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Monday, November 14, 2011
For the Love of H2O
Last Monday I fell asleep at my desk after lunch. I mean like a proper snooze fest interrupted by the two people I share an office with. That’s got nothing to do with this blog post but I found it amusing. I blame it on the heat!
There is no doubt it’s summer, which makes hydration uber important. Luckily South Africa has great quality tap water. We have an entire ministry dedicated to making sure our water resources are well taken care of. If you don’t like the taste, there are inexpensive filters available.
This leaves me a little boggled about people who insist on buying bottled water. Evian spelt backwards is Naive. Rumour has it the company started by filling bottles with tap water and selling it to naive consumers. I’m sure it’s not true but I have no proof that any bottled water comes from some fancy, untouched and pristine spring. But, I do know that South Africa’s bottled water industry is coining R1.7billion a year. That being said, if you’re travelling out of the country or are in an unfamiliar region, you shouldn’t assume that the water has been through a million tests before reaching the tap. According to water.org nearly ONE BILLION people have no access to safe drinking water.
For clarity, what does it mean when a bottle is labelled “spring water”? After a little rain or snow the water collects underground and rises to the surface of the earth and forms a spring. It goes through a natural filtering process and is different from tap water because it contains no chemicals. Sometimes, a borehole is drilled to extract the water from the earth’s surface.
On the other hand, mineral water is collected from hot springs containing high concentrations of dissolved salts. Purifying the water removes some of the necessary minerals. There is debate whether the water is healthy or not, claims that people who only drink mineral water live longer and that sometimes the water can be too mineral rich. Anyways, drink water, it’s good for you.
1. 70 % of an adult’s body is made up of water
2. Drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication. (Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.)
3. While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body.
4. Of all the water on the earth, humans can used only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes
5. By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.