Quality and Quantity-Making Wiser Choices about the Water you Drink   Leave a comment

ImageHealthy Living Series: Water-Part Four

by Stan Sauerwein

Pure Leadership News is delivering a healthy living series on the subject of water.  Readers of the Pure Leadership textbook series will be acquainted with some parts of this topic as it was well covered in Lift the Veils to Reality and Change is Natural.  

What makes good quality water?

We’ve learned that water is abundant, and our sentience is at least partly attributable to water.  We’ve learned that drinking water is essential to how our physical body functions.  Basically, water equates to life.  But is all water created equal?

From Clayton Nolte’s research mentioned in a previous article, we realize that structured water is one of the best ways to consume this life-giving, miraculous substance.  We’ve also learned that we can use sacred codes to energize and purify the water we drink.  We’ve learned that with the appropriate belief system, we could drink contaminated water and our body would purify it and generate the minerals it needs. It would literally transmute ‘bad stuff’ into ‘good stuff’. However, until you have achieved that belief and the necessary level of vibration, the quality of the water you begin with is obviously important.

These are the basic requirements: Start with water you know to be pure.  It should have a balance of minerals, with Total Dissolved Solids (called TDS and usually found on the label) ideally in the 50 ppm range.  It should be water with a low dyne measure so cells can easily absorb it.  A dyne is the force required to impart an acceleration of one centimeter per second per second to a mass of one gram.   Municipal tap water typically has surface tension of 73 mN/m (dynes/cm).  Compare that to the surface tension of your extracellular body fluids which is much lower at approximately 40 mN/m (dynes/cm). This low surface tension is critical to healthy cellular function, absorption of nutrients, and the removal of toxins. A higher liquid surface tension causes the surface to act like a stretched elastic membrane inhibiting absorption.  For your body to more easily absorb the water you drink it must first lower that water’s surface tension.  This requires your body’s use of its stores of energy.

Where can we look for water with those basic requisites we mention?  For most of us, access to safe municipal drinking water is ubiquitous. Does tap water then fit the requirements listed?  Unfortunately, it does not.  When municipalities treat our drinking water to ‘make it safe’, the water is changed from ‘living water’ and transformed to ‘dead water’.  That is because it is often fluoridated, charged with chlorine, otherwise treated to remove mineral content (by such means as reverse osmosis) and oxygen levels are chemically reduced in the water to battle pipe corrosion.1  What if we simply boil stream water or well water?  Is it still ‘living water’?  No, again, because boiling decreases the water’s oxygen content appreciably.

According to Korean Dr. Yoon Jo Chung’s simple definition of living water, it is water which is compatible with life.2  Fish can live in living water.  They cannot live in dead water.  Even though tap water may not contain impurities, for fish to live in tap water it must first be de-chlorinated, de-fluoridated and re-oxygenated.  In other words, it must be changed back from the ‘dead water’ state of water we may drink safely but not advisedly, to a living state the fish can survive within.

While the devices Nolte builds will work effectively to structure water, it should be remembered that the tap water usually does not normally contain the proper balance of minerals the physical body requires.3  So, choosing to drink water sourced from natural springs is a better first step in raising the quality of the water you drink.

In Canada, Monashee Spring Water which is bottled at source on a 30-acre forested mountain property near Valemont, B.C., is among the best spring water in the nation.  This natural spring water has no impurities or chemicals.  Containing many essential minerals (90 ppm) including calcium and magnesium, Monashee Spring Water is very similar in some ways to the make-up of the physical body’s natural water.  It is slightly alkaline (7.9 pH) and originates from sources 300 feet underground sealed in solid granite.  Unfortunately, Monashee Spring Water, which is a Calgary based company is not readily available to everyone so you may have to make other choices.

Consider the mineral content of the water you are selecting.  A good place to begin is a source of water analysis like MineralWaters.org which has tested 98 mineral waters available in Canada for example.4

When selecting an alternative to municipal water you may also wish to consider employing  filtering devices and the pH of the water you intend to consume.

 What about pH?

The pH (potential hydrogen) balance is measured on a scale of 0-14.  The lower the pH the more acidic the solution.

Your physical body functions best when it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline.  A healthy body’s fluids typically register in a very narrow pH range.  The pH of blood and tissues should be approximately 7.3 (or slightly alkaline) and saliva and urine should be 6.8 to 7.0 (neutral)5.

Jas Malcolm pointed out in Change is Natural6 that because acidity reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, an overly acidic bodily condition results in disease.  This is supported by the studies of Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg.  Warburg showed that cancer was associated with anaerobic (acid producing) conditions.7  Does that therefore mean you should attempt to put your body in a more alkaline state as some western medicine practitioners advise?

It is important to remember what has put your body in its current acidic or alkaline condition before you begin such a course of treatment.8  Malcolm points out that the physical condition of your body, whether acid or alkaline, whether exhibiting excess toxins or not, is related to your thinking. The information shared in Chapter 14 of Change is Natural explains this concept in detail.

While our thoughts play an over-arching role in our pH balance, there are other mitigating factors we can control as well.  North Americans are chronically dehydrated.  Our physical bodies may become acidic due to diet, drinks, stress and our environment too.  When that happens, your body will attempt to restore optimal pH by borrowing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium from the organs and bones.  Even a mild condition of acidosis can be the cause of many health problems, such as:

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen
  • Weight gain
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Premature aging.
  • Weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.

So, to restore optimal pH your body actually has to disturb your delicate sodium/potassium balance. If it needs it, the body draws the sodium from your bones. About 27% of the body’s salt is stored there.  When the body borrows salt from the bones, they become thinner and more brittle.

 Should we add salt to our water?

