When it comes to the beverage industry, trends are everything. For the fashion-conscious choice of drink is can be a statement — “Are you Coke or Pepsi?” Sometimes overlooked is the one drink that everyone literally can’t live without: drinking water.
Clean, accessible drinking water is the cat’s pajamas. According to the World Health Organization, one in three people on every continent deal with water scarcity. In developing countries not having access to water can mean the difference between life and death. In suburbia, not having access to water for a short amount of time can lead to no ice cubes for prepackaged soft drinks.
Therein reveals something about what people choose to drink. In terms of fulfilling the objective of hydration, water is the best choice we have. Too often we pass up a cool glass of ice water for chemical-laden syrups that leave us thirsty and eat at our enamel. Water is carelessly overlooked, despite being pure unadulterated refreshment with rejuvenating properties.
The human body relies on water to aid biological processes and remain healthy. Good hydration keeps skin, cells, muscles and digestive processes at optimal performance. Drinking cold water increases the body’s metabolism and burns calories because of the extra energy it takes to bring cold water to body temperature.
Preparing water is extremely easy. It is best served cold in a clear glass with considerably colder water in a solid state as a sort of garnish. Beads of clear liquid may appear on the outside of the glass, but don’t be alarmed — it is just water. If you are looking for an ideal place to drink a glass of water try it on a hiking trip, in the desert or after escaping from a burning building.
For more information about water issues check out the United Nations Website at www.un.org/en/globalissues/water/.