Question: Does water provide energy to the body?
Answer: No. Water serves a number of functions in the body - providing it with energy is not one. There are zero calories in water (H20). Calories provide energy to the body. However, water does play a key role in the generation of energy for the body. It is essential for life. The body is made up of 70% water and a human body will not survive without water consumption longer than 3-5 days. However, it can survive 20-40 days without food intake. That is because water and food are stored in very different ways within the body. Food is metabolized and used by your body as energy via 5 of the 6 essential nutrients for survival: (1) carbohydrate, (2) protein, (3) fats, (4) vitamins, (5) minerals. Water (6) helps distribute these metabolized nutrients to cells in your body. Water is life and essential to it thus, making it a nutrient. However, it does not, in itself, provide the body with energy. It only breaks down and delivers nutrients to cells in the body that provide it (the body) with energy.