Earthen Pot Water – Still be Safe to Drink

People love to consume water with lots of ice in the summer season, because the cold water helps in quenching the thirst. On consuming this type of chilled water can only provide temporary relief from thirst and its consumption is not good for health. Whereas, water stored in the earthen pot is one of the most beneficial ways of consuming water during summer season with huge health benefits, but, the modern generation tends to ignore it and like to consume only refrigerated chilled water which negatively affect the human health. Water stored in earthen pot is healthier than the water store in any other vessel made up of steel, glass and plastic. These earthen pots contain small pores through which water seeps and gets evaporated and ultimately cool down the water stored in it.  It is highly dangerous to consume packaged drinking water after being exposed to the sun because we all are unaware of the fact that how long the water bottles are set in the packaged form. Dioxin and BPA (Bisphenol A) are the most common chemicals which are found in plastics that leach from the plastic bottle into the water and make the stored water unfit for consumption and these are the toxic chemicals which are found in cancerous tissues. On the other hand earthen pot does not release any harmful chemicals, whereas, water stored in it helps to boost our metabolism without any side effects. Earthen pots are cheap, cost effective and easily affordable by the common man thus; this raises the potter’s income as selling potteries are the only source of income for them.

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Benefits of Earthen Pot Water-

  1. Due to the alkaline nature of clay it interacts with the acidity of water, thereby provides relief from gastronomic pains by maintaining the proper pH.
  2. It helps to maintain the level of testosterone hormone in the human body.
  3. It is pleasant and gentle on the throat thus, reduces sickness.
  4. It balances the hormone level in the body.

Harmful Effects of Refrigerated/Chilled Water-

  1. Drinking ice cold water can slow down the digesting process.
  2. It shrinks the blood vessels and reduces the heart rate.
  3. It slows down the nutritional capacity.
  4. It is responsible for increasing body weight.

Therefore, stop consuming ice cold water and consume only normal water to stay healthy.

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Join Carpooling – A best possible way to save the planet

Car pooling is a practice in which more than one individual is traveling in a single vehicle. It is so, beneficial that the number of people sharing a single car mean, less number of vehicles are running on the road.  It is a forward step to make the environment neat and clean by reducing air pollution, noise pollution, low emission of carbon and thereby less emission of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.  Due to safety and security reasons companies should regulate the traveling through carpooling because it enables us to ride safely and also reduces the air pollution. A drastic increase in the number of automobiles in the society is negatively affecting the environment which is a major cause of global warming and deteriorating the human health. Through carpooling, we can increase the indoor and outdoor air quality and it also reduces a variety of heart and respiratory diseases, bronchitis, asthma caused by air pollution in newborn babies, growing kids and old age people.

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Benefits of Car Pooling-

  1. It greatly reduces traffic jams on the roads so, also save time a lot.
  2. Less number of accidents.
  3. It reduces wear and tear of the vehicles and one should become much more responsible towards riding the vehicle.
  4. It reduces air pollution and is good for the atmosphere.
  5. It also reduces the dependency on foreign oil.
  6. It provides the land space for parking cars in the city.
  7. It reduces traveling cost and it also decreases fuel expenses.
  8. During the long traveling distances it helps to save money on toll.
  9. Get company during the journey and also increase the chances of developing relations strong with each other.
  10. Widely increases the ease of commuting that is why it is the better way to release-out stress during traveling.
  11. During carpool one can easily check and communicate with their friends and family, check emails, read news and it rejuvenates the body by taking a nap.
  12. It greatly saves the cost of road repair.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing the quality of indoor and outdoor air that contain various pollutants. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Conserve the Natural Resources and save the Planet

The world’s population is increasing day by day and that is why each and every human being has added a significant amount of waste to the surroundings. As the natural resources of our planet earth are less so, we must take care about the conservation of these resources so, that we leave this for the next generations. To conserve the resources recycling is the best option and is also good for the environment because in the process of recycling, new products are manufactured by using the old and the products which are of no use and then converting them back to the new products. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans are some examples that are recycled in greater amount.

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Recycling is Important in a Number of ways:

  • To make the atmospheric environment clean
  • Conservation of Materials
  • To save renewable sources of energy
  • Reduce garbage in landfill sites
  • Helps in reducing water and air pollution
  • Reduce the effects of global warming in the atmosphere

Recycling actually starts from our home because if we are using an older product instead of discarding then we are actually doing recycling. It is basically an idea of reduce, reuse and recycle. Conservation of things is an important aspect of recycling, in this process, less production of garbage will help in reducing the landfill sites that helps in cleaning the environment.

