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5 Basic Needs to Survive and Thrive

In extreme conditions, a human can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.

Our bodies are incredible machines capable of much more than we give them credit for. But just like any machine, it needs to be taken care of. There are 5 basic needs our bodies require to survive:

Air

Oxygen is one of the most essential human needs. Our bodies need a consistent supply of it to function properly. Without access to oxygen, you can experience a condition known as cerebral hypoxia, which affects the brain. As little as 5 min without air can result in brain damage, and after 15 minutes, the brain damage can be so severe that most people will not recover. Oxygen is the body's greatest need.

Water

Other than air, water is the essential element of life. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, and as we live, we deplete our body's resources, which is why it is so important to stay hydrated. The dehydration process begins when the body is unable to maintain hydration balance. A 2.5% loss in water volume in a person leads to a 25% reduction in blood volume. This means the blood gets thicker, and the heart has to work harder to pump nutrients throughout the body. A lower blood volume also reduces flow to the extremities of the body, leading to numbness in the fingers and toes. At this point, the blood is too thick to make its way through the small capillaries in the brain: this makes it impossible to concentrate or focus for any period of time. At Santevia Water Systems we understand that staying hydrated on the go can be difficult. That's why we took it upon ourselves to develop a line of butt-kicking products to help you stay healthy, hydrated and alkaline.

Food

The body can survive quite a while without food. At first, it employs the energy found in its fat and glycogen reserves. Once the fat reserves are used up, the body begins breaking down the musculature into proteins for energy. Muscles break down quickly, within one week. Once this process has completed, the body has no more internal energy sources to draw from and dies. Most people who suffer from starvation don't die directly from it. At this stage, the body is very susceptible to infectious diseases, and it is the infections that end up killing them.

Shelter

A shelter and appropriate clothing, have the purpose of protecting you and keeping your body at a consistent temperature. The biggest concern with being exposed to the elements is water loss. Cold temperatures and wind can strip away valuable moisture just as quickly as high temperatures can cause sweat related loss. 

 

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When we are unable to maintain a constant temperature, we run the risk of hypothermia or heat stroke. With hypothermia, the body loses the ability to control internal temperatures. With heat stroke, the central nervous system starts to break down, and the brain overheats and dies.

Sleep

Sleep deprivation has long been underestimated as a necessity for survival. Yet, a severe lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health and your life. Problems can range from decreased body temperature to cognitive impairment and hallucination. Although the mechanisms of sleep are not well understood, the side effects of a lack of sleep are. Headaches can begin as soon as 24 hours after missing sleep. 72 hours in, memory is impaired, and reality becomes distorted. At this point, driving becomes very dangerous. After 96 hours without sleep, cognition is markedly impaired. After 144 hours, hallucinations begin, you are unable to concentrate or perform tasks. This lack of clear thinking can be life-threatening.

How to thrive?

I don't know about you, but I don't just want to survive. I want to thrive, live every moment to the fullest, and be in excellent health. This body is the only one you get, so how can you use these elements to live a life of excellence? Moreover, my family's health is important to me too. Forcing others to make healthier eating choices can prove difficult - especially if those family members aren't kids anymore! Providing easy access to clean, healthy, mineralized and alkaline water in your house can encourage those closest to you to stay hydrated. At Santevia Water Systems we have a range of high-quality at-home alkaline filtration systems. We lead the market in alkaline water filtration product -- browse our flagship product line and see if these could be a good fit for you or someone in your family.

Air

Oxygen is one of the most essential human needs. Our bodies need a consistent supply of it to function properly. Without access to oxygen, you can experience a condition known as cerebral hypoxia, which affects the brain. As little as 5 min without air can result in brain damage, and after 15 minutes, the brain damage can be so severe that most people will not recover. Oxygen is the body's greatest need.

Water

Other than air, water is the essential element of life. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, and as we live, we deplete our body's resources, which is why it is so important to stay hydrated. The dehydration process begins when the body is unable to maintain hydration balance. A 2.5% loss in water volume in a person leads to a 25% reduction in blood volume. This means the blood gets thicker, and the heart has to work harder to pump nutrients throughout the body. A lower blood volume also reduces flow to the extremities of the body, leading to numbness in the fingers and toes. At this point, the blood is too thick to make its way through the small capillaries in the brain: this makes it impossible to concentrate or focus for any period of time. At Santevia Water Systems we understand that staying hydrated on the go can be difficult. That's why we took it upon ourselves to develop a line of butt-kicking products to help you stay healthy, hydrated and alkaline.

Food

The body can survive quite a while without food. At first, it employs the energy found in its fat and glycogen reserves. Once the fat reserves are used up, the body begins breaking down the musculature into proteins for energy. Muscles break down quickly, within one week. Once this process has completed, the body has no more internal energy sources to draw from and dies. Most people who suffer from starvation don't die directly from it. At this stage, the body is very susceptible to infectious diseases, and it is the infections that end up killing them.

Shelter

A shelter and appropriate clothing, have the purpose of protecting you and keeping your body at a consistent temperature. The biggest concern with being exposed to the elements is water loss. Cold temperatures and wind can strip away valuable moisture just as quickly as high temperatures can cause sweat related loss. 

Our Alkaline Water Pitcher is a great solution for singles and families: it reduces chlorine and heavy metals while adding essential, alkaline minerals back into your water. Click here to visit our website and view our full line of products. 

When we are unable to maintain a constant temperature, we run the risk of hypothermia or heat stroke. With hypothermia, the body loses the ability to control internal temperatures. With heat stroke, the central nervous system starts to break down, and the brain overheats and dies.

Sleep

Sleep deprivation has long been underestimated as a necessity for survival. Yet, a severe lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health and your life. Problems can range from decreased body temperature to cognitive impairment and hallucination. Although the mechanisms of sleep are not well understood, the side effects of a lack of sleep are. Headaches can begin as soon as 24 hours after missing sleep. 72 hours in, memory is impaired, and reality becomes distorted. At this point, driving becomes very dangerous. After 96 hours without sleep, cognition is markedly impaired. After 144 hours, hallucinations begin, you are unable to concentrate or perform tasks. This lack of clear thinking can be life-threatening.