Water is something that easily goes overlooked. It is such a natural part of our lives that we often take it for granted. Here are some facts to remind us all how truly crucial water is for our bodies:
The Impact of Water of Our Bodies
We can’t live without water. No living organism can. It makes up 60% of the human body. It affects every part of us. Did you know that:
- Water works to deliver oxygen to every part of your body
- The brain requires water to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters
- Water regulates our body temperature through perspiration
Check out how much each part of our bodies rely on water:
There simply wouldn’t be any you or me if we lacked access to water. Have you ever gone too long without drinking water? How long did it take before you had a headache and felt lightheaded? I know for me, it’s no more than several hours. Water is powerful, and we must remember not to take it for granted.
The Impact from the Lack of Water:
When we get dehydrated, it means we’ve lost more water than we’re taking in. Once this happens, symptoms begin very quickly. What starts out as a headache or maybe muscle cramps can escalate within a matter of days to more serious conditions like:
This can happen when dehydration leads to an imbalance in the body’s electrolytes. When the kidneys are unable to maintain a balance in the levels of electrolytes, these electrical signals become mixed up leading to seizures and loss of consciousness.
2. Kidney Failure
In severe cases, dehydration can cause kidney failure, which in turn, can cause damage to the nervous system, heart failure, and a compromised immune system.
A person can only survive for around 3 days without water.
Water is one of the most essential parts of our lives. And yet, there are 844 million people around the world who lack access to it. Many must trek for miles with a 40lb jug on their shoulders to bring home to their families. While, many of us simply walk to our kitchen and turn the faucet on. Let us remember to never take the water we have for granted and work together to put an end to the water crisis around the world.