Why Does Our Body Need Water?
Today is World Water Day. We are posing the question of why do our bodies even need water? We know that over 75% of the earth is compromised of water. It is an essential nutrient to all animals. But, to raise awareness, more than 780 million people lack access to clean water. At home, we have the Flint Water Crisis in which lead is contaminating the water supply and causing bodily harm to the residents.
This is a global water crisis. Right now scientists and environmental experts are thinking of ways to slow down the epidemic. We need to orchestrate ways of stopping flooding, reducing water pollution, and importantly, conserving the water that we do have.
How Water Is Used In Our Bodies
Our bodies use water in almost all of their processes. Water is found in all of our cells. Our cells need water to stay hydrated, but at the same time may explode from too much water consumption. Our bodies use water to regulate temperature, in terms of homeostasis and sweating when too hot.
Water makes up 60% of our cells. This water helps to lubricate joints, aid in digestion, retain moisture in our blood, brain and bones. During digestion, our digestive system needs water to break down food, and filters water through the kidneys, and is responsible for healthy bowel movements.
We need water the most when we first wake up, are feeling dehydrated, or are vigorously exercising. We replenish these fluids with the water we drink, and the foods we eat the naturally contain water. Water needs to be replaced frequently. It is recommended that between 6 and 8 servings of water are consumed daily. A good key to knowing if you are hydrated is to look at your urine. The clearer it is, the more hydrated your body is.
How will you be raising awareness for World Water Day?