Testing As a growing concern for the environment has become an important issue nationally and globally, more efforts have been in place to sustain our resources. Sustainable materials are of increasing industrial importance. One such material is biodegradable polymers.

Since the interest for using biodegradable plastics has grown exponentially, there have been a number of standards developed for testing the material. ASTM and IS develops various standards that have been used worldwide and provide a foundation for comparisons of data in testing of plastics in various laboratories. Test methods are ASTM D6400 and ASTM D5988-03 for determining compostable plastics and aerobic biodegradation in soil of plastic respectively. This test method was used because it provides clear guidelines to biodegradability and is designed to evaluate aerobic biological reaction. The ASTM D 5998 method used is equivalent to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17556:2003. First process is biodegradability in soil/compost by monitoring CO2 and second by monitoring loss of mass and reduction in physical properties via tensile testing after exposure in UV Light.

We could save our planet by doing a handful of things-

  1. Discard all the waste from the house which is of no use, packaged in an appropriate container such as paper, plastic and glass and send it to the nearest recycling center.
  2. Avoid using plastic bags, plastic papers and plastic container as much as possible.  As these things are non biodegradable in nature will only create pollution in the atmosphere by filling the landfill sites.
  3. Use own reusable bags to buy groceries and purchase only those items having least packaging as a huge amount of money is spent on these packaging materials that ultimately go to the landfill sites.
  4. Limit the use of disposable things like disposable utensils made up of plastic and Styrofoam.

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Shocking Truth of Refined Oils

Refined oil is the processed form of natural oil, which can be obtained after treating the natural oils with different chemicals to meet the consumer’s expectations like free from specific colour, odour and flavour, has long shelf life as well as good for frying purposes, but is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health of the human body. It is also responsible for causing various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney problems, and many more.

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Let’s have a look at the harmful effects of refined oils.

  1. Chemical exposure: Nickel is used for processing of natural oil, but it has carcinogenic and negative effects on the respiratory system, liver, skin of the human body.
  2. Sodium hydroxide: A harmful chemical added during the refining process and affects the digestive system of the body.
  3. Preservatives: During the refining process, preservatives are added, but preservatives are also not good for human health.
  4. Bleaching agents:  Bleaching, dewaxing, deodorizing, degumming and deacidification are the harmful steps included in the process of refining process. These steps reduce the chlorophyll content, taste and other nutrients of the oil which ultimately increase the oxidation and rancidity in the edible oil. However, bleaching increases the shelf-life of the edible oil in deep fat frying applications.
  5. High Temperature: Refining involves the exposure of natural oil to the high temperature that removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil.

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Chemicals used in the refining of oils cause several ailments like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and renal problems, different allergies, premature ageing, ulcers, emphysema, infertility, hypoglycemia and arthritis. Therefore, doctors and nutritionists advised to go for natural, unrefined and cold pressed vegetable oil because refined oil is unfit for consumption. Cold pressed oils are also known as unrefined oils, such oils are mechanically extracted by a machine by applying pressure not the high temperature or in other words such types of oils are extracted in a much healthier way. In this process, the seeds are not subjected to high temperature and harsh chemicals which are carcinogenic in nature that’s why cold pressed oils are full of high flavor and nutritional composition and thus making them a healthier choice for buyers. In cold pressed oil, less than 40-degree temperature should be maintained by which the oils does not lose vitamin and essential fatty acids and maintains its natural characteristics. Once the extracted oil settles, it is filtered and packed into the bottles.
Cold pressed or unrefined oils are much healthier option than the refined oils because unrefined oils like mustard oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil, etc. are generally used in weight loss, it also aids in several above mentioned health issues.

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Wi-Fi Routers – The silent killer at home

