Fresh water for fresh, clean and beautiful skin
If you want a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive beauty fix to make your skin glow, try adding more water to your diet. It is recommended that the average human needs to drink about 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day to be well hydrated and healthy(or roughly 2 liters). Most of us are not getting enough fresh natural water. Some people drink soda which is full of sugar and chemicals and will not properly clean and hydrate your skin. In fact soda has quite the opposite effect on one’s skin sometimes irritating the skin and adding toxicity to the whole body which eventually shows up on our skin. Others will get a large amount of liquid and hydration from fruit juices or milk, which is an improvement over soda, however most fruit juices are also full of artificial ingredients, and even those that contain real fruit are often high in sugar. It is healthier to eat the actual fruit as opposed to loading up on juices. And although milk is a good source of protein, many are beginning to question the quality and the need to drink animal milk daily. Coffee and tea are fine in small doses, but unless they are decaffeinated or herbal they can ultimately be more dehydrating then cleansing , refreshing and purifying for both the skin and the body. Plus if you add sugar to your coffee or tea you are again taking away from the pure cleansing effect that is found only in water. There is simply nothing more cleansing and purifying for your skin and your body than clean, fresh water.
When you are really thirsty, you know that nothing quenches one’s thirst quite like cold, pure and clean water. It also helps to improve your digestion, cleanse out your lymphatic system, which in turn helps to keep your skin clean and clear. Not only that but water hydrates and plumps up all the cells in your body, including your skin cells making your skin look healthier and younger as it makes the fine lines less visible. Water cleans and energizes the whole body and there is nothing quite like it for humans, plants and animals. Fresh water is basically essential for all life. As humans we are made up of roughly 70% water which also goes to show how fundamental it is for our health and well being.
Water : Is it the disappearing fountain of youth?
Living in North America, and more specifically in Canada we are fortunate enough to have a relative abundance of fresh water. Canada rates as one of the top five countries when it comes to it’s fresh water resources. In fact having an abundance of fresh water available in one’s house hold and at one’s convenience is often a fairly good indicator of wealth of your country. There are of course other factors that play into a country’s wealth and prosperity, but having clean fresh and available drinking water is definitely a strong indicator of a country’s standard of living. Five country’s that have a great amount of fresh water include: Russia, Brazil, Canada , United States and Indonesia. All seem to have fairly stable economies as well. The truth is many of us who grow up in these countries do not realize how lucky we are to have water available at our convenience. There are many other countries that have very little access to fresh water, and their whole day often revolves around obtaining water for the day to look after their families and their family’s needs. Three countries that have little to no access to water include: Burkino Faso, Nepal and Houndorous. People who live in these countries often have to travel many miles each day to retrieve their water. It is a task often carried out by women and children. Many African countries and Arctic countries also have difficulty in obtaining enough fresh water for daily activities, health and well being.
In fact though much of the earth is covered in water, only 1% of the water that covers the earth is drinkable. That is a very small percentage when you think about the billions of people that occupy the earth. Drinking is one thing, but bathing and cleaning are another, not to mention agriculture which actually takes up the largest percentage of the water on earth. In poorer countries, where water is less abundant the same source of water is used for all activities including: bathing, drinking, cleaning and feeding the live stock. In these countries which are less developed and often have less water resources available to them, many people die from water related diseases such as diarrhoea.
Respecting and appreciating the gift of fresh water
As another earth day has recently come and gone, it is important for us all to globally protect the earth and all of it’s most valuable resources. Many individuals waste fresh water and take it for granted. Industry is one of the biggest misusers of water, and Canada rates as one of the worst countries for our over use or waste of water. It may seem impossible for our fresh water to run out, but with the increase in urbanization, population and industrialisation there will be more and more need for clean fresh water. What we do today will certainly affect us all tomorrow. In even a short period of time, we have seen an increased need for water, accompanied by it’s decreased availability. In first world countries like United States, Canada and Brazil, there have been new industries and political decisions that have and will affect the availability of clean, fresh and drinkable water for the future. For example, the continual destruction and disappearance of the Amazon forest in Brazil has caused a decrease in the amount of rain in Brazil. Due to the forest destruction, which resulted in less rain, there is now severe drought happening in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In Canada a decision to prioritize the development and the industry of the oil sands has increased our Carbon foot print as a country, and has also affected some laws that in the past would have protected smaller lakes and rivers. Industry and the short term economic growth has once again over rided the need to protect and care for the earth, it’s people and the future of this planet.
If these examples still have not hit home concerning our need to protect our planet and preserve our natural resources(especially water), I am sure many can not help but to notice the dire situation that is happening in California. Earlier this month for the first time in history the California Governor put a restriction on water. This drought that California is experiencing will not just effect it’s population today, but will also affect the many crops and agricultural industries that many of us have come to rely on. For example, California produces 80% of the worlds almonds and also produces a lot of Alfalfa for the Asian market. So, not only will the people of California be suffering through these water restrictions and it’s devastating drought, many of us will also be suffering in the near future when the crops and foods we have come to rely on become more expensive and less abundant.
What we can do to protect our water and other precious resources
There is a number of things we can do as individuals to try to prevent the destruction and loss of fresh water. Mainly, and simply, reduce your usage of water. Keep showers to ten minutes or less and do not shower every day unless necessary. Turn off the taps when the water is not in use. Avoid keeping the water running into the drain while brushing your teeth or washing your clothes or doing the dishes. Do not drink bottled water as it causes a lot of unnecessary waste. Instead use a water filter. They can be directly attached to the faucet or you can always use a Britta water pitcher in your fridge. Avoid running the washing machine unless you have a full load of laundry. For more extreme measures, eating a vegetarian diet also puts less pressure on the earth, as it requires more water consumption to feed and produce cattle then a regular vegetable/fruit or grain crop. There are a number of small ways to help preserve and not waste fresh water.
Still, probably the most important thing that any of us can do is to vote for politicians and law makers that place a high priority on protecting and maintaining the natural environment. And, if they try to pass a law that goes against the well being of the earth and all of it’s inhabitants, it is important to raise your voice against them. Protest, be aware, and sign petitions that will help to stop misuse of our natural resources, before there is non left. Or before there is only enough left for the very rich and those holding the most power.