WATER - The First Pillar to Health
I was talking with my friend one day about a book called, You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty, written by F. Batmanghelidj. She brought up how her mom had not been feeling well at all, so I told her to ask her mom if she had been drinking enough water. Turns out that she hardly ever drank water unless she was really thirsty. I told her to try drinking more water and see if that helped. A couple of weeks later, her mom felt so much better! She ended up reading the book and now drinks half her weight in ounces every day.
So many of us are not sick; we just need to drink water. The Bible says in Luke 11:24, "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it roams through waterless places in search [of a place] of rest (release, refreshment, ease); and finding none it says, I will go back to my house from which I came." In relation to sickness, I like this verse. I think that when your body is dry and dehydrated, you can open yourself up to sickness.
You need water
When I started reading about the subject of water, I realized that I had not been drinking enough. I remember looking at a 16.9-oz. bottle of water and thinking, "I don't think I can drink this whole bottle!" I didn't really like water, either. I preferred Diet Coke instead, thank you very much. At first it was nauseating to start drinking that much water, but I did it and I drank the whole bottle. Now drinking water (and delivered from Diet Coke), I am able to drink all the water I need, and I really enjoy it, too.
Most of us walk around dehydrated. Your body is 70% water. Your muscles are about 75% water. Your brain cells are about 85% water. Your blood is approximately 82% water. Even your bones are approximately 25% water. It has been said that if you become thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
What happens when you drink water?
According to Dr. Colbert;
- Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
- Water increases the efficiency of the immune system.
- Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and brain, and thus helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Water is directly connected to brain function—it is needed for the efficient manufacture of neurotransmitters, including serotonin; it is needed for the production of hormones made by the brain, such as melatonin; it can prevent attention deficit disorder (ADD); and it improves our attention span.
- Water helps prevent memory loss as we age, reducing the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Water affects our appearance, making our skin smoother and giving it sparkling luster; it also reduces the effects of aging.1
How much water?
How much water do we need to drink? The answer is half of your weight in ounces. If you weigh 128 pounds, you will need 64 ounces of good, filtered water a day. That's four 16-ounce bottles of water. If you are one who eats a lot of fresh, live food, you won't need as much water. But, most of us don't eat that way, and we need all those ounces. And it's best to drink all of those ounces in water, not in coffee or sodas. Caffeine and sugar actually steal water from your body. Just water, please!
In the book, The Seven Pillars of Health, Dr. Colbert tells a story about a man coming into his office with terrible back pain. The man was thinking that the doctor would put him on novel treatment. The doctor prescribed for him to take one glass of alkaline water and set it on his nightstand. When he woke up in the night, he was to drink it. This man was convinced that this would not solve the problem. It seemed too simple, but he tried it anyway, and it worked! The back pain went away.
Here's something to ponder: water is the single most important nutrient for our bodies and is considered a "miracle cure" for many health conditions. It is involved in every function of our bodies. Your body loses about two quarts of water a day through perspiration, urination, and exhalation.
Alkaline or Acidic
Your body thrives in an alkaline environment and not in an acidic environment. In an alkaline environment, your body is able to detoxify more efficiently. Also, your tissues get rid of impurities more efficiently. According to Dr. Colbert, most of his cancer patients' bodies are almost always very acidic and toxic. They need to get their tissues alkalinized with alkaline water and alkaline foods.
You can find out if you are alkaline or acidic by testing your pH. When your pH is at 7.0, it is considered neutral. You can use pH tape or urine pH sticks to test yourself. I check my pH first thing in the morning, and it is usually very low. I will drink a bottle of filtered water and then take my pH again, and it will have gone up considerably.
By drinking alkaline water and eating alkaline food, you can bring your pH level up to what it needs to be. If you need information on what water to use, what foods, pH sticks, etc., you can find it all online. I would suggest investing in an alkalizing filter for your kitchen. Water that I have found that is extremely pure filtered water is Penta. In comparing waters, here are some websites helpful in figuring out what is good water to drink:
Your best bet is to invest in an alkalized filter for your drinking water because with plastic bottles, you can pick up some toxins from the plastic. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic plastics chemical found in polycarbonate plastic and the resinous lining of food cans. You can find BPA free water bottles at any health food store.
I've said all of this to tell you: Drink water! When you hit that 2 o'clock afternoon wall, and you wish you could take a nap, try a glass of filtered water. It will give you the pick-me-up that you need.
To your health!
1 Don Colbert, MD, The Seven Pillars of Health (Lake Mary: Siloam, 2006), Pg. 8.