Water, Everything You Need to Know to Stay Healthy
At any given time, the human body is about 75-85% water. You require water for basic metabolic functioning – to energize, to maintain health and to heal. Water also conducts electricity. Sometimes you don’t realize it, but we are electrical beings, just consider your nervous system. In order for every system and cell in the body to work, you must have enough healthy water.
Water has two basic functions: to give and sustain life.
Many illnesses are rooted in chronic dehydration – one controversial example is juvenile diabetes where the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are sacrificed as a result of chronic dehydration. Others are cardiovascular disease, childhood asthma and other autoimmune issues that can even lead to autoimmune issues and cancer in adulthood.
Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, You’re Not Sick, Your Thirsty, is an interesting book on the subject of water and correct hydration. The author explains that when you feel tired or even exhausted it is a signal from your body that something is out of balance – often times a lack of water is the reason – here are just some of the bodily issues that are often due to dehydration:
Aching Muscles and Muscle Cramps
Nails Breaking easily
Dry Vaginal area
High blood pressure
If you have these symptoms — you might want to adjust your water intake – it is likely to be a part of the problem.
The first sign of dehydration is fatigue and moodiness. We need to replenish about 3% of our body weight in water daily. A quick way to calculate it is to divide your weight in pounds by two and that’s the number of ounces you need to drink daily for basic metabolic function. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you need a minimum of 75 oz of spring water per day. If you drink coffee, tea, or soda, then you will need more to compensate for the diuretic and toxic load. If you are physically active, you also need more to feed the extra metabolic load. If you exercise for 30-60 minutes, you must increase your water intake by about 16 ounces. A healthy adult’s kidneys can handle approximately 8 oz of water every 30 minutes. The next time you feel tired you should reach for a tall glass of clean water.
Here are a few tips to get you started to maximize the benefits of drinking water:
Tip # 1: Drink 8-16 ounces of water upon waking up. It’s best to start the day off right, with 1 quart of water upon rising, and at least 30 minutes before breakfast. This can promote a bowel movement and begin hydrating you immediately.
Tip #2: Drink between meals, and on an empty stomach. Don’t drink too much at meals, only a small glass for supplements etc. It dilutes stomach acid and inhibits digestion.
Tip #3: Store and carry your water in either glass or stainless steel. Avoid plastic water bottles of all kind. Even BPH free bottles contain other chemicals that leach into the water and cause harm, especially hormone imbalances, exhaustion, memory issues and even cancer.
Tip #4: Avoid certain tap waters. Here are some of the disadvantages of tap water. These include contamination with metals and toxic chemicals, and the addition of more toxic chemicals used to sanitize the water. Among the contaminants are small quantities of toxic metals and hundreds of toxic chemicals depending on the location. Another important contaminant is the residue from dozens of medical pharmaceutical drugs that aren’t removed at the municipal water plant, and go right back into our drinking water. Arsenic and lead, which are found in many pesticides and herbicides, also find their way into the wells and other water supplies.
Medical drugs in tap water: Today, most city water also contains residues of many medical drugs that do not break down fast enough and are recycled in the water supply. This is a complete horror that has not received nearly the publicity it deserves. Most medical drugs including many antibiotics, heart medicines, birth control pills, and hundreds of others pass right through the body unaltered.
Tip #5: Contrary to popular belief, Fluoridated water is NOT good for us. Fluoride is a toxic chemical added to water. It isn’t actually pure fluoride but hydro-fluosilicic acid, and only about 30% fluoride. It is a waste produce from toxic fertilizer factories. It binds to receptor sites on your thyroid gland so that the natural hormones aren’t able to, and you may get thyroid disease or other symptoms such as exhaustion, hair loss, weight gain, dry skin and constipation.
Chlorination of tap water is also harmful: It’s used to remove bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. In America, almost all city water companies add chlorine to their drinking water and it works, but with terrible side effects or “other effects”. Chlorine is highly toxic to humans and animals. Would you ever take a sip of chlorine? First it would burn you and then create toxic damage to your body. Some research has shown that the chlorination of drinking water correlates to a drastic rise in heart disease. It also likely contributes to cancer and other serious illnesses.
