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Water

WATER

 

The simple things that God created are always our best medicine. Fresh clean air, pure water and quality fresh foods that add fiber to the diet are the important things that will prevent and cure almost all diseases.  Man is still unaware of the many benefits of water.  Although we love to use water for pleasure and for drinking on a hot day, if we truly understood the benefits of water we would learn to love it even more.

Consuming water can slow the aging process down.  Along with aging many other diseases can be prevented and/or improved by consuming quality water.  Just give it a try and you will feel the difference quickly.  It is not expensive and certainly worth trying, but you must drink ½ of your body weight in ounces of water daily.          

 

Example of the amount of water needed for each person:

Your weight - 150 lbs.  = 75 oz. = 9 glasses of water

125 lbs.  = 68 oz. = 8 ½ glasses of water

200 lbs. = 100 oz. = 12 ½ glasses of water

*Drink your water at least 30 minutes before a meal and then 2 hours after a meal to aid in efficient digestion.

 

The benefits of water:

·    Primary energizer of all functions in the body

·    It is the adhesive that bonds cells membranes

·    Eliminate many bladder, bowel and migraine problems

·    Relieves many anxiety attacks, food tolerance reactions

·    Relieves colitis pain, hot flashes, and headaches

·    Necessary for digestion and metabolism

·    Keeps a healthy kidney

·    Helps with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

·    Carries nutrients and oxygen to cells through the blood

·    Regulates the body temperature through perspiring

·    Helps to lubricate joints

·    Flushes out toxins

·    Enhances brain function

·    Fights obesity -helps get the appetite switch off

·    Reduces breast cancer risk by 70%*

·    Reduces colon cancer by 45%*

·    Relieves stress

* According to the University of Washington, Seattle

 

 

Hydration vs. Dehydration

Hydrating drinks (in order of value)                Dehydrating drinks

Tap water                                                                   coffee

Bottled water                                                             tea-caffeinated

Juice-fresh squeezed is best                                 beer

Herbal teas, non-caffeine                                      all alcoholic drinks

Milk and non milk-soy, rice, almond                     wine

Carbonated soda w/o caffeine                              carbonated soda w/caffeine

 

Each day we are trying to drink the appropriate amount of water for our body.  When we drink 8 glasses of water and then drink 1 soda and 2 cups tea we have just cancelled out 3 of the 8 glasses of water. Every 6 oz. of caffeine or alcohol requires an additional 10-12 ozs. of water to rehydrate you.

 

The 10 Commandments of Good Hydration

1.    Drink 1/2 ounce daily for every pound you weigh.

2.    Avoid diuretic beverages that flush water out of your body, such as caffeinated coffee, tea, soda, alcohol, and beer.

3.    Drink more water and fresh juices to maintain hydration during illness and upon recovery.  Illness robs your body of water.

4.    Start your day with 1/2 to 1 quart of water to flush your digestive tract and rehydrate your system from the overnight fast.

5.    Drink water at regular intervals throughout the day.  Don't wait until you're thirsty.

6.    Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you. Keep one in the car or on your desk.  Convenience helps. Use a water purifier in your home and refill a quality bottle to go with you.

7.    Make a habit of drinking water.  Decide to drink before every meal - at least 30 minutes.  Take water breaks instead of coffee breaks.

8.    Increase your drinking when you increase your mental activity level, your stress level, and your exercise level.

9.    Drink the purest water available.

10. Perspire.  Exercise to the point of perspiration or enjoy a steam bath.  Sweat cleans the lymphatic system and bloodstream.  It is one of the best detoxification avenues available to us.  Do drink plenty of water afterwards to replace the loss of fluids.  Drink more water in hot weather.

            Grapefruit seed extract is ideal as a safe and simple way to disinfect drinking water when camping, backpacking or in any emergency situation where safe drinking water is not obtainable, and boiling is not possible.

            Available water should first be filtered, (at the least, let suspended water particles settle).  Retain the clear water and add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract per each gallon of water Shake or stir vigorously and let it sit for a few minutes.  A slight bitter taste may be noticed.  This is just the inherent taste of the grapefruit seed extract.

