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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Most people today know that about two-thirds of our body weight consists of water. Strange, when you think of a sponge two-thirds full of water you consider it water-logged. But did you know that most people are only 20-70% hydrated? That's right, most of us are mildly to severely dehydrated. And it is a chronic state, not just a short-term condition that will go away just because you drink a few more mouthfuls or even a bottle or two of water.

Dehydration leads to fatigue, headaches, and more seriously, disease. People are slowly dying for lack of water. "But," you may say, "I drink at least eight glasses a day, just like they tell you!" That, my friend, may not be the answer.

So, what is the answer to my question, "How important is water to healthy living?" It is critical. Ever wonder why your thinking gets a little fuzzy in the middle of the day? Perhaps your body is crying out for water. After all, the brain is 95% water! Really, you'd think you would be able to hear it sloshing around in your head, wouldn't you? But, seriously, this may sound funny but it is no joke. Constipated? Check your water intake. Joints a little 'rusty'? Could be lack of water. Running out of steam by mid-afternoon? Try water. When you feel a headache coming on, especially if you are subject to migraines, try drinking a glass or two of purified water. According to one source you might just find the headache is alleviated or avoided altogether. Because the brain is made up of such a large percentage of water, the lack of it often leads to migraines. Your body is screaming for water.

Water helps to control body temperature through our perspiration. It helps to eliminate toxins from the body, thus decreasing the incidence of disease. Water is released when we breathe. We are not like the camel that can store great quantities of water to last on a long desert trek. We must replenish our supply daily.

But be sure to drink clean, purified water. All water, to borrow a phrase, is not created equal. Most of our municipal water is contaminated with toxic chemicals that harm our bodies over time. Chlorine, for example, which is used in most municipal water treatment plants to kill bacteria, is highly toxic to our bodies. Fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product often added to the water supply on the pretense that it helps form stronger teeth and bones. This is a fallacy, the great deception of the public in order to avoid the expense of toxic waste disposal. So, instead of polluting the environment, they pollute our bodies. In fact, tooth decay is much more widespread than it was before fluoride was introduced into drinking water. One article I read states that 60-90% of children and "the vast majority of adults" in industrialized countries are affected by tooth decay. In fact, it calls it a "health hazzard". Yet in the next sentence the author says that fluoride prevents cavities! Now can anyone tell me how you reconcile these two statements?

Our thyroid gland, which needs iodine to function properly, cannot distinguish the difference between chlorine, fluoride and iodine. In my humble opinion, this is the reason for such a high incidence of thyroid problems today. Our thyroid glands have become a repository for multiple toxins that they can neither use nor dispose of. Thyroid hormones are essential in skeletal development. Low thyroid levels result in impaired formation of bones whereas high levels causes accelerated growth and decreased bone mass. In other words, if our thyroid is not functioning properly, our bones are not healthy. And I could go on about energy levels, other body functions, but there is not enough room in a blog. Just Google 'dangers of fluoride' if you want to know more.

Yes, water, pure water, is critical to healthy living. But, as I have already said, simply drinking more water may not be the answer. Drink too much and you will deplete your blood electrolytes (i.e. sodium, potassium, calcium, etc.) which can lead to serious health concerns. Another problem is that water forms clusters because of the treatment it undergoes. These clusters are too large to enter the aquaporin in the cell walls. This leads to an accumulation of water outside the cell rather than inside the cell where it is needed. We need water treated so that these clusters are broken down and it becomes available at the cellular level if we want to experience true healthy living. Cellerator from Regenxx is probably the best water additive for complete hydration available. If you want to know more, feel free to e-mail me and I will get back to you.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner wrote: Water, water everywhere and ne'er a drop to drink. We could cry the same thing today. Let's rewrite that for our own lives: Pure, clean water in my glass, and every drop I'll drink! Let's toast to healthy living with pure hydrated water. Drink up, everyone!

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