March 15, 2006

Mizu, Pani, Amanzi, Y, Jo, Eau, Wasser, Voda, Agua – Water
Is this saying true? "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry". Water – without it, your life would end in three to five days. Plants, fish, trees, animals, birds, people – everything on this planet needs water for survival. We drink it, cook with it, shower with it, grow food with it, wash everything with it, and much more. Water covers two-thirds of Mother Earth, but only 3% is fresh, and only 1% is accessible to humans. It plays a very important role in sustaining and nurturing our world, yet we've polluted almost every single water supply in the world!

As living beings, we owe so much of our health to the water in our bodies. About 75% of our bodies are composed of water – blood is 83% water, the brain is 74%, muscles are 75%, and bone is 22% water. On a deeper level, water is necessary for digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. Water lubricates the joints, muscles and tissues. Water transports nutrients throughout the body, helps maintain normal body temperature, and affects blood volume. It detoxifies the liver and kidneys and carries away waste from the body.

The key to not only surviving, but thriving on Mother Earth, is to use water that is pure, clean and free of contaminants. Simply, water without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural is our life! Drinking pure, clean water will:
  • Improve your energy
  • Increase your mental and physical performance
  • Remove toxins and waste products from your body
  • Allow for proper digestion and elimination
  • Reduce headaches and dizziness
  • Help keep skin healthy and glowing
  • Help you lose weight and maintain healthy body fat
To properly hydrate your body, drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. That's at least 75 ounces for a 150 lb. person. We're designed to drink water, nothing else. So, drink up! Soft drinks, tea, coffee, juice, sports drinks, or alcohol don't count towards your daily intake of water. These beverages weren't around 10,000 years ago – why are they so popular now? That's the power of advertising hard at work, and certainly serves the companies, not our health.

What is the quality of the water you're drinking? And where do you find pure, clean water? Water from an artesian well is ideal for drinking – Evian, Volvic, Vittel, Fiji and Trinity are the top quality brands of bottled water. Don't be fooled by most of the bottled waters on the shelf, roughly 40% of bottled water begins as tap water with added minerals. Most tap water is loaded with chlorine (a cheap way to make it drinkable), and full of heavy metals, pesticides and other waterborne toxins. Dr. Martin Fox, author of Healthy Water, recommends water with a hardness factor of 170 mg/L or greater, and a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of 300 or greater. At this time, a whole-house filtration system works best for producing quality usable and drinkable water.

Bottled water comes with a price. At up to $2.50/L ($10/gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline in the United States. Some bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, and as consumers, we spend $100 billion dollars on bottled water. Bottled water must be transported long distances, thus burning massive quantities of fossil fuels, and more fossil fuels are used in packaging the water. Here Mother Earth pays the price. More than 1.5 million barrels of oil is used to produce the plastic that makes the bottles. That's enough oil to fuel around 100,000 U.S. cars for a year.

With everyone drinking more bottled water, what's happening to all those plastic bottles? Few people recycle the bottles, and most of the plastic bottles (86% in the U.S.) end up in the trash, along with all the other plastic containers. Plastic bottles can take up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill! Recycling a one-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours. Recycling as a whole saves energy and natural resources. Most people have curbside recycling and don't use it. It's easier than ever to recycle – so