The New Water Revolution
The Water Revolution Is On!
People are starting to wake up to the fact that not all drinking water is created equal, and that it IS important to drink water. Just because something is a liquid and may contain water doesn't mean it makes the grade. Most beverages, including bottled water, are just as acidic as a cola beverage and will suck the health right out of your body.
People who feel like they are healthy right now need to think about what their bodies and minds will be like 20, 30, and 40 years from now. Do you want to be nursing-home material, or do you want to be healthy, alert, and independent? Do you care? Are you willing to make some simple and gradual changes in your life to be the best you can be years or decades from now?
The easiest thing to change is your water intake and hydration. Let's explore what happens inside your body when you don't get enough healthy water.
Your Body Needs Lots Of Water
An adult body should be about 70 percent water (1). A newborn baby is about 80 percent water. By the time a person reaches 70 years of age, their body water volume could be around 50 percent. Scientists have shown that just a two percent drop in water volume in the body can cause, fuzzy thinking, short term memory loss, joint stiffness, decreased flexibility, poor digestion, digestive upsets, headaches, cognitive dysfunction, poor balance, dizziness, failing eyesight, hearing loss and a whole litany of other symptoms. (2) Does anyone you know have any of these symptoms? Does it sound like your parents or your grandparents?
Statistics show that over 70 percent of the North American population has enough water loss from their bodies to affect their health in some way. (3) It doesn't have to mean that you shrivel up like an old prune. It just means that your body has to work harder and struggle to accomplish what would be easier if it had enough water consistently.
Your body pH should be slightly alkaline, between 7.0 and 7.4 pH. (4) You can test your saliva and urine pH with test strips you get from a health food store. Keep in mind that the scale is logarhythmic so that 6.0 pH is ten times more acidic that a neutral 7.0 pH. A 5.0 pH is 100 times more acidic that 7.0 pH. When you have chronic low level dehydration, your body tends to be more acidic than it should be and over time, cells and tissues become damaged from the long term exposure to the acidic pH.(5)
Because the typical North American diet is acid forming in the body, one of the easiest and healthiest ways to alkalize the body is with antioxidant, alkaline water. Your body typically needs half your body weight in ounces of healthy water every day. (6) By drinking antioxidant, alkaline water you rehydrate your body and assist it to alkalize at the same time. You will feel much better with an alkaline terrain, both physically and mentally.
All kinds of health conditions cannot exist in an alkaline body. Your mind is sharp, and your physical and mental performance becomes very nice indeed. One of the places where the antioxidant water really helps is in the bedroom. It is like you have powdered aspirin on the end of you-know-what and there are no more headaches.
Carbonated Soft Drinks
How Often Do You Drink Carbonated Soft Drinks?
Why There Needs To Be A Water Revolution
It's quite surprising, but in North America there is an astonishing amount of processed foods eaten. The records for January 2015 show the average American spending about $1200 per year on fast food, not including processed and packaged food. Some statistics show that in some areas of the country up to 90 percent of the food budget is spent on processed, packaged and fast food combined. Americans on average, consume fast food twice a week, spending about $12.50 per meal. Seventy percent of Americans consume fast food up to three times per week with 7 percent eating it every day. (7)
Statistics show only 26 percent of the nation's adults eat vegetables three or more times a day, not including French fries. (8) In the US, other statistics show only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable. (Again, fries don't count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) (9) The number of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17 percent; in 1994, it was 22 percent. At restaurants, salads ordered as a main course at either lunch or dinner dropped by half since 1989, to a meager 5 percent.(10)
It's clear that Americans in particular don't eat enough vegetables. All of the antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds that people would benefit from are absent. On top of the dietary crisis, they don't drink enough water to support health. Statistics from the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA) show Americans drink over 650 8 ounce servings per person per year. (11) Any water that people drink is usually from a bottle and it is quite acidic. As a matter of fact most brands of bottled water are about as acidic as a cola beverage without the caffeine, high fructose corn syrup and carbonation.
The body doesn't suffer from a shortage of sugar, hydrogenated fats, or caffeine. It suffers from a shortage of antioxidants and water. Last year, soft drink companies grossed over $87,918 million in sales. (12) These statistics are horrifying, along with the fact that about two-thirds of the American population is over weight or obese. Three point eights million Americans weigh over 300 pounds. Another 300,000 carry over 400 pounds. Men make up most of this demographic (13)
The writing is on the wall as far as health is concerned. If people don't wake up pretty soon to the hazards of eating and drinking this way, the US will be a very sick nation indeed. The growing health crisis will bankrupt the country and people will suffer greatly. Yes, it's time for a water revolution! At least with some antioxidant alkaline water in their bodies, they might have half a chance.
We're Drowning In Plastic
Over 89 million tons (or 34.6 %) of garbage were recycled or composted but the rest ended up on the side of the road or in landfills, a lot of it plastic.(14) When that plastic breaks down into little flakes it will cause pollution of mammoth proportions, contaminating the soil and the groundwater, making it unusable.
More than five trillion pieces of plastic and other debris, weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes collectively are floating in the oceans of the world. New research shows that it will eventually break down and enter the food chain, creating new potentials for illness. (15) We now have new continents formed in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that are filled with 7 milliom tonnes of various forms of plastic debris. The one in the Pacific Ocean is twice the size of Texas and is over 7 feet deep. (16)
Nine hundred and forty thousand tons of soft drink and water bottles containing PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) are thrown out every year with only 31 percent being recycled Yes, plastic seems to be something we have a hard time recycling. There is a 76% energy saving by recycling plastic into new bottles. (17)
Since most of the tap water is in deplorable shape, people who drink water, drink bottled water. They don't know that it is not good for their body or the environment. Somehow we all need to know there are aids that will clean up their tap water and make it life-affirming for their body. You can purchase a Sigg bottle to put it in and you can even keep a Cerra water treatment pitcher on your desk at work. Drinking more and healthier water should be the mandate of every person on the planet. They just need to know that there are inexpensive alternatives out there.
Wrapping Your Head Around Water
Learning something new can be exciting, but most people think water is just water is just water. There needs to be a paradigm shift and a shift in awareness. It's time...
When I read this book by Bob McCauley, who by the way is one of the world's foremost experts on water, I was shocked at how important water is to health and why antioxidant alkaline water is such an important benefit. This is my go-to book and was particularly so when I was a research writer.
Dr. Batmanghelidj has documented how water can relieve many symptoms. The book is fascinating in that he talks about all kinds of patients who have seen symptom improvement just from increasing their water intake. Another book I highly recommend
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(13) Hedley AA, Ogden CL, Johnson CL, Carroll MD, Curtin LR, Flegal KM. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among US children, adolescents, and adults, 1999–2002. JAMA 2004;291:2847–2850.