Brilliant Gift Ideas Under $40 for a Healthy Life


Need some genius gift ideas for that healthy, eco-conscious person on your list? Try this list

Need some brilliant gift ideas for women? Especially the women you know who are healthy and eco-friendly? This list is sure to solve your problem. Many of these brilliant gift ideas would make great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.

More Brilliant Gift Ideas…

All Natural Scents by Givescent

GIVESCENT All Natural Perfume

So many perfumes and colognes contain ingredients like phthalates and formaldehyde which are harmful to inhale or absorb. But, it’s hard to give up wearing a scent, isn’t it? What’s the solution?

We found GIVESCENT, a company that makes products that are free of alcohol, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and sulfates. And, they support wonderful organizations that aid women including Women for Women International and Every Mother Counts. Five percent of each purchase goes to these worthy organizations.

Givescent Signature Scent is a captivating blend of sun-ripened citrus and spicy vanilla inspired by the first sultry summer days in Italy.

Givescent Azure is a tranquil beach scent with subtle notes of amber and musk inspired by long summer days on the coast of Southern California.

Givescent Green is an invigorating blend of bergamot, lemon, and mint inspired by the citrus groves of the Mediterranean.

Givescent Orange is a sensuous blend of bergamot, grapefruit, and musk inspired by summer afternoons on the coast of Sardinia.

Regularly $49.00 – On Sale While Supplies Last $39.99 BUY NOW

Wool Dryer Balls with Lavender

Dryer Balls with LavenderThese wool dryer balls are handmade, felted, unscented, and 100% wool. Includes a 1 oz. vial of pure lavender essential oil. The balls will dry your clothes 15-20% faster, soften your clothing, and help reduce static. The lavender scent is calming.

Dryer Balls work by circulating the air in the dryer which allows the air to reach more of the laundry more quickly, causing the clothes to dry faster. Using more balls increases their effectiveness.

You’ll need a minimum of 3 balls (4 or 5 is really better for larger loads) to get the benefits.

Simply place several drops of lavender essential oil on the wool balls for a relaxing and fresh laundry scent.

$33.99 BUY NOW

Bee’s Wrap – Plastic Wrap Alternative

Looking for a way to reduce plastic and keep cheese, bread, and vegetables fresher? Try Bee’s Wrap, the plastic wrap alternative. Start with this Assorted Set of 3 in small, medium and large and then come back for more!

The perfect alternative to plastic wrap! Wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl. Bee’s Wrap is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage.

Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and create a seal. When cool, the wrap holds its shape.

Reusable: Wash in cool water with mild soap. Lasts up to 1 year.

Made in the USA of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. Beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial properties.

Assorted Set of 3 includes:

  • 1 Small (7″ x 8″) wrap a lemon, avocado or small snack.
  • 1 Medium (10″ x 11″) wrap cheese, carrots, herbs or cover a bowl.
  • 1 Large (13″ x 14″) wrap half a melon, greens, baked goods or cover a bowl.

Watch the video to see how Bee’s Wrap works!

$18.00 BUY NOW

Organic Hydrating Mist

Hydrating Mist

Tones and hydrates with a refreshing blend of rosehip, ylang-ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion.

The perfect pick me up for dry winter months. Works for all skin types. Simply spritz Hydrating Mist on your face for a hydrating boost.


  • Tones & refreshes with resveratrol from organic grapeseed
  • Aromatherapeutic with pure essential oils of ylang-ylang & rosehips
  • Hydrates with organic aloe

Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene, sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, anything artificial and synthetic fragrances.

5 Star Rating.


Reusable Produce Bags

The perfect alternative to grocery store produce bags! Made of fine mesh with a drawstring. Machine washable and virtually weightless. Customers rave about these bags. Each bag can save over 1000 plastic bags.

These reusable bags are also great for bulk purchases like nuts. And, you can use them for making your own nut milk.

Reusable:  You can either wash by hand and hang to dry or use your washing machine and hang dry.

These reusable bags can easily save over 1000 plastic produce bags in its lifetime!


Assorted Set of 3 includes:


  • 2 Standard Size 11″ x 14″
  • 1 Large Size 14.5″ x 18.5″


$7.50 BUY NOW

Make Up Brush – Kabuki Brush

Honeybee Gardens Mini Kabuki Brush Bronzer:

Natural, sustainable bamboo handled luxury buffing brush has synthetic silky Taklon bristles, so it’s environmentally conscious and cruelty-free! 3.75 inches. Super soft and great for applying foundation, blush or blending eye color.

