Is your drinking water safe from microplastic?

Water, the driving force of all nature, is getting contaminated by the day. The role of water purification was to remove bacteria and viruses from drinking water. But over the years, water contamination from various sources, like sewage, chemical waste, heavy metals, etc has made the water unfit for consumption. In certain areas, the water is polluted by Lead and arsenic making it toxic to health. What’s worse, new age contaminants like Lead, Iron or Arsenic cannot be removed from the water by boiling. Hence’ the need for advanced water purifiers which are equipped with purification technologies like Reverse Osmosis (RO) or UV for water purification needs.

Recently, a survey found the presence of microplastic in the tap water of countries across the world. What’s alarming is that India has ranked third in the list of contamination rate.

Let’s help you understand the problem of microplastics and its impact on health, and possible solutions for the same.

What is Microplastic?

Microplastics are small plastic particles present in the environment. They are present in many sources, including carry bags and pet bottles. While there is some contention over their size, the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration distinguishes them as less than 5mm (5000 micron) in diameter. Based on GESAMP 2015, there are four types of plastic found in the environment. They are:

  1. Macroplastics
  2. Mesoplastics
  3. Microplastics
  4. Nanoplastics

They are present in different parts of the environment in different sizes, which may or may not be seen with the naked eye.

How does microplastic find its way to drinking water?

We are aware of the fact that the global environment is highly affected due to the presence of plastic in the ecosystem. Everyday, millions of plastic fibres are shed through different sources. As 60% of our fabrics are made of polyester, a type of plastic that is obtained from fossil fuel, simple activities like abrasion of clothes, upholstery, carpets or any other fibrous fabrics add to the junk of microplastics in the environment. Apart from this, another type of plastic called as Styrene Butadiene is released from the tyres of the vehicles. This plastic finds its way into sewers and other water bodies. A recent study also found that every cycle of a washing machine releases 700,000 fibres into the environment. All of this results in an unfortunate meeting of the sources of water bodies and microplastic fibres. They make their way through the complex pipe system and into our homes through taps or drinking water.

How does microplastic affect the human body?

Due to its small size, it is capable of travelling through intestinal walls, lymph nodes and other vital organs. They also absorb toxic chemicals that are linked to fatal diseases such as cancer. Due to its large presence in the ocean, researchers also suspect that people consume these microplastic particles through seafood. If these particles are inhaled or ingested, they may cause localised toxicity in your body.

What is the solution?

The primary solution for this world-wide issue is to take an active role in proper waste management. That being said, it is also true that this process is a long battle that will definitely require a lot of years. However, you can take the first step to ensure your drinking water is free from microplastics at home. You can start by making a conscious decision to avoid the purchase of plastic bottles, carry bags, and straws.

How can you eliminate microplastics from your drinking water?

One of the ways to eliminate the presence of microplastic fibres from your drinking water is by investing in a water purifier that is equipped with an advanced purification technology. An average microplastic size ranges from 0.1 cm to 1 μm and advanced technologies like pre-filter porosity, Ultra-Filter membranes and RO membranes can readily filter out these microns and provide you with healthy and safe drinking water. Dr. Aquaguard water purifiers are equipped with Microfiltration, Ultra Filtration & Reverse Osmosis purification technology that is capable of filtering microplastic that range from 0.1 cm (1000 μm) to 1 μm.

The presence of plastic is a global concern and, in the years to come, we hope that solutions can be found to combat it. However, you can take the first step towards safeguarding you and your family from the adverse effects of microplastics by bringing home an advanced water purifier. Dr. Aquaguard Magna HD RO + UV eliminates excess TDS, blocks dissolved impurities and chemical contaminants, while retaining essential minerals in the drinking water, giving you healthy and pure drinking water. Book a demo today.

A healthy beginning to a healthy year

‘Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life’.

We are at the end of 2017. Another fruitful year has passed by. With a bagful of memories, we are all set to welcome 2018 with open arms and optimism.

As a common practice, people are ready with their list of ambitious resolutions.

Some promise to learn a musical instrument in a month, some plan on quitting smoking or alcohol, while others choose to take up a hobby. These resolutions sound fantastic on paper but fulfilling them with diligence and sincerity is something that Only a few achieve. In addition to this, people are drawn towards making bigger and better resolutions, ignoring the small and simple ones.

Joyce Meyer once rightly claimed, ‘I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you’. So, this New Year, how about you add a few simple healthy resolutions to your list, and let the healthier you enjoy 2018 with good health!

  1. Water is your best friend; drink it

Drink adequate amount of water—this is a fact that has been established by many experts and health specialists. Stay constantly hydrated to maintain essential bodily functions and feel fresh. Ensure that you have a water bottle with you at all times, and consciously remind yourself to drink water at regular intervals. Slice fresh pieces of cucumber, oranges or lemons to add some flavour and nutrition to your water. Bring home Dr Aquaguard Water Purifiers and ensure that you and your family are drinking only healthy water.

  1. Life is too short to stress out

As you enter the New Year, make sure that your stressful days reduce in number. No matter how eventful your day was, if it is combined with stress, it takes a huge toll on your health. Chronic stress can result in insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, etc. To avoid this, start small sessions of meditation, spend some quality time with your friends and family & participate in relaxing activities (vacation, spa, etc.)

  1. Reboot your fitness regime

Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions! Regular workouts and gyming sessions are planned out well to achieve your magical number. However, as the excitement of the New Year fades away so does the enthusiasm of going to the gym. Hence, to combat this problem, set smaller goals for yourself. Chart out a jogging or an evening walk schedule that can be achieved with minimal efforts. Starting with this gives you a great head start to move on to physically exhausting exercises.

