Because May is Water Safety Month, we always hear how we should stay safe around water this time of year. and with good reason, since 100,000 people around the world drown each year. But water safety can also be seen as a way to stay healthy through using water wisely.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of many health issues, including headaches and blood pressure problems. Being dehydrated can actually alter the physiological balance inside your eyes, too, and has been associated with vision loss conditions like glaucoma and cataracts.
Our eyes are surrounded by fluid, which protects these important organs by washing away debris and dust every time we blink. Living in a hot, dry environment like the desert affects the amount of water in our bodies, as well as our eyes, so staying hydrated is vital to our overall health. Water is necessary for our eyes to produce tears, which keep the mucous membrane covering the eye moist and contains a neutralizing enzyme that fights infection.
Obesity has been linked to type-2 diabetes and one of the side effects of diabetes is the development of diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the retina.
Increase Your Water Intake
Adding more raw fruits and vegetables that have a high water content to your diet count as water intake. Foods like watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, radishes, celery, and tomatoes have many additional health benefits, too. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water (if you weigh 140 pounds, drink a minimum of 70 ounces of water each day).
Water Safety Month means more than staying safe around water. Add more water to your life and you’ll stay healthy, too.