Taking Care of our Water This Fall

Most people already know that ample hydration in summer’s heat is important, but continuing to drink enough water when the weather cools off is a different story. Beyond drinking enough water, it is important to remain actionable toward keeping our water supplies clean as the Fall moves in and the summer exits.

The start of Fall is a busy time of the year. Priorities shift, school begins and cooler nights follow. We find ourselves enjoying the comfortable weather, turning down the air conditioners and reestablishing our post-summer routines. With Mesothelioma Awareness Day on the horizon (September 26) it’s important to highlight why keeping our water supplies clean is just as important as keeping our bodies hydrated.

Here are three tips and insights that will improve your overarching relationship with H2O this season:

1. Reducing Plastic Use

Plastic bans are becoming a more noticeable and attractive trend across businesses and communities. Several countries have implemented task forces reducing single-use plastic items. The hopes are to shrink the alarming levels of plastic pollution found in our oceans. Plastic products including utensils, disposable bottles, and shopping bags often get thrown away after one use. These items have been found in bodies of water across the globe in mass quantities.

After plastics decay, they make their way into our water and food supplies, potentially for decades. As findings like these become more common, people fear the risks of unseen pollution and the threat it poses to public health. In the U.S., you may have noticed more recently that efforts have centered against the plastic straw. Straws are becoming less available at establishments nationally. This small change could have massive environmental gains. In some cities and states, businesses are already prohibited from providing plastic checkout bags to their customers and are also required to charge for reusable and recyclable bags.

Did you know these facts about plastic pollution:

  • Over the last ten years, we have produced more plastic than during the entire last century.
  • 50% of the plastic we use, we use once and throw away.
  • We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce.
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body. 93% of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA.

2. Daily Water Intake Requirements

It is no secret that water is essential to life. Lesser considered is the actual amount of water you need to be drinking to better optimize your health. There are all kinds of ways people can measure or promote their water intake. What are the hydration-best-practices we should all be aiming for?

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recommends letting thirst guide your water consumption. By volume, they suggest 15 cups for the average adult male and 11 cups for the average adult female. These numbers should seem a bit high, this is because they are accounting for water amounts from the food you consume as well. Water needs will certainly vary by individual and is subject to countless factors including, size, activity level, geographic location, and temperature. Many people are adequately hydrated at drinking levels well below the NAM recommendations.

In reality, most people actually consume plenty of water each day, it’s just not always plain, pure water. When considering your total water intake, remember that all forms of beverages (water, coffee, tea, soda, juice) help keep us well-hydrated. The moisture in many of the foods we eat will also contribute towards total daily water needs. More often than not, people convince themselves that they’re in a constant state of dehydration. Remaining hydrated is an easy task, there will be days you fall short, but as long as you remain mindful and promote healthy habits, you can naturally remain hydrated without much pressure.

3. Around the House & DIY

Home projects, renovations, and DIY are always a bit more manageable in the Fall. The Summer sun backlogs the list of tasks for when the season changes.

Before beginning any substantial home projects, it’s important to know when the house was originally built or updated. This will provide insights on the materials used and the potential threat of harmful toxins present in those materials. Lead and asbestos are common and dangerous carcinogens that often unknowingly become disrupted during home renovations. The dust and improper disposal of certain materials can pose a real threat to nearby water sources.

Asbestos in particular, when ingested through water, can lead to peritoneal mesothelioma occurring in the lining of the abdomen. You certainly don’t want these fibers floating around your house, property, or community. If you’re concerned about asbestos in your home, hire a contractor and leave it to professionals for proper removal and disposal. You’ll be healthy and happily back to your DIY design in no time.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26th. To learn more about asbestos threats and this rare disease check out the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and become an advocate for a cure.

About the MCA & MARF

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is an awareness and advocacy organization working to educate the public on the risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is the nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma.

 

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