Fresh Filtered Water on Tap

What are the different ways to filter your drinking water?

washing-vegetables

Filtered water is certainly the healthiest option for the entire family. There are a few ways to filter your tap water:

  • Water filter jug
  • Reverse osmosis filters
  • Inbuilt water filter system
  • Fridge water filter
  • Bottle with integrated water filter.

So which is the best option? Let’s expore…

First up, what’s the difference between water purification and filtration?

Water purification is a commonly misunderstood term.

It means to remove what is unwanted or unhealthy from the water, sometimes it’s referred to as ‘disinfecting’ the water. It’s basically treating the water to remove bacteria and potential viruses and making it safe to drink. It’s the process used to produce tap water or potable water. It’s at this point where chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride are added.

The fluoride is great for your teeth but the chlorine? Although it does a great job in disinfecting the water, we don’t need to drink it!

Water purification is a term used a lot, especially in the United States but just to confuse you more…‘pure’ water is actually water with everything stripped out of it, even the good minerals like magnesium and calcium. And your body needs these to function properly.

So what’s a better option?… water filtration.

What is water filtration?

Water filtration is a method used to remove and reduce impurities in the water.

A good water filter acts like a sieve to remove unwanted particles from the water but leaves all the important salts and minerals in. This filtration method is also sometimes called the ‘adsorption method’. And this is where a substance is used, typically carbon to make the contaminants in the water adhere to the pores within the carbon.

All water filter systems at WFA filter your water three times before it reaches your mouth.

So a good water filter system takes out all the bad stuff like chlorine, dirt, dust, rust, and cysts such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium but keeps in all those important salts and minerals to keep us healthy.

So what are some of the most common water filtration methods?

1. Water Filter Jug

water filter jug

A water filter jug on a kitchen bench is water filtration in one of its simplest forms.

It’s a great start and it removes a lot of the bad stuff but it doesn’t filter out cysts like Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

And it’s small. So you are forever filling up that jug and probably only using it for drinking. What about washing your veggies or cooking with filtered water?

Or using filtered water to make your coffee and tea taste better? Even using it for the ice in your cocktails or expensive Scotch whisky? That one little jug will be working very hard and it isn’t long before you’re changing the filter again and again or worse still…forgetting to change the filter and you’re back to drinking plain old tap water again!

2. Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

At the other end of the scale, there’s the reverse osmosis water filter. There’s a lot out there about reverse osmosis water at the moment. But what is reverse osmosis and do you actually need it?

In short, reverse osmosis is a water filtration technology that uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water. This is achieved by passing water at high pressure through a thin membrane. However, this is only one stage of a four-stage process. Where the water passes through a sediment filter first, then a carbon filter, then the reverse osmosis membrane and finally a filter to remove the odour and taste.

Sounds good in theory but in reality, a reverse osmosis water filter takes out a lot of the good stuff too, like the healthy minerals and salts, and the fluoride that keeps your teeth strong. That’s because most mineral particles are larger than water particles, so it’s like drinking distilled water. Plus by removing all the minerals it actually leaves the water tasteless. Some people then re-mineralise the water to make it tastier and for the health benefits. Therefore making it a more complicated and time-consuming method of water filtration.

However, this type of water filter process can be good in some circumstances. For example, people with specific health issues or on kidney dialysis. And in parts of Australia with high TDS levels. TDS are the dissolved minerals salts and metals found in the water, in these areas this system is used to help reduce these levels. But for most metropolitan areas of Australia and for most people, this lengthy and expensive process really isn’t necessary.

3. Water filter systems

Fast flowing filtered water

These days water filter systems are designed for maximum quality, economy and ease of use.

A popular choice is an inline water filter system. These are as simple as one cartridge that you can attach yourself. With an inline water filter system you have access to fresh, filtered water on tap. It’s attached under your kitchen sink and filters all the water coming through your original tap.

So there’s no need for a separate tap. The filter removes all the nasties but leaves in all the important minerals and salts so you can enjoy all the health benefits of filtered water. Plus it leaves in the fluoride to keep your teeth healthy.

Unlike reverse osmosis water filtration systems, an inline water filter is cost effective and easy to install – you don’t even need a plumber and the cartridge won’t need to be changed for 12 months. Then when it’s time to change it, it’s a simple five minute process – as easy as changing a light globe.

