Water is wonderful, whether it’s something we drink regularly as part of our home health care plan, or when we look around the Mission Valley area and the beautiful Pacific Ocean that we’re lucky to live nearby.
The team at Accredited Home Care agrees completely with the value of water in all its forms, and is always happy to help clients find the best methods to stay properly hydrated throughout the day, which can sometimes be a challenge on those warm Southern California days we all enjoy.
How much is the proper amount? Unfortunately, that question isn’t as absolute as it used to be.
For a long time, people were told to always be drinking. Then, everyone was told to drink eight glasses of water and nothing else, an effort that certainly requires concentration and focus to accomplish this amount of hydration throughout the day.
Now, health officials have offered some better news: drinking water is good, but you can also drink beverages that include water, which can be tea, juices, or even coffee. We also can get water from food, about 20 percent of our regular intake, although it’s hard to figure out an exact amount, compared to a cup or glass of liquid.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have determined that optimal amounts of daily fluid intake is about 11.5 cups or 2.7 liters for women, and 15.5 cups or 3.7 liters for men.
This is the national norm, of course, and doesn’t factor in things like outside or inside temperature, diet or level of physical activity.
Why We Need Water
We generally know that we need water to keep ourselves healthy, and that we get thirsty when we’re outside or exerting ourselves too long.
But what else is water good for? Pretty much everything.
- It restores our body balance, since the body is optimally 60 percent water.
- It flushes out waste in our body and cells,
- It regulates our body temperature
- It cushions and lubricates our joints
We also naturally lose water through urination or bowel movements, sweating, even breathing. When our internal water level becomes low, dehydration can occur quickly. This can cause everything from fatigue to confusion to organ failure.
That’s why it’s important to always keep water in mind, at least at mealtimes or after physical activity.
World Kidney Day
While all of organs can benefit from regular infusion of water, the kidneys especially function and perform well. They have the important job of filtering the blood. They’re also responsible for everything from creating red blood cells to regulating blood pressure to keeping bones strong.
When everything is working in an optimal manner, they process 120-150 quarts of blood each day, which makes 1-2 quarts of urine, composed of extra fluids and waste.
But when things aren’t working as they’re supposed to, there are a variety of health conditions that can result.
There are a variety of diseases that can affect kidneys, including Chronic Kidney Disease, which affects 1 in 10 people worldwide and results in a gradual loss of kidney function.
That information comes courtesy of World Kidney Day, an international effort designed to increase awareness and resources for kidney care on a global level. Chronic Kidney Disease is especially prevalent in developing countries. But at the same time, there are also World Kidney Day efforts to get more people aware and encouraging action such as increased health funding.
World Kidney Day was officially celebrated March 8, but the need for awareness is always there.
World Water Day
Another related day which also bears celebrating is World Water Day, which is when we pay attention to this fluid at a global level.
While there’s no doubt that oil and petroleum products will be important in the future, water will also be vital. This is partly due to an increase in human activity: as our global population grows, we need to make room for more homes and businesses. Not only does this approach diminish green space and wetlands, some of our existing sources of water can be contaminated from human activity.
Human activities can also disrupt other water routes. For instance, a forest that burns in a fire or is logged may result in contamination to streambeds
So on March 22 of every year, people are encouraged to take action to promote the value of nature and water as one of the most precious commodities on the planet.
The event’s goal is to make sure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, which can improve living conditions in many cultures and communities. This isn’t just developing countries and nations with poor sanitation, but some municipal water suppliers as well.
While thinking global is noble, in some cases, it helps to start by thinking locally at first. So clients in Mission Valley are encouraged to look at their own water consumption and even learn different ways to be sensitive to their own water use for everything from watering plants to bathing.
There may be restrictions on water use like outdoor irrigation, especially during drought seasons, but generally these are explained well to communities.
Overall, the team at Accredited Home Care is happy to encourage people to learn more about the value of water.