The extra bristle density holds minerals better than any other brush. The larger size and flat brush base make it MUCH easier to handle and work with than those little round brushes, and it’s at a price that can’t be matched.

A cosmetic necessity!

$12.99 BUY NOW

All Natural Bamboo Toothbrush & Holder

Brush with All Natural Bamboo. Set includes 4-pack of adult toothbrushes. 5 star rated by customers!

Every part of this product is plant-based: bristles, handle, wrapper, and box.

  • Soft bristles are made from a base of 62% castor bean oil (bio-based and recyclable, but not biodegradable). Bristles made in the USA.
  • The handle is made from 100% bamboo (organic and wild – no pesticides or fertilizers).
  • The wrapper around the toothbrush is plant-based and commercially compostable.
  • The box encasing the toothbrush is made from paper – no tape or glue is used.
  • Your bamboo toothbrushes can be used for just as long as plastic toothbrushes.
  • USDA Certified Biobased. Green American Certified. Vegan. BPA-Free. Natural and Non-toxic.



Set of 4 Toothbrushes $20.00 BUY NOW

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Thinksport Stainless Steel Insulated Sport Bottle

This is the perfect Stainless Steel water bottle. It’s double-walled and vacuum-sealed stainless steel – keeps contents hot or cold for hours. Perfect for hot or cold beverages – does not sweat (for cold contents) or burn your hand (for hot contents).

Its contoured design makes the bottle easy to hold and visually distinctive from the many straight-walled bottles. And, it has a removable mesh filter that keeps ice from blocking the drinking spout and allows users to conveniently brew tea on the go.Unsurpassed testing for material safety! Thinksport products undergo rigorous chemical and biologic testing to insure they do not contain toxic chemicals. Comes in a variety of colors.

Unsurpassed testing for material safety! Thinksport products undergo rigorous chemical and biologic testing to insure they do not contain toxic chemicals. Comes in a variety of colors. Also available in 16 oz. size.

$16.99 BUY NOW

All Natural Hand Sanitizer

It’s impossible to find hand sanitizer that is all-natural and free of harmful chemicals which is why you’ll love this sanitizer by MamaSuds.

It’s free of parabens, phthalates, and triclosan. Perfect for cold and flu season.

Put one in every handbag, lunch box, and backpack. Take one to your office to help your co-workers.

Also, works as a room spray in a pinch.

This hand sanitizer is made with Aloe Vera Gel Juice that your skin will love and witch hazel to dry quickly. No more waving hands in the air. No Triclosan is needed since essential oils are used instead including lemon, tea tree, and cinnamon leaf which ward off unwanted germs.

$6.25 BUY NOW

HoneyBee Gardens Luscious Lip Gloss

Enriched with Vitamin E, cocoa butter, olive oil and shea butter, Honeybee Gardens new paraben-free lip gloss is super-moisturizing. It provides long-lasting shine without the stickiness of conventional lip glosses.

Available in 5 shades.

Honeybee Gardens is one of only 300 companies WORLDWIDE to have achieved CHAMPIONSHIP status with the Environmental Working Group for clean, healthy product formulas. This lip gloss makes wonderfully healthy lips!

The entire line is gluten-free, and a good portion of the line is vegan.


$11.99 BUY NOW

On the Go Water Bottle Filter

Water Bottle FilterThis water bottle filters water as you drink. Perfect for travel, gym, office or camping in the backcountry. Great way to reduce bottled water waste!

The activated coconut shell carbon reduces toxic chemicals, heavy metals, microscopic pathogens, chlorine, sediment, and dirt. So it’s safe to use everywhere from the backcountry to the office. Whether you’re using tap OR river water, you’ll be drinking the freshest water around.

Best of all, there’s no need to squeeze the bottle to force water up thru the filter to the straw. Also, throw it in the dishwasher to clean. The filter is good for 100 gallons of pure drinking water.
• Safely cleans tap or river water
• Micron 3 rated activated coconut shell carbon filter
• Made in the USA
• Free of BPA, phthalates, lead, leaching chemicals
• 9.5 inches tall – 25 oz capacity

$24.95 BUY NOW

Need gift ideas for men? Try our new line of all natural Men’s Products by Alluvian.