With filtered water on tap, there’s no more re-filling your water filter jug several times a day and you can use it for drinking, cooking, even filling your iron and best of all it tastes great!

The perfect healthy solution without the confusion!

4. Fridge water filters

A fridge with an inbuilt water filter can be very useful for the family. They even now come with soda stream option too.

According to WFA’s Technical Director, Craig Hannam there are four things to consider if you are thinking of investing in a fridge water filter.

  • Quality – check the micron rating. WFA water filters can filter down to 1 micron however often fridge filters sit at around 5 microns.
  • Quantity – if you only use the fridge filter to fill up cups of water then it great. If you use if for cooking and filling up kettles, it can be time-consuming.
  • Cost – Often you need to change your fridge water filter every 6 months. WFA filters are replaced every 12 months, saving you money.
  • Usage – if you decide to change to filtered water for all your kitchen needs then an inline water filter system will work better than a fridge system.

5. Bottle water filters

These types of bottles are ideal for refilling your water bottle when out of the home. They are great for the environment because it means you are not buying one-use plastic water bottles. These filters can improve the taste of tap water and reduce chlorine however the filters will not be as effective as others.


So what is the best way to filter your tap water? Well, it depends on how you use it and how much you value the effectiveness of the filter itself.

WFA water filter systems filter out all the nasties from your water down to 1 micron but keep in the good stuff such as magnesium and fluoride.

Discover our water filter systems here.

How does charcoal purify water?

We filter your water three times before it reaches your mouth

Purifying water

Here at WFA, we are serious about ensuring your water is as pure as it can be. Our water filter systems filter your tap water three times before it reaches your mouth. This ensures we capture everything you don’t want in your water, leaving you with pure fresh filtered water…

…just as Mother Nature intended.

Here is a quick overview of how we purify water using WFA filters:

  1. Mechanical filtration – removes large particles and contaminants such as dust, dirt, rust, and cysts (Giardia and Cryptosporidium). These can affect the taste, odour and colour of your water. Our filters pick up particles down to 1 micron.
  2. Carbon/charcoal filtration – our WFA water filter system uses the pores within carbon to remove the nasty tastes and odours which are caused by a variety of factors, such as chlorine and other chemicals, ageing underground pipes and fluctuating dam levels. This second filtration ensures your water tastes, looks and smells as good as it can.
  3. Removal of limescale – this prevents a nasty build-up of limescale on your appliances such as kettles and coffee machines.
How does a charcoal filter work?

Charcoal filtration

Water filters use a special type of charcoal known as ‘activated charcoal’ to purify water.

Activated charcoal works through the process of adsorption. Note that adsorption is different to absorption. Adsorption binds impurities chemically on the surface of the charcoal filter rather than physically absorbing them.

Activated charcoal is the ideal water filter because it removes toxins from the water without stripping the water of salts and important minerals.

Water impurities

Because impurities are kept in the filter, it’s important to replace your water filter every 12 months to ensure it continues to work as it should.

Take advantage of WFA’s new subscription service, which takes the hassle out of replacing your water filter system. We will send a new one automatically every 12 months… too easy!

Why is charcoal the best water filter?
  1. The good stuff stays
  2. It makes your water taste better – removes chlorine and nasty odours. Chlorine is vital to ensure our water supply remains free of bacteria and viruses; however, we don’t need to drink chlorine/its a disinfectant.
  3. It’s relatively inexpensive
  4. It’s easy to maintain – just replace the filter every 12 months. Take advantage of the new subscription service.
It’s what our filters leave in your water that also makes it safe

Water filter

At WFA we understand that it’s not only important to filter out the bad stuff… it’s also vital that we leave in the good stuff. Because water not only hydrates us, but it also delivers fluoride for our dental health, as well as essential minerals and salts.

And because fluoride, calcium, magnesium and sodium are all dissolved minerals with the same consistency as water, they simply pass through our filters.

So, unlike many brands of bottled water, a WFA water filter system gives you water with fluoride, minerals and salts that will protect the health of you and your family.

You know you can trust our filters

WFA Filter System

All WFA filter systems are independently certified at the highest possible level by NSF International (which sets industry standards for water filtration systems for meeting strict guidelines for health and aesthetic qualities). They are also Australian Standards Watermark Certified, which provides validation for quality and integrity.

So you can rest assured your WFA filter is not only making your water taste, look and smell great… it’s also making it safe.

