Water is the basis of life. Without it, life is not possible. Here are important notes regarding to water as the basis of life:
- Water accounts for up to 75 percent of the weight of the human body.
- Water provides a relatively stable medium in which chemical reactions can take place.
- Water’s unique chemical properties (as a solvent with a high boiling point and high heat capacity) make it essential for homeostasis.
- The body’s thermoregulation relies on water’s high heat capacity to buffer it against swings in external temperature.
- Cooling of the body is carried out by evaporative water loss—perspiration.
- Water is also vital as a transport medium.
- Oxygen is carried by red blood cells suspended in serum, which is mostly water.
- Nutritional substances are dissolved in water and transported to cells.
- Water is used to dissolve and dilute waste molecules.
- If the body is deprived of water for very long, death will result.
Physiological role of water in our bodies.
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