Water Quiz Answers

Water Quiz Answers

Question #1. Why is water considered a nutrient?

Answer: Water is considered a nutrient because you need to provide it to your body every day. Although water is often overlooked in a discussion of nutrients, it could be said that water is the most important nutrient of all. Unlike the other nutrients, you cannot survive without water for more than a few days. Water is also the medium by which the other nutrients are transported to the places in your body where they are needed.

Question #2. Name 5 functions of water in your body?

Answer: Your body is made up of more than 50% water. It is necessary for so many processes that take place moment by moment inside of you, that it would probably be easier to list what functions do not require water, than to name all that do.

(1)There is water in your blood—more than 80%--that carries oxygen and nutrients throughout your system. (2)Your kidneys require water to remove waste products that are ultimately excreted in urine. (3)Water is part of metabolism and helps to keep your body temperature normal. (4)It is part of the structure of your eyes, lungs and muscles and (5)helps keep a baby afloat inside the womb. (6)Water is in the fluids of your body including lymph, sweat, tears, spinal fluid and synovial fluid around your joints.(7)Water helps solid waste products to travel smoothly through your intestines and out of your body.

Question #3. What is the difference between Tap Water and Distilled Water?

Answer: Tap water is the water that comes out of the faucet. If you live in the city, this water comes from the water utility and will vary greatly in composition, depending on where you live and what kind of pipes you have in your house. Municipalities have EPA health standards for contaminants in water, and the goal is to keep contaminants below those set standards for potable drinking water. These standards are their best guess, but no one can say for sure what the effect of any level of a contaminant may have on the health of an individual. The purity of the water you drink is particularly important if you are pregnant, nursing or in poor health.

If you live in a rural area, your tap water comes from your private well. This water is tested when you purchase your home, and, generally, only if you choose to test it thereafter. With a private well, the purity of the water becomes even more your responsibility.

Distilled water is water that has been “distilled” down to its basic components, which means all (or most) of the minerals and contaminants have been removed. Although distilled water is great for your steam iron, it is not recommended for long-term drinking because it is very acidic and tends to leach minerals out of your system and can cause heart problems, including irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Question #4. How much water do you need to drink each day?

Answer: This is sort of a trick question since how much water you need is a subject of controversy. The consensus among health experts seems to be that you need to drink about 8 glasses of water each day. However, there are some experts that say you need more and some that say that you need less.

Not the same for everyone

What we know for sure is that the answer is not the same for everyone. The amount of water you need to drink will vary based on your age, gender, activity level, environment, health status, diet and even whether you are nursing a baby.

It probably isn’t a bad idea to aim for the conventional wisdom recommendation of 8 glasses each day.

Question #5. Where else can you get water in your diet besides from drinking it?

Answer: Besides the obvious sources coffee, tea, juice, and other beverages, fruits and vegetables are mostly water. In fact, most foods, other than oils, contain at least some water.

Bonus Question: Is it possible to drink too much water?

Answer: Yes. Although unlikely, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. People have actually died or been seriously injured from drinking too much water in too short a period of time (more than 10 quarts within a few hours). Marathon runners generally drink sports drinks rather than plain water to avoid upsetting their electrolyte balance.

What your score means

  • If you had 0-1 Correct Answers: You probably should dump out that soda you're drinking and get yourself a drink of water!
  • If you had 2-3 Correct Answers: Your H20 quotient is pretty high! Celebrate with a nice glass of cold water!
  • If you had 4-5 Correct Answers: You probably have a glass of water sitting next to you. Take a big swig and then pat yourself on the back.
  • If you had all 6 Correct Answers: You are a hydration expert! You should probably be writing a guest blog for us to post on the site!

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