21 Facts about Water You Need to Know

We cannot live without fresh, clean water. While some corporations claim that access to clean water might not be considered a human right, it absolutely is and needs to remain that way because our lives depend on it. Water is essential, yet few people know much about it. Here are some important facts about water that you need to know:

The average adult human body is made up of 50 to 65 percent water.

The human brain is 75 percent water and depends on water to ensure the electrical communications in the brain work correctly.

A person can live about a month without food but only about a week without water.

68.7 percent of the world’s fresh water is found in glaciers.

A whopping 97 percent of the world’s water is salt water and is therefore not drinkable.

Whatever we pour into the ground or flush down the toilet or add to our washing machine ends up in our water supply.

Whatever spews out into the air finds its way into our water.

According to the journal Environmental Science and Technology, the artificial sweetener sucralose, which is also known under the brand name Splenda, is now a widespread contaminant in surface water, ground water and waste water. Most likely, it finds its way into our water supply by those who use it and urinate it out or through the manufacture of this artificial sweetener. Scientists determined that sucralose is a recalcitrant compound, which means that it resists break-down during chemical processes or treatment. Once it finds its way into the water supply it is likely to find its way into your drinking water.

According to research cited by the national coalition Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse, 70 percent of household drinking water contains glyphosate. They also found that the amount of the toxic pesticide, glyphosate, (also known as Monsanto’s Roundup) allowed in American drinking water is much higher than the limit should be. The current limit in the United States is  0.4 parts per billion, which might not sound like much but research shows that even with only one-fourth of that amount, which is the limit in the European Union (EU), glyphosate can damage 4000 genes and can cause many serious health problems.

Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour.

In just one year the average American household uses over 100,000 gallons of water (indoor and outdoor use).

Water helps to regulate the earth’s temperature.

Water performs many functions in the human body, from temperature regulation, carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects tissues and organs, and removes wastes, to name a few.

Growing animals for consumption uses more than 50 percent of the fresh water. Simply reducing our animal foods consumption, we would reduce our water use by at least half.

One pound of beef requires between 2000 and 8000 gallons of water to produce—for either grass-fed or grain-fed cows. Pound-for-pound and gallon-for-gallon, animal foods use many times the water of plant-based foods and produce vast amounts more carbon than plant-based foods. According to UCLA, ounce-for-ounce, plant sources like legumes, seeds and grains yield similar amounts of protein as meat yet also provide fiber, sterols, stanols, vitamins and minerals.

One gallon of cow’s milk requires 1950 gallons of water to create.

Compare the amount of water to yield animal products to the amount of water needed to produce plant-based foods: one pound of oats requires 290 gallons of water; one pound of tofu requires 302 gallons of water to produce.

To compare the environmental effects of animal-rich diets to plant-based ones: it costs 20 to 80 gallons of water to yield one gram of protein from beef compared to 3.8 gallons of water to yield one gram of protein from oats.

It takes 20 gallons of water to produce one pint of beer.

A cucumber is 95 percent water, making it an excellent source of water when you need it.

While water may seem endless because it flows from the skies, we only have the amount of water that we have. As a result, we need to show water greater respect and work to conserve and keep water pure.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, preserving, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life. Follow her work.

 

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Sophie L2 days ago

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Judith Hannah3 days ago

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William T
William T3 days ago

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Sara S4 days ago

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Michael F5 days ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Richard B
Richard B15 days ago

good info

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John N18 days ago

Thank you

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Martin H
Martin H19 days ago

Fascinating

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Dennis H
Dennis H19 days ago

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Ben O
Ben O19 days ago

Thanks! -Water is life, that's all I need to know...

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