Lifecare Spotlight on Water

We are turning the light on WATER in our facilities and here are some interesting facts about water and proper hydration. Here are 9 facts that you may not know about water!

* Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.

* Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.

* The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.

* By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.

* Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain. Water intoxication is most likely to occur during periods of intense athletic performance.

* A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.

* The average person, in the United States, uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day, flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.

* Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.

* At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.

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