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How clean if the air you are breathing in RIGHT NOW? You might be shocked to SEE what you are breathing in

Clean Air

 

We all breath. Well, if you are a healthy individual you do.

Breathing is something natural that our bodies do. We don’t even realize we are doing it. It just happens.

I’m pretty sure most of us don’t give much thought to what we are breathing in either. Yes, we do breath air, but what else is in the air?

You can usually tell if something bad is in the air when you smell something (like paint fumes, burnt toast or wet dog). But what about when the air you breath seems clean and fresh? How clean is it REALLY?

I have reviewed many air purifiers in hopes of relieving our asthmatic cats allergen triggers, and to make the air my family breaths a bit cleaner. The only problem is I can’t actually SEE if they are doing what they are supposed to do. I am not a scientist and I don’t have any high tech equipment to but the units to the test.

Air Angel

A few months ago I was sent to review a product called Air Angel. Air Angel is a compact, mobile air “cleaner” that helps to destroy up to 99% of allergens, odors and germs in the room. Air Angel is by the brand Air Oasis.

I am all for cleaning the air we breath. I am also desperate to find out what triggers our cats asthma attacks so that I can help relieve them.

When I received the Air Angel to review I also received two test kits. Each kit was to test the air that we breath before and after using the Air Angel.

The tests were easy to do. Simply pour a special solution in a petri dish, leave it out for the recommended time, then close it up, date it and put it away some place where it can be undisturbed for a few days.

I wasn’t expecting much, that is until I saw the results. I was HORRIFIED! I don’t know what I was looking at in the petri dish. It resemble and alien forest with fuzzy white things and dark blobs.

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Ewww!!!! What are we breathing?

I did this test in my kitchen. My kitchen and bathroom are usually the cleanest rooms in our home because I am constantly cleaning them. How is it that this mold and whatever it is showed up in the air? I am MORTIFIED!

I used the Air Angel as directed in the kitchen for the recommended amount of time and did the test again. To my surprise the second air quality test (done after using the Air Angel) produced stunning results. While there were a few specs here and there in the petri dish it looked nothing like the pre-Air Angel test.

AMAZING! Even my husband said we need to get an Air Angel for every room in our home because of what he saw when we compared the results of both tests.

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How is this stuff in the air we breath? We don’t see it. We can’t taste it. Not to mention how long have we been breathing this stuff in? My kids and our pets too.

If I didn’t see the results for myself I would have never believed it. I appreciate that Air Oasis sent along the two tests kits for me to see for myself. Seeing truly is believing.

The Air Angel is a portable unit that you can take with you when you travel (imagine what you are breathing in at hotels?). The device can clean the air up to 250 square feet which would be about the size of a common nursery, bedroom, playroom and hotel room. There is even an adapter (included) that allows you to use the Air Angel in the car.

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Air Angel’s cutting-edge technology helps protect against germs, viruses, allergens, and harmful pollutants in the air and on surfaces around them.

According to the brand’s website;

The Air Angel works by utilizing the AHPCO (advanced hydrated photocatalytic oxidation) technology developed by NASA and enhanced by our Air Oasis research and development team, including Dr. Jeff Bennert, Jon Bennert, and Dr. Nabarun Ghosh.

The AHPCO technology works by destroying germs as they pass through UV light. The light rays then react with the AHPCO catalyst to produce catalytic molecules, which seek out and destroy odor-causing carbon-based molecules. These molecules are then converted into carbon dioxide and water-replacing harmful allergens in the atmosphere with fresh, clean air.

You can’t see this happening. All you see are the unit and a few lights to let you know it’s working and doing it’s job.

For the most part Air Angel is silent. You can hear a bit of whooshing air when it’s on high, but it’s more of a “white noise.” I barely ever notice it.

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The Air Angel has three settings – Low, Medium and High. I keep ours on medium usually.

