Healthy hydration

Healthy hydration

Of all of the nutrients in the human diet, water is the very one without which life on earth could not exist. There is not very much that seems particularly sexy about water, at least at first glance. It's this sort of clear, bland liquid that we drink because we think we should, or because it helps make a nice cup of tea or coffee. In its essence, water is among the most complex and interesting substances on earth and without it our planet would be a dead barren rock floating in space.

Of all of the nutrients in the human diet, water is the very one without which life on earth could not exist. There is not very much that seems particularly […]

Water is also, unfortunately, one of the most deficient nutrients in the human diet. Truly pure, clean water is almost like a rare liquid jewel that few know to even look for.

Next to oxygen, there is nothing more essential to human survival than water. It is a universal solvent and can serve to nourish, enliven, cleanse and detoxify our tissues unlike any other substance. We can readily (albeit unhappily) go a month or two without eating solid food, but not much more than a matter of days without drinking fresh water. We are, in fact made up more of water than any other single substance. Our bodies are composed of roughly 55 to 60% water and our brains 70 to 80%, or so (remove the water there and you have mainly fat). At least 2/3rds of the makeup of your muscle tissue is made up of water. And technically speaking–over 99% of the molecules in your body are actually made up of water molecules (if you’re actually counting molecules instead of volume).

We are bioelectric beings and rely upon water (in partnership with electrolytes) to power our physiological bioelectric communication system. It also seems to have amplification properties not unlike crystals being used in electronics. In fact, professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, Gerald A. Pollock, PhD claims that water forms a structural, negatively charged crystalline interface between and within your cells that functions in part like a battery, powering your biochemical processes. He has authored three fascinating, scholarly and revolutionary books (Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, Water and the Cell and The Fourth Phase of Water outlining the newest research about this as yet to be fully understood mysterious and miraculous substance. It turns out that everyday water is really the Clark Kent of superheroes when it comes to supercharging your health, especially in combination with sunlight! It turns out that penetrating UV light from sunlight apparently improves water structuring and energy production at your cellular level. Infrared light can also have a similar effect (lending support to the positive health effects of cold laser and infra-red saunas).

There is a more newly discovered “4th phase of water” (the first three being liquid, solid and gaseous) that exists between liquid and solid form, between liquid and ice. Water that is being frozen always passes trough this phase. It is very viscous, and is the water that actually makes up the interior of our cells. It is made of a highly ordered, very specific 3 dimensional array that is not even H20 anymore at this point, but H3O2! It has a unique distinguishing feature where it absorbs ultraviolet light at a particular wavelength: 270nm. It turns out that many widely revered “medicinal” waters like that from Lourdes and other sacred places show this distinguishing characteristic in a very pronounced way. –Water in this phase is negatively charged, whereas the regular water around it is positively charged. This sets up something akin to an energy producing battery! What activates and empowers it is UV light (i.e., sunlight). The more light the 4th phase water is exposed to = the more 4th phase effects. And 4th phase water (always of necessity mineral containing) rapidly replaces the water and enhances the energy potential inside your cells. Distilled water simply cannot do this and is essentially “dead”– having no energy potential, whatsoever (so please avoid drinking distilled water). It is unclear whether advanced water filtration systems actually break up 4th phase water, as this remains an area of research Pollack wants to see undertaken. It also turns out that water emerging from deep sourced springs seems to have the greatest 4th phase energy potential of all. Quality water is not all about filtration—though the deepest aquifers tend also to have the water that is among the most pure.

I cover this topic more extensively in my book, Primal Body, Primal Mind.

My friend, Daniel Vitalis created a database of wild springs anyone can access online to go and find a spring that is closest to them. Many of these even allow for the free harvesting of this incomparably fresh and pure water. His web site is www.findaspring.com.

Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj was a medical doctor, originally from Tehran, Iran. When living there earlier in his medical career he happened to be a supporter of the Shah before the revolution when the Shah was deposed. Once the Shah fell many of his supporters were imprisoned. Dr. Batmanghelidj was among them. While in prison he found he was the only doctor amidst the other inmates and whenever there was an ailment he was automatically consulted. As he had no other medicines to offer and didn’t know what else to recommend he was only able to prescribe water. Much to his own surprise he observed many of these prisoners actually recovering from their symptoms once they were better hydrated and realized there was something more to his advice than had met his own eye. After getting out of prison he began studying the healing properties of water and recognized its power to heal a very wide range of maladies. As he would commonly say: “You’re not sick—your thirsty!” He eventually wrote the book “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water”.   Whether water is truly the cure-all Batmanghelidj reported it to be or not—and according to the revolutionary research by Dr. Gerald Pollack—it appears he may not have been too far from the truth—at least it is an inexpensive option to try!

As Dr. Batmanghelidj was once quoted as saying in an interview with PhenomeNews:


Once you understand how the human body works, the wonderful simplicity of water as a free and permanently available choice of medication for so many health problem begins to make sense.  

