Health benefits of aloe vera water

What first seemed like just another passing fad and a trendy product amongst yuppies, has not only remained in the public limelight for some time now, but it has also increased in popularity throughout the country. No, we’re not talking about a water machine dispenser or some teeny bobber singing sensation whose face is plastered on everything from billboards to cereal boxes. We’re talking about aloe vera water.

Much like coconut water, the consumption and popularity of aloe vera water has risen significantly in recent years. As a result, consumers will find a variety of brands as well as different flavours in most major retail outlets. And, if you have a water machine for home and enjoy making your own flavoured water, you can find several recipes for aloe vera water online.

These days quite a few people are opting to enjoy either a refreshing cool drink from a water machine or a glass of fruit juice or even a bottle of aloe vera water as opposed to other soft drinks on the market. One of the main reasons for this is that aside from being refreshing, all these other beverages are considered a healthy alternative to soft drinks.

Health benefits of aloe vera water

  • Antioxidant properties.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Aids the digestive system.
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Good for the skin.
  • Helps fight bacterial and viral infections.
  • Contains several minerals as well as vitamin C and vitamin B-12.

If you are considering adding aloe vera water to your diet, first speak to your doctor, especially if you are on any medication or using other vitamin supplements. Aloe vera water should not drunk by people who are allergic to any of the ingredients.

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Water, water, everywhere

If you live anywhere around Johannesburg, or have switched on the news at any time over the past week, you’re sure to have heard about the flash floods that gripped Gauteng during the second week of November. Sadly, there were several fatalities and many homes and businesses were damaged during the storms.

After months of experiencing a hard-hitting drought, many people breathed a collective sigh of relief when the rain started to fall. However, does the heavy rainfall mean the drought is over once and for all?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Despite the heavy thunderstorms, we’ve only just begun the recovery process and we still need to keep water conservation as a top priority.

Reports have stated that since Monday, November 14, the Vaal Dam is now registering at 30% capacity. Although this is a marked improvement, it’s still a far-cry from the 50% we desperately need in order to reach a sustainable level.

This is due to the fact that not nearly as much water fell in the catchment areas for the Vaal Dam as we saw falling throughout Johannesburg. Fortunately, a substantial amount did make its way to the dam.

As a result of the drought and the low water levels, the sluice gates of the Sterkfontein Dam were recently opened in order to send desperately needed water to the Vaal Dam.

As South African citizens, we need to always remember that we live in a country that is prone to dry spells and the threat of water shortages is always a possibility. As a result, everyone is reminded to continue using water sparingly.

Residents need to make the most of storms when they occur and leave out buckets to collect rain water which can be used at a later stage. Rain water which is collected during storms can be used to water plants, wash cars, flush toilets and much more – all without having to turn on your taps once.

Water restrictions are still in place as well as low water pressure within our homes. However, by remaining vigilant, we can allow the current weather cycle to boost our water supplies up to a reliable and constant level.

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Aquazania gives generous donation to those in need

It is said that a person or a business can be measured by how they act during a crisis. Aquazania recently proved their worth when they reached out and gave a generous donation in order to assist victims of the devastating flash floods which hit the country.

During the first weeks of November, South Africa was hit hard by severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Sadly, several people lost their lives and a large number of homes, businesses and vehicles were badly damaged.

Saddened by the tragic plight of all those who had lost their homes, Aquazania decided to take action and assist. In response to the disaster, Aquazania donated 400 of their 22 litre bottles of purified water to staff members from Busamed Private Hospital Orthopaedic and Oncology Centre, who are working tirelessly and doing their best to help victims of the flash floods. The hospital is being assisted by the caring officials from Gift of The Givers. Aside from the 400 bottles of water from Aquazania, Busamed and Gift of the Givers also donated food hampers as well.

To see more photos of the generous donation and the handover, take a look at Busamed’s Facebook page.

Hartbeespoort Dam Hit by Sewage Spill

 “Harties” isn’t just a quick weekend escape for Joburger’s and a place where they can take their boats and enjoy a leisurely weekend out on the water. It is in fact, one of the most important water sources we have.

