Water: Nature's best & why it's critical to life
Water is the second most critical principle of health, behind AIR.
We all know water is essential to our survival, but in today's world so many people don't drink anywhere near enough water and wonder why they have health problems.
For over 6,000 years, the old medical adage has been to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day...about 2 litres, which basically equals the weight of the brain.
It's also interesting to note that the root origins of the word 'Brain' comes of 'B', meaning 'Beta' (House) and 'Rain', which translates as 'pure waters'. The word Brain literally once meant, "the house of pure waters".
Your Brain is about 93% water and should be refreshed every 24 hours.
So it's not hard to understand why headaches, mental fog, memory loss and neurodegenerative diseases occur when people don't drink enough water over time and distance which causes dehydration of the brain.
Your Body is about 70% water, so common sense dictates that the quantity and quality of water in your body has a big impact on your overall health.
Water's one crucial function is to detoxify the body.
If it were not for water, the body would soon die in a river of toxic sludge. That's why if you begin to suffer from toxicities - which will show up as sickness or diseases due to what you've been eating, drinking and the environment - it's time to help your body dilute and transport these toxins by drinking plenty of clean, fresh water on a consistent basis.
Most of us lose about 1.5 litres of water per day just through perspiration, respiration and urination - and even more if we're exercising. This is why I prefer to take the old 2 litres per day water guideline only as a bare minimum, recommending instead that people drink 1 litre of water per day for every 22 kilos of body weight.
‘Every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water throughout the body.’
People who are constantly hungry, are usually actually starved of water and will find that by kicking up their water intake each day, they'll want to eat less and less over time.
Water is so powerful in the body that you can fast on it for days on end without food. I know this from first-hand experience because I've fasted for 40 days on three separate occasions in my life on nothing but water and sunlight. I've also seen it working with many people over the years who've had the most advanced stages of Cancer, that there's virtually no disease that water fasting will not heal.
Without drinking clean, fresh, life force-charged water, nobody can expect to live a happy and healthy life.
So with this understanding, I hear you ask, 'which water should I drink?'
Is tap water safe to drink?
If you drink water from a municipal water supply tap, chances are it contains one or more of the following toxic and harmful additives and contaminants:
- Fluoride - An industrial waste product added to the water supplies of many cities with the alleged intention of ‘preventing tooth decay’. To the contrary, it can cause dental and skeletal ‘fluorosis’ and has been identified as cancer-causing;
- Chlorine - A chemical disinfectant added to public water supplies to kill bacteria and viruses;
- Toxic heavy metals - Lead, Mercury, Copper, Cadmium and Aluminium from industrial run offs and ageing water pipes are common.
What about water filters?
To try to and remove these toxic substances from tap water, many invest in expensive home filtration systems.
The truth is that these do little to improve the inherent quality of the water.
Another ‘fad’ that has been promoted heavily is the artificial alkalisation of water using elaborate machines, but there is little evidence to suggest that this is of any benefit whatsoever to the body. In fact, in my opinion, it disturbs the stomach’s naturally acidic environment which is an essential part of the digestive process.
So, what's the purest water on earth?
Look no further than how 'Mother Nature' purifies water to help gain clarity on which type is best.
It goes like this...
When sea water evaporates from the world’s oceans, salt and anything else present is not taken with it, the water vapour then forms into clouds before falling back to the earth as rain.
This process of evaporation leaves behind anything that is not pure water. The sun then plays a role in ‘charging’ the water with life-promoting minerals and nutrients through its rays of light.
It's called distillation and if you want to replicate this natural process at home, you can do this using a Steam Water Distiller to evaporate the water and some glass jars to place the water into the sun to remineralise.
Water also needs to be flowing and moving for it to be at its best in terms of promoting life and health. That's why our ancestors would always drink from flowing streams.
And so I'm also a fan of quality spring waters that have been collected from natural aquifers that have filtered through mineralised rock. Just know your source because there are some brands out there that are not true, natural spring waters at all.
Always avoid water that's stagnant as it's inhabited by bacteria and slime, as compared to the pristine clear running water of streams that are typically full of life.
Another essential element...
The environment of an unborn baby is Salt and Water.
So a discussion about water is never complete without the mention of Salt. Salt is the electrolyte of all 10,000 trillion cells of the body and therefore it's key for optimal health and function.
Water and salt together actually regulate the water content of the body. Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells and balances it accordingly.
In addition, salt also plays important roles in regularising your heartbeat and blood pressure, extracting excess acidity from cells, balancing blood sugar levels as well as being vital to nerve cells’ communication and information processing.
Salt is also the single element required for the proper breakdown of plant carbohydrates into usable and assailable human food. Only when salt added to fruits and vegetables can saliva and gastric secretions readily break down the fibrous store of carbohydrates, etc.
Salt is good for you!
A small amount of good salt can be dissolved into a glass of water to activate its energising powers.
By putting a little nature-made salt into your drinking water, particularly first thing in the morning it will help activate the digestive system and/or before exercise it will provide a boost of electrolyte energy to the cells to prevent cramping and help replenish minerals lost through perspiration.
P.S For an even more in-depth exploration into Salt & Water - look no further than Water and Salt by Philip Day