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.