There was no set up to speak of. Just remove the unit from it’s packaging and plug it in. That’s it! You can easily move it from room to room too. It’s also small enough to put on your desk at work.

Honestly, the only downside would be the price. Air Angel sells for $249.99 on the Air Oasis website. Although I’m convinced it’s worth ever penny, it might not be as “budget friendly” for others (myself included).

Air Oasis does sell larger units (one that covers up to 3,000 square feet). I’m going to save up to try and buy a bigger unit so that I know our entire home is full with clean air and not just the kitchen.

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If you would like to learn more about Air Angel or other products from Air Oasis please visit www.AirOasis.com. You can also check out the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Google+). The links are found on the top right of their website.

Air Oasis products are also made right here in the United States. It’s always great to support American made products.

What do you think about the Air Angel? Does it sound like a product you would want for your home?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

 

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New Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste

 

Teeth and toothbrush

I wish I knew more about oral care when I was a young girl. Growing up my mom just made sure I brushed my teeth once a day (usually in the AM). There was never any talk about brushing more than once per day. There was no dental floss or mouthwash. I also went to the dentist once a year instead of the recommended twice a year (every six months). As a result I am not suffering from a variety of tooth issues.

I made extra certain my kids took good care of their teeth since the day the first one popped up. They go to the dentist every six months. They brush 2-3 times per day. They floss and they use an oral rinse. As a result my kids have really good teeth. My son had one cavity when he was younger and my daughter had to have a baby tooth surgically removed (and braces) but aside from that their check ups are always really good.

As for me, I feel like the damage is done and all I can do is hope and pray nothing bad happens. In fact, this week I have to have root canal so my dentist can put a crown on a tooth (molar) that literally broke in half. Ugh!

If only there was a way to go back in time. I would have taken better care of my teeth so I could have avoided all of these problems as an adult.

Colgate has added a new product to their Colgate Total portfolio to help reverse early damage to teeth and gums. It’s called Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste.

Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste

With the new Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste, consumers are encouraged to be proactive about their oral health. The toothpaste contains a multi-active formula that helps repair early teeth and gum damage before many may even know it exists. Consumers who add the new toothpaste to their daily oral care routine will benefit from stronger enamel and healthier gums.

Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste re-mineralizes weakened enamel to help prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Additionally, the toothpaste kills bacteria that causes gingivitis to promote healthy gums and protect against cavities, plaque and tartar. Finally, it also whitens teeth and freshens breath.

“Many consumers wait until they see visible signs of teeth and gum damage before they act,” said Philip Durocher, Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Oral Care Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive. “With Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste, consumers are able to take the important first step towards better oral health – there’s no need to wait until it will be too late.”

Where has this toothpaste been all my life? Maybe if I had something like this sooner I wouldn’t have all the oral issues I am having as an adult.

Think of Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste as a way of helping to heal and protect against further damage – the same way you use conditioner for damaged hair, lotion for cracked skin or anti-aging creams to help reverse fine lines and wrinkles.

Colgate Daily Repair Toothpaste works to reverse early gum issues by helping to prevent gingivitis and remineralizes early enamel damage to strengthen teeth and help prevent cavities.

Gingivitis is something that worries me too. Occasionally I see blood when I am brushing my teeth and I always worry it’s Gingivitis (usually I just brushed too hard – the dentist says I don’t have Gingivitis THANKFULLY).

This toothpaste tastes just like regular Colgate Total toothpastes. I like that it freshens your breath too. Fresh breath is so important, especially when you are constantly talking to people face-to-face.

I know that some damage to my teeth is irreversible, but other issues can be stopped and prevented with regular use and other proper oral health procedures (flossing, oral rinse, regular check ups). If I can prevent future damage simply by switching to Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste, I’m certainly going to.

You can find Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste a mass retail, grocery and drug stores nationwide. It’s available in a 4.0oz and 5.8oz tube.

If you would like to learn more about this and other Colgate Total products please visit visit www.ColgateTotal.com/DailyRepair.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Do you or someone you know have Type 2 Diabetes?

