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Nutrition The Importance of Water

The Importance of Water

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Our life and our health, as well as the life and health of planet Earth are completely dependent on water. Though most often referred to as H2O it is much more than just hydrogen and oxygen, it is a mysterious crystalline living entity which nurtures all life. It has the ability to link, transform and carry physical elements and subtle energies. Water holds information and has a memory. When a snowflake is melted and refrozen under the same natural conditions it reforms into the exact same snowflake – it remembers!

Natural water tumbles and falls through vortexes of energy and magnetic fields on the earth and is exposed to energy from the sun.  During this process, nature adds minerals and oxygen to the water.  The result is a highly structured water, mineralised and oxygenated full of energy and vitality. There is no doubt that this is the most beneficial water to drink.

Research has proven that the major common denominator of the most healthy long-living people in the world, like the Hunza living in the Himalayas, is their local water. Their living, natural vibrant water,  provides health benefits that other types of drinking water cannot. So whilst this may be the most beneficial water for us to drink very few are in fact able to do so!

Ten reasons to drink water for fertility, a healthy pregnancy and beyond: 

1. Dehydration can affect thoughts, feelings and mood, staying positive helps conception and helps support a healthy pregnancy. Drinking enough water supports energy levels.

2. Toxins can block fertility; drinking plenty of water helps the body eliminate toxins.

3. Cervical mucous is made up of 90% water, you need to keep well hydrated to ensure you make plenty of cervical mucous as this helps ensure the sperm reaches the egg.

4. Water supports the endometrium – the thick cushion of tissue that nourishes the growing embryo

5. Your body expands during pregnancy and your blood volume increases, drinking enough water supports this growth and increase.

6. Drinking enough water when pregnant helps prevent constipation. When you don't get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration -- and the result is constipation.

7. Drinking plenty of water during pregnancy can help prevent urinary tract infections that often occur during pregnancy

8. Some women find drinking water relieves morning sickness 

9. Drinking water keeps the entire body hydrated including the skin so is helpful in preventing stretch marks

10. Proper hydration is essential for adequate breast milk production

A simple way to see if you're drinking enough, check the color of your urine. A light color is a good sign that you're drinking enough (though your first pee of the morning will always be darker)

TAP WATER

 Potential problems with tap water:

Nitrates

Nitrates leach into water systems as residues from fertiliser and can be found in our tap systems nitrates are particularly harmful to babies 

Herbicides & pesticides 

These chemicals, through farming practices find their way into the water and many are known to disrupt the endocrine system.

Heavy metals

Some heavy metals can be found in water, especially lead.  

Chlorine 

Chlorine is added to water to stop bacterial growth. Chlorine affects the metabolism of fat & hormonal activity, it inhibits the actions of certain enzymes & can affect the bacteria in the gut.

Fluoride 

Fluoride is commonly added to water (with the idea of stopping tooth decay) but can weaken the immune system, cause heart disease & cancer. About 10% of the UK population receive fluoridated water, including Cumbria, Cheshire, Tyneside, Northumbria, Durham, the West Midlands & Ireland. 

Oestrogen

Oestrogen arrives in our drinking water primarily in the form of oestradiol, the most potent form of oestrogen and  enters the water supply chiefly through the oral contraceptive pill, which women excrete in their faeces and urine.

Pharmaceuticals

A range of pharmaceuticals are known to find their way into drinking water - anti-depressants, antibiotics, painkillers and tranquillisers. 

So whilst in the western world we are fortunate to turn on the tap and access unlimited water many question how healthy the water is to drink, and perhaps turn to either bottled water or some kind of filtration system to remove the potential dangers.

BOTTLED WATER

Spring water

This water simply has to conform to the same quality standards as tap water and can come from any source from natural springs through to mains water.

Natural mineral water

This comes from an underground source & is free of harmful bacteria. There is no minimum level for the water's mineral content. Some filtering is permitted and the water may be carbonated.

