Interesting Facts About Water

Water is an essential nutrient with no calorific value but it is undeniably a requirement for all life. Did you know the following?

  • You cannot live without water for more than 100 hours.
  • Our muscles are 70% water, our blood 90% water, our brain 83% water, our lungs 80% water, and our bones contain up to 25% water.
  • Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid. This quality makes it useful in transporting nutrients around your body.
  • The body needs 2.5 litres of water daily to replace loss. This water should not come in the form of other liquids such as coffee and beer.
  • The water intake recommended by experts is the amount required to prevent your skin from sagging.
  • You feel thirsty when you have lost over 1% of the total water in your body.
  • You lose around 237 ml (a cup) of water every day when you exhale.
  • The weight a person loses directly after a session of extreme physical activity is weight from water, not fat.
  • A 2% reduction in water levels in the human body can lead to a 20% reduction in physical and mental performance.
  • 80% of all illness in the developing countries is water-related.
  • There is no new water. We are in fact using the same water that our ancestors used thousands of years ago; the only problem is increased population.
  • Water use has doubled in the last century because of increased population.
  • Antarctica contains over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water.
  • NASA has discovered water in ice form on the moon.
  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip every second can waste more than 12,000 litres of water every year.
  • Water is the most common substance on planet Earth.

Next article: Why does your body need water?

Sources/Additional Reading

1. 100 Amazing Water Facts You Should Know | Seametrics
2. Eight Glasses of Water Per Day? | Snopes

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