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Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Softening The Blow: What You Need To Know About The Health Benefits Of Soft Water

If you have problems with hard water in your home — which can cause dishes not to get clean, laundry to always look slightly dirty, and soap not to lather — you’re not alone; it’s estimated that 85% of Americans are in the same boat as you. Making sure that you change your hard water to soft water might be a no-brainer when it comes to making sure you home has resale value, but did you know it can have health benefits as well? If you’re wondering what health benefits can come from soft water, then here’s what you need to know.

A Hairy Situation

Two of the most important factors of hair health are your hair’s natural oils and the slickness of its cuticles. If your hair’s cuticles are roughed up (like they are from the minerals in hard water), your hair will be rough and prone to frizz and fly-aways. Hard water strips away the natural oils in your hair, which can cause dry, brittle hair and even make you more prone to dandruff. Soft water will allow the shampoo to lather, creating a deeper clean, but will also rinse away the soap without having dry and damaged hair.

Skin Deep

It’s an irony of skin care that the same substance — soap — that helps keep you clean and hygienic also can damage your skin if left on too long. Hard water prevents your skin both from being cleaned as well as washing off the soap when you’re done lathering it up — leaving behind a slightly sticky soap residue called “soap curd.” Soft water prevents soap curd from forming, allowing the soap to wash off easily and preventing the soap from clogging your pores, leaving behind refreshed and healthy skin that can replenish its own natural oils after you get out of the shower.

The Nail In The Coffin

Your nails might seem like an unimportant part of your body to be worrying about, but nail health is actually extremely important. Having clean, healthy nails can prevent painful and annoying breakages and can add to an overall polished look, no matter if you paint and/or dress up your nails or leave them bare. All of the minerals in hard water can be hard on your nails, especially since they’ll be soaking in that water while you bathe or shower, and can cause them to become brittle or even split.

Contact a professional business, like Hague Quality Water of Kansas City Inc., to discuss your options for a water softener today. 

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

4 Things Travelers Need To Know About The Cholera Vaccine

Cholera isn’t a major concern in the United States or other developed countries anymore thanks to good water treatment systems, but if you plan to travel to less developed countries, you could encounter cholera. Fortunately, there is a vaccine available for this disease, so there’s no reason to get sick on your trip. Here are four things you need to know about the vaccine:

What is cholera?

Cholera is a disease that spreads through water or food that is contaminated with the Vibrio cholerae bacteria. Most people who are exposed to the bacteria don’t get sick, but about 10% get sick. The main symptoms are severe diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. This diarrhea can cause you to lose up to one quart of fluids every hour, so you can quickly find yourself dehydrated. Dehydrating can lead to an electrolyte imbalance, and if the fluids aren’t replaced quickly, you could go into shock and die. 

Where is cholera a concern?

Cholera is still a concern in countries that don’t have well-developed water and sewage treatment facilities. This allows bacteria from sewage to contaminate the water supply, and if you drink this water or eat foods that came into contact with contaminated water, you could get sick. If you plan to travel to less-developed parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, make sure to get a cholera vaccine before you go. Cholera can also be a concern in parts of the Carribean, such as Haiti.

How is the cholera vaccine given?

If you usually avoid getting immunizations because you’re scared of needles, you’ll be happy to hear that the cholera vaccine is given in pill form. Adults need to take two doses of the pills between one and six weeks apart, and after that, they’re protected for two years. Children under six need three doses of the pills, and their doses only protect them for six months.

How effective is the vaccine?

The cholera vaccine doesn’t protect you against all strains of the bacteria responsible for cholera, so it’s perfectly effective. It is about 86% effective, which is significantly better than nothing, but you still need to take precautions. Drink bottled water instead of tap water, avoid eating fresh fruits or vegetables, and steer clear of food carts and restaurants with questionable hygiene practices. 

If you plan to travel to an area where cholera is still a major concern, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated before you go. To learn more, contact a company like The Pediatric Center with any questions you have.

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