The Complete Beginners Guide to Water Filters

The perfect guide for anyone trying to wade through the process of buying a water filter. This guide has everything you need to know. Click to read more or PIN to save for later.

If you’re like most people, you want to drink clean water but aren’t sure where to start. Or, perhaps you’ve looked into all the different types of water filters and found yourself totally confused. There’s a good reason for this! The information available is complex, sometimes misleading or conflicting and there’s so much to digest. Until now.

You don’t need to become a water quality expert to choose the best water filter. We’ve put together the basics on what you need to know.

Welcome to the Complete Beginners Water Filter Guide. You’ll learn why it’s important to drink filtered water, important considerations for choosing a water filter, and our top picks in our 2016 Water Filter Guide.

In this Guide, we’ll cover the following:

Let’s start with why it’s important to drink filtered water.

Tap Water Contaminants – It’s a Long List

If you think about it, your water department has a big job. Hundreds of contaminants end up in your water supply including:

  • Agriculture pesticides & fertilizers
  • Industrial pollutants
  • Urban runoff chemicals
    • Car emissions
    • Road surfaces
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Personal Care Products
    • Flame Retardants
  • Water treatment chemicals & their byproducts

It’s an overwhelming list especially since well-respected research has linked many of these contaminants to cancer, liver, kidney and nervous system problems.

So, it’s important to understand some of the shortcomings in the system that provides your drinking water. Here are our top 5 concerns about tap water and why it’s important to use water filters.

1. EPA Standards aren’t Stringent Enough

Did you know that the EPA sets two levels for water departments?

You are probably wondering how this works.

The EPA sets two measures; one standard is enforceable while the other is not.

  • The unenforceable standard is the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). The EPA sets the MCLG at a level where they expect no adverse health effects
  • The enforceable standard is simply called the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – this is often set higher than the goal

Think of the MCLG as considering your health and the MCL as considering your health and the costs of removing contaminants.

As a result, your tap water may have unhealthy levels of contaminants (exceeding MCLG), but still be meeting the enforceable standards (meeting MCL).

It’s a troubling thought, isn’t it?

Your water is not meeting the EPA experts’ standards for good health because the EPA also factored in the cost of meeting those safety levels.

To get an understanding of how this works, consider arsenic standards. The EPA classifies arsenic as a known human carcinogen. Its MCLG is 0.00 meaning that to avoid any adverse health effects, water should not contain any arsenic. However, arsenic’s MCL or enforceable level is 0.01 which allows water supplies to contain arsenic and meet standards.

You’re probably not on board with drinking arsenic–didn’t think so.

2. The EPA doesn’t Regulate ALL Pollutants (Not Even Close)

The EPA does not regulate all pollutants. In fact, a 2009 study detected 316 contaminants and a whopping 202 of those contaminants had no safety standards. About 132 million people in the US had unregulated pollutants in their tap water according to the study.

Admit it. You’d rather have safety standards for more contaminants.

You’d like to think that the EPA has selected the most dangerous contaminants to regulate, but there’s a constant stream of new chemicals being developed and an understaffed/underfunded agency trying to keep up.

The EPA is only regulating 1/3 of contaminants. Does that seem like enough to you?

3. Your Water Department isn’t Perfect

It’s possible that your water department is failing on certain regulatory standards.

People make mistakes. Processes fail. Equipment malfunctions. When these mistakes occur, they can negatively affect many people.

For example, from 2004-2009, the Environmental Working Group reports that water departments serving 53 million people failed to meet the goal for Trihalomethanes, a likely carcinogen, according to the EPA.

That’s a lot of imperfection.

4. Bad Stuff Can Happen Between the Water Plant and your Sink

Your water gathers contaminants between the water plant and your house, so even if you’re convinced that your water department is doing a perfect job, your tap water can be contaminated by the pipes that lead to your house or the pipes inside your home. This is precisely what happened in Flint MI and many other cities as well. Lead leached from the pipes and contaminated the water.

Five Things You Don't Want to Hear About Tap Water

You may think that lead pipes are a thing of the past. It’s true that lead water pipes are no longer used today, but many older lead pipes are still in service. And during a repair or change in water chemistry, these pipes can leach lead into tap water.

And, it’s not just lead that could be a problem. Other contaminants can end up in your drinking water as well.

So, as your tap water travels from your water treatment plant into your house, it can pick up contaminants along the way causing unsafe levels of lead and other contaminants.

