Reducing our water footprint isn’t just about coping with this drought. Climate change is expected to bring more frequent and intense droughts, and the population of California is continuing to grow. By 2050, the population of California is projected to exceed 50 million people; by 2060 we will have added more people than currently live in Pennsylvania. Potable water is our most precious resource, and here in California we are significantly dependent on sources like the fragile San Joaquin Delta and the oversubscribed Colorado River. We must find new ways to meet the demands of a growing population facing a future of increasingly limited sources of water. Planning for future water shortages and making smart choices is the only way to ensure adequate supplies to meet all our needs while protecting the environment.
“There’s no data demonstrating that these drugs provide additional protection from diseases and infections. Using these products might give people a false sense of security,” Michele says. “If you use these products because you think they protect you more than soap and water, that’s not correct. If you use them because of how they feel, there are many other products that have similar formulations but won’t expose your family to unnecessary chemicals. And some manufacturers have begun to revise these products to remove these ingredients.”
One common recommendation for active individuals is to drink half of the total body weight in ounces of water each day. According to this basic guideline, for an individual who weighs 200 pounds, 100 ounces of water must be consumed. While this may seem like an excessive amount of water to consume, much of it can be obtained through foods that have a high water content such as fruits and vegetables. In fact, several fruits and vegetables are known to have a significant impact on water retention all by themselves. Lemons and limes are two of the most effective of these and can dramatically reduce the signs of water retention overnight when a substantial quantity is consumed. Simply adding several slices of lemon or lime to a glass of water is one way to reduce bloating in a minimal amount of time. When water weight gain is excessive, several glasses of water with lemon or lime can be consumed over the course of the day.