Proper water in-take is essential for optimal health. Indeed our bodies are made up of a substantial amount of water, and the older we become, we tend to become less water- hence dry skin, wrinkles, less “fluid in motion,” etc. Additionally, estimates indicate that our lungs consist of 90% water, our brains 70% water, and our blood 80% water. As we age, we tend to dry out. Consequently the human body requires a substantial quantity of water not only to sustain and maintain the necessary proper performance of our major organs/systems but also to remain in wellness. And does it boil down to yet again another matter of quality versus quantity? You bet.
As human beings, we tend to utilize and process water rather quickly- and yes, by design. Estimates suggest that the average person burns through anywhere from 9-16 cups of water each day, which is roughly anywhere between 72 and 128 ounces. Shocked? Please help yourself to sip another sip of water. Now what perhaps becomes even more interesting than learning about how much water we process daily, is the very function of water on the physical level:
- Builds cells
- Cleanses and detoxifies
- Lubricates joints
- Helps transport & absorb vital nutrients
- Removes waste
- Regulates body temperature
- Maintains essential bodily functions such as metabolism and even cognitive processes
- & more…
The term Alkaline in this context generally refers to water obtaining a pH of 7 or higher. The term pH refers to “potential hydrogen.” Water, H2o = hydrogen + oxygen. The term hydrogen in this context refers to an essential universal element responsible for keeping us hydrated (hydro-gen, hydra-tion) as well as maintaining and restoring overall balance in the body (really one of the essential building blocks of all life on this planet). Additionally, many studies have been performed demonstrating the positive effects on the usage of high-concentration hydrogen-rich water when ingested on a daily basis for a considerable duration of time.
The term acidity in this context generally refers to water obtaining a pH of less than 6. Acidic water is corrosive and ultimately toxic to the body, i.e., inflammation and oxidation. As it turns out, research demonstrates that cancer cells are acidic in nature, thereby very stagnant perse, and inflexible in the body (i.e., tumors). Whereby on the other hand, healthy cells are naturally alkaline in nature, thereby very flexible and fluid. Indeed, healthy cells consist of healthy water.
The term “mineral” generally refers to an inorganic substance composed of a single element or compound of elements. Essential minerals refer to those that are critical in maintaining optimal bodily functioning. The same goes for trace minerals as well. For example, naturally occurring fresh water from an unpolluted stream, lake, waterfall, etc, contains certain amounts of the mineral magnesium. When you consider the numbers of North Americans consuming processed sterilized tap water or bottled water, coupled with the fact that roughly 90% are deficient in magnesium (causing a slew of health issues), the topic of minerals becomes a little more interesting.
It may also be worth noting the theory that dimineralized water can (if not does) strip the body of its own minerals. Why could that be so? Consider that water is conscious and holds memory (research Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto). Furthermore, in nature you cannot have water devoid of minerals. How should we presume our bodies would respond?
Tips & Strategies
- Drink fresh spring water or alkalized/hydronized/mineralized water with a pH of 7 or higher
- Drink a minimum of 64-100 ounces every day, a higher in-take is ideal if you work-out or exercise regularly. Remember, water is pure energy (Dr.Masaru Emoto’s Experiment)
- Keep water bottles everywhere. Whether BPA-free plastic or stainless steel bottles, it’s very easy to forget your water bottle at home, at the office, in your car, etc. The solution is to keep one in each of your hot spots, that way you’ll never go without. It’s a small investment for a huge return
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning to rehydrate your body. Although your mind was asleep, your body was working hard as usual and consequently used up some of your supply
- Avoid drinking most bottled water or tap/city water
- Add fresh lemon or lime juice to your water to increase the alkalinity when you’re in a pinch
- If your urine is dark yellow, you might not be drinking enough water
- A few benefits of drinking high-concentration hydrogen-rich water: Antioxidant Properties, Inflammation reduction, Improved Cellular health, Neuroprotection, Exercise performance & recovery, Gut health, Skin health, Cardiovascular health, Metabolic health
- Stay tuned for more info on how to source high-concentration hydrogen-rich water