5. Fluoride Levels May Exceed Healthy Levels

Tap water contains fluoride which can cause adverse health effects. A 2006 study of Fluoride in Drinking Water sponsored by the EPA recommended lowering the MCLG due to concerns about increased bone fracture rates and enamel fluorosis in children 0-8 years old. The committee unanimously recommended that the EPA set fluoride levels lower due to strong health concerns.

The committee also recommended further study about fluoride’s impact on thyroid and brain functioning.

Unfortunately, the MCL and MCLG are still set at 4 mg/L, an unsafe level according to the committee. For a full copy of the report, click here.

Seems hard to believe, right?

A huge study conducted by experts says that the fluoride goal is too high. And, ten years later, the goal still hasn’t been reset?

What Type of Water Filter is Best for You?

Now that you’ve learned about the EPA’s two standards, the burgeoning number of new, unregulated chemicals, the fallibility of your water department, the possibility of unsafe water pipe infrastructure, and the potential of having more fluoride in your water than is healthy, what’s next?

Well, you probably want to know how to get drinking water that you can trust. This next section explains the basics of water filter systems. The last section of the Water Filter Guide provides recommendations.

Water Filter Systems Basics

Almost all drinking water filters use some form of carbon filtration while the best and most effective purifiers use more than one type of filtration media. Why would products have more than one filter type? Because different filter types are effective at removing different types of contaminants.

The most common types of media are carbon and/or activated carbon, ceramic filters, metallic alloy, carbon block resin, and reverse osmosis membranes. Each filter medium has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, carbon filters are excellent at removing a broad range of contaminants but are completely ineffective at removing contaminants like Fluoride.

Water Purifier Product Types Explained – Gravity, Faucet, Counter Top, Under Counter & Whole House

There are many types of water purifiers to choose from. Let’s start with the Point of Use (POU) filter types. The simplest POU filters are Gravity-fed Pitchers or larger dispensers that you fill manually.

Then there are Faucet Filters that attach to your water spout and Counter Top Filters with a free-standing water filter unit that sits next to your sink and attaches to the end of your faucet via hoses. Both faucet and counter top filters have a diverter valve that engages the filter when you want filtered water. All of these filters are easy DIY solutions.

The next level in terms of installation difficulty is Under Counter Filters. These filters attach to your cold water line and provide filtered water to a separate, dedicated drinking water faucet (included with your filter). Under Counter Filters come with and without Reverse Osmosis (RO) filters. The RO filters need a separate holding tank for filtered water as well as a connection to your water waste line. These systems can either be installed by a handy homeowner, or by a plumber. Keep in mind that when you install a separate water faucet, you’ll need a hole cut in your countertop. A plumber can handle this for you.

A Point of Entry (POE) or Whole House System connects directly to your incoming water line and filters all the water to your home. A Whole House Filters has a high water flow rate, so it can’t filter out as many contaminants as a POU system. You’ll need a licensed plumber to install your Whole House Filter.

If you install a Whole House System, you’ll still need drinking water filter. Read How to Select a Whole House Filter for more information on why you need two systems.

Determining Effectiveness

How do you know which products are effective? The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with the National Science Foundation (NSF) have contaminant reduction standards for drinking water treatment units. When buying your filter, look for these NSF standards:

    • NSF Standard 42-Aesthetic Effects. This standard covers Chlorine, Taste and Odor, and Particulates.
    • NSF Standard 53-Health Effects. This standard applies to hazardous contaminants including microbiological (harmful cysts), chemical (disinfection byproducts, pesticides and herbicides, VOC’s, and MTBE’s), and particulate matter (lead, mercury, etc.).
    • NSF Standard 58-Reverse Osmosis. This standard applies only to RO systems and addresses Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and other hazardous contaminants.
    • NSF Standard 401-Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants. This standard covers up to 15 contaminants found at trace levels in public drinking water. These include certain prescription drugs as well as over the counter pain medications, pesticides, and herbicides not before targeted, and some new chemical compounds used in flame retardants, plastics, and detergents. All good things to remove from your drinking water!

It is important to note that although these standards cover many contaminants and set up MINIMUM reduction requirements, a product does not have to remove ALL of the contaminants to earn NSF certification. The filter only has to reach the minimum requirement for the contaminants claimed by the manufacturer to receive certification.

You Must Read the Fine Print, Really!

