Functions and Properties of Water
by James Khan
Functions of Water include
- Water is required for all chemical reactions in our cells
- Water regulates body temperature
- Water promotes healthy skin
- Water is a natural lubricant for joints
- Water moves nutrients around the body
- Water removes waste from the body
- Water helps with digestion
Water is Alive: The Chemistry of Water is the Chemistry of Life
When scientists look for life on Mars or other planets, they first try to establish whether or not water is present. This is because life absolutely depends upon water. Some people say that water itself is alive, even without any living organism in it.
Structure of Water
The bonding of hydrogens with the oxygen is not in an angle of 180 degrees but in an angle of 104.5 degrees or 109.5 degrees angle in ice, making ice more open in structure giving it lower density. This is why ice floats in the water, otherwise the lakes, preys and rivers would freeze from bottom to top, killing every life form that inhabit them. When floating, the water not only sustains life. but it also protects it..
In this could lie a secret of life.
The polarity of these atoms is in constant movement. As the oxygen is 8 times bigger in size than the hydrogen’s, it attracts its electrons and it changes their polarity to negative.
Water is the only substance in the planet that has three physical states solid, liquid and gas.
The polarity makes water a powerful solvent that carries many invisible ingredients as minerals, oxygen, nutrients, products of waste and pollutants.
Water Clusters, Hydration and Hexagonal Water
Most water molecules clusters are composed of 13 to 15 molecules. Because of these relatively large clusters, this water does not hydrate as well as ionized water or microwater, which is restructured into hexagonal clusters of about 6 molecules.
According to Dr Moo-Shik Chun, professor at the Korea Science and Technology Institute, one protein molecule is surrounded by 70,000 water molecules, which form 3 different layers called X, Y and Z layers. These layers have different properties and different structures according to Dr Chun.
About 60-65% of this water is hexagonal water, which is most suitable for our body.
Dr Chun says that “It can be said that hexagonally structured water is the water that living organisms like. This may explain the fact that snow melted water is good for the growth of plankton, green algae, etc.. The water from snow has high contents of hexagonal structures.”
Dr Chun says that the ionized calcium atom forms hexagonal water structures around it.
So we need water much more then we need protein, a lot more! This gives you an idea of the quantity of water in our body, and its central importance. In cancerous cells and diabetic cells, there is less hexagonal water among bound water.
Incidentally, hexagonal water can also be made by lowering the temperature and magnetizing the water
Dr Masaru Emoto has taken some fascinating pictures of water, showing hexagonal and other structures.
Hexagonal water is found naturally. The percentage of hexagonal structured water varies as a function of temperature. At 10 degrees 96% of the molecules are pentagonal, at 0 degrees 90%, and at -40 degrees 100% virtually are hexagonal, 0 pentagonal. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance enables scientists to see molecular structures.
We all know that a snow flake is hexagonal. Snow-melted water has always been popular to drink. Water from mountain lakes and creeks and ponds that comes from snow packs, has long been known to be the healthiest water in the world; it is what we call “living water”.
Water is a “miraculous” substance.
Life can not exist without it. Water in our body generates blood, distributes nutritive elements and eliminates waste matter, controls temperature and helps digestion. Most importantly, water re vitalizes body cells
We are mostly water as an embryo, and the quantity of water in our bodies decline as we age.
- A seven-week old embryo is composed of 95% water.
- A seven-week old baby has 75-80% water.
- An adult has 65-70% water and the aged 50%.
It is clear from these percentages that water content is an important guide level for the state of health of the body.
Acid and Alkaline Water
When an atom or molecule gains or loses an electron, ionization occurs. When water is ionized, the molecule splits into two parts, the hydrogen ion (H+) and the hydroxyl ion (OH-). If water carries more hydrogen than hydroxyl ions, it is said to be acid; if hydroxyl ions predominate, then science calls water alkaline.
Our blood system is always working to keep itself at that narrow range of pH 7.3 to 7.45. This process is called homoeostasis.
When we drink a popular soft drink like colas, which have an acidic pH of 2.5, the bloodstream does not lower itself to that level. Rather, sucrose and other elements in the drink are processed by the blood into acid wastes; some are eliminated, and others are stored at various locations in the body. The body does this by using huge amounts of Calcium from our body to neutralize the acidic pH and create the acidic wastes.
Why do we Age?
What makes us grow old with time? Many theories exist today, and they all seem to have one quality in common: they cannot stop, hinder, or slow down the aging process.
For example, the Wear and Tear Theory argues that aging is genetic; and that theory is closely related to the Limited Number of Cell Division Theory, which proposes that the cell has only a limited number of divisions, and when used up, the body dies. Another theory says that aging is related to the breakdown of glucose, blood sugar. All these theories, and numerous others, lead to dead ends. They certainly have not produced better health.
A new Theory of Aging
There is another theory of aging and illness that has been around for many decades. It is voiced by natural healing practitioners in America and Europe, by doctors and scientists in Asia, in Japan and Korea and other Pacific Rim nations. This new theory says that aging (and many diseases) result from the accumulation of acid waste products in the body.
Recently, more scientific arguments have been put forward, for example see Dr Hayashi’s article on Microwater and the book Reverse Aging by Sang Whang. Also read the anti-aging article with an excerpt from Sang Whang.
What causes Acid Waste?
Bad diets, including meat and potatoes, fried foods, soft drink colas, sucrose and other sugars, build up acid salts in the body. Often these deposits, by having to be stored away from blood flow, can remain in the body for decades.
