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  1. Introduction
  2. Dehydration and drinking too much water
  3. Quality of drinking water
  4. Problems effecting drinking water
  5. Conclusion
  6. References

The human body is composed of 50-80% water. Blood and muscles contain significant amounts, and approximately 95% of the brain is water. All body systems and organs need water to function properly, and will shut down without it. Most of the chemical reactions that take place in our body need water as their medium. Water is vital to life. We can live without food for a few weeks, but can survive only several days without water. It's essential because unlike other nutrients, water isn't stored in the body. Typically, everyday, we lose around 10 cups of water, just living; urinating, perspiring and breathing.

[...] Other foods that contain a lot of water are: romaine lettuce, tomatoes, watercress, zucchini, asparagus, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew melon, cottage cheese, tofu, and water-packed tuna. On the other hand, there are some serious health risks associated with drinking too much water. People have actually died from this, and studies show a shocking number of athletes, especially runners, are at risk. Basically what happens is drinking too much water dilutes the blood's normal salt content, producing a condition known as hyponaremia. [...]

[...] In many cases bottled water contains plain old tap water! But if you absolutely must drink bottled water, make sure it's a brand that belongs to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), an industry group that requires member companies to meet standards that are more rigid than those of the federal government. Several paragraphs above I reported that for the most part, our drinking water is safe. While this is true, it wouldn't be fair not to disclose the negative aspects about drinking water also. [...]

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