Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Appreciating the intrinsic ingredient of life -- Water (2)

Being a universal solvent,
water offers a lot of miracles in lives.

In chemistry, there is this well known phenomenon:
Like dissolves like.

In simpler terms,
ionic solvent dissolves ionic substances,
organic solvent dissolves ionic subtances,
acid dissolves acidic substances,
base dissolves basic substances.

But, water dissolves substances of various properties above.
Even tho' water may not dissolve large organic particles (e.g. fats) directly,
with the help of amphiteric agent (e.g. soap),
it can almost dissolves everything directly and indirectly.

The versatile solubility of water
renders water an attractive vehicle
for many physiological transportation of
biochemical molecules in living things.

In other words,
water plays multiple roles in our body, ranging from:
nutrients delivery (e.g. vitamins),
toxins removal (e.g. urine),
gaseous exchange (e.g. O2 and CO2)
to biochemical signal transduction (e.g. hormones signaling).

Hence, we could easily imagine,
when our body is dehydrated, we are going to suffer from:
  - certain extent of malnutrition (on cellular level),
     due to inefficient delivery of nutrients
  - toxin accumulation, due to the lack of effort in toxin removal
  - hormonal imbalance, due to poor hormonal signaling

With the above scenarios in mind,
a sane person would not risk dehydration at just any moment.

Happy hydration,
Kee Yew

{Learning Holistic Wellness for Wisdom and Compassion}

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