Water Is Your Body’s Fuel

It may not be particularly warm outside, but you know when you need a drink of water-and fast. You’re excessively thirsty, perhaps even feeling a bit dizzy or lightheaded. Even if you haven’t been exercising vigorously, your muscles may feel weak, your back may hurt and your joints and dependent it is water.

 

About 60 percent of your body consists of water, which may sound like a lot until u realize how far that water must travel and the functions it must perform- every single day. All of the organs, tissues and cells in your body require water for proper functioning. There are 11 organ systems in your body that function interdependently. They are:

Cardiovascular system-heart and blood vessels.

Digestive system –oesophagus, stomach, liver, large intestine, anus and rectum.

Endocrine system-glands that regulate growth and metabolism. Integumentary system hair, skin and nails. Lymphatic system- houses white blood cells vital to immunity to illness.

Muscular system-for movement and good posture.

Nervous system-brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Respiratory system-supplies blood with oxygen.

 

The ‘’BIG three’’ Reasons

On a day-to-day basis, most people are unlikely to complain that their skeletal system or their ‘’urinary system’’ is giving them problems. A lack of water is likely to show up in three ways that can be cast in more relatable terms (that once again underscore how the 11 organ systems work together) water is vital to good health because it:

 

Keep you hydrated

Your body needs water to maintain a healthy internal temperature of 98.6 degrees. You’re likely to need more water to maintain this temperature, the canters for disease control and prevention says, if you:

  • Live in a warm climate are very active
  • Are sick with a fever suffer from about of diarrhea or vomiting

When your body is running low on water and the brain signals that you’re thirsty, by all means drink. Failing to do so can lead to dehydration, which in mind forms can lead to temporary disorientation and dizziness and in severe cases- kidney failure.

 

Keep you regular

Water is a simple remedy for people who suffer from constipation, and another look at the body’s interrelated parts helps explain why. Every day, the kidneys rely on water to filter between 120 and 150 quarts of blood and 1 to 2 quarts of urine. But if the kindly malfunction, excess fluid and should and wastes are flushed from the body.

 

Keep you limber

Cartilage in the body-the cushioning agent of joints and discs of the spine-consists of about 80 percent water. So when cartilage becomes dried out, it follows that the joints are less able to shrug off bumps and knocks. Instead, they can feel stiff or bristle with pain. The solution? As the arthritis foundation states, ‘’if there’s a magical elixir to drink, its water’’.

 

How much water?

Just as your appetite for food fluctuates, so does your thirst for water, and staying tuned to your body’s signal for water is the best way to ensure you drink enough, especially since the amount of water you lose every day pivots on how much you perspire and excrete through urine and bowel the mayo clinic and medical news today recommend a daily intake of:

91 ounces(or 2.7 litters) of water for women 125 ounces (3.7 litters) of water for men these recommendations can seem high, but remember that some of the water we get comes from our food. For example, certain vegetables

(like zucchini) and fruit (like watermelon) teem with water, which can help you meet your recommended daily intake.

When you find yourself craving sugary drinks, remember the empty calories they contain. Water may be bland, but its attributes can’t be denied. As the mayo clinic says. “Water is your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.”

What’s the Healthiest Water You Can Drink?

That we should drink water throughout the day is a given, but with so many options, it can be difficult to know which is the best type.

Will plain old tap water suffice or should we opt for bottled, filtered, ionised or electrolyte-rich?

In this blog, we’ll educate you on the best hydration choices based on the purities and properties of various options.

Some swear by alkaline water, artesian water, glacial melt water or the sort passed at high pressure through a reverse osmosis system.

Stroll through any major health store and you’ll be taken aback by the sheer diversity of choice.

Is it a simple case of brands vying for market domination or does water, like food, depend on many factors to achieve true quality?

The Truth about Tap Water

In the western world, we’re fortunate to be able to turn on the tap and access unlimited water. However, many would question whether tap water is ultimately healthy.

It may be deemed safe to drink by the world health organisation and other professional authorities, but safe and healthy are two very different things.

Given that it is treated with a large number of chemicals to kill bacteria and other pesky microorganisms, water running off the mains supply is vastly different to the sort found in nature-the kind found in springs and mountain streams which is rich in naturally-occurring minerals.

Suffice to say that with over 300 man –made chemicals having at some point been detected in British tap water, better options are available. 

This is particularly the case if your tap water is fluoridated; about 10% of the UK population receive fluoridated water, including Cumbria,

Cheshire, Tyneside, Northumbria, Durham, the west midlands and most of Leland. Indeed, many people now use a filter to eliminate not only fluoride but hardness, chlorine and other potentially dangerous toxins.

