World Water Day 2014- Water & Energy

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On March 22, 2014 we will celebrate World Water Day, as a means of focusing awareness on the importance of, and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day was designated by the United Nations on March 22, 1993 and has been recognized each year since.

Each year focuses on a specific issue or theme.  This year the theme is Water & Energy.  The main objectives are as follows:

  • Raise awareness on the close link between water and energy production.
  • Reach decision makers by presenting case studies on the importance of water-energy issues that greatly impact social and economic development.
  • Identify and demonstrate the water-energy nexus to key stakeholders who may influence UN-Water and UN-Energy policy formulation.

One main priority has always been to address the inequities of producing clean, fresh drinking water, proper sanitation methods and adequate energy services to millions of people living in rural, impoverished areas all around the world.

This World Water Day, by highlighting the importance of the water-energy connection, the aim is to put politics aside and come together for the sake of the greater good.  Let us do our part to help those who are underprivileged and that do not have the resources to attain clean drinking water or the energy to produce it.  This is a global responsibility that each of us must carry.  This also includes practicing water conservation techniques on a regular basis, becoming more educated on water-related issues and becoming connected with a water charity that aims at ending this growing concern.

For more information on World Water Day and to find out what you can do to assist efforts, please visit UN World Water Day 2014.

 

Remember to Drink Your Filtered Water – Is It Safe To Drink Tap Water

tap-water-in-a-glassWe learned early in life that all living things need water to survive.  As a matter of fact, a person can only live for about 3 – 4 days without water, while surviving up to a month without food!  In honor of World Water day, March 22, 2014, I thought I would take a moment to remind us all why good old H2O is so important to the human body.

I find myself constantly advising friends and family members to drink more filtered water.  When we neglect to do so, we can experience unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, headache, irritability, tiredness, constipation and a general sense of discomfort. It is amazing how our bodies respond when we take in the proper amount of water. The Institute of Medicine suggests 9 – 12 cups of total beverages each day. This can literally make you feel like a new person!  In addition to relieving the above referenced disagreeable side effects of not drinking enough, water also helps the body with the following functions:

  • Regulates body temperature
  • Aids in digestion by ridding the body of waste
  • Lubricates and acts as a cushion for joints, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

These are just a few medical reasons why our body demands drinking water.  There are other benefits as well, such as promoting weight loss, improves complexion, increases energy and can flush out harmful toxins to boost your immune system!

In an effort to make sure that you are consuming the highest quality water available, consider using a water testing kit to determine if contaminates are present in your tap water.  If they are, don’t work.  FiltersFast.com offers a wide variety of water filtration applications from refrigerator filters to filtered pitchers and reusable bottles, as well as whole house filtration systems and faucet mount products.

So do the environment a favor: don’t drink bottled water.  By now we all know that trash from empty water bottles is filling up the landfills and producing tons of litter each year, not to mention the rising cost and simple inconvenience of lugging around heavy cases of water.

This year on World Water Day, take a moment to reflect on how something as pure and simple as can have such a dynamic impact on not only our bodies and lives, but that of the entire world.  Clean water is a luxury and should not be taken for granted, as many people do not have the resources or capacity to produce it.  If you do, count it a blessing and think about how you might get involved to help those who don’t.  To learn more, please visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.

Benefits of Drinking Water… Nature’s Healthiest Beverage

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We’ve all heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but could the same apply to drinking water?  Our bodies are made up of 60% water, at times in our lives, ranging up to 75%! So it would make perfect sense that we need to consume enough to maintain overall good health.  Water has always been considered nature’s healthiest beverage and there is plenty of research to back up the claim.  There is an endless list of health benefits connected to drinking water.  According to an article on MindBodyGreen.com, the top 10 benefits of drinking water include:

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue 

2. Promotes Weight Loss

3. Flushes Out Toxins 

4. Improves Skin Complexion 

5. Maintains Regularity 

6. Boosts Immune System 

7. Natural Headache Remedy

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains 

9. Puts You in a Good Mood 

10. Save Money

Additional benefits include preventing bad breath, regulating body temperature, lowering your risk of heart disease and even certain types of cancer. Some lesser known facts found on Fitday.com include that drinking water helps you build muscle, is good for your joints and can even make you smarter!

So how much water do we actually need in order to obtain these benefits?  In this case, more is better than not enough, but there is a general rule of thumb to follow.  The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults drink at least 8, 8 oz. glasses of fluid each day.  What is the best way to reach this goal?  Our top choice is plain, filtered water, as it contains zero calories and has little to no cost to the consumer.

Does it matter how you drink it?  Not really.  Some people prefer it ice cold. Some prefer it room temperature.  Some people prefer it with a slice of lemon, some with a sprig of mint. There are a lot of recipes available online these days if you want to get creative with your water. Some will change the taste completely while some will turn your pitcher of water into a beautiful work of art! Really, there are endless options for ways to enjoy a nice glass of the world’s most abundant substance.

The most important factor is the simplest, though we tend to struggle the most with it… remembering to drink it!

  • Set a Goal: Until it becomes a habit, set a goal for yourself.  If 64 oz. per day is too overwhelming, start smaller.  Aim to drink 3 glasses per day, and then increase the amount until you reach your ultimate goal.
  • Placement:  You know the saying “out of sight, out of mind.”  It applies in this case as well!  If you always have a water bottle, or large glass of water in front of you, you are more likely to drink it.
  • Meal-time:  Always drink at least a full glass of water with each meal.
  • Snack-time: Always drink a full glass with your morning and afternoon snack.

 

Following these simple steps will help you increase your water intake.   So drink up and remember that 8 glasses of filtered water per day just might keep the doctor away!