Contact us to find out more or visit our online store to buy a water filter system online now.

What happens to your body when you drink too much water?

Water Intoxication

We all know how important it is to keep our bodies hydrated. Water makes up 50-80% of our body weight. Every cell, tissue and organ in our body relies on water to function. A recent blog discussed the importance of drinking enough water and even some great apps to track this. However, there is such a thing as drinking too much water…

Experts call this condition water intoxication.

So how much is too much?

The ideal amount of filtered water

Most experts claim that the ideal amount of filtered water we should drink every day is eight glasses. Of course, the amount of water required differs between individuals. It depends on such things as age, medical conditions and occupation. Athletes and those doing manual labour need extra water to maintain proper hydration.

You may already know the feeling of dehydration… dry mouth, headaches, foggy head and feeling dizzy. These are good signs that you need to pick up that drink bottle.

Our two kidneys are the organs that extract fluids and waste products from our body. On average, our kidneys can filter and process 200 litres of fluid every 24 hours. Drinking more fluid than the kidneys can process may lead to water intoxication.

The signs of water intoxication

The signs of water intoxication

Drinking too much water increases the amount of water in the blood. This water can dilute the electrolytes in your blood, especially sodium. When sodium levels drop, fluid shifts from outside to inside the cells, causing them to swell. If this happens in the brain, it can be life threatening.

Here are some signs that you have consumed too much water:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Severe cases can produce symptoms such as:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle weakness and cramping
  • Inability to identify sensory information

Who is at risk?

Who suffers from water intoxication

Anyone can suffer from water intoxication. However, it is more common amongst some people than others. Those most at risk include endurance athletes, cyclists, hikers, triathletes, rugby players and military personnel.

Water fasting is a type of diet that restricts everything you consume except water. It has become more popular in recent years as a quick way to lose weight. Even though you are drinking only water, it can actually cause dehydration, not water intoxication. In severe cases it causes a condition called orthostatic hypotension.

The best way to track if you are drinking the right amount of water every day is through an app on your phone. Our recent blog reviewed the best four apps to track your water consumption.

Installing a home water filter system ensures you always have healthy, good quality water on tap for all the family.

Sydney’s water restrictions – what you need to know

Our driest spell since 1888

Our driest spell since 1888

Warragamba Dam
Source: SBS.com

For the first time in a decade, Sydney Water is enforcing water restrictions to individuals and businesses. Dam storage levels are now at 53% capacity, down from 95% two years ago.

We all know that parts of regional Australia are in the midst of a serious drought. Lack of rainfall is now affecting city residents with Level 1 water restrictions in place from 1st June 2019.

May 2019 the lowest recorded rain levels

May 2019 saw the lowest recorded rain levels since 1888 in Greater Sydney. Rainfall since the start of April has been just 25.8mm. This is expected to continue over the winter months, with low rainfall predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

More than 85% of Greater Sydney’s water supply relies on rain. This means that our water is in short supply during these prolonged drought periods.

Sydney Water have started level 1 restrictions early, ahead of the predetermined 50% capacity limit. If dam levels reach 40%, then level 2 restrictions come into play.

Level 1 restrictions, what are they?

Level 1 restrictions

Water restrictions apply to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. This includes both residents and businesses.

Here are a few key water restriction rules:

  • Watering, including with sprinklers and irrigation systems, is allowed any day before 10 am and after 4 pm
  • All hand held hoses must have a trigger nozzle
  • No hosing of hard surfaces such as paths and driveways.
  • Washing vehicles is allowed with a bucket or hose fitted with a trigger nozzle
  • Fire hoses may be used for fire fighting activities only.

This table provides a good overview of what is and isn’t included in Level 1 water restrictions.

Fines for not following these restrictions is $220 for individuals and $550 for businesses.

Watering lawns and gardens

Cleaning vehicles and buildings

Source: https://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/what-we-re-doing/water-restrictions/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR3SwhF2E5bY4gfzLE6FR9NYEZC7lyO8yIwxoSqWCriCIbnEyS-7j2qsnmU

Maintaining good water quality at home during restrictions

Maintaining good water quality at home during restrictions

It is important to have a high quality home water filter system installed at all times, particularly in times of water restrictions.

At WFA we keep the good stuff in and take the bad stuff out of your water, so it’s even better for you.

