Water Information

Water — Essential for Good Health

Water is essential to keeping our bodies in good health. Our bodies need for water is only second to its need for oxygen. Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water. Every organ in our body relies on sufficient water to work efficiently. When water is in short supply our major organs, our brain, heart, lungs, muscles, etc., get the first ration of water. Our skin is further down on the list; therefore, when your skin looks and feels dry, it is likely that your body may be dehydrated. It assists the digestion, absorption and elimination of the food you eat; it assists the excretion of waste from your bowel and kidneys; it regulates your body temperature 24 hours a day; it lubricates your joints and membranes.

On average our bodies need at least two litres (about 8 large glasses) of water each day. There are times when we may need more than two litres. A more accurate guide is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half; that gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds you should drink at least 70 fluid ounces of water per day. Overweight people have more body weight and would therefore need a greater volume of water. When we sweat in hot weather, or even in cold weather when we turn up the heating, or after exercise, then our bodies will obviously need more water. Water is lost through urination and bowel movements, and simply through breathing. More water is lost when we are ill with a temperature or diarrhoea.

By drinking tea, coffee, alcohol and some caffeinated soft drinks, we end up getting rid of water instead of replacing it, as these drinks have a diuretic effect on our bodies. If you consume these drinks, you should drink at least an equal amount of water. It would be more beneficial to drink herbal teas such as the rooibos tea by Redbush (see ► Links for details); and true herb teas (rather than the “fruity” type teas which can be acid forming).

Diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners in place of sugar. These sweeteners send confusing messages to the brain that food (energy) is on the way to the stomach, but because sweeteners contain no calories, no energy arrives, so the brain sends out hunger messages until food finally arrives. People who drink diet drinks on a regular basis therefore tend to eat too much.

We generally think of fruit juices as being good for us, but in reality, they are sugar water. Fruit is always far healthier when eaten in its whole, fibre and nutrient-rich form. If you do drink fruit juice, dilute 50/50 with water to reduce the sugar content. Beware of fruit cordials/squashes, which are usually sugar-saturated or contain artificial sweeteners — check the labels.

Water is a natural appetite suppressant, and lack of water can lead to over-eating. This is because your brain doesn’t differentiate between hunger and thirst, so when you think you are feeling hungry, chances are, your body really needs water, so drink a large glass of water half an hour before you eat. In most cases, you will probably find this will satisfy what you thought were hunger pains.

Here are just some of the many reasons why drinking sufficient water makes sense:

Headaches: Your brain is 85% water. So if your body is in need of more water you may get a headache. If your headache is caused by alcohol, then drinking plenty of water, particularly before going to bed, will help flush out the toxins caused by the alcohol. Migraine headaches could indicate insufficient water in the areas of the brain and eyes.

Poor Concentration/Fatigue: If your body is overloaded with toxins and not enough water to flush them out, you will feel less energetic while your body struggles with the toxins.

Constipation: Water speeds up the process of elimination adding bulk to the stool, so drinking sufficient fluid assists the flow and regularity of bowel movements. Without water the contents of the colon (lower intestine) can dry out and get stuck, which may eventually cause diverticulitis or haemorrhoids, and increasing the risk of developing cancer of the colon and rectum.

Reduced urine output/dark urine: The kidneys filter waste products out of the blood. Approximately 180 litres of water is recycled by the kidneys every day. This process relies on an adequate fresh supply; without it, output of urine is reduced, waste products become more concentrated, resulting in darker urine, which may linger in the bladder, possibly leaving you prone to cystitis and kidney infections. Although if you are taking certain medications or vitamin supplements containing Riboflavin, Vitamin B2, this may result in a bright yellow urine. A healthy hydrated body removes wastes with light yellow virtually odourless urine.

Reduces Infections: The lymphatic system is your waste disposal system, breaking down toxins like caffeine before passing them into the blood stream. Dehydration weakens the flow of lymph in the system and makes the body less resistant to infection. With sufficient water, lymph flows properly again, fighting infection and lowering feverish temperatures.

Furry tongue/bad breath: If not enough fluid is passing through the mouth to wash away food particles, bacteria builds up in the throat and mouth, and on the tongue as a while film of fur.

Dry mouth: Saliva lubricates the mouth, dehydration reduces the amount available.

Skin: Skin needs water for elasticity, so too little water leaves it looking dry, looking lined and feeling delicate. Test by pulling the skin on the back of your hand; it should snap back instantly.

