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An Unsung Biological Hero

What you may not know about plain old H2O!

By Elizabeth J. Hall

If I were to offer you an all-natural supplement that helps to prevent undesirable clotting, improves your antibody function and mental processing, increases endurance, reduces skin wrinkling, and perks up every cell in your body, how much would you be willing to pay for it? “Well,” you might say, “before I spend any money, what is it?” The answer may surprise you—it’s water!

Water is the most abundant molecule on earth and in the body. Without this excellent solvent and suspending medium, the blood could not transport nutrients to the cells, remove byproducts of cellular waste, or even transport your hormones. That would mess up your day, wouldn’t it?

On a cellular level, good hydration helps oxygen penetrate the cell membrane. Without oxygen, your energy production would be ineffective for all the complicated life processes occurring in your body. Water helps all the enzymes in your body

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This article was originally published on Elizabeth J. Hall is an investigative health journalist, teacher, and writer for Wildwood Lifestyle Center in Georgia, USA.