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You can survive without food for several weeks, because your body will gradually switch to using stored fat and protein to make its energy. But cut off your water supply and you'll be dead within days. Water equals life: it's as simple as that. Around two thirds of your body (as much as 75 percent if you're a baby) is H2O. Even your bones, which you might think are completely solid, contain about 25 percent water. On average, we need 2.4 liters (0.6 gals) of water each day to keep ourselves healthy (though we don't have to drink anything like that much—we get a lot of our water from inside foods). With water so important to our lives, it's hardly surprising we like it clean, pure, and tasty. That's one reason people spend so much money on water filters that can remove any harmful impurities. How do they work—and do we really need them? Let's take a closer look!