Remember when your mother would tell you to eat your vegetables? Now as an adult you know you should, but why? Below are some chemical reactions that take place within our body. I hope they illustrate why taking in clean air and maintaining a well oxygenated body system is so important. It also gives a new perspective to the potential of Hydrogen (pH), and why maintaining a healthy pH level is so important. First the science, then what the science means to you on a more personal level.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), is present in all organic material, and is considered the universal unit of energy in all living cells. ATP is produced and/or broken down into metabolic processes in all living systems making it very important to life. Photosynthesis in plants, muscle contraction in humans, respiration in fungi and fermentation in yeast are all driven by ATP. In short, ATP is the activated carrier which gives organisms energy. The other metabolic processes which relate to our health is Pyruvic Acid.