‘Water Is Important’

In follow up to yesterday’s blog, today I’ll zero in on the importance of having access to reasonable drinking water.

We humans are made up of a lot of water so it’s critical to drink enough of it each day in one form or another.

When I was little, I was certain that I learned our bodies are 70% water but now it seems ‘they’ say it’s 60% so I guess I’ll go with that. My thinking may have been mixed up on that one. Anyone else?

“Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.”- https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

There are numerous groups of people and places on earth who don’t have the luxury of potable drinking water and it’s not cool.

Even in our FIRST WORLD country of Canada there are a shameful amount of First Nation communities without access to adequate drinking water. All of these folks are on a boil-advisory alert…and some have been and still are for 25 years. Yes, you read that correctly.

25 YEARS.

Seriously Canada?

It’s not that we don’t have the resources, technology, manpower or know-how to do it asap…’cause it could be done. It comes down to simply not being a true priority and that’s totally unacceptable. Period.

We need it to survive. Every functioning part of our body (which is the whole thing) depends on water to do its job.

“A human can go for more than three weeks without food (Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of starvation), but water is a different story.

At least 60 per cent of the adult body is made of it, and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning. Water acts as a lubricant for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration, and helps to flush waste.

…“You can go 100 hours without drinking at an average temperature outdoors,” Claude Piantadosi of Duke University told Fox. “If it’s cooler, you can go a little longer. If you are exposed to direct sunlight, it’s less.”- https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/how-long-a-person-can-survive-without-water-a6873341.html

Relating to last night’s write-up on being prepared in the event of an emergency combined with the necessity of having access to water that won’t make you sick, here are some ideas:

  • The LifeStraw.

“The LifeStraw personal water filter, a “Best Invention of the Year” (Time magazine) winner, enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources. LifeStraw is ideal for homeowners during emergencies such as local flooding which can contaminate drinking water supplies.

LifeStraw is also ideal for campers and hikers who may be drinking from rivers or lakes and are unsure of the water safety. Because LifeStraw is lightweight and compact, it is also great for travellers who do not want to rely on the quality of local water

LifeStraw is the most advanced personal water filter available today. LifeStraw surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium oocysts, rigorous standards for water filtration.”- 72Hours.com

They have a 4000 Litre drinking ‘shelf life’ and each of us four have one in our kits. At $25.00 a pop, it’s a no-brainer. Also there is a LifeStraw bottle that filters it as you gather the water. More expensive though handy.

The average person needs about 3L of H2O per day toe able proper body/brain function. Obviously in an emergency situation that may not be possible but most sources still say to aim for to have access to least 2L of water per person in crisis.

  • Emergency water packets.

These are individually packaged water portions of usually 125ml (1/2 Cup so you’ll need to consider 16 packs per day per person to get to the 2L. They are easy to carry, provide clean and easy to consume water on the fly.

  • Water purification tablets.

Aquatabs is a popular brand for this.

They tout their tablets are “rapidly dissolving iodine-free tablets that can be used over the long term with no adverse effects. They are safe for adults (including pregnant women) and children. Effective against giardia, bacteria, and viruses, when directions are followed. They have not been proven effective against the cyst cryptosporidium when in the oocyst stage of its life cycle.

  • Contains 30 tablets. In normal use with clear water, each tablet treats 20 litres.
  • Requires 30 minute contact time with water.
  • No odour, nor colour, and will not stain plastic bottles.
  • Contains sodium dichloroisocyanurate (source of chlorine), certified to NSF / ANSI Standard 60.
  • Approved and used by international aid agencies including: NATO, WHO, Unicef, International Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Oxfam.”-MEC.ca

When you’re in an emergentcy situation, the last thing you need to be worrying about is soiling your pants every 5 minutes due to an unnecessary parasitic Giardia or Campylobacter bacterial infection.

How lucky for you all out there who’ve never (yet!;) experienced pooping your pants as an adult. It’s a perfectly good way to ruin your favourite pair of Lulu pants.

So there you have it…some ideas to have access to pwaterotable drinking water when a situation may call for it.

Stay hydrated friends,

-Becky

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