Over 60% of our body is water ( and in babies it is 75%)  … yet less than 1% of the world supply is available to man to support life. And, even this meager quantity is fast depleting !

The story of ‘civilization’ is all about man’s relationship with water …all the major commercial centers have almost always been located near ports.The rise and fall of great cities has been explained by the presence or absence of adequate water.

The April 2010 issue of ‘National Geographic’ magazine is all about ‘Water’. This theme is pertinent given the central role water plays on our beautiful ‘blue planet’…. making this issue of the magazine a collector’s item. In addition to the spectacular photos from all over the world …there are very interesting facts  :

eg. the cost of water is rising in all the cities of the world … per 100 gallons it ranges from a low of $ 0.00 or 0.01 in Kolkatta & Karachi to a high of $ 1.85 in San Diego & $ 3.50 in Gent.

In Canada it ranges between $ 0.87 ( Ontario) and 1.32 ( Alberta) …from 2002 to 2007, water rates in Canada increased an average of 58%.

As the water table and glaciers feeding the rivers of the world are receding… there is no option but for us but to

a) learn & implement ‘conservation’ / ‘re-cycling’ techniques as our very survival depends on it
b) improve technology to ‘de-salinate’ and tap into the 97.5% which is ‘salt-water’

While much has been done to raise awareness and take action on energy and associated carbon footprint issues, the same cannot be said about water, despite its pressing challenges and their consequences to our very survival.

It is well known that man  can survive for weeks without food ; he can not survive without water for more than a few days. Water is the primary component of all our bodily fluids and is involved in almost all functions of the body.

Although water is the single most important nutrient of life ( after air) ;the exact role of water in maintaining our health has not been fully understood … as evidenced by the conflicting recommendations on the ‘Daily Intake’ recommended. As a result , most of us end up consuming either too little or too much. To make matters worse, there is incomplete knowledge about the source of water and its  purity and mineral content, which can can vary dramatically from region to region.

It is time … we gain as much information as we can … and start making the changes to our daily intake of water ( and water containing foods) in sync with the weather and activity levels of each one of us.  At a community level, each one of us should do what we can towards  water conservation / rain-water harvesting  and re-cycling … let us make each drop count !

Suggested reading :

Chapter # 1 : Water

from “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” – By Dr. Elson M Haas

I just joined the Registered Holistic Practitioner Program at the Canadian School of Nutrition. The text book we are using has this very informative chapter… stongly recommended !

If you go to Dr. Haas’s  site …you will find a lot more information …

http://www.elsonhaas.com/

Some recent articles in the press

Drink Up! Seven crucial reasons why staying hydrated should be top of mind this cold and flu season.

National Post Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=2573724#ixzz0jnBaesRA

Dehydration of as little as 2% loss of body weight results in impaired physiological and performance responses. New research indicates that fluid consumption in general and water consumption in particular can have an effect on the risk of urinary stone disease; cancers of the breast, colon, and urinary tract; childhood and adolescent obesity; mitral valve prolapse; salivary gland function; and overall health in the elderly.

Water is the single most important nutrient of life. Without water, no metabolic and physiological processes within the body can occur. Water is necessary for the movement of nutrients to the cells, removal of waste products from these cells, mineral or acid/base balance, protection of nervous system, lubrication of joints and body temperature control

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