Are you thirsty? How do you know you are thirsty? Is your mouth dry? Are you in pain? Do you feel sleepy, or have swollen feet and ankles, or crave food or sweets between meals?
These are just some of the indicators that you aren't getting enough water. Popular literature claims we need at least 80 ounces a day for health. Dr. Batmanghelidj, in his book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water, pinned this down more exactingly.
Quote: "Drink one ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight, plus one and one half additional ounces of water for every ounce of beverage ... containing caffeine, carbonation or alcohol, daily."
In addition to water, we also need to consume a small measure of salt. Even if you are on a salt-free diet, your body is composed of water and salt. Thus, salt, like water, needs to be replenished daily.
Dr. B's book illustrates many cases of deficiency diseases that were treated effectively by increasing their daily intake of unadulterated water, and salt. Multiple Sclerosis was specifically included.
Pain is one of the first signs of inadequate water intake. If you suffer pain, the first, the very first action you should take is to guzzle down at least eight ounces of water. Still in pain, or thirsty? Make that 16 ounces.
What kind of water is best? Filtered (or distilled) water is generally recommended over tap water, due to the chemical and sedimentary nasties that tap water contains. There are numerous filtering products available. I currently use two Brita pitchers at home and a larger one with an end spigot at work. I carry gallon jugs of tap water to work for filtering at my desk, because the tap water in my building, while chilled, tastes more nasty after it's been filtered than before. Whatever is in that water, it includes something that my tap water at home does not have.
Another, often overlooked, method to diminish chemical contamination and improve water's beneficial impact is by installing a whole-house soft water filtering system. This is prohibitively expensive, I know, averaging $4K, which is why I am not specifically recommending it. Just be aware that this is an option that may prove needful in cases of extreme disease conditions. (Btw, these installations are not permanent. You can transfer the installation when you change residences.)
Years ago, we had a salesman come to our home and give us a demonstration of the system he was trying to sell us. One of his tests was to use some chemical additives to separate solid matter in a plain glass of water. We were astounded at how much solid matter that glass contained. He filtered our water in various ways and had us wash one hand in it. Our hands were smoother, softer, almost greasy from the filtered water bath. Why? Because the filtered water brought out the natural oils in our skin. He demonstrated how effective Dove soap was with filtered water, and how ineffective with tap water. He also added chlorine in a colored dye back to the water and had us stir a finger in it. A few stirs was all it took to reduce the coloring in the water almost to clear. That's how easily our bodies absorb chlorine. Chlorine is routinely added to our house service in order to kill bacteria and reduce disease epidemics. Yet every shower and bath (more in showers than baths), we are not only absorbing chlorine through our skin but also inhaling chlorine gas.
Quote: "The strong oxidizing effects of chlorine cause hydrogen to split from water in moist tissue, resulting in the release of nascent oxygen and hydrogen chloride which produce corrosive tissue damage. The oxidation of chlorine may also form hypochlorous acid, which will penetrate cells and react with cytoplasmic proteins to destroy cell structure." Source: The NY State Department of Health white paper entitled The Facts About Chlorine.
There is only one treatment for chlorine gas poisoning – flushing the body with copious amounts of uncontaminated water.
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