To compare filters you have to look not only for the NSF certification, but you need to check each filter’s Performance Data Sheet to find (1) the number of contaminants removed, and (2) the real level of reduction achieved. So while it is true that ALL CERTIFIED products meet minimum reduction requirements, some will perform better than others at removing contaminants.

This is where we come in.

We can help you make the best choices for you and your family. We’ve already read the performance results and performed the side by side comparisons, so you don’t have to. All you need to know is that all products that are certified to an NSF standard are not created equal, so you aren’t confused by marketing claims. Our Water Filter Guide will make your decisions much easier!

Choosing the Right Filtration Product Type For You

How do you choose the right type of filter? Here’s a quick outline of the options.

Pitchers and Gravity Fed Dispensers:

These filters are not connected to your plumbing, are free-standing and portable.

  • Easy set-up and operation, no installation necessary
  • Great to use at the office, in dorm rooms or in temporary living situations


  • Only filters small amounts at a time
  • Performance varies widely among pitchers; name brand pitchers only filter a handful of contaminants. However, we did find one brand that filtered as well as an installed water filter system.

Faucet Filters:

Faucet filters attach to the end of a standard kitchen or bathroom faucet and use a diverter for filtered water.

  • Easy to install and move, good for renters
  • Low cost


  • Will not work with many specialty faucets such as pull-out sprayers
  • Limited contaminant reduction; all the faucet filters we researched had the same limited performance much like the big name water pitcher filters

Counter Top:

These filters sit on the counter next to the kitchen or bathroom sink and connect via a small hose to the faucet.

  • Easy to install and move, good for renters
  • Easiest way to install a high capability filter


  • Aesthetics may not appeal to everyone
  • Will not work with many specialty faucets such as pull-out sprayers

Under the Counter Filters:

These are plumbed-in systems that connect to your cold water line under your sink and dispense filtered water through a second small faucet rather than the main faucet. You can install yours at your main kitchen sink or at a secondary sink like a wet bar.

  • High capability filter, installs under the sink and out-of-the-way
  • Dedicated drinking water faucet


  • Requires space under the kitchen sink
  • Requires a plumber or someone with basic plumbing skills to install

Reverse Osmosis Filters:

These are plumbed-in systems that connect to your cold water line and dispense filtered water through a second small faucet rather than the main faucet. Can be located at the main kitchen sink or at a secondary sink like a wet bar. Requires more space than just an under the counter filter to accommodate a separate filtered water holding tank.

  • High degree of filtration
  • Dedicated drinking water faucet


  • Cost – more expensive than other water filter systems
  • Space requirement due to separate holding tank

Whole House

These are systems that are plumbed-in through your main water line to reduce chlorine. With the addition of a water softening component, they will also reduce barium and radium typically.

  • Filters all the water coming into your house
  • Can soften hard water


  • Requires a plumber
  • Very limited capacity to remove other contaminants so a drinking water filter solution is typically needed/required

Our 2017 Recommended Water Filter Guide

Here’s our short list of the water filters we recommend. We’ve read the third-party lab reports and researched these products.

See why this high-tech brand of water pitchers and containers from the US-based company Propur comes so highly recommended. These pitchers and container water filters are so effective, they remove fluoride, lead, and other hard to remove contaminants. Find out more about these outstanding water filters and why they remove 10-20 times more contaminants than the big brands.


Propur Water Pitcher Filter


Propur Gravity Water Filters – Available in multiple sizes

The Propur Promax, Austin Springs and WaterChef counter top water filters are excellent choices. Portable, highly effective, certified to remove 50+ contaminants. See why the Propur PromaxAustin Springs and WaterChef filters are so highly recommended.

Our favorite Counter Top Water Filter is the new Propur Promax. It uses groundbreaking filtration technology that makes this filter as effective as a four stage Reverse Osmosis Filter! There is nothing else like this available. Learn more about the Propur Promax Counter Top Filter.


Propur Promax Counter Top

Austin Springs Counter Top Excellent Value

Austin Springs Counter Top Excellent Value

 WaterChef Counter Top

WaterChef Counter Top

Propur Promax and Austin Springs under counter water filters tested the best of all the under counter filters certified. See why the Propur Promax and Austin Springs filters are an excellent choice. Looking for a good value? Austin Springs is specially-priced at $94.99, over 50% off the regular price of $199.99.

