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A Powered-Up Moon and A Tide With A Crown

Did you catch Sundays historic Supermoon?  This phenomena occurs when the moon is closets to the earth, radiates a sight that is true beauty.   Many people around the world enjoyed differing shades of red, while looking at a larger-than-life moon.

While most people were enjoying this event that won’t return till 2034, others were feeling it’s after effects.  The after effects I’m talking about are king tides.

A king tide (perigee tide) is a yearly occurrence when the high tide is at it’s highest point during the months of November-February.  While it is common and only happens 1-2 times a year, there are growing concerns for the overall increasing level of the tides.

  Because the gravitational pull is a lot stronger from the Supermoon this year, the King Tide was especially high.  In areas like Miami Beach, the rising water levels has caused  flooding to road ways and other infrastructure.  Reports of sea levels 2 feet higher than normal have flooded Boston this week.  Coastal flooding has become the new norm, as evidence has shown a rise of 6-8 inches since the 1960’s.

“A year ago, we were having to close the road twice a day because the water was about a foot taller than the ground,” said Coley. “If we have to close this road, that affects our police, our fire, our ambulance service.” — Ray Coley, Miami Beach Infrastructure director

Places close to the coast can’t afford an increase in sea levels.  If nothing is done, coastal areas can be inundated with floodwaters in as little as 15 years.  Geographical changes like this will force radical transformations to entire cities.

The rising sea level issue is undoubtedly a consequence of climate change.  However, this is only one caveat of the slew of issues we face in the battle for our environmental future.  

This U.S just recorded it’s third-warmest October on record and Canada is seeing an unprecedented 30 degrees warmer than normal temperatures.  In central Africa, climate change has made it unsustainable for small-scale farming, causing mass migrations to Europe .  Places like California is seeing its fifth straight year of severe drought, which has put considerable stress on crops and water use. 

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All of these alarming signs point to a warming planet.  That’s why it is so imperative we act now to prevent an impending calamity.  However, with the new president elect Donald Trump, we may be moving in the other direction.  Trump appointed a climate denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency and wants to back out of the Paris Accords; a plan to have 190 countries reduce their emissions of the carbon dioxide pollutants that warm the planet. 

These changes might cause catastrophic set-backs to an already ticking time bomb.  No one knows how much longer we have to take action before things are to late.  While we can lobby to fight against the changes the Trump administrations wants to implement, there are steps we can take ourselves.

With advances to technology, solar, wind, battery, and LED lighting costs have significantly dropped since 2008.  This is a great incentive for businesses to convert to a clean energy source. Things like carpooling, insulating homes, energy reduction, recycling and gardening are adjustments anyone can make to their everyday lives to fight climate change.

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Do your part. Stay educated and informed.  Change habits and educate others to do the same.  Lead by example and maybe the rest of the world will follow suit.

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An Ayurvedic Approach To Soothing Your Aliments

Winter is finally here in full force.  This is the time of year where we overfill our bellies, bundle-up and hibernate away from the freezing elements.  Often winter is the time where we find we are at our biggest imbalance.  Whether it’s a cold, stress from the snow, or too many drinks at the holiday party, our imbalances are everywhere.

The correct remedy is essential to keeping your everyday life manageable.  To sooth your aliments there are many approaches you can take.  You can turn to modern day medicines like Advil or NyQuil, or you can take a more holistic approach.

The Daily Beast lists some alternative Ayurvedic remedies that are cheap and effective to bringing your life back in balance.

1. Fever—Crush a handful of basil leaves and a 1 inch piece of ginger. Press the mixture into a sieve with the back of the spoon to squeeze out the liquid then add 1tsp of honey. Drink ever 4 to 6 hours.

2. Acid Reflex and Indigestion – Chew a few basil leaves after a meal. The simple act of extra chewing will help create additional saliva which can aid in digestion.

3. Hair Loss—Take one part cinnamon to two parts honey to 3 parts olive oil, mix it together and apply to areas of hair loss for about a half hour then wash away.

4. Hangover—Make yourself a cup of coffee and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. While drinking that eat two bananas and let the peels soak in a glass of water. Once you finish the cup of coffee wait a little bit to digest then drink the glass of water.

5. Menstrual Cramps—Eat two tbsp of flax seeds during your period because of their hormone balancing lignans and phytoestrogens.

6. Snoring—Take a cup of warm milk and mix in a tsp of Turmeric powder. Drink it before bed. This one I can personally attest to as a miracle cure. I actually find that having this once keeps me snore free for up to a week.

7. Whiter Teeth—Make a paste by crushing some basil leaves with the zest of an orange. Put it on your teeth for about twenty minutes then wash it off.

