Our society is dehydrated to such a degree that our health has deteriorated significantly as a result. In fact, it’s estimated that 80 percent or more of North Americans are dehydrated and suffer from dehydration symptoms. Why? Simply put, we do not drink enough water. Make that hydrating – life support water.
Coffee, juice, soda, beer, and shakes are not equivalent to water. Not all fluids are created equal!
Water detoxifies the body. It cleanses your body. It assists your body to clear out the poisons and toxins it has acquired from what you eat and touch! Research studies show that ten to twelve glasses of a high grade of water a day will decrease the risk of cancer, increase energy, ease joint pain, assist in weight loss, and increase immunity.
Do you ever get hunger pains? What if I told you they are not what they seem but a symptom of dehydration? Many times, it’s really the brain sending a signal that we are actually thirsty. So drink water first, then eat! Fatigue is directly related to a lack of water. Water is needed for your body to function properly. Without enough water, your organs can’t do their jobs. Blood can’t carry enough oxygen to and from these organs.
How do you expect them to function properly without enough water? Let me ask you: How many glasses of a life support water do you drink a day? According to the Mayo Clinic, you must drink half your body weight in ounces to achieve optimal hydration. Example: A 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water a day. This equals 9.375 glasses per day*
Drink Water to Prevent Dehydration Symptoms
Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Have a glass upon rising and before meals, and make sure it is alkaline water. Your body will thank you for it. The highly acclaimed educational researcher, Wendy Green, said, “According to much of the research, a human can go without food for several weeks (I do not recommend you doing this) and live. Without water, you will be dead in a few days.” Why? The body is 70 percent water, and it requires water to function properly.
We do take in water with food and drink, but let’s be smart –
we lose it just as quickly through:
• Breathing (H2O vapors)
Blood is 80 percent water. The human body must be at 90 percent of its water requirement in order for the brain to function properly. Water delivers oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body and removes toxins and waste.
Take a look at the body’s use of water:
1 percent of water = Thirst
5 percent of water = Fever
10 percent of water = Paralysis
12 percent of water = Death
For all you dieters (remember that dieting is a complete waste of time!), drink more water, speed up your metabolic rate, and weight loss will occur.
Did you know that 90 percent of waste-water in developed countries like the USA and Canada is discharged without treatment? The over-pumping of groundwater used for drinking water and irrigation has caused actual water levels to decline in many regions. Sadly, this forces people to use lower quality water for drinking.
Which Water Is Best You Ask?
So many types (brands) of water exist. We have distilled water (no impurities, no minerals and acidic), water treated with reverse osmosis, oxygenated water, spring water, tap water, etc. It can be very confusing, and of course, many companies claim their water is the best. Removing chlorine, bacteria, lead and heavy metals, is a good start! But is it enough?
Ideally, water reaching your faucet should have a pH of 7. What is the PH of your tap water – have your tested your own water source? Well water should be tested the same way. Ionized water – water that is negatively charged, with a pH higher than 7 – is even better. Ionized water works to attract the toxins in your body and expel them through your urine. Your urine should be acidic; if it’s not acidic, then your body is not ridding itself of the toxins, and this can cause future problems.
What About the pH Level?
The higher the “potential hydrogen” (pH) level, the more alkaline it is, which is what your body craves – an alkaline state. Disease does not do so well in an alkaline environment – fact!
The pH refers to the amount of hydrogen mixed with water, and it’s measured on a scale that runs from 0–14. Seven is neutral, which indicates that no acidity or
alkalinity is present. Water in an alkaline state is negatively charged and attracts the toxins in your body so you can eliminate them in your urine. A pH that is below 7 is acidic, indicating a hydrogen ion activity greater than in pure water. Most of the bottled water on the market today is acidic or PH adjusted to convince people it is alkaline water – especially the kind in the containers and bottles sold in the supermarket – but the companies that sell this water never will let you know that.
The water that goes through the pipes in your house, office, etc., is usually acidic as well. One way to test this is to call your health department for a list of certified labs that test pH levels, but that could take weeks, months, or years, and there will generally be a fee. Purchase a pH testing kits (just like the ones used for swimming pools) for around $10.00, they are quite accurate and very simple to use.
A change of one unit on a pH scale represents a tenfold change in the pH, so water with a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than water with a pH of 7, and water with a pH of 5 is 100 times more acidic than water with a pH of 7. Try this little experiment: go to the store or look online for a kit, and measure the pH of the water in your house, office, or the bottled water you purchase. If the pH is below 7, throw it away. Look for water with a pH above 7 – I warn you, this will not be easy to find!
It is all about the pH. Water that has been ionized provides a high pH, which in turn neutralizes the acidity in your body. Acidity is the root cause of disease and is associated with aging. When water is negatively charged (see www.DrinkingWaterAwareness.com), damage from free radicals is minimized; there is less oxidation, which means there is less aging!
Oxygenation and an alkaline environment mean no cancer and no disease. Sadly, I must let you know that many beverages, including most bottled waters, are all acidic.
Check it out:
• Coffee – pH of 4
• Soda – pH of 2
• Beer – pH of 2.5
• Wine – pH of 4
Remember what was stated earlier: a change of one unit on the pH scale represents a tenfold change in the pH. This means that water with a pH of 6 is ten times more acidic than water with a pH of 7, and water with a pH of 5 is 100 times more acidic than water with a pH of 7. Now think about what you are doing to your body when you drink coffee, soda, or beer!
Drink water that is alkaline (lots and lots of it!), you will add quality years to your life. Ten to twelve glasses a day will keep the diseases away.