Updated 05 October 2015

8 shocking water statistics

A study has revealed shocking statistics about water and hydrations. Although the stats are not specifically true to SA, it reminds us of the importance of water.


Did you know?

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)
  • 37% of Americans mistake the thirst mechanism for hunger.
  • Even mild dehydration can slow down one’s metabolism by 3%.
  • One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters.
  • Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.
  • Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, it can cut the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day? 

Source: Dehydration, a major health concern


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