The Importance of Water in Maintaining Intracellular Hydration
Water sustains all forms of life, including human life. Although water is all around us, it is one of the most mysterious substances on this planet. Scientists are still discovering amazing facts about water. More than 70% of our body weight is water; that translates into about 10 gallons of water for a person of 120 lbs. It is very important to have a good understanding of water and to drink the right kind of water.
Water is a strong solvent, carrying many invisible ingredients such as minerals, oxygen, nutrients, waste products, pollutants, etc. Sea water is salty because over time, it dissolved minerals and salts from the mountains and carried them down stream to the ocean. Inside the human body, blood (90% of which is water) circulates, distributing nutrients & oxygen, and collecting wastes & carbon dioxides, delivering them to the disposal organs. If water was not a strong solvent, it could not perform these functions.
A water molecule is H2O; that is two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom stuck together. The shape of the water molecule is like a Mickey Mouse face (the head is oxygen and the two ears are hydrogen). Since oxygen is electrically negative and hydrogen is positive, the water molecule is electrically polarized. For this reason, a water molecule cannot exist independently; it must combine with other water molecules to form a five or six-sided structure called a water cluster. In lower temperatures, most of the structures are hexagonal: snow flakes are hexagonal.
In distilled water, at room temperature, one out of 10 million (1 in 107) water molecules is ionized. When a water molecule is ionized, it is split into hydrogen ions H+ and hydroxyl ions OH-. Neutral water means that the number of hydrogen ions equals the number of hydroxyl ions in a container. The number is 10-7 times the entire number of water molecules in that container (that number we will call N). We abbreviate this by saying that the water has a pH value of 7).
Acid water has a larger number of hydrogen ions than that of hydroxyl ions. For example, the number of hydrogen ions in acid water, with a pH value of 4, is 10-4 times N, and that of hydroxyl ion is 10-10 times N. The law of nature is such that the exponents must add up to 14 (4+10). The number of hydrogen ions in alkaline water, with a pH value of 9, is 10-9 times N, and that of hydroxyl ion is 10-5 times N.
Note that 10-5 is larger than 10-9 by 10,000 times and, again, 5+9 is 14. Because the exponents must add up to 14, pH value of 7 is considered neutral. Since the value of pOH is 14 minus the value of pH, we don't measure nor mention its value; it will be known once the pH value is known. For that reason, there are only pH meters and no pOH measuring instruments.
Since alkaline water has more OH-s than H+s, there are more oxygen atoms in it than in neutral water; that's why alkaline water is sometimes called oxygen rich water. In the same manner, acid water is oxygen deficient water. An interesting trivial fact is that there are approximately 1025 H2O molecules in a 10 ounce glass of water. If that water has a pH value of 10, there are approximately 1021 hydroxyl ions (OH-) and approximately 1015 hydrogen ions (H+). The number of hydrogen ions is one millionth of that of hydroxyl ions, which is negligible.
It is this abundant amount of hydroxyl ions that neutralizes acid hydrogen ions in our body to reduce the accumulated acid wastes, thus reversing the aging process.
The Purposes of Hydration
The body must continuously be in a proper state of hydration. Because 2.5 liters of water is lost each day through normal bodily functions, this must be replaced. There are two major issues that emphasize the need to keep the body adequately hydrated, with water of the best quality, content, and structure so it can maintain homeostasis.
First, the water we put in our body must be able to prevent toxins and chemical substances from accumulating and creating destructive influences on cells. Water must bring all minerals and nutrients required for cell metabolism, and remove any substances that can damage the cell. It must also be able to protect cell walls from damage and invasion. Second, since water is involved in every function of the body, it must act as a conductor of electrochemical activity, such as neurotransmission, by moving water from one nerve cell to another smoothly and effectively.
Movement of water in the body between cells (extracellular fluid) is caused by osmosis. This is created by magnetic forces in the body, which keep the movement in balance. As water flows, changes in pressure create movement across the cell membranes. Any changes in pressure will allow proteins, minerals and other nutrients being carried by the blood to escape into spaces between vessels and deprive the cells of their vital needs to sustain life. When water in the blood is contaminated with chemicals, it enters the cells and changes their structure, which in turn could lead to changes in DNA. This is the start of the disease process, which is very similar to the aging process.
Much research has been conducted on the effects of energized water on the body's response systems. Reports from studies suggest that energized water (also called structured or clustered) can help the body resist disease and slow aging by:
- Increasing Intracellular Hydration
- Replacing Depleted Essential Minerals
- Stabilizing and Protecting Cells
- Helping To Maintain Normal Blood Flow and pH
- Flushing Out and Preventing Wastes from Accumulating in Cells
- Preventing Free Radicals from Forming
Water with added trace minerals can maintain its right balance because of its high mineral content. The most unique feature of energized water is the formation and organization of its molecules. Energized water is naturally formed of smaller molecular clusters, that have a higher density than other water. The smaller molecule clusters make it easier for water to pass readily through cell membranes into the nucleus, for better delivery of nutrients, and removal of toxins & waste materials from the cells.