Our favorite Undercounter Water Filter is the new Propur Promax. It uses groundbreaking filtration technology that makes this filter as effective as a four stage Reverse Osmosis Filter! Plus, it’s so much smaller than a Reverse Osmosis system that you’ll still have space under your kitchen sink for your all natural cleaning products. There is nothing else like this available.

Nothing else on the market compares to this filter.  Learn more about the Propur Promax Under Counter Filter.


Propur Promax Under Counter Water Filter System

Propur Promax Under Counter Water Filter System

Austin Springs Under Counter Water Filter System

Austin Springs Under Counter Water Filter System


If you’re looking for a Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Water Filter system, Aquasana’s reverse osmosis under counter water filter is in a class by itself. No other reverse osmosis and carbon filter system has three certifications, so you can trust it’s delivering clean water to your tap. It has a 4 stage filtration process and removes fluoride and other hard to remove contaminants. And, it comes with a remineralizer to replace the minerals removed by the RO filter.

With the introduction of the new Propur Promax Under Counter water filter, you no longer need to install these Reverse Osmosis multiple stage filter!  The Propur Promax is as effective as a four-stage filter and it’s less expensive to purchase and maintain. Plus, it’s so much smaller and won’t remove the minerals from your water like a Reverse Osmosis system.

Aquasana Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Water Filter System

Aquasana Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Water Filter System

If you still have questions after reading this Water Filter Guide, contact us. We’re happy to help you select the best water filter for your needs.

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Water Filters


The Best Way to Remove Fluoride and Pesticides from Tap Water

Want to remove fluoride? You've got 3 great options. Get the details by clicking to read the article or PIN to save for later.

One of our readers asked about a Fluoride Water Filter. She also wanted this filter to remove pesticides.

“I’m trying to upgrade from our Pur faucet mount and want to remove fluoride from our water with a new filter. But your app [Pure Living Space Water Filter Selector App] is pointing me to reverse osmosis, which I’ve read wastes a ton of water, so I’d like to find an alternative. We’re in farm country, so I want to be sure our filter takes out pesticides. Undersink is preferable, but we’ll do counter if it seems a better choice. I’m also interested in seeing the costs for replacement filters and how many gallons they’re good for. Thanks for your help! S.S.”

Best Way to Remove Fluoride & Pesticides from Drinking Water

Here’s our response about how to find and select the best fluoride water filter.

As you probably know, Fluoride is among a group of contaminants that is difficult to remove. Most water filters do not remove Fluoride. In fact, most water filters, especially the name brand water pitchers, only remove a handful of contaminants. If you want to drink the cleanest water, you need to look beyond the big box store brands.

Let’s take a look at several good options to remove fluoride and pesticides.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Carbon Water Filter System

Your first option is the Aquasana Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Filter system. A carbon filter alone will not remove fluoride and some other tough to remove contaminants, so you need the RO filter as well. We use this Aquasana system in our home. It’s one of the few that has three NSF certifications.

You may have read on our website that we only recommend water filters that have been tested by a certified third-party lab. This RO and Carbon Water Filter System passes that test with high marks. Remember to always read and compare the test results because even certified water filters perform at different levels.

The Aquasana RO system’s performance is impressive in terms of the % of contaminants removed, especially the % of fluoride it reduces. It compares favorably to other systems that may only reduce 50-70%. See the test results for this Aquasana water filter system.

It’s true that an RO system does waste some water, the equivalent of a couple of extra toilet flushes a day. The other concern many people raise is that an RO system strips out the good water minerals. However, with the Aquasana RO system, it has an added feature that remineralizes your water making that issue less of a concern to most people.

The annual cost of maintaining the RO system averages $177.

Propur Container Filters Remove Fluoride

Since you’re concerned about wasted water, you could choose one of the Propur container filters. These containers sit on your counter top. Just like a water filter pitcher, you fill the container with water and let gravity pull the water through the filter. The Propur container filters come in a variety of sizes from the Propur Water Pitcher Filter to the Propur Stainless Steel Water Filter Containers that range from 55 oz. to 4 gallons.

This is the only proven gravity filter we found that removes fluoride. Although Propur doesn’t have NSF certification, Propur’s filters were tested by a certified lab. They share their results on their site–not all water filter manufacturers choose to publish their test results. See the test results for the Propur Water Filter Containers.

We use the water filter pitcher when we travel and at the office. The only drawback is that it is slow! On the other hand, it’s removing as many contaminants as an RO/Carbon Filter, so it’s all a trade-off.