The internet has become an important part of our today’s generation because we are totally relying as well as dependent on the internet services to do various work. As internet is loaded with vast knowledge or in other words, it is the best source of education, therefore, people and students are using the internet for searching literature, entertainment and to play games. Further, people access internet for studying online and submitting an online application form even while at home without any delay and with more comfort. However, it provides all the necessary information that we need without any delay. At the time of busy lifestyle, we can easily purchase food, grocery, fruits and vegetables, shoes, clothing, ornaments, books, medicines and much more. Further, we can also hire an electrician and plumber online through different websites. Wi-Fi Internet makes our life so easy that we can easily communicate with the people who live in far places by making video calling, chatting, sending messages and E-mails instantly to the loved ones through social media sites. Therefore, most of the people, especially younger generation cannot expect a life without this technology and that’s why, experts in this field are involving at their best levels to improve this technology. But, we are not aware of the fact that wireless internet routers or the Wi-Fi modems send the signals to access internet services by using electromagnetic radiations which can negatively affect the overall health of the children or in other words, its exposure is the dangerous soup of radiations, if this wireless internet router set up in the home. The child’s brain absorbs more radiations than adults and affects the overall health as the kids have thinner skulls and skin as compared to that of adults. Today’s lifestyle is so dependent on the services of internet that the Wi-Fi routers don’t get turned off even at night and the connected routers are responsible for damaging the health due to the bad effects of radiations. It transmits the radio signals of frequency matched with the microwave ovens use to cook the food. Wi-Fi radiations responsible for sleeplessness, infertility, cellular damage to fetus, DNA fragmentation, depression, hypertension, heart palpitations, headache, poor health, memory loss and brain damage to the human body. Further, exposure to 4 G radiations, accelerate cardiac stress, changes in DNA and so leads to cancer and development of various tumors because these high-frequency radio waves disturb the natural metabolism of the human body. Now we should be attentive about the negative side effects of the technologies at home and the offices.

Wi-Fi Routers- The silent killer at home

How to reduce the exposure of Wi-Fi radiations-

  1. Wi-Fi radiation exposure reduced greatly by increasing the distance. Walls cannot stop the entry of these harmful radiations so, don’t place the Wi-Fi router in the bedroom or behind the bedroom’s wall.
  2. Exposure during night time causes the serious negative effects on the health so; the better way to get rid of these harmful effects is to turn the switch off at night.

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Keep the mobile phones longer and save the environment

In our today’s lifestyle we cannot live even a single second without cell phones and become an important part of our life as these are the fastest means of communication and further, it helps people to connect with each other at any time and from anywhere. In other words, we can say this technology of communication is the boon, but, due to luxurious lifestyle people frequently used to replace their old mobile phones with the new one as an average in about 18 months. People have its addiction because there are so many features available in a single handy device and as the time passes these mobile gadgets continuously gaining attraction of people as well as many facilities. It is the communication, where a signal is transmitted via electromagnetic wave through radio frequency signals. While using cell-phone, electromagnetic radiations are produced in the form of heat, which consists of ionizing radiations and cause harmful effects. These radiations negatively affect the neurons near the ear and skull region and people using these electronic gadgets are prone to several issues like migraines, deafness, memory loss, headaches, burning skin, high blood pressure, hot ear, restlessness. Growing children absorb much more radiations from the mobile phone than adults and leads to smaller heads, higher tissue conductivity. Further, arsenic, lithium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc are the poisonous components in mobile phones seep into the ground water when disposed in the landfills and disturbs food chain and cause several health issues. Dumping of mobile phones is not only hazardous, but manufacturing of new cell phones is also very dangerous and both are responsible for the changes in climatic conditions. People used to carry them in their pockets and mobile phone release radio frequency radiations that are greater risks of brain tumors. Lead, mercury, cadmium and hydrochloric acid are the hazardous toxic wastes emitted by the electronic devices into the environment when buried and burned improperly. People throw their old phones in the garbage which go to the land fill and ultimately toxic lead from coatings and nickel and cadmium from batteries reaches to the ground, water and air. These toxic heavy metals cause pollution and taken up through inhalation, drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated food which causes a weak immune system, renal failure, heart failure, lowered IQ, infertility and neurological disorders in human beings. People used to carry them in their pockets. However, Li-Ion batteries lacking heavy metals, but due to high chemical reactivity, can cause environmental pollution. Further, it is also responsible for underground fires and extinguishing of underground fires is not an easy task. So, it is our duty to encourage each and every person by organizing workshops, seminars, campaigns, etc. to take the responsibility for sending their old phones to the recycling organizations and help in protecting the environment in which we live.

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By following these steps, we can save the environment-

  1. Restrict the habit of frequently changing cell phones, this can save your money and time.
  2. If you want to upgrade your mobile phone then, give the old one to the needy person.
  3. If the life of the phone which you are using is finished, send it to electronic recycling organizations because it is very necessary to reuse, recycling and proper disposal of mobile phones to save the human health as well as the surrounding atmosphere.

