The Key Ingredient to a Clean, Sustainable Life
Spoiler Alert: The key ingredient is WATER!
But why is water the key ingredient to a clean, sustainable lifestyle?
Water is everything. Water keeps us clean. Water keeps us healthy. Water keeps us alive. However, conserving water is just as important as consuming and using water. More people and things die from unclean/unsafe water every day than anything else.
Our Health and Water
Water is like oil to a machine. Our bodies and the world are the machines and water is what makes them all function. It’s the grease that keeps everything working. There would be no life without water.
Water is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It’s the key for proper digestion and detoxifies the liver and kidneys. Water is also necessary for hygiene which helps with our health as well.
You are most likely dehydrated because more than 75% of Americans are dehydrated. Dehydration is one of the most common health problems in the United States and one of the easiest to fix. A simple test to perform to see if you are dehydrated is to look at your urine. If it is anything darker than light yellow, you are dehydrated.
Next time you start to feel sick or feel pain, try drinking a glass of water and resting a bit before trying anything else.
If you feel fatigued – drink water
If you have cracked skin – drink water
If you have acne – drink water
If you feel hungry – drink water
If you have cravings – drink water
If your blood sugar is low – drink water
If you haven’t peed in the last 3 hours – drink water
If you have sweated – drink water
If you are cold or hot – drink water
A common question is How much water should you be drinking every day? It depends largely on your weight, how active you are, and your health goals. A key way of knowing is taking your weight and dividing it by 2. That will give you how many ounces to drink. If you divide that number by 8 you will get how many cups of water you should drink every day. If you are highly active or are trying to detoxify your body you should drink more water.
Detoxing with Water
It is very important that you consider upping your water game and adding back in some nutrients. Water is the key to helping rid your body of toxins in the form of free-radicals. These free-radicals cause oxidative stress on your body and most noticeably your skin. The average person needs 50% of their bodyweight in ounces each day. If you are wanting to flush your body, you will want to reach for 60-75% of your bodyweight in ounces. This will break it down:
If you are 100-125lbs try to drink around 60-90 ounces per day.
If you are 125-150lbs try to drink around 90-115 ounces per day.
If you are 150-200lbs try to drink around 100-125 ounces per day.
If you are over 200lbs, please consult your doctor. Drinking a gallon a day will help you shed some pounds.
Kelsey’s Drinking Water Story
When I was growing up, my family was all about drinking pop/soda/soda pop/carbonated syrup. But then in middle school I started learning about health and like all cliché middle school girls, I started hating the way I felt about my weight and the way I looked. I thought I was fat because I had to wear a size medium shirt where every other girl in my glass could wear a size small. Pathetic. I know.
I decided to take on the challenge of not drinking any pop for a full summer. Instead I chose to drink only water, sweet tea, or fruit juice (which I hope we all know now is just as bad as pop because of the high sugar content). This lead to a gradual shift away from my then arch nemesis, pop.
I remember that summer being super tough because I didn’t want my family to know the real reason for opting out of not drinking pop. I simple told them that it was a new thing I was trying and that I still liked pop. But I never told them that I was trying to lose weight (until now, if they read this…). However, I remained true to my challenge.
During college, I began carrying around a reusable water bottle with me everywhere. I never left my dorm without it or my reusable mug (Yay for free coffee in the cafeteria!). However, my challenge shifted once again from avoiding pop at all costs to only drinking it with rum. I really liked rum, and it was a great mixer. But I only drank it occasionally, and I always opted for fruit juice before pop.
Now, my challenge has shifted one more. I have grown to never consider pop or fruit juice and option when I’m thirsty. It never crosses my mind to drink pop, juice, or even milk! It’s either plain water, flavored water, or hot water (tea, coffee, etc.). I don’t even think of drinking wine or another type of alcohol. I have weaned myself off all of those since 2005. I feel pretty proud of myself.
These tricks are how I manage to drink lots of water throughout the day.
I put fruit or herbs (mint) in my water for flavor.
