Hy*po*na*tre*mia. As I understand it, the condition arises when too much water inside the body causes tissue to swell. Because our cells maintain a certain sodium content, excess water outside of our cells begins to draw sodium from within the cells in an attempt to re-establish the specific concentration. As more water gathers, the sodium concentration decreases and creates this condition. It occurs from drinking too much water. Actually, that’s not an accurate diagnosis and we are not drinking too much water but in a world where 38,000 children die weekly from unsafe water, we are wasting too much.
Today is Blog Action Day 2010 where thousands of bloggers from 125 countries are writing about water and water issues. Rather than take on the big issue of polluted oceans or that African women are walking over 4o billion hours a year to wells where they collect water for their families, I’ve attempted to focus on the immediate and the practical. Here are ten steps that we can do this week in order to change our consumption pattern.
1. Take showers instead of baths.
2. When you dine out, ask the restaurant manager to consider the practice of putting out water glasses only when requested.
3. Chill your water in the fridge instead of running the tap until it gets cold. And that fuller fridge saves energy too.
5. Plant indigenous plants appropriate for the zone in which you live in.
6. If someone doesn’t finish a glass of water at dinner, use it to water houseplants instead of dumping it.
7. Consider secondary uses for water that has boiled pasta and water that clothes were soaking in.
8. Wait until the dishwasher is full or until there is a full load of laundry to run the machines.
9. Compost fruit and vegetable waste instead of using your garbage disposal.
10. Tell your neighbors and your kids why you’re taking these actions. Chances are, they haven’t heard it before and you can help them build a habit.