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Water For Well-Being And Good Health

Updated on October 2, 2013

Water facts

The human body contains approximately 70% water. This percentage varies with age and gender. Children bodies contain 70-80% water, females between 55-60% and male between 60-65%.Our brain itself is approximately 80% water, while our bones between 10-18%. Amazingly our lungs are 90% water. Approximately 80% of our blood is water. Water helps in digestion, facilitates the transportation of the food intake and elimination of waste.

We need to drink water because our body eliminates a lot of water through perspiration, urine, breathing and sweat. We loose circa 2 to 3 liters of water on average daily. This loss may increase in hot temperatures, when we exercise, when on a diet or when we are sick.Therefore, we need to replace it by drinking more water or use other sources of water.

The water acts as a solvent in our bodies and interacts with all molecules, helping in the healthy function of our organs. The water helps us to eliminate the toxins and reduces the fat cells by suppressing the appetite.


Different sources of water

Water comes from many sources. Some of these sources are:

Juices and beverages, such as milk (89%), contain water too. Beer contains between 90% and 97% water. Yogurt, ice cream, soups, green tea and vegetable juices have also a high water percentage. Some of these beverages contain also vitamins C and A as well as Calcium.

Fruit have high water content. According to the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Kentucky, the concentration of water exist in the following fruit:

  • Grapefruit: 90%
  • Banana: 74%
  • Blueberries: 85%
  • Raspberries: 87%
  • Pineapple: 87%
  • Cherries: 81%
  • Plum: 85%
  • Pear: 84%
  • Grapes: 81%
  • Apples: 84%
  • Watermelon: 92%
  • Strawberries: 92%

Vegetables have also high content of water. According to the same university, the water level in vegetables have the following levels:

  • Spinach: 92%
  • Celery: 95%
  • Green tomatoes: 92%
  • Red tomatoes: 94%
  • Peas: 79%
  • Eggplant: 92%
  • Potatoes: 79%
  • Cucumber: 96%
  • Iceberg lettuce: 96%
  • Carrots: 87%
  • Red Cabbage: 92%
  • Green cabbage: 93%
  • Broccoli: 91%
  • Zucchini: 92%
  • Radish: 95%

Meat contains water too.

  • Chicken: 69%
  • Fish: 79%
  • Beef: 63%

The great benefits of water

Water is crucial for our body in order to function.

Not only helps in loosing weight, but also in keeping the skin young, look and feel good, eye health and increasing the body energy.

When we have temperature, water is the best to reduce it. Pregnant women need to drink water in order to help the development of the baby and keep him/her healthy.

Water can help in the prevention of cancer by providing the body with oxygen and salt necessary to kill the cancerous cells.

Drinking Water

Lack of water associated problems

It is recommended that humans should drink 8 normal size glasses od water daily in order to maintain a healthy level of water in the body.

The main problem of not drinking enough water is a high risk of getting kidney stones. Lack of water can cause bladder infection or even cancer. It can have negative effects on the function of salivation gland and can, in extreme situations lead to chronic dehydration.

Chronic dehydration can cause the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Our brain needs water too. Lack of sufficient water affects our brain functions because the blood vessels are affected . This can cause brain disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Water filters benefits

In order to ensure that we drink clean and bacterial free water is the use of a water filter.

Water filters remove the chlorine, the lead and bacterial components from the water which are harmful to the body. The water will retain its minerals and will protect our body from several diseases. Water filters will also remove cryptosporidium and giardia which will reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease.


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    • Magdalena55 profile image

      Magdalena Todor 5 years ago from Australia

      Hi, I am glad you are better. I used to drink a lot of soda water and I did realize it did bloat me. Water is the best. Keep it up.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I am aware of the importance of drinking enough water but guilty of not doing so. Thanks for the reminder as I am going to be stricter on myself from today on.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I just returned home from the hospital for a health issue. When the nurse tried to find my veins for blood work and to place an IV it took more than five minutes to do so. Although, I had been drinking plenty of fluids, they were the wrong kind and I was extremely dehydrated. Soda and other caffeinated beverages have very little water content and you can still be dehydrated. I was pumped full of fluids and things were much better!

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      People do need to understand that water is our friend and should be endured and learn to love even though it lacks color and sugar. Clean filtered walter is a wonderful thing and can even become a craving. Smile!