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10 Facts of {Water} Life

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Do you ever just sit and really think about water? How much do you consume? How much does the world consume? Or how much is in our bodies? In light of National Drinking Water Week occurring last week, let’s talk water with these facts according to the Environmental Protection Agency:
  1. We Have the Same Amount of Water on Earth Now as there was when Earth was Formed
    So basically, the water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank!
  2. Only 3% of the Earth’s Water is Fresh Water
    The remaining 97% is salt water. The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up only 0.3% of the world’s fresh water. 
  3. Over 68% of Fresh Water on Earth is Trapped in Glaciers
    That’s a large percentage of our fresh water, considering only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh
  4. Water Regulates the Earth’s Temperature
    It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.
  5. The Human Brain is 75% Water
    The same holds true for a living tree!
  6. A Person Can Only Live About a Week Without Water
    They can live about a month without food.
  7. Water is Part of a Deeply Interconnected System
    What we pour on the ground ends up in our water, and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.
  8. The Average Total Home Water Use for Each Person in the U.S. is about 50 Gallons a Day
    Just think of that gallon of milk in your refrigerator and times that by 50. 
  9. The Average Cost for Water Supplied to a Home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 Gallons
    This is equal to about a penny for 5 gallons.
  10. More than 25% of Bottled Water Comes from a Municipal Water Supply
    The same place that tap water comes from. Culligan’s bottled water is not just tap water; it’s filtered through a reverse osmosis system.
Are you surprised? Intrigued? Amazed? Whatever your reaction, it truly is interesting to see how important water really is to the world. So, the next time you pour yourself a glass of water, think about how you are supplying your brain with 75% of what it needs to function properly! Then, keep drinking.

Building Homes While Staying Hydrated

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Families throughout Chicago are in need of affordable housing and lack access to conventional financing. Habitat for Humanity helped change the lives of 13 of these families in the Chicagoland area recently, and Culligan is proud to have played a role.

From May 29 – June 1, Habitat for Humanity hosted the Raise Your Hand Chicagoland event to help construct the exterior of one home and wall frames for 12 other homes to be delivered to various Chicago area families in need. For the hundreds of volunteers who took part in this transforming event, Culligan ensured they stayed hydrated as the official water sponsor. In just four short days, volunteers achieved their goal, and left 13 families feeling more at ease with their living situation.

Raise Your Hand

Culligan is always happy to give a helping hand to those in need, and keep them hydrated while doing it!

Water Fit

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Drink more water! Eat less fat! Exercise more! While we hear more and more talk in the media about becoming healthier humans, one idea that always makes the list is the benefits of drinking more water. And with summer upon us, getting fit is at the top of the list for many. So, what’s the correlation between being fit and drinking water?

I’m Not Hungry
Say you are at a restaurant waiting for your meal to be served. Generally, you receive a glass of water and whatever other beverage you may order. Ever notice how when the meal takes longer than usual to arrive you find yourself drinking the whole glass of water, then when the meal finally arrives, you feel less hungry? That’s because water suppresses your appetite! That’s right, drinking a glass of water before meals will help you eat less, as THIRST is often mistaken for HUNGER. Go figure! Side note: if you up your intake of water in general, you will find yourself consuming fewer calories over time! Keep this in mind the next time you are bored and want to grab something to eat. Put down the cookies and pour yourself an ice cold glass of water!

Flat Tummy Club
The three “P’s” of salty food… potato chips, popcorn and peanuts taste great but can leave your body feeling not so great. Salty foods can make the body bloat and retain water, causing many to shy away from drinking more water for fear of further bloating. This is actually not true! Staying hydrated and filling up on water actually helps keep belly bloat away and stops fingers from swelling. Put down the popcorn and pick up a water bottle the next time you are at the movie theater!

Quick Metabolism
Drinking water before, during, and after you exercise is essential to keep your muscles working properly and prevent dehydration, but did you know drinking more water even when you are not exercising helps you burn more calories? Increasing your daily intake to eight to 12 glasses could help you burn more fat than if you drank three to four glasses. Put down the weights and hit up the water cooler!

Get water fit, and reap the benefits!

Summertime Hydration

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School’s out for summer! With warm summer days and cool summer nights on the horizon, kids are out playing sports, attending summer camps and enjoying the sun. With all that sunshine and activity though, comes the risk of dehydration.

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. Children are much more prone to dehydration (especially in the summer) because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently as adults. The symptoms of dehydration include headache, fatigue, decreased urine output, dizziness, nausea and dark yellow urine.

Preventing dehydration is easy and important, as severe dehydration can lead to death. Some tips and tricks to keep in mind for your kids: 

  • Drink early, before they are thirsty
  • Five ounces of water (for an 88-pound child) f¬or every 20 minutes of activity; drink more if it’s especially hot or humid
  • Avoid ice cold beverages, as its more difficult to drink greater quantities
  • Water is best, as many other beverages have added sugar and calories 
  • Fruits, vegetables and low-sugar popsicles can assist in providing necessary water intake
  • Avoid caffeine, including soda and iced tea

Summer is the time for kids to enjoy time off from school and have some fun. Don’t let dehydration get in the way! Keep providing your children with the necessary amount of water to keep them safe, happy and healthy.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/active-child-hydrated
http://www.parents.com/kids/safety/outdoor/keeping-kids-hydrated/

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