D = Drink Water
Although it’s not as expensive as gold or silver, water may be one of the most important resources found on our planet. It’s vital to sustain every form of life, from bacteria to humans. In fact, the human body is about 75% water! Physicians recommend people drink as much as eight glasses of water a day to combat everything from fatigue and depression to weight gain and inflammation.
Of course, not just any water can keep a body hydrated and healthy. Animals, plants and people need fresh, clean water to survive. While the majority of the Earth is covered in water, only about 2-3% of the planet’s water is fresh water and much of that is in the form of ice at the polar caps or underground.
When asked about the key to happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama replied “drink lots of water,” smiled, and added “And, I think that sleep is also very important.”
Simple Ways to Conserve, Protect and Drink Water for Your Health:
Drink Up. Small children love to measure, so engage them in measuring your family’s daily water. What you measure is what gets done!
Carry It With You. The only secret to drinking plenty of water in your day is to always have a refillable water bottle with you to replenish as the day goes on. Find or personalize various ones for family members, and make it a daily habit.
Conserve. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. This simple step can save up to 8 gallons of water per day. A leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day. To see if your toilet is leaking, place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the water in the bowl changes color without flushing, you’ll want to fix the leak! Be sure to flush as soon as you’ve finished the test to avoid staining from the food coloring.
Keep ground water clean. Dispose of all waste products properly, especially chemicals. Trash that is thrown into ditches, rivers, lakes or wooded areas can contaminate your drinking water source. Use less fertilizer and pesticide. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to reduce the amount of chemicals that can get into the watershed. You may even consider finding all natural alternatives for fertilizing and pest control.
Check out Water Use It Wisely for a comprehensive list about how to conserve and care for our precious water supply.