Although we’d applaud such a move, many filters leave water deficient in beneficial trace minerals which, among other things, are vital to cellular metabolism, growth and vitality.

Clearly the question of which water is healthiest is more complex than most realise!

Healthy Water: Assessing the Options

*In our view water should be clean, free of toxins and particulates, and properly structured.

We’ll get on to our recommendations shortly, but for the moment let’s look at the main alternatives to tap water.

Whether due to cost, taste, environmental considerations or some other factor, people regularly choose to shun tap water a fondness for its crisper, cleaner flavour, bottled water is hugely popular.

The UK bottled water market is worth 2.4 billion and has grown year-on-year since 2012. Total bottled water production stood at over 2,700 million litres last year. It’s no different in America, where consumers shell out billion annually.

It’s difficult to make a sweeping judgement about bottled water, since there are many different kinds: mineral, spring, artesian, well water etc.

Well water and artesian water originate underground, spring water comes from surface water and mineral water-which accounts for the lion’s share (45%) of the UK market-comes from natural springs rich in minerals like salt and sulphur compounds.

If    you’re opting for bottled water, always check the label to find the source and scrutinise the mineral content. Don’t be duped by buzzwords like ‘mountain’ and ‘glacier’ as these are often little more than marketing ploys.

Some bottle water actually derives from tap water which is treated/filtered prior to packaging.

Of course, there’s more to water than mineral content. Some studies have shown that plastic bottles leach chemicals into the water, and that the longer water sits inside a bottle, the higher the concentration of particular chemicals.

The WWF goes so far as to insist that ‘there are more standards regulating tap water than those applied to the bottled water industry.

The environmental impact, meanwhile, is huge; as well being resource= intensive plastic bottles take over 1000 to biodegrade and, if incinerated, produce toxic fumes.

We can’t with any good faith, say that bottle water is advisable although if you’re still bound and determined, go with glass, not plastic.

 

 

Distilled Water

So vigorous is its filtration process that distilled water is stripped not only of impurities but also any natural minerals and electrolytes it contains.

Distilled water is made from the steam of boiling water. The process of boiling and evaporation produces water which has a cleaner, though also flatter, taste-similar, really, to which undergoes the process of reverse osmosis or deionisation.

Distillation is a somewhat outdated method of water purification, as better systems have come into being over the last 10-15 years.

Since it is devoid of minerals, distilled water cannot replace those lost through sweat.it also has a more acidic pH(around 7.0) which is definitely not optimal the body.

In spite of this, some people still claim distilled water is pure and has a cleansing effect. Certainly it’s one way of avoiding harmful environmental chemicals and waterborne pathogens.

*Alkaline Water

The popularity of alkaline water has soared in recent years, though it’s been in vogue throughout Asia for a lot longer.

Alkaline water is engineered to have a higher pH than tap or bottled water, sitting anywhere between 7.5 and 10 (7 is neutral)

It’s also a fertile source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, silica and bicarbonate.

Drinking water with an alkaline pH has been variously shown to relieve acid and pepsin-related conditions

Improve mineral retention and optimize post-exercise hydration

 

Most of the goodness stems from the water’s acid-buffering capacity, although it also has powerful antioxidant properties which help counteract oxidative stress.

There are a few ways of procuring alkaline water; you can buy it pre-bottled from a health store ((the least environmentally-friendly option) or use a filter device such as the broker alkaline antioxidant jug.

The jug uses combinations of natural bioceramis minerals to alkalise water added to it, elevating the pH from 7.5 to 9.5

A measure of filtration is also achieved, as the bio ceramics help to reduce chlorine and heavy metals.

*Reverse Osmosis Water

Like distilled water, reverse osmosis water is usually referred to as purified: it is forced through membranes which remove particulates and pollutants. However, in our view it is little more than pure, dead water

One problem with this type of water, aside from the fact that it’s demineralised (which leads to increased elimination of minerals from the body) is that it doesn’t hydrate as well as others.

Since we ostensibly drink water to hydrate our cells, it begs the question: why would you choose RO water over other kinds?

Another note to add to the cons column: water’s usually acidic.

Drinking acidic water will hamper our ability to maintain a healthy pH. balance in the blood.

Lastly RO systems can be expensive to install. Again, you can get far better water than the kind that runs through a costly reverse osmosis machine.

*Hydrogen Water

We’ve saved the best till last. Hydrogen water, or hydrogen-rich water, is in our view the best drinking water in the world. But what the hell is hydrogen water, we hear you ask.

