Water

Facts, Myths, and How to Deal With Dehydration

How is Water Used in Our Bodies?

  1. There is an abundance of water in your blood which transports oxygen around the body. Without oxygen, your cells would die and your body would stop working.
  2. Water is in lymph, a fluid that is a part of your immune system, which helps you fight off illness.
  3. Water helps you digest your food and get rid of waste.
  4. Water is needed for digestive juices, urine, and poop.
  5. Water is the main ingredient in perspiration.
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Is it true that....

1. Myth: Everyone should drink eight eight ounce glasses of water a day.

Correction: This statement is incorrect. The Institute of Medicine has recently discovered that women should drink about two liters/8 glasses and men should drink about three liters or 12 glasses a day. It also doesn't have to be only water; it can be any fluid. Other beverages are still giving you nutrients and just as much energy as water.

2. Myth: Drinking water can help keep your skin moist.

Correction: The moisture of the skin is not determined by internal factors. It is determined by external factors such as: skin cleansing, the environment, your number of oil glands, and how these oil glands function. All of these factors determine the moisture of your skin. Water that you drink is needed elsewhere in the body and will not reach your skin.

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Trivia Facts

  • A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. If a human does not absorb enough water dehydration is the result.
  • A person must consume 2 litres of water daily to live healthily. Humans drink an average of 75.000 litres of water throughout their life.
  • Humans cannot drink salt water.
  • More than 2 billion people on earth do not have a safe supply of water.
  • Water leaves the stomach five minutes after consumption.
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How Do I Deal With Dehydration?

1. The most common way to deal with dehydration is to just drink lots of water until you start to feel better. This usually solves the problem,

2. If you are unable to hold down any fluids, feel dizzy, weak, or have pee very little, then you should contact your doctor. They will most likely hook you up to an IV to get fluids into your body.

Sources

1. "10 Myths and Facts About Water." EverydayHealth.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2015. <http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/10-myths-and-facts-about-water.aspx>.

2. "Why Drinking Water Is the Way to Go." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Ed. Mary L. Gavin. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2015. <http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/water.html>.

3. "Water Facts and Trivia." Water Facts & Trivia. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2015. <http://www.lenntech.com/water-trivia-facts.htm>.