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Water, the most important nutrient

Precious Water – things you need to know (Read Dr. LuCille’s excellent article by clicking here)

Key Health Actions: Necessary for Life! Regulates the human body and internal temperature, aids digestion, protects organs and tissues, transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, and assists the absorption of nutrients. May contain trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, fluoride, and sodium. Good water is vital to avoid degeneration and disease.

Discussion:

Drinking water is essential to humans, and essential to all living beings on Earth.  Access to safe drinking water has increased throughout the world over the past several decades.

The majority of water on Earth is seawater.  Only 2.5% is fresh water, and 2/3 of that is glaciers and ice caps.  Rivers, lakes and underground reservoirs provide much of our drinking water, accessible through wells and aquifers.  Aquifers can be both renewable and non-renewable.

Land waters (rivers, lakes, etc) and renewable aquifers depend on replenishment from the natural water cycle.  Sometimes this form can be unreliable, primarily based on weather patterns.  Because water cannot be made by humans, it’s essential we preserve the water we do have and maximize our methods of sourcing and distribution.

The best form of water treatment occurs both at the source and again before use, utilizing multiple means and technologies to do so.

Our bodies are made of mostly water.  It’s imperative to intake enough water to foster normal bodily functions. It’s recommended that men have approximately 3.7 liters per day, while women should have approximately 2.7 liters. However, this number is largely dependent on the individual, as well as atmospheric considerations.  For instance: people who live in environments with high humidity can typically withstand less water intake than people who live in an environment with very low humidity.

 

Filtration:

Water filtration is a rapidly evolving science. Pure water is increasingly hard to come by, and bottled water isn’t a sure bet for quality either.  In fact bottled water is in all likelihood nearly to completely dead and lacking a healthy ph level. Home-filtration systems can be helpful, and are recommended, yet often take out nutrients remaining in the water.  Common toxins include PCBs, pesticides, nitrates, lead, mercury and cadmium.  Chlorine and Fluoride are routinely added to most water systems and current scientific evidence indicates this is not healthy.

The purest water form is distilled, though in this form minerals are also removed and other health concerns arise.  Consumption of distilled water raises caution that minerals from the body will thus be leached out.  Distilled water undergoes a treatment process in which water is vaporized, leaving contaminants behind.  Occasionally, volatile pollutants may vaporize along with the water, in which case it can be eradicated by using a simple carbon filter prior to distillation.  Other considerations to the distilled water process include cost, energy and slow output.

The most common home filtration system is carbon based.  This process entails specially-treated carbon that increases surface area absorption.  This method has been used for centuries!  One of the primary inefficiencies of this system is the spacing between the carbon units that allow airflow and the breeding of bacteria. If the predominant toxin is lead, however, carbon filtration is fairly ineffective.   Contact your local water company to determine what’s in your tap or well water.  Be sure to ask for the most recent analysis!  Additionally, you can have your water privately tested.

Solid Carbon Blocks are advantageous over the Granulated Activated carbon filters, eliminating the dilemma of bacteria, though they sometimes do not filter dissolved minerals like lead, mercury and arsenic.

Reverse Osmosis filters water through small pore-sized water molecules containing a special membrane.  Any contaminates that manage to slip past the membrane are then filtered through a solid carbon unit.  For every 1 gallon of Reverse Osmosis filtered water, up to 7 gallons are lost.  For this reason Reverse Osmosis units are limited by their cost and lack of water conservation.

**Bottled water has been tested and proven to be no more beneficial than tap water in most cases; in fact many bottled waters are nothing more than overpriced tap water.  Often it is stored in plastic bottles, which can leach chemicals such as BPA into water when exposed to high temperature (commonly occurring when left in the sun or during the transportation and distribution process).

For a detailed discussion of water issues, read Dr. Holly Lucilles featured article “Water, Your Most Important Nutrient.

Main Reference Sources:

Murray N.D, Michael.  The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Atria Books. 2005.

http://www.drinking-water.org/flash/en/water.html?_1_00_00

http://www.livestrong.com/article/145633-nutritional-value-of-water/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_water

OWC researcher Jen Awdry contributed .

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