Water is life
Water IS life. NOTHING can live without it. We as humans are no different. In fact as a human being we would struggle to survive beyond a week without water, and that time frame could vary greatly depending on the extremes of the conditions, it could reduce to just hours in certain conditions, we can go 3-4 times longer without food.
We are on average 65% water. In infants this number is much higher, as high as 78%, but on average across the human species 65% is the magic number.
So it goes without saying that maintaining that level is critical to our wellbeing. Being in Australia most people would take for granted that our drinking water is fine. However this is probably in direct comparison with other parts of the world in which water is probably not even fit for human consumption.
What is the importance of water? Let me summarise with some of the benefits of consuming the correct amount and right quality of water.
A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material.
It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream;
It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
forms saliva helping with digestion
Based on the importance of these functions within the human body it makes sense that we consume the highest quality water possible, to aid with all of the above functions.
Some of the down sides of drinking water that is substandard or not consuming enough is that all these functions can and will break down.
So what is the right amount of water? Almost every scientific research report shows that as an adult human we should be consuming 2-3 litres of water a day.
So what’s the answer to ensure that the drinking water is of a high quality and enhancing the body function. Water would need to be filtered and optimally it would be disinfected with a UV light rather than chemical disinfection, to ensure the killing of the bugs and viruses in the water which lead to major issues in the body. This is according the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. V3.3.
Bottled water is an option that people look to in our country. However just for the record, the quality of bottled and packaged water is not covered by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. There are no quality controls over bottled water in our country, only from the food and beverage standards.
If you have any interest in finding out where you can access a purifier that both filters and disinfects the water via UV light method, feel free to contact me.
And give up bottled water! Fill your stainless steel water bottle with fresh purified water for less cost and less environmental impact - and of course, BPA free!