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What is the importance of clean water?

Having access to clean drinking water is critical for humans to survive and stay healthy.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) emphasizes the significance of safe, accessible water for public health use – whether that be consumption, use in a domestic household, or food and recreational activities.1

According to the World Health Organization, implementing better water infrastructure and management can reduce poverty and benefit economic growth.

Pure drinking water is indispensable for life. Consuming water isn’t merely about alleviating a craving. Our body is comprised of around 60% water content, thus staying regularly hydrated is really critical to avoid severe dehydration. It is important to drink around 8 glasses of water per day, depending upon your body weight to allow for adequate hydration. Water advances a variety of physiological processes as outlines below2:

Maintain Core Temperature

Clean water is essential for regulating body temperature. When we are dehydrated, our bodies cannot cool down as efficiently as when we are properly hydrated. This can lead to heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses. Clean water helps us maintain a healthy body temperature by allowing us to sweat and cool off more effectively. 

Tissue Integrity & Functionality

Appropriate hydration helps the eyes, nose and mouth maintain their tissue integrity and function properly.

A Healthy Immune System

Fluid intake is also important for maintaining a healthy immune system. Our bodies rely on clean water to flush out harmful toxins and keep our cells functioning properly. Without clean water, our bodies become more susceptible to infection and disease.

Transport Essential Nutrients

Water helps transport essential nutrients, such as minerals, to various areas of the body.

Clean water is essential for human health and well-being. It helps to maintain a healthy body by providing the necessary nutrients, minerals, and vitamins needed for proper functioning. Water also helps to transport these essential nutrients to various areas of the body, including the brain, muscles, and organs.

Without clean water, our bodies would not be able to absorb these important nutrients and minerals.

Lubricates Joints

H20 is essential for the human body to function properly. One of the most important roles that clean water plays in our bodies is lubricating our joints. Our joints are made up of cartilage, which is a type of tissue that needs to be kept hydrated in order to stay healthy and flexible. When we don’t drink enough clean water, our cartilage can become dry and damaged.

Good Digestion

Water helps to break down food and absorb nutrients from it.

Proper Circulation

Water is essential for the circulation of oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. Oxygen is necessary for all living things to survive, and it’s especially important for humans. Without oxygen, our cells would not be able to function properly, and we would die.

Healthy Excretion

Water helps to flush out toxins from the body through sweat, urine, bowel movements and other bodily functions.

People without access to clean drinking water can suffer from dehydration, leading to issues like exhaustion, light-headedness, and passing out.3

For our own health and safety, it is essential that the water we consume be clean and free from disease-causing germs, metals, and waste products. Drinking unclean water can lead to serious illnesses.4

However, it’s not solely regarding consuming water. Sanitary water supplies are essential for proper sanitation. Water is indispensable for keeping hands clean, having showers, and washing clothing, garments, and other domestic items. and recreational activities such as swimming or fishing. Dirty water can cause a range of illnesses, including diarrheal diseases, cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, and hepatitis A. Poor access to water can lead to malnutrition due to lack of proper hydration and sanitation practices. Good cleanliness is vital in restricting the proliferation of illnesses, and clean water is an imperative element of cleanliness as the WHO announced above.

Clean water is essential for life on earth; without it we would not be able to survive. It is important that we take steps to ensure that our water sources are kept clean so that everyone has access to water that is clean and sanitary and can enjoy recreational activities without fear of contamination.

Fresh, uncontaminated water is required for the growth of healthy crops. Without access to safe water, farmers may be required to use contaminated water, endangering their produce.

Luckily, in Australia, it is usually very easy to find clean water, however over the years there were cases of pre-washed salad, fruits and vegetables being exposed to contaminated water during their processing.

In recent years, extreme weather occurrences such as floods and bushfires have contaminated our water sources.

Thankfully, technology has improved water filtration systems, like LifeStraw’s, which provide highly effective solutions.

LifeStraw microfilters can remove bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella, parasites like Giardia and Cryptosporidium, Microplastics, dirt, sand, cloudiness, chlorine, organic chemical matter, and odours. Plus, they improve the taste of your water.

LifeStraw offers a variety of drink bottles for individuals, as well as the Mission model that can filter up to 12 litres per hour, making it ideal for families & groups.

See the selection here.

By purchasing a LifeStraw product, you are giving back to those in need. Through the LifeStraw Give Back program, every purchase provides access to clean, safe water for one year for a child in a developing country, who may otherwise lack access to safe drinking water.5 Furthermore, your purchase allows you and your family to also benefit from cleaner drinking water.

Sources:

  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water 
  2. https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/water-essential-to-your-body
  3. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/drinking-water-and-your-health
  4. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/clean_drinking_water_is_essential_to_life
  5. https://lifestraw.com/pages/giving-back

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  • I am on your side when you said that life on Earth depends on clean water; without it, we could not exist. I agree that we must take action to keep our water sources clean so that everyone has access to hygienic water and may engage in recreational activities without concern for pollution. Me and my family, it means planning on getting a home water filtration system installed so we are always sure that we drink water that’s safe, clean, and fresh at all times.

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