World Water Day 2014: It’s More than Just Water

Typically, when we discuss water here at NCES, we talk about the importance of water for our bodies. For example, 50%-65% of the average adult body is made up of water. Or, the average adult should consume 9-13 cups of water each day depending on weight, gender, age and other factors. However, the theme for World Water Day 2014 is Water & Energy. So, for this blog, we wanted to share some of the information about the relationship between water and energy across the world.

1.1 billion people in the world live without clean drinking water and 1.3 billion live without electricity. In the United States, these numbers are hard to wrap our heads around. The concept is even hard to really comprehend. However, try turning the water off to your sink for just one day. How would your life change? You’d probably be surprised how many times you turn on the faucet for clean water or reach in the refrigerator for a cold bottle of clean, refreshing drinking water.

The focus of World Water Day this year is about solving the water and energy shortage together versus looking for separate solutions. The folks with World Water Day have put together a great video that explains how these problems can be solved by looking for interdependent solutions.

The video offers a good look at how solutions that only look to solve one of these problem actually tend to make the others worse.

Take some time this Saturday, World Water Day, to be appreciative of the clean drinking water, electricity and availability of food that you enjoy. It’s easy to take these things for granted on a day to day basis. But, we encourage you to take a minute to appreciate them this World Water Day. To show your support, take a few minutes to post the image below as your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Include a post encouraging your friends to learn more about World Water Day 2014 too. As always, take a minute to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

 World Water Day


Summer Fun: How to Stay Hydrated, Healthy & Happy

It’s finally here! The summer vacation, float trip or trip to the lake that you spent all winter planning has finally arrived. Or, maybe your just excited to be spending every day at the pool to make up for all the vitamin D that your body missed all winter! Either way, outdoor activities are a lot of fun. The problem is, they take their toll on our bodies. As with anything, the sun sucks the H2O right out of our bodies, leaving us dehydrated. So, what can you do this summer to keep your body hydrated, healthy and happy? Here are our dietitians Top 3 tips for hydration in the heat!

  1. Monitor how much water you are consuming by time! As we’ve said in previous blogs, be sure to drink at least 8 oz. of water for every 30 minutes that you spend outside!
  2. Monitory how much water you are consuming in relation to alcoholic beverages! Alcohol assists the sun in drying out your body. So, if you are consuming alcohol, you need to be sure to offset the effects with plenty of water. Follow up every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.
  3. Keep an eye on your body’s signals! Many people wait until they feel thirsty to begin consuming water. If you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. So, continuously drink water throughout the day to remain hydrated. If you begin to feel thirsty, find a cool place and relax over a glass of water to get your body back on track.

Everybody wants to get out and enjoy these warm30. summer rays! Just make sure you are doing it responsibly. As with everything in life, the sun is great for us in moderation! So, make sure you plan time in the sun; but also plan time to get a break from the sun. Consume plenty of water! You’ll feel better and your body will function better!

Need some help teaching ‘Sun Safety’? This Thursday, we’ll be releasing our July Free Download, focused on the hydration tips featured in this blog. Sign up for our HealthLinks Newsletter to be the first to know when the download is available!

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