The Science of Water

Well I thought I’d kick this off with a little basic science first. We all know we need to drink water, need to stay hydrated, especially on a hot sunny day, or need to ‘replenish our fluids’ (I’m a bit of an Office fan so I had to throw that in). But I wanted to get into the actual science of it. I think if we have a basic understanding of whats going on in our bodies, we can better appreciate what a simple thing like drinking water can do for us. It also helps you to feel like your doing something great for your body, even if you can’t feel it having a direct effect. It feels healthy! 

Okay, lets get down to it. 

Our bodies are made of up to 50 to 70% water. Its in permeates every each of our bodies, from the cells, to organs to bones and muscle. Everything depends on it. Our body however, cannot retain water and so we need fresh supplies everyday. One of the most important water functions is maintaining the integrity and health of every cell. All of the cells functions are carried out with the presence of water as a vessel. It dissolves nutrients and oxygen, carrying it in our blood to our cells which can then absorb these nutrients by way of osmosis. Osmosis is basically the need for substances dissolved in water to move around (across membranes, in this case the membranes or walls of the cells) and equalize so that an equal amount of the substance exists on both sides of the membrane. This is how our cells get their nutrients. But it is also how they dispel of wastes. Its the same process. It also helps the cell to keep its shape and rigidity. A lack of water means a lack of efficient cell function. It becomes sluggish, and nutrients and wastes don’t move as quickly. It can become poisonous if cells aren’t able to rid themselves of waste. Water is essential for their function! 

Well that’s it for now, I could go much further (there is so much research out there), but I’d thought I’d leave it at that. Next time you take a glass of water, think about your cells and how much happier they are with plenty of water to get nutrients and expel wastes! 



Water’s Benefits

Water is one of things that most people take for granted, buts its also one of the most important things we need to survive. Your body is approximately 50-60% water as an adult, and it is vital for all major metabolic activity. Every cell in your body relies on water to absorb nutrients and expel wastes through osmosis. Water helps to carry oxygen in your blood to benefit all your organs including your muscles and brain. It is an amazing thing and adds great benefit to your health when you remain hydrated properly, it can even help you loose weight! But how much to drink? There is a constant debate going back and forth; we always hear about the 8 glasses a day, but others say only drink when your thirsty, and drinking too much can be fatal! There are also a lot of hydration sports drinks out there boasting electrolytes and other nutrients but when is it actually necessary to drink this? I will be adding to this blog various bits of interesting information on water from studies and other health sites, please add your own if you have some! We could all benefit from being a little wiser about our health and hydration.

In any case, here’s an amazing mini documentary from Phillip Bloom on people who drink salt water!
The Sea Water Drinkers (Philip Bloom)