  1. Breathe in healthy air, breathe out worries

The alarming headlines, thick smog in the air and the sudden drop in air quality has left many people worried. Greenpeace’s report named Airpocalypse says, ‘As many as 1.2 billion deaths take place every year due to air pollution’. It’s high time we take a few steps towards analysing the quality of the air we breathe in and ensure that it’s healthy. This coming year, ensure the air you and your family breathe indoors is purified through Dr Aeroguard Air Purifiers. You can also bring home a few air purifying plants to circulate fresh air in your home.

  1. A tidy house leads to a tidy mind

Stressful schedules and endless errands lead to a cluttered home. A cluttered home can result in dust mites breeding in your bed and sofa & accumulated dirt in hard-to-reach surfaces. How about stepping into a new year with a de-cluttered and tidy home? Begin the new chapter of your year with a spotless and healthy home. Invest in the Euroclean range of vacuum cleaners that help to deep clean your home and make it a healthy living space.

A new year is a fresh start to a new life. So, a few simple steps towards a healthier life will definitely help you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy year ahead.

Eliminate Lead – The silent killer in your drinking water

Water is life and clean water means health.

The world is moving at a fast pace, developing countries all around the globe are trying to match up to this pace by all means necessary. Every new innovation is refining our livelihood with each passing day. However, amidst all the developments and technological advancements, basic necessities like sanitation, hygiene, and clean drinking water are still a grave issue in many countries.

As per a study by UNICEF India, 67% of Indian households do not treat their drinking water, even though it could be chemically or bacterially contaminated. Amongst all the contaminants, Lead is one of the most prominent and hazardous pollutants in drinking water.

Lead, a pervasive environmental contaminant, enters your drinking water due to the corrosion of household plumbing system like pipes, solders, and fittings that contain Lead. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes that are most commonly used in your home also contain Lead components that may leach into the drinking water. World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified Lead as one of the ten major chemicals of public health concern.

Here are some basic facts on Lead and its harmful effects that you need to know of:

  1. Lead is a cumulative toxicant that can affect multiple body systems in the human body. It can cause damage to the brain, kidney, liver and bones.
  2. Children are even more vulnerable to complications caused by Lead exposure. Lead can cause lasting problems with growth and development in children. It can affect their hearing, learning ability, behaviour and even slow down the child’s growth.
  3. In adults, Lead poisoning can damage the brain and nervous system, the stomach and even the kidneys. It can also cause high blood pressure and other health problems.
  4. Children and adults alike can experience memory loss, trouble thinking clearly, weakness and muscle problems.

The effects of Lead on the human body can be life-threatening. But you can begin to take following precautionary measures to safeguard you and your loved ones from its harmful effects.The effects of Lead on the human body can be life-threatening. But you can begin to take following precautionary measures to safeguard you and your loved ones from its harmful effects.

  1. Old pipelines and plumbing systems in our homes and buildings can cause Lead contamination in your drinking water. Hence cleaning your taps and faucets frequently is suggested.
  2. Before directly consuming, let some water run thoroughly so that any contaminants accumulated in pipes will flush out.
  3. Do consider using an advanced water purifier with reverse osmosis technology that will help you filter your water thoroughly. Traditional purification techniques cannot remove chemicals and new age contaminants from water. Hence, the need for RO purifying technology. RO technology effectively removes excess TDS (Total Dissolved Salts), new age contaminants, etc. from your drinking water and makes it safe for drinking.

No matter how forward the world is, if the most basic commodity that you are consuming is contaminated then the world will have no good future. Considering all the health hazards caused by Lead, getting rid of it from drinking water is the need of this hour. Hence, take all the precautionary measures to eliminate Lead from your water.

Buy Dr. Aquaguard Magna NXT HD RO+UV with best-in-class technology to safeguard the health of your loved ones or you can get a free home demo and see how it works.

Holi – let’s make it a festival beyond colours

The colourful festival of Holi is finally here. Let us go beyond the use of smearing colours and become more conscious and considerate about our environment. Make this Holi a joyous festival by celebrating it with your family and friends, in an environmentally safe and responsible way.

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Keep reading to find out how you can celebrate the festival of colours differently this year.

Play Tilak Holi:
Leave behind the harmful colours, water balloons and the water guns, and celebrate Holi the traditional way with Tilak Holi. Its spiritual significance and the use of minimal colours are what makes it the perfect way to celebrate the festival of colours without wasting water or harming your skin by playing with harmful colours.

Play dry holi, save water:
Many cities in India are facing water scarcity problems. Let’s play a dry holi to ensure minimum wastage of water during the celebration; avoid the use of water guns, mini water balloons and splashing buckets of water on people.

Community bonfire:
To commence the festival of Holi, every street, building or compound organizes its own bonfire celebration. These bonfires burnt across the country takes a toll on the environment and have been known to drastically increase the average temperature of the surrounding area. The best way to have an environmentally friendly celebration is to have a community bonfire.

Holi with Family:
In today’s time, everyone is living a hectic lifestyle, make the most of the holiday by spending time with your family. Delight your family and friends by preparing traditional sweets such as gujjiyas, malpuas and badam kulfi.

So this Holi, do things differently. Spread the colours of joy in an eco-friendly and less harmful way. Have a happy, safe and healthy Holi!

11 Tips To Help You Save Water At Home

Over the years, the problem of water shortage in the country has gone from bad to worse. Many people barely get enough water and have to walk for hours before they can get even a few litres of drinking water. In these difficult times, it is only fair that those of us who do get our daily supply of water must do our bit towards society and save as much water as possible. So if you’re looking for ways to save some water, here are a few tips that can help get the job done at home.

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