Saturday, 19 May 2012

Water.. water.. water...

The Importance of Water to Human Life and to the Operation of the Human Body:
  • Next to air (oxygen), water is the most essential element to human life; the body usually cannot survive longer than several days without water (a maximum of 1 week).
  • Water is essential to the functioning of every single cell and organ system in the human body.
  • Water makes up greater than 2/3 of the weight of the human body; the brain is 75% water, blood is 83% water, bones are 22% water, muscles are 75% water, and the lungs are 90% water.
  • Water is essential for the efficient elimination of waste products through the kidneys.
  • Water regulates body temperature (through perspiration).
  • Water serves a lubricant; water forms the fluids surrounding joints and bones, providing cushioning for the joints.
  • Water prevents and alleviates constipation (by moving food through the intestines and eliminating waste products).
  • Water helps the body to absorb nutrients in the intestines.
  • Water plays a role in regulating metabolism.
  • Water forms the base for saliva (necessary for consuming and digesting food).
  • Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body and facilitates all of the chemical processes which occur in the body.
  • Water plays a role in the prevention of disease. Drinking adequate amounts of water can reduce the risk of colon and bladder cancer significantly, and some studies have suggested that water may also decrease the risk of breast cancer. 

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