8. Improved Memory – Have a tsp of good quality raw honey with a pinch of cinnamon before bed to give your brain the glucose it needs to work all night long processing and repairing.

9. Allergies—Mix one part cucumber juice with one part beet root juice and three parts carrot juice. Drink it once per day.

10. Nasal Congestion – Put some black pepper in a pan and heat it on high for a couple of minutes the breathe in the fumes through your nose.

11. Headache—Take the rinds of a couple of lemons and squash it into a paste. Apply to the forehead for fast relief and follow up with a cup of green tea with half a lemon squeezed in.

12. Anxiety—Squeeze fresh orange juice into a glass then mix in one tbsp of honey and one tbsp of nutmeg for a daily tonic to help ease your stress.

13. Dry Skin – Mash together two bananas with two tbsp of honey and apply it to the skin for about fifteen minutes before washing the paste off.

14. Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar – Make a tea from hot water and licorice powder which you drink twice daily.

15. Common Cold – Add a tsp of ground black pepper and a tsp of ground turmeric to a glass of warm milk.  The Daily Beast also suggests the “Less Doing” method which prescribes zinc and lime.  Take 100mg of zinc when you wake up, followed by four 8 ounce glasses of water with a whole lime throughout the day.  Then finish off with 50mg of zinc right before bed.

 

Music, Fireworks and 3-D Water Holograms

Saturday marked the 239th birthday for the great U.S of A.  On this great day, many celebrated with cookouts, beer and fireworks.  Spending time with good friends and family, while waving showcasing our patriotism is the only way I can imagine celebrating our independence day.  Traditionally I’ve spent my 4th of July celebrating with lawn games, beach, boats, cook-outs, and beer, lots and lots of beer.  However, this year my friends and I decided to switch it up a little by attending the AQUA EDM show at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island.  Live music, a beer garden, water holograms and a killer firework show made for a memorable night to celebrate the stars and stripes.

Fort AQUA was an awesome experience that I would recommend to anyone looking to have a good time.  I’ve been to my fair share of music shows and festivals, and I must say this one was one of the most unique.  It definitely ranks at the top for originality.

There are a few things that really separate this event from other music shows.  The first distinction being their use of the ‘stage’.  Typical venues will have a stage filled with giant screens for a graphic/video to be displayed on.  Fort AQUA provides a completely original stage made of water to create water holograms which float around the artist.  This is done by layering sheets of water with fountains and mist, in combination with lights, lasers and projections.  The results are mind blowing and a real game changer.

The fancy light show at a typical music festival is always nice, but what really differentiates the AQUA experience is their alignment with WATERisLIFE (WiL). WiL is an organization dedicated to providing clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene programs to villages and schools in desperate need.  AQUA’s partnership with WiL is truly amazing, as every ticket sold brings 36.5 days of clean water to a person in a Ghanian village.  To provide further means for donations, attendees could buy a rubber AQUA bracelet for $1.00 to donate further to the cause.

We should all support the mission to stop the water crisis and save the world.  AQUA is doing it right and being a leader in the efforts  to make a change.  They provide a fun and entertaining event for all ages to enjoy, while donating to an outstanding cause.  Often times we as Americans take water for granted. The efforts made by AQUA and WiL vastly highlight the fact that water really is life.

The U.S Open – Is Golden Brown the Future for Golf?

Two weekends ago, Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington, Oregon held the United States Golf Association (USGA) Men’s U.S Open.  For those who missed it, the hot topic of the weekend wasn’t about the exceptional play of golf, but instead was about the ‘poor’ conditions of the course.

While watching the tournament at the bar with my friends, I immediately noticed the golden-brown color of the grass, which greatly contrasted the luscious forest-green we saw at the Master’s in Augusta, Georgia.  Initially I criticized the USGA along with my friends, questioning whether these conditions are acceptable for a professional grade tournament. I was not alone in my remarks on the poor conditions of the course, as many players openly clamored about how hard it was to sink their putts.  Multiple players jokingly tweeted that the greens were like putting on broccoli or cauliflower.

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA – JUNE 21: Brandt Snedeker of the United States reacts to a missed putt on the 12th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

After countless 3 putts and shocking ball bounces, Jordan Speith rose up and took it all as winner of the Men’s U.S Open.  Congrats to Jordan Speith on his Win!

Let’s dive into the logistics of the Chambers Bay golf course and why we saw this infamous golden-brown grass.  The brownish looking grass used for this course is called ‘Fescue’, a slower growing grass that requires less water and is resistant to drought.  Fescue might not be the most attractive grass out there, but its environmental benefits greatly outweigh its ugly brownish hue.

