Water is easily one of the most important components of our world that we take for granted. We see it flowing in rivers, filling up lakes and undulating in the ocean all the time, yet we rarely stop to think about just how much this life source impacts us on a daily basis. So, with that in mind, here are some weird facts about good ol’ H2O that’ll leave you feeling seriously thirsty.
1. A solid 70 percent of your body (and 80 percent of your brain matter) is composed of water.
Yep, that’s why dehydration affects you so dramatically.
2. While you could probably survive a month without eating food, you would only last a week without drinking water.
Your body transforms your fat storage into energy when you don’t eat, but there’s nothing to create a water source for you.
3. Drinking water protects you from a slew of health illnesses, from heart disease to cancer, because it flushes toxins out of the body.
Take that, Diet Coke.
4. The amount of water on Earth today is the same as when the planet was formed forever ago.
Talk about the world’s most efficient recycling system.
5. But only 1.1 percent of the water on Earth is suitable for drinking in its naturally occurring form.
Have you ever got a mouthful of ocean water by accident? Yuck.
6. A staggering 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
We seriously need to get better at the whole drinking water thing.
7. When you sweat, you lose water from both inside and outside your cells.
That’s why it’s so important to keep drinking water as you sweat more in the summertime.
8. Bottled water isn’t always healthier for you than tap water.
Sometimes, it’s literally city water just wrapped up in pretty packaging. (And when you reuse the plastic bottles, they can leach unwanted chemicals into your water. Ick.)
9. Dehydration can lead to real back pain.
That’s because the spinal disc core is largely comprised of water. Who knew?
10. And just a 2 percent reduction of water levels in your body can lead to a 20 percent decrease in mental and physical performance.
Seriously, a little bit can go a long way. Grab that glass and drink up!