Helps in proper digestion, cell growth, and maintence

Water is the most abundant constituent of the body, accounting for 50% to 60% of its mass. Water is intricately involved in numerous functions of the body including the transport of oxygen, nutrients and waste products into and out of the cells.

What does water do for the body?

  • Satisfies thirst
  • Aids digestion and absorption of food
  • Protects tissues and organs
  • Regulates body temperature and blood circulation
  • Carries nutrients to cells
  • Removes toxins and other wastes from the body

Foods also supply your body with fluids, especially fruits and vegetables. Watermelon contains more than 90% water.

FoodPercent Water by Weight

Lettuce (1/2 cup)95

Watermelon (1/2 cup)92

Broccoli (1/2 cup)91

Grapefruit (1/2)91

Milk (1 cup)89

Orange juice (3/4 cup)88

Carrot (1/2 cup)87

Apple (1 medium)84

"Water: Nature's Most Important Nutrient." Water: Nature's Most Important Nutrient. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2015.

"Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services." Water: An Important Nutrient. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2015.

Examples of sources of water