Water and Salt

We were informed in our Science or Biology classes that construction of our body is about 66% water. When we were born, our brain was about 87% water. Every cell in our entire body was bathed in ‘ocean water’, that is, salt water.

Most people are dehydrated by the time we are young adults; much sooner if our liquid consumption is generally soft drinks and very little water is consumed.

The thirst signal is many times mistaken to be hunger pang. When you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water. You may find that you were only thirsty for water. It’s a great way to lose some of those unwanted pounds.

PLEASE read the following paragraph carefully and consider your own habits regarding water consumption.

In order to maintain hydration, we must take action. We must drink clean water each day. The author of “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!” advises that we need one half our body weight in ounces of water per day. Obviously, to re-hydrate, more daily water consumption is necessary. Do any of us drink enough water? One way to help you get into the swing of good water replacement is to vow to drink an 8 or 10 ounce glass of water with each cup of coffee, glass of tea, beer, glass of wine, alcohol cocktail.

A note about drinking alcohol: In my experience, the person who drinks water for each drink will remain sober and will minimize the liver and brain damage even if over imbibing alcohol.

What water to drink? Few of us have access to pristine spring water spurting out the mountain side. We rely on the faucet. Now a days, most of us install FILTERING SYSTEMS. I highly recommend this. A simple carbon filtering device is probably sufficient to take out the chlorine and other stuff. You can install simple filters on the faucets and showerheads. (Never forget that your skin also drinks some of the water that you bathe in) Filtering pitchers are available in varying sizes and prices. Whole house filter systems can be purchased for $50.00 up to the thousands.

BOTTLED WATER in my opinion should be consumed only in emergency situations because the FDA requires the manufacturer to sterilize the bottles of all beverages, including water. Benzene is used to sterilize glass and plastic containers because it is cheaper than hydrogen peroxide and has a longer shelf life. So, unless you have a way to neutralize the benzene, please, don’t rely totally on bottled water. The aseptic containers (look like boxes) are safer because benzene cannot be used to sterilize them. Many products are beginning to emerge in the box. I have never seen water in a box accept coconut water.

REVERSE OSMOSIS water is nothing but a liquid because all particles and chemicals have been removed, both good and bad; therefore the pH of RO water is very low. If you choose to drink RO water, it can be made healthy by adding minerals. There are liquid minerals available on the market for this purpose. If you choose to RO your water, it is worth the money to purchase a unit which includes filters that are designed place minerals into the resulting liquid.

STEAM DISTILLED and SPRING water in bottles. Your guess is as good as mine whether the label accurately represents what is actually in that bottle.

SALT is also absolutely critical to our health. As mentioned above, we are carried for about 9 months in ocean water and when born, our cells are bathed in that brine. As we grow the minerals are used by our body to carry out environmental toxins that we breathe or consume. These minerals must be replaced by our food. That is why salt is comforting to us and we crave it. A popular delivery system is potato chips and other snacks. “WATER & SALT: THE ESSENCE OF LIFE” book helps us to understand the value of various salts. Also, the benefits of sole (a saturated saline solution) is explained and instructions on how to make it and utilize sole for your health is described in that book.

HOW TO DRINK WATER. These are practical and important tips that could change your life. Some people believe that their own germs are ok for them. In a word, NOT!

When our lips touch the rim of the water container, bacteria is deposited. That bacteria begins to grow instantly. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to pay attention to your water container. When the container is empty and you go for a refill, either obtain a fresh container or wash the rim with hot soapy water before refilling. You can use a straw, but use that straw for only one container of water. Discard the straw and obtain a fresh one when refilling your water container.

An interesting fact regarding leftover foods. Any food such are leftover restaurant food that has been touched by your lips should be discarded. Any saliva on food becomes a farm for bacteria. Never eat food that has been touched hours before with your lips. If you must save the leftover foods, carefully cut off any that has been near your mouth. If you have leftover soup you can clean it up by bringing it to a boil, take it off the burner for a full 20 minutes and then bring it to a boil again. It will be safe to consume if this is done properly.