A healthy man can survive 21 days and even longer without food but he can only survive 3 days without water. The main reason for this is that approximately 60% of man’s body is composed of water. In addition, water is important because it is critical for the processes that make life possible. It is the ideal method for transporting nutrients and other substances in and out of the body’s living cells. Another reason is that water is a universal solvent. This may sound strange to many people but the fact is almost every substance dissolves in water.
How much water does a person need every day to maintain their health and what kind of water is best? According to reliable sources, the amount of water you should drink varies slightly for men and women; for women, the amount is about 9 cups a day and for men, it is about 13 cups a day. But the other question of what kind of water is best may surprise you. Companies that sell filtered bottle water literally spend billions of dollars a year in advertising trying to convince the public that their bottled water is the best because it filtered, or that the water source is underground and filtered through layers of natural rock or some other method. The whole point of this filtered water versus unfiltered tap water fight is that the companies that sell filtered water want you to believe that filtered bottled water is safer for you than tap water. Apparently, this works because the sales of bottled water each year are over $12 billion dollars a year. This is an extremely large amount of money for one of most abundant compounds on the Earth, don’t you think?
Here’s some information these companies don’t want you to know, tap water and bottled water are actually comparable in terms of safety. This is a quote from Katherine Zeratsky, a licensed dietitian with the Mayo Clinic. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees bottled water, and the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates tap water, use similar standards to ensure the water’s safety. What does all this mean? All it means is that whether you like filtered bottle water or plain tap water which one you choose to drink is generally just a matter of taste and not safety.
There is a caveat to this article. Tap water is safe as long as the Government officials entrusted with its safety do their job. The Flint Michigan fiasco is an example of where government officials engaged in actual criminal behavior and allowed the in polluting of the public’s drinking water.
For the original article go to https://www.reddit.com/r/health then click go to http://www.alternet.org/environment/tap-water-clearly-better-bottled-water-heres-why
Lately, Ontario has been facing a severe drought. High temperatures and lack of rain have combined to create the worst precipitation situation the area has seen in twenty years.
There will be a smaller yield for crops this year. That reality has caused stress for individual farmers and their communities. Trade associations have indicated in recent weeks that Canadian growers may need to sell at a loss in order to compete with international growers.
Recently, however there has been some good news. On July 7, some of the hardest-hit regions of the province received over an inch of rain. Some of the affected farmers celebrated with gratitude and good humor on social media.
This has been an abnormally dry year in many parts of Canada. However, true drought conditions exist only in small pockets of the country. Additionally, improvements in technology have meant that people are able to track conditions much more closely. The availability of quality apps has made it easier for the average Canadian to track fluctuations in rainfall.
Agriculture remains a key part of the Canadian economy. When drought hits, it creates waves in the economy that affect us all. Although this situation seems to be part of a normal twenty year weather cycle, some scientists worry that these conditions are a sign of bigger climate change. The recent rainfall was great for Northeastern Ontario, and hopefully the trend will continue.
California Governor, Jerry Brown has ordered statewide reductions in water consumption, that are now mandatory, to combat severe drought.
“This historic drought requires an unprecedented action,” the governor of California said Wednesday morning. “Therefore, I am issuing an executive order directing substantial reductions in water throughout our state. As Californians, we must join forces and save water in every possible way.”
The implementation of new water restrictions, measures that would reduce consumption by 25 percent, will be tasked by the Board of Control of State Water Resources throughout California.
Haidar Barbouti has learned that some restrictions include:
- Require college campuses, golf courses, and other entities with vast landscapes to decrease their water usage
- Prohibit lawn irrigation, unless irrigation systems use a water-saving drip, and the prohibition of ornamental lawn watering
- Develop a statewide rebate program to replace appliances with more efficient models
California depends on water collected from the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that melt in the spring, serving fresh water supply to some 25 million people.
Preliminary figures have determined that in late March, their were the lowest recorded snow levels in the Sierra Nevada since 1950, when the state began documenting snow levels.
Never before has California recorded a level below 25 percent. The first day of April the state recorded only 5 percent.
Americans are well aware of the obesity epidemic. As a result, they are changing their diets, exercising more, and taking vitamins. It’s something I’ve been talking about extensively with Lee G. Lovett.
Healthy food and drinks are being advertised and offered by many companies. In fact, vitamins and minerals are being added to many drinks: water, juice and sports drinks. Even though the levels of vitamins may be small, nutritionist worry the vitamins could be harmful.
In today’s world, many different foods are beginning to be fortified with vitamins. In addition to drinks, vitamins A and D are often added to food such as bread and milk. There is concern that people are exceeding their daily requirements.
Vitamin water is made with synthetic vitamins. Some experts don’t think there is much benefit from synthetic vitamins. They recommend getting vitamins naturally from the food that is known to produce a particular vitamin.
Additionally, vitamin water also costs more. It can cost as much as $3.50 per bottle. Many health experts maintain that water is still the best liquid for hydration and overall health. You can always add flavor if plain water is too dull.
Mineral water may taste good, but its nutritional value is not that much more than what plain water provides. Rather than waste money on vitamin water, drink tap water for free and you can save on your grocery bill.