The Pure Truth About Water

by Dr. Don Loeffler

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Water is one of nature's greatest gifts. With the exception of clean air there is no element more important in sustaining life. Water can appear in the form of a liquid or gas, depending on relatively minor fluctuations in temperature. Its primary functions in the body are transportation, dilution, tissue composition, and temperature regulation. Water carries nutritive material in solution and distributes it throughout the body where it is most needed. It holds wastes and toxins in solution and serves as a medium for the transportation of these from the body. The body also retains water to dilute excess acidity which can be quite harmful to cell function.

Water comprises approximately two thirds of a healthy human body ranging from bone at 12-13 percent to gastric digestive juices at 99.5 percent. The percentage of water in the body tends to drop with age. This is due to chronic dehydration which afflicts most of the elderly and by an increase of toxic and inorganic debris which builds up in the body over the years.

Water is a great solvent. It will put into solution whatever free minerals or waste material it comes into contact with. It will also dissolve rock and soil. If you examine an old tea kettle that has been used extensively with hard water, you'll find a significant amount of encrusted build up of minerals that were once dissolved in the water. The same thing happened in the human body over a period of time. You can imagine the stress this puts on the kidneys as they struggle vainly to eliminate inorganic matter from the body.

The importance of drinking pure water - and plenty of it - cannot be overemphasized. Average Americans living on the standard American diet (SAD) loses 75 percent of their kidney function by the time they reach the age of 70. This means much less efficiency in cleansing and detoxifying the body. It also means they are more likely to suffer from chronic degenerative and acute infectious diseases. Sufficient water intake decreases the stress on the kidneys by diluting the acidity and the toxicity of the material the body is attempting to eliminate through the urine.

Insufficient water intake interferes not only with homeostasis in health but also with physical and athletic performance. Carefully controlled scientific studies have shown that when you lose as little as two pounds of water during exercise, your ability to perform hard work can drop 15 percent. A seven pound water loss, which is not unusual for a professional athlete performing in hot humid weather, can decrease work ability by a phenomenal 30 percent. Athletes lose more competitions through dehydration than any other nutritional deficit.

Before explaining the different types of water, let's review the difference between organic and inorganic minerals. In nature there are two general types of bonds: ionic and covalent. Inorganic minerals are bound by ionic bonds and organic materials are bound by covalent bonds. Ionic bonds cannot be broken by the body without great difficulty. Thus inorganic minerals present a significant health hazard.

The body deals with inorganic minerals by eliminating whatever it can through the urine. Inorganic precipitates, unfortunately, remain behind and are deposited in the body tissues. One of the major differences between youth and old age is the amount of concentration of inorganic deposits in the joints and tissues of the body. Inorganic minerals combine with cholesterol to form atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries. In this country about 55 percent of all deaths are related to such cardiovascular problems.

Examining this information, it becomes quite evident that certain types of water can be quite harmful while others can be beneficial to your health. Hard water, soft water, and so called mineral water are all saturated with elements that present a significant stress to the organs of elimination.

Practically all drinking water contains the inorganic compound calcium carbonate. This and other inorganic precipitates play a major role in plaque and stone build up in the body's vital organs and blood vessels. The water molecule, being the great solvent that it is, enters the body already saturated with inorganic minerals. This presents two problems. First, a saturated molecule is unable to transport nutrients effectively in the body as it has no room for additional passengers. Second, the kidneys will work to capacity to eliminate inorganic debris and toxins from the body. As the body ages, this process becomes less and less efficient. As a result, more and more debris is deposited in the muscles, joints, organs, and arteries and the aging process is accelerated.

Routine autopsies 20 years ago showed approximately 10 percent of the cadavers had significant plaque build up in the arteries. Today routine autopsies show 10 percent without remarkable arteriosclerosis. This is a very shocking 20-year turn around and indicates that we must be doing something wrong in our lifestyle. Time is not toxic. The only reason most people suffer from debilitating conditions as they get older is they've been abusing their bodies for an increasing period of time. There are, however, two types of water which not only avoid build up of precipitate in the body, but reverse the process once it has begun - distilled and filtered.

Distilled water is water that is turned into vapour leaving all its impurities behind. Then, through condensation, it becomes pure water, free from debris. The second best clensing water is that which has been filtered through a three-part process: reverse osmosis filter, micron filter, and charcoal filter. This process removes approximately 95 percent of all debris from the water. An unencumbered water molecule is free to dissolve and eliminate inorganic deposits from joints and tissues of the body. Start each day with several glasses (one to two quarts) of purified water on an empty stomach. Drink it over a period of about an hour. Then, drink an additional one to two glasses (12-14 oz.) periodically throughout the day when the stomach is empty. Never mix large quantities of water with food as it will interfere with the digestive process. It is best to drink water one-half to one hour before eating or three to four hours after eating, depending on the size and contents of the meal.

I believe the human body was designed to live in good health for 120 year with death being nothing more than a pleasant, painless transition into another dimension of growth and experience. There is so much needless suffering and misery in the world today. Much of it is due to ignorance of basic principles of body function or physiology.

Remember we live and die at the cellular level. Maintaining and ideal internal environment will go a long way in our quest for health and longevity.

The interested reader is referred to the following for more information:

1. Haas, Dr. Robert, Eat to Win: The Sports Nutrition Bible. Signet Books - New American Library, N.Y., N.Y. 1983

2. Bidwell, Victoria, The Salt Conspiracy. Get Well - Stay Well Publications, Hollister, Ca- 1986

3. Banik, Dr. Allen E., The Choice is clear. Acres U.S.A., Ragtown, Missouri 1975

4. Bragg, Paul C., N.D. Ph.D. The Shocking Truth About Water. Health Science, California

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