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One Reason to Stay Hydrated


During this lockdown, many of us found ourselves eating more convenience foods and snacks instead of healthier choices. Foods higher in sugar — usually accompanied by fat, sodium and preservatives — became more popular as we found ourselves stuck at home with nothing to do but eat. Fortunately, simply drinking more water helps our bodies reduce the negative effects of sugary foods. 

While this seems like common sense, recent research provides compelling evidence supporting the importance of proper hydration.

Excessive consumption of sugar leads to a variety of health issues — including heart disease, obesity and diabetes — but a new study reveals that eating too many sugary foods leads to build-up of toxic molecules in the body.

Researchers discovered the accumulation of uric acid by examining fruit flies, which share many biological similarities to humans. In both flies and humans, uric acid is a waste product resulting from the breakdown of purines which are foundations of plant and animal DNA. An abundance of purine breakdown often causes arthritis or heart disease. Uric acid resulting from purine deterioration also may crystalize into kidney stones.

By giving the flies more water, researchers found they could reduce the accumulation of uric acid and subsequently stave off the negative health effects of a high-sugar diet. 

Researchers also discovered similar results to the fly study when analyzing high-sugar consumption in humans. Study co-author Professor Christoph Kaleta expanded parallels between the findings, saying: “Strikingly, just like flies, we found that dietary sugar intake in humans was associated with worse kidney function and higher levels of purine in the blood.”

This does not mean that water completely erases sugar’s negative effects. Eating too much sugar is still unhealthy, but drinking water can offset some of its detrimental effects, including the build-up of toxic material in our bodies. The next time you find yourself reaching for a sugary snack, keep a bottle of water nearby. Your body will appreciate the hydration.

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Easy Ways To Brew Better Coffee


Jump-starting your morning with a freshly brewed cup of coffee gives you the energy you need for a productive day. And, when you brew your own coffee, you enjoy higher-quality coffee that tastes better and costs less.

If often takes time to perfect your brewing method. Trial and error may lead you to many watered down or extra strong cups of coffee. While a good cup of coffee sets your day off on the right foot, a bad cup may bring your mood down. However, with a few helpful tips, you can enjoy the perfect cup any time of day.

Brew better quality coffee using the following methods:

  • Buy Higher Quality Coffee: This step may seem obvious, but coffee quality levels vary drastically with the brand and form of coffee. Choose high quality Keurig pods, beans or grounds to get a better tasting cup of coffee.
  • Use Filtered Water: Tap water can ruin your pot of coffee. Use filtered water to make sure your coffee tastes the best it can. Filtered water tastes fresher and has less chemicals than tap water, keeping your cup of coffee at peak flavor.
  • Measure the Coffee And Water: Perfect the right ratio of coffee to water by using a kitchen scale to measure out the ingredients. Measuring the coffee and water will stop your coffee from being too watered down or too strong.
  • Clean Your Equipment: Clean your coffee pot or keurig before you brew your coffee to get rid of excess grounds or dirt making your coffee’s flavor strange. Keep your coffee tasting excellent by having clean equipment.
  • Explore Other Brew Techniques: Try different methods of brewing to explore which method you prefer for your coffee. Alternate between french pressing, drip brewing and grinding your own beans to discover the brewing method you like best.

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Reasons To Stay Hydrated In Summer


During the hot summer months, proper hydration becomes difficult. The heat and humidity of summer raises your body temperature and the amount you sweat.

Due to the high heat and humidity combined with increased outside activity, everyone needs to drink more water during summer to avoid dehydration. Dehydration leads to mental fatigue and a decrease in the effectiveness of many bodily functions. Drink more water to avoid dehydration, but also to gain the benefits of hydration.

Staying hydrated offers many benefits, including:


  • Improves Your Mood: Drinking plenty of water refreshes you and energizes you for your day. Stay hydrated to get a boost of energy throughout your daily activities.



  • Boosts Brain Power: Stay alert and avoid fatigue by keeping hydrated. Hydration stabilizes blood pressure, which governs blood flow to the brain. Steady blood flow to the brain keeps your brain functioning clearly.  Keep your brain alert by drinking more water.



  • Cleanses Your Body: Water aids in digestion, skin smoothness and the lubrication of joints and muscles. Keep your body strong and healthy by staying hydrated.



  • Accelerates Weight Loss: When you feel hungry, you may actually be thirsty. When you drink water, you feel more full and decrease your appetite, stopping you from eating too much. Water also increases your metabolism to help you break down food more quickly.



  • Replenishes Fluids After Exercise: During the heat of summer, your body will sweat more during exercise or activity outdoors. Be sure to drink more water when you exercise outside to replenish the extra fluids you are losing.


Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water to maintain wellness during the heat of summer. Make sure to keep plenty of water around your home and on your person at all times to remind you to drink water throughout the day. It you make drinking more water a habit, you will benefit greatly.

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Why Purified Water Is Better


While drinking purified water emerged as a mainstream trend years ago, the recent proliferation of social media awareness continues to spread this practice across the globe.

Multiple health bloggers and celebrities readily endorse drinking water that’s been purified, over regular tap water. This begs the question — is purified water actually better, and if so, what are the benefits?

