|PC: USGS Water Science School|
Water is vital to life and is an essential nutrient.
Water can be found in our heart and brain (73%), lungs (83%), skins (64%), muscles and kidneys (79%) and even in our bones (31%).
To stay healthy, you and I must maintain water balance, which means the amount of water intake need to be equivalent or close to water losses. Failing to do so may result in headache, muscle cramps or delirium and lose consciousness in a severe situation.
The diagram on the left is taken from USGS Water Science School website to briefly go over multiple functions of water in the human body.
Not many people have the luxury to drink clean water. There has been a water and sanitation crisis in the Phillipines for years now. Statistically, eighteen Fillipinos die daily from diarrhea and other water-related diseases. Most of the time, the burden of getting water for the family fall under the shoulder of children and women of that family. Below is the picture of Aileen, 8 years old, getting water for her family from a well.
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