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Three Reasons Why Drinking Untreated Water is Unsafe

Three Reasons Why Drinking Untreated Water is Unsafe

The vast majority of people do not have access to safe drinking water. The global intake of water is doubling every twenty years. The consumption of water is increasing twice the rate of the population. According to an estimate, by 2025 at least 3 billion people will have no access to clean water.

The scarcity of water is becoming a harsh reality because of the increasing demands of water supply, rapidly increasing population, water-intensive agriculture and the faster consumption of water by economic development. Climate change is also contributing to the water crisis.

There are several disadvantages of consuming unsafe drinking water. Here are some of the reasons unclean drinking water can affect the health of people.

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1. Waterborne Diseases

With the increasing water crisis, water should never be drunk or used without treatment. Before drinking water or using it for oral hygiene make sure that it is safe. Water is used for washing vegetables, fruits, and other foods. The cooking utensils are also washed with water. So it is important that water is free of any harmful organisms.

There is a high possibility of the presence of pathogens in water. They are the cause of several serious diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, and more. These diseases can be fatal, so it is important to be extra careful about the water before using it. Water can also contain guinea or tapeworm which can cause serious problems for your health. It is wise to treat all the water as contaminated and use if only after it is processed.

Water provides a perfect habitat for several harmful bacteria and pathogens. They live and flourish because it is a complete ecosystem for them. They are the source of water-borne diseases so they should be taken care of before using the water.

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2. Contaminated Due to Chemicals

Water often absorbs pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in farming. They are not always good for your health. Industries also produce a lot of chemical waste. The industrial waste contains pollutants and toxic chemicals. Consumption of contaminated water can cause a lot of fatal diseases.

This water can also affect the crops. The industrial waste contains toxic chemicals such as asbestos, lead, mercury, nitrate, etc. All of these chemicals are harmful for the health of people. They are not just detrimental to humans but also pose a serious threat to the marine life.

3. Improper Disposal of Human Waste

Water gets contaminated because of the improper disposal of human waste. Lack of sanitary facilities and sub-standard sewage systems are the cause of water contamination because of human waste. It can cause several serious diseases. The improper disposal of human waste has been the culprit behind epidemics such as cholera.

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So always remember to treat your water before using it. The drinking water can be boiled while water filtration systems can be utilized for cleaning water for domestic consumption.

Ensuring Access to Safe Drinking Water

Several options can ensure the availability of pure water. The world’s access to safe drinking water can be increased by the following things:

1. Water Conservation

Water conservation is one of the best ways of using the water supply wisely. There are areas in which clean water is pumped from the ground faster than it gets consumed. This results in wastage of perfect and pure water. People need to be educated about the small things that can result in saving millions of gallons of water.

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2. Water Recycling

Recycling allows you to reuse the treated wastewater for non-drinking purposes. It is suitable for watering the lawns and industrial processes. It will not just decrease the waste of water but also save energy that would be wasted on purifying that water. It will also mean that your drinking water will be reserved just for drinking.

3. Water Purification

Water filtration plants can be used for cleaning the water. There are several efficient and affordable systems available. It is an easy alternative to boiling the water or using chemicals.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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