Water 101: Its Everyday Role

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Water is everywhere. It is on Earth as groundwater and on it as oceans, rivers, lakes, and is also in the atmosphere as water vapor. It is also in all living things’ (or cells). Humans alone use water for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning, and more. Without it, we couldn’t grow, transport, or prepare our food without water. Our communities go to great ends to collect and create clean water. At the same time, it is essential (and in our best interest) to leave enough along with the other species that share Earth with us.

Nonetheless, water has a fundamental role in our life. Without it, we couldn’t survive for more than a few days. On the other hand, someone can survive without food for weeks. About 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water, and about 60 percent of our body is water. All of our cells, organs, and tissues use water to help with temperature regulation, keep hydrated, and maintain bodily functions. In addition, it acts as a lubricant, cushions our joints, and even boosts skin health/beauty. Therefore, getting enough water every day is vital for our health. Hitting your daily recommended intake will help maintain our current state of being.

We must always appreciate the worth of water because we can never underestimate its benefits to our health. So bear in mind if you have clean water to drink every day, consider yourself fortunate and never take it for granted.

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You should always…

  • Carry a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.
  • Choose water over sugary drinks. opt for water when eating out because you’ll end up saving money and reducing calories as well
  • Serve water during meals at home
  • Add a wedge of lemon or cucumber to your water. This can help improve the taste therefore helping you drink more water than you usually do.

Fun Water Facts: 

  • One water molecule is made up o 3 atoms: 2 hydrogens (H2) and 1 oxygen (O) hence the H2O
  • We as humans spend millions of dollars each year filtering and purifying water.
  • Due to the water cycle, the molecules you drink today could have also been consumed by dinosaurs at some point in the distant past.

So how much water should you drink daily? 

There is no universally agreed-upon quantity of how much water to consume daily. It does depend on your age, weight, and gender, but the “8 glasses a day” is a reasonable goal. Ultimately, it should be more like 15 cups for Men & 11 cups for Women.

A good indicator is if your urine is colorless or light yellow

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