If the body has to draw sodium from our bones when it attempts to achieve optimal pH balance, then should we help it out by making sodium more readily available?  But isn’t consuming salt bad for your health?  Yes, consuming processed salt is bad for your health.  Salt that has been processed has been highly heated and altered at a molecular level.  It has chemical additives as well.

If you wish to temporarily assist your body with optimal pH – while you address the deeper cause created by your limiting beliefs and negative thoughts you have to change to achieve a long term solution – you may wish to add a pinch of sea salt to the water you drink.  Look for the finest quality like Himalayan Sea Salt.  Himalayan Sea Salt has been cleaned but not processed.  A pinch of it in a bottle of water will neutralize acidity and make your water more alkaline.

Try lemons and cucumbers

There are other ways to augment your water to improve its quality for your physical body.  In the early 1980s, Jethro Kloss helped create what we now recognize as the natural foods industry. In his book, Back to Eden9, he shows how drinking lemon water helps prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria and the decomposition of tissue.  Lemon juice assists the body in cleansing impurities.  It is effective at dissolving uric acid (often the cause of pain and inflammation in the joints) and other poisons in the body.

Lemon is a great alkalizer.  Kloss says lemon is an excellent liver stimulant because the lemon water liquefies the bile and helps control excess bile flow.  In fact, he suggests you consider drinking warm lemon juice an hour before breakfast if you have a liver complaint.

His observations are supported by A.F. Beddoe in his book Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition 10.  Beddoe says the liver can make more enzymes out of fresh lemon juice than from any other food.  The primary purpose of lemon water is to provide strengthening agent to liver enzymes when they are too dilute.  Lemon water will help fix oxygen and calcium levels in the liver which ultimately affects the blood’s oxygen levels.  Lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to saliva, hydrochloric acid, bile and the stomach’s other digestive juices, so lemon water assists the digestion. Since lemon contains 48.3% potassium, 29.9% calcium, 11.1% phosphorous and 4.4% magnesium, it offers another important benefit.  The potassium content nourishes the brain and nerve cells.11

When selecting lemons, it’s handy to know some are sweeter than others.  You may want to pick a lemon that is heavy for its size and thin-skinned lemons are better than thick-skinned for mineral content. On the stem end (not the pointy end), look for little lines radiating like sun beams.  Those lines can look like a “star” or calyx.  The greater number of points on the calyx the greater the mineral content.12

As a change of pace for taste, and/or to add electrolytes to your pure water, you can add slices of cucumber.

An 8.25 inch cucumber has about 45 calories with the skin and 34 without it.  The nutrients you’ll enjoy from cucumber slices in your water include Vitamin C and Vitamin A (the antioxidant value is great), Vitamin K (the potassium you want), iron, and calcium.  Cucumber slices in your water also help remove uric acid from your body.  The cucumber contains alkaline-forming minerals and it is an excellent source of folate, molybdenum, and silica sulphur.  It is a very good source of potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte. As an electrolyte, potassium is heart friendly.

Electrolytes facilitate the passage of fluid between and within cells through osmosis and play a part in regulating the function of the neuromuscular, endocrine, and excretory systems.13

Should we judge the container?

The answer to that question is yes. The worst kind of water bottle to use is one you use just once. The PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle is the kind that you find in convenience stores, gas stations, etc. This kind of plastic has been proven to leach DEHP (Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate) after repeated uses and is also considered a possible carcinogen.  PET bottles can also harbor bacterial growth inside any cracks and crevices.

Polycarbonate plastic bottles are not much better.  Polycarbonates have been proven to leach Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound primarily used to harden plastic.

Glass water bottles are not the ultimate choice either. A comparison of six samples of each of three brands of water available in both glass and PET showed that the waters bottled in glass contained approximately  57, 30, and 26 times more lead due to leaching from the containers.14

The best way to drink your water is from a stainless steel reusable water bottle. The bottles made entirely out of stainless steel do not leach, are difficult to break or crack, and do not easily stain or interact with whatever product you are consuming.

So, the quality of the water you consume does matter!  We’ve learned that selecting the type of water we drink is important.  We want water that is bottled at source if possible, water that contains a reasonable amount of the essential minerals, water that may be ‘souped up’ with a pinch of unprocessed sea salt, and water that is slightly alkaline.

Spend the time to consider your water.  Your body will thank you.

CITATIONS:

1. http://www.freedrinkingwater.com/water_quality/quality1/1-how-dissolved-oxygen-affects-water-quality.htm

 

2. Chung, Yunjo, MD. The Cleaning Side of Medicine, Mosaic Press, 1996

3. Arik Azoulay, MSc, Philippe Garzon, and Mark J Eisenberg, MD, MPH, “Comparison of the Mineral Content of Tap Water and Bottled Waters”, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2001 : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1495189/

4. MineralWaters.org bottled water analysis: http://www.mineralwaters.org/index.php?func=country&parval=15

5. http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/display.cfm?ID=19990303223214

6. Malcolm, Jas. Change is Natural, Pure Leadership Inc., Calgary, 2010 pg. 172

7. Nobel Prize summation on Warburg: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1931/press.html

8. Malcolm, Jas. Change is Natural, Pure Leadership Inc., Calgary, 2010 pg. 175

9. Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies since 1939, Lotus Press, Mass Market Edition 2004

10. A.F. Beddoe, “Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition”, Wendell Whitman Company, 2002

11. ibid

12. http://www.quantumbalancing.com/news/lemonwater.htm

13. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Electrolyte+disturbance

14. Shotyk, William and Krachler, Michael.  “Contamination from Glass and Comparison with Pristine Groundwater”, Institute of Environmental Geochemistry, University of Heidelberg : http://elmvalefoundation.org/publications/A56.pdf

 

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