 

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Do you require prescription medications or supplies? If so you know how expensive they can be. Even if you have a decent insurance, chances are you have to pay some kind of a co-pay which adds up over time.

I stop by the pharmacy on a regular basis to pick up medications and syringes – medications for my family and syringes to provide insulin to my diabetic cat. Yes, even cats can have diabetes.

I have diabetes. Let me tell you it is a very expensive medical condition to have. It’s not just the pricey prescription monitor, it’s more so the expensive test strips that really get me. Why are they so expensive?

I had my first bout with diabetes when I was younger. The doctor said if I lost weight it might go away for a while but would return if I gained weight or when I got older. Thankfully it went away for a long time. I did develop gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my daughter but after she was born things returned to normal.

When I hit my 40’s the diabetes returned. Sadly I’ll have to deal with it for the rest of my life at this point.

Not only do I have to watch what I eat and drink, I also have to test my glucose levels 2-3 times per day. My fingers have been pricked so many times that the skin is hard and there are little marks all over them. Testing my levels is probably the worst part about this (other than the expense).

My mother in law had diabetes too. Her insurance was not as good as the one we currently have so it cost her a lot when she picked up her supplies. She essentially had to pay cash for all her supplies. Being a single, retired senior made it hard for her.

It’s such hassle to have to get my prescription renewed for more test strips when I run out. I wish I could just go to the store and get them when I need them. Why do I need a prescription for them? Sigh…

If you have diabetes, or know someone who does, I am sure you can relate to the hassle of prescriptions and the huge expense.

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Have you heard of the FreeStyle Precision Neo system? I’m actually very excited about this product line. It’s a blood glucose monitoring system that can be purchased over the counter. In addition the test strips are available over the counter too – no prescription needed. That means you can purchase them when you need them and not have to worry about the hassle of prescriptions.

The FreeStyle Precision Neo meter is easy to read and requires no coding (I don’t like coding new monitors). It provides you with results in 5 seconds. It can also store up to 1,000 tests so that you can share the information/results with your doctor. It’s also slim and lightweight so that you can carry it with you.

The FreeStyle Precision Neo meter is surprisingly very affordable (cheaper than the monitor I was prescribed). Not only that, the test strips for the Freestyle Precision Neo system are also priced much cheaper than most prescription text strips.

FreeStyle is NOT a generic brand. It’s actually a very well known brand.

If you would like to learn more you can also check out the FreesStyle YouTube page. The FreeStyle Precision Neo Blood Glucose Monitoring System is a whole new kind of easy for people with Type 2 diabetes. The super slim, lightweight meter delivers accurate results from a small blood sample. Test strips are available over the counter without a prescription. Visit FreeStylePrecisionNeo.com to get a coupon to make that meter purchase even easier!

The FreeStyle Precision Neo Blood Glucose Monitoring System is a whole new kind of easy for people with Type 2 diabetes. The super slim, lightweight meter delivers accurate results from a small blood sample. Test strips are available over the counter without a prescription. Visit FreeStylePrecisionNeo.com to get a coupon to make that meter purchase even easier!

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Kimberly

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FreeStyle. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Clean you phone with Phone Soap (trust me, it’s not what you think it is)

 

Germs

Germs – they are all around us. Every single thing you touch has germs on it, even bacteria and other things you would rather not think about.

I’m not a “germophobe,” but I do take care to rid my home of as many nasty germs and other things that can make you sick. For example, I wipe down or spray door handles, remote controls, light switches, car keys and other household items with Lysol spray or wipes. I don’t consider my home truly clean if I haven’t wiped or sprayed for germs. I’d like to think that I’m helping to protect my family.

Even when we go out publically I do my best to make sure what we handle is free and clear from germs. I know it’s not always possible, but I do the best I can.

These days most people have their cell phone practically glued to their hands. Are you one of those people?

