Tag Archives: Water

Surviving the Hot Summer 2015

We are having a unexpected hot summer! It is a little too hot for my taste and very dangerous as well. A few weeks ago my niece and a friend (both13 years old), went unsupervised to a outdoor pool during peek heat (10am-4pm) for a few hours, and not drinking enough fluid ended with a heat stroke. She ran a fever and luckily the fever broke in a day and there wasn’t a need of hospitalization.

The preventive measures for heat stroke include drinking plenty of cool liquids and avoiding excessive heat and humidity. Treatment requires rapid physical cooling of the body. I believe that we all need to be educated so that severe damage can be prevented as well as enjoying the summer days.

The precaution while enjoying the warm weather is to be in shaded area and cooling temperature between peek heat of 10am – 4pm. But in Seattle weather, I think its best to be protected until 7-8pm. The strong heat creates the worry of skin cancer, heat stroke, sunburn, but dehydration can create major casualty especially for the kids and elderly. To prevent dehydration is drinking at least 8 glasses of water.  I was once told that using sun block is effective for 30% protection, and the best protection is sun clothing and shade which provides 90%.

Lets have a fun and safe summer!



Why We Need More Water Than We Think

Okay, let’s be honest here, how many of us drink the recommended 8 cups of water a day? Yeah, that’s what I thought, not enough, huh? According to the Institute of Medicine, we are supposed to be drinking even MORE water than that. They state that adult men need about 13 cups (3 liters) per day of fluid, and adult women need about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of fluid of water every day. Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe. That is why it is so important to drink enough fluid.

For example, the human brain consists of 90% water. If you do not supply enough water to your body, your brain cannot function well to its full capacity. Did you know water has the ability to reduce heart disease and cancer? Not only that, but water helps flush toxins out of your body, and the fewer toxins that come into contact with your colon, bladder, and other organs, the less chance that critical ailments can. Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water go hand in hand so that you can facilitate your daily bowel movement. Some mornings there is a greater need for toxin flushing than others, so if you’re thirsty in the morning make sure to get a refreshing cup of water before your coffee!

Drinking water helps the body in so many ways. For example, it will help you lose weight! Woah…hold on…how can this be? Well get this: It’s because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant, so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories. Water can relieve those pesky headaches and back pains due to dehydration. Although many factors contribute to headaches, dehydration is the common one. You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity. You can get better exercise, since drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises.

Water also helps to fuel your muscles. And wouldn’t it be nice to not feel the crackling of our bones all day and feeling the tension of cramps and sprains on our bodies? Well, with proper hydration, water helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get those cramps and sprains! Water also helps your body fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. If you wanted to add a little zing to your water, add a lemon to aid against respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis.

In another words, one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system. If your body lacks of water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you. Why work so hard when water does it for you?

Water is everywhere, so it’s easy to stay hydrated if you stay mindful of your body’s needs. The Earth is filled with lakes, rivers, snow, rain, oceans, etc. The total volume of water available on Earth is about 1.4 billion km and about 70% of the Earth is covered in water. However, although water is good for us, water can also contain tons of bacteria and micro-organisms that can be harmful to the human system. On an average, 250 million people worldwide succumb to diseases related to water pollution. 80% of the water pollution is caused due to domestic sewage like throwing garbage on open ground and water bodies. In America, 40% of the rivers and 46% of the lakes are polluted and are considered unhealthy for swimming, fishing or aquatic life. So, make sure to purify any water you obtain through natural means by filtering to remove large particles and boiling it to kill off any parasites before you drink up! Let’s all try to make sure that we leave a healthy supply of clean water for future generations!

– Shaila Suleman