In simple terms, it is water which contains dissolved hydrogen gas (molecular hydrogen)

Hydrogen water has been subject to plenty of research in the Far East (indeed, it has been drunk in japan since the ‘60s) and the result are frankly incredible

Not only can hydrogen- rich water increase energy and improve recovery but it can combat inflammation and neutralize oxygen free radicals.

While more human trials are needed by the science is Dr. Nicholas periscope, a world-renowned healthy aging expert, who goes as to say he believe “we’ll reduce health-care costs by a third when people start drinking hydrogen water.”

A bold claim, to be sure, but one which doesn’t seem quite so surprising when you start digging into the literature.

One 2010 study in particular showed that when 20 overweight subjects with signs of metabolic syndrome drank 2 litters of hydrogen water per day for a period of eight they  experienced a 39% increase in an enzyme that protects the body against free radicals.

They also enjoyed a 43% reduction in thiobarbituric acid (an organic compound linked to oxidative damage) and a 13% drop in total cholesterol.

A fascinating 2018 study
nlm,nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5806445/),meanwhile,showed that “Hydrogen-rich water administration for 4 weeks improved mood, anxiety and autonomic nerve function, suggesting that it may offer an effective method to reinforce  quality of life and maintain good health.”

Who would’ve thought drinking two litres of hydrogen-rich water could do so much? You can buy this new –age wellness water ready-to-drink in cans or pouches, purchase a hydrogen water machine (warning: you’ll need deep pockets) or source a filter which stimulates the release of H2.

    *Introducing the Energy plus Water Filter

One such device is the Energy Plus. The four-stage under sink filter gives water which can be classed as:

Purified water

Alkaline antioxidant water

Mineral-rich water

Hydrogen water

The Energy Plus water filter Water its neatly under your sink, letting you obtain water straight from the faucet.

As well as being able to remove fluoride, heavy metals and organic contaminants, the advanced filter infuses the water with calcium, magnesium and potassium.

It has been extensively tested by the University of Edinburgh’s

Engineering Department, who confirmed its ability to elevate water pH to between 8.5 and 9.5 and remove a number of common contaminates, including oestradiol.

The water also benefit it’s from antioxidant properties thanks to the biocerramic mineral balls used in the third filter cartridge. It is these bio ceramics which stimulate the release of molecular hydrogen.

The water produced by the energy plus fulfills all the criteria, then, of good water free of impurities, alkaline, rich in beneficial minerals and molecular hydrogen. The perfect way to hydrate.

Conclusion

The water produced by the energy plus fulfills all the criteria of ‘good’ water: free of impurities, alkaline, rich in beneficial minerals and molecular hydrogen.

Hopefully this article has given you a better idea about the kind of drinking water available to you. Certainly there are many options over and above tap water, and multiple valid reasons for making the switch.

As demonstrated it needn’t be an expensive process either: yes, there are several eye-popping expensive systems on the market but you can just as easily drink better water for a modest fee.

Of course, whatever water you choose to drink, the worst outcome is dehydration: make sure you imbibe 8-10 glasses per day, and always limit your consumption of carbonated beverages. Water is essential to a healthy lifestyle, after all.

 

Since it is devoid of minerals, distilled water cannot replace those lost through sweat. It also has a more acidic pH (around7.0), which is definitely not optimal for the body.

 

Many People these days use Epsom salt to relive muscle and joint pain. But, are you familiar with other uses of this miraculous salt?

What Is Epsom Salt?

If you are one of those people who choose to’’ go green’’ and use chemical-free products, you don’t have to worry about Epsom salt as it is a naturally occurring mineral. It is a great source of magnesium and sulfates with ability to be absorbed topically.

8 Surprising Benefits of Epsom Salt

1.Ease Joint Pain

This is the most common use of Epsom salt! As mentioned above, it consists of magnesium and sulfates, both of which are critical to overall health.

Supplements can be hard on the digestive system because the body cannot effectively absorb it. Therefore, the trick is to prepare and Epsom salt bath which will break down into the water, allowing the magnesium and sulfates to be absorbed effectively

  1. Forget About Muscle Pain

Curing muscle pain is yet another benefit of Epsom salt baths. If you are not into it,

You can spray on sore magnesium oil after taking a shower instead.

 3.Epsom Salt Bath to Cure Headaches

Magnesium and sulfates are great at relaxing the body and relieving headaches.

Epsom salt baths are not used for joint and muscle pain relief only but will also ease debilitating te

 

4.Solve  the Problem for Greasy Hair

If your scalp is oily and you are having trouble with greasy hair, simply add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to your shampoo and let it do the trick.