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Do you ever stop to think about the surfaces you put your phone down on – the public restroom sink, your own bathroom sink, restaurant tables, bus seats, your desk at work… You have to put your phone down eventually. Do you know exactly what is on those surfaces you are resting your phone on? I bet a lot of them are covered in germs, bacteria and who knows what else.

People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom. – – Dr. Cain, Wall Street Journal.

When people in New York City were asked which they thought was dirtier — the sole of your shoe, a toilet seat or a cell phone — the answer was overwhelmingly the toilet seats. But they were wrong — your cell phone is more filthy. – ABC News

1 in 6 mobile phones is contaminated with fecal matter. – CNN

I bet after reading the above not-so-fun facts you put your cell phone down. LOL!

Due to the nature of the cell phone it’s not easy to give it a good cleaning. You can wipe them down, but that doesn’t mean you are getting rid of the germs or bacteria.

So how are we to sanitize our cell phones?

Introducing Phone Soap, a new way to clean and sanitize your cell phone.

Phone Soap

Phone Soap is NOT actually a soap. It’s just a fun name they gave to the product.

Phone Soap is a small “box” that you rest your cell phone in. When the lid is closed a UV light comes on. The UV light helps to kill germs and bacteria. The light does not heat up so there is no worries about it harming your phone.

I know UV lights are effective for killing germs and bacteria. I have read about it and seen it on TV. Since I am not a scientist I’ll share with you the information about how Phone Soap works from their website.

The two UV-C lamps in PhoneSoap Charger produce a very specific wavelength of light which encompass your phone and pass through the cell walls of bacteria and virus to impair their DNA. Once the DNA is compromised, the cells die and can no longer cause infections or disease. The best part, PhoneSoap Charger kills “SuperBugs” that have developed resistance to the chemicals and antibiotics that used to be effective.

Phone Soap is not as “high tech” as it would seem. It’s a small box that you plug in. There is no coding you need to set up, no connecting to your Wi-Fi – Nothing! Just plug it in to any outlet and you are ready to start destroying all those icky things living on your phone.

Check out just how easy Phone Soap is to use;

Phone Soap Instructions

Step 1: Lift the lid.

Step 2: Place your phone inside.

Step 3: Plug in your phone if you want it to charge. (Optional)

Step 4: Close the lid. Sanitizing begins and ends automatically. A blue indicator will let you know when the sanitizing is complete.

Step 5: Feel happy because you won’t get sick from your phone.

Step 6: Tell everyone how happy you are that your phone is clean.

It’s so easy – anyone can use Phone Soap.

Phone Soap was built to accommodate most smartphones, even the larger ones. It also has good acoustics so you can hear your phone’s alarm because most likely you’ll want to clean your phone overnight and you wouldn’t want to miss your morning wake up alarm.

I don’t have a way to test the effectiveness of Phone Soap, but I have to believe that it works based on the scientific experiment video found on their website.

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My whole family has been using Phone Soap. We take turns. Since the kids are home from school for the summer they use it during the day and my husband and I use it at night.

Knowing what can be found on my phone I will do whatever I can to reduce my risks of getting ill.

There are more gross statistics and information found on the Phone Soap website too. Trust me, when you read it you’ll never look at your phone the same way again.

Phone Soap can be used to sanitize other household items too. As long as it fits in the case it will work.

If you would like to learn more about Phone Soap, or make a purchase, please visit PhoneSoap.com. You can also check out Phone Soap on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

When you visit the site be sure to check out all the videos and additional information about the risks of the germs found on your phone.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating- Healthy meals for busy people

 

Dinner

My family and I are in a meal time “rut.” We tend to eat the same meals week after week and we’re ALL bored with them. I keep meaning to look through my cookbooks for something new to try, but I am always so busy and forever on the go-go-go that I simply have not had the time. If only I could squeeze and extra hour or two into my day.