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Radon –A radioactive indoor pollutant causes Lung cancer

Radon is a noble and radioactive gas produced naturally by decaying of radium present in the ores of uranium and rocks. As it is an inert gas, it does not produce any hazardous effects, but on radioactive disintegration alpha, beta and gamma particles are produced. Gamma particles are dangerous and can travel through the human body. It is an odourless, tasteless, highly toxic, invisible gas which is fairly soluble in water and organic solvents, seeps into the ground and from the ground it spread into the surrounding atmosphere. The Radon gas when released through the ground, diffuses into the atmosphere in the diluted form therefore, causes no harm. But in homes, it is found in more concentrated form and can be highly toxic to the health of the family members as, most of the houses and apartments have been constructed over the top of the radon producing rocks. On breaking down on radon gas it is converted into radioactive substances and releases energy which on absorbed by tissues, can destroy the DNA and thus elevated the risk of cellular damage and lung cancer. There is not a safe level for radon gas so, it’s long term effects on indoor air and increases the chances of cancer. By switching to healthy diet one can reduce the risks of several health related problems caused by the exposure of radon gas. Examples of such foods are- Broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, beet-root, kale, Brussels sprouts, green tea, dry fruits, seafoods, fruits, vitamin C and supplements of zinc and selenium. Now the question is how this toxic gas enters into the houses and changed the quality of indoor air? The air pressure in the soil is higher than that of indoor air pressure and this difference in concentration of air pressure is the easiest way for radon gas to enter into the house if there is any crack in the floor, walls, window casements, construction joints, gaps around the pipes, floor drains. The difference in air pressure varies from a house to house, the level can be analyzed by go through radon test because testing is the only best way to analyze the radon level in the indoor air, as there are no such signs to give an indication about the exposure. There are two methods for analyzing the percentage of a radon are- a radon test kit method, and by hiring a certified professional from a testing lab for conducting a radon test for at least 3 months. Radon gas testing was conducted in different industrial polluted cities of Haryana like Faridabad, Rewari, Gurugram (Gurgaon), Yamuna Nagar, Ambala, Panipat and Jagadhari. It was done because of the climatic conditions; it is very hot during summers and markedly cold in the winter season. The radon concentration is lower during rainy season and greater in winter than in summer because the ventilation and the exchange of air become very poor in winters. Limestone, slate stone, dolomite, building stone, china clay and marble are found in Haryana and at some places graphite and quartzite are also found. Further, Mountain and Shivalik hills are present in the north and southwest Haryana respectively, which can be a great source of radon gas.

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If a high percentage of radon is evaluated in indoor air then these precautions should be taken

  1. A regular maintenance of the house is required by sealing all the cracks and holes in the walls, floors, around pipes and drains to avoid the health issues.
  2. Proper ventilation is important because the exchange of internal air is beneficial in reducing the radon level.
  3. By installing a pump that is used to withdraw radon gas from the from below the concrete flooring before it can admitted into the house.

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Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for chemical and quality testing of indoor and outdoor air containing toxic pollutants. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Air Purifiers- Best possible way to fight Indoor air Pollution

Delhi the capital of our country is one of the most populated and polluted cities in the world and people die every year due to wide exposure to air pollution. Air pollutants are present in the atmosphere in the form of minute solid particles, liquid droplets and in the form of gases which are responsible for producing hazardous effects in human, animals and plants.  Examples of outdoor pollution are smog, emissions of dangerous gases from vehicles, power plants and industries. Indoor air pollution is 10 times more dangerous than outdoor air pollution, because the pollutants are present in more concentrated form than present in outdoor air and further, people spend more time in indoors than the outdoors. The indoor air toxins cause signs of premature aging on the skin, because skin naturally loses its moisture and elasticity and people look older at a very early stage. To minimize the hazards of indoor air pollution, installing air purifiers in the homes is the best possible way to save the lives of the family members. Air purifiers are the instruments that help in removing pollutants from the air and so, improve the quality of air. These appliances are very useful for the patients suffering from asthma, respiratory disorders and allergies. These can be easily installed, for residential and commercial (schools, hospitals, industries, etc.) purposes. Air purifier consists of a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters that help in purifying the surrounding air by removing 99.9% dust particles greater than 0.3 microns, pollen, pet dander smoke and all the pollutants present in the air. Thus, air purifiers make the environment dirt and odour free, which are the root cause of all the types of infections and allergies and produce harmful effects. Indoor air quality can also be improved by creating no smoking zone, keeping the floor neat and clean, only use natural methods for cleaning and avoid the use of synthetic air fresheners.

