Living in a healthy manner is a subjective subject. Health can be defined as various expressions by different individuals. As such, we explore something less subjective – the impact of water temperature on the body. Cold Water More often consumed on when one is hot or thirsty – cold water is a great way to thermoregulate the body when there is excess heat generated. The most common time this occurs is when during warmer days or when there is exercise involved. The cold water also serves to replenish fluids lost to perspiration. On the note of cold water, it is more effective to consume chilled water rather than ice cold water as your body would need to normalise the temperature for use. Chilled water still goes through normalisation processes but at the same time serves to cool the body down. In the case of ice cold water, it serve to shock the system and cause cramping. This normalisation process actually burns calories and as such can help boost your metabolism. The taste of cold water is also more palatable to those beginning their path to the recommended daily intake of water – being roughly 8 cups. Room Temperature Water Room Temperature (or ambient) Water is beneficial for digestion. Warm water assists in flushing our hardened minerals and fats that do not serve the body positively. In this flushing process it also serves to ensure regular bowel movements. As room temperature water is more easier for the body to process through its lack of need for thermoregulation for the body – it can help with relaxation of body parts and function processes in the body. An example of this is that of relaxation of blood vessels affording better blood circulation. Room temperature water is also the temperature of choice for singers and voice actors as it serves to relax and warm the vocal chords. Hot and Warm Water Conversely to cold water, ambient water can help negate and even subdue cramping by regulating body temperature. Studies show that the . . .
Is the drought over? Well, rain is finally falling in the Mother City and the prediction is that there will be more rainfall over the winter period compared to the data from the previous four years; although it is too difficult to predict a higher level of rainfall occurring this winter. This comes as the recorded rainfall for the period for January to May was 10 millimetres higher than the long-term average. But unfortunately this doesn’t mean that the drought is over. Predicting the level of rainfall for a year involves looking for trends in data from previous years. This trend data, from the last 80 years, shows that the rainfall during April is a strong indicator for the level of rain that will fall throughout the rest of the year. According to this data as well as some rather complex probability mathematics show that 2018 will have a rather average level of rainfall. Although rainfall is an improvement, the Dam levels are still below the acceptable level to declare the drought over. Current data puts the average dam levels at 29.8% - which takes into account the average of all dams which supply the city. This is almost 10% up from the dam level of 2017, which was at 19.6%. Day Zero is defined by dam levels reaching a level of 13.5%, as of May, Day Zero is still forecast as early as September, however, with the promise of a rainy winter season is to be expected to move to 2019. Current trends are showing that water usage is decreasing and the restriction limiting individuals to 50l per day is still in place. So we are not out of the drought just yet and we have to continue with our water saving efforts – you can see our water saving tips in our first Drought article - which can be found on our website. If we all work together, we will come out on top and put an end to the Cape Town drought. For more information on water and water fountains visit our website. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .