If you lose electricity or run out of your favorite snack before it is time for your next trip to the grocery store, you may feel like your world is ending. But, there is something far more important for your livelihood, that most people rarely consider on a daily basis.

It is rarely considered because it is so readily available in most places; simply turn on your faucet or walk to the nearest water fountain. The most valuable resource to the human body is water. It is vital for survival, and you can’t live for an extended period of time without it.

If you stop drinking water, you could begin to lose kidney function or suffer from heat stroke. Eventually, you could even begin to seize and your body could run out of oxygen due to lack of blood flow! These severe conditions could happen sooner than you think.

Without water, one can survive up to four days, but it completely depends on the circumstances. Eating habits, temperature, and weather conditions would all play key roles in deciding if you live or die without water, and how long you could push forward.

Water is essential simply because the human body is made of 60% water. The faster you lose this water percentage, the shorter your life will be. Hot temperatures in the air and body would make you lose water much faster than you would in colder temperatures. Eating foods with high water content, such as watermelon, may help to extend the hours of survival.

After the initial “thirsty” feeling, one may begin to feel a bit off. This is dehydration setting in. Confusion, dizziness, and fatigue are all alarming signs that it is time to drink more water.

Simply stated: Water equals life. When you are out and about performing your daily activities, be sure to have a bottle of water with you. Even better, install a simple filtration system on your faucet and have safe drinking water at your fingertips without a trip to the store! 

If you are planning to be out of the house for an extended period of time, grab a large jug and fill it up before you leave. Camping trips are fun, but, most of the time the weather is hot and you are performing at a higher energy level than if you were at home. Hiking, setting up your camp, and sweating all will make you lose water at an accelerated rate. Keep it handy, and stay alert and alive.