If you know more about Leonardo Da Vinci besides the fact that he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, you may be aware that he once said…
“Water is the driving force of all nature”
Without water there would be no life at all;
and no humans as well.
Our bodies are made of almost seventy percent water and this means that at any given moment you as an adult carry three buckets of 5 pounds each filled with water.
On top of that, if the body loses more than three quarts of water a day, then you’ll be in trouble soon.
Given the importance of water and the fact that it’s vital if you want to stay alive, one of the first things you should do in an emergency situation is to gather as much water as you can.
The thing is that most of us are used to getting water from our kitchen taps and in emergency situations, few of us know exactly how we can procure water.
1. Water is vitality and therefore life
Even though the chemical composition of water is very simple (two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen) it’s quite astonishing that every being on the planet depends on it. You may last up to a few weeks without eating a thing, but if you don’t get water for three days, then you’re certainly going to die.
- Activity levels.
- Exposure to the elements and the weather conditions.
- Your general health.
- Available food.
- Your body weight.
In fact, your brain is made out of ninety five percent water, while your blood is made out of eighty two percent water. In the lack of proper hydration, your kidneys are amongst the first organs to fail, while your brain will experience concentration problems and memory loss.
As for your body, it will become overheated and fatigued, leaving you little energy to do anything that can guarantee your survival.
2. Condensation – A great source of water
Say that one morning you thought about coming up with a list of some of the most interesting and useful things in life that are taken for granted. On that list, you would certainly include condensation. This is basically a process in which water in a vaporous state turns into a liquid state when the vapors of water come in contact with a surface that has a lower temperature.
Come to think of it, do you remember that in the winter, when boiling water on the stove, the windows always get foggy? That is because the water vapors hit the cool side of the windows and therefore turn into drops of water. It’s a small chemistry laboratory that you have going on there!
Condensation is thus a process that has the potential to save lives, but only if you gather enough water while you’re maybe out in the wild, lost and looking for help. And if you have a sponge with you, you can easily use it in order to collect the droplets of water on the leafs of trees and those on the grass and eventually drink them.
Don’t worry about germs at all, since through evaporation, the water is completely purified.
3. Using rainwater to stay hydrated
A very good and plentiful source of water (especially for those who are lucky enough to live in a rainy climate) is rainwater. Collecting rainwater is very simple and no matter if you use a cup, a sponge or maybe a plastic bottle for that, you can easily use it in order to stay hydrated. Rainwater can be used not only for drinking purposes, but you can also use it for bathing, washing dishes, cooking and so forth.
And if you have a big barrel to store it in, make sure you direct the rainfall into it using downspouts and gutters.
4. Using your urine as a last resort
Many of us see urine as a substance that contains all the impurities our body flushes out, but did you know that in an emergency situation, you can use it as a means to survive?
Now what you’re going to find out may be gross, but it’s real and it’s been happening for decades now. NASA engineers actually use recycled urine in order to ensure that astronauts on orbit have a sustainable water supply if they ever get stranded in space. Getting anything up in space is very expensive and that is why the NASA engineers had to come up with this ingenious idea.
The process through which urine is turned into drinkable water is called forward osmosis and it filters the shower water, the urine and other water through a special membrane that’s semi-impermeable and as a result, the contaminants in the water are strained out.
But what does such technology have to do with survival out in the open, you may ask yourself?
Well, urine is okay to be drunk only if its color is not a dark yellow, but more of a faint yellow.
The dark or intense yellow color means its full of impurities and it will most likely do you more harm than good. Even if you must drink it though, don’t do it for more than 3 times.
And if you think it’s gross and that you’d never do it no matter what, just think of things this way: Would you rather die or do you care more for those voices inside your head that are just distracting you from what’s really important?
Before you drink your urine though, be mindful of these tips:
- Purified urine should be considered only in life and death situations.
- If you indeed drink your urine, don’t tell anyone about it, since it won’t make you look or seem cool.
- Don’t collect urine that’s contaminated by sewage, since it poses great health risks.
- Never drink anyone else’s urine since it’s toxic for your system. Just stick to yours.
If want to learn more, just click here to learn about the ultimate guide to purifying water.