What Does Water Do For Us?
- Water aids filtration in the body through urination and elimination. Without water we would not be able to expel toxins, creating a poisonous environment within our bodies.
- Water is a key component in sweat, which helps regulate body temperature.
- Blood plasma is 93% water as well as lymph (a fluid that flows through the lymphatic system).
- On a cellular level, functionality completely ceases with the absence of water.
Dehyrdation is the excessive loss of body fluid. Basically, more water is going out than in. It can cause a slowing of our metabolism, increase in blood pressure, and a decrease in sweating. With just 5-6% water loss, grogginess, headache, and nausea can occur. At 10-15% fluid loss, muscles spasm, skin shrivels, and delirium begins.
884 million people all over the world do not have clean drinking water. Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America are the most affected by this problem, but do not think this is a third world problem. Even in America communities lack clean drinking water.
I hear the question forming in your head. "But isn't 71% of Earth covered in water?"
It is! But that's salt water and drinking salt water will make you sick. We need fresh water to survive and, unfortunately, only 4% of the Earth's water is fresh and 66% of that fresh water is frozen in glaciers and ice caps.
Due to this scarcity, 3.575 million people die of water-related diseases each year. That's 3,575,000 or the entire population of Los Angeles.
Well, what can I do about it?
You can donate to a charity like Water.org.
Not into giving without getting? Check out the shop at MyCharity.
Maya Angelou said, "A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart." Be grateful for the wonderful things you have: indoor plumbing, clean water on command, and enough food to eat because things could just as easily have turned out very different for us all.
Sources: CDC, Kids Health, Blood Plasma Wiki, Lymph Wiki, Dehydration Wiki
Photo Credit: Juhanson