All of our filter cartridges not only remove bad taste and odour, but also remove contaminants including giardia, cysts, cryptosporidium, and chlorine.

With a WFA water filter system, you and your family and your pets are safe from the impurities you can’t see…nasties as small as one micron, which is 1/75th the width of a human hair! We leave the flouride in the water, helping keep your family’s teeth healthy.

Explore our water filter systems.

Hard vs soft water – what’s the difference?

So, what does hard and soft water mean?

Hard vs soft water

Water hardness refers to the mineral content (particularly calcium and magnesium carbonates) within the water. As water falls from the sky it is considered soft. This is because it has yet to come in contact with minerals.

As water moves through rocks and other substrates, it accumulates dissolved solids. Water that has higher than normal amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium is considered ‘hard’.

Basically, we define hard water as having a high mineral content, which is measured in milligrams per litre. Anything below 60mg/l is considered soft:

  • soft below 60 mg/l
  • moderately hard between 60 – 120 mg/l
  • hard between 120 – 200 mg/l
  • very hard above 200 mg/l

How does the hardness of water affect us?

How does the hardness of water affect us

Hard water is water in its most natural state. There are differing opinions on whether hard or soft water is the healthiest for us to drink. The visible impacts of hard water in the home can be seen in limescale build up inside the plumbing system and on household appliances.

When hard water is heated, calcium deposits can form. If this builds up, it can greatly damage the performance and lifespan of your appliances such as kettles and coffee machines.

Hard water is also harder to lather so more detergent is required in washing and in the shower.

Soft water is the most common form of water in Australia. Unlike hard water, soft water is free of harsh minerals that can damage your home and your body. It increases the effectiveness of soap compared to hard water because hard water can deactivate the soap’s ingredients.

Skin problem and water

Those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis often prefer soft water because of the lower mineral count. So soft water generally means silkier hair and skin for your family.

Water hardness across Australia

Water hardness across Australia

Source: www.beanscenemag.com.au

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines dictate that drinking water must be treated to a high standard. In Sydney, 80% of water comes from Lake Burragorang at Warragamba. This water is then filtered through filtration plants, which are monitored 24/7 to ensure that water is safe to drink. Sydney Water adds fluoride and chlorine before it reaches our taps.

Whilst the quality of drinking water in Australia is highly regulated, water hardness is not. Therefore, we can see that the water’s origin across Australia plays a huge role in how hard or soft it is. Hardness comes from contact with minerals rich in calcium, magnesium and carbonates that the water passes through.

In Sydney, water is considered ‘soft’ with a hardness level of about 50mg/L. If you look at the water hardness map of Australia, Victoria and Tasmania have the softest water, while Western Australia and South Australia have some of the hardest. Between capital cities in Australia, water hardness varies dramatically. In Hobart, it is barely above 10 ppm, whilst in Brisbane and Adelaide it reaches nearly 100 ppm.

Which is better for you?

Hard and soft water

The jury is still out on this one. Many people advocate for hard water because it contains essential minerals and nutrients such as magnesium and calcium. However, hard water is linked to kidney stones and makes hair and skin dry.

Your best option, whether the water in your area is hard or soft, is to install a home water filter system. All our filters remove contaminants such as dust, dirt, rust and cysts (giardia and cryptosporidium). These affect not only the taste but also the odour and colour of your water. Our filters then remove chlorine and limescale, so your skin and household appliances will thank you.

The best news is our filters leave all the good minerals in the water. This is because fluoride, calcium, magnesium and sodium are all dissolved minerals with the same consistency as water, so they simply pass through our filters.

Learn more about WFA’s water filter systems.

Winter dehydration – spot the signs

Dehydration actually increases in winter months

Dehydration actually increases in winter months

It doesn’t make sense, but it’s true… you are more likely to become dehydrated during winter. In cold weather, the body’s thirst response diminishes by up to 40%, even when you are dehydrated.

The reason we are less thirsty is because our blood vessels constrict when we’re cold. This prevents blood from flowing to our extremities (hands and feet). The body works harder to maintain the body’s core temperature than maintain fluid balance when it’s cold. Therefore, the body is fooled into thinking it’s properly hydrated.

In addition, our body doesn’t signal to our kidneys to conserve water and therefore urine production increases. Your body requires you to drink more during this time to prevent a cold-induced condition called cold diuresis.