Eyes: Sunken eyes, and dark circles of skin, or ‘bags’, under the eyes are signs that you need more water. Eyes sink because there isn’t enough water to keep them suspended in the eye socket. Under-eye circles are due to thin skin being bruised as fluids drain away.

Muscle Cramps: Blood transports oxygen to the muscles for activities such as walking or exercise. If there isn’t enough oxygen in the blood, the muscles create lactic acid which causes painful cramp. Drinking sufficient water helps to keep blood pumped with oxygen.

Prevent Fluid Retention: When you are feeling swollen and bloated, as women may do often before a period, drinking more water is the last thing you think of. But it is the best treatment for reducing fluid retention. If your body doesn’t get sufficient water, it senses there is a shortage and begins to retain every drop it needs for vital daily processes.

Heartburn: Heartburn may be a signal of water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. It can be a major thirst signal of the body. Using antacids in the treatment of heartburn does not correct the dehydration, and could in time produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatus hernia, ulceration, and eventually may lead to cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas.

Arthritis: Rheumatoid joint pain, or arthritis, can be another signal of water shortage in the body. It can affect the young as well as the old. Sufficient intake of water may be all that is required to alleviate arthritic pain. In time, if sufficient water is not consumed it may result in osteoarthritis, when the cartilage cells in the joints have eventually all died.

Back Pain: Lower back pain and ankylosing arthritis of the spine are signs that there is insufficient water in the spinal column and discs, the water cushions that support the weight of the body.

Heart Pain/Angina: Heart pain or angina may be a sign of water shortage in the heart/lung area. If water intake is increased, this may result in reduction of pain, or complete relief from pain.

Asthma: When insufficient water is consumed, the body compensates and reduces the passage of ‘damp’ air from the body, the water vapour or ‘steam’ we appear to breathe out in cold weather. Asthma may be a complication of dehydration in the body. Simply drinking more water may help relieve the symptoms of asthma.

Blood pressure/hypertension: High blood pressure may be as a result of the body trying to adapt to dehydration in the body where there is insufficient water to fill the blood vessels that carry water into vital cells. By not increasing our water intake and instead treating the high blood pressure with diuretics this further dehydrates the body. In turn, this may result in blockages in the arteries caused by cholesterol build up, which may add to the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

High cholesterol: High cholesterol levels may be another indicator of the body’s attempt to save valuable water. Cholesterol is a clay-like substance that is poured into the gaps of some cells to safeguard against them losing their vital water to the blood circulating around them. Cholesterol, as well as being used to manufacture nerve cells and hormones, is also used to shield against water loss from vital cells that would normally exchange water through their cell membranes.

Should you think that you may need to increase you water intake, do so gradually to give your body time to adjust. With all the benefits that merely drinking sufficient water can make to your body, surely it must be worth ensuring that you drink enough water?

For further information on the many health benefits of water please refer to books by F Batamanghelidj, MD, such as Your Body’s Many Cries for Water and Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life. Or visit web sites such as ► watercure.com

If you value your health and think that we may be able to help you, do not delay; please contact us today.

Paul Malpass IIHHT MICHT VAI & Dip Hyp

Tel: 01922 446312 or 07745 232489


Reverse Osmosis Water Filters from FSW

(Extract kindly provided by Freshly Squeezed Water)

Water, water everywhere ... but good enough to drink?

Without water, we die very quickly.
Water makes up more than two thirds of the weight of the human body.
It makes up 95% of the human brain.
It makes up 82% of human blood.
It makes up 90% of the human lungs.
A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration.

Water is critical and the medical profession encourages us to drink plenty. However, many prominent scientists are alarmed by the content of some drinking water. The practice of making water safe to drink actually involves adding large amounts of extremely poisonous chemicals to it. Here is a list of just a few of the chemicals routinely added to our water supply:

  • Liquified chlorine
  • Fluorosilicic acid
  • Aluminium sulphate
  • Calcium hydroxide
  • Sodium silicofluoride

Water Filters — The Obvious Answer

Reverse osmosis (RO) filtration systems are widely acknowledged as the most effective filtration systems available. They are used by the medical profession to produce ‘pure water’ for dialysis, etc. Unfortunately RO systems usually remain expensive, costing upwards of £500 per system and may vary wildly in quality.

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(This information on Reverse Osmosis Water Filters from FSW was extracted from the ► Freshly Squeezed Water website with their kind permission.)

If you value your health and think that we may be able to help you, do not delay; please contact us today.

Paul Malpass IIHHT MICHT VAI & Dip Hyp

Tel: 01922 446312 or 07745 232489