Posted by: Darlene DeStefano on 09/26/2016

Water Is Life

Water Is Life

FACT . . . Water : Human body's major component

On average, the body of an adult human being contains 60% water. Most of the water in the human body is contained inside our cells.

In fact, our billions of cells must have water to live.

The total amount of water in our body is found in three main locations: within our cells (two-thirds of the water), in the space between our cells and in our blood (one-third of the water). For example, a 70-kg man is made up of about 42L of total water.

28 litres is intracellular water

14L is found in extracellular fluid of which

3L is blood plasma,

1L is the transcellular fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, ocular, pleural, peritoneal and synovial fluids)

10L is the interstitial fluid (including lymph), which is an aqueous medium surrounding cells. (1)

The amount of water a body contains varies according to certain contexts : The body of a newborn is composed of more water (75%) than that of an elderly person (50%). Also, the more muscular a body is, the more water it contains. Conversely, the more fat in the body, the less water the body contains – as body fat has little water.

All our vital organs contain different amounts of water: the brain, the lungs, the heart, the liver and the kidneys contain a large quantity of water – between 65 to 85% depending on the organ (2), while bones contain less water (but still 31%!).

We need to drink water for hydration and flushing toxins out of our body. Water is a human need that we cannot live without. Fact is we cannot live without water and to predict just how long we can live without water has too many variable such as age, health, stamina, and so on. However, generally a person can survive only three to five days without water, in some cases people have survived for an average of one week. It is not recommended that anyone try this at home. Once the body is deprived of fluids the cells and organs in the body begin to deteriorate. The presence of water in the body could mean the difference between life and death.

Water can elicit various emotions within oneself. Just to listen to the sound of water can bring about various emotions. Most importantly, just to see, hear, and feel water brings about healing effects.

For all these reasons, water is life.

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