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Since muscle cramps are sometimes caused by dehydration (loss of water) and low levels of potassium, they frequently strike in hot weather, when your body loses water, salt, and minerals through sweating. Drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas, may help to ward off cramps.
1. By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
2. The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.
3. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
4. A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
5. Dehydration causes short-term memory loss, trouble doing basic math and even difficulty reading smaller texts.
6. The human brain is made up of 95% H20, blood is 82% and lungs is 92%.
7. A drop of just 2% of the water content in your body can lead to dehydration.
8. Each day, we lose 2-3 quarts of water through sweating, urination and breathing.
9. Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon.
10. Drinking too much water can be fatal (known as water intoxication).
11. Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. Hydrogen + Oxygen = H2O
12. The most important way water regulates our body temperature is through sweat. Sweat is a way for the body to cool itself down. When we sweat, it evaporates on our skin, drawing heat away from the body and cooling us down.