5 Amazing Facts about H2O

Water covers over 70% of the earth, but our bodies are made up of only

about 60% water! That’s right, we’re mostly water! Amazing, isn’t it?

It’s no wonder water has so many benefits, including flushing out toxins,

healing wounds and even cooling down your body temperature.

The following five facts about water will leave you in awe at this amazing

a substance that we just can’t live without.

1) Water makes up 70% of us


Water is all around us, so it’s easy to take it for granted—but that

would be a mistake. Our bodies are 70% water and our brains are

even more. Water makes up 90% of our blood, 70% of our muscles,

and 60% of our lungs. We can survive only 3 days without water

(and no more than 5 hours without it in our bodies), making life on

Earth possible for humans and other species alike. As your body

loses 1-2 liters of water per day through normal bodily functions,

you should replenish that amount to avoid dehydration; drinking

plenty of liquids every day will help keep you hydrated. Staying

hydrated helps prevent headaches and improves your mental

focus so be sure to drink enough!

2) The human body is 90% water


Most of us know that water is a key element in basic human survival.

It’s easy to forget, though, just how vital H20 is in our daily lives.

The fact that humans are essentially 90% water—and that we need

to consume at least 1.9 liters per day for optimum health—gives

new meaning to things like drinking your eight glasses of water a

day or flushing out your body with an IV after a long night of partying

(thanks, Lady Gaga). But humans aren’t alone in their love for water:

all life on Earth needs it to survive!

3) It’s our most abundant substance on Earth


Approximately 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by water. Water also

fills nearly 75% of our planet’s crust. We can live without it for only a

few days: Humans can survive without food for several weeks, but we

cannot survive more than a few days without water. We use more than

half of all available freshwater: In 2010, almost 4 billion people lacked

access to clean drinking water, and an estimated 2.6 billion people lacked

access to adequate sanitation services (World Health Organization).

That means that one in six people on Earth don’t have access to safe

drinking water and one in three people don’t have access to adequate

sanitation services.

4) Cleopatra bathed in milk, Alexander The Great in snow


Water, water everywhere—and all of it different. What we don’t realize

is how much difference there can be among seemingly identical puddles

of water or snowflakes or droplets. The water that falls from above

varies in pH, mineral concentration, temperature, and electric charge.

It’s not just rainy vs. snowy places that provide a drastic difference

in water composition—even nearby sources (like groundwater springs)

will produce unique results. All of these tiny differences add up to one

big point: Not all waters are created equal. A rich source like Glacier

Bay® Bottled Water isn’t only high-quality and delicious—it’s highly

effective too!

5) The weight of our planet is made up of water


The average weight of our planet is 60.07% water, meaning almost

two-thirds of Earth’s mass is submerged in oceans and rivers. It

would be a pretty small ball if it weren’t for so much water!

Check out our diagram to see how much H20 makes up each part

of Earth. The deepest part of the ocean is deeper than Mount Everest:

As deep as people will go into oceans, it seems like there’s always

a place that’s even deeper. There are underwater trenches that are

deeper than Mount Everest—but fortunately, you don’t have to

worry about falling down them (at least not in real life)! The average

ocean depth is 6.8 miles while Mount Everest measures 8.85 miles

high!

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