Water is a key element to life. It is important to ensure that the body is well hydrated by drinking water.
Water lubricates the body, carries nutrients to the cells and carries off toxins, ideally it is best to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day.
In the book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”, by Dr. Batmanghelidj he states that “a dry mouth is the last outward sign of extreme dehydration”, so if you only drink water when you are thirsty then it is too late, you are already dehydrated. He also states that when humans do not recognise “their water need, they become gradually, increasingly and chronically dehydrated with progress in age”. Dr. Batmanghelidj argues that we need a new paradigm when dealing with pain treatment. Pain that is not caused by injury or infection should be interpreted as “water shortage in the area where the pain is registered”. These pains should first be considered as dehydration. Dr. Batmanghelidj has had success in treating patients with increased water intake for complaints such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain, allergies, and high blood pressure. Dr Batmangehelidj even states that “Morning sickness of the mother is a thirst signal of both the fetus and the mother”. 1
For those of you who think that drinking tap water is fine. Think again. The bottled water craze has taken for a good reason – tap water is not ideal for our health.
Tap water ingredients:
- Chlorine – is added to Melbourne water to kill bacteria. However chlorine can react with other dangerous chemicals to produce trihalomethanes which are known carcinogens. 2
- Fluoride – is added because it is meant to be good for our teeth. The Health (Fluoridation) Act 1973 (that Melbourne Water refers to on their Web site) states that fluoride added to water can be “any compound of fluorine”. Fluoride compounds include anything from sodium fluoride, calcium fluoride, potassium fluoride, lead fluoride, aluminium fluoride, hexa-fluorisilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and any other type of fluoride. Calcium fluoride is the fluoride that is naturally found in water. However Sodium fluoride that is added to toothpaste is a chief component of Sarin nerve gas and the main ingredient in rat poison, as any pest control expert will tell you. 3
- Organic chemicals – make it into the water supply as a result of contamination from local industry. 4
- Nitrates – can also be found in water as a result of the widespread use of fertilizers. Nitrates are water soluble. Nitrates can be converted to nitrites in the digestive tracts, where they can form cancer-causing nitrosamines. 5
- Heavy metals – are found in drinking water due to contamination from metal pipes and other sources.
Other common contaminants include synthetic hormones, PCBs (Poly Chlorinated Bisphenyls) and Xeoestrogens (chemical substances that mimic estrogen in the human body). 6
Investing in a good water filter is investing in your future. Saving money is not helpful if you don’t have good health to enjoy it.
For the “Rolls Royce” of water filters we highly recommend purchasing a Wellness filter and so do many other health professionals.
If you move house you can take it with you. We recently took ours on holiday!
Do your own research and compare this filter to others on the market.
1 Batmanghelidj, Fereydoon, Your Bodies Many Cries for Water, Global Health Solutions, 1995. p. 10, 15, 18, 21.
2 Holford, Patrick, “Is Your Water Fit To Drink?”, Health Technology Report, No5, 2003.
3 Day, Philip, Health Wars, UK, Credence Publications, 2001, p. 98.
4 “Flush with nitrates”, New Scientist. Vol 129, Issue 1752. 19 January 1991.
5 Holford, Patrick, “Is Your Water Fit To Drink?”, Health Technology Report, No5, 2003.