Another problem I have it not always having the time to prepare the meals I want to. Often I am in a rush and grab for the first thing I see, which admittedly is not always the best option. I usually keep quick and easy things to prepare in the freezer like chicken strips, frozen stuffed shells and pizza.

I WANT to eat healthier, and I want to create better meals for my family. Don’t get me wrong – we do eat good most of the time. There are just those days where healthy eating gets trumped by something that is quick and easy to make.

My husband always jokes with me that we should hire a gourmet chef to cook for us. I like that idea or else have healthy and delicious meals prepared for us and waiting at my front door for me when I get home from work. Wouldn’t that be nice. Actually… it is possible! A company called Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating delivers gourmet, delicious and healthy meals right to your door.

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating sources the highest-quality ingredients to create an appetizing array of freshly prepared meals that adhere to current nutrition guidelines. Favorite Sutton family recipes are often updated to reflect evolving nutrition recommendations, so they can be included in the current menus.

Unlike other meal delivery plans, SSHE has a registered dietitian assist with creating meal plans that comply with nutrition guidelines including low in fat, low in saturated fat, low cholesterol, no hydrogenated oils and sodium-restricted. Their meals also stick with a specific calorie count so you can use their meal delivery service to help you lose weight, or maintain your current weight.

SSHE also has a vegan meal plan option.

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PHOTO SOURCE: SSHE’s Facebook Page

SSHE sent me a week’s worth of meals to try out for myself. Each meal is clearly labeled so you know if it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Most of the meal options can easily heated in the microwave.

These meals are prepared fresh and are kept in your refrigerator. Because they are fresh foods you have to eat them within a certain time frame to ensure their freshness.

I have tried a few meal plans in the past. Some provide you with food that has been mass produced and frozen solid. I don’t like that. I want food that tastes fresh, not artificial. Food that has been mass produced is often filled with artificial ingredients and preservatives to maintain their freshness. I would rather have fresh foods to begin with.

Some of the SSHE meals I received came with fresh fruit on the side. I love that! Most delivered meals are just the main meal it’s self – you have to supply the side dishes (fruits, veggies, salad…). SSHE meals come with everything. All you need is a fork or spoon.

Here are some of the meals I received to try out.

I really enjoyed pretty much all of the meals. I especially loved the Zucchini Egg Scramble for breakfast. It inspired me to one to try and recreate it for breakfast for my family.

I LOVED their Pumpkin Flax Cereal with slices of fresh pineapple. This was surprisingly very filling.

Like I mentioned earlier their meals are complete meals, not just the main course. Depending on the meal you might also receive side dishes like a salad, fresh fruit and/or a roll.

Here are just some of the meals I received from Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating.

  • Egg Noodles, Turkey Meatballs, Cream Sauce, Plum Pudding
  • Buttermilk Pancakes, Sausage, Berry Compote, OJ
  • Pasta, Brussel Sprouts, Watermelon Cubes
  • Hearty Tortellini Vegetable Soup
  • Chicken Alfredo
  • Margarita Pizza
  • Cousin Rosalee’s Stuffed Shells and a side salad
  • Tex-Mex Fish Tacos
  • Asian Nappa Cabbage Salad with a delicious topping mix of almonds and Ramen noodle bits.

I think pictures can speak a thousand words, so check out some of the meals I was able to review.

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Pancakes

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Everything is made fresh so it’s as if you prepared the meal yourself. There are no artificial preservatives to keep the food fresher longer – it IS fresh food. That also means you need to enjoy them right away so that they don’t spoil in your fridge.

I love how SSHE thought of everything. I like having a complete meal ready for me. I didn’t have to think about what to make for a side dish to go along with my meal.

The foods are very tasty. I enjoyed them a lot. For me they were the right size portions too. I felt full and satisfied after each meal. I was not left feeling hungry.

The only issue I had is that I wasn’t 100% certain how long to warm the items in the microwave. A few times I over heated them (but they were still edible). Other than that everything was great.

