Beyond hydration: Using water’s hidden secret to feel amazing
We take water for granted, but I’ve been learning about water’s mysterious and miraculous nature.
You probably learned the basics of water in your first science class in elementary school. Combine two hydrogen atoms with one oxygen atom, and you have H20, the chemical formula for water. That’s the first big miracle right there. Hydrogen and oxygen are both gases, and yet somehow, they become water when you combine them in this way. You probably also learned the three phases of water: solid (ice), liquid water, and gas (vapor).
In the book, The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack presents experimental data suggesting there’s more to water than its chemical composition. He asks and answers some interesting questions about water’s behavior:
- When you step into dry sand, you sink into it easily. When you step into wet sand near the water’s edge, you hardly sink at all. You can create large sand castles with damp sand. How does water glue sand particles together?
- What keeps water from dribbling out of Jell-O?
- How do diapers hold so much water?
- Solid materials don’t slide against each other easily, except for ice. Why is ice so slippery?
- Why does warm water freeze faster than cold water?
- Why do water droplets bead on some surfaces and spread out on others?
- Why are clouds isolated instead of being spread out evenly across the sky?
- Why is ice so much less dense than water?
It takes a book to explain the science, but let’s keep it simple. When water comes into contact with certain materials, the atoms separate and organize into a liquid crystalline structure. These liquid crystals exclude many substances, which led to the moniker “exclusion zone” water. Exclusion zones commonly have a negative charge, while the surrounding water has a positive charge. The energy for building the crystalline structure and separating charges comes from radiant sources such as infrared light. It can also come from acoustic energy and vibration, e.g., blending Bulletproof Coffee. Once some of the energy converts to potential energy, the difference in charge effectively makes water a battery.