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Thursday, 22 March 2018

World Water Day: How do liquids work in the human body?

The water route: liquids only take 5 minutes to be absorbed by the cells. More than half of the human body is composed of this element.

Humans are 60% water, a vital element for the proper functioning of organs, tissues and systems of the human body. After drinking a glass of water, the liquid travels through the digestive system, where it is absorbed. Then it reaches the blood and is transported to every cell of the body. That trip takes only five minutes.

The internist doctor Roberto Jacobo explains that a person of average physical condition should consume 2 liters of water per day, a number that varies with weight, age, physical activity and season (in summer, for example, the amount rises).

"Water serves as a means for metabolic processes to occur, transporting substances and promoting the circulation of nutrients. In addition, it works as a thermal regulator: when we are very cold or very hot, the liquid absorbs the temperature of our organs, "he says.

The distribution of water in our body is varied: the kidneys are the organs with the highest water content (83%), followed by the heart and lungs (79%). In the case of the spleen, brain and intestines, they have 76% water.The Liver and the skin have 68%.

Although it sounds incredible, our bones also contain water in its composition: 22% of the human skeleton is composed of this resource.

More than 663 million people lack access to drinking water, so reducing unnecessary consumption is paramount. Choose a short bathroom. When brushing your teeth, use a glass. Do not waste water on watering parks and gardens in hours where there is a lot of sun. Reuse water Become aware and take care of the water.

"Our blood, saliva, digestive juices, cerebrospinal fluid (which surrounds the brain), sweat, tears and urine contain a percentage of the water we ingest daily," says Jacobo. For example, being part of saliva, water works in the biochemical breakdown of minerals, vitamins and glucose.


Women and older adults have less water in the body. In the case of athletes, they have 73% water. The general doctor Jorge Guerra explains that hydration is vital for the corporal processes to be carried out correctly.

"We eliminate water by breathing or sweating. Feeling thirsty is an indicator of lack of late water, so it is important to have a fixed routine: drink a glass every hour can be something easy to perform and beneficial to our body.

Water is life, says the saying. And it is true: not only is it an important part of our body but it also offers benefits such as relieving fatigue, eliminating toxins, reducing headaches or digestive tract and even improving our mood.


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