Naturally carbonated mineral water

After possible treatment gas from the same source is re-incorporated so that it has the same content of carbon dioxide that it would have under normal conditions.

Carbonated natural mineral water

This is a natural mineral water made effervescent by the addition of carbon dioxide from another origin.

Storage times & conditions will affect the quality of bottled water,  remember in nature water moves and flows, trapping water in a bottle will affect the waters life force.  The type of bottle used will also affect the water.  Studies have shown that plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water, and that the longer water sits inside a bottle, the higher the concentration of particular chemicals. 

In addition the environmental impact is huge; as well as being resource-intensive plastic bottles take over 1,000 years to biodegrade and, if incinerated, produce toxic fumes. If you must use bottled water a reusable glass bottle is the best choice.

FILTERED WATER

For many people a good option is to filter your tap water and there are a variety of systems from which to choose from counter top to under counter and even a whole house filter.

Jug carbon filters

Simple on the counter filtration that uses granulated activated charcoal, but not particularly effective at removing all toxins, fluoride & pesticides are not removed. They are low cost upfront but they become costly with constant cartridge replacements. The Brita Style Jug, which is their latest model costs around £30.00  www.brita.co.uk

Charcoal stick water filters

Charcoal sticks can be used in any water jug  Known as binchotan charcoal, the sticks remove many but not all impurities find out more from https://black-blum.com/collections/charcoal

Reverse Osmosis (RO)

There are many RO systems with different filtration stages, membranes, filtration capacities, etc. depending on the system installed RO can remove most impurities, though the process wastes water. If you choose an RO system make sure you research the right one for you

www.waterfiltershop.co.uk/blog/how-to-choose-a-reverse-osmosis-system/

Solid Block Carbon Filters

This is the best option for removing chemicals like herbicides, pesticides as well as bacteria, parasites, heavy metals, fluoride and nitrates. The best option would be a Berkey, also has the advantage of working without electricity or running water.  https://berkey-waterfilters.co.uk

Distilled water

Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed. Studies validate the benefits of drinking distilled water as part of a cleansing diet but only for a very short period as long term use leads to mineral deficiency and acidity.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, says in his book "Conscious Eating," "distilled water is dead, unstructured water so foreign to the body that one actually gets a temporary high white blood cell count in response to drinking it." This is not a water to drink for fertility, conception, pregnancy and beyond.

Ionised water

Ionised water is water that has been restructured into smaller molecules through the electrolysis process which involves the administration of positive and negative currents through electrodes that are made of platinum and titanium. The water ionizer will concentrate the alkaline and acidic minerals into clusters of alkaline and acidic molecules and produce two types of water, one that is alkaline and one that is acidic. The two types of water exit the unit through two separate hoses. You drink the alkaline water with its improved hydration and you use the acid water for cleaning or throw it away! 

A number of health practitioners endorse these alkaline ionisers but just as many are skeptical. There is validity to the fact that pH is an important element of good health but if you are eating an alkaline rich diet of green leafy vegetables you probably do not need to invest in a costly ioniser. A good strategy with drinking water is to filter tap water and revitalise with quartz crystals.

Quartz crystals

There are different energising devices to help revitalise water but a natural and inexpensive method is to use quartz crystals. Simply pop some crystals in a glass jar fill with filter water and leave overnight.  Quartz crystals have the power to restore water to its original orderly structure.

You can buy ethically sourced quartz crystals from https://www.kacha-stones.com

How much water should I drink?

Water requirements vary between individuals but are dependent on your age,  weight, activity level, the food you eat, the climate you live in, the temperature of your house  - but a general recommendation for a women is just over 2 litres and for a man 3 litres of water a day, not as coffee, tea, infusions, juice, wine or beer simply as water!

Water facilitates cleansing, transporting of nutrients and removing of waste products through our metabolism. All metabolic procedures rely on water to function. The more our bodies are starved for water the greater the number of cells that will die and the process of aging is accelerated.