Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,
www.WellOwner.org.

Avoid Body Drought — How to Prevent Dehydration

BodyDrought_SOCIt’s in every living cell, tissue and organ, and it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive—pure, clean water. We can’t live without it, and we can’t live well without enough of it. We are constantly in need of water as we lose water with every breath and every activity of the body. We are especially at risk for dehydration when we exercise or we are ill—this is when dehydration, even mild dehydration, can take its toll, causing you to feel tired and drained of energy. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.

Kids Require Just as Much Drinking Water as Adults, According to Experts

ChildrenAndWaterCThey might be pint-size, but their water needs are not. Kids, experts say, should be just as properly hydrated as adults, if not more so.

“The standard recommendations are for children to get six to eight glasses of water per day,” says Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth’s Diet and Fitness expert. “Mild dehydration can affect learning as well as mental and physical performance.”

Underscoring Jampolis’ assertion is a recent report out of Tufts University which found that children who are even mildly thirsty can become cranky. For school-age children, dehydration—even at low levels—can impair cognitive function, says lead reseacher Kristen D’Anci, Ph.D.

Got Water? 4 Reasons to Drink More H2O

WhyWaterWe all know water is good for us and that we should probably drink more of it. So why, then, do Americans find it so difficult to sip from what is arguably the fountain of youth?

Answers vary, but the fact is, one in 10 Americans drinks zero cups of water per day, according to a study by Dr. Alyson Goodman, a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zero. She suspects that those who don’t drink any water (or very little) are getting it from other sources such as food and coffee, but warns this may not be enough.

Tips to Add a Little Bling to Your Holiday Dinner Table

HolidaysSparkle_SOCIf you are hosting a holiday gathering, it’s easy to make it especially memorable with a table setting that is as festive and appealing as the food you serve on it. Sure, you’d rather enjoy the company of your family and friends than polish silver—and you can create a sparkling setting quickly and easily with the right tools and know-how:

Some simple tips for your most festive holiday table yet:

What Goes Great With Barbecue and Wine This Memorial Day? Patriotism

MemorialDayPatriotism_SOCTo many people, Memorial Day weekend means family, barbecuing and a long three-day weekend. But quite often, little thought is given to the actual meaning of the day—celebrating service members who are fighting or have fought for our freedom.

This year, however, one company is seeking to make a difference for military personnel by joining forces with Operation Homefront, a San Antonio-based non-profit organization that supplies financial and emotional support for the spouses and families of soldiers deployed overseas.

The Science of Water: What You Drink and Your Immune System

Most people know that their bodies are made up of a great deal of water, but may be surprised to learn that number is about 70 percent—and yet studies show we don’t drink enough to replenish what we need.

Other drinks to be sure, but water? Not even close.

Emphasizing this point is a study conducted by Dr. Alyson Goodman for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that suggests one in 10 Americans drinks no water every day.

Zero.

She calls these results “mindboggling.”

“Water is vital for life,” says Goodman. “Many health risks decrease when you drink plain water.”

Tips to Entertain at Home the Kardashian Way

So, you say you want to learn to throw a party worthy of the Kardashians? Well, admittedly, that’s asking a lot. After all, one of their more recent bashes featured synchronized swimmers – it was a poolside event – surprising guests with a routine straight out of a 1950s Esther Williams movie.

But take heart.

The Kardashian sisters – who seemingly never run out of mind-blowing ideas – didn’t think that party highlight up themselves. Linnea Johansson, author of “Perfect Parties: Tips and Advice from a New York Planner,” did. And even if you don’t have money to throw around, she says to apply the “same principle” of doing “something unexpected” at your event.

Classic Favorite Enjoys Spirited Resurgence

In a world of constant upheaval, cognac makers have always taken pride in how their centuries-old techniques never change. So it’s big news that these days the brandy – which originates in the Cognac region of France – is enjoying quite the renaissance among bar and restaurant patrons of all age groups, cultures and regions.

“Cognac is really gaining ground with the recent cocktail renaissance hitting bars across the country,” says Todd Appel, a master barman in Chicago, Ill. “It is such a timeless and elegant spirit – not to mention, it appeals to such a wide range of tastes, such as bourbon and scotch drinkers, whether ordered neat, on the rocks or in cocktails – that bartenders are turning to it more and more often.”