We seem to carry bottled water everywhere we go these days. It has become the second most popular drink. Recently we heard that a new report had found that the benefits of drinking water may have been over rated. Apparently, the suggestion to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline.
Don't put your water bottle or glass down yet. While we may not need eight glasses, there are good reasons to drink water. In fact, drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health.
"Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day". Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stools. These losses must be replaced daily for good health.
When our water intake does not equal our output, we can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are increased in warmer climates, during exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp.
Here are six reasons to make sure you're drinking enough water or other fluids every day:
- Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
- Water Can Help Control Calories.
- Water Helps Energize Muscles.
- Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.
- Water Helps Your Kidneys.
- Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.
5 Tips to Help You Drink More
- Have a beverage with every snack and meal, preferably water.
- Choose beverages you enjoy; you're likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
- Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
- Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you're watching calories, go for non-caloric beverages or water.
That being said, I would like to talk with you about campground water. Most campgrounds are normally found outside of city limits. And if their located far enough outside of town it is likely that they do not have city water. If they do not have city water they will more than likely have a well with some sort of water treatment / filtration system in place.
The monetary cost and labor can be quite expensive to maintain those systems. Also, depending on the type of system they utilize can be dangerous, i.e.: chlorine. And their discipline and dedication to maintaining that system may leave some with serious questions. I don’t mean to be an alarmist; my intent is to make our fellow campers aware of the possibilities of becoming ill from contaminated water.
Additionally some well water can have a poor taste and foul odor. A number of years ago I had a friend who could not leave home without number of gallon milk jugs filled with water from home. Just a different source of water, even if from a municipal water system, would make them sick. It would be in our best interest to consider the use of some sort of portable filtration for our campground water.
There are many different portable water filtration products on the market today. I would suggest that you incorporate one into your camping equipment inventory. I suggest that you visit the outdoorfamilystore and consider the RapidPure Explorer Camp Filter/Housing.