Got Water?

By Rosalie Wilkerson

The Need for Water

Water makes up about 55 to 75 percent of the human body. Humans can live for about six weeks with out food, but only a few days without water.

How Water Protects You

Water is part of every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. Without water in the right balance, body cells would die. Water is in blood, saliva, digestive juices, urine, and all other body fluids.

Chemical Reactions

Water helps break food down into nutrients before passing them through the intestinal wall and the blood stream.

Transportation

Minerals, vitamins, glucose, and other substances dissolve in water and can then be absorbed by the body. Blood, which is mostly water carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Cushioning and Moisturizing

Water cushions joints, tissues, and organs to protect them from shock. Water keeps your eyes mouth nose and skin from drying out.

Waste Removal

Water helps filter out pollutants and toxins and get rid of waste.

Temperature Regulation

Your body cools off by releasing heat in the form of perspiration or sweat. A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees.

Breathing

When you inhale, your body adds moisture to the air so the lungs can process it.

Overall Well-Being

You feel better and have more energy when you have enough water.