistic studies of ion channels”.

Dr. Agre called the water channel “Aquaporins”, “the plumbing system for cells”.  Every cell is primarily water.  “But the water doesn’t just sit in the cell, it moves through it in a very organized way.  The process occurs rapidly in tissues that have these aquaporins or water channels.”

For 100 years, scientists assumed that water leaked through the cell membrane, and some water does.  “But the very rapid movement of water through some cells was not explained by this theory,” said Agre.   Agre said he discovered aquaporins “by serendipity.”  His lab had an N.I.H. grant to study the Rh blood group antigen.  They isolated the Rh molecule but a second molecule, 28 kilodaltons in size (and therefore called 28K) kept appearing.  At first they thought it was a piece of the Rh molecule, or a contaminant, but it turned out to be an undiscovered molecule with unknown function.  It was abundant in red blood cells and kidney tubes, and related to proteins of diverse origins, like the brains of fruit flies, bacteria, the lenses of eyes, and plant tissues.

Agre asked John Parker, his hematology professor at the University of North Carolina.  Parker said, “Boy, this thing is found in red cells, kidney tubes, plant tissues; have you considered it might be the long-sought water channel?”  So Agre said that he followed up Parker’s suggestion.  If aquaporins could be manipulated, it could potentially solve medical problems such as fluid retention in heart disease and brain edema after stroke.

How does the water channel work? A question of form and function

In 2000, together with other research teams, Agre reported the first high-resolution images of the three-dimensional structure of the aquaporin.  With these data, it was possible to map in detail how a water channel functions.  How is it that it only admits water molecules and not other molecules or ions?  The membrane is, for instance, not allowed to leak protons.  This is crucial because the difference in proton concentration between the inside and the outside of the cell is the basis of the cellular energy-storage system.

Selectivity is a central property of the channel.  Water molecules worm their way through the narrow channel by orienting themselves in the local electrical field formed by the atoms of the channel wall.  Protons (or rather oxonium ions, H3O+) are stopped on the way and rejected because of their positive charges.

**. Passage of water molecules through the aquaporin AQP1.  Because of the positive charge at the center of the channel, positively charged ions are deflected.

Scientific researchers theorize that ionized water slows down aging by reducing free radicals in the body because of its negative oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) – a measurable negative electrical charge that gives the water antioxidant properties.

To maintain and improve your health, drink at least two liters a day (or ½ ounce or more per pound of body weight) in order to gradually change from an acidic constitution to a slightly alkaline constitution.  Drink two to three cups of water first thing in the morning to rehydrate the body and improve bowel function.  By drinking the “correct” water, the tendency of your body to accumulate metabolic acid waste can be gradually corrected to enable it to maintain a slightly alkaline constitution.

“Correct” water is Living Water.  Compared to tap water, Living Water has no unpleasant odor, no chlorine taste, tastes and feels lighter, smoother (silkier), and has a pleasant and refreshing clean taste.  Compared to bottled water, Living Water is alkaline, is an antioxidant, and is environmentally friendly.