In this blog, I'd like to share the science behind the elements used for my I am Life design. This is a fundamental overview of how these elements are essential to our everyday lives.
Elements of the design:
I: Iodine is a naturally occurring element found in seawater. This element is essential for regulating our thyroid hormones, which control our metabolism. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy.
Am: Americium is a silvery-white, synthetic element that is created during nuclear reactions. The element is used in smoke detectors to keep us safe from fires, and most importantly, it's being considered the element for "space batteries" to help us explore the galaxy.
Li: Lithium – used commercially to make batteries and power our lives. But it's also useful as a medication for mania and mood swings, including manic depressive disorders. It comes from the minerals petalite (LiAl(Si2O5)2, lepidolite K(Li, Al)3(Al, Si, Rb)4O10(F, OH)2, spodumene LiAl(SiO3)2
Fe: Iron is an essential element for blood production. About 70 percent of your body's iron is found in your blood's red blood cells called hemoglobin and in muscle cells called myoglobin. Hemoglobin is essential for transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues. Some iron ores include the minerals hematite (Fe2O3) and magnetite (Fe3O4).