Water Facts and References

The amount of people requiring fresh water on our planet is growing daily.
A healthy adult can only live three to four days without drinking water.
The human body is 60-65% fluid: Blood PLASMA IS 92% water, muscle mass is 80% water, and the remainder of the body is 50% water.
 The average adult drinks approximately one quart of water per day. Another one quart is consumed in foods, fruits, vegetables and other beverages that are more than 80% water.
Food can be treated to last for 10-12 years with the proper storage; ACUS provide the latest technology for the ultimate in water storage.

20 Interesting and Useful Water Facts

  1. Roughly 70 percent of an adult's body is made up of water.
  2. At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant's body weight.
  3. A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
  4. Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
  5. Water intoxication is most likely to occur during periods of intense athletic performance.
  6. While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body.
  7. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea, while made up almost entirely of water, also contain caffeine. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.
  8. Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
  9. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it.
  10. Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth's surface is covered with water.
  11. Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth's surface.
  12. The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.
  13. The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
  14. Of all the water on the earth, humans can used only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
  15. The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
  16. The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.
  17. The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
  18. Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.
  19. By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
  20. The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.

10 Reasons to Drink Water

  1. Water is absolutely essential to the human body's survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
  2. Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
  3. Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.
  4. Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
  5. For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.
  6. Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.
  7. Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.
  8. Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
  9. Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.
  10. Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

Water is a vital part to nutrition, but knowing just how much water to drink to maintain a healthy lifestyle is often difficult. The truth is, there is no hard and fast rule governing how much water an individual should drink. The specific amount depends upon a number of factors, including your age, gender, level of activity, and even your environment. A satisfactory water intake for one person may be deficient for another, and the amount of water you need is likely to change several times throughout your life. While the œeight cups a day long recommended by doctors may hold true for some people, it is far better to look at your own individual lifestyle factors to determine the appropriate amount of water for you.

Lifestyle Factors

Age: One of the most important factors affecting the amount of water you should drink is your age. Children, due to the hydration demands of their growing bodies, should drink a larger amount of water in proportion to their body size than adults. In general, children should be consuming at least six to eight cups of water per day, but water intake should be increased during exercise and long bouts of active play.
As the body reaches adulthood, water demands decrease slightly in proportion to body size, but it is still important for women to consume about nine cups of water and men to consume about 13 cups each day.
Hydration needs continue into advanced age when it is especially important to monitor water consumption, as the body is less able to recognize the signs of dehydration and signal thirst to the brain.
Gender: Your gender is also an important factor affecting how much water you should drink. Men and women require different amounts of water for adequate hydration, due to their different body sizes. Men generally need to drink more water than women (about 13 cups a day as opposed to nine cups a day for women) to support their larger bodies. However, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be careful to increase their overall water intake to provide enough fluid for the dependent fetus or infant. Expectant women should increase their daily water intake to 10 cups a day, while breastfeeding women should be drinking about 13 cups per day.
Activity: While every person has a base level of water he or she needs, this water requirement will vary slightly from day to day, depending upon activity levels. If you regularly exercise or engage in any other activity that causes you to sweat, you will need to drink more water to replace the fluids lost through perspiration and increased respiration. For moderate amounts of exercise (30-60 minutes), an additional 2 cups of water should provide adequate hydration. Long, prolonged exercise may require much more water to replenish the body, depending upon the type of exercise and how much you sweat.
Regardless of the amount of activity, it is important to remember to drink water before, during, and after exercise to prevent dehydration and fatigue.
Environment: Heat and humidity affect the amount of water you need to drink each day by causing you to perspire more. In humid climates and during the hot summer months in any climate, you should increase your daily intake of water to compensate for extra fluid loss. Two cups more per day for both men and women should suffice, but you should be careful to drink more if you notice any swelling of the skin caused by heat.
In general, your specific lifestyle factors are a good guideline for determining the right amount of water to drink each day. However, it is important to note that these recommendations apply primarily for healthy, moderately active adults. During times of illness (especially if you are vomiting or experiencing diarrhea), it is very important to continue drinking ample amounts of water. The water will help to flush the toxins out of your system and give your body energy to fight off the sickness.

Keeping Yourself Hydrated

To keep your body functioning as it should, you should always closely monitor the amount of water you drink. While thirst is certainly a good indicator of your body's need for water, you may already be slightly dehydrated by the time you experience thirst. A good rule for keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day is to drink one glass of water with each meal and one between each meal.
To keep your body functioning as it should, you should always closely monitor the amount of water you drink. While thirst is certainly a good indicator of your body's need for water, you may already be slightly dehydrated by the time you experience thirst. A good rule for keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day is to drink one glass of water with each meal and one between each meal.
While pure water is always the best choice for hydration (it's both calorie and additive free), all other beverages and most food also contain water and provide some of your daily fluid. Some fruits, such as tomatoes and watermelon, are nearly 90% water and can add variety to your water intake. Sodas, milk, and juice can also make up a percentage of your daily water intake, but you should be careful to limit your overall consumption of these sugary and/or fatty beverages. Caffeinated beverages also provide fluid, but the diuretic nature of caffeine can actually limit your body's ability to absorb and digest water. Consequently, you should try to limit caffeinated beverages from your diet as much as possible. If plain water becomes boring after a while, sprucing it up with a spritz of lime or lemon juice is a good way to add flavor without adding too many calories.
As you make a daily effort to drink enough water, your body will undoubtedly thank you by staying healthier and naturally regulating your appetite. You will feel better and stay trimmer while keeping your vital organs clean and replenished. Indeed, drinking the right amount of water for you each day is one of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective ways to keep you and your body happy, healthy, and productive.


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