Are you grateful for water?

Today is Thursday, February 13th

The topic or question of the day:

 Water

When I ask people to recall everything they ate or drank in the past 24 hours, most will not mention water, yet water is one of the 6 nutrients our bodies need to survive.  In fact, the human body cannot go without water for more than a week, short of a miracle.  We tend to take water for granted and yet it is amazing.  We should be much more thankful for our clean water here in Oklahoma since over 1 billion people lack safe access to water (University of Nebraska).

We need about 2 ½ quarts of water per day from drinking and eating foods to maintain good health.   Adequate water intake supports digestion, elimination, hydration and dental health.  “Doctoring” up our water at home has several benefits.  Ginger is known to help with nausea and lemons cleanse the mouth and can dislodge phlegm.  Lemons also work as a  powerful bacteria fighter.  Cucumbers have a unique, clean taste and in my opinion, neutralize the saliva in our mouths as does parsley.

Bottled waters have become fashionable and there are many types of water sold on the market today, each a little different.  Mineral water, such as Pellegrino must contain at least 500 mg of minerals per liter by law.  Spring water is bottled from underground springs and can only be labeled natural if it is bottled directly from the ground without further processing.  Seltzer is artificially carbonated tap water and does not contain minerals or salts.  Sparkling water contains dissolved carbon dioxide gas to make it bubbly.

Oklahomans get approximately 63% of its water from surface water sources and 37% from ground water sources such as aquifers.  According to Morris County, New Jersey municipal utilities authority, if all the world’s water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about 1 Tablespoon.  I know this makes me much more grateful to God and for RWD #7 water station in Claremore, Oklahoma that delivers my home clean, tasty water.

Quote of the Day:

“Water is the only drink for a wise man” – Henry David Thoreau.

Take Action Today:

  • Drink fresh water in a glass, not plastic.
  • Try some of the following water recipes:

Ginger – Lemon Water 

½ gallon water (8 cups)

¼ cup fresh ginger

root peeled and sliced

1 lemon sliced in rings

Soak ginger overnight in

water; remove ginger and

float lemon rings in ginger

water.  Serve over ice.

Basil-Orange Water

½ gallon water (8 cups)

6 basil leaves

1 sliced orange

Soak overnight in refrigerator.

Carrot Water

Soak 2 large carrots, cut into chunks into 8 cups cold water.  Chill overnight.

Parsley Water

Soak 1 cup parsley in 8 cups cold water.  Chill overnight.

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