The other nice feature is that the Propur filter does not strip out healthy water minerals. Each filter lasts up to 6 months, so the annual filter cost is $80.

Propur ProMax Counter Top & Under Counter Water Filters Remove Fluoride – NEW Products!

Recently, Propur released an advanced filter that removes Fluoride and over 200 other contaminants. And, this filter exceeds expectations. It makes the RO and carbon filter systems obsolete.

The Propur ProMax Counter Top Water Filter attaches to any standard faucet without a pull-out sprayer. The Propur ProMax Under Counter Water Filter system installs under the counter taking up a fraction of the space that an RO system would occupy. The filter does not waste water, does not need electricity, and does not remove healthy water minerals.

These water filters reduce/remove a broad range of over 200 contaminants including VOCs, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, SVCs, disinfectants, inorganic non-metallics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, PFOA, PFOS, and micro-organisms.

Tested by a certified third-party lab to meet NSF 42, NSF 53, and NSF P231 standards. See the third-party lab results on this Propur ProMax Water Filter System.

The filters last about 9 months depending on usage, so the annual filter cost is $80.

Have a question for us? Contact us and Ask Pure Living Space. We’ll help research and provide answers.

How to Choose the Best Shower Filter for Good Health

Most shower filters aren't worth it. Discover how to choose the best shower filters that are good for your health. Click to learn more or PIN to save for later.

Most shower filters are not worth it. It’s a bold statement. But, it’s true. The reason is pretty simple.

Most shower filter manufacturers use outdated filter technology. These outdated shower filters primarily remove Chlorine and a handful of other contaminants.

So, what about the other 200+ contaminants in your water? The best shower filters use advanced technology that reduces more contaminants like VOCs, lead, heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides.

You won’t find that kind of performance with most shower filters.

Why are Most Shower Filters Ineffective?

Why is the effectiveness of most shower filters so limited?

The older filter technology is limited by water flow rate. For a shower, you need a water flow rate of 2.0-2.5 gallons per minute. If the rate is any lower, you’ll have to dance around in the shower to get clean. Most manufacturers use filter materials that allow for a fast flow with the downside of limited contaminant reduction. The older technology is only capable of removing Chlorine, rust and the rotten egg smell at that flow rate.

Sure, the shower filters worked great for people who simply wanted to remove Chlorine. But, what if your water department used Chloramines and not Chlorine to disinfect your water?

These filters are not designed to remove Chloramines or most other contaminants. And, more water departments are switching to Chloramines as a water disinfectant. An estimated 20% of water departments use Chloramines now as a water disinfectant.

Why a Shower Filter Matters

So, why bother with filtering your shower water? It matters because your shower produces significant amounts of airborne contaminants.

How does this happen? The heat and water spray from your shower creates airborne contaminants. These airborne contaminants create indoor air pollution. Studies show that inhaling these airborne chemicals is more dangerous than drinking the chemicals in unfiltered tap water.

These contaminants can increase your cancer risk, cause birth defects and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

It’s a troubling thought, isn’t it?

How to Choose the Best Shower Filters

To choose the best shower filters, look for advanced filter technology.

The best shower filters use advanced technology like the Propur Promax shower filter. It has a good flow rate (2.0 gallons/min) and removes over 200 contaminants. That’s 40-50 times more contaminants than most shower filters remove. It also helps improve odor and taste.

This filter is high-efficiency. It uses a proprietary filter media that targets specific contaminants.

The Propur Promax shower filters reduce contaminants like VOC’s, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, SVC’s, disinfectants (Chloramines & Chlorine), inorganic non-metallics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, PFOA, PFOS, and micro-organisms.

When choosing the best shower filters, you should also look for third-party testing. It’s easy for water filter manufacturers to make claims, so you want to see the third-party lab results from a certified lab. If the test results aren’t published, then don’t buy the filter.

The advanced filter technology has opened the door for healthier showers.

Are You Thriving or Merely Surviving?

Are you Surviving or Thriving?

By Dr. Ellen Albertson – Reprinted with permission from Dr. Ellen

Are you thriving or surviving? Be truthful. In the evening are you exhausted and just happy to have made it through another day? Are stress and worry; rather than joy, peace, and passion fueling your life? Then you’re probably surviving and not living in a state of optimal wellbeing.

There’s a huge difference between surviving and thriving. Survive means to “continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.” Thrive means to “prosper, be fortunate or successful, to grow or develop vigorously; flourish.”

