The Special Properties of Water
- What made this liquid the material cause of everything?
By understanding the amazing properties of water, you can gain a better understanding of how important water is for your health and your life.
Let's start with the beginning
Structure of the water molecule:
This is how the water molecule appears in its liquid state. It results from the electromagnetic energies created between two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom:
H2O = H - O - H
The H2O molecule and is electrically neutral. However as a dipole magnet, its positive and negative charges do not get distributed in a uniform way. - The extra hydrogen atom is always free to "stick" to another element, balancing its energy.
Because of the "restless" ion of hydrogen, water molecules have the ability to connect very easily - in an ongoing process - between themselves (water clusters) and with every other organic substance.
In our body, this translates into the acid/alkaline balance
Water's chemical properties make this fluid the primary energizer for every bodily function.
Water manufactures hydroelectric energy at the cell membranes all over the body, particularly in the neurotransmitter system.
Through its hydrolytic properties, it also and initially breaks down all elements to their primary constituents for absorption into the system for further use, for example, proteins to amino acids, starch to sugar, and fats to fatty acids.
During the process, water transfers its hydrolytic energy to various elements that the body is able to use. Water also acts as an adhesive to bond cell membranes. Therefore, it plays an important role in energy metabolism, and in the physiologic functions of the body.
The very uncommon properties of water, unlike any other substance we know of, make it so critical for our health and life -
Water has the Highest Surface Tension of all common liquids.
This allows the process of capillarity, essential to our breathing
- For instance, during the baby's first breath all of the lungs' alveoli must be inflated from a collapsed state.)
This also allows plants to absorb the diluted minerals from the ground, - which further by the photosynthesis process, will became our own source of minerals and vitamins.
Properties of water:
Water is the Universal Solvent
In liquid form, water is able to dissolve more types of matter than any other kind of liquid. It is absolutely essential for our own metabolic functions, and for all life on earth. By dissolving minerals, rocks and all other organic materials, it provides oxygen and salts to every living organism.
Water not only transports minerals, but it transports the earth's energy to the surface. Depending on its composition, this water can be beneficial in healing different ailments. Healing spring water has been used since ancient times.
Water is the only substance that is found in all three states (gas, liquid and solid) in the normal temperature range on the Earth's surface.
- Because of this we have the hydrologic cycle, which circulates water from ocean, to atmosphere, to land, and back to ocean. This gives us a renewable supply of air and fresh water.
Properties of water:
The cohesive forces between molecules in the water are shared with all neighboring atoms - this leads to Buoyancy and Archimedes' principle: objects immersed in water are lighter than usual.
- Buoyancy makes physical water therapy beneficial, because it enhances range of motion and eases pain of movement.
Heat capacity refers to the ability for a substance to lose or gain heat without any change to its chemical structure; it can change from liquid to gas, or from solid to liquid.
- This feature allows us to have heating and refrigeration systems in our homes.
Latent heat capacity can be determined by how much energy you must put into a liquid for its state to change. Have you ever noticed how long it takes water to boil after it nears the boiling point?
- This makes water it a powerful coolant for the human body, thanks to evaporation and perspiration. This enables humans to live in a greater temperature range.
Properties of water:
Water is Less Dense than Liquid Water
Water becomes more dense as it cools, but only until it reaches 4° C (39.2° F). At this point water's density begins to decrease, and continues to do so as it freezes. Ice will float on water for this reason.
- Without this feature of water, what do you think would happen to life in the sea?
This substance is indeed very special, and without all of its properties, life would be very different - if not impossible- on Earth.
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