Water makes up 2/3 of our body in weight. The water is distribute throughout our body in the following proportions:
- Brain – 75%
- Blood – 83%
- Muscle – 75%
- Skin – 72%
- Bone – 22%
Water functions as supporting fluid for the blood cells. It serves as a medium for transport of oxygen, nutrients and toxins between the body cells and their environment. Water is needed as cushion and lubricants in joints.
A 2% drop in water supply will trigger signs of dehydration; fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty focusing and fatigue. Therefore, it is important that we make sure there is continuous intake of water.
What kind of water is considered good?
As long as the water is pathogen and pollutant free, it is good enough for drinking. Drinking water is never chemically pure as it always contains ions such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Manganese. When it is positively charged, it will be balanced by negatively charged ions such as carbonates and bicarbonates.
Be careful of some healthcare, wellness companies that promote fancy water, touting benefits for the body with pseudoscience that is totally against the basic chemistry of water.
1) Hydrogenated water
Water with Hydrogen gas added to make reduced water with overall negative electric potential is nonsense. Hydrogen atom is so reactive that they immediately combine with each other to reform 2 parts of hydrogen, H2. . It is impossible to achieve a detectable concentration of hydrogen atom in liquid medium such as H2O.
2) Oxygenated water
All water exposed to oxygen is oxygenated. Normal oxygen level is 8 mg per liter of water at room temperature. Oxygenated water with 40 mg oxygen per liter of water is made by pumping oxygen under pressure. The lungs have a natural ability to absorb the right amount of oxygen through breathing. Extra oxygen cannot be absorbed in the stomach or intestine. By the way, oxygen is a poison in the cells.
3) Ionized or alkaline water
Using magnetic treatment to impart electric charge to the water to create ionized or alkaline water. It is claimed that the ionized water can destroy free radicals generated in the body. Also, alkaline water creates an alkaline environment in the body ,which help cells to function at its optimum.
In reality, it is impossible to retain a net electric charge of significant magnitude. Bulk matter containing excess electron cannot exist.
Water is inherently neutral, that is, neither alkaline nor acidic. To have water at stable alkaline state, there must be chemicals to the keep the water alkaline. Anyway, even if the water is alkaline, the stomach acid will make it acidic once it is drunk.
4) Clustered, structured water
Create micro-cluster of water to promote the flow of water into body cells. In actual fact, water is a huge cluster of loosely connected network and the internal connections are continuously undergoing re-arrangement.
So, don’t be fooled by the claims these companies have on the health benefits. Just look at the basic chemistry and science of water and you will know that they are not possible. All you need to do is to ensure that the water is filtered, cleared of pollutants and toxins, they are good enough to drink.
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