The symptoms of winter dehydration

The symptoms of winter dehydration

The symptoms of dehydration might be harder to detect in winter. However, if you listen to your body, you should be able to notice the signs:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Infrequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of sweat, despite physical activity

Look out for the signs of severe dehydration, as reported in the Ithaca Journal:

“Severe dehydration is a medical emergency and can cause extreme thirst, extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults, little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal, sunken eyes, shrivelled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t ‘bounce back’ when pinched into a fold and feeling faint or passing out when rising from lying to sitting or from sitting to standing.”

Tips for staying hydrated in winter

Tips for staying hydrated in winter

During winter, it doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, you should just aim to drink more liquids. If you can, drink herbal tea instead of tea or coffee, as these can act as a diuretic. Filtered water is always the best option for your family.

Nutrient Reference Values Australia advises that adult men should drink 2.6 litres of water per day (about 10 cups) and adult women should drink 2.1 litres per day (about eight cups). Source https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/water

Track fluid intake using an app

A great way to ensure you are drinking enough fluid throughout the year is to track it on an app. We recently reviewed and recommended the best apps to track your water intake. These four great apps are sure to keep you on track during the winter months.

Eat more water based foods

Did you know that you can stay hydrated from increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet? They offer a natural source of water, along with valuable vitamins and minerals.

Soup is also a hydrating food and great for those cold winter months. Add some vegetables and protein for a nutritious meal.

Drink before, during and after exercise

It seems obvious; however, you probably won’t feel like drinking much before you exercise in winter. The easiest way to stay hydrated during exercise is to make sure you carry a reusable water bottle with filtered tap water wherever you go.


Winter is a great time to invest in a home water filter system. Filtered water is the best option to ensure your family stays hydrated during the winter months.

Browse our water filter systems online today or contact our customer service team to discuss your water filtration needs.

The real cost of bottled water

A marketing triumph

Triumph

Why are Australians so obsessed with buying something they can get for free at home? In 2015, we spent $2 billion on bottled water. At $3 per litre for Mount Franklin™️, it costs more than milk or petrol. It’s astounding to think that purchasing a 600ml Mount Franklin™ is comparable to 1000 litres of Sydney tap water!

Bottled water was introduced into Australia in the 1980s and many scoffed at the idea. However, the marketing efforts of big companies such as Coca Cola Amatil™️ have obviously been effective. There seems to be a common misconception that bottled water is somehow more pure than tap water. But is it really?

Bottled water

Research indicates that women are leading this upward trend in purchasing bottled water. They perceive bottled water as pure, natural and healthy. Clever marketing also helps, with labels depicting images of snow-capped mountains, rainforests and springs.

However, research confirms that tap water from a home water filter system is just as good for you – if not better! The best news is that it is a whole lot cheaper and better for the environment.

Let’s discover the real cost of bottled water…

The environmental impact

Environmental

The numbers are mind boggling…

  • Plastic water bottles are amongst the 10 most common rubbish items picked up by Clean Up Australia Day volunteers
  • It takes seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water
  • Producing bottled water makes 600 times more carbon dioxide than tap water
  • It takes up to 1,000 years to biodegrade a plastic bottle
  • If you drink an average of 8 glasses of tap water a day instead of purchasing bottled water, you will save

ο    1,825 litres of water that would have been used to produce bottled water

ο     854.1 kwh of energy every year. That’s a light bulb running for 8,541 hrs

ο     11.68 kg in bottled water waste going to landfill every year¹

  • Drink containers make up the largest proportion of litter volume in NSW (44% of total litter)²

We know that plastic bottles have a massive environmental impact, so why is more not being done to curb this?

¹Source : http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/news/can-you-say-no-to-bottled-water/
²- source: http://kab.org.au/litter-research/national-litter-index/

Plastics in our oceans and waterway
Plastics

Our oceans and waterways are suffering because of our obsession with single-use bottled water. Current estimates are that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, with 269,000 tonnes on the surface and four billion microplastics in the deep sea.³ These numbers are not all down to plastic bottles but plastic bags too, which also have a huge environmental impact.

Even though plastic bottles are made primarily of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is easily recycled, we are still struggling to keep up with human usage. Euromonitor International’s global packaging trends report predicts we will use 583.3bn by 2021. Those bottles that are not recycled end up in our oceans.

