We’re finally at the end of a long summer of drought. It’s hit our farming neighbors hard. The lack of water makes me think more about water from time to time. Did you know that only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water? Of that fresh water, 2/3 is trapped in glaciers 30% is groundwater, and 1.5 % is surface water such as lakes and rivers. Of the ground and surface water, 2/3 of that is used for agriculture. That doesn’t leave a whole lot for human consumption.
The water picture also reminds me of the value water plays in supporting our immune system. Keeping the lymph system lubricated (where many immune cells are distributed), keeping kidneys and digestive track flushed, taking toxins away in the process, keeping skin (a huge home for immune cells defending the the body from intruders) replenished and elastic. Keeping the esophagus and sinuses hydrated to prevent nesting of germs and viruses that thrive on dried out mucosal tissue. There’s just a whole lot of good things that come from drinking a good amount of water each day. Clean fresh water is a gift. Use it well (no pun intended).