Water is the core of our existence. Every living organism needs it to survive. How much do you really know about the element that keeps us going and all the wonderful things it does for us?
It flows out of our faucets to help us clean our teeth, our dishes and our ourselves. We need it to have fun in the sun and drink it to keep hydrated and healthy, but this precious resource is so much more than we may think.
Only 1% of water is readily available for human use. Crazy, right!?
70% of the world’s surface is covered with water, but 97.5% of that is salt water and the rest of the fresh water is frozen into those big glaciers, leaving us 1% to work with for almost 7 billion people. Our need for water makes it super important for us to be aware of the widespread drought affecting a large amount of the United States. Water is a basic right, but also a precious resource, so conserving it is crucial to our survival.
Here are 7 important things to know when you feel like skipping your water drinking for the day:
Can Help You Lose or Maintain a Healthy Weight
Basically, water makes you full and you eat few calories. This keeps you eating healthy portions and keeps you sufficiently hydrated.
Reduces The Risk of Pimples
Water flushes out toxins in the body that causes skin to inflame which can result in clogged pores and acne.
Can Wake You Up More Than Caffeine
Tiredness and fatigue are two of the most common symptoms of dehydration. If you feel tired try drinking a few cups of water before something high in sugar or caffeine.
Keeps Your Kidneys Going
Our kidneys process over 200 quarts of blood per day. They pull out waste and carry urine to the bladder, but if they don’t get enough fluids they can’t clear away things the body doesn’t need and can lead to infection.
Helps You Finish Your Workout or The Big Game
If you exercise too long without being properly hydrated you get a build-up of chemicals, such as lactic acid, that cause you muscles to tighten up. Drink water before, during and after to prevent muscle cramping and help with soreness.
Is Best From The Tap And Filter
It’s always important to stay hydrated, but crucial during summer. There are more than 2100 contaminants that can be present in tap water, but a well-placed filter can change all of that. Water filters are designed specifically to work with the water coming from your faucet. Go one step further and put a filter on your shower to protect the spongiest organ of all, your skin!
Might Be Worse In A Bottle
Not only is bottled water a waste of plastic, but just like many personal care products it is less regulated than tap water. Tap water is EPA regulated, undergoing tests for things such as e. coli, as well as being required to produce its source and quality testing. Bottled water is not required to meet any of these standards to be distributed.