If you would like to learn more about Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating please visit www.SeattleSutton.com. You can also check out the brand on social media. All of links are found at the top of their website.

What do you think about the idea of freshly made, nutritious and delicious foods delivered right to your door? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Taste the difference with 16 Water

 

Do you drink enough water on a daily basis? I have to admit that at one point I didn’t. Then I had to have surgery to get rid of a nodule from a salivatory gland under my tongue that made me start to drink more water. The ENT told me that it was due in part to not drinking enough water. From that point on I make an effort to drink at the very least the required eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily. I also find that when I drink enough water my skin is less dry and I just feel better. With this being the summer time I tend to drink more water.

I am grateful that my husband and kids drink plenty of water too, and I don’t even have to remind them. My son in fact drinks more water than any of us. He is well hydrated.

Not only is drinking plenty of water good for our overall health and skin, it can also help you to eat less calories. Sometimes when you feel hungry its not really a food hunger – it’s a fluid hunger. It’s your body looking for more water, not more food. Plus drinking water fills you up helping you to drink less.

We use filtered water at home (in pitchers) and reusable water bottles. Sometimes we have to purchase water, especially when we’re out and about and neglected to bring a reusable water bottle with us.

My husband will tell you that all bottled waters taste the same. He said it doesn’t matter if it’s a generic brand of water or a high priced water like Fiji or Voss – he said they all taste the same. I don’t believe that. I think that some bottled waters do taste a lot different than others. I find some waters to have a certain taste to them and others I find to be more refreshing and quench my thirst better than others.

I was recently introduced to a brand of water called 16 Water.

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Sixteen Water comes from a small volcanic island off the coast of South Korea called Jeju. In the center of the island is an active volcano called Mt. Halla. This is where 16 Water comes from.

Sixteen Water starts out as rainwater that collects inside Mt. Halla. From there the water travels through 16 layers (1,400 feet) of purifying, mineral-rich volcanic bedrock inside Mt. Halla, resulting in an 18-year purification process. The water is very filtered leaving behind mineral rich water. In fact, 16 Water contains high levels of Mg(Magnesium) and Ca(Calcium) levels which is important for energy metabolism.

Sixteen water also has an alkalinity similar to the body’s pH balance (pH7.8, great for body absorption),making it one of the healthiest waters on the market.

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The whole filtration process takes an astonishing 18 years. That is a long time to wait for naturally purified water.

The above details about the water come from the brand. I am not a scientist so I have no way of varying these statements.

Needless to say I found the water very intriguing. I also wondered how it tasted. Thinking about how it travels through so many levels of volcanic rock to purify it, I was curious to see if it had an earthy, mineral taste to it.

The brand sent me some 16 Water to try out for myself and to let my family give it a try too.

Sixteen Water, in my opinion, does not have an Earthy or mineral-like taste to it. In fact I find the water to be very refreshing. It even quenches my thirst better than the filtered water from our water pitchers. Dare I even say it is more refreshing than some of the pricier bottles of water I have tried over the years.

 

Sixteen water has a clean, crisp taste to it.

My husband, who firmly believed that all bottled waters taste the same, even commented on 16 Water. He said it does have a better, cleaner taste than other bottled waters he’s tried. He actually noticed a difference between 16 Water and other water that we drink (including our filtered water).

My kids didn’t give me much feedback on 16 Water except to tell me that it was “good.”

I honestly don’t know if 16 Water contains the magnesium, calcium or other minerals. I have to take the brand’s word for that. From a non-scientific standpoint I find 16 Water to have a pure, crisp and clean taste and I find it very enjoyable to drink, especially when it’s ice cold on a hot and humid summer day. Once bottle really quenches my thirst.

Sixteen Water can be found a Fairway Markets, Amazon and other retailers across the country.

For more information about this interesting and unique water brand please visit www.SixteenWater.com.

What do you think about 16 Water? Does it sound like something you would like to try?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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