Wednesday, December 09, 2009
There has been a recent finding in chemistry and medicine that will changes the way we look at some aspects of hydration, disease, and wellness. The Aquaporin. This little channel reveals such valuable information on the human use of water and transport mechanisms that textbooks will need to be rewritten. Water is not a passive substance left to an undetermined fate. Rather, it is an active process that allows one water molecule at a time to enter the cell. Since the body is 70% water and most of the human`s chemistry depends on water, this current research is essential for human health and wellness.
The picture below, is what this little channel looks like. The blue line of dots in the center is a single file line of water molecules. These molecules must be stable and free in solution. There will not be an extra electrical charge, oxygen, or hitch hikers that can enter your cells.
Image courtesy of http://ap.contool.dk
"The Crystal structure of an aquaporin reveals how it achieves the remarkable selectivity. The Channels have a narrow pore that allows water molecules to transverse the membrane in single file..."
"Studies of water transport in various organisms and tissues suggested that aquaporins have a narrow pore preventing any large molecule, ions (salts) and even proton (H3O+) and hydroxyl ion (OH-) flow while maintaining an extremely high water permeation rate; ~ 109molecules H2O per channel per second (Agre et al., 1998, Borgnia et al., 1999)." - A MIRACLE THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
- Aquaporin Website
So, you ask, what does this mean to me? Well I am glad you asked. Current U.S. public water sources may be somewhat challenged and may not provide optimal health and hydration. However, U.S. public water sources are clean for use in everyday life. In your quest for health and hydration, this article enlightens you, allowing you to scrutinize health claims made by some manufacturers.
For optimum health, you would be well served to drink "effectively" filtered, alkaline and happy water. Not water that is tortured by electricity, heat, vibration, magnets and the like....
Mark M. Dederichs, DC,LAc.