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Transcript of Water
And why it is important to health and happiness
Water is the lubricant and shock absorber for the eyes, brain, joints, and spinal cord.
Water is essential to maintaining our body temperature.
It limits changes from hot and cold environments.
THE HUMAN BODY
Water carries all toxins and waste from the body.
Water distributes glucose, vitamins, and minerals to every cell in the body.
Ray Harmeyer - 2014
Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface.
Water contains no calories or organic nutrients, yet it is essential to all known living organisms.
Blood is 92% water.
The brain is 75% water.
The human body is 75% water.
Other than air, it is the most important requirement for life.
What happens if we don't drink enough water?
Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue.
Dehydration can also produce headaches, confusion, fainting, dizziness, sleepiness, insomnia, and irritability.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance in the blood flow and results in higher blood pressure.
The body will also increase the heart and respiration rates as the level of dehydration increases.
ASTHMA & ALLERGIES
When dehydrated, the body will restrict airways to conserve water.
The rate of histamine produced by the body increases exponentially as the body loses more and more water.
SKIN & MUSCLE DISORDERS
Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin making it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, including dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as premature aging of the skin.
Muscles may also becoming spastic and produce cramps as the body loses water.
As the body becomes dehydrated, it will produce more cholesterol to prevent water loss in cells.
A shortage of water and alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium can lead to a number of digestive disorders including ulcers, gastritis, and acid reflux.
BLADDER & KIDNEY PROBLEMS
As the body becomes dehydrated, toxins and acid waste accumulates and this creates an environment where bacteria thrive.
This results in the bladder and kidneys being more prone to infection, inflammation, and pain.
When the body begins to lose water, the colon is one of the primary regions it will draw water in order to protect more critical body functions.
Without adequate water, waste moves through the intestines much more slowly or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.
JOINT PAIN & STIFFNESS
All joints have cartilage padding which is mostly comprised of water.
As the body becomes dehydrated, the cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slowed, which can cause pain and discomfort.
When chronically dehydrated, the body organs and skin begin to wrinkle and wither prematurely.
Routine ingestion of water is crucial to our bodies.
If the body does not ingest water, within 3 to 5 days it will lapse into a coma before eventually perishing.
But, only 3% of the water on Earth is fresh water.
If you drink the daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year.
If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1,400.
Almost 50% of all bottled water comes from municipal (tap water) sources.
Americans consume about 10 billion gallons of bottled water per year.
When dehydrated, the body often has trouble eliminating toxins effectively, thus storing them in fat cells.
Furthermore, the body will not release the fat unless it is sufficiently hydrated to remove these toxins.
Why do we need water?
60% of all lakes and 35% of all rivers in the US are too dangerous for swimming, fishing, or drinking because of toxic runoff from industrial farms, intensive livestock operations and the more than 1 billion pounds of industrial weed killer used each year.
Things you may not know about water
Clean water is essential to our health and well-being, but what should we do?
1.5 million tons of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are carried by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico every year.
Muscles are 75% water.
Bones are 22% water.
Bottled water is regulated by the FDA and requirements are lower than those imposed by the EPA on municipal water supplies.
22% of bottled water tested found contaminants at levels higher than the legal limits for municipal water.
In fact, the FDA only imposes restrictions if the product is transported across state lines.
If a bottle water company only sells within a state, it is not regulated by the FDA or the EPA.
Both Pepsi (AquaFina) and Coca-Cola's (Dasini) use municipal water sources.
Coca-Cola adds salt to its water, which has the effect of dehydrating the body and prompting you to drink more.
The US municipal water supply is regulated by the EPA and more than 90% of the water in the US meets or exceeds the standards.
The US municipal water supply is the safest in the world but the US is also the #1 consumer of bottled water.
But the EPA doesn't require any testing, and hasn't set safety limits, for pharmaceutical drugs in water. Most of the nation's municipal water supplies tested contained pharmaceutical drugs.
If you take water from the tap and let it sit for at least 20 minutes, some chemicals (like chlorine) will dissipate.
Home water filtration systems can provide safe and clean water provided that the system is a "reverse osmosis" system.
Most home delivered water companies use "reverse osmosis" and offer clean water at a reasonable price.
"Reverse Osmosis" removes viruses, bacteria, pesticides, arsenic, fluoride, drugs, mercury, nitrates, microbes, heavy metals, all radioactive materials, etc.
Plastic water bottles are porous. Chemical fumes can penetrate plastic water bottles. You don't always know where its been before you bought it.
When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Drinking cold water speeds up your metabolism and burns calories.
The number one source of excessive calories in a person's diet is soda and fruit juices.
One can of soda = 35 grams of sugar and 140 calories
One glass of water = 0 grams of sugar and 0 calories
Researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increased his water intake by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories a year.
Start your day with a glass of water!
Water is essential to digestion. It aids in breaking down the foods we ingest.
Why we shouldn't buy it
Is it good or bad for you?
Water is crucial to our health, well-being, and survival.
If we are to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, it is essential that it is clean and free of toxins.
There are more than 85,000 chemicals in use today in the US.
The EPA only requires municipal water supplies to meet standards on approx. 100 chemicals to be certified "safe" to drink.
Bottled water is required to be tested less frequently than tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants.
For example, the FDA allows for some contamination by E. coli or fecal coliform in bottled water, contrary to EPA tap water rules that prohibit any such contamination.
Don't drink bottled water that's been inside a hot car or garage or near gas fumes.
Studies have shown that as plastic breaks down the chemicals in the plastic bottle end up in the water, especially if the bottle heats up.
Fluoride is not an essential nutrient.
No disease, not even tooth decay, is caused by a “fluoride deficiency.” Not a single biological process has been shown to require fluoride.
There is extensive evidence, however, that fluoride interferes with many important biological processes and that children are being over-exposed to fluoride.
Fluoride in the drinking water accumulates in the body.
Healthy adult kidneys excrete 50-60% of the fluoride ingested, the rest accumulates.
Children can tolerate less fluoride than adults and only excrete about 20% of the fluoride ingested.
In the US, Fluoride began as a water additive in the early 1950's to fight cavities. Today, most public water supplies in the US are treated with Fluoride.
Since then, numerous studies have shown that in counties were fluoride was removed from the water supply, there was no increase in cavities.
Other studies have shown that in counties were fluoride was added to the water supply, no decrease in cavities were found.
Fluoride is a toxin and can cause many adverse side effects in the human body.
In children, fluoride can cause "dental fluorosis" that weakens their permanent teeth and lead to an earlier onset of puberty.
The elderly can develop "skeletal fluorosis", arthritis, and bones can break easier.
It can damage the brain, impair learning, alter behavior, and lower your IQ.
It can cause depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels, increased infertility rates, headaches, rashes, gastro-intestinal problems, heart disease, and cancer.
Infants, children, the elderly, and low-income people with poor nutritional diets are the most susceptible to the effects of fluoride.
In the US, the fluoride added to the public drinking water is not pharmaceutical grade fluoride, as you might find in toothpaste.
The fluoride in drinking water comes from the phosphate fertilizer industry. This grade of fluoride is classified as a hazardous waste and tests have shown it also contains high levels of arsenic.
Even the fluoride in toothpaste is a known poison and every tube is required to have a warning label. If accidentally swallowed, you are instructed to get medical help immediately.
The effects of elevated metabolism begins about 10 minutes after drinking the water and peak after approx. 30 minutes.