Why is water important?
We are dependent on the fluid flow through the many different systems in our bodies. Every living cell requires water, just as it does nutrients and oxygen. We are not talking about tea, coffee, soft drinks here. – Just Water – Water acts as a solvent in the body, and the purer it is, free from minerals, softeners and pollutants, the more body toxins can be eliminated, and the more nutrients can be carried to the body cells.
Are you sick…? or is your body just thirsty?
Too often when we are thirsty we drink liquids like tea, coffee and colas, and our body’s need to drink water is neglected. This leads to dehydration and many health problems such as heartburn, headaches and back pain to name just a few.
The thirsty signals…
When the human body doesn’t have enough water, the body uses a variety of sophisticated indicators to let you know it is thirsty. Typically, the only signal we take notice of is a ‘dry mouth’. It is assumed that if our mouth is not dry, our body has enough water.
A ‘dry mouth’ is the last outward sign of thirst and extreme dehydration.
Our body is made up of about 75% water and has a complex water rationing system. The brain tissue has even more water – said to be 85%. The brain’s need for water takes absolute priority over all other parts of the body.
When the “ration master” in charge of the body’s water distribution system experiences a shortage of water, it sends an alarm signal. This is very much like the radiator of a car giving out steam when the cooling system is not adequate for the uphill drive.
Water rationing signals can include:
Dyspepsia – Heartburn,
Angina Pain – Heart,
Leg Pain on Walking.
How much water?
A healthy person should drink a minimum of 1 glass (200ml) of water per 10 kg of body weight per day, and at least double that in times of stress or illness. Your body needs at least 6 to 8 glasses of just water each day.
This means pure water. Coffee, tea, colas, fruit juice, milk and other liquids don’t count. It is true that tea, coffee and colas contain water, but they also contain dehydrating agents. They get rid of the water they are dissolved in plus they draw extra water from the reserves of the body!
We can’t substitute other liquids for water any more than we would want to fill the car battery with milk, the steam iron with tomato juice or wash the walls with coffee.
Today’s lifestyle has become dependent on all sorts of manufactured beverages. Children are not educated to drink water and become dependent on sodas and juices. This cultivates a preference for the taste of these drinks and reduces the urge to drink water, even when manufactured drinks are not available.
When we drink tea, coffee and colas…
The natural stimulants in coffee and tea – caffeine and theophylline – stimulate our central nervous system and at the same time they dehydrate our body because of their strong diuretic action on the kidneys.
The caffeine in teas, coffee and cola seems to force the body to release energy for a certain action even when it doesn’t want to. Eventually this caffeine will cause an override effect until a lower level of energy storage is reached, both in the body and the brain. This may contribute to a shorter attention span for those who drink cola, for example children, and to chronic fatigue syndrome because of excess coffee consumption.
If you don’t drink enough water…
Dehydration is the number one stressor of the human body – or any living matter. In times of stress, the body assumes a crisis situation and will begin the “flight or fight” response. In the days of living in caves, when faced with a stressful situation, humans would fight or flee.
In modern society when faced with stress, such as problems with work or a relationship, the body still resorts to the “flight or fight” response. This triggers several strong hormones to help the body fight or flee but because we do neither of these the hormones remain “triggered” until the stress is dealt with.
When the body becomes dehydrated, the physiological processes that result are the same ones that occur when coping with any other stress. Lack of water causes dehydration, dehydration causes stress, and stress will cause further dehydration.
Water, if it is to be considered drinking water, must be consumable by humans without causing illness or disease. Drinking water must be potable, that is, it must be clean, or drinkable. All life forms on earth require drinking water. Humans, in particular, require at least 64 fluid ounces, or 8 cups, of drinking water each day for optimal health.
Your drinking water, in the United States, may come from one of several sources.
A Public Drinking Water System
The term “public water system” usually refers to any water system that has 15 or more hook-ups, or serves 25 or more people. Water systems that serve less than this are considered private water systems. Public water systems may be run by cities or towns, by state or federal agencies, by other political subdivisions like water districts and co-ops, or by private, for-profit companies. Regardless of who owns and runs the public drinking water system, that system must comply with all requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
A Private Drinking Water System?
The term “private water system” usually refers to any water system that serves between 1 and 14 service connections. A private drinking water system is not regulated by the government. However, owners of private wells and these non-regulated systems often have resources available to them.
What Is Done to Keep Our Water Clean?
Government laws are designed to keep our water clean. But do they work?
According to a national inventory by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), rivers and streams with water quality rated “good” fell from 65 percent in 1998 to 61 percent in 2000. Estuaries with water quality rated "good" fell from 56 percent to 49 percent over the same two-year period.
In a report, the EPA explained: "Wastewater treatment efficiencies may be leveling off, which, when combined with population and economic growth, could have the effect of reversing hard-won water quality gains. By 2016, pollution levels could be similar to levels observed in the mid-1970s."
What Is Done to Keep Our Drinking Water Clean?
Such reports are not concerned with the drinking water that comes out of the tap in your kitchen or bathroom. Is our drinking water clean?
We should not take for granted tap water purity. A study of drinking water systems of 19 U.S. cities found that many cities rely on drinking water delivery systems and treatments that date back to before World War I. Those aging pipes will break sometime. When they do, they might leach contaminants into the drinking water they carry. Those old-fashioned water treatment plants were built to filter out particles in the water, and to kill some of the parasites and bacteria, but many fail to remove modern contaminants.
More positively, many U.S. cities have updated their systems. They provide good drinking water because they:
• Guard the sources of their water (lakes, streams, reservoirs, and wells) against pollution
• Provide good quality pipes, and keep them maintained at all times
• Have modern treatment facilities that are large enough and high-tech enough to keep our drinking water clean.
The Safe Drinking Water Act, a national law safeguarding tap water in the U.S., oversees local government provisions for your drinking water.
Bottled Drinking Water
If you are concerned about your drinking water, you may decide to purchase bottled water. U.S. citizens spend billions of dollars each year on bottled drinking water. Some use it in place of other beverages. Others use bottled drinking water because they like its taste or think it is safer than tap water.
Bottled drinking water comes from sources similar to those of tap water. It comes from rivers and lakes, or from underground aquifers. Bottled drinking water’s taste and quality varies among brands. It can even vary within the same brand, depending on the source of a particular bottle. Even bottled drinking water may contain at least small amounts of contaminants. It may meet USFDA standards, but those standards do not demand total purity.
Purified Drinking Water
Finally, you may choose to purify your water through one of many available filtering systems. Purification systems may be as simple as a pitcher that is filled with water, and dispenses it through a filter. You may attach a filter to the faucet in your kitchen, or to the water line beneath the kitchen sink. You might get your purified drinking water from a carbon filtration system, or you might invest in a reverse osmosis system.
Purified drinking water is more costly, per gallon, than tap water, but it may provide the peace of mind and/or the health you want.
Drinking water, if it is to be considered drinking water, must be consumable by humans without causing illness or disease. The challenge may be less or greater where you live, but it is worth meeting.
Touch For Health – John F Thie D.C.
Your Body’s Many Cries for Water – F.Batmanghelidj. M.D
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