Small tips on drinking water and natural light

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Small tips on drinking water and natural light

Our bodies consist of more than 50% of water. Without it, we couldn’t maintain our body temperature, lubricate our joints or get rid of waste. However, it is essential to hydrate regularly in order to keep our bodies functional and healthy. Often we think, that drinking 8 ounces of water is enough. There is proof, however, that women actually need 91 ounces of water daily, while men require 125 ounces.

In order to supply our bodies with enough water through the day, most of us drink tap water. Whether the water comes from a public water supply or from a private one (well or spring) we cannot know for sure what it actually contains. Each water supply is at risk of various contaminants which can endanger the health of our family.

What are the contaminants?

man and woman with backs to each other, drinking water

The term “pure water” is commonly used, but it is actually a non-existent liquid because of its aggressive nature. H20 consists of 11.1888% hydrogen and 88.812% oxygen. Water is considered to be a “universal solvent” because it can dissolve almost anything that comes in contact with it. However, such an ability makes the water prone to contamination. It is considered harmful when it contains any hazardous substances which may be suspended, biological or dissolved.

The most common contaminants include microorganisms, such as bacteria and parasites originating from animal or human faecal matter. Also, water might contain some industrial waste chemicals used for spraying crops. Additionally, nitrates from fertilisers could also contaminate the water during the land runoff. There is also a possibility of various harmful minerals getting into the water supply, such as lead or mercury. This sometimes happens through natural deposits underground or, more often, thanks to the improper disposal of those minerals.

Your city water may also contain some disinfection by-products formed when chlorine or chloramines combine with the natural organic matter. This happens inside the distribution system of public water supply and the levels formed vary with the location of each house. Unfortunately, EPA considers some of the disinfection by-products to be carcinogens. But without them, there would be an increase of waterborne diseases.

What about light?

water being poured into a glass

Not every home has enough natural light. The best way to deal with this type of problem is installing as many windows as you can. Having a part of your house opened, or covered with windows, can solve this problem. Sliding doors are the best option for a room that can accommodate this source of natural light. There are several different types available and a vast majority of people use them in their households.

If you, however, live in a place that does not allow home renovations.  Such as installing windows or sliding doors, you have to find another solution. By installing a great number of different downlights, for example, you will make sure your room is properly lit. This type of lighting is subtle and can provide enough light for the entire room.

Lastly, some people use too many lighting that harms their eyesight. You need to pay attention and calculate the amount of natural light before installing new lighting system. It is better to place lamps or small lightning on your walls or scatter them around the room than to live in the dark. Find some decorative lamps or search for DIY projects online in order to create something creative and useful.

Emma Joyce

Emma J is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.

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