Before we get started, we need to iron out some of the details (ha!). Mineralized water is more than the bubbly, soda water that you pick up in the grocery store. Sure, those bottled beverages have their own list of health benefits, but we’re talking about real, natural, mineralized water – not the kind that can be manufactured artificially. The water that we’re talking about replicates the natural process that water goes through in nature- flowing through streams and passing over stones, to obtain essential trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and more.
Using gravity as a means of filtration and mineralization, Santevia products offer you mineralized water that is as genuine as you would find water in nature. But what’s the big deal anyway? It seems like people everywhere are jumping on the mineral water train, and we’re here to tell you why that’s a good thing.
Although we’re most often characterized by our apologetic nature and frigid climate, Canada has a lot more to offer than just that. With an abundance of untouched natural landscapes, cultural diversity, and not two, but three “official” languages (our very own quirky slang), it’s no wonder we’re all so proud to be Canadian. At the top of this list though, is the abundance of natural resources that we host in our 9.985 million km² of land. Like our vast – seemingly infinite – supply of water (and maybe maple syrup too…).
In a nation surrounded by oceans, full of lakes, and equipped with what seems like a never ending supply of rain and snow, it’s hardly surprising that we have access to so much water. But just because it’s available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always safe to consume. Which is why cities across Canada do their best to properly treat the natural resources of water before they ever reach our taps.
In an era where convenience is key, packaged foods with imported ingredients are on the rise. With that, the health and prosperity of the ecosystems around us can often get pushed aside. Which is why Tiffany Ho and Jollia Fung set out to create a snack that would be delicious and sustainable. Founded just a few years ago, KarmaBitez is Vancouver’s first “upcycled” snack company that prides itself in using top quality ingredients like flax seed, organic juice pulp from local Vancouver juiceries – which are abundant around here – and clean, alkaline water.
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Dr. Otto Warburg was born in 1883 in Freiburg, Germany. He studied under Emil Fischer in Berlin, until receiving a Doctorate in Chemistry in 1906. By the age of twenty-eight, he also received a Doctorate in Medicine.
He spent a significant portion of his life studying oxygen consumption and fermentation. In 1928, he released the well-known paper, “The Chemical Constitution of Respiration Ferment”, where he differentiates the energy consumption between regular body cells and cancer cells. In the paper, Warburg highlights that regular body cells acquire energy through oxygen, making them obligate aerobes (for those of us who don’t have a background in science – that means they require oxygen to survive). Whereas cancer cells can split glucose into lactic acid through the process of fermentation to survive, making them partial anaerobes (meaning they don’t need oxygen to survive).
“No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.”
On the west coast, we know there’s more to life than just work. We strive for a balanced life of fun, health, and purpose. We know how important it is to appreciate the water, nature, and clean air that we have around us, which is why we’re so dedicated to keeping it clean.
Here in Vancouver, we do more than wear yoga pants, hike, and drink fresh pressed juice. We’re home to great fashion, contemporary ideas, and sustainability; we strive to find new ways to keep our city healthy. So, it’s no wonder that Vancouver, one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world, is host of beloved Eco Fashion Week.
It’s exciting as Vancouverites to see how Eco Fashion week is becoming a pioneer in an industry that is usually focussed on excess. Redefining trends and shaping style in a way that pushes us to find sustainable practices in all aspects of our life.
“Think about what you have. Think about what you’re wasting.”
Myrian Laroche, founder and president of Eco Fashion Week, urges us all to question what we’re buying, the materials we’re using, on how these factors affect the environment that we live in. It’s important to acknowledge the impact that our choices have on the environment.
“Reduce and reuse.”
Myriam stresses the importance of gathering clothing and other items that are reusable. It’s good to recycle, but the first two “R”s are: Reduce and Reuse. You can easily minimize your impact on the environment by choosing products that promote sustainability, like Santevia’s reusable Tritan or Glass Bottle.
Tired of purchasing single-use plastic water bottles, or searching for a water fountain wherever you go? Plastic water bottles have devastating impacts on the environment, and they’re not good for your health either.
Most bottled water companies harvest their water from municipal sources, meaning that the water is chlorinated and acidic.
Santevia wants to provide a solution that is not only convenient, but will also deliver you clean, alkaline water on-the-go.
The small, easy-to-carry Power Pouches will improve taste, reduce chlorine, add minerals, and raise the pH of your water. Each Power Pouch will give you 10 bottles of clean, mineralized, alkaline water on-the-go. The chlorine reduction and mineralization process will give you delicious water that will increase your energy and metabolism, and act as a powerful antioxidant.
