Aug 15, 2017 Hydrolysis & Chronic Dehydration Hydrolysis Hydrolysis (loosening, dissolving, breaking, or splitting by the participating action of water) occurs when water becomes involved in the metabolism of other materials. Activities that depend on hydrolysis include the breakdown of a protein into the different amino acids from which it is composed and the breakdown of large fatty particles into smaller fatty acid units. Without water, hydrolysis cannot take place. 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 body with water before we eat solid foods. Chronic Dehydration Water transports minerals and nutrients necessary for cell metabolism as well as removing any substances that can harm the cell. Cells become depleted of their ready energy when you are dehydrated. They are then forced to depend on energy generation from food that is consumed rather than that carried by water. In this situation, the body stores fat and uses its protein and starch reserves because it is easier to break down these elements than to process stored fat, greatly contributing to obesity. When the body loses water over time, a number of things happen. The body redistributes and regulates the amount of available water. In other words, the available water is rationed and used where most needed. Water rationing allows the body to provide water for critical, life-sustaining functions. In the meantime, the less critical functions are put on hold. When cellular water is reduced during water rationing, each cell is required to limp along with less than the optimal amount of water. This results in symptoms that are sometimes mistaken for illness. For example, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, allergies, digestive disorders and acid reflux are just a few of the conditions that are often an indication of water rationing in the body. Some signs of chronic dehydration: Mood swings Exhaustion Depression Weight Increase Heartburn Joint Pain Accelerated Aging It is estimated that at least 75% of Americans are dehydrated to such a degree that it affects their health in a negative way. In many this need for more water is misunderstood as hunger pains. The catch is that virtually everyone in the U.S. has one or more toxic chemicals lodged in fatty tissue from drinking treated tap water. In the U.S., 53 million Americans drink water from municipal water supplies containing potentially dangerous levels of chloro- and fluoro-chemicals, lead, fecal bacteria, as well as pesticides and other impurities associated with cancer and metabolic dysfunction. Your body consists mainly of water (on average about 70%). Your liver, for example, is about 90% water, brain 85%, blood 83% and even the bones 35%. In a University of Washington study, drinking one glass of water when feeling hungry stopped the hunger pangs in 98% of the dieters surveyed. The main cause of daytime fatigue is simply a lack of water. Research shows that about 8-10 glasses of water a day may significantly ease back pain and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. If the average person drank at least 5 glasses of water a day (plain water not mixed) the risk of getting many degenerative diseases is decreased dramatically. A person's minimal water requirement is half their body weight in ounces. For instance, a 200 pound person should drink at least 100 ounces of water. Only a 2% drop in the amount of water in your body can bring on mental confusion such as short-term memory loss, being unable to focus and forgetting how to do simple math calculations.