Companies purify bottled water by processing it through a treatment plant meant to remove chlorine and distilled solids – such as magnesium – that float in water. Tap water dirities naturally by travelling through city pipes into our homes and offices. When flowing quickly, tap water absorbs sand, dirt and other substances we don’t need – or want – in our bodies. Purifying water removes these contaminants, ensuring the water you drink is clean, healthy and in its purest form.

Drinking purified water assures that the vital minerals you need to function are present in the water you’re drinking. Purified water removes harmful bacteria that otherwise can lead to sickness, stomach pain and nausea. Chlorine disinfects water, making it smell and taste cleaner. In fact, purified water is scientifically labelled as such due to its lack of impurities. Water that contains high levels of contaminants is not considered “purified”.

Many commonly mistake filtered water for purified water. However, this is not the case. Purified water goes through a process of double filteration, usually seen as reverse-osmosis, distillation or deionization. These additional purification processes create a water that has regained its truest form, untouched by outside factors.

Drinking purified water helps maintain a protective barrier around your skin, working to defend your body’s largest organ from impurities that wish to invade. Drinking water assists in positive mental and physical health, as well as benefiting your digestion and colon tracks.

Even though purified water does remove harmful contaminants, it should not make up your entire daily water consumption.

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4 Benefits of Office K-Cups


An office coffee machine can make all the difference for morale and productivity once midday arrives, but getting the full benefit depends on ensuring your brewing machine meets the needs of a busy and dynamic office space. Moving beyond the traditional problems of the standard drip machine, single-cup coffee makers offer an affordable, efficient and delicious solution to all your coffee needs.

1.      Guaranteed Fresh Coffee

When you rely on a cup of joe to keep you perked up for the day, pouring from a pot of hours-old coffee will not inspire confidence. With single-cup brewers, you load a fresh cup of grounds each time you need your fix, and within a few moments you have a fresh cup of hot coffee. When you know the coffee at work won’t be cold or stale upon arrival, that means less time spent making coffee at home or less money spent at the café.

2.      Less Coffee Waste

Because you typically brew coffee in larger batches with drip machines, they almost always guarantee that you’ll pour the surplus down the drain later. Using a single-cup brewer not only ensures fresh coffee, but also that each person will make exactly enough for themselves on every occasion — this means no more brewing a separate pot of untouched decaf every day.

3.      More Opportunity for Variety

Because single-cup brewers make exactly enough for one person, feel free to try all the flavors you want without worrying about tossing out an unsuccessful experiment. This also allows you to stock a huge range of flavors for employees to choose from. Single-cup options for black, green, and herbal teas also offer a choice for non-coffee-drinkers — so you don’t have to worry about getting a separate machine for your beverage of choice.

4.      Easy to Clean

Single-cup coffee machines take very little effort to clean, with no disassembly required. Simply pour in a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water and run the brew cycle a few times. This prevents any mold or lime build-up in your machine, and once you no longer see any water or vinegar in the tank, the machine has finished cleaning.

Offering consistently fresh coffee with less work and more versatility than a drip machine, a single-cup coffee machine lets you get the most out of your office pick-me-up.

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How Water Affects Your Coffee


You probably do not need anyone reminding you to drink more water, but with the hustle and bustle of work and life, one can easily forget the importance of getting enough.

In the quest for the flawless cup of coffee, aficionados have looked at everything from roasting technique, to method of grinding, to the perfect ratio of water to coffee (said to be 17.42 units of water to 1 unit of coffee).

But less often considered is the water itself. While we tend to view tap water as a pure ingredient, it’s actually loaded with minerals that can influence coffee’s flavor. And now chemists have pinned down how the chemicals in different types of water interact with coffee beans to shape the taste of the brew that results.

Science to the Rescue

Coffee is loaded with a tremendous amount of natural chemicals and over 1,000 aroma compounds. Water, on the other hand, can be rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium if it’s “hard,” or if it’s “soft,” rich in sodium — used by water softeners to remove impurities.

For this study, Christopher Hendon, a chemist from the University of Bath, focused on the way different kinds of water affect the extraction of six chemicals that contribute to the flavor of coffee.

For this study, Christopher Hendon, a chemist from the University of Bath, focused on the way different kinds of water affect the extraction of six chemicals that contribute to the flavor of coffee. These flavors included citric acid, lactic acid and eugenol — responsible for coffee’s “woodsy” taste. He found that magnesium in hard water, for example, sticks to eugenol, giving the resulting brew an even woodsier taste, Business Insider reports. And bicarbonates in hard water will make the coffee bitterer. The findings were published last month in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

“Hard water is generally considered to be bad for coffee, but we found it was the type of hardness that mattered – while high bicarbonate levels are bad, high magnesium ion levels increase the extraction of coffee into water and improve the taste,” Hendon told Phys.org.


Selecting the Right Coffee

Soft water, unfortunately, lacks the sticky minerals of hard water, so it’s poorer at extracting flavorful compounds. But if you live in a soft-water haven, don’t dismay: a tactical selection of beans may help counter the problem.

Just like one would pair wine with a certain type of food, the same is true for your type of water and the coffee you brew. You can get a rough idea about the hardness of your water by checking out the U.S. Geologic Survey water map. Then, purchase beans that are best brewed with hard or soft water, which a knowledgeable roaster should know.