Water, water, everywhere, and you should drink it all! Water is the most important resource in the entire world--we can't live without it! It makes up a majority of our body and our planet, but there’s probably a lot you didn’t know about H2O.
Let's take a look at this incredible compound that gives us and our planet life and so much more. Here are some incredible facts about water so that you can get a better appreciation of this glorious liquid.
Around 70% of the world is covered in water with the ocean holding 96.5% of all this water. A staggering 68.7% of the Earth’s freshwater is trapped inside glaciers, while 30% of the freshwater is in the ground. Of this trapped water, 1.7% of it is frozen and cannot be used. Anywhere on the Earth, there is water; there is life. It doesn’t matter if the water is acidic, boiling, or freezing cold--it all holds life.
In the United States of America, we use exactly 400 billions gallons of water a day with half of the water used for thermoelectric power generation. In just one year, the average American uses more than 100,000 gallons of water for everything including showering, washing dishes, and water the lawn. Americans also drink more than one billion glasses of tap water every day.
Water is powerful. It can dissolve more substances better than any other type of liquid, including sulfuric acid. Unsafe water kills almost 200 children every hour, which is why clean and filtered water is so important.
Do you like beer? Well, to create a single pint of beer it takes 20 gallons of water. It takes 200 liters to create enough coffee beans for one cup of coffee and 15,000 liters to produce 1kg of beef. If you’re feeling hungry, you’ll probably grab a sandwich. Guess what? Making a sandwich also uses water. It takes 100 liters to create two slices of bread and another 65 liters to make the cheese.
Let’s take a look inside of our own bodies. The human body is made up of 55% to 65% of water with newborns being made up of a staggering 75%. This percentage changes over time with fetuses and newborns holding the most water weight, but decreases as humans age. Our brains are made of 70% of water. A person can only live a week without water, but around a month without food.
By the time you realize that you feel thirsty, your body has already lost more than 1% of its total water – so try to avoid dehydration. Fatigue and depression are also signs of dehydration, and not drinking enough water can also cause contractions in pregnant women. While it's important to drink water, drinking too much can be fatal--otherwise known as water intoxication.
Drinking enough daily water can help reduce heart disease and cancer. Water flushes the toxins out of your body. The fewer amount of toxins that come into contact with your body and organs, the less chance you have of critical ailments. Staying hydrated can also reduce your chances of having tooth decay or cavities. Water aids in producing saliva which keeps your mouth moist and teeth clean.
Water helps you look and feel your best. If you're feeling sluggish, then chug a glass of water. Hydration is key to feeling energized and helps prevent moodiness. Drinking water also keeps your skin hydrated so that you look more youthful, and speeds up your metabolism to maintain a good weight.
In addition to feeling more vitalized, water can also make you smarter. Dehydration causes you to lose focus and reduces your ability to concentrate. Drinking water--even just a class--has been shown to boost brain function by 14%.
As you can see, drinking water is not only a crucial part of our Earth and environment but also our daily lives and health. Water keeps the world going round and our bodies functioning.