The Science Behind Hydration in the body for Children
Up to the age of six months, around 75% of a child’s body is made up of water. By the time you’re an adult, this will drop to 60%, still well over half of your body weight. The reason we have so much water in our bodies is that it’s incredibly important. Without plenty of H2O none of us would be able to survive for long. In fact, it’s one of the life’s most important building blocks.
To help you understand why water is so important, we’re taking a quick look at the role it plays inside our bodies and how it helps us to stay happy and healthy.
Keeping us warm
If you’ve ever had a hot cup of tea, boiled a pan full of water or dipped your toe in a toasty bath, you’ll know that water can get very hot indeed. However, unlike other materials and elements, water stays hot. This helps to keep our bodies nice and warm when it’s cold outside. What’s more, as water is very good at transferring heat, it helps us to cool down when we’re too hot. This allows our bodies to regulate their temperature and keeps us feeling healthy.
Transport of nutrients and removal of waste
All of the food you eat contains nutrients. In order for these nutrients to get where they’re needed inside our bodies, they need to be transported through the bloodstream. As water is one of the main ingredients in blood, it’s essential for the transfer of nutrients from our stomachs to our cells.
When there are things in our bodies we no longer need, water also helps to us to get rid of them. Urine, which is mostly made up of water, removes a lot of waste from our bodies, keeping our insides in good condition.
Every single part of your body is made up of cells. In order for these cells to stay healthy, they need plenty of water. If they don’t get enough H2O, cells won’t be able to function properly, something that could start to damage your health.
Water participates in a number of essential chemical reactions inside our bodies. One of the most important is the breakdown of food we eat. Water helps our bodies to extract important nutrients from the carbohydrates, lipids and proteins we consume, helping us to turn sandwiches, fruit, veg and meat into fuel for our internal engines.
As our bodies are constantly using water to regulate our temperatures, extract nutrients and remove waste, we need to make sure we’re always topping up our H2O levels so we never run out. This means drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially when it’s hot outside or we’re exercising.
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