I put essential oils in my water for flavor.
I use filtered water.
I drink a glass of water every morning before I do anything else.
I drink water before and during a meal.
I drink water when I’m cooking or during meal prep.
I use a straw to take larger gulps.
I carry water with me everywhere I go.
I drink herbal tea, coffee, and/or hot water with honey and lemon. (There’s lots of water in coffee! Plus, I never use creamer or sweeteners in it.)
I keep track of how much water I drink every day and have a goal of drinking at least 4 glasses (1-quart glass or 32 oz. I know, it’s a lot of water, but I get so thirsty!)
I place a glass of water beside my bed and work space.
I eat lots of vegetables and fruits that are high in water content.
Here are some other things you can do:
Add a splash of fruit juice to your water
Set up reminders on your phone
Post your “why” somewhere you can see it every day
Add carbonation to your water
Use fun shaped ice
Place a pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator
Fill a container with the amount of water you should drink every day and gradually only drink from it. See if you can drink the whole thing with in the day.
Drink a glass of water after every bathroom break.
Eat more spicy or salty foods. They will make you thirsty.
Track your water consumption with an app.
Drink water while/after you exercise
Drink water at restaurants
Create your own water challenge
Build up your water levels slowly
Freeze little bits of lemon and lime or your favorite fruit and use these as ice cubes in your water for a refreshing summer time treat.
It’s all about finding what works for you and drinking more water throughout the day.
Our World and Water
Not only do 8 billion people on Earth need clean fresh water to drink and bath, but all other animals and plants need clean fresh water too (well all the ones that don’t live in salty water). The point is, that a lot of things depend on clean fresh water.
The world is about 70% water, but 96.5% of that is salty and in the oceans. The other 3.5% is broke between locked in our melting glaciers and deep underground. The accessible fresh water that is left is often polluted by humans. That doesn’t leave a lot of clean fresh water to be consumed.
This is a list of the most common water pollutants. What is a common theme?
Burning Fossil Fuels
Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides
Increased Water Temperatures
Large Animal Waste
Toxic Pollutant Storage Leaks
The common theme is human consumerism. Everything on this list links back in some manner to consumerism. So, the water we need to survive is being polluted by our own toxic consumerism ways.
What each one of us directly and indirectly consume matters. Everything takes water to make/produce, so the more items you purchase, the more you indirectly use. Minimalism is key here. Some items, like meat or cotton, take a lot of water to produce. Quality is key here.
However, conserving water is just as important as consuming water for a clean, sustainable life. Some top ways of conserve water in your home is to Reduce outdoor watering
Check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads
Fix leaks in all plumbing fixtures (no leaking faucets!)
Install water-efficient devices
Swap out your lawn with low-water plants.
Insulate your water pipes
Run water as short of time as possible
Visit http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ to learn more ways.
Water is a huge part of clean, sustainable life.
Consuming water for our health & conserving water for our planet’s health.
If our planet does not have clean fresh water, it is impossible for us to be healthy. Our consumption of water needs to be sustainable and conservative. We need to not use excess water and not pollute water. Polluted water means nothing to drink or eat!
Never take fresh clean water for granted, especially if you litter that ends up in our lakes and rivers AKA our water. If you use any toxic/harmful chemicals around your home, they will eventually end up in our water either by going down the drain or running off your lawn. This is anything that goes down your toilets, shower drains, sink drains, or in your laundry. Try using soaps and cleaners that are non-toxic and safe for the environment.
Water is beautiful. It can take on so many different forms and can bring magic into our lives.
It makes our skin nice and our organs function.
It can make us fit, healthy, and feeling good.
It makes us clean and sanitary.
It controls our temperature and Earth’s temperature.
It makes plants and animals grow and thrive.
It makes waterfalls and rainbows!
If we didn’t have water there would be no life. Water equals life. Water is life. No water. No life. We’re all connected! Our life revolves around water. We all need it, so let’s not pollute it.
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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
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