Yep, I got water and I've been doing a little reading about water since it's the topic of our challenge this week. Here are my observations about water.
Observation #1: I'm really pretty lucky to have an abundant supply of water where I live. So I've always kinda taken water for granted.
Despite the abundance of water on the earth (326 million cubic miles) apparently 780 million people – about one in nine – lack access to clean water. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet. Doesn't that just seem wrong???
Observation #2: A water molecule (H2) is my favorite compound. I mean really if you can't get behind a compound that looks like Mickey Mouse (sorta), what kind of compound can you get behind?
Observation #3. If you're going to drink a lot of water, you might want to get a job as a rest room attendant. Apparently, as a healthy person I can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day. Certainly don't recommend that one, seems a lot more safe to stick with whatever the calculator indicates is safe nutrition.about.com/libr
Being a nurse I've got some awesome bladder control but I'm pretty sure if I drank 48 cups of water a day I'd be looking for a new job because my boss would be tired of me doing nothing but filling my water jug and running back and forth to the bathroom or possibly giving myself water intoxication.
Observation #4. Nothing funny here. Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain. I've taken care of people who have suffered the effects of water intoxication and and it's a scary serious situation.
Observation #5. Most of my favorite foods have high water content. While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body. Tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, lemons, radishes, squash, eggplant and strawberries are all high in water content and are all my favs, yum.
Observation #6. I might possibly be undermining the effects of drinking water if I follow it with a diet soda. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea, while made up almost entirely of water, also contain caffeine. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.
Observation # 7. I apparently use a lot of water, mostly flushing the toilet. The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
Good stuff that water!