Leonardo Da Vinci put it well when he said, “Water is the driver of nature”. And water is not only essential to Ninja Turtles😉
• It makes up about 65% of the human body
• It is vital to life
• Vital organs like the brain, lungs, heart, liver and kidneys contain between 65% and 85% of water, and the bones 31%
• Humans can live 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water. In his fast, Jesus went 40 days without food but there is no mention of an abstinence from water. (Please do not try this testing this!)
• According to the Water Project UK, 1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water, and
• As much as 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
• It forms saliva and helps with digestion
• It important for cell growth and reproduction
• It acts as a shock absorber for your brain, your spine, and for foetuses in pregnancy
• It carries nutrients and helps deliver oxygen around the boy
• Lubricates joints
• Regulates the body temperature
• Flushes waste from the body
WHO (The World Health Organisation) recommends a daily intake of 3.7 litres for men, and 2.7 litres for women (aged 19 +)
The above is WHO’s recommendation, but the optimal amount of water is different for each person as it depends on height, weight, lifestyle, environment and such things as pregnancy, breastfeeding, or the work you do. An athlete would need to drink more water than a secretary.
Although we do get water from some food, aim to get the recommended about from drinking water.
When your body loses more fluid than you’re taking in, this is called dehydration.
• feeling thirsty and lightheaded
• dry mouth
• feeling tired
• dark coloured and strong-smelling pee (urine)
• not peeing as often as usual
The WHO Report on Drinking Water says:
“10% loss of body water through dehydration is life-threatening. During the Six-day War of 1967, more than 20,000 Egyptian soldiers died from heat stroke. Egyptian troops were following practices of strict water rationing. During the same time, Israeli troops with abundant field water supplies and command-enforced water policies had minimal heat casualties.”
In the west, we are so lucky to be able to open our taps and get clean, flowing water. Unfortunately, not everyone has this privilege.
In Zimbabwe, we sometimes had muddy water come through our taps – I’m talking about kitchen and bathroom taps. The last time I was in 2011, I ran a bath at my auntie’s place and decided that I was probably cleaner not bathing! Not only did the water have a smell, it was discoloured and even had sticks in it – sticks from trees.
If you aren’t fortunate enough to have clean water, please remember to boil it before you drink it.
Speaking of Zimbabwe, I remember at junior school (Murray McDougal School in Triangle for all you curious Zimbos) working on an art project about saving water as there was a drought and our main dam – Lake Kyle in Maszvingo – was running low. We came up with some lovely posters, “Did you know, Kyle is Low” lol, we were only about 8. The men in the community also did their bit, they wore t-shirts saying, “Save water; Drink beer!”
I’m aware that the drought we faced was temporary, and that there are some people who permanently live with lack of water – or lack of clean water. We can’t make it rain on them, but we can do a little bit to help support communities like these by supporting the building of better facilities and education.
If you would like to do this, please support projects such as The Water Project which you can find here. You can read about the work they have done, the work they are doing, and the work they want to do. You can donate to The Water Project online using the donate button on the top right of their page.
Every little helps to make a big difference.
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