Chambers Bay was designed to specifically combat the ‘Great Drought-Depression’ that the northwest has been seeing for the last few years.  The course uses reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and sewage from a nearby treatment plant fertilization.  These efforts earned the course a designation as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary.

Now knowing the benefits of Fescue grass, do you think the criticisms Chambers Bay and the USGA received is justified?  It’s hard to criticize a course for taking an initiative to improve the poor reputation with the golf industry and its overuse of water.  You can’t blame the USGA for aligning themselves with a course like Chambers Bay who has made great efforts to improve their environmental footprint.  The greens may have been tough, but as Rory McIlroy said, ‘It’s all mental; par is what you make it’.  Everyone is playing on the same greens and these tournaments are meant to be difficult for a reason. Adjusting to the circumstances is part being a professional and why these players are paid the big bucks.

If you ask my opinion, I would commend the USGA for choosing a course like Chambers Bay to host the Men’s U.S Open.  It shows a great commitment towards changing society’s mindset and working towards a better planet.  Our planet is delicate and the record low water levels in the Northwest are a testament to the Earth’s fragile state.  Leading by example is the only way we are going to change anything.  What we need to do is change mindsets.  In Europe, Fescue grass is very popular for golf courses where players see it as the norm.  For areas that are experiencing the 15 year ‘mega-drought’ it would be a good idea to adopt the same mentality as our European neighbors. But then again, what do I know about professional golf? I’m just a fan who’s happy playing bogey golf while attempting to save the planet.

The Change in Consumer Behavior – Water

How much would you pay for a bottle of water? $5? $10? $20?!

A water bar in Los Angeles is becoming quite famous with their extensive 46-page water menu, which includes a $20 bottle of water.

Now you may be thinking that $20 is ridiculous to pay for just water.  Well this is exactly what most Los Angeles residents thought when Martin Riese created the menu for the Ray’s and Stark Bar two years ago.  Fast forward to present day, business has grown 500% and his water menu has expanded to two other locations.

Let’s go back to the original question, “how much would you pay for a bottle of water?”;  I’d say it all depends on the type of lifestyle you are trying to live.  Customers of Riese’s water menu don’t mind paying a premium because they are very conscious of what they are putting into their bodies.

Many Americans are changing their behaviors and re-evaluating everything from the types of foods they are eating to the kinds of beverages they drink.  There is a health movement sweeping the nation, as people are becoming very cognizant of the unhealthy additives found in today’s popular foods and beverages. In the beverage industry for example, U.S consumers are replacing high calorie soft drinks with healthier alternatives.

For this reason, we are seeing a trend for demand on high quality premium water.  Water connoisseurs, like the ones who visit Riese’s bar, can taste the difference in water quality.  They know that the varying levels of ‘total dissolved solids’ (TDS), aka mineral content, will completely affect the flavor of the water.  These connoisseurs know that when water comes from a clean source, like a mineral spring, high TDS levels are favorable.

“[Customers] are going into the water menu, looking for different springs, saying ‘I like this, this has so much sodium, this has so much magnesium,’” — Martin Riese.

Do you fall into this health enthusiast category?  Are different types of water something you’ve ever considered?  We at Jala Artesian Mineral Water encourage you to think about this the next time you are parched and need an ice cold beverage.  Think about what your options are and question if there is a healthier choice.

You can read the full article about Martin Riese’s Water Menu here:

A Look Into The Real Problem With Plastic Waste

The American Journal of Public Health published an article in January 2015  explaining how the bottled water ban at the University of Vermont (UVM) was actually counter-productive in reducing plastic waste.  UVM originally aimed to reduce the amount of plastic bottles that ended up in waste streams by banning plastic water bottles from their campus.
It turns out that not only was this ban ineffective in achieving their goal to reduce plastic waste, but it actually contributed towards the consumption of unhealthy sugary beverages. The article states, “Per capita shipments of bottles, calories, sugars, and added sugars increased significantly when bottled water was removed.  With the removal of bottled water, consumers increased the consumption of less healthy bottled beverages.”
This article shines some light about the real problem at hand, people’s mindsets.  We as a society are very quick to judge and scrutinize a person, place, or, in this case, an industry. We need to help protect our environment from plastic waste, however our efforts should be focused on shifting mindsets and providing education about recycling. We should not focus on ostracizing an industry just because it is an easy scapegoat.
We often forget the importance of water and the essential health benefits it provides us.  It is a great zero calorie beverage that keeps our bodies well hydrated.  Bottled water is necessary in providing a healthy beverage alternative from soft drinks.  Let’s be smart, stay educated, and recycle.