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Facts About Precious Water

Water dissolves and transports other nutrients throughout the body, aiding the processes of digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion, and also helps regulate body temperature. The body needs to replace 2-1/2 to 3 quarts of water every day to perform these functions. Without replenishment of fresh water, we will die in a few days.

Some of the water required comes from the water in foods. About six to eight glasses of water are needed to make up the balance, though. Drinking juice, milk or other beverages can fulfill this requirement. However, some beverages have a diuretic effect (they wash water out of the body through urination).

These include alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea and colas. The best source is just plain, pure water. Water is important to us as the air we breathe. So you need to save as much as you can and use it wisely! Here are 10 facts about precious water...

  • Two-thirds of the human body is water. Some parts of the body contain more water than others. Blood is 92 per cent water, the brain is 75 per cent water, and muscles are 75 per cent water.
  • You can survive about a mouth without food, but only five to seven days without water.
  • A person should consume 2.5 litres of water a day (from all sources including fruits, soaps, etc) to maintain good health.
  • Water is composed of two elements: hydrogren and oxygen. Two hydrogen atoms + one oxygen atom = H20.
  • Nearly 97 per cent of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another two per cent is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just one per cent for all humanity's needs - for farming, industries, drinking, etc.
  • Water regulates the Earth's temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.
  • Water expands when it freezes but becomes lighter, which is way ice floats in water.
  • If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just one per cent, you'll feel thirsty.
  • You'll drink about 75,000 litres of water in your lifetime.
  • Sound travels three times faster through water than through air.

Water Perks

Why Drink Water?

Moisturise Cells

Body cells depend on adequate water supply to provide normal "turgor" or fullness of tissues. Without this normal tissue turgor, the body form would not exist. Similarly, water is essential to keep skin cells moisturised and full.

Transport Nutrients

Water is the necessary chemical solvent to which many different body tissue solutions are based. It circulates around the body and supplies nutrients to cells.

Regulate Temperature

Water helps maintain a stable body temperature. In warmer climates like ours, or with exercise, more water is eliminated through perspiration to cool the body.

Eliminate Waste

Water is vital in the elimination of waste materials and toxins from the body, and prevents constipation. Adequate water supply also lessens the risk of kidney stones, helps lubricate joints and reduces the severity and incidence of colds and flu.

Bottled Or Tap?

Yoga instructors, students, executives - it seems everyone is carrying a bottle of purified, a fortified or natural spring water. But is it healthier than tap water? Unlike tap water, bottled water usually lacks fluoride, and other minerals. So if you prefer bottled water skip those labelled  "purified" or "distilled" (unless they are refortified with minerals).

Fortified water with extra vitamins-may include a nutrient like vitamin C, but can't take the place of your standard multivitamin supplement. Synthetically extracted vitamins and minerals added to the fortified beverages may not have the same desirable effects as vitamins and minerals found in wholesome foods. So, it is not a good idea to depend on such enriched drinks for vitamins and minerals.


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