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Water, Where Would We Be Without It?

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Water is a ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all known forms of life.
In individuals of normal weight, water is abundant in most parts of the body, except in fat. The largest component of the body is water. Water makes up between 45 and 75% of body weight, with the variability due primarily to differences in body fat. Carrying too much body fat, you can easily become dehydrated because body fat does not hold water. While most tissues including muscle, skin, and visceral organs are over 70% water, fat contains less than 10% water. The percentage of body weight that is water therefore varies inversely with body fat. In the average lean adult male around 60% of the body weight is water. The remaining body weight consists of 16-18% fat with 22-24% protein, carbohydrate and other solids. In the female the percentage of body weight that is water is lower due to a relatively greater amount of subcutaneous fat.
Water and Your Body
If the importance of a nutrient is judged by how long we can do without it, water ranks as the most important. A person can survive only seven to ten days without water, whereas it takes weeks or even months to die from a lack of food. Water circulates through our blood and lymphatic system, transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells and removing wastes through urine and sweat. Water also maintains the natural balance between dissolved salts and water inside and outside of cells. Our joints and soft tissues depend on the cushioning that water provides for them. While water has no caloric value and therefore is not an energy source, without it in our diets we could not digest or absorb the foods we eat or eliminate the body's digestive waste.
To function properly the body requires between one and seven liters of water each day to avoid dehydration, the precise amount depends on your level of activity, temperature, humidity and other factors. We can get a substantial amount of the water we need from food, or beverages, other than drinking straight water, but most experts agree that we need at least 6-7 8oz glasses of water per day. Drinking coffee, tea and soda can dehydrate you because they are diuretics.
Hydrogen and Oxygen
Oxygen is essential to survival. It is relatively stable in the air, but when it gets into our bodies, it can become unstable and has a tendency to attach itself to to any biological molecule, including those of healthy cells. The chemical activity of these "free radicals" is due to one or more pairs of unpaired electrons.
Such free radicals have a high oxidation potential which means they are capable of stealing electrons from other cells. Inside the body these free radicals are very useful in disinfection because they attack bacteria, viruses and other waste products. Problems arise when the free radicals are turned loose in the body and they attack healthy cells. That is when you need antioxidants to control the free radicals.

Free Radicals and Heart Disease
Free radicals are among the most damaging molecules in the body and are highly unstable molecules that are oxidizing agents and are electron deficient. Remember how iron rusts? That is unchecked oxidation. They are a principal cause of damage and disease in the body. Oxygen free radicals contribute significantly to a broad variety of harmful conditions in the body ranging from life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, to less severe conditions such as sunburns, arthritis, cataracts, and many others. Free radicals MUST get electrons from somewhere and will steal them from whatever molecules are around, including normal, healthy tissues.
Damage to tissues results when free radicals strip these electrons from healthy cells. If the damage goes on unchecked, this will lead to disease. For example, the oxidation of LDL cholesterol particles in arterial walls by free radicals triggers an immune system response that results in atherosclerosis, the principal cause of heart disease. The H-ions in alkaline water from an electrolysis machine are a rich source of electrons that can be donated to these free radicals in the body, neutralizing them and stopping them from damaging healthy tissues. Specifically, these H-ions have the potential to engage in the chemical reactions necessary to neutralize oxygen free radicals.
The Need for the anti-oxidant alkaline water
Water is used everyday, in all capacities of our lives. In our continued effort to live healthier lives, many of us are becoming aware that consuming more water in necessary. Filtered or purified water is only cleaner water. But what our bodies truly need is healthier water. Alkaline water is healthy water. Why? It has been found that alkaline water is very high in the H- ion one of the best antioxidants known to man. Alkaline water seeks out free radicals and converts them into necessary oxygen, which your body can use.
The H- ion as an antioxidant
As a powerful reducing agent (an electron donor), H- is able to neutralize radicals easily, often leaving only pure water or simple compounds as the "ash" or residue from the encounter. It acts as a scavenger in the bloodstream, hunting down the free radicals and capturing them.
The H-minus ion (or H- ion) also plays a critical role in all known life forms on earth. It acts as both an energy carrier (providing "energy currency") and as an antioxidant in numerous biological systems. In its antioxidant role, this ion functions as a powerful primal, and primary antioxidant found in all raw, unprocessed foods (plant and animal) and in many "wild" unprocessed, untreated water sources in the biosphere (the area around the surface of the planet where life exists.) Some sources of water which contain the H-minus ion are glacial runoff water, high altitude lakes, wells and springs and some deep wells where the aquifer has been stable over millennia.
It appears that this tiny and lightweight ion was the original antioxidant for all life forms on earth, and is likely the single most optimal antioxidant for life forms even today. It is the only antioxidant that appears in forms other than vegetable or animal. H- is formed easily in water, ice or moisture laden air (water vapor) via exposure to ionizing radiation, an electrical discharge (plasma or spark), or an electrical current in water strong enough to produce electrolysis.
The electrolysis process not only gains an excess amount of electrons, but also reduces the molecule cluster in size from13-14, which is the size of ordinary tap water, to 5-7. Due to its smaller cluster size with lower molecular weight, antioxidant Alkaline Water is readily absorbed by the body system. It is able to better deliver nutrients to all the cells, tissues, and organs and accelerates metabolism with increased elimination of acidic wastes from the body.
Not only does drinking alkaline water aid in cleansing the body, but scientists have found that this water has a positive effect upon the health of patients suffering from severe illness such as digestion, blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers.
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