The Importance of Water

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Water is often referred to as the source of life. Think about it for a second though; everything on this planet, including the machines we built need water to exist.

Let us start with the obvious, plants; true they do need a bit of soil and sun but without water they don’t exist. Soil can be farmed and sun light can be mimicked, but for water… there is no substitute. It’s also the most crucial of the elements that the plant needs. Plants can grow with almost no soil and wavering summers of dismal sun so long as the water source is good and consistent. It’s very possible for something green to grow in even the harshest of conditions or in the oddest and weirdest of places so long as.. you guessed it, there is a good consistent water source. One prime example of this is when you see something growing through concrete in an urban setting. A plant just pushing its way literally through concrete because its being fed the main things it needs to grow, water. Let’s face it though, it’s no secret that plants need and thrive on good H2O. We know this from the time we are children. Whether it is from helping mom in the garden with your mini watering can or watching a cartoon bunny on tv water a plant and it instantly grows, the value of water is rooted into us.

Plants are definitely a great example of how important water is for survival and good health but how about looking at some of the technology we all use regularly in our day to day lives. Machines and contraptions, we invented and built to better our lives, which would be impossible without water. The big one of course is the gasoline engines. Commonly used in automobiles, but you can find them in almost every other form of vehicle or equipment from boats to planes to lawn mowers. Water is what cools the internal combustion engine while a series of small explosions happen to make the engine go. I am sure by now, especially with today’s tech, scientists could find another way to cool a gasoline engine, but I assure you that it wouldn’t be as cost efficient or as easy as good old H2O. Also, if there was an easier and cheaper way to cool a gasoline engine it would be the norm on your average gas engine but it’s not. After more than 100 years of being a gas engine society, it is still cooled with plain old water.  However, gas engines are not the only tech that needs to be water cooled. Look at the super computers used to run our cities and even ones that are used to design video games or even play video games. A lot of these modern computers are so powerful and run so hot that they also need to be water cooled. A powerful computer in our home or office is often now water cooled. I guess the alternative would be a millions of little fans? Doesn’t seem all that cost effective.

By this point you are probably wondering why I am ranting and raving about the importance of water. I assure you there is a point to this journey.

 

Last, but definitely most importantly, I come to another entity on this planet that relies on glorious H2O; humans. I could take it one step further and say animals in general. The proof is in the science for humans, for starters our bodies are comprised of roughly 63% water. With our bodies being mostly comprised of this element, naturally our bodies need and crave it to survive. Our body even tells us when it’s time to fuel up on H2O, for instance our mouths get dry or some people feel fatigued or even have a mild headache when they are dehydrated. Essentially, our body has natural fuel lights that notify us when it’s time to hydrate.

We know our body tells us when we need to top up on water but what would happen if we cut out water completely. Well, the answer is simple. We wouldn’t survive. To be exact, we would likely die in roughly 3 days. Just 3 days! What if water wasn’t the problem, but instead we were cut off from food. What would be the effects and results. The answer to this one has a bigger spectrum. There are a lot of variables to consider on any given case. Such as; age, weight, height, existing health conditions, injuries, weather… Well, you get the picture. So here is the broad spectrum of the answer to the question. A human body can live for approximately 8-40 days on only water. Yes, that is the official medical answer to the question and I know it’s quite vague, but like I said it’s all very circumstantial.

Although both food and water are important in survival, water is the higher priority. If you were to find yourself in an emergency situation that requires you to potentially walk for long distances at a time, water can provide both solace and sorrow. Water is incredibly heavy and inconvenient to transport. Plus, our bodies require so much water, especially when exerting ourselves carrying water, that you end up needing more water. It is important to find a balance and use tools such as a LifeStraw portable water filtration system to level the playing field. Having a lightweight tool that can provide drinkable water from almost any water source is an infinitely valuable addition to any emergency kit.

In the end, water is essential to us and everything on the planet, both natural and man-made. We need it to survive and keep our body going. We need it to keep our society moving and infrastructure running.  With all this craziness going on in the unpredictable world we live in, don’t get caught unprepared. With our society in the midst of a pandemic, many of us have been negligent with other important precautions. If you do only one thing to prepare, make sure you have plenty of water on hand and a portable water solution at the ready.


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