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The Importance of Water

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The Importance of Water
Water and Religions
Water plays a key role in the beliefs of many of the world's religions. Its two main symbolic qualities - rebirth and purification - have given the liquid a sacred role in many religious ceremonies and rights. Including:
Christianity: The ritual of baptism, in which a person is welcomed into the church, centers on water. During the ceremony a person may be immersed in water or have a few drops sprinkled on them to symbolize the rejection of sin. Water also plays a key role in the New Testament of the Bible, in which it represents the spirit of God.
Buddhism: Buddhists use water during funeral services. Monks fill a bowl to overflowing while reciting, 'As the rains fill the rivers and overflow into the ocean, so likewise may what is given here reach the departed’.
Water and Religions
Hinduism: Hindus believe water has the power to purify the spirit and they must bathe before entering a temple. All Hindu temples are situated near water sources and many pilgrimage sites are on river banks.
Islam: Muslims use water for purification and perform three sorts of ablutions: washing the whole body, washing their heads, hands, forearms and feet before prayers, and cleansing with sand if water is scarce.
Water is also a key part of Indigenous Australians' Dreamtime stories.
9 ways water helps you lose weight
1. It suppresses the appetite
2. It reduces cholesterol
3. It helps tone muscles
4. It is necessary for proper digestion
5. It helps the liver function
6. It helps soothe digestive problems
7. The right amount of water causes the body to stop retaining water
8. It moisturizes the skin
9. It washes toxins out of your body
How to calculate recommended daily intake
Step 1: Know your weight
Step 2: Multiply by 2/3
Step 3: Activity Level Adjustment
Add 12 oz for every 30 minutes of exercise
The amount of water a person should drink daily varies depending on their weight.
and change pounds to ounces
Dehydration
Definition
Dehydration happens when the body loses more fluids than it consumes. Thus, the body does not have enough water and fluids to continue on with its normal, daily functions.
Symptoms
Dry mouth
Fatigue
Thirst
Decreased urination
Dry skin


Headache
Constipation
Dizziness
Extreme Thirst
Extreme fatigue
Extreme dry mouth
Extreme dry skin
Lack of sweating
Little or no urination
Sunken eyes
Low blood pressure
Rapid heartbeat
Rapid breathing
No tears
Fever
Delerium
Groups at risk
Infants and children
Older adults
People with chronic illnesses

Endurance athletes
People living in high altitudes
People doing physical activity in hot weather
Complications
Heat stroke
Cerebral edema
Seizures
Low blood volume
Shock
Kidney failure
Death
Treatment and Prevention
Since dehydration is a common occurrence, there are multiple treatments for a number of situations. However, the most effective treatment is replacing the lost fluids and electrolytes.
It is also key to understand that treatments depends solely on age, how severe the dehydration is, as well as its cause.

The easiest way to prevent dehydration is simple, drink more water!
It is also important to eat foods with high water content such as fruits and vegetables.

Also, remember that there are three key circumstances in which you should drink extra water: illness, exercise and environment.

The Water Crisis
Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source.

Unclean drinking water can lead to many health problems such as:
Thyphoid
Guinea Worm Disease
Fluorosis
Cholera
Arsenicosis
Diarrhea
The Water Crisis
Almost one fifth of the world's population (about 1.2 billion people) live in areas where the water is physically scarce.

One quarter of the global population also live in developing countries that face water shortages due to a lack of infrastructure to fetch water from rivers and aquifers.
Water scarcity forces people to rely on unsafe sources of drinking water. It also means they cannot bathe or clean their clothes or homes properly.
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