We are Rango fans in my house, funny characters played by well-known actors such as Johnny Depp and Bill Nighy,  a nice message and some catchy music.  I am always surprised how the movie has captivated both my daughters from a young age, especially as the characters are more ugly than cute; but anyway this post is less about kids movie quotes and more about water.

Here are some interesting water facts for you: 97% of the earth’s water is salt water, 2% of the earth’s water is frozen (mainly at the polar caps) and 1% of the earth’s water is fresh water we can drink.  A third of the human population do not have enough fresh drinking water available to them.

I have always lived places where clean, fresh water is available from the tap.  I have been on holiday to a few places where water needs to be purchased bottled in order to drink it, and you need to avoid ice in your drinks in bars, but that’s as far as it goes for me personally with regards to have fresh drinking water available.  When you watch movies like Rango and there is a lack of water it really does make you thirsty!

The human body is about 60% water, this goes up if you’re a man and down if your a woman (because they tend to have a higher % of body fat and less muscle), children have a higher water percentage than adults and babies under 1 are up to 75% water.

The brain and heart are 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin 64% water and muscles and kidneys 79%. *

The reason why I’m talking about all this, is that so many of the common health problems we suffer from can be avoided or limited by making sure we intake enough water.  Most of us are chronically dehydrated, and we are so used to it as our ‘normal’ that our body’s signals simply do not register with us as a need to drink more water.  Infact, we probably address the signals with even more dehydrating habits eg. I’m tired I’ll have a coffee, my head hurts I’ll take some medication, I’m constipated I’ll take some more medication, I fell under stress I’ll drink some alcohol, I’m grumpy I’ll ‘treat’ myself with some high calorie or salty food.  Although it might seem backward, water retention and bloating is another symptom that can be reduced by drinking more water.

I’m not a doctor or a scientist so I wont go into it any more here but water is vital for so many functions in the body and we are all so bad at drinking enough of it, that we have probably all suffered the side affects of dehydration with either short-term small complaints or long-term or more serious suffering.

So how much do we need?  We need to drink about 2 litres of water a day, and that need increases if its hot, you are exercising, or consuming lots of caffeine or alcohol.

I too am guilty of not drinking enough water, and I like water, I don’t need to hide it under flavours (although I have lived a few places where the tap water doesn’t taste great but thankfully not at the moment).  Nice cold water is beautiful, BUT, I also like coffee and wine, and margaritas and..!

While I’m on the subject of alcohol lets discuss where I am getting to with this post.  Lets talk about Champagne.  Real Champagne from the Champagne region in France is roughly $100 a bottle upwards depending on where you live in the world, and the more expensive it is the more people relish drinking it; I truly believe that much of that enjoyment comes from knowing it costs a lot.  Enjoying something that is expensive brings with it a feeling of opulence, decadence, hedonism even.  But tap water, the bringer of life, the curer of ills, the very structure of our being is pretty much bottom of the list on the luxury scale.

So here is my idea, a way to trick yourself into drinking more water… PRETEND WATER COSTS $100 A GLASS.  Relish it like it was the rarest and finest tipple on earth.  Guzzle it like there is not enough to go round. Enjoy it like your water supply is being turned off tomorrow forever.  This is already the case for some people, and even if they had $100 to spend on a glass of fresh drinking water, one would not be available to them.  So honour those that don’t have access to water, honour your marvellous body, save yourself the trips to the doctor and the pharmacy, make yourself look more youthful with fully hydrated cells and most of all make yourself feel as fabulous as you do when you’re sipping champagne – maybe even put it in a champagne flute.

*H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry taken from the USGS website.