Water is one of a few substances we need to survive. It’s a critical building block of life, so important that it is helping NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and other space-related teams determine if there is life on Mars. Taking it to a more personal level, water has five primary functions in our bodies: it carries essential nutrients to cells, removes waste products from our bodies, breaks down and transports nutrients in what we eat, regulates our body temperatures, and lubricates our joints. The life-giving substance still carries out many more functions in our bodies, functions which we need to survive at even a cellular level. After all, water is used in bodily functions – from breathing and sweating to digestion and waste elimination – that are critical we consume enough to keep our machines running at their best. In fact, the water in our bodies may be the single most important factor of good health. That’s why this article is devoted to all the good ways in which water interacts within and helps our bodies. To find out more, take a dive into this list of 25 Facts About Water In The Body That May Have An Impact On Your Health.
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The real reason we get tired throughout the day
Not having enough water in our bodies is the primary cause of daytime fatigue.
Men carry around more water than women
In an unexpected fact about water in the human body, men have a higher water content than women. However, in both sexes water content drops as we get older.
Lack of water can often be misinterpreted as hunger
A Washington study found that nearly all dieters who felt late-night hunger cravings ceased to feel the cravings after drinking a glass of water. This is because we often confuse our thirst response for hunger, leading us to consume more calories when we really just need some hydration.
We lose water by breathing
Since water hydrates oxygen as it enters our body, it is also lost when we breathe. In numbers, we lose over a cup of water from our bodies every day just through basic breathing.
We need to drink much more water when flying
Do you ever feel dehydrated after flying? It’s a fact that the average flyer can expect to lose about six cups of water from his or her body on a flight from Miami to New York City – about three hours.