Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The word hydrolysis (loosening, dissolving, breaking, or splitting by the participating action of water) is used when water becomes involved in the metabolism of other materials. Activities that depend on hydrolysis include the breakdown of proteins into their component amino acids and the breakdown of large fatty particles into smaller fatty acid units. Without water , hydrolysis cannot take place. It follows, then, that the hydrolytic function of water also constitutes the metabolism of water itself. What this means is that water itself needs to be broken down first -- hydrolyzed -- before the body can use the various components in food. This is why we need to supply the human body with water before we eat solid foods. Recommended to drink a glass of water , 30 minutes prior your meal time will help the digestion process.

Now that we are on this point, let me once again give you the figures that stress the importance of water as a supplier of energy, especially for brain functions. 

Figure 8.2 : Energy is measured in kilo joules. One kilo Joule is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water 1 degree Fahrenheit. [energy]

MgATP(positive)[600] + H2O (water) = 

ADP(3negative)[1500] / ADPH(2negative)[600] 

+ Mg(2positive)[998] / H(positive)[1168] + H2PO

(positive)[318] / HPO4(2negative)[1251]

One unit of magnesium-ATP from the stockpile of energy at the cell membrane has about 600 units of energy before it is hydrolyzed.  When it is hydrolyzed into its component parts , the total energy  content reaches to about 5,835 units. (These figures are taken from an article published by P. George and co-workers : Biochem Biophys Acta 223, no. 1, 1970.) (ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the main source of energy in cells, must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be biologically active. What is called ATP is often actually Mg-ATP.[4]  ) (Fig. 1. Views of ATP and related structures.  )  

All the foods that we eat and digest need to be hydrolyzed before the human body can tap into their contents. The benefits they offer the body become available because of the "magical" effect  of water, which breaks the products into their more easily digestible and water-energized components.

Dear honorable reader of Healthy Wealth blog-site, 
 Now you know why water is a nutrient and how it generates energy. Water dissolves all the minerals, proteins, starches, and other water-soluble components and , as blood , carries them around the human body for distribution. Think of blood as seawater that has a few breeds of fish in it -- red cells, white cells, platelets, proteins, and enzymes, all swimming to a destination. The blood serum has almost the same mineral consistency and proportions as seawater. 

The human body is in constant need of water. it is losing water though the lungs when we breathe out. The body is losing water in perspiration from the skin, in urine production, and in daily bowel movements. Water deficit causes constipation. A good gauge for the water needs of the human body is the color of urine. 

1. A well-hydrated person produces colorless  urine --- not counting the color of vitamins or color additives in processed edibles.  

2. A comparatively dehydrated person produces translucent-yellow urine. 

3. A truly dehydrated person produces urine that is orange in color.

4. Also: A well hydrated person is never constipated : a constipated person is truly a dehydrated person! 

In the next posts that follows, the importance of minerals and food components are briefly discussed.  For a more thorough understanding of the importance of nutrition in maintaining health and well-being, I recommend the following book. A Complete Illustrated Guide to Vitamins and Minerals : A Practical Approach to a Healthy Diet and Safe Supplementation by Denise Mortimore, BSc , PhD, DHD :ISBN 0607-2717-1. ) You will enjoy reading this  book.

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