WORLD WATER DAY 2017

world water Day.pngThere is much emphasis on water as a valuable yet exhaustible resource but very few of us are taking right steps towards efficient use and conservation. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. The 2015 Sustainable development goals aim at providing access to safe water by 2030.

On this World Water Day, we are sharing some simple tips on making the most of the available water

Sit to drink: Every time you want to drink water, sit down. Drinking water while standing prevents proper retention of the fluid by the body and may put negative pressure on the nerves.  Although there is not sufficient scientific research supporting this contention, it is a harmless but useful habit that needs to be cultivated in adults and children.

Sip slowly rather than gulping: Sipping water slowly helps to quench thirst and also helps body absorb it better.

Want not, waste not: Often when we have access to free bottled water, we tend to misuse it. Once opened; we do not finish the water at one go and leave the bottles anywhere because it is free and we can take another bottle when we feel thirsty next. One should respect the fact that even though it is free, water cannot be wasted as it remains a precious resource

Avoid drinking from plastic bottles: If you really need drinking water to nourish your body the way it should, then avoid drinking from plastic bottles unless left with no other option. It is prudent to carry a steel flask for drinking water on-the-go, it keeps water cool and non-odorous. At home, it is easy to store water in glass jars or earthen pots or even brass vessels.

Recycle always: Any kind of water, whether that left over in the glass/ bottle, that obtained from washing vegetables or cooking, that used for laundry, etc is not to be discarded. Simply pour the water into plants or just on the ground.

Make sure to value the water that is available to you!

References:

http://www.worldwaterday.org/

http://www.curejoy.com/content/the-right-way-of-drinking-water-as-per-ayurveda/

4 Reasons why water is great for your Teeth

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With summers setting in, you must have come across various articles about the importance of staying hydrated. Our bodies are made up of 60% of water and during summers we tend to lose quite a bit of fluids because of the heat. Hence the need to stay hydrated constantly. Water also helps to distribute the nutrients in your water, takes out waste, keeps your skin healthy and keeps your muscles moving.

If these reasons are not enough to drink water. We are giving you one more! Having water is also one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy. Read on to know how  Continue reading “4 Reasons why water is great for your Teeth”

How useful are water purifiers?

How useful are RO water purifiers?

Also read: Should you consume alkali water?

Use of water purifiers has become more of a norm than exception in recent times.Most of the water purifiers work on the principle of Reverse Osmosis (R.O.)

The R.O. water purification method involves forcing water through a semi-permeable membrane, which filters out a select number of water contaminants, depending on the size of the contaminants.

In general, if the contaminants are larger in size than water molecules, those contaminants will be filtered out. If the contaminants are smaller in size, they will remain in the drinking water.

 

Advantages of R.O. purified water Continue reading “How useful are water purifiers?”

Should you consume alkaline water?

Water is one of the most vital nutrient required by the body and is indispensable.  In fact, our bodies are largely made of water and hence it assumes more importance.It is imperative that we are conscious about the purity and wholesomeness of the water we drink. But did you ever realize that the pH levels of water can be a concern?

Pure water has a pH level close to 7. Alkaline water has a pH above 7. Continue reading “Should you consume alkaline water?”

Is summer draining you out?

Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to problems ranging from swollen feet or a headache to life-threatening illnesses such as heat stroke

Dehydration can result into:

  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of co-ordination
  • Irritability
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased urine output
  • Elevated body temperature

Effects of dehydration also include:

  • Heat cramp
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Deadly heat stroke
  • Electrolytes (sodium & chlorine ) losses occur together with water loss.

How much water do we need?

What does being well hydrated mean?

The amount of water a person needs depends on:

  • Climatic conditions
  • Clothing worn and
  • Exercise intensity and duration

A person who perspires heavily will need to drink more than someone who doesn’t.

Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease may also mean you need to drink more water.

People with cystic fibrosis have high concentrations of sodium in their sweat and also need to use caution to avoid dehydration

And some medications can act as diuretics, causing the body to lose more fluid.

Thirst is a late signal. Feeling thirsty means that we are already dehydrated. The easiest thing to do is pay attention to the color of  urine. Pale and clear means we are well hydrated. If it’s dark, we need to drink more fluids.

 

What is the best way to rehydrate?

  • For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated.
  • Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water.
  • Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful for people doing high intensity, vigorous exercise in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories.
  • Avoid fruit juices or sugary drinks, such as soda as they can be hard on the stomach if we are dehydrated
  • It’s also best to avoid drinks containing caffeine, which acts as a diuretic and causes you to lose more fluids.

Hydration isn’t just important during physical activity. Sitting in the sun on a hot or humid day, even if you aren’t exercising, can also cause your body to need more fluids.

People who have a heart condition, are older than 50 or overweight may also have to take extra precautions.

If you experience signs of dehydration, heat cramps or heat exhaustion:

  • Stop exercising right away.
  • Sip water or suck on ice cubes.
  • Move to the shade or indoors as soon as possible.
  • Douse yourself with cold water.
  • Apply cold, wet cloths to the neck, groin and armpits.
  • Seek medical attention if your condition doesn’t improve or gets worse.

Heat stroke is when the body is no longer able to regulate its temperature, and it keeps rising. This is very serious and requires immediate medical attention

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Reference
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated—Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_A