Water - A Vital Nutrient for Life

By: Ciara Freeman

Drinking water is essential to ensure that your body maintains its balance of fluids.

Water helps the skin do its job of regulating the body's temperature through sweating. It is also essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body and serves at the body's transportation system. Some of the main duties of water are to: control calories, energize muscles, make skin glow, improve kidney function, maintain normal bowel movement, detoxify the body, regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, and deliver nutrients to the body.

Not enough vs. too much water

Not enough water = Dehydration

The body won't perform at usual pace, droopy skin, the inability to focus, dizziness, confusion, lack of strength and lightheadedness. Inadequate oxygen supply to the brain leads to dilated blood veins, which in turn results in severe headaches. Also, your frequent mood swings and irritability are signs that your body is asking for fluids.

Too much water = Water intoxication

Drinking too much water causes an imbalance of electrolytes, and the liquid moves from your blood to inside your cells, making them swell. Swelling inside the brain is serious and requires immediate treatment. Water intoxication can be fatal.

Major Sources of Water for the Body

Acrostic Poem - WATER

Acrostic Poem

W - Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.

A - Around the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.

T - The existence of water is essential for life on Earth.

E - Earth's temperature is regulated by water.

R - Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.

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