Refreshing Agua Fresca with Cleaner Water From GE Appliances

Refreshing Agua Fresca with Cleaner Water From GE Appliances

We drink a lot of water around here at That Clean Life.

And I mean a lot.

I used to not give the type of water I drink a second thought, until I started experiencing some seriously unpleasant gut issues. No matter what I did, I couldn't seem to get my gut healthy. I had tried everything from a gut healing diet with fermented foods to a powerful probiotic supplement.

What was I missing?

And then it hit me: tap water.

I started to look into what's really in our tap water, and much to my dismay, it's not just water.

One study showed that 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities including:

  • 11 perfluorinated compounds
  • an herbicide
  • two solvents
  • caffeine
  • an antibacterial compound
  • a metal
  • an antidepressant

But isn't our water regulated?

As it turns out, some of the chemicals are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, which means utilities do not have to meet any limit or even monitor for them. Yikes.

Our bodies metabolize only a fraction of most drugs we swallow. The remainder is excreted in urine, feces and sweat and then ends up in wastewater. Even medications that are applied as creams or lotions can contribute to the problem when they get washed off. It’s been calculated that one man’s use of testosterone cream can wind up putting as much of the hormone into the water as the natural excretions from 300 men.

The testosterone from 300 men! What!?

There are still many knowledge gaps when it comes to understanding the effects of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. Regardless, I was still super pumped when I saw GE Appliances taking a proactive approach by pioneering Advanced Pharmaceutical Filtration Technology, which removes 15 different contaminants and at least 94% of the top five trace pharmaceuticals including ibuprofen, atenolol, fluoxetine, progesterone and trimethoprim.

GE Refrigerator Advanced Pharmaceutical Filtration Technology

It used to be that this filtration technology was only available in their high-end refrigerators, but now they are rolling it out to their new, more accessibly priced refrigerators too! So if you are in the market for a new fridge, be sure to check them out.

GE Refrigerator Advanced Pharmaceutical Filtration Technology

To celebrate cleaner water, we're sharing three deliciously refreshing and simple Agua Fresca recipes made with pharmaceutical-free filtered water. Bottoms up!

Blueberry Agua Fresca

Blueberry Lime Agua Fresca Blueberry Lime Agua Fresca

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsps maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 cups filtered Water
  • ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except ice in a blender. Blend well until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Divide into glasses with ice and enjoy!

Peach Raspberry Agua Fresca

Raspberry Peach Agua Fresca

Raspberry Peach Agua Fresca

Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches (peeled and quartered)
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except ice in a blender. Blend well until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Divide into glasses with ice and enjoy!

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 large seedless watermelon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime (sliced into wedges)
  • ice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Slice your watermelon into rounds and then into quarters. Slice off the rind. Dice the watermelon and add to blender with maple syrup and water.
  2. Divide mint and lime wedges into drinking glasses. Use a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon to mash them together.
  3. Add ice (optional) and pour watermelon agua fresca into each glass. Stir to combine and enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by GE Appliances but all thoughts are our own. We only share products we love and ones you will probably love too.

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