Alternative: Ozone. A few American cities including Los Angeles, and some parts of Europe, use ozone to purify their water supply. Ozone is O3, known to kill almost all pathogenic organisms. It is however an unstable form of Oxygen and doesn’t last as long as chlorine does in water. It is much safer than chlorine and also less expensive. I hope it comes into wider use in municipal water facilities as scientists admit the harmful effects of chlorine.
Tip #6: Avoid distilled water unless you are doing a special cleanse. Distillation consists of boiling and evaporating water and then re-condensing the vapor or steam back into liquid water. This is a very natural process and is exactly what occurs when water evaporates into the air and then falls to the ground as rain.
Here are a few of the Problems with distilled water.
1. Distilled water acts as a chelator in the body. This is a very serious problem. Distillation (as with reverse osmosis) creates a “hungry” water. This means it is devoid of minerals and, as a result, distilled water tends to attract to itself to whatever minerals it touches.
When you drink distilled water, as soon as it enters your body it begins to grab and hold onto minerals. This process is called chelation. When the distilled water passes out of the body through the kidneys, some of these minerals are lost to the body. Since it is a mild form of chelation, if you drink distilled water for more than a few weeks or months, over time it will remove some vital minerals from the body and leave you depleted. This is extremely harmful today because most of us are low in vital minerals to begin with.
2. Distilled water lacks nutrient minerals. Almost everyone is already low in nutrient or vital minerals, and we need to obtain more of them any way we can. You can absorb some minerals from drinking water. In fact, good water can supply 30 or 40 trace minerals that the body needs in small quantities. Unlike spring water or even tap water, distilled water is lacking minerals, so it is less desirable for that reason.
Tip #7: Avoid Reverse Osmosis – It is by far the most common method of water filtration. When you get water from a health food store, grocery store, or water purification store it is usually RO. RO water is made by passing water at high pressure through a plastic membrane with tiny holes in it. Most of the minerals and chemicals in the water are too large to pass through the membrane and remain behind, thus you get water free of chemicals, pathogens and minerals. This may sound good but there is a down-side.
RO water, in general, does not hydrate the body well: It is unfortunate, but I’ve seen people who drink a lot of water and still have signs of dehydration in their lab work. The best hypothesis as to why is that due to the plastic membrane that must damage the water in some subtle way that we do not understand. RO water is great if you’re traveling in Mexico, but it isn’t good for long term home use.
Tip #8: Get a good Filter: Carbon filters definitely can help clean up tap water and other types of water. They must be changed regularly and frequently, and one must understand that they cannot remove most toxic metals and some toxic chemicals. Also, beware of bacterial growth on carbon.
Tip #9: Drink spring water whenever possible: Become a label reader. If you are in the airport or a grocery store and must buy your water, make sure it’s spring water and not RO, or semi-filtered tap water. Wild water is also an excellent option. This is water that is filtered naturally by rocks and sand in nature. It is wild spring water. Check to see if there is a clean, wild spring near you and fill up those water bottles!
Tip #10: Resources: My previous whole house filter was made by LifeSource and I’m happy with it. I’ve also used Nikken’s counter top filter, but it needed regular cleaning. The popular Britta filters can help with removing bad tastes but not bad chemicals. There are many Alkalizing water systems on the market and the research just isn’t sound. Alkaline water is any water above a pH of 7.0. Most tap water is higher than this because acidic water ruins pipes. The fancy machines that alkalize your water have no Gold Standard studies performed on them – from a third party, with double blind, peer reviewed research, etc. Testimonials just aren’t enough for the science geek in me. Alkaline water quickly turns acidic in your stomach because of the important acid used to digest your food. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t waste my money until real research is actually conducted.
If none of this water information is new to you, if you drink a lot of spring water, and nothing seems to be working to shift your symptoms then please consider doing a Comprehensive Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis with me. Not only will we verify your hydration status, but you will get the answers you’ve been waiting for. We will identify the root causes of your exhaustion and mysterious symptoms, so you can finally heal and thrive.
I know what it’s like to suffer with mysterious symptoms and to go from doctor to doctor looking for answers, leaving with feelings of frustration and hopelessness. I want to help you avoid any more suffering.
Drink to your health and make it spring water!
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Kristin Grayce McGary weaves 20 years of experience, education, and wisdom with profound compassion to provide you with individualized, empowered, and holistic opportunities to heal on all levels. She is a passionate and dynamic teacher who truly embodies her work. She artfully blends healing modalities to guide you on a transformative path to optimal health