Today is International Water Day! Not only is it a great chance to bring awareness to the world water crisis, but it’s also an opportunity to shed light on just how important water is for our health.
1 in 10 people across the globe lack access to safe water (663 million).
Twice the population of the United States lack access to safe water around the world.
Globally, 1/3 of the world’s schools lack access to safe water or proper sanitation.
Women and children around the world spend 125 million hours each day collecting water.
In Africa and Asia, the average walk for potable water is 3.7 miles a day.
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
[Facts taken from http://www.water.org%5D
These facts show just how much of a crisis we are in. The United States is extremely progressive compared to the rest of the world in terms of development, sanitation, and basic need accessibility. What a blessing it is to live in a country where safe water is plentiful. There are numerous organizations across the globe that are doing a great work to help alleviate the water crisis, including a local Charleston organization called Water Mission. For those of us who want to help but don’t know where to begin, organizations like Water Mission are a great place to start.
Their organization designs, builds, and implements water and sanitation systems across the globe to developing countries and in disaster relief situations. To date, they’re helped provide 3 million people with safe water in 50 different countries. In high school, we partnered with this organization a lot by going on mission trips and by participating in fundraising events. Their Christian values and nonprofit ministry make it a great company to support. Check out their website for more information about their projects and for ways in which you can contribute to their cause.
Despite the fact that many around the world don’t have access to safe water, we as Americans often dehydrate ourselves. Drinking too many soft drinks/alcoholic beverages, not having a taste for water, and exercising without proper fluid replenishment are all ways in which we fail to properly hydrate ourselves.
Here are 7 reasons why you should drink more water daily!
1. Water is Essential to Life
You NEED water to live. It’s an important part to the daily functioning of our body’s organ systems. Without it, we would die. Dehydration can cause fatigue, constipation, seizures, low blood volume shock, kidney failure, swelling of the brain, coma, even death. Some of these complications are more serious than others (like death), but ultimately we need water to function at our best.
2. Weight Loss
Yes, water can help you lose weight. If you drink a glass of water before meal time, you are more likely to eat less. Water works to satiate your body’s craving for food. Oftentimes when you are bored and think you’re hungry, you are most likely thirsty and in need of a tall drink of water. I’m referring to H2O, not a hunk of man! 🙂
3. Natural Detox
Urine and sweat are natural ways for our body to excrete waste and toxins out of our system. Your kidneys need water to perform at peak functioning. The more water you drink, the better you are able to get rid of those unnecessary toxins taken in through food and your environment. If you are an athlete, you NEED to be drinking more water than the average Joe to keep up with your body’s equilibrium.
4. Your Glowing Face
Water helps hydrate your skin and in turn improves your face’s color and texture. Want radiant skin? Drink water! And of course a healthy, well-balanced diet can improve your complexion too. Water helps to rebuild body cells and restore that lovely glow. So ditch the expensive facial creams and washes, and reach for a glass of refreshing, healing water. Your face will thank you!
5. Say Goodbye to Grumpy
Some of the first signs of dehydration are cranky attitudes and confusion. If you feel like you are constantly struggling to stay focused and postivite, you may be a tad bit dehydrated. No one wants a negative Nancy, so bring a refillable water bottle to work with you and stay hydrated. To remind yourself to drink water, set alarms on your phone every couple of hours, or better yet, post sticky notes as little reminders to sip throughout the day.
6. Beat Cancer
Research has shown that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and bladder cancer. Hello, that’s incredible! I’ll be over here downing a gallon of water, thank you very much.
7. Increase Your Athletic Performance
Muscles need water too! Hydration provides equilibrium for the body’s electrolytes and fluids, thus preventing muscle fatigue. If you are training or performing rigorous athletic activities, your need for water only increases. It’s suggested that you drink 17 ounces of fluid 2 hours prior to any physical activity to ensure optimum hydration. The guidelines for water intake according to the American College of Sports Medicine can be found here.