Survive mode is characterized by:

  • Choosing the path with the least resistance
  • Experiencing lack rather than abundance
  • Reacting rather than responding
  • Complaining and blaming others for your circumstances
  • Feeling inauthentic and stuck
  • Fearing failure and viewing it as a sign that things are going wrong instead of seeing it as a necessary part of success

Thrive mode is characterized by what psychologist Martin Seligman refers to in his book Flourish as experiencing PERMA:

  • Positive emotions
  • Engagement and flow
  • Positive Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishment

Many women, especially at midlife, want to thrive, and yet the majority of us are simply surviving. We want to feel vital, passionate, energized and excited about life, but the sense of flourishing we felt in our 20s and 30s has vanished.

Why are we surviving rather than thriving? The two main reasons I see with my clients are fear and habit. We’re scared of stepping into our brilliance and facing the unknown. Or we’re comfortably uncomfortable, stuck in a routine that’s kind of working but certainly isn’t making us happy. As I’ve discussed in previous posts there’s a nagging sense that you’re running out of time as if a Divine alarm clock has gone off signaling: “Get your shit together now and make something of this wonderful life before it’s too late.”

So how do you move from survive mode into thrive mode? Fortunately, there are scientifically proven strategies you can use to live a vibrant, happier life. The first step is to admit you’re merely surviving and want to thrive. Like Maya Angelou make thriving your mission in life!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. –Maya Angelou

After you set an intention to THRIVE start using the 10 strategies below!

  1. Feel

Remember a period in your life when you were thriving. Spend time re-experiencing how thriving felt. Think about what you can do now to get that feeling back.

  1. The Gratitude Visit

This one’s simple, but effective. Think of someone who has had a major impact on your life and tell her how she’s helped you. You can send an e-mail, a letter, call or visit.

  1. Exercise

Engage in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day. You’ll improve the health of your brain and body and feel more vital and energized.

  1. What Went Well

Every evening write down three things that when well in your life AND what you did to make them happen. (This is one of my favorite exercises in Seligman’s book.)

  1. Welcome change and challenges

Be optimistic. Rather than avoiding change and challenges welcome them as powerful tools to help you grow and learn. Believe that you have the resources and ability to thrive when faced with change and challenges. Not challenged? Do something that scares you. Click HERE for ideas.

  1. Discover your strengths

Make a list of your strengths. (Ask someone to help you or take Seligman’s FREE VIA Survey of character strengths test by clicking HERE.) Once you identify your strengths find new ways to use them.

  1. Increase positivity

According to psychologist Barbara Fredrickson experiencing more positive emotions when we interact with others is key for wellbeing. Be positive when you interact with others and encourage others to do the same for you. Surround yourself with people who are positive, thriving and supportive and limit your exposure to people who are negative

  1. Savor

Take the time to savor all life’s joys and pleasures. When something good happens to you take it all in. Be mindful. Slow down. Pause for a moment to take in the good around you. Congratulate yourself when you do well. Spend time with people you love. Fill your life with pleasure and give yourself permission to enjoy.

  1. Increase flow experiences

Flow, also known as being in the zone, is the mental state where you are fully engaged, focused and involved in an activity. Find at least one activity (such as dancing, painting, singing, bird watching, hiking, playing a game or instrument, writing….) that puts you in this state of enjoyment. Do it several times a week.

  1. Be kind

imgresOne of the most powerful ways to thrive is simply being kind. Being kind is easy. Yet doing a kind act creates a powerful, scientifically proven increase in wellbeing. Don’t take my word for it, experiment with kindness today. Find one completely unexpected kind thing to do and just do it. Notice how your mood shifts. For ideas click HERE. And don’t forget to be kind to yourself. It’s a fabulous way to practice self-compassion.

Set an intention TODAY to thrive rather than merely survive. Yes, choosing to thrive will push you out of your comfort zone and may feel harder than surviving especially initially. But is surviving really that comfortable?

Need help thriving? Click HERE to contact Dr. Ellen and schedule a complimentary coaching session.

About the Author

Dr. Ellen Bio

Dr. Ellen is a Psychologist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Wellcoach® and Reiki Master. The Glow & Grow Coach, Dr. Ellen teaches women at mid-life how to harmonize the dance of their lives with the song in their hearts and flow with grace, beauty and ease. She’s passionate about helping others let go of who they think they’re supposed to be & embrace who they are.
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