Plastic fragments are now leaching into human food sources such as fish and sea birds. Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated people who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year.4

Many scientists now see the threat of plastic in our waterways to be as great as climate change.

³Source : http://oceancrusaders.org/plastic-crusades/plastic-statistics/
4 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change /

Turtle

Is 100% recycled plastic the solution?

Recycled

According to Greenpeace, the top six drinks companies in the world use a combined average of just 6.6% of recycled PET (RPET) in their products. Many don’t use any at all.

Perhaps the reason is the cost or even cosmetic. RPET is not clear plastic and therefore not an attractive option for these companies.

If we could shift to 100% recycled plastic in bottled water, this could help to alleviate the strain on the environment.

In Australia, we recently banned single use plastic bags in our major supermarkets. This has led to a nation-wide 80% drop in plastic bag consumption. Maybe adding a tax to bottled water will have the same effect?

Either way, large corporations such as Coca Cola Amatil must do more to increase the recycled content of single use plastic bottles. This is the only way to reduce the negative environmental impact on our oceans and waterways.

The impact on your wallet

Water cost

Bottled water costs well in excess of 2900 times that of tap water. Tap water is charged at less than a quarter of a cent per litre. The average cost of bottled water in Australia is a staggering $3.98 for 600ml.

If you are worried about the quality of tap water in Australia, don’t be…

UNSW Water Research Centre associate professor Stuart Khan said that with rare exceptions the drinking water across most of Australia was just as good as, if not better than, bottled water. Tap water is sourced locally and unpackaged. Best of all, there are more stringent controls over tap water than bottled water.

Using an at home water filter system will ensure that you have the best water for your family at a fraction of the cost of bottled water. WFA water filter systems remove chlorine from your tap water, making it more enjoyable to drink.

With Australians spending more than $600 million on bottled water last year,5 choose the best option for your wallet.

The health impacts

Drinking bottled water can be a gamble with your health. There are typically more tests to confirm safety and quality of public drinking water than bottled water.

In fact, Sydney Water scientists do up to 70 different types of tests to confirm your drinking water is high quality and safe. We collect and test samples taken from source to tap, including lakes and rivers, our filtration plants and at homes and businesses.6

Microplastics

Microplastics

5 http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/news/can-you-say-no-to-bottled-water/
6 https://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/how-we-manage-sydney-s-water/safe-drinking-water/water-analysis/index.htm

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently ordered a review into the potential harm of microplastics found in bottled water.The study analysed 259 bottles from 19 countries, finding 325 plastic fragments for every litre of water. This was double the amount found in tap water, based on a previous study.

In Australia, we now know that drinking tap water through a water filter system is the best option for your family. WFA home water filter systems protect you from these harmful contaminants. Our filters can remove particles down to 1 micron. To put this into perspective, the human eye can’t see anything smaller than 30 microns, and a human hair is 75 microns wide.

BPA in water bottles

BPA water bottles

Bottled water is generally made from PET, which poses no risks to humans if used once. If reused or heated, chemicals can leach into the liquid with potentially harmful health impacts.

This is because disposable water bottles contain chemicals that are linked to reproductive issues, asthma and dizziness. Some studies have also found links to an increased risk of breast cancer.8

Even though bottled water is now made from BPA-free plastic, other chemicals still exist in the plastic. These can leach into water if exposed to heat or the bottle is not used for long periods of time. These chemicals may be endocrine disruptors which impact upon your hormones, especially oestrogen in women.

7 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/15/microplastics-found-in-more-than-90-of-bottled-water-study-says
8 https://greenerideal.com/infographics/the-environmental-impact-of-plastic-water-bottles/

Why tap water via a home filter system is the better option…

Tap water

So now we now know the real cost of bottled water and it’s pretty scary. It doesn’t make sense to pay more than 2000 times for a product that is not healthier for you and has a negative impact on the environment.

In the ABC’s recent ‘War on Waste’ program they decided to put the bottled water brands to the test, compared with regular Gold Coast tap water. Dr Fredrick Leusch conducted the experiment at Griffith University, Queensland with surprising results.

One brand, ‘Nature’s Best’, tested as very similar to tap water where it appears that the consumer is mainly paying for the plastic bottle, with the water inside worth less than a cent.

After the testing Dr Leusch concluded,

“All our water is eventually from the same place; it’s a closed cycle. The water that fills our rivers is actually sometimes fed from the ground, sometimes fed from rainwater – it’s all the same water in the end.”