The recommended intake of 10 glasses of water a day will no longer be a chore; perfect for travelling, you can take the power pouch with you to the gym, office, yoga class, or any outdoor activity.
Although it’s important to ensure you’re drinking clean and mineralized water, what a lot of people don’t realize is that the quality of the water you bathe in is important too! Chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, and can have serious health impacts over long periods of time.
Chlorine has been used as a disinfectant for many years, but unfortunately it strips your skin of natural oils, which can cause it to become dry and flakey. These chemicals will also harm the protective bacteria on the surface of your skin, which leads to skin irritations, rashes, acne, and eczema.
So, are you tired of bathing in harsh chemicals? Looking for a fresher, cleaner alternative? Santevia has exactly what you’re looking for!
Our brand new bath filter contains activated carbon components which reduce chlorine, while Maifan Stones restore beneficial trace minerals like calcium and magnesium.
Bathing in chlorine-free water keep you fresh and clean, and keeps your skin healthy.
With health consciousness on the rise, it is understandable that people are trying to make nutritious choices. Whether it’s cutting out the dairy, eating more vegetables, or drinking more water, we’re all trying to improve our health.
But it can be difficult to keep up these health goals in a land of packaged snacks and fast food. Convenience is our main concern, and health doesn’t always cooperate with that.
While it might seem healthy and accessible to grab a bottle of water on your way to work, you’re not only harming the environment, you’re also negatively impacting your own health. By now we all know about the devastating effects that single-use plastic bottles have on wildlife and our ecosystems. But those same bottles of water lack important minerals, are acidic, and can even leech chemicals into your drinking water.
Instead of reaching for a bottle of acidic bottled water, try bringing a bottle with you or keeping a glass of water at your desk.
Santevia is working on a product that will make it increasingly accessible and convenient to drink mineralized, clean, and alkaline water throughout your day.
Every time you reach for a glass of Santevia water, you’re choosing clean, mineralized, and alkaline water instead of an acidic alternative. But what most people don’t know is that their drinking water isn’t the only thing that needs filtering.
Chemicals that are used to clean public swimming pools are also added to your tap water. Cities around the world use chemicals like chlorine to kill disease-causing pathogens in their water. But, unfortunately these chemicals have a list of their own harmful side effects.
The average American bathes in water with chlorine levels that are comparable to the local swimming pool. Your skin is your largest organ, and the heat from baths and showers can open your pores and exacerbate the amount of chlorine you’re consuming.
Consuming chlorine can have several different effects on your body, but the byproduct of chlorine, chloroform, can have devastating effects on your lungs. Chloroform is created when you take a bath or shower, and the hot water and steam make it easy for you to inhale.
Obviously, you can’t skip bathing altogether, so Santevia is coming up with a great solution to the chlorine problem. Before you know it, we’ll be able to offer you a way to revolutionize your bath experience, and to keep harmful chemicals at bay.
So it’s March now, and it may seem like those New Year’s resolutions are just a distant memory. But just because some of our healthy habits have slipped away, doesn’t mean that we should give up altogether!
Our three part mini-series, Start Today, has wrapped up, but don’t forget the valuable lessons that Sharisse Dalby, Lucas Patriquin, and Saschie MacLean have taught us. Their motivation, determination, and inspiration are traits that should remind us that anyone can attain their health goals if they set their mind to it!
Saschie Maclean, founder of RSVP33, gave us her personal tips on staying healthy and motivated. Saschie used dance as a form of exercise, as an outlet to overcome her grief, and as a way to stay healthy. She encourages her students to take things step by steps, starting with small, healthy habits, like going for a short walk or drinking lots of alkaline water.
“Being well-balanced is absolutely crucial to me finding success in my life.”
The next week we moved on to Lucas Patriquin, founder of Force Pro. Fitness and Meal Works. His passion for fitness was something that he carried with him throughout his whole life, but it wasn’t until he realized that health encompassed more than just exercise. Lucas attributes his health to eating properly and having a good diet, that includes alkaline water.
“Water definitely plays a role in my overall health.”
Finally, Sharisse Dalby, a registered nutritional counsellor, inspired us to overcome even the greatest obstacles to achieve our health goals. Sharisse works with families, children, and individuals to get to the root of their health concerns, to achieve overall wellbeing. Sharisse’s top tips for those looking to become healthier is to increase your water intake, and to consume more vegetables.
Feeling inspired, determined, and motivated? Sharisse, Lucas, and Saschie all encourage their students to increase their daily intake of water, and Santevia is here to help you with that. We offer a wide range of water filters and on-the-go products that will give you clean, mineralized, and alkaline water; wherever you are!