Not only does the average person generally not drink enough water, but unfortunately most of the common beverages regularly consumed by most people are inherently dehydrating: coffee, caffeinated teas, sports drinks (which mostly just help you retain extracellular water through all the sugar they contain, then toss in a few electrolytes and artificial coloring for good measure), juices, alcoholic beverages of all types and sugary sodas. Sugar, caffeine and alcohol dehydrating qualities to them and increase our requirement for pure, clean water.

Defining what “pure, clean water” is can be a bit challenging. Our most advanced water treatment facilities in every major city really only routinely test for a couple of hundred toxic compounds (while adding among the most toxic of all: fluoride)— while industrial sources have introduced over 100,000 new compounds into our marketplace and environment over the last 200 years. Many of these are known to have toxic or carcinogenic effects, yet their use continues to be permitted. One recent study found traces of the exceedingly toxic substance, Glyphosate—found in Round-up herbicide/pesticide—in the rainwater more than 75% of the time.[1] Its effects are associated with everything from impaired hepatic detoxification to neurological problems, autoimmunity and cancer.[2],[3] It turns out that Glyphosate is also a very strong chelator (and not in a good way). When it’s present in the gut, it captures and ties-up many essential trace minerals, potentially leading to nutrient depletion and deficiencies (with implications all their own). People all over the world where this chemical compound is used are being exposed to small perpetual doses of this extremely toxic compound, along with other chemical poisons. Clearly, you do not want to be drinking this, and the municipal water treatment facilities do anything but a thorough job of removing every possible contaminant. For that (once again) we need to go a little out of our way to ensure the quality of what we consume. Either we need to invest in expensive and/or effective filtration systems, or we need to find ourselves a clean water source from some available wild spring in our area.

Bottled water is far from any form of solution. The bottled water industry is anything but tightly regulated, and many brands are little more than municipal water packaged in with fancy labels. Many have been found to contain fluoride, chlorine, arsenic, aluminum, pharmaceuticals and disinfection by-products. A few may truly be sourced as true spring water, but the benefits of that are typically offset by the toxic packaging. Bisphenols and phthalates— chemicals used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles—have garnered much attention for their toxic and carcinogenic effects. The most common Bisphenol used in plastic making is Bisphenol-A (or BPA). However (and many people do not know this), there are other forms of Bisphenol used in the manufacture of plastic, as well, which are equally problematic. The popular trend toward labeling certain types of plastic bottles as ” BPA-free” is little more than a sales pitch. In fact, there is no such thing as bisphenol-free plastic.  Basically, industry is attempting to buy itself time with this labeling. In short, we should not be drinking from any form of plastic, if at all humanly possible. Metallic containers “might” be a little better, depending on the origin of the metal or stainless steel from which it’s made. By far the best option seems to be glass and ceramic containers.

Although it is difficult to calculate the exact amount of water each of us requires in any given day, the general rule of thumb I found this: Take your weight in pounds and divide by two to get the number of ounces to be shooting for drinking daily. This is a crude guide cannot take every possible variable into account. Obviously, our ancestors didn’t walk around carrying water bottles all day… But they also didn’t live anywhere near as toxic environment, either.   They also didn’t buy and drink a lot of dehydrating beverages as we do today.

Symptoms potentially associated with chronic dehydration:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  •  Dyspeptic pain
  • Colitis pain
  • False appendicitis pain
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Anginal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Excess body weight
  • Excess hunger
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Cognitive impairment

Whether water is a cure-all or not it is abundantly clear that it is substance without which no one can be optimally healthy or even survive. Water is the one substance we were all designed to drink above all others. We have likely never had a greater need for its life-giving and detoxifying properties than we do today.

To close with a quote Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, MD in his own words:

“Every function inside the body is regulated by and depends on water. Water must be available to carry vital elements, oxygen, hormones, and chemical massages to all parts of the body. Without sufficient water to wet all parts equally, some more remote parts of the body will not receive the vital elements that water supplies. Without sufficient water to constantly wet all parts, your body’s drought-management system kicks into action. The histamine-directed chemical messenger systems are activated to arrange a new, low quota of water for the drought-stricken area. When histamine and its subordinate “drought managers” come across pain-sensing nerves, they cause pain. This is why dehydration produces pain as its first alarm signal. If the dehydration persists and is not corrected naturally with water, it becomes symptom-producing and, in time, develops into a disease condition.” Batmanghelidj, MD – Your Body’s Many Cries for Water

[1] Majewski MS1, Coupe RH, Foreman WT, Capel PD. “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2014 Feb 19. doi: 10.1002/etc.2550.

[2] Stephanie Seneff co-authored and published a recent paper (Samsel & Seneff, 2013), arguing that glyphosate may be a key contributor to the obesity epidemic and even the autism epidemic in the United States, as well as to several other diseases and conditions (like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, depression, and cancer).

[3] Samsel, Anthony and Seneff, Stephanie. “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases” Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1416-1463; doi:10.3390/e15041416

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