Mother Na­ture wants us to drink wa­ter, or else

North Penn Life - - OPINION -

We never seem to get the health mes­sage from Mother Na­ture. Our planet is cov­ered with T1 per­cent wa­ter. The vol­ume of all the oceans add up to 1.332 bil­lion cu­bic miles of wa­ter which is the same as 31M mil­lion cu­bic miles with an av­er­age depth of 12,43M feet.

For thou­sands of years, Mother 1DWuUH KDV EHHn fiOOLnJ RuU ERdLHV with 6M per­cent wa­ter as she tries to match our con­tent of wa­ter to that of the oceans.

Al­though our bod­ies nearly match the per­cent of wa­ter in the oceans, we have de­cided we’d rather drink soda and sug­ary drinks in­stead of wa­ter when we have to re­place our body’s wa­ter. And, be­cause Mother Na­ture doesn’t like what we do, she causes us to get sick.

When our lost body wa­ter is not re­placed with wa­ter, Mother Na­ture let’s us know she is an­gry by caus­ing us to have kid­ney stones, weak­ness and con­fu­sion. To an­swer her, we drink liq­uids that con­tain bub­bles and su­gar.

Even the caf­feine in EHYHUDJHV fluVKHV RuW wa­ter from our bod­ies. Tea, cof­fee, beer in ex­cess and liquor up­set Mother Na­ture. When we go to the pool or beach and sweat on a beach chair, Mother Na­ture takes of­fense. One of her en­e­mies is de­hy­dra­tion.

A per­son is prob­a­bly de­hy­drated when the mouth gets dry, he or she feels dizzy, or a per­son gets light-headed or con­fused. Mean­while, we continue to drink the sweet drinks and soda, adding calo­ries and mak­ing us fat. We of­ten switch to veg­etable drinks that con­tain too much sodium and cause high blood pres­sure.

Ev­ery day we lose wa­ter through per­spi­ra­tion, breath­ing, urine and bowel move­ments. Al­though the food we eat of­ten con­tains 2M per­cent wa­ter, it is not enough re­place­ment. We need to drink wa­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to a rough guide, a per­son’s weight in pounds di­vided in half will give an ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the num­ber of ounces of wa­ter that per­son should drink, daily. A 14M pound in­di­vid­ual should drink TM ounces of wa­ter a day. And that in­take should be through the day; not all at once.

The av­er­age cup or glass con­tains 8 ounces. Ac­cord­ing to the In­sti­tute of Medicine, the av­er­age man should drink 13 cups a day and the av­er­age women should drink 9 cups.

rn­for­tu­nately, to­day peo­ple have more choices and drink less wa­ter than years ago. Also, avoidLnJ DnWL-Ln­flDPPDWRUy dUuJV Dnd as­pirins is worth­while when per­spir­ing.

Peo­ple who ex­er­cise or work in WKH KHDW nHHd PRUH fluLdV. 7KHUH is a prob­lem when peo­ple drink too much wa­ter called wa­ter in­tox­i­ca­tion. This ill­ness may cause symp­toms that are sim­i­lar to de- hy­dra­tion. Be­cause these ill­nesses DUH RSSRVLWH Dnd dLI­fiFuOW WR dLVWLn­guish, if a per­son looks con­fused and de­hy­drated, it is an emer­gency: call 911.

On the other side of the world, half of the world’s schools do not have ac­cess to clean wa­ter and ad­e­quate san­i­ta­tion. Ap­prox­i­mately 1.8 mil­lion child deaths are a re­sult of di­ar­rhea. Four mil­lion peo­ple die a year from wa­ter re­lated dis­eases. rn­safe wa­ter is the big­gest killer of chil­dren un­der age 5. Ninety per­cent of deaths due to di­ar­rhea are in this age group.

In the rnited States, the av­er­age Amer­i­can uses 14M to 1TM gal­lons of wa­ter a day. The av­er­age bath re­quires 3T gal­lons of wa­ter. You use about 5 gal­lons of wa­ter if you leave the wa­ter run­ning while brush­ing your teeth.

Health & Sci­ence Dr. Mil­ton Fried­man

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