3 Mar 2009

Water Facts and Trivia

RR and JWT sent me these:
  • One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pains for almost 100% of the dieters in a recent University study.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it slashes the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
If you like those, try these:
  • Over 90 facts from Lenntech (NL), including "Less than 1% of the water treated by public water systems is used for drinking and cooking."
  • About 50 facts from the USGS (USA), including "How many community public water systems are there in the United States? 56,000"
  • 45 facts and trivia from the EPA (USA), including: "What does it cost to operate the water systems throughout the country annually? Over $3.5 billion"
None of these places give references or sources, so they may be propagating urban legends.

Can anyone give me the "ur-site"or location from where these facts have been copied? Can anyone give examples of facts or trivia that are not true?

This graphic from the Economist does have an attribution:


Bottom Line: We cannot understand water until we understand it from many dimensions.

1 comment:

  1. Re: daytime fatigue

    I've observed that every time I feel really drowsy during lectures (I'm an undergrad) I am thirsty as well, and that my thirst affects my ability to stay awake more than the number of hours of sleep I received the night before.

    Fortunately for me, water fountains are easily located at my university.

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