The Health Benefits of Water




By Jordan Miller;

The human body is a very complex system made up of several different parts (i.e. The brain, muscles, veins, bones, flesh, organs, etc…) all of which have a specific role to play. In order for the body to function properly, it requires that all of these parts work in complete harmony. When one of these parts begins to malfunction, and is thus left untreated, a series of chain reactions within the body are bound to arise and disease and illness are sure to propagate. To promote this “harmony of parts” or a symbiotic relationship within the body, we must provide it with the proper “fuel.”

As many of us are aware, the human body is comprised of about 70-80% water. Simply put, when we are not getting enough of it, our body begins to malfunction or it ceases to work (much the same as a car that is not receiving a routine oil change – interestingly enough, people often remember this rather simple task).

The problem in today’s world is that many people are either (1) not getting adequate amounts of water or (2) they are simply robbing their bodies of this precious substance (the reasons for which will be explained shortly). In effect, many of us (among other reasons) are suffering from regular headaches, constipation, muscle cramps, constricted airways (asthma), allergies, etc…

The Effect on the Brain

The brain consists of roughly 85% water. When the brain is “starved” of water or more precisely, hydrogen and oxygen (H2O), mental clarity and function declines and symptoms such as asthma, allergies and muscle cramps often proliferate. The reason for this is quite simple really.

The brain (our bodies’ central processing unit) requires plenty of quality water to function. When it’s “resources” begin to dwindle, the brain always looks for sources of water elsewhere in the body to compensate for its loss. Consequently, other “parts” within the body (i.e. muscles, organs, nerves, etc.) begin to malfunction or lag as a consequence of the water being dispatched to the brain (to keep it running).

Substances that Dehydrate the Body

Apart from not getting a sufficient intake of water, there are many foods/beverages that often contribute to dehydration if they are consumed in high quantities. Such materials include: alcohol, coffee, caffeinated tea, carbonated beverages, processed and/or pre-packaged "foods", etc. Many people today often consume inordinate amounts of these substances leaving them severely dehydrated. As Dr F. Batmanghelidj explains in his book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, dehydration is, in most cases, the result of many conditions including asthma, allergies, arthritis, angina, migraine headaches, hypertension, raised cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, depression, and diabetes. Essentially, these conditions are often self induced.

As we age, our thirst for water decreases. This is why it is vitally important to get plenty of water throughout the day even though there is no real thirst for it. This is not to say that we should be following a particular scientific method regarding the amount of water to be consumed because we do receive some amount from what we eat (assuming we are getting plenty of fruits in vegetables in our diet). In retrospect, just keep it simple! Drink water, and only water as your primary beverage.

The Benefits of Water

Making sure we are getting adequate amounts of water on a daily basis should be a goal we are always striving for. In essence, water gives us energy and keeps all of our “parts” functioning properly. It helps us to maintain a clear mind, it keeps our digestion clean and liver functioning optimally, and it nourishes every organ in our body. Basically, it is what sustains us.

Sources of Water

In order to optimize the benefits of water, we have to make sure we are consuming it in its purest, unadulterated form. Much of the water that is available to us today is either laced with deadly substances like chlorine and fluoride (found in much of our city drinking water) or it is polluted with estrogenic mimickers like BPA or phthalates. For this reason, try to avoid bottled water stored in plastic (especially distilled) and unfiltered tap water. In any case, consume only water that has been filtered through a reverse osmosis system or even better, collect some of the best water in the world from a local spring.




If access to fresh, quality water is limited, there are some simple practices you can follow. Many people often drink from distilled (“dead”) bottled water and since much of the distilled water is stored in plastic bottles, BPA leaches into it much more quickly then mineral water. The water is essentially starved of minerals; therefore, BPA and other estrogenic mimickers from the plastic seep into it much faster. To alleviate this, simply “charge” the water (amount depends on size of bottle) with some full spectrum salt (Himalayan or Celtic sea salt) or store the water in glass jugs/carboys. Otherwise, if buying water in plastic, make sure it’s mineral or spring water. On the other hand, it is highly recommended that water in plastic be avoided if at all possible. Click here or check out the trailer below on the dirty secrets of the bottled water industry.



Well water is another source of water that is available to many; however, it should not be consumed each and everyday. Since it is pulled out of the ground unnaturally, there are many organic (“hard”) minerals within it that are not properly utilized by the body, and for this reason, they build-up in our bodies over time, contributing to calcification which often leads to a myriad of health complication down the road .

In an event, the moral here is to make certain that we are receiving sufficient amounts of water. Humans can often times survive weeks without food, but only days without water. The concept is simple really; water is our “life force”, our energy source; without it, we would not survive.

Your question: What is your primary source of drinking water? (post your comments below)

Sources:
1. Prescription for Nutrional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch
2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies; C. Norman Shealy
3, Your Body's Many Cries for Water; Dr F. Batmanghelidj
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

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