By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
Curious about information about water? Want to know amazing facts about water and important facts about water? Read on for these impressive water facts!
Want to learn all about water? These facts about water are sure to blow your mind, and so are the bottled water facts! Are you surprised by these facts about drinking water?
When you think of a thirst-quenching, nutritious beverage that's also bursting with flavor, the last thing you probably think of is water. But different H2Os actually have distinctive tastes and plenty of good-for-you qualities aside from keeping your body hydrated.
To help spread the word about water's special traits, I'm dedicating this blog post to nature's trusty beverage and all the amazing facts about water. First, you'll learn how different waters get their signature, ever-so-subtle flavor profiles, how that affects a water's nutritional value, and the health benefits all waters offer. And there are sooo many.
And even though water is a secret nutritional powerhouse, you'll find out why you shouldn't go overboard with it. If you really don't like drinking water, you're in luck, because I have a recipe that's jam packed with water so you can stay hydrated without having to take a single sip. Let's H2-Go!
Important Facts About Water
Think you know all that there is to know about water? Prepare to have your mind blown and learn everything there is to know about the importance of water.
In my blog post, I'm diving into all the nutritional benefits of water, including the minerals water from around the world boast and how water helps keep you strong and healthy. Ready to embrace these amazing facts about water?
If you're curious about the flavor differences between certain water brands, check out my list of the best bottled water to drink for health and tips on how to host your own water tasting any time of day. It's the perfect way to spend a girls' night in. Need a brie cheese appetizer to go with all those water facts?
A Surprising Reason to Stay Hydrated
Now that we've talked all about water, let's go even deeper into more important facts about water and information about water and staying hydrated.
I’m a big water drinker. I carry a bottle around with me all day at work, and at restaurants the waiters are always amazed (or annoyed!) at how often they have to fill my glass. I feel better when I’m hydrated—I get less headaches, feel less hungry, can exercise longer and have healthier-looking skin.
We’ve long known that hydration is important for overall health in many ways. It not only helps with mood and energy but also helps prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Now, research in Physiology & Behavior shows that drinking enough water is key for being a safe driver.
In a small study, researchers asked 11 men to drink either a minimum 85 ounces over the course of a day or to have just a quarter of that amount. Then, after fasting overnight, the hydrated men had breakfast with 17 ounces of water. The dehydrated men had breakfast with almost no water.
All the men then completed a two-hour simulated drive. The results: Significantly more driving errors—including lane drifting and late breaking—happened in those who were mildly dehydrated. The amount of mistakes made were about equivalent to those made by someone whose blood alcohol level is just above the legal limit for driving.
Past research has shown that dehydration can impair mental performance—reducing concentration, alertness and short-term memory. This makes sense, as water comprises up to 60% of your body. Not having enough can hugely affect how well the rest of your body functions. If you don’t like the taste of water, add fruit to sweeten it; or mix seltzer with a little fruit juice.
I’m going to continue drinking lots of water—and will also pay particular attention to my hydration level while driving, as experts advise staying hydrated during long trips, as continual exposure to dry air can be dehydrating. I know I’d feel better if all the drivers out there stayed hydrated!
Can You Drink Too Much Water?
Now that you know all the good-for-you qualities of water, you might be tempted to start chugging glass after glass...after glass. Before you break out your Hydroflask, read my Food Network article to find out how much water is too much.
Yup, the fact that you can over imbibe is one of those super interesting details about water! Even though hydration is uber important, there are some pretty scary health risks involved with drinking too much H20.
More Interesting Water Facts
Want to learn even more about water? Here you go!
- A person can live only three to four days without water. You definitely can't live about a month without it!
- About 60% of an adult male's body weight is water, and about 55% of an adult female's body weight is water.
- A typical liter of ocean water contains about 35 grams of salt.
- Oceans hold about 97% of all the water on earth.
- Ideal fluid intake depends on many factors, including fitness level and humidity levels.
Amy's Hydrating Recipe
Try this recipe: Microwave Cherry Oatmeal Bowl!
Don't worry, even if you don't love drinking water, you can still stay hydrated with food. That's right, almost every food—especially oats—contains water to help keep your body functioning at its best.
Whip up a bowl of this nutrient-packed cherry oatmeal for breakfast to stay full and hydrated all morning long. I bet you'll also love my mango overnight oats.
This blog post was updated in August 2020. A version of this content originally appeared on WeightWatchers.com.
- Mild Hypohydration Increases the Frequency of Driver Errors During a Prolonged, Monotonous Driving Task, Physiology & Behavior
- Is There Such a Thing as Drinking Too Much Water?, FoodNetwork.com
- Mineral Water Benefits and the Best Bottled Water to Drink for Health, PlantForwardEats.com
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