            Safe and easy to carry with you, grapefruit seed extract is actually a first aid in many uses. The Third Opinion Report, June 1990, pg 7

Choosing Quality Water for Health

There are many choices for water purification but the underlying answer is that none of the choices are perfect.  You, as the consumer, need to decide which one is best for you and your budget.

Keys to remember:

·    Before using the water, let cold taps run for a few minutes to flush out any lead that has leached into the water from the pipes.

·    Use only the cold tap for drinking water and cooking, as there is a greater probability that the hot water contains lead, asbestos, and other pollutants from the hot water tank, if you have one.

·    Use water filters to filter both your drinking water and your household supply.

 

Bottled  and Filtered  Water  - There is much controversy over quality water and the bottle industry.  Plastic bottles, no matter what number, are polluting the land.  The very best way to get quality water is to have a home filtration unit and use your own glasses or high quality bottle to carry with you.  This will eliminate the guessing game as to which brand is the safest at the moment.  And I do mean at the moment because regulations in different cities change and the water will change also. 

            When we travel I take with me a portable water purifier and our water bottles to be refilled.  This saves us money and less trash in the landfill.

 

Artesian water: is water from a well where the water is brought to the surface by natural pressure or flow.

 

Ground water: comes from water underground in the water table under pressure equal to or greater than atmospheric pressure that does not come in contact with surface water.  This must be pumped mechanically for bottling.

 

Mineral water: contains less than 250 parts per million total dissolved solids originating from a geologically and physically protected underground water source or spring that has been tapped at the spring opening or through a borehole.  It has a constant level and proportion of minerals and trace elements at its source.  No minerals may be added to this water

 

Purified water: bottled water that has been produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, or other processes and meets the legal definition may be labeled as purified water or demineralized water.

 

Sparkling water:  water that has been carbonated.  It can be a healthy alternative to soda and alcohol, but if it's loaded with fructose and other sweeteners, it may be no better than soda.  Read the label!  If the label says "naturally sparkling water" then the carbonation came from the same source as the water, but if it says "carbonated natural water" then the carbonation came from another source than the water.  People suffering from intestinal disorders or ulcers should avoid carbonated water.

 

Spring water:  comes from underground formations from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.  Spring water must be collected only at the surface of the earth.

 

Tap water: is full of harmful chemicals that the body cannot use.  It is known that pharmaceutical drugs including: antibiotics, hormones, painkillers, tranquilizers and chemotherapy, and runoff from gardens and agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers, and pesticides are detectable in much ground water, surface water, and tap water.

 

Steam-Distilled:  this is one of the best.  Distillation is the process of converting liquids into a vapor state by heating.  The vapor cools and is condensed back into a liquid and stored.  This method does remove all minerals and is sometimes called lifeless water.  Some companies are selling minerals to add back into the water after the impurities have been removed.

 

Reverse Osmosis:  This is one of the very best methods of producing quality water.  A good source for reverse osmosis units for the home would include both predistillations and post distillations carbon filtrations for the highest level of quality and taste. 

 

 

For more information on safe water in your area check out:

www.epa/gov/safewater

www.bottledwater.org - this web site is sponsored by the bottled water industry and their claim is that all bottled water is safe.

 

Better choices of bottled water: Abita Spring, Evian, Ice Mountain, Glaceau Smart, Ozarks, Trinity Spring, Noah, Blue Star Sparkle, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Zephryhills, Mt. Valley Spring, Penta Water, and Evamor.

 

 

****Before purchasing a water treatment unit, write, call, or visit the web site "NSF International".  This nonprofit testing and certification organization verify manufacturer's claims and certify that the materials used are nontoxic and structurally sound.

 

 

 

Sources:

Prescription for Dietary Wellness, Phyllis Balch

Water The Ultimate Cure, Steve Meyerowitz

The Body Restoration Plan, Paula Baillie-Hamilton, M.D.

 

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