Now, we know that all tap water delivered to us undergoes stringent testing in order to reach acceptable levels of purification before it can be classified as safe to drink. Unfortunately, the current state of Hartbeespoort Dam might just change how closely we keep an eye on water treatment.

In September, the Kormorant reported that a sewage pipe had burst between the pump station by the Transvaal Yacht Club and the Bird Sanctuary, which is west of the Schoemansville Oewer Club, and that sewage was allegedly pumped into the dam. Watch the video of the burst pipe here.

At the beginning of November, EWN reported that there was a sewage spill at Hartbeespoort Dam, originating from the Jukskei River, in Gauteng. According to the report, several weeks ago residents from the area were complaining about the discolouration of the water and a terrible smell. Upon inspection, it was discovered that there was a massive spill stemming from Leeuwkop Prison and Northern Waterworks.

See the video, originally posted on EWN, and see how locals are impacted in the North West.

Not only is this a foul smelling and unsightly problem, residents and councillors are also concerned and worried about the potential health risks if the water is ingested by humans or animals. The sewage spill has had a damaging impact on the eco-system, especially for fish and birds and other water-dependant life forms. It has also had a negative effect on tourism and the farming industry.

In the midst of an ongoing water crisis, the last thing we need is for the small amount of water that is readily available to us to be contaminated.

Have you seen Hartbeespoort Dam since the sewage spill was reported? Share your thoughts.

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Water Rationing Now a Reality

After several warnings in the media, people’s worst fears have finally become a reality and water rationing has been implemented. The metro will begin with water rationing measures from Monday, November 7, 2016.

Due to several factors, including non-compliance from some businesses and homes, the Vaal Dam levels have dropped to 25%. This comes after residents and business owners were requested to reduce their water usage by 15%. On Friday, November 4, Germiston City News reported that residents who took it upon themselves to try and save water, managed to save, on average, 3.5% a week. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, the metro now has to take drastic measures.

What Is Water Rationing?

While this is still a relatively new concept, it is similar to load shedding – a measure South Africans are all too familiar with. In essence, water supplies will be temporarily cut off in certain areas for set periods of time. The suggested cut-off times are between 21:00 and 05:00. If we do not heed the warnings and drastically conserve water, we could see these restrictions spill over into daytime hours.

Citizens will be penalised if they do no adhere to the existing restrictions, such as not watering gardens from 06:00 – 18:00, not filling swimming pools and not using hose pipes to wash cars.

We recently saw a water supply interruption in high-lying areas of Kyalami as reservoir levels dropped drastically. Water pressure levels have been reduced throughout all major city areas in an attempt to conserve the little we have left.

While rainfall is predicted in abundance in the coming months, there is no sure-fire way to say when we, as South Africans, can breathe a sigh of relief and see the drought come to an end. Businesses are urged to reassess priorities and switch off any water-powered devices which are not entirely necessary.

Businesses operating with car washes on their premises are urged to section off that area and discourage their employees from unnecessarily washing their cars, inside and outside of business hours.

The situation is dire and everyone is urged to start saving water now.

For more information on water restrictions and water rationing, visit www.ekurhuleni.gov.za

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Bottled Water and your Brand

Summer has finally arrived and your staff and clients are thirsty!

With this in mind, you’ll want to contact your favourite bottled water suppliers in South Africa so you can stock up for the hot months ahead.

Stay hydrated at all times

Having access to bottled water is not only convenient for everyday life, but its healthy too. Adding bottled water to children’s lunch boxes (and yours as well), is a much healthier alternative to sugary fruit juices and soft drinks.

If you are a regular at your local gym, then it is important to remember to stay hydrated when you are working out. By contacting bottled water suppliers in Johannesburg, you can arrange to have bottled water on hand for anytime of the day.

Don’t forget about the office

Have you ever thought of how quenching people’s thirst at work could help market your brand?

By contacting bottled water suppliers you can stock up on branded water bottles for the office. These can be given to clients and guests when they arrive at your place of business, ensuring that you leave a lasting impression with them.

