Why is drinking water so important?
Drinking water helps nearly every part of the human body function. Our bodies are made up of two-thirds of water. You can imagine that water is a basic human need. Each person on our planet requires water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Water plays a big role in the lives - and death of people around the world. Polluted water causes 1.8 million deaths every year of diarrheal diseases like cholera. It’s a shame that millions are sickened by a water-related ailment which is easily preventable.
Next to air, water is necessary for human existence. The cells in our body depend on the water we drink to function properly. Drinking clean, safe water increases our energy, aids body in digestion, and lubricates our joints. Not only does it naturally help our bodies work, it brings forth a feeling of overall well-being. Once we realize that nearly 70% of the body's weight is made up of water, we will understand that the water we consume is essential for a life worth living.
Did you know...
- 20-30% of our work performance is based on our water intake
- By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount
- About 25,700 liters (6,800 gallons) of water is required to grow a day's food for a family of four.
- A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. If a human does not absorb enough water dehydration is the result.
- If all the world's water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon
- A small drip from a faucet can waste as much as 75 liters of water a day.
- Human bones are 25% water.
- Most of the world's people must walk at least 3 hours to fetch water.
- Bottled water can be up to 1000 times more expensive than tap water and it may not be as safe.
- For every six ounces of caffeine or alcohol you consume, an additional 10 to 12 oz. of water is needed to rehydrate you.
- Doctors recommend we drink 6-8 glasses of water per day for optimum health, but this is often difficult when you don't like the taste or odor of your water or are concerned about the quality of your drinking water.
- Rostislav Grutman
What’s the truth about Bottled Water?
Although we may think bottled water is our safest option - more than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal supply. Most people are surprised to know that they’re drinking glorified tap water; and most labels on bottles don’t tell you where the water is even coming from.
The truth is, bottled water contains an excess amount of minerals which are added to the water supply. As our body needs only a small quantity of these minerals, bottled water can do more harm than good. In addition, plastic bottles contain Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and Bisphenol A (BPA).
Some effects of these harmful plastic hardeners are and not limited to
- neurological difficulties
- early puberty in girls
- reduced fertility in women
- premature labor
- defects in newborn babies
Plastic bottled also contain Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), and Phthalates. These chemicals found in plastic are endocrine-disrupting additives that have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive effects, including
- reduced sperm count
- testicular abnormality and tumors
- Gender development issues.
The FDA does not regulate phthalates or class them as a health hazard due to the supposedly minute amounts present in plastic bottles.
- Rostislav Grutman