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Don't Put the "Die" in Dihydrogen Monoxide

A few years back, a stern warning was circulated around the internet about the chemical dihydrogen monoxide.

Dihydrogen monoxide:

  • is the major component of acid rain.

  • contributes to the "greenhouse effect".

  • contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.

  • accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.

  • may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.

  • has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

  • is fatal if one inhales it directly

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

  • as an industrial solvent and coolant.

  • in nuclear power plants.

  • in the production of styrofoam.

  • as a fire retardant.

  • in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.

  • as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

What is this chemical concoction and should we be avoiding it? Dihydrogen Monoxide is the chemical formula for water. And we should DEFINITELY not be avoiding it. In fact, most of us should be consuming MORE water.

Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. Here are some of them.

  • flushing bacteria from your bladder

  • carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells

  • aiding digestion

  • preventing constipation

  • normalizing blood pressure

  • stabilizing the heartbeat

  • cushioning joints

  • protecting organs and tissues

  • regulating body temperature

  • maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.

How can you tell if you're drinking enough water? The color of your urine should be pale yellow (except first thing in the morning). There's no one formula for everyone in terms of how much water you need in a day.

The daily four-to-six cup rule is for generally healthy people. It's possible to take in too much water if you have certain health conditions, such as thyroid disease or kidney, liver, or heart problems; or if you're taking medications that make you retain water, such as NSAIDS, opiate pain medications, and some antidepressants.

How can you drink more water if you need to? Pair it up with something else you already do.

Have a glass when you first wake up, as your coffee is brewing

Have one when you use the restroom

Have one with each meal

Refill your glass as soon as it's empty

Get your staff or family members to bring you water bottles.

If you find that you're getting up more than once in the middle of the night, stop drinking water by about 5pm to let your kidneys process it out before bed.

When you drink enough water, your skin looks better, your appetite regulates, your energy increases, and your mood can improve.

And, if someone tries to steal your glass, just tell them it's dihydrogen monoxide.

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“Water is the driving force of all nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci
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