It is more convenient to give out a bottle of water at a function as opposed to a glass of water. If clients aren’t feeling thirsty, then they can save the bottle for later on during the day. In this weather, clients will appreciate being given a bottle of water, especially if they have been traveling in a hot car and still have other places to go.

Having branded bottles of water is a unique and innovative way of marketing your business or company. It also serves as a great ice breaker when meeting people for the first time.

If you are looking for water bottle suppliers Gauteng has some of the best around.

So, when you are planning your next big company event, especially if it is in summer, consider getting branded water bottles. Networking can be thirsty work, but by planning ahead, you can quench your clients’ thirst and get noticed at the same time.

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Rely on an Expert Water Supplier to Spot You When Exercising

Summer is officially here and with the warmer mornings, many people are starting to shake off their winter lethargy and are now focused on exercising and getting fit. If you are one of the multitude who are getting in shape for the season ahead, then you mustn’t forget to stay hydrated. Next to doing warm-up stretches, staying hydrated is one of the most important factors when doing any type of exercise. With a top quality water dispenser by your side, you can stay refresh and hydrated for those vigorous exercise sessions.

It is a well-known fact that when you exercise you sweat. As a result, it is vital for you to replace the lost fluids in order to not become dehydrated. By finding a quality water dispenser for sale, you can quench your thirst and continue to keep momentum during your work out. According to experts, a person must drink water before they work out, while they exercise and afterwards when they are cooling off. By keeping your water dispenser bottle topped up at all times, you won’t run the risk of running dry during each stage of your work out.

While a water dispenser price is quite reasonable, the cost of dehydration on your overall health is another matter entirely. Water not only regulates your body’s temperature, but it also gives you energy, lubricate your joints and helps transport important nutrients around your system. By not drinking enough water when you exercise, you are at risk of becoming dehydrated. Not only will a lack of water decrease your performance, it can also lead to cramps, decline in concentration, heatstroke and exhaustion.

Depending on what type of exercise you will be doing, you can also look at adding an electrolyte formula to you water in order to help replace the sodium, potassium and magnesium which is lost through sweating.

So if you have a strict exercise programme in place, then make sure you contact professional water dispenser suppliers to spot you while you work out.

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Is South Africa’s Drought Over?

Recently, during the last few weeks of October, we have seen a welcome spate of heavy downpours throughout the country. After months of dwindling water supplies and stern warnings in the media for us to conserve water, the rainfall has brought us a lot of relief.

But, are we still disillusioned with the state of the water in our country? Some may say so, and here’s why.

Constant rainfall

While we have been offered a respite with the recent storms and even a few hail storms (like the one reported in Bloemfontein), what we really need in order to recover from the drought is constant rainfall.

Heavy storms may appear to deposit a lot of water into the ground, but because the soil in most areas has been affected by the drought for so long, the soil is unable to fully absorb as much as it should. A lighter and more constant rainfall, spread out over time, will see an increased ability for the ground to retain water and the resurgence of crops increase.

Catchment Areas

Location, location, location. While it may rain cats and dogs throughout the country, we desperately need the catchment areas to be sufficiently filled in order for us to recover properly from this crisis. The Orange River in the Free State is the largest catchment area for the Vaal Dam, so rainfall in that region may actually be more beneficial to us in Gauteng than localised storms may be.

According to Rand Water, the Vaal Dam’s catchment area covers 38 505 square kilometres and has the capacity to hold 2575 million cubic meters of water. Under normal circumstances, when there has not been a substantial inflow, this amount of water will last for two years.

How can we help?

We must strike while the iron is hot if we want to make the most of the rain. Put some large plastic buckets, baths and bowls outside to collect rain water. You can pour this into watering cans and water your gardens during dry spells.

You can also use collected water to flush toilets and wash cars. By doing so, you will drastically help reduce the usage of municipal water.

Try to recycle and reuse whatever water you can and, if possible, try avoid switching on taps as we need to conserve this precious resource of ours. Don’t forget the water restrictions!

It is important to keep this in mind each time you switch on a tap: The Vaal Dam is still sitting below 30%. So, until it has reached a safe and sustainable level, each and every South African citizen is responsible for doing their part to save water.