Water: The True Fountain of Youth
By Donna Webb
The average adult human body is made up of 50-65% water.
Babies and children are made up of an even higher percentage of water. In infants, water is around 75%, which drops to approximately 65% by age one.
The percentage of water in your body depends on your hydration level. Body composition also varies according to gender and fitness level, as fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue.
People experience thirst when they have already lost 2-3% of their body’s water. Mental performance and physical coordination begin to be impaired before thirst kicks in, typically at around 1% dehydration.
Water serves multiple purposes:
* It’s the primary building blocks of cells.
* It’s needed to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates which are used as food.
* It lubricates the joints.
* It’s used to flush toxins from the body.
Water nourishes our cells — it’s present in every cell of our bodies.
Without proper hydration, skin will appear dry and listless, lacking the elasticity that gives us a more youthful appearance.