The unappreciated fluid of life

"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" is a well-known line from The Ancient Mariner, as a sailor on a becalmed ship bemoans his lack of drinking water.

In today's modern world, those who seek good health are always on the look-out for ways to make improvements.  In this article we take a look at some ways we can refine our fluid investment.

  • Filter devices take many forms, be it jug or larger gravity-fed systems, but they are limited by the ability of the filters as to which elements are removed from the water.  
  • Reverse Osmosis systems use high pressure and pass the water through semi-permeable membranes; this means very small particles can be removed including viruses, hormones, metals (and minerals).  
  • Distilled water is where the water has been boiled and the vapour condensed and collected.  Everything is removed from the water so it is said to be devoid of life and yet is pure.  It can serve as a useful way to allow the body to reset from an over-toxic state and is a good solution for anyone who has long term health issues such as a compromised immune system.
  • Tap water in the developed world is treated and largely safe, although that depends upon the water authority in each area.  Of course, the addition of chlorine is seen by many as unhealthy and is one of the reasons some seek other means of cleaning their drinking water.  
  • Bottled in plastic is my least favourite.  When purchased, the buyer has no idea how long the water has been in the plastic, in what temperatures it was stored, and how much leeching of plastics has already occurred.  

Whichever water system you use, keeping it clean and well maintained is a must, changing the filters as necessary. 

It is said that water has a vibrational memory so allowing it to stand for several hours before drinking can help negate the effect of all the pipes it's been through to reach you.  Try it for yourself and see what you think.

Cellular activity in the body produces toxins, not to mention the toxic load we accumulate through diet and environment, so consuming adequate water is essential for all bodily functions to be optimal.

Whatever the source of those toxins, the body will do it's best to protect the tissues from suffering damage so retains water in the tissues in an attempt to neutralise the toxins.  So if you're taking in toxins from your water supply, you will find you don't excrete very much, and you'll not be feeling at your best, may suffer frequent neck ache or headaches.  

So this is why when you begin a diet (eating less allows the body to catch up/aka start to detox) the first thing you lose is water. 

If you want to know the mineral/fluoride levels in your tap water, you can check online for your relevant area as water authorities are obliged to give out this information.  Not all areas have fluoride added.

Last but by no means least:

  • Work out your own water requirements not what you are told (but it is probably more than you think); see what makes you feel good over time
  • Yes you should drink water before going to bed - it helps
  • Adding squash etc to your water will only make you excrete more - sugar has to be processed by the body; plain water is best
  • Calculate how many diuretics you consume on a regular basis and adjust your water intake accordingly (coffee, alcohol)
  • Producing urine is natural; the darker the colour, the more dehydrated you are; you should aim for a pale straw colour
  • Look after your water - don't waste it!  It's a hugely valuable commodity and will doubtless be used as a bargaining tool of the future. 

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