One of the most frequent questions I am asked is "which water or water purification system is the best?" Because there is a confusing amount of information out there about water I have written this article to clarify my research and understanding on the subject.
Apart from oxygen, pure water is more essential to our health and well-being than virtually anything else.
Approximately 75% of our body is composed of water (a solvent) and 25% solid matter. Brain tissue is around 85% water. According to Dr Batmangheidj author of your “Your bodies many cries for water” “every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water. Water distribution is the only way of making sure that not only an adequate amount of water, but its transported elements (hormones, chemical messengers, and nutrients) first reach the more vital organs.
Water is natures universal solvent and it can be used to both cleanse harmful toxins from our bodies when pure and poison us when contaminated.
Over 2100 manmade chemicals have been found in our waterways. In addition to these unintended additives to our water supply, virtually all treated water has chlorine and fluoride added to it. Let’s forget about all of the other chemicals for the minute and take a closer look at chlorine.
Like many other chemicals which have found their way into our food chain, chlorine has a military history. In fact it was the main compound in mustard gas, the world’s first chemical weapon used in world war one. Later in the 1920’s chlorine was employed by governments to successfully control outbreaks of cholera, hepatitis dysentery and other water borne diseases in our drinking supplies and has remained there ever since with no other viable alternative being considered.
So what is the problem with ingesting chlorine?
When chlorine reacts with natural compounds in water it produces trihalomethanes (THM’s) which according to a Norwegian study by Dr Per Magnus of the national institute of public health in Oslo are carcinogenic and mutagenic. His study also revealed that THM’s are linked to kidney, liver and nervous system damage as well as a 14% increase in birth defects.
Not only this if you can smell the chlorine in your drinking water it may be destroying beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract.
Another controversial additive to many water supplies is fluoride. While fluoride has banned in Sweden, Denmark and Holland and abandoned in Belgium and West Germany it is still used in the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. While fluoride is meant to help prevent tooth decay it is interesting to note that the US has among the highest rates of dental decay in the world.
Consumption of refined sugar seems to play a much greater role in whether we get dental decay or not. Many native tribes studied by the likes of Dr Weston Price had little or no dental decay and none had fluoride.
The idea of adding fluoride to water supplies arose in the USA in 1939. Its main proponent was Dr Gerald Fox of the Mellon Institute, owners of Alcoa Aluminium. Fluoride is a waste product of the aluminium industry. The Mellon Institutes research found that fluoride in drinking water strengthened tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay. Like much industry funded research, the results are predictable when you follow the money.
According to Steve Meyerowitz book “Water the Ultimate cure” independent studies have shown that fluoride is implicated in:
• Skin eruptions
• Gastric distress
• Immune System problems
• Downs Syndrome (genetic damage)
• Breakdown of collagen protein
• Heart problems
In their book Fluoride the great dilemma Drs Waldbott, Burgstahler and McJinney add to the list
• Kidney disease
• Hormonal imbalance
• Lowered enzyme activity
• Reduced fertility
• Birth defects
• Osteoporosis (skeletal flourosis)
• And would you believe it damaging children’s teeth (dental fluorosis)
Other uses for fluoride include
• Rat poison
• Deworming pigs
• Delousing chickens
I think you may be getting the picture by now. Why take the risk of ingesting fluoride if you can improve your dental health by good dental hygiene and not consuming refined sugar?
Chlorine and fluoride are just 2 chemicals that are being used to mass medicate the population. We don’t have space here to go in to the other 2000+ manmade chemicals including pesticides, antibiotics and other drugs, dioxin, heavy metals which unintentionally end up in our water supply.
It is important to know that while many water filters will remove chlorine from your drinking water (including fancy ionisers) only water distillers and reverse osmosis systems will remove fluoride. We personally use an automatic water distiller as reverse osmosis wastes a lot of water and is very slow and inefficient.
Many critics of distilled water say it is dead and leeches minerals from your body - If you are concerned about this simply add a pinch of sea salt to your water and it is no longer distilled. To add life to it simply give it a stir with a wooden spoon in both directions and add you positive intentions to it at the same time.
Dr Gabriel Cousens recommends distilling water. According to him "Traditional forms of water purification, such a reverse-osmosis or carbon-filtering, may remove the majority of the waters physical impurities, but they will not be able to remove the negative energetic frequencies that is left behind from toxic chemicals. By successfully eliminating those toxic imprints through the process of distilling, you are essentially bringing the water back into a neutral state. What you are left with is a blank palette, and from there it is up to you to reconstitute and re-energize the water for maximum life-force and optimal absorption"
Also, most people don’t realize that while showering and bathing they are absorbing a lot of water through their skin and inhaling a lot of moisture into their lungs. We think the water just rolls off of us, drying off the droplets with a towel. The fact is, with our pores wide open from the steam and our lungs pulling in the moisture, whatever is in the water (chemicals, metals, bacteria, pesticides, …and especially lots of chlorine) is coming into our bodies in larger amounts than if we were drinking it in. Because of this fact, we not only must be concerned about the purity of our drinking water, but also our bathing/showering water as well.
As I mentioned earlier the most common chemical used in an attempt to kill off the toxins in our water is chlorine. While chlorine will take care of some of the bacteria and microorganisms, it will not take care of all of the toxic concerns in our water, including chlorine itself.
According to Dr. Gary Young’s research, chlorine shuts down thyroid function by preventing absorption of iodine and the amino acid tyrosine. For this reason alone it is a very good idea to drink and bathe/shower in chlorine-free water which has been distilled or passed through activated carbon filters.
We recommend and personally use a using an Aquasana whole house water filtration system so all your taps and showers are chlorine free and a water distiller to remove fluoride from your drinking water. If you can’t afford a whole house system, look at buying a shower head filter which removes chlorine.
Again radiant health and longevity are about stacking everything in your favour. If you are going to the trouble of buying organic food and non-toxic personal care products it makes sense to be drinking and showering/bathing in pure water.
Not only do we need to drink pure water, but we also need to drink quite a lot of it. It has been medically proven that if the body fluid level drops 5%, that it will cause a decrease in energy anywhere from 25-30% in most people. It is also estimated that nearly two thirds of the population is dehydrated. On average our bodies need at least 8 glasses of water every day to carry out its daily functions. Drinking more than this amount will assist your body to flush out the toxins that you are exposed to on a daily basis. One rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 200 lbs drink 100 ounces of water. In metric if you divide your body weight by 30 this is how many litres to drink a day. If you weigh 90kg you need to be drinking at least 3 litres a day.
Please note these amounts will vary depending on your body size, air temperature and physical activity and consumption of diuretics such as caffeine or alcohol which dehydrate you. It is really better not to consume caffeine or alcohol because for every cup you drink you will need to consume an additional 2 cups of water to rehydrate yourself.
We recommend drinking 500ml to 1 litre of pure water upon waking in the morning. This will give your body including your bowels a good flush and make sure you begin your day fully hydrated. This simple practice can have a HUGE effect on how you feel for the rest of the day.
In our next blog post we will be looking at ways to energise and restructure water.