Stress, both mental and physical, can create acid deposits in the body. Mental stress can make you feel depressed. While the physiological, scientific connection to stress in the body has not been completely established, there exists a school of thought in psychology, called psychosomatics, which maintains that one’s mental state will influence health. See the work and photographs of Emoto in The Hidden Messages of Water. The pictures show how such things as our thoughts, music and pollution effect water. Remember that we are mostly water.
The Pollution of the Environment
Waste products of normal metabolism produce acid wastes that need to removed by the body.
Sand Whang says “Modern medicine does not attempt to remove acid wastes from the physiological system; so today’s medicine is rather deficient in treating adult diseases. Even if the medicine cures the disease, if acids are not removed from the body, the treatment’s effectiveness will at best only be temporary.”
Doctors in Japan, following more than forty years of research and testing, believe that daily drinking of alkaline water can alkalize the bloodstream and help in flushing out acid wastes, and thus removing the root cause of disease.These are additional healing benefits of drinking ionized alkaline water.
Overweight is a major health problem in the West. It arises from the overeating of carbohydrates and fats. When the metabolic process is not able to burn them away, the blood must place these fatty acids somewhere. It first stores them under the skin, around the waist in men, and around the hips, thighs and breasts in women.
After that acid wastes are deposited around organs and tissues, which then receive a smaller supply of nutrients and are thereby damaged. This second stage is more deadly.
A gentle and easy way to lose weight is to wash fatty acids out of the body by drinking six to eight glasses of alkaline water a day. This practice has been employed in Japan for the last thirty years, and doctors there record numerous instances of weight loss.
This is more effective when used with an FIR Sauna.
Dr. Keiichi Morishita in his book, The Hidden Truth of Cancer, states that if the blood develops a more acidic condition, then these excess acidic wastes have to be deposited somewhere in the body. If this unhealthy process continues year after year, these areas steadily increase in acidity, and their cells begin to die.
Other cells in the affected area may survive by becoming abnormal; these are called malignant. Malignant cells do not respond to brain commands. They undergo a cellular division that is out of control. This is called cancer. Modern medicine in America treats these malignant cells as if they were bacteria or viruses. It uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat cancer. Yet none of these treatments will help very much, if after all of that, the acidic environment remains.
Drinking water that has a high alkaline pH, because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer.
The Japanese have been successfully clinically treating diabetes with alkaline water too.
Many different forms arthritis and gout are the result of the accumulation of acid wastes in the joints. Ointments simply cover-up symptoms. Aspirin, being acidic, can offer short-term relief, but over a longer period, it can add to the pain.
Alkaline water is employed by Asian doctors to alter the acidic condition in the body so that the body can fix the problem by itself.
As the body consumes toxins, the kidneys become over-burdened with acid wastes. Nephritis, uremia poisoning, and bladder diseases are all acid related conditions which can be treated by the consumption of alkaline water. Kidney stones begin as tiny specks; they gradually build into solid stones, composed of phosphates, urates, etc. They are another form of acidic salts.
Drinking plenty of alkaline water will prevent kidney stones from forming, and even after their formation, it can dissolve them. Japanese doctors have used alkaline water for years to treat the kidneys.
How is alkaline ion water (Microwater) produced?
Alkaline micro-water is produced using electrolysis to electrically split filtered tap water into alkaline and acid water. The machine was first developed in Japan in the early 1950’s, and approved for use as a medical device by The Health & Rehabilitation Ministry in Jan. of 1966. The ionized minerals found in city tap water are important. Common alkaline minerals are sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium; the common acid minerals are chlorine, lead, sulfur and phosphorous.
The water ionizer has two chambers, with a positive and a negative electrode. When the process is complete, one chamber provides alkaline water with its ionized alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium. This is what we drink, the water that is so healthy for us.
Importance of Calcium
Calcium leaching from the bones occurs as the body attempts to maintain it pH after being subjected to acidic food, soft drinks or sugar. As a result, we are often deficient of this vital mineral:
- Calcium is one of most important mineral that prevents abnormal blood (acidification).
- Lack of necessary amount of calcium may cause osteoporosis and fracture of ones frequently.
- It is a key component that forms skeleton and teeth.
- It relieves excitement of nerves.
- It restrains accumulation of heavy metals in a body.
- As a trace element, it has a direct influence on body functions and promotes formation of hexagonal water.
What is active oxygen?
Oxygen has a strong tendency to bond its neighboring materials. Activated oxygen is one that has larger oxidizing power for lack of electrons. It damages cells in a body and is directly related with aging and diseases.
The -OH ions found in alkaline water are able to neutralize active oxygen.
Drink Plenty of Water!!!
It is difficult for the body to get water from any other source other than by drinking it. Soft drinks and alcohol steal tremendous amounts of water from the body. Even of beverages such as coffee, milk and juice require water from the body to be properly digested.
Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function:
Water is essential for proper digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions.
Water is essential for proper circulation in the body, and flexibility of the blood vessels.
Water helps remove toxins (acidic waste)from the body, in particular from the digestive tract.
Water regulates your body’s temperature. Imagine a car running without water in the radiator.
Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This happens when the body’s cells do not get hydrated enough leaving them in a weakened state, and vulnerable to disease processes.
Dehydration can occur at any time of the year, not only during the summer months when it is hot. The dryness that occurs during winter can dehydrate the body quicker than when it is hot, one of the main causes being central heating and a dry atmosphere in the home. The main cause though is not drinking enough water.
You should drink half your weight in ounces of water every day to provide your body with its MINIMUM water replacement requirements as long as you are reasonably fit. If your not reasonably fit, start by sipping the water and gradually build up.