What does your body do with water

Written on the 26 October 2013 by Peter

Drinking Water and your Body

Did you know that water is even more important than food to your body because - your body is mostly water?

Yes it's true!

More than half of your body weight is water. Your body can't survive for more than a few hours without it, even less if you live in a hot country or the weather is hot.

This doesn't mean that your body is like a glass that you fill with water. Your feet would get pretty soggy wouldn't they?

What it does mean is that water is the biggest part of all the fluids that travel round your body, and there is a lot of water inside your cells too. Even bones have a lot of water in them! Having a full glass of water all the time.


So what does your body do with all that water?
It circulates as blood around all your body - most of your blood is water - and water is also in lymph which travels around your body.

Blood and lymph are the main ways the body gets food and oxygen to your cells and the way wastes get taken away - this is a very important job for water!! Blood and lymph also have special cells in them which fight infections - they are part of your 'immune system'.
Water carries digestive enzymes around your digestive system, so that your food can be broken up into all the bits your body needs.
All the stuff the body doesn't need has to get out of the body somehow. Some of it goes from the blood to the kidneys, which make urine - which is mostly water. Some stays in your gut and comes out as faeces - which is also mostly water! Some comes out in the air you breathe (if you breathe onto a really cold mirror you will see little drops of water on the glass - this is water from your breath).
You also use water to keep your body temperature even, at about 37ºC.
Water comes out through the tiny holes in your skin called pores. This water we call perspiration or sweat and it helps to cool our bodies.
Water is in the fluids that keep your joints moving smoothly [like knees and elbows] so that your bones don't creak and groan like a rusty swing.
Saliva, or spit as we usually call it, is mostly water. We know when we need more water because our mouth feels dry.
Mucus is also mostly water. That's the stuff that you see too much of when you've got a runny nose! But mucus is very important, as it keeps eyes, ears, noses, throats and all your inside bits smooth and slippery so that everything can run around all your body systems without getting stuck!

Now that you can see how important water is, you can understand why your body needs so much of it.

Adult bodies use up around 2 liters a day and smaller bodies use less. If you are around 8 years old you might use up about 1 liter a day, so you have to replace that much water.


How to replace water, how much water should I drink each day?
You will get some of that water from the foods you eat but you will still need to drink water as well.
Try to drink around 6 to 8 cups of water a day, more if it's hot, or you've been running around a lot, or you feel thirsty.
If you're really into sport, you need to drink even more water.


Why is a water filter important
Which kinds of water are there and which is best? Tap water vs Filtered water
Some water can have germs in it, so it is important to be sure that the water you drink is safe. If you are not sure it is safe, do not drink.
Chemicals like chlorine are added to the water to kill the germs. The amount of chlorine in water will not harm you, but it may make the water smell and taste different.

A lot of people have started to drink water from a Prestige Water filter system, which has different minerals in it. The water taste different from tap water so people may like it more. Chemicals such as chlorine and most of the other impurities will be removed and replaced with much needed minerals.

What can Prestige Water do for you
We all know that if the taste is nice we will drink more. Prestige Water's water cooler and  filtration systems will improve the quality of your drinking water and the water will taste much better. The Prestige Water 7-stage filtration bottle

Bench top water cooler with water filtration bottle: Bench Top      

Floorstanding water cooler with water filtration bottle: Floorstanding

Fridge water cooler with water filtration bottle: Fridge        

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