The BEST cost solution

Filtered tap water is a low cost, healthy solution.

Add a WFA home water filter system under your kitchen bench and you’ll have fresh filtered water on tap. The filter leaves all the healthy minerals, like the calcium and magnesium, in the water.

The filter system does not remove fluoride. But it removes the chlorine and any nasties that may be in your water like giardia and cryptosporidium, so the water tastes great.

Of course, there is the initial cost of the system but WFA’s most popular water filter system, the inline water filter, only costs $219 and includes your first filter cartridge, which lasts a year.

Over a year you’ll save the cost of 56,000 bottles of store bought mineral water with one simple water filter. Invest in a good quality BPA-free reusable bottle when out and about.

Water bottles

The message is clear. A WFA water filter system is a smart way to go. You’ll not only save money, but save the environment – and keep your family healthy.

Contact us today for more information.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Health Benefits of Lemon Water

It’s the drink that everyone is obsessed with… lemon water. Every celebrity under the sun boasts that they start their day with it. Reported benefits include detoxifying the body, weight loss, boosting your immune system and improved digestion.

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of filtered water; however, is lemon water really a miracle health drink?

Five reported health benefits of lemon water
The popularity of lemon in drinks is thanks to its aromatic smell and palatable taste. Let’s explore the reported benefits of lemon water:

1.Weight loss and higher metabolism

Weight Loss and Higher Metabolism

 

Lemon water is a drink which is very low in calories. Many people swear by it when trying to lose weight. One reason it helps is that people replace high-calorie juices and soft drinks with lemon water; the calorie deficit then leads to weight loss.

Dieticians and nutritionists recommend drinking a glass of water with fresh lemon before every meal. This should ultimately reduce your appetite and calorie intake. In addition, lemons contain polyphenols which are reported to reduce appetite.

Studies show that lemon water can also boost your metabolism. This happens because adequate hydration levels enhance the function of mitochondria. They are cells in the body which help to generate energy for the body. The better these cells work due to good hydration, the higher the body’s metabolic rate.

Drinking water also produces thermogenesis, which is the metabolic process in which calories are burned to produce heat.

The jury is still out as to whether the benefits to weight loss are primarily from water only or the addition of lemon.

2.Prevents illness

Prevents Illness

According to The Cleveland Clinic, chemicals in lemon known as phytonutrients have antioxidant properties that can help protect the body from disease and illness such as the common cold.

A recent study found that for adults who supplemented with vitamin C, the duration of a cold was reduced by 8%. In children, 1 to 2 g/day of vitamin C shortened a cold by 18%. A slice of lemon provides only 1mg of vitamin C, so in the instance of a cold it is necessary to also take the tablet form of vitamin C.

The best advice from professionals is to drink warm filtered water with lemon when you have a cold to help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration. Hopefully this will help you to feel better, faster.

3.Aids digestion

 

Many people claim that a glass of warm filtered water with fresh lemon first thing in the morning does wonders for their digestion. Some scientist claim that consuming lemon water increases the production of bile, which is required for proper digestion. It also keeps the bile production under control, ensuring that no damage is caused to the digestive tract or stomach.

However, there is little scientific evidence to back up these claims. The Huffington Post Australia spoke to senior lecturer in pharmacology at The University of Adelaide, Dr Ian Musgrave.

“There is no evidence that apple cider vinegar or lemon water — or a combination of these — will do anything for digestion or indigestion,” he said.

Dr Musgrave also claimed that the amount of lemon in one glass would not have any discernible impact on the body. So this health benefit is one that people have to assess on an individual basis.

4.Slows down the ageing process

Slows Down the Ageing Process

Lemon water may help to slow down the ageing process. Vitamin C from lemons contains antioxidants which help to make collagen in the body, preventing premature ageing.

Perhaps more importantly, good hydration ensures our cells are plump, so wrinkles appear less noticeable. If adding lemon to water helps you drink more, then this will benefit your health and your skin in the long run.

It’s not all good news though. The anti-aging benefits of lemon water will disappear when your teeth are black from all the acid. Make sure you are careful with how much lemon water you drink or opt to drink out of a straw.

