Safe Water Bottles
Quenching the Fire
Everyone is carrying around water bottles nowadays. People in previous centuries didn’t do this. Anybody remember his or her grandparents walking around with a water bottle? Certainly none of the traditional cultures that Dr. Weston A. Price observed in the 1930s carried water bottles – or gourds or whatever – around with them. So the first question we need to ask is why do we need to drink so often now, and even more to the point, why are we all so thirsty?
Excessive thirst, a dry mouth, and what they term in Chinese Medicine as "internal heat" in the body, are all signs of chronic inflammation. Yes, inflammation – that catch-all term that is now being used as the answer and underlying culprit for almost all chronic illness, including auto-immune diseases, heart attacks, and cancer. But inflammation is no diagnosis – nor does it reveal why all this chronic heat and thirst in the body is presently so pandemic in the population.
All we need to do however is look at our modern-day toxic stressors to find the answer. Refined sugar induces excessive thirstiness and is an early warning sign of diabetes. Other potent diuretics include alcohol and caffeine, the latter liberally ingested every morning by the great majority of the population. Toxic teeth full of dangerous mercury amalgam fillings and nickel/aluminum (so-called “porcelain”) crowns are also major contributors to inflammation in the body, as well as dessicating toxic chemicals in our personal care products. Less well known but perhaps even more of a fitting example are dental, tonsil, and sinus focal infections – relatively silent producers of pathogenic bacteria that generate local and systemic inflammation 24/7. Finally, for centuries homeopathy has recognized thirst – or the complete lack of it - as a significant constitutional issue, and this symptom is used to help prescribe the appropriate remedy. Perhaps most telling is that those of us who have addressed many of these causes of chronic inflammation and infection – replaced our mercury fillings, cleared our foci, are on our constitutional homeopathic remedy, and eat a nutrient-dense organic diet – have by and large noticed a great reduction in excessive thirst.
Therefore, one of the first things to do if you are inappropriately thirsty and continually depend on carrying a water bottle around with you all day is to take stock of your health. Those daily excessive doses of refined sugar and caffeine, or that intermittent nagging tooth discomfort, or that intermittent sinusitis caused by an undiagnosed dairy allergy, and even our conventional toxic soaps and shampoos are all contributors to desiccation, disease, and our eventual death. Instead of continuing to try to put out this chronically smoldering fire in our bodies with water, addressing and treating the true causes of inflammation is by far the most skillful means to attaining a more healthy and normal fluid balance in the body.
What is Appropriate Water Intake in a Healthy Person?If you haven’t read Fiber Menace yet do so now. In this invaluable book Dr. Konstantin Monastyrsky not only describes how fiber actually increases constipation, but also reveals the great fallacy in the “8 glasses of water a day” platitude. He explains that according to physiology texts an average adult weighing 155 lbs (70 kg) should receive about 1,750 ml or 59 ounces (~ 7 and 1/3 8 ounce glasses) of water per day, but that this water intake should actually come from 3 sources:
Drinking it – As well as receiving water through other fluids (tea, coffee, juice, etc.),
Eating it – Water is the single greatest component in solid foods, with 50 to 70% in meats and 75 to 96% in fruits and vegetables,
Metabolizing it– Water is formed as a by-product of many biochemical reactions, termed metabolic oxidation, and is actively reused in the body.
These latter 2 sources however - what Dr. Monastyrsky terms “hidden water” - have been incorrectly excluded from our total daily water intake for decades. This was a miscalculation made by the National Research Council (NRC) that publishes the Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDA, of both dietary and water intake. Monastyrsky explains that the government failed to make it clear to the public that the “eight glasses per day” recommendation should include all water consumed daily – that is, from beverages, from food, and from metabolic oxidation in the body. In fact, the “bible” of medicine itself – The Merck Manual – has always recommended a daily intake of 700 to 800 ml of drinking water per day for the average size adult – that is, only about 3 to 3.5 glasses.
Of course, if we engage in strenuous athletics and/or live in a hot climate, more water intake is necessary and appropriate. More than this amount however can be taxing to the kidneys and bladder, and over time depleting to the system. Other “side effects” of excessive water intake include constipation (overhydration depletes potassium – the principle cause of stool dryness), digestive disorders (dilutes hydrochloric acid and enzymes), premature aging (a gaunt look, the Mick Jagger syndrome), and cardiovascular disease (excessive hydration depletes needed minerals that regulate electrical signals in our heart).
Stop Carrying Those #*@! Toxic Water Bottles!Everyone in holistic circles is well aware now of the danger from dioxin, bisphenol A (BPA), and other toxic chemicals in plastic water bottles. However, it’s important to point out that the newest genre of water bottles composed of toxic metals such as aluminum or stainless steel – the latter made up of nickel which is both carcinogenic and allergenic – are possibly even worse. Therefore, when it’s necessary to carry water, the best water bottle choices are glass, and in this category the crème de la crème is the Violiv water bottle. These violet bottles filter out all degrading light frequencies, allowing only healthy UV(a) and far infrared waves inside that help restructure the deformed microclusters in water that have been damaged from turbulent plumbing systems, light, and chemicals. Used in ancient Egypt for preserving food, this amazing biophotonic glass makes even your filtered water more vital and “wetter,” providing proper intercellular hydration and therefore translating into less of a need to consume excessive water. In fact, the 500 ml Violiv water bottle is the equivalent of a little more than 2 8-ounce glasses of water – just enough to quench your thirst while you’re out and about.
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