Water is amazing. Yes, water, that magical substance that we all seem to take for granted. I was thinking about water one day and why humans need water. When we look at the chemical composition of water, it’s H20. That is two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule. It seems obvious what we use oxygen for, as it drives every major process in the body. We also breathe oxygen. Because we breathe oxygen, it seems to make sense that we could also drink oxygen.
But hydrogen? What the heck do we use hydrogen for? And what the heck is hydrogen for that matter?
For those who remember their history, you may recall that the Hindenburg was a blimp that the Germans flew sometime in the early 1900s. The blimp was full of hydrogen. Why did the Germans fill the oversized hot air balloon with hydrogen? They did it so it would float. You see, hydrogen is over 90 times lighter than air. Not only that, it is far lighter than even helium, which is used to fill mylar balloons for birthday parties. Hydrogen floats. That's great. However, there is one major drawback to filling blimps with hydrogen, and that problem is that hydrogen also burns . . . really fast!
When the blimp launched, there was spark or flame somewhere on the blimp that triggered a fire. Because hydrogen is highly flammable, the entire blimp disintegrated in a matter of seconds. Film from the incident shows the zeppelin disintegrating in about 37 seconds! The hydrogen made the blimp go up in an unbelievably short amount of time, far less than you would expect. Why did it burn so fast? Because hydrogen is not only super light, it's also a super fuel. Oh yes. It's like a can of pure weightless energy. Hydrogen can be used to power race cars and rocket ships . . . provided they don't explode or catch fire.
If this fuel is more potent than gasoline, why would our bodies possibly need hydrogen? This seems strange. It would be like drinking liquid gasoline which would poison and kill us. And yet all life relies on water, and, therefore, hydrogen. Very odd indeed.
When we (or trees or birds or insects or other mammals) drink water we are consuming two hydrogen molecules to every one oxygen molecule, and that hydrogen is more flammable than gasoline. Amazing that it is made stable by the single oxygen molecule, and amazing that we are able to drink it and actually use it.
How do our bodies use hydrogen? Hydrogen is a lubricant like many other forms of fuel such as gasoline and petroleum products. Therefore, it lubricates our joints and muscles. Beyond that miracle of chemistry and biology, hydrogen also serves a very important function as it is the major fuel for life.
Scientists estimate that over 80% of the universe is made up of hydrogen! It is literally everywhere. When you are flying an airplane over the ocean, you are actually witnessing a huge pool of hydrogen.
When we talk about being thirsty, we say we are "dehydrated." The words hydrated and dehydrated come from the word hydrogen. What does it mean to be dehydrated? It literally means that your body doesn't have enough hydrogen in it!
If hydrogen is a super fuel, a super powerful form of energy, then it serves to reason that many electrical and neurological processes in our bodies require hydrogen to operate optimally. In fact, hydrogen may even be the thing that generates our inner "spark," the actual essence of life itself. Perhaps it is the real fountain of youth. This may even be what Nikola Tesla was referring to when he said that energy is literally all around us all the time. If he was talking about hydrogen and hydrogen makes up 80% of the universe, then he was right!
Why is water the most perfect liquid for all life on Earth? It is because of oxygen and hydrogen, so drink your water, because water is energy. Your body needs it.
Water, . . . so simple and yet so powerful. It is quite possibly the most perfect, most potent energy energy drink known to humans.