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Updated 06 September 2011

12 interesting water facts

Did you know that depression and fatigue can often be cured by drinking a glass or two of water? Read more about this and other fascinating facts about water.

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Did you know that depression and fatigue can often be cured by drinking a glass or two of water? And that water is the most important substance we need to take in?

Read more about these and other fascinating facts about water.

  • Only 1,1% of the water on earth is suitable for drinking as is.
  • Our bodies consist of 55 – 75% water.
  • Depression and fatigue can often be symptoms of dehydration.
  • It is healthy to drink water with meals, as it aids the process of digestion.
  • The best way of getting rid of water retention is to drink a lot of water. Water retention can be a sign of dehydration
  • Water allows the body to metabolise fats more efficiently.
  • Good water intake prevents the skin from sagging.
  • Water is the main food the body needs.
  • The thirst reflex only appears when our bodies are already dehydrated.
  • Children dehydrate more quickly than adults do, and a survey revealed that 65% of school children drank too little water.
  • A 2% reduction of water levels in the body can lead to a 20% decrease in mental and physical performance.
  • Dehydration may induce contractions in pregnant women.

 (Health24, updated 2013)

Visit Health24's Water Centre for more information about this fascinating and life-sustaining substance.

 
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