Water, Hydration and Dehydration

Just thought I would give you the 411 on H2O today. So here it is!

FACTS:

  • 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people. (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation 2012).
  • 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh.
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  • Only 1% of the Earth’s water is available for drinking.
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water.
  • We lose a pint or more of water each day by simply breathing (according to a study done in the northeast)…and I bet that is not all you have done today, which means you should be drinking a whole lot of water!!

 

SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION (according to WebMD):

  • Dry mouth
  • The eyes stop making tears
  • Sweating may stop
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lightheadedness (especially when standing)
  • Weakness
  • Decreased urine output

 

A FEW GOOD READS:
Hydration Myths
Healthy Living Facts
Charity Water

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