Water has one of the largest specific heats of any substance. Why is this important for the human body?

4 Answers

  • Specific heat capacity allows a substance to retain heat. My guess is that this allows the body to be tolerant to swings in temperature, to conserve energy and calories.

    But I’m just guessing.

  • It serves to maintain the temperature at a relatively constant level, else the enzymatic reactions would go haywire.

  • When hot and sweaty, the sweat evaporates and the high SH provides the necessary cooling. Evaporation is the body’s natural thermostat.

  • when temperature increases or decreases suddenly the cells are not damaged by the variations of temperature

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