Water: Beyond Thirst

Water is a precious resource. About seventy per cent of water covers the earth surface. According to research, about 97 per cent is undrinkable seawater. Only 1 per cent of the world’s water is available for people to drink. Pollution has made this 1 per cent less available especially in developing countries.

In this time of the year, the dry season, where we battle with dryness, heat strokes and drought. We would definitely need more water to satisfy our various needs. The WHO says, each individual needs at least 20 litres of water per day and we have about 1.2 billion people who do not get enough safe drinking water daily.

We might think water is just to quench thirst but water has a lot of minerals and vitamins that are needed by the body. Minerals such as chloride, fluoride, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, iodine.

These minerals play an essential role in building a strong immune system. Using the wrong purification method demineralizes water and makes this minerals less available for you. That is why we say, there is not enough ‘safe’ drinking water available to go round.
When your body does not have enough water to function properly, it can cause health issues, we call this dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include dry skin, fatigue, dry mouth, thirst, dark urine.

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Consuming dirty water also has its own consequences. Transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and hepatitis A can be prevented if one has access to clean and safe drinking water. Your water might be unclean if it looks funny, has a strange taste or even smells.

Boiling your water can kill microbes and bacteria in it. However, in some situations, it can increase the concentration of other contaminants. Filtration also helps to get Sulphur out of water. A combination of various appropriate purification methods will help make your water safer to drink.

Fun facts
• Drinking water instead of sugary drinks or sodas can help with weight loss
• When dehydrated, your skin is prone to wrinkling
• Water regulates body temperature. There are no standards to the amount of water on should consume per day but you need to stay hydrated especially now that it is a dry season.