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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Polluted Mineral Water

Posted by Anup Baral June 22, 2017 :


Water-related diseases are of great concern in developing countries like Nepal. Every year, there are countless morbidity and mortality due to the consumption of unsafe drinking water.Life is not possible without water. About 60 per cent of the adult human body is composed of water and is essential for carrying nutrients and cleansing the body. Despite its importance in our life, most of us are unaware of the quality of water we drink every day. Many people also tend to drink less water than the recommended daily intake (about 2 litres or 8 glasses of water per day). One of the reasons people drink less water is the unavailability of quality drinking water. Lack of clean water also affects our personal and domestic hygiene practices. While equal access to healthcare has been a major demand of modern society, the Nepali people rarely stand for the idea that each individual deserves clean drinking water.Drinking contaminated water directly causes many illnesses. Among the many waterborne diseases, typhoid is a major illness associated with fecal contaminated water. It can spread when water or food contaminated with Salmonella typhiare is consumed. This illness is so common that Kathmandu was called an enteric fever capital of the world at one point. And the condition has not improved much yet. Our sewage lines are leaky and can easily contaminate drinking water supply. This makes us wonder when we would be able to turn on a tap, fill a glass, and drink without filtering or boiling. Can we turn this into a reality in the overpopulated capital?

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.