Water: Friend or Foe?
We have been told for
years about the importance of drinking plenty of water every day. 70% of our body is
composed of water, and in fact, no life could exist on earth without water, but is
the water we are now drinking really beneficial to us or harmful?
water work in our body? It helps us digest food, maintain proper body temperature,
gives our lungs the moisture we need to breath, provides for the form and function
of our body's 100 trillion cells, it is the primary ingredient in all bodily
fluids including: blood supply, lymph, saliva, glandular secretions and
cerebrospinal fluid to name a few things water does in the body every day. Water
constitutes, regulates, flows through, cleanses and helps nourish every single part
of your body. But the wrong kind of water, with inorganic minerals, chemicals,
and other contaminants, can pollute, clog and turn to stone every part of your
According to Dr. Norman Walker, everything you eat or drink goes
into your stomach and then into 20 - 25 feet of small intestine, from there food
which can be assimilated is transferred to the liver for distribution to the rest of
your system; while most of what cannot be utilized is passed on as waste into the
colon. Liquids pass readily through the microscopic blood vessel in the wall of the
small intestine so whatever the liquid contains in colloidal form goes along with
the liquid right into the liver. (This includes inorganic minerals, the most common
of which is calcium-lime, a primary ingredient in making concrete and cement). Once
it reaches the liver everything is cleared from it except for the hydrogen and
oxygen, that is pure water, and this is the only kind of water that the blood and
the lymph can use in their work. According to Dr. Walker, if a person drinks 2 pints
of water a day, this will total 4500 gallons of water passing through the body in a
70-year span. If this is regular tap water, well water or spring water, Dr. Walker
estimates the 4500 gallons will include 200 - 300 pounds of rock that the body
cannot utilize. Most will be eliminated through excretory channels. But some of this
will stay in the body, causing stiffness in the joints, hardening of the arteries,
kidney stones, gallstones and blockages of arteries, microscopic capillaries, and
other passages through which liquids flow in our body.
being added to our water?
added to "poison" the bacteria in our water; if you can smell it, it may enter
the intestinal tract to destroy helpful bacteria (it was used as a weapon in WW1).
It has been linked to heart disease, senility, and cancer of the bladder, liver,
pancreas, colon, and urinary tract. Chlorine is a cheap, effective disinfectant. It
kills the germs that spread disease through the water supply to susceptible people.
Chlorine can also combine with organic chemicals to form byproducts such as
trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids, which have been linked to reproductive
disorders and cancer. It is important to note here that drinking the water is not
the only way to get THMs into the body. The use of hot water for washing hands and
bathing or showering causes THMs to vaporize so that they can be inhaled and then go
directly into the bloodstream through the lungs. Showering with chlorinated water is
probably the greatest exposure route.
to chlorination, fluoridation of the public water supply has been hailed as one of
the great public health victories of the last century. But there is a lot of
controversy about water fluoridation, to put it mildly. No study has demonstrated
that fluoride is an essential nutrient for people. Above very trace levels the
research is accumulating that fluoride has a very toxic effect on many systems of
the body. Added fluoride compounds have been shown not to be necessary for healthy
bones and teeth. Data from the World Health Organization shows that in Europe, where
fluoridation is uncommon, the rates of cavities among children has decreased as much
in recent years as in areas where fluoridation is practiced. So, the claim that
fluoride in the water is beneficial has really not held up to independent scientific
scrutiny. Furthermore, there are adverse effects of taking in too much fluoride.
First, systemic fluoridation leads to more brittle, fragile bones. Eighteen studies
are cited on Fluoride Action Network's website showing that fluoride would
increase bone mass density but reduce strength of the bone at the same time, due to
fluoride-caused defects in the bone structure. Fluoride combines readily with low
levels of aluminum in drinking water and tends to accumulate in the brain. Rats
drinking distilled water with sodium fluoride added had twice the amount of aluminum
in their brains as control rats, and rats drinking water laced with aluminum
fluoride had even higher levels. Neurotoxic morphological changes were seen in brain
tissue of the rats in both the sodium fluoride and aluminum fluoride groups compared
to the control rats, including changes similar to what is seen in Alzheimer's
disease. And the level of fluoride used in this study? It was 0.95 ppm fluoride, the
same level as what is recommended by public health officials to "protect teeth".
In addition, fluoride and iodine, both being halogens, compete for uptake by the
Arsenic is an element that occurs
naturally in the earth's crust. Arsenic is also used industrially, another
potential source of contamination. Ground water can contain arsenic in unhealthy
levels. Arsenic is odorless and tasteless, so it can only be detected by chemical
analysis of the water. The EPA states, "Non-cancer effects can include thickening
and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in
hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer
of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and
A new class of pollutants has been added to our
environment with the advent of the chemical age-pharmaceuticals,
personal care products, and industrial-source pollutants. A lot of effort
has gone into making the waste streams of American industries be much cleaner.
However, little has been done about consumer-generated pollution. What happens to
the drugs we take? Only a small amount is utilized by the body and the rest goes to
the sewer treatment plant. And all of the things we put on our bodies and in our
hair also end up the same place. Ingredients from pharmaceuticals and personal care
products have been found in rivers and streams worldwide as noted in Table 1. Waste
treatment plants catch some of these compounds but they are not designed (yet) to
handle the many drugs that come their way. While these drugs get diluted in the
water, the effect on the environment is not yet known
In an update of Paul
Bragg's book; The Shocking Truth About Water, he cites an ABC News study revealing
that more than 700 chemicals have been found in our drinking water, and 129 of these
chemicals have been cited by the EPA as posing serious health risks. Yet the
EPA requires testing for only 14 of these chemicals.
pure, low mineral water?
There is some hard data showing that
there are extra losses of minerals as a result a drinking low mineral water. In
spite of the body's homeostatic controls, minerals really can be removed from the
body by distilled water. This is a major finding, because advocates of distilled
water claim that the minerals in the body are protected in some way from being taken
out by distilled water. It is a nice idea, but animal and human studies argue that
it really doesn't work that way.
What are our
options? Previously, the only type of water we recommended was
Reverse-osmosis water, it has had the rock minerals and chemicals removed from the
water. Simple water filters do not remove all chemicals and minerals, although
it is preferred to drinking regular city tap water. With Reverse-osmosis water
it is important to have the filters and membranes changed as recommended. Until
recently, this method of purification, along with distilling, were the most reliable
for removing the toxic substances from the water. However, the body does better with
some minerals present in the water. Extra loss of minerals from our bodies occurs
without minerals in the water. Minerals in ionic form can be utilized from water; in
fact, some ions occur naturally in foods and in our body fluids. The optimal water
is free from pollutants, fluoride, and chlorine, and has sufficient nutritional
minerals in it to make it passive rather than aggressive.
recommend the use of alkalized water. It has been purified to remove the
toxic substances; it has ionized minerals (which make it very easy for the body to
utilize the minerals); it is high in anti-oxidants; and it helps to bring the body
back to its naturally slightly alkaline level which is essential for optimizing the
return of the body to a healthy state!
- One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for
almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study.
- Lack of water is the
#1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
- Preliminary research indicates that 8-10
glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of
- A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by
45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely
to develop bladder cancer.
Are you drinking the amount of water you
should every day?
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