I just posted an article that talks about the top 10 reasons you should be drinking water. Well, I ran across this article by Joe Wilkes at BeachBody that is kind of a little pop quiz which has some very interesting facts and figures. I think these things will surprise you. Take a look. 🙂
Test Your Water IQ!
True or False?
- True: The average human body contains 37 liters of water. The human body is about 65 percent water, explaining why dehydration is so bad. The average person should consume at least two liters of water every day to maintain proper hydration (refer to Steve’s article above for more on how much water to consume). The brain is 75 percent water, which is why headaches are often the first symptom when we’re a quart low. Blood is 83 percent water and bones are 25 percent water.
- False: Five percent of the earth’s water is OK to drink. Only one percent of the earth’s water is safe to drink. And by safe, we mean it’s not saltwater (97 percent of the earth’s water) or frozen (two percent of the earth’s water). The freshwater supply has become increasingly contaminated since the middle of the 20th century, coinciding with the increased use of chemicals in manufacturing.
- False: It takes two gallons of water to produce one chicken egg. It takes an average of 120 gallons of water to produce just one egg. But that’s better than a car, which requires almost 40,000 gallons of water for its production.
- True: The average individual uses 100 gallons of water every day. And almost two-thirds of this water usage is in the bathroom. We use about two gallons of water to brush our teeth, about five gallons to flush the toilet, and 20 gallons for a 5-minute shower. Americans hold up the high end of the average, using five times more water than Europeans.
- False: Ten million people in the world are without safe drinking water. Over two BILLION people in the world, a third of the world’s population, are without safe drinking water, due to drought and pollution. Every day, it is estimated that 10,000 children under the age of five die due to illnesses related to unsafe-water consumption. There are currently over 70,000 known water pollutants, most associated with chemicals.