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Teeter Hang Ups are a line of inversion tables designed to make it easy to recline in an inverted position by attaching one's ankles to the bottom via straps or boots, and then tilting the entire table toward the floor. The resultant "stretch" is said to be effective in relieving back pain. The user controls the degree of inversion -- from reclining just a few degrees (recommended for new users) to almost completely upside down.
The nuvoH2O claims to produce softer water by using citric acid rather than sodium. However, experts in water technology say getting softer water from a salt-free system is impossible; the only way to soften water is to use sodium. A salt-free system like nuvoH2O produces conditioned, not softened, water.