  1. Face Scrub

Add a little bit Epsom salt to your face cream and apply onto the face, massing the face in circulation motions. When done, rinse it off with warm water

6.Foot Scrub

Mix Some Epsom Salt with olive oil and Castile soap to make your own foot scrub.

Use it a few times a week and say goodbye to cracked heels!

7.Fertilize Your Fruits

This use is probably the least known, mostly because Epsom salt isn’t often use in your home. But all you have to do is to add a teaspoon of it in the soil and watch your fruits grow higher and brighter.

8.Clean Your Bathroom

Low intake of some essential elements and microelements from low-mineral water

Although drinking water, with some rare exceptions, is not the major source of essential elements for humans, its contribution may be important for several reasons. The modern diet of many people may not be an adequate source of minerals and microelements. In the case of borderline deficiency of a given element, even the relatively low intake of the element with drinking water may play a relevant protective role. This is because the elements are usually present in water as free ions and therefore, are more readily absorbed from water compared to food where they are mostly bound to other substances.

Animal studies are also illustrative of the significance of micro quantities of some elements present in water. For instance, Kondratyuk (35) reported that a variation in the intake of microelements was associated with up to six-fold differences in their content in muscular tissue. These results were found in a 6-month experiment in which rats were randomized into 4 groups and given: a.) tap water, b.) low-mineral water, c.) low-mineral water supplemented with iodide, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, Zinc and fluoride in tap water, d.) low-mineral water supplemented with same elements but at ten times higher concentrations. Furthermore, a negative effect on the blood formation process was found to be associated with non-supplemented demineralized water. The mean hemoglobin content of red blood cells was as much as 19% lower in the animals is that received non-supplemented demineralized water compared to that in animals given tap water. The hemoglobin differences were even greater when compared with the animals given the mineral supplemented waters.

Recent epidemiological studies of an ecologic design Russian populations supplied with water varying in TDS suggest that low-mineral drinking water may be a risk factor for hypertension and coronary heart disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, goiter, pregnancy complications and several complications in newborns and infants, including jaundice, anemia, fractures and growth desorders. However, it is not clear whether the effects observed in these studies are due to the low content of calcium and magnesium or other essential elements, or due to other factors.

Lutai conducted a large cohort epidemiological study in the Ust-Ilim region of Russia. The study focused on morbidity and physical development in adults, children and pregnant women and their newborns in two areas supplied with water different in TDS. One of  these area was supplied with water lower in minerals (mean values: TDS 134 mg/L, calcium 18.7 mg/L, magnesium 4.9 mg/L, bicarbonates 86.4 mg/L) and the other was supplied with water higher in minerals (mean values:TDS 385 mg/L, calcium 29.5 mg/L, magnesium 8.3 mg/L, bicarbonates 243.7 mg/L). Water levels of sulfate, chloride, sodium, potassium, copper, Zince, manganese and molybdenum were also determined. Area therespetive areas.  Populations of the two areas did not differ from each other in eating habits, air quality, social conditions and time of residence in the respective areas. The population of the area supplied with water lower in minerals showed higher incidence rates of goiter, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, gas tic and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, cholecystitis and nephritis. Children living in this area exhibited slower physical development and more growth abnormalities, pregnant women suffered more frequently from edema and anemia. Newborns of this area showed higher morbidity. The lowest morbidity was associated with having calcium levels of 30-9- mg/L, magnesium levels of 17-35 mg/L, and water could be considered as physiologically optimum.

Health Risk from Low Mineral Water

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Direct Effects of Low mineral content water on the intestinal mucous membrane, metabolism and mineral homeostasis or other body functions

Distilled and low mineral content water (TDS) <50 mg/L) can have negative taste characteristics to which the consumer may adapt with time. This water is also reported to less thirst quenching .Although these are not considered to be health effects, they should be taken into account when considering the suitability of low mineral content water for human consumption. Poor organoleptic and thirst-quenching characteristics may affect the amount of water consumed or cause persons to seek other, possibly less satisfactory water sources.

Distilled water introduced into the intestine caused abnormal changes in epithelia cells of rats, possibly due to osmotic shock. However, the same conclusions  in a more recent study based on 14-day experiments in rats. Histology did not reveal any sings of erosion, or inflammation in the esophagus, stomach and jejunum. Altered secretory function in animals (i.e. increased secretion and acidity o0f gastric juice) and altered stomach muscle tone but currently available data have not unambiguously demonstrated a direct negative effects of low mineral content water on the gastrointestinal mucous membrane.

