Just as we need to be able to breathe to survive; we need water! This elixir of good health is our body’s most important nutrient. We could live for weeks without food but only four or five days without water. Water is involved in every bodily process, carrying nutrients, flushing out waste, and keeping body temperature on an even keel. Drinking the right amount of water is also essential for healthy-looking skin, as it prevents it from drying out. And best of all, water doesn’t have a single calorie!
Whether it bubbles up from the earth, trickles down a mountainside, or gushes from a tap, water is preventative medicine, the major treatment for colds and sore throats, and an analgesic. Internally and externally, hot and cold – even icy; water is healthy stuff.
Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon is renowned for his purported pursuit of the fountain of youth which many thought a magical water source supposedly capable of reversing the aging process and curing sickness. Tales of sacred, restorative waters existed well before his birth however.
Relax in the calm blue Caribbean without ever leaving home. The sea offers health and beauty benefits: Saltwater causes the lymph glands to excrete toxins, cleansing the skin, and seaweed is a natural defoliant, smoothing away any roughness.
To simulate this in your bath, combine 1/4 cup each sea salt, dried seaweed (available in Asian markets), Epsom salts and baking soda, and pour into a clean dry container. Makes enough for four baths. Simply pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into the tub as the water is running. 20 minutes is the ideal soaking time – any longer will dry your skin.
SOME FACTS ON WATER
- Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
- Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
- Of all the water on the earth, humans can use only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
- The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
- Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
- Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer. For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
- Most people around the world have access to clean drinking water but it is a major problem in poorer areas of the world. Water pollution and low quality water can lead to dangerous bacteria, disease and viruses such as E coli and Cryptosporidium.
- The word water usually refers to water in its liquid state. The solid state of water is known as ice while the gas state of water is known as steam or water vapor.
- Since the average faucet releases 2 gallons of water per minute, you can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth.
- In developing nations women and girls are primarily responsible for collecting water; on average, 25 percent of their day is spent on this task. Collectively, South African women and children walk a daily distance equivalent to 16 trips to the moon and back to fetch water.
- Just 33% of what the world spends on bottled water every year would pay to provide clean water for the 780 million without it.
- Want to help preserve and sustain drinking water – stop buying bottled water! Yes, I know it is convenient – but filtered water from your tap is just as good and doesn’t contribute to the plastic garbage problem in the world.
Water sports, water filtration plants, hydro-electric waterfalls, saltwater, fresh water, water to beer, bath water, drinking water, water bombs, ice rinks, steam rooms, pools, rain, glaciers, puddles, lakes and streams, irrigation, mud, etc. etc. …water is essential to human existence and nature. Let’s respect and protect it!
Personally, I am not particularly looking for the fountain of youth but rather the secret of turning water into wine!