As we start off our series on hydration, here's some fun facts about water.
Blood is thicker than water, but not by much! 79% of blood IS water!
Get into some extra-cellular activity — water is a nutrient for every cell in the body.
Beat the heat — travel, hot weather, and exercise all increase the body’s need for water.
Fun fact to chew on — our teeth contain 10% water!
What do you THINK about this — 85% of the brain is water!
Shock absorber — water helps to protect vital organs, such as the brain, spinal cord, and interior of the eyes.
A little goes a long way — small sips throughout the day are a smart way to keep well watered.
Hydration Alert! Did you know that kids lose proportionately more fluids through sweat than adults?
Feel-good factor — studies show that a water loss amounting to a mere 2% of body weight can have an effect on a person’s physical endurance.
97% of the Earth's water is salty. 2.1% is locked up in polar ice caps and less than 1% is available as fresh water.
Your body is between 60% and 70% water. This changes at different times of your life: a human fetus is around 95% water for the first months, getting to 77% water at birth.
Two-thirds of that water is within your cells.
Hot water freezes faster than cold water. This is known as the Mpemba Effect, and no-one knows why it happens.
Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.
Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.
About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.
Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon.
A jellyfish and a cucumber are each 95% water.
The average cost for water supplied to a home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 gallons, which equals about 5 gallons for a penny.
A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
Each day, we also lose a little more than a cup of water (237 ml) when we exhale it.