It has been adequately demonstrated that consuming water of low mineral content has a negative effect on homeostasis mechanisms, compromising the mineral and water metabolism in the body. An increase in urine output (i.e., increased diuresis) is associated with an increase in excretion of major intra-and extracellular ions from the body fluids, their negative balance, and changes in body water levels and functional activity of some body water management-dependent hormones. Experiments in animals, primarily rats for up to one-year periods have repeatedly shown that the intake of distilled water or water with TDS < 75 mg/L leads to: 1) increased water intake, diuresis, extracellular fluid volume, and serum concentrations of sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl) ions and their increased elimination from the body, resulting in an overall negative balance.., and 2.) Lower volumes of red cells and some other hematocrit changes 3). Although Rakhmanin et al. (6) did not find mutagenic or gonad toxic effects of distilled water, they did report decreased secretion of tri-iodothronine and aldosterone, increased secretion of cortisol, morphological changes in the kidneys including a more pronounced atrophy of glomeruli, and swollen vascular endothelium limiting the blood flow. Reduced skeletal ossification was also found in rat fetuses whose dams were given distilled water in a one-year study. Apparently the reduced mineral intake from water was not compensated by their diets, even if the animals were kept on standardized diet that was physiologically adequate in caloric value, nutrients and salt composition.

Results of experiments in human valuated by researchers for the WHO report (3) are in agreement with those in animal experiments and suggest the basic mechanism of the effects of water low in TDS (e.g.<100 mg/L) on water and mineral homeostasis. Low-mineral water markedly: 1) increased diuresis (almost by 20%, on average), body water volume, and serum sodium concentrations, 2) decreased serum potassium concentration, and3) increased the elimination of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium ions from the body. It was thought that low-mineral water acts on osmoreceptors of the gastroinal tract, causing an increased flow of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium ions from the body. It was thought that low –mineral water acts on osmoreceptors of the gastrointestinal tract, causing an increased flow of sodium ions into the intestinal lumen and slight reduction in osmotic pressure in the portal venous system with subsequent enhanced release of sodium into the blood as an adaptation response. This osmotic change in the blood plasma results in the redistribution of body water; that is, there is an increase in the total extracellular fluid volume and the transfer of water from erythrocytes and interstitial fluid into the plasma ad between intracellular and interstitial fluids. In response to the changed plasma volume, baroreceptors and volume receptors and interstitial fluids. In response to the changed plasma volume, baroreceptors and volume receptors in the bloodstream are activated, inducing a decrease in aldosterone release and thus an increase in sodium elimination. Reactivity of the volume receptors in the vessels may result in a decrease in ADH release and an enhanced diuresis. The German Society for nutrition reached similar conclusions about the effects of distilled water and warned the public against drinking it (7). The warning was published in response to the German edition of the shocking Truth about Water (8), whose authors recommended drinking distilled water instead of “drinking water. Recent studies also suggest that the intake of soft water, I.e. water low in calcium, may be associated with higher risk of fracture in children (16), certain neurodegenerative diseases , per-term birth and low weight at birth (18) and some types of in cancer . In addition to an increased risk of sudden death, the intake of water low in magnesium seems to be associated with a higher risk of motor neuronal disease, pregnancy disorders (so-called preeclampsia) and some cancers.

Specific Knowledge about changes in calcium metabolism in a population supplied with desalinated water (i.e., distilled water filtered through limestone) low in TDS and calcium, was obtained. The local population showed decreased activity of alkaline phosphatase, reduced plasma concentrations of calcium and phosphorus and enhanced decalcification of bone tissue. The changes were most marked in women, especially pregnant women and were dependent on the duration of residence in Shevchenko. The importance of water calcium was also confirmed in a one-year study of rats on a fully adequate diet in terms of nutrients and salts and given desalinated water with added dissolved solids of 400 mg./L, and either 5 mg/L, of calcium. The animals given water dosed with 5 mg/L of calcium exhibited a reduction in thyroidal and other associated functions compared to the animals given the two higher doses of calcium.

While the effects of most chemicals commonly found in drinking water manifest themselves after long exposure, the effects of calcium and, in particular, those of magnesium on the cardiovascular system are belived to reflect recent exposures. Only a few months exposure may be sufficient consumption time effects from water that is low in magnesium and/or calcium. Illustrative of such short –term exposures are cases in the Czech and Slovak populations who began using reverse osmosis-based systems for final treatment of drinking water at their home taps in 2000-2002. Within several weeks or months various complaints suggestive of acute magnesium (and possibly calcium) deficiency were reported . The complaints included cardiovascular disorder, tiredness, weakness or muscular cramps and were essentially the same symptoms listed in the warning.

Source: Research Paper