It's the water many of us drink, and when it's in our bodies, it helps support processes that keep us healthy and thriving.
Our brains and hearts are 73% water. Lungs? About 83% water. Other major parts of our bodies are mostly water, including our skin (64%), muscles (79%), and kidneys (79%).
We all need to drink water every single day to survive. Adults need somewhere around 2-3 liters of water each day (some of this comes from food). Why? Because it does a number of amazing things in our bodies.
- It forms saliva and aids in digestion
- It keeps all mucosal membranes moist and healthy
- It's an essential piece of every single cell in our bodies
- It helps flush waste from our bodies
- It keeps our joints moving comfortably
- It keeps our body temperature regulated by making us sweat
- It's a shock absorber for our brains and spinal cords
- It's used by our brains to make hormones and signals to keep our systems operating
- It helps deliver oxygen throughout our bodies
Water is "sticky," which comes from its surface tension, and this plays a part in our bodies being able to move materials from our toes to our head and everywhere in between.
This is just one more way groundwater is magical - it helps keep us healthy and thriving! How will you help protect this amazing resource?
Adapted from "The Water in You" at https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html