The Eternal Liquid That Heals
You can go about five weeks without food…but only a few days without water. You could think of water as an essential nutrient.
The human body is a water machine that is made up of over 70% water. Our body relies so heavily on water that every healing process that happens inside our body depends on it. The health benefits of water are endless:
- Water helps regulate body temperature
- We need it to breathe
- It promotes weight loss
- Our brain tissue is 85% water and when we are dehydrated our energy levels decrease. Fatigue and depression are a result of dehydration.
- Your kidneys needs it in order to remove waste and flush out toxins
- It improves your skin complexion
- Acts as a natural headache remedy
- And prevents cramps and sprains by keeping the joints lubricated and muscles more elastic
Should You Drink 8 Glasses a Day to Receive the Health Benefits of Water?
Forget the “eight glasses of water a day” rule. No one knows who even came up with that.
Nutritionists don’t even know.
Some say the number was derived from fluid intake measurements taken decades ago among hospital patients on IVs.
What you should do is simply drink water in excess of thirst. And that means something like 3 quarts of water a day – that’s 32 ounces more than the mystery “eight glasses” rule. And you need more if it’s very hot or if you’re working outside.
One thing you should know is that the mainstream notion that it’s OK to get your water from juice, soda, tea, coffee or processed beverages is wrongheaded.
Let me explain…
Acid vs. Alkaline Why PH Matters In Your Water
You probably already know how they keep swimming pool water clean and clear. Among other things, they balance the pH of the water. PH is a measure of how acidic or how alkaline a liquid is. The scale goes from 0 (acidic) to 14 (alkaline), with 7 being neutral.
To keep pool water from turning corrosive so that it doesn’t eat away at your pool and cause it to decay, it’s best to operate your pool with water that’s slightly alkaline. You try for a very tight pH range…and the ideal is around 7.35.
In a very similar way, your body also has a small pH range in which it can operate. Your body prefers a slightly alkaline pH level between 7.365 and 7.390. Anything outside this range causes stress. The farther you go outside this range, then the stress on the body goes up exponentially.
The reason is that the distance from the neutral value of 7 is not just numeric. It’s logarithmic. That means each tiny change in pH makes something exponentially more acidic or alkaline the farther you get from 7.
For example, a pH reading of 6 is 10 times more acidic than 7. Sounds like a lot. But a pH of 4 is a thousand times more acidic than 7. So a small change in pH is really a big deal to your body.
Why is this important to you?
Because when you consume processed sugary drinks, especially sodas that have lots of acids in them, or even coffee or tea, it turns your system acidic. Which means corrosive.
This has a huge impact on your system. A body that’s become slightly acidic will attempt to balance itself by dissolving everything in contact with it in order to build up its pH.
Your body will use up important alkaline minerals you need for optimal health like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium to neutralize the acid and return your pH to normal.
Avoid acidic foods like pasta, lentils, mustard, olives and sugar. To offset any acidizing effect, eat coconuts, fresh fruit and vegetables, and even honey. All are alkalizing.
But you can also drink naturally alkaline spring or mineral water. It passes over rocks in the earth and picks up various minerals, which affect its pH. Good spring water usually has a slightly alkaline pH of about 8 or even 8.5.
Some good examples are:
➢Eternal– naturally alkaline water from New Zealand
➢Iceland Spring – Some of the lowest levels of chemicals ever recorded in spring
➢Pleasant Springs– Alkaline spring water from high altitude in the mountains of Georgia
➢ Saka– Pure alkaline spring water from a protected aquifer in the Koroglou Mountains of Australia
But remember, the reason to drink alkaline water is not just to avoid drinking acidic beverages, but to replace lost minerals from acidizing drinks and foods.
That means that artificially increasing the pH of water with an ionizer or other electrical device is not a good idea.
Putting tap water through a machine that runs the water over platinum and titanium plates to change the pH does not replace the important minerals lost when your body cannibalizes them after becoming acidic. It also doesn’t filter out metals from the tap water, and might put the metal from those ionizing plates into your water.
There’s nothing wrong with filtering your water, but it’s best to stick with nature and drink pure, natural mineral water for optimal health.
If you’d like some flavoring, use a cucumber, or even fresh squeezed citrus fruit.
Even though citrus fruit has citric acid, it has an alkalizing effect on the body. Especially lemons. The benefits of drinking lemon water is so great and refreshing.