We had the good fortune of connecting with Trisha Kuhlmey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trisha, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
The main thing, I think, is the true importance and significance of drinking water in our day to day life. Here in America, we don’t think about it. It’s invisible. We have the privilege to walk into our bathrooms or kitchens, go to a faucet and turn it on or off to have running water. It’s almost as if we have no responsibility for it. In other places around the world, your whole life is spent thinking about water, because there is no infrastructure in place to have safe drinking water readily at your disposal. Here, we don’t really have an awareness of the significance of water and our relationship to it. Water is the most sacred and precious resource that we have and we need to be aware of it. Our body is made out of water, and the water we pour into our bodies through drinking impacts our health and wellbeing. At Liquid Eden, we study levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) to see the amount of chemicals and toxins are dissolved in San Diego tap water. Most tap water is highly contaminated with chlorine and other chemicals harmful for the body. TDS is an important form of measurement for us. Purified water will have a TDS of 0-10 parts per million. Here at Liquid Eden, the 12-Stage Reverse Osmosis System we have which is custom built removes every molecule, so the TDS is 0 to start. Then, we add 80 Ionic Minerals and trace Elements back into the water, ending with a positive TDS of over 200 parts per million. This means we are left with mineral-rich water of very high quality, nutritional value. Water manufacturers or water sold at grocery stores and vending machines usually have 3 minerals added (calcium, potassium and sodium) with a TDS of 20-40 parts per million; similar to drinking liquid air with no nutritional value. Our food is 50% of our intake and our body is made of 104 Elements. For our body to continue to re-generate, we have to replace those basic Elements and Minerals into our body. Sure, we can’t eat the elements directly from the Earth; but plans can, which is why having a diet with many plants is seen as supportive for health. However, due to over farming and soil depletion, we aren’t getting the nutritional value from our plans which we really need. Therefore, water is needed in our nutritional intake. There is a beautiful series on Netflix called Down to Earth with Zach Efron that features the importance of water, we would highly recommend checking it out to continue your education on this topic.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Liquid Eden was founded seven years ago, on the principle that water is a sacred medicine, here to help fuel our bodies and cleanse our spirits. We are a zero waste company on many levels; in addition to our water refill station – where you can bring your own reusable water bottles to sterilize and fill, as well as our Bulk Refill Station offering bulk-refill lotion, shampoos, housecleaners, soaps and self-care products; The name Liquid Eden comes from the definition of “Eden,” being a place of peace, bliss and delight. At Liquid Eden we are really about turning used, abused and contaminated water provided to the public, realizing how unacceptable that truly is; and returning water back to its sacred element of blue gold. It’s important for us to remember just how sacred water is, before corporations take it, monetize it and sell it on the stock market. At Liquid Eden, we believe we all have sacred reverence and ownership of water and can defend it better. Our logo is a physical manifestation of that, representing our philosophy. The water drop, the green leaf, represents our living, life energy. The infinity sign is a symbol of the water being meditation, and also addresses the metaphysical properties of water; how it can hold and transfer information and energy. What excites us most about our sanctuary and what separates us from others options is the 80 Ionic Mineral and Trace Elements which our water holds. Additionally we are so thankful for our community. Surrounding ourselves with a trustworthy community, support system, mentors, guides and coaches has been such a valuable investment. Whatever challenges there have been, the community we have we been able to overcome.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Kate Sessions Park, Hotel Del Coronado, Balboa Park, Jyoti Bihanga restaurant, and Cinema Under the Stars.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many sources of inspiration and upliftiment that contributes to our story. First, The University of Santa Monica where I earned a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology and learned the skills and tools to create a fulfilling life of meaning, purpose, and service. A major shout out to everyone on Staff at Liquid Eden and our growing community of loyal customers. My Executive Leadership Coach, Colette Pellissier over at Illuminated Leadership, as well as training and business coaching with Vasudha Deming from Noble Learning. Other sources of business culture inspirations are Conscious Capitalism San Diego Chapter, and the book Start with Why by Simon Sinek. In terms of water inspiration as sacred healing medicine: the books The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto and Dancing With Water by Pangman/Evans.