5.Improves liver function

Improves Liver Function

The idea is that we can ‘flush out toxins’ through drinks such as lemon water and apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a common myth. In fact, scientists claim, “there is no evidence that these drinks will do anything to toxins.”Dr Ian Musgrave.

Our body actually does a pretty good job of flushing out toxins on its own through the liver.

“The liver is packed full of enzymes that specifically break down xenobiotics so they are no longer toxic, and the breakdown products are readily excreted… once the liver has converted a xenobiotic to a water-soluble compound, this is excreted by the kidney or secreted into the bile.”

The only time lemon water will assist the liver’s detoxification process is if it is not functioning on its own, according to nutritionist, Pip Reed. This may happen when someone has food intolerances, is under immense stress or suffers from hormonal imbalances.

“During these times our liver and digestive system become compromised and reduce their ability to function optimally in order to deal with the stress response, which is why supporting your body in any way with nutrient dense foods like lemons and ACV can, at times, assist this process.”– Pip Reed

Is it just hydration that’s important?

Consuming enough filtered water every day does wonders for your health. Water boosts energy, maintains brain function, regulates digestion and assists in weight loss.

Whilst lemon water may have some health benefits, it is not a wonder cure. The bottom line is lemons are full of nutritional benefits so including them in your diet through lemon water is a good idea. Your body will thank you for it!

Browse our online store today or contact our friendly customer service team to discuss a water filter system to suit all the family.

The best apps to track your water intake

The best apps to track your water intake

How much water should we drink every day? Well the jury is still out on that one…

Australia’s current dietary guidelines don’t recommend that we drink a specific amount of water. We should simply ‘drink plenty of water’. The guidelines also encourage us to opt for water over juices, soft drinks, cordials or the like.

Nutrient Reference Values Australia advises that adult men should drink 2.6 litres of water per day (about 10 cups) and adult women should drink 2.1 litres per day (about eight cups).
Source https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/water

Of course, certain people need extra fluids – breastfeeding mothers, those living in hot climates and people on a high protein diet.

They key takeaway is that we should drink plenty of filtered water every day.

What happens when you don’t drink enough?

Water makes up 50-80% of our body weight. Every cell, tissue and organ in our body relies on water to function.

You probably already know the feeling of dehydration… dry mouth, headaches, foggy head and feeling dizzy. These are good signs that you need to pick up that drink bottle. You should also note the colour of your urine. If it’s yellow, dark yellow or orange, then drink water immediately.

What happens when you don’t drink enough

Your kidneys do a great job in fluid regulation, so frequency of urination and colour of urination are your two best guides,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

Consuming enough filtered water every day does wonders for your health. Water boosts energy, maintains brain function, regulates digestion and assists in weight loss.

Four great apps to track water

We have found four awesome apps to help you stay on track with your daily water intake.

1.My Water – Daily Water Tracker

The My Water app allows you to set your daily water goals based on your gender, weight and level of exercise. You can then set when and how often you would like the app to remind you to drink water.

The cool water tracker image looks like a glass of water. Try to fill the glass by the end of the day. This target allows you to include other drinks towards your daily target.

My Water - Daily Water Tracker

2.Drink Water Reminder N Tracker

The Drink Water Reminder app allows you to track your daily water using your drink bottle as a visual cue. As with other water apps, users initially set up their target water quantity per day and then how often they would like a reminder notification.

This app links up with the Apple Health app and an Apple Watch.

Drink Water Reminder really makes users visually accountable for the amount of water they are drinking daily.

Drink Water Reminder N Tracker

3.Plant Nanny

Plant Nanny is THE most downloaded water reminder app in App Store. It’s been download by over 1 million users! It also won ‘Best App of 2013’.

It’s no wonder this app is so successful… unless you drink enough water, your plant does not thrive. You feel kind of responsible for this cute little plant.

The app is incredibly simple to use. Initially you set up your water targets based on weight, climate and activity. Then, you open the app and tap literally one button to track your water intake. If you disable push notifications, it just sits in the background and doesn’t really do anything.

Plant Nanny

4.Aloe Bud

The Aloe Bud app refers to itself as your ‘pocket self-care companion’.

The creator of this app put a great deal of research into the language and motivational aspects of Aloe Bud. For example, users are not asked for personal details or asked to join a community where they might feel judged.

This app is ideal for those who like a holistic approach to their health. If you find lots of phone notifications annoying, you can easily set reminders when they suit you.

Aloe Bud

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