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Toxic ingredients in Air Fresheners- Choose natural alternatives

Different types and brands of air fresheners are now available in the market, which is greatly used by the consumers in their homes to emit a pleasant odour and eliminate foul smell. These are obtainable in the form of sprays, candles, oils, beads, and plug-ins and contain four basic chemical ingredients, such as formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants for neutralizing the offensive smell and to create sweet odour. But according to some studies, these compounds are not only responsible for indoor pollution, but, also cause severe allergic reactions, asthma, and respiratory problems. Because home is a closed type of system in which these chemicals impair and trapped the internal air quality of the house and contributes health hazards. These chemicals also harm the pets in many ways.

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Basic chemical ingredients cause several health hazards:

  1. Formaldehyde causes burning sensation in eyes, nose, throat and other mucous membranes and watery eyes, breathing problems, restlessness, nausea, asthmatic attacks.
  2. Petroleum distillates are responsible for air, soil and ground pollution and cause health issues like respiratory problems, asthma, chemical pneumonia, pulmonary heart diseases.
  3. Aerosol propellants contribute harmful effects on the ozone layer and so, indirectly harm the human health and causes risk of cancer, respiratory problems and several chronic health problems.
  4. P-dichlorobenzene, generally found in mothballs and so, responsible for anemia, skin lesions, liver damage, loss of appetite and changes in the composition of blood.

Perfumed chemicals are present in the air fresheners to emit fragrance which is also cause breathing problems and to minimize the health problems; natural and healthy substitutes for air fresheners are now being implemented to sweeten the atmosphere.

Natural options for air fresheners are:-

  1. Let the windows open for at least 2 hours for proper ventilation.
  2. Use baking soda as an odour absorbent.
  3. Simmer the whole spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, black pepper to remove bad odour.
  4. Light camphor and put cloves and green cardamom over it, this will help to create pleasant aroma and purify the internal air by killing the disease-causing germs.
  5. Place citrus fruits like lemon, orange, sweet orange and embedded with some cloves.
  6. For eliminating foul smell, use various herbs and flowers.
  7. Use vinegar for cleaning the surfaces.
  8. Remove cooking smell by keeping a bowl of vinegar in the kitchen.
  9. Use of essential oil, vanilla essence for keeping the internal air quality good.

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Keep ocean blue- Marine life is dying in numbers

Anything which is present in the marine environment that causes harm is known as pollution. There are different types of pollution in the sea like plastic wastes, oil, chemicals, agriculture and industrial wastes and sewage waste as these pollutants can interfere with the life cycle of several aquatic lives. The largest natural water body on the Earth are oceans, which provide habitat to the various animals and plants, but due to a variety of human activities, the marine life is now adversely affected by the marine pollution. Now, it is the responsibility of each and every citizen of the world in keeping the natural water bodies neat and clean so that the aquatic life can grow and flourish well.

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Pollution enters into the water bodies by different ways:-

  1. Sewage waste: Sewage polluting waste directly enters into the ocean by sewage, rivers or drainages. This toxic waste reduced the oxygen levels in the water and so decreases the chances of survival of the marine life.
  2. Industrial toxic waste: Disposing of the toxic liquid into the ocean, as a source of industrial and agricultural waste, create ocean pollution that adversely affects the aquatic life. As the temperature of these hazardous chemicals is high, they alleviate the ocean temperature also known as thermal pollution which directly affects the marine life. These chemicals deposit in the internal tissues of the animals, leading to infertility. Aquatic plants and animals cannot exist at elevated temperatures and ultimately collapse. It also affects the process of photosynthesis by stopping of sunlight.
  3. Through oil spills: Oil spill is the most destructive and it is a great source of pollution in the ocean. Crude oil has existed for several years in the sea water and is highly toxic to aquatic life, marine animals died due to suffocation and it is very difficult to clean. Ships are also responsible for the noise pollution, which disturbs the life cycles of aquatic lives.
  4. Littering: It is the huge source of water pollution in the ocean, it occurs when the garbage, including plastic debris, polythene bags, man-made waste are blown through the wind. This waste cannot degrade and remains suspended in the water for years. Small animals got confused and caught the plastic waste for the food and died slowly over a period of time and these small animals later eaten up by the big animals. Animals that died in the majority due to this plastic waste include seabirds, sea turtles, fishes, sharks, crabs, seahorse, starfish, jelly fish, dolphins, crocodiles, penguins, etc. Further, the contaminated aquatic animals are then eaten up by the humans, gets accumulated in their body that leads to cancer, infertility and birth defects. Thus, ocean pollution severely affects the entire food chain.

Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for testing quality and all the safety parameters related to water. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.