Water!

The Nutrient

Giselle Todd A1

What Role Does it Play in our Bodies?

1. It acts as a nutrient distributor to the cells throughout the body.

2. Cleanses the system, removing toxins from the body that were rejected by organs' cells.

3. Aids in the digestive process.

4. Helps to regulate body temperature.

5. Acts as a lubricant for joints and a shock absorber for the eyes, brain, spinal cord, and even for fetuses.

What happens if the body gets too little or too much?

Too Little:

Your body starts to sense dehydration when water loss is at 1%. Some signs of dehydration include dry mouth, fatifue, no urine production or dark yellow urine and sunken in eyes. Your body's blood pressure can lower and your skin can also lose its elasticity. Severe cases can cause shock, coma, and even death.

Too Much:

One result of overhydration is hyponatremia; this is when the body takes in more water than it can process and the sodium levels in your body are diluted and the cells start to swell. Some symptoms of hyponatremia are similar to those of heat stroke, including feeling hot, having a headache, diarrhea, nausia, and vomitting.

Water Fun Facts!

1. Water accounts for about 80% of an infant's body.

2. A healthy body can consume about three gallons of water a day.

3. Drinks such as coffee, soft drinks, and tea, while comprised mostly of water, contain caffeine, which acts as a mild diuretic, preventing water from getting to necessary parts of the body.

4. Pure water has a Ph level of 7, making it neither acidic nor basic.

Water is a vital nutrient.

A lot of the water we consume comes from the foods we eat.

There is no substitute for water.

Enormous amounts of water can kill you.

Readily available water is important to have when engaging in physical activity.

Benefits of drinking water!

1. Helps maintain bodily fluids.

2. Helps control calories.

3. Energizes muscles.

4. Promotes skin health.

5. Cleans out your kidneys.