many common ailments and illnesses can be prevented and possibly even
cured with an increased intake of healthy water. Headaches‚
hypertension‚ back pain‚ arthritis‚ ulcers‚ asthma‚ morning sickness and
fatigue can all benefit and in many cases be prevented by regulating the
body‘s natural fluid levels. Recently there has been a dramatic swing in
medical theory and a long overdue realization about "healing."
The best way to prevent‚ treat‚ and in many cases cure
illness is to give our body the right tools and let it go to work. With
the proper intake of healthy water‚ the right minerals and nutrients‚
our body can overcome almost anything.
Recent studies have confirmed that many of the medications our
society has become dependent on‚ primarily antibiotics and pain
relievers‚ often do more harm than good. Antibiotics can be extremely
damaging to the liver and have an adverse effect on our natural immune
system. The more often we turn to synthetic medicines to overcome
infections‚ the weaker our natural defenses become and the more likely
we are to have repeated incidences of infection. An increased intake of
water and the proper immune enhancing nutrients‚ combined with a little
patience and common sense are by far the best defense against most
infections. Allowing our body to overcome minor infections with fever‚
fluids and rest increases our natural resistance and makes us
less susceptible to these intruders in the future. Truly the best
offense is a good "defense."
Pain medications and analgesic medicines also work in contrast to
the way our body heals itself. In a very informative book called
"Your Body‘s Many Cries For Water" (very highly recommended)‚ studies by
medical experts explain how most of the pain sensations we experience
are the result of moderate or acute dehydration.
Headaches... Our brain is over 75% water and when it detects a
shortage of available fluids it implements a water rationing process by
producing histamines‚ causing pain and fatigue. This natural process is
meant to slow us down and conserve water. Histamines are released as a
warning signal that something is wrong. When we take antihistamines or
analgesic medicines like acetaminophen or ibuprofen we simply turn off
the signal and often allow the problem to progress. Two cups of water
and a 20 minute break will overcome most common headaches.
Back pain is often the result of a deficiency in body fluid
levels. The discs in our back are really little hydraulic shock
absorbers. These discs are made up of an outer shell‚ filled with fluid‚
primarily water. A properly hydrated disk creates a cushion that absorbs
the shock of physical activity and supports the weight of the upper
body. These discs are self hydrating as long as there are adequate fluid
levels and regular movement. Movement that compresses and releases
pressure on the disc creates a suction that allows water to be pulled
inside the disc‚ keeping it fully hydrated. When a disc is fully
hydrated‚ the shell of the disc supports 25% of the weight load and the
fluid supports 75%. When these discs become dehydrated‚ the shell
has to support a larger portion of the load causing pain‚ swelling and
can possibly lead to more serious problems.
Passive activities like standing or sitting at a desk without regular
movement‚ allow constant pressure on the discs which slowly forces water
out. Without sufficient fluid levels‚ the pressure on the disc increases
and results in pain and stiffness. Simply by maintaining a constant and
adequate intake of water combined with regular movement such as bending
forward and backwards with your head and upper body allowing the discs
to hydrate‚ you can prevent and stop most minor back and neck pain. Try
it‚ you‘ll be amazed how easy and effective these natural solutions are.
Hypertension is very often a result of the body adjusting to
blood volume loss. The most common cause of lower blood volume is
dehydration. Since our blood is more than 83% water its total volume is
heavily affected by the level of available water in our body. When the
body detects a loss of blood volume‚ it closes off less active capillary
beds in order to maintain proper blood flow to the more active areas.
These vessel closings cause a rise in tension inside the muscle mass
which we‘ve come to know as "hypertension." More water allows proper
blood volumes and less tension.
Arthritis pain and stiffness is now understood to be initially
a result of increased friction and swelling in the bone joints. Water is
what our body uses to lubricate these joints. When our water levels are
reduced there is increased friction between the cartilage surfaces
resulting in swelling‚ stiffness and pain. The movement of the joints
causes a suction that pulls water from the bone marrow to the joint
cavity if there is available water. An increased intake of water and
gentle rhythmic movements of the joints can ease‚ and in many cases‚
overcome minor arthritic pain. A more detailed explanation of this
natural treatment can be studied in "The Body‘s Many Cries For Water" or
a recent publication by three very highly respected medical doctors
called "The Water We Drink."
Asthma‚ which affects over 12 million children in North
America alone and causes the deaths of several thousand each year‚ is a
direct result of increased histamine production. Dehydration initiates
exaggerated histamine production as a water regulating control. It is
well known that asthmatics have excessive levels of histamines in their
lung tissue causing constriction of the bronchial passages and increased
mucus build up. Water is used in the lungs to keep the tissue moist‚ but
each time we exhale‚ we expel moisture from our lungs. Under normal
hydrated conditions the moisture is rapidly replaced. If we are in a
dehydrated state then the tissue inside the lungs begins to coat with
mucus to prevent drying. It has been demonstrated in many animal studies
that an increase in water intake will reduce histamine levels and over a
2 to 3 week period restore normal hydration to lung tissue and reduce
mucus build up. Once this occurs‚ the bronchial passages begin to open
and normal breathing is restored. The same histamine related effects
apply to allergies‚ and again‚ significant benefits can result from an
increased intake of healthy water.
Morning sickness‚ something thought of as normal‚ is a direct
result of dehydration. The fetus lives in a world of water which the
body prioritizes above all other needs. Throughout the night‚ which is
the longest period without water intake‚ the uterus draws water from the
mothers system to maintain its internal fluid levels and those of the
fetus. In the morning the mother awakens in a state of dehydration‚
nausea‚ and fatigue‚ hence the term "morning sickness."
A common hang-over produces the same symptoms and has
essentially the same cause‚ dehydration... only with a much less noble
purpose. Alcohol is a very strong diuretic and causes the body to
excrete water‚ often leading to advanced dehydration. Both of these
common ailments can be prevented by drinking plenty of water before and
throughout the night.
"While water is not an absolute cure-all‚ we must recognize it as the
base and primary ingredient to every preventive and healing process
inside our body. We are truly a magnificent creation capable of
preventing and curing even the worst of disease and illness.
Understanding how our body works is the first step towards achieving
optimum health. Once we have this understanding‚ our actions begin to
work in harmony with our body‘s natural instincts‚ creating the perfect
- Charles Strand‚ Water Quality Specialist/ Editor
"If you‘re looking for the best water on Earth‚ you came to
the right place!"