Apart from breathing, water is just about the most essential element for humans. From making up 60% percent of our bodies1 to being about 71% of our planet,2 water is everywhere, and in nearly everything.
But what do you really know when it comes to facts about drinking water?
Besides the two we already mentioned, this article will guide you through 7 of the most interesting, surprising, and essential facts when it comes to drinking water. Not only will these water facts help you keep your daily fluid intake up, they’ll also lead you to a better way to get cleaner, tastier drinking water.
Read on to discover more than you ever expected about H20.
This may be shocking, but 97% of Earth’s water is actually saltwater—completely unsuitable for drinking water.3 Take a look at a globe and you might realize most of those blue spots are oceans.
Not only that, 2% of the world’s water is undrinkable in its current form. This includes:
That last 1% of Earth’s water supply is what we use for everything from agriculture to manufacturing to showering. That’s billions of people only tapping into one-hundredth of all the water on the planet.
There are only two main areas in which we source our tap water for drinking, washing, watering, and a lot more:
Of course, there are some exceptions. The process of desalination (the removal of salt or other chemicals from water), is occasionally implemented to create drinking water, though it’s typically expensive and inefficient. Also, some areas of the planet rely on melting ice for their drinking water, but these situations are comparatively rare.
If you’re waiting until you’re thirsty to pour a glass of water, you might be missing out on some essential health benefits that come with staying hydrated.
While medical professionals typically recommend 2.7 liters a day for women and 3.7 liters a day for men, these numbers refer to overall water ingested, including from other beverages and food. All in all, about 20% of fluids come from the solid food you eat throughout the day.6
While it may be obvious that we require water to live, you might not be aware of all the ways your body uses water for various biological functions. Water is a key component of bodily processes like:
The list of how your body uses water is almost endless. As noted above, it’s more than half of your body itself. From saliva to eye tissue, you’re going to need to keep drinking water to feel and function at your best.
If you’re having a hard time meeting your daily hydration needs, it might be because your drinking water isn’t quite up to par. Unpleasant tastes and odors can make hydration harder than it should be. To cut the contaminants and start enjoying water the way it should be enjoyed, look to modern filtration solutions.
If you’re having a hard time picturing what 82 gallons look like, imagine 82 individual milk jugs—that’s the amount of water the average American uses per day.7
That accounts for:
Americans use more water than residents of any other nation, and unfortunately, a lot of that water is wasted due to leaks, inefficiency, and unnecessary over-use. You can conserve water when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, or watering your lawn.
When you drink water, what do you taste? Ideally nothing. That’s partially because pure water has a pH of 7, the absolute neutral between acid and basic.
pH is the measurement used to determine how acidic or basic a substance is. Those terms can be broken down as:
Acidity is considered an aesthetic quality by the EPA, so it’s not specifically regulated. Still, the agency recommends drinking water between 6.5 and 8.5 pH.8 If your water has an off-putting taste it may be useful to check the pH—it could be the culprit making your drinking experience less than stellar.
While you may already think about the benefits of water flushing out toxins from your body, did you know it could help your heart? Research suggests that a steady regimen of daily hydration throughout your lifetime could decrease your risk of heart disease.9
Specifically, staying hydrated acts to do the following:
In short, proper hydration is a simple way to do something positive for your health every day.
Water can keep you feeling at the top of your game, and it can help you look at the top of your game too. As you pour your next glass of water, consider the benefits it has for:
There’s a direct connection between looking good and feeling good when it comes to hydration—just one more reason to smile after gulping down a glass of water.
Now that you’ve picked some information when it comes to our most precious natural resource, you might find yourself getting a little thirsty. Before you pick up your next glass of water, ask yourself if it’s as clean and refreshing as it should be?
If you’re ready to up your water game, here’s another fact to consider—there’s no better way than with Rayne Water.
Our water filtration solutions work for residential and industrial spaces of any size and on any budget. From water softeners to reverse osmosis systems, you can find exactly what you need to make your next glass crisp, clear, and thirst-quenching.