Is this the water you drink? 0 63339

Water is pretty ordinary when you think about it. Most of us drink it every day without thinking much about it, and most people don’t even know that it can taste different in different locations and based on the source. Many just think it has a uniform taste, well, it doesn’t! That is because there are elements in water that most people don’t know about. Water tends to vary in content depending on where you find yourself. It usually contains minerals like zinc, magnesium, sodium, or calcium, etc. The list is endless! These minerals are actually pretty important. Calcium, for example, makes your bones strong. Water can be a legitimate and effective source of minerals that our body can’t make on its own, yet desperately needs.

Water Faucet
Water Faucet

Contrary to popular belief, water that runs from a faucet is stocked with minerals. The presence of these minerals are so important that some governments regulate the “total dissolved solids” present in the water supply of certain regions. Although there are substantial deposits of minerals in tap water, they may or may not exactly agree with your body. For example, regional water might be rich in sodium, which could be pretty disastrous for individuals with high blood pressure. The concentrations of minerals across regions are random at best, there is always a chance that your drinking water could be bad for you. First World Example: Flint, Michigan, USA.

Well Water
Well Water

Aside from the minimal complications that could arise from the presence of certain minerals in tap water, there are far nastier possibilities. Governmental organizations like the FDA regulate the content of water to make sure it’s safe for consumption. Without organizations like the FDA there could be some major consequences. In more rural areas, people tend to rely on natural water sources like wells, streams, and rivers. Although these water sources are filled with some A-grade minerals (which are good for you), they don’t tend to remain pure, and often get easily contaminated. Unlike underground water deposits and springs, they are not preserved by their very nature. They are out in the open for animals to die in, for fertilizers and pesticides to contaminate. It is possible to have an uncontaminated natural water source like streams and wells but they are hard to keep pure and probably are not worth risking nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps over. So it’s always safe to stick with more regulated water sources. So if you’re drinking well water, you probably should stop drinking that and opt for some good ol’ fashioned tap water or mineral water (if you miss all those extra minerals).

Stream Water
Stream Water

Additional minerals like calcium and sodium is probably one of the reasons that people drink mineral water… well, that and the taste. Some people are just suckers for taste. Since drinking mineral water is actually much healthier than soda or juice people tend to go for it. However, some drink mineral water for that extra mineral boost that they contain. Certain regions could have low concentrations of minerals like calcium or zinc – and the right mineral water could provide that extra boost if you want it!

Bottled Water
Bottled Water

All mineral water is not identical or balanced. They are rich in some minerals and low in others. Since mineral water comes from natural sources like springs and lakes, it’s not really surprising that they don’t all contain the same minerals.

Spring Water
Spring Water

Mineral water is just like tap water in that it contains minerals, except it contains all the essential minerals and costs way more. People’s views on mineral water are conflicting. Some believe that it’s a waste of money because tap water provides similar minerals that some people pay lots of money for, and others think it’s a substantial source of mineral resources that the body needs and tap water just doesn’t have enough. Both sides have a valid point. No side is particularly wrong, but that’s not the issue…

Fresh Water
Fresh Water

The issue is which mineral water gives you your money’s worth – they aren’t exactly cheap after all. There are a lot of mineral water brands out there, so there’s a need to figure out which mineral water gives you your money’s worth in terms of its taste and its attributes. It’s also important to find out which affordable mineral water can provide all the essential minerals.

Fiji Water
Fiji Water

Fiji Water

If you’re looking for affordable (and tasty!) you should consider Fiji water. It’s pretty smooth-tasting and is actually from Fiji. Aside from its unimaginative name and high magnesium levels, Fiji water is absolutely spectacular. It contains essentials like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It also has a little bit of chloride, silica, bicarbonate, sodium, etc. It has a spectacular taste and does not linger in your mouth. It also has a standard pH level that hovers around 8 – which is not too bad. Too little pH, and the water would taste bland and you’d be drinking alkaline water, which surprisingly doesn’t actually have any medical benefits or side effects. Fiji water checks most of the boxes: it’s mineral rich, spectacular tasting so it doubles as a soda, the bottle is not weirdly-shaped, and it has a moderate pH level. The only box that this water doesn’t exactly check is the affordability box. Fiji water isn’t cheap, yet it’s not particularly expensive either. The average person could not probably stock up on this brand of water, which leads us to the next suggested water.

Crystal Geyser
Crystal Geyser

 

 

 

Crystal Geyser

Crystal Geyser isn’t the tastiest mineral water out there. It has what some describe as a slightly chemical or mineral taste. However, what it lacks in taste, it more than makes up for in quality and price. Crystal Geyser is FAR cheaper than Fiji water – it’s almost half of the price! This substantial difference makes buying in bulk conceivable. This particular brand of water is loaded with all the right minerals. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Admittedly, this brand is not as rich in minerals as other more exotic and expensive brands like Fiji or Resource, yet it’s cheap, local, and tastes better than other mineral water of the same price range and mineral content.

The two brands above are not necessarily the better of the two categories established. This review is strictly from a personal perspective and should be instructive in maximizing your experience. These brands fulfill all nutritional and taste requirements. While they don’t check all the boxes, they give you a great deal for your money. Regardless of whether you choose to buy these brands, it should be noted that before purchasing any mineral water brand you should a little research to find out if its contents are compatible with your health requirements. So be careful when choosing brands!

If you’re drinking a more expensive brand of mineral water you should probably consider Fiji. The odds are that Fiji tastes better than your current choice. And, if you don’t have much to spend on mineral water, you should consider a choice that you can stock up on without breaking the bank.

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Three Cloud Forests to Visit 0 7471

Cloud forests are unique ecosystems that are located in mostly tropical areas at high altitudes. These forests have high levels of cloud cover, precipitation, and very temperate climates. The cloud-cover leads to high levels of precipitation which is taken directly from the clouds. Cloud forests have especially high levels of biodiversity which are home to an incredible number of unique plants and animals. Cloud forests are extremely rare ecosystems that cover around 0.14% of the planet’s land surface. These mystical forests are extremely important to maintaining biodiversity, but sadly many species are in danger of disappearing due to climate change. These fragile forests are worth a visit and worth advocating for change to help save these natural plant and animal havens.

Mindo-Cloud-Forest
Credit: The Globetrotting Teacher

Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is a preserved paradise in the clouds found just a couple of hours from the capital city of Quito. It is situated where two of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world meet, in the western foothills of the Andes. The convergence of bio-diversity provides for a wealth of possible activities to enjoy the surrounding nature. Topping the list is the journey to the waterfall sanctuary which includes a cable car journey with epic views over the top of the forest and hikes to seven impressive waterfalls. Enjoy bird watching as the cloud forest is home to about 350 unique species. Check out the organic coffee farm or for a bit more adrenaline, raft down the river that runs through the village, or even enjoy a ziplining journey through the forest for more breathtaking views. Wake up amongst the nature in charming tree-house style accommodations that are situated around the center of this quiet village.

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico
Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Located within the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Cerro Huitepec is an extinct volcano which has a cloud forest located in the upper part of the reserve. This cloud forest is quite untouched with no resorts or accommodations inside the reserve. A trip to the cloud forest here consists of a simple hike but truly allows you to experience the importance of a rainforest. As you descend on the cloud forest, the temperature drops, the moisture increases, and the light diminishes as the trees are reaching high into the sky to compete for light. Clouds suspend over the forest and the more than 100 different species of birds are profoundly heard throughout the forest. The cloud forest is just 5km from San Cristobal de las Casas which has plenty of accommodation and has many other activities in the surrounding area.

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica
Credit: Two Weeks in Costa Rica

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica

Situated on the continental divide where the Pacific and Atlantic slopes collide, Monteverde is the probably the world’s most visited and well-known cloud forest. It is a cloud forest reserve that encompasses an astonishing 10,500 hectares (25,945 acres) of land. There is an impressive amount of wildlife to be spotted amongst this clouded forest due to the diversity of ecosystems found on the reserve. There are over 100 different mammals like white-faced monkeys, 120 amphibians and reptiles, and over 500 different species of birds. Scientists say there are still many undiscovered species living on the reserve. There are trails that lead to views of the continental divide, waterfalls, and the famous hanging bridge overlooking the canopy of trees.

Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 336

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

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