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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

This post contains a Big Berkey Water Filter System Review.

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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Berkey:

This powerful water filter purifies both treated water and untreated raw water. Including: such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The versatile Big Berkey Water Filter removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites. It also extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces rust, silt, sediment, foul taste and odors and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

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Specs of the Big Berkey

The Big Berkey is constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel. The system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This water filter has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey™ Purification Elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour*.

*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.

Big Berkey Water Filter Removes:

The powerful Black Berkey™ purification elements also remove or reduce viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, harmful or unwanted chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, VOCs, detergents, organic solvents, trihalomethanes, cloudiness, silt, sediment, heavy metals, foul tastes and odors. Yet, they leave in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs.

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Why a Berkey Filter?

The water my family and I drink has always been in the forefront of my mind and at the top of my priority list in regards to health. I do not go the bottled water route for a few reasons:

1. Bottled water is typically bottled in questionable plastic (made in large amounts, often containing BPA and other potentially other harmful substances).

2. Bottled water is not cost efficient! Investing in a filter for your home will ultimately save you money and is more convenient, to boot.

3. The water in bottled water sits in that same container for potentially months before it is actually consumed. This means that whatever that plastic is made of is having a gigantic window of time to leach into the water.

Those are a few reasons that made me choose a Big Berkey for my family’s drinking water supply. Berkey also offers fluoride filters (without getting into an elaborate discussion about fluoride–I’ll just say I avoid it).

Benefits of Using a Berkey:

-Takes heavy metals out of our water

-heavy metals cause a multitude of health defects including hormone disruption, brain fog and chronic inflammation)

-Strips contaminants from water so you don’t ingest them

-As scary as it sounds: parasites, pharmaceuticals, environmental pollutants and mold can all be present in our water supply. Each of those will impact your health negatively, especially through daily exposure through drinking water.

-You’ll experience increased health overall

-I notices that my skin is clearer, I sleep better, my energy levels are higher and my tests came back very low for toxic contamination in my system.

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Daily Life With Our Big Berkey

This filter sits in our kitchen and is our source of water for drinking, cooking, making coffee, filling up our dog’s water bowl–you name it. I would say that we use quite a bit of water! I’m frequently making almond milk, brewing coffee, making smoothies and filling up blender bottles. All of these activities require water from that filter.

We keep a big pitcher next to the Berkey for a quick fill up. We usually have to refill the filtering tank every 1-2 days. It’s not inconvenient, and only takes a few minutes a day. All in all, we love our Berkey filter and are happy to have it as a staple in our daily routine.

I recommend this filter to everyone! Even my parents & brother own one.

I highly recommend this filter to anyone–especially families looking for a non-contaminated source of water. This size works well for us! But, Berkey also makes them bigger and also smaller (more portable) with the same thorough filtering. You don’t need to replace the filters until they’ve filtered 3,000 gallons of water, or 6,000 gallons for two filter elements (we have two). For us, I believe it will end up being every 3 years.

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Essentia Alkaline Water Review

Essentia Water

Alkaline water has been all the rage lately, with benefits like bringing your body‘s pH to a healthier level, improving detox pathways and aiding overall wellness.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Essentia Water: 

It takes hydration to the next level.

We created Essentia to help you get the most out of the water you drink.  Proper  hydration is essential to good health. When your body is dehydrated, your joints get stiff, your muscles get sore, your concentration and performance fade – just to name a few. Drinking sufficient water every day will keep you hydrated and give your body energy to function at its best.  Essentia’s hydrating qualities come from our proprietary electrolyte formula, ionization process resulting in a alkaline pH of 9.5. 

It gives you more of what you need.
Electrolytes facilitate communication within and between your body’s cells and are critical to maintaining normal blood pressure, restful sleep, concentration and focus, proper cardiac rhythm, muscle strength, endocrine balance, intestinal function and more. Essentia is infused with trace amounts of essential minerals which emulate the naturally occurring minerals in your body. 

Make Every Ounce Count
Most bottled waters offer purity but no additional benefits. Essentia’s proprietary process adds the perfect blend of electrolytes to purified water and then is ionized, creating a distinctive alkaline 9.5pH water to help your body stay properly hydrated.

And, it tastes great.
With Essentia, you get a clean & smooth tasting water without the added sugar, artificial flavoring and calories found in many sports drinks. Plus, it tastes pure, natural and delicious!” 

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My Thoughts:

I’ll start by saying this, I am and having always been very apprehensive about bottled water. Ultimately, I think that the best way to consume water everyday (with a conscious, mindful effort to conserve) is to invest in a high quality filter at home and fill up a glass, stainless steel, or BPA-free plastic bottle for consumption thoughout the day.

That said, I’m in touch with reality enough to realize that on-the-go options are sometimes needed. That’s where Essentia comes in. Their bottles are BPA-free, recyclable and come in a few different sizes depending on how much hydration you wish to take with you.

We all know that hydration is important. But how we hydrate is something we should tune into. Is our water full of contaminants? Is it in a safe bottle? Is the water improving or hindering our health?

Alongside the fact that hydration is vital to health is the concept of alkalinity. An alkaline body is more able to ward off illness disease, maintain a balanced state (hormones, energy levels, etc.) as well as keep excess weight off. I love that Essentia’s water has a high pH (9.5). I actually make my own high pH drink every day and take a shot of it at night (you can achieve this by adding sodium bicarbonate–or baking soda–along with pink Himalayan sea salt with water). Essentia essentially gives me the ability to bring this type of alkalizing boost on the road with me, on my commute or to the gym when I’m in a pinch.

All in all, this bottled water brand stands high and firmly above most others. It’s not just water. It’s healthy, alkalizing, super powered water. Not all bottled waters are created equal!

I had the pleasure of meeting part of Team Essentia at Natural Products Expo West this year and was so impressed by their knowledge and generosity. Matthew from Essentia has been especially helpful & inspiring with his enthusiasm for health & fitness! My experience with Essentia has been nothing short of excellent.

YogiToes Water Bottle & Headband Review

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YogiToes

Overall Rating: images

About YogiToes:

Integrity

Yoga’s ethical precepts guide our everyday choices.  We work with factories and vendors that also embrace these values, focusing  on labor, safety, environmental and manufacturing practices that meet exceptional global standards.

Recycling

Deeply committed to minimizing our carbon footprint. To date we have repurposed 3.5 million recycled plastic bottles into our product line.  We make the most sustainable choices possible throughout all aspects of our business.”

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Hibiscus Wide Headband

About:

“DESCRIPTION

A headband designed to comfortably hold back the hair, use as a wrist band, or cover the eyes during savasana

SIZE

4″ W (flat)

MATERIALS & DETAILS

  • 94% cotton, 6% lycra
  • Created using AZO, lead and heavy metal-free dyes to protect our workers, our customers, and our environment
  • Made in Korea.”

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle

About:

“DESCRIPTION

Day after day, year after year, this safe and convenient water bottle will keep your drinks fresh and clean tasting, while reducing your carbon footprint.

SIZE

.4 lbs; Capacity 25 fluid oz.

MATERIALS & DETAILS

  • Reusable, 100% recyclable and durable
  • Safe, BPA-free alternative to plastic
  • High-quality, food grade #304 L.N. stainless steel
  • Slim design fits most bottle holders
  • Toxin-free and non-leaching
  • Clean tasting (hot or cold)
  • Non-slip, rubber base
  • Removable Ecousable plastic cap with a straw lid.”

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My Thoughts:

YogiToes, a line under the Manduka Yoga umbrella, is a unique, vibrant, fun set of yoga gear and accessories that are made thoughtfully and with recycled, high-performing materials.

I love a great, wide, everyday headband that will stay on after vigorous activity. The headbands I’ve worn in the past that perform the best have a grippy strip on the underneath side, helping it resist movement. Though this headband does not have a grippy strip, it is wide enough to pretty much compensate for that. The material is very comfortable (94% cotton) and can truly make the perfect headband for wearing around the house, during yoga or for a run outdoors, alike. If I had to make one change to the design of the band, I’d make the circumference a little bit smaller so that the headband fits a little snugger (I would only want it snugger for workouts; not for wearing around the house). I didn’t have a problem with it wiggly back and off my head while running, but that was primarily because I wear large over-the-head headphones when I run that help keep my headband in place. While wearing this headband to volleyball practice with the team I coach, I noticed that I had to reposition the band a few times as it had slid backwards.

A good BPA-free, durable, portable water bottle is something that is very much a part of my daily commutes to work and practice. I always have filtered water around–it’s an absolute necessity. This stainless steel water bottle is a good size (holds 25 fluid oz.), fits all of my car cup holders and backpack bottle pockets and is substantial enough that I can drop it without fearing that it will be damaged. I like that you can drink out of the nozzle or unscrew the lid and drink out of the open bottle. Sometimes I like the lid-off approach when I am amidst a hard workout and feel the need to guzzle water.

I’d recommend both of these products (as well as Manduka’s yoga mats! I use mine for indoor workouts–so don’t think its use is limited to yoga). The quality is there, the sustainability is there and so it the personality behind the products.

Camelbak Forge (for Hot Beverages) Review

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About the Forge:

“Forge ahead without spills on your way to the trailhead in the morning. Sometimes water just isn’t enough—that’s why we reinvented the travel mug for a better on-the-go coffee and tea experience. The double-walled, vacuum-insulated steel vessel keeps 16 oz. of coffee or tea piping hot for over 4 hours, with an impact cap that prevents dents or cracks if you drop it. The Forge is designed to fit in most cup holders, but the leak-proof cap means you can also toss it into your pack without soaking your gear.

When you need to keep your eyes on the road, the self-sealing cap lets you drink one-handed, then snaps back into place to prevent leaks or spills. For frequent sipping, just press the top button to lock the cap open. The lid won’t collect grime, either—just pop up the arms for easy cleaning in the sink or dishwasher.”

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My Thoughts:

I have been crazy fortunate to work with this radical brand, Camelback, on several occasions on several reviews. You can give those a read here:

Camelbak Mantra Powder Drink Mix Review

Camelbak Relay Water Filter Pitcher Review

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My first experience with the Camelbak Forge was a bit comical. I thought that I had received a defective bottle because I could not get the sip slide feature to come off completely while I had the lid screwed on tightly. Turns out, this bottle was smarter than me! It was designed that way to make leaks and spills less likely.

When the lid is screwed on, you take a drink by engaging a button on the side of the lid–it opens just enough to allow you to drink. When you release the button, the bottle is completely sealed. I’d imagine I could shake it, toss it upside down across the car and have no mess at it. It’s truly and awesome design.

The 16 ounce size is perfect for me–a great size for commuting with coffee or tea. The Forge also keeps my coffee warm for a longggggggg time, to boot. I know many containers claim that–but it’s truly the case with the Camelback Forge. I brought a Forge-full (hehe) of coffee with me to an all-day volleyball tournament and my coffee was warmer than room temperature by the end of the day. I was very impressed with that.

I’m so happy with the Camelback Forge. I can see myself purchasing many to give as gifts in the future. It’s the perfect gift for the winter months or just for your favorite coffee/tea drinker. As always with Camelbak products, the Forge is BPA-Free. It’s another fabulous product from Camelback. Kudos!!