It is a widely known fact that water (H2O) is necessary for survival.
Here are the reasons why we need H2O in our everyday diets:
- To soften food and make it easy to swallow;
- To dissolve food and make it easy to absorb;
- To make blood fluid and able to circulate in the body;
- To carry different ions (smallest particles) into every cell;
- To help food residue in the bowels move down and then out;
- To help wash the elements unwanted by our body out in urine;
- To form sweat when we get hot, to regulate body temperature;
- To keep every part of our body soft and mobile not solid or rigid;
- To form gastric (stomach) juices, and other juices, secretions, hormones and enzymes
- Water is an essential part of every cell.
Babies have the most percentage of body water, being born at about 78%. This amount drops gradually to about 60% in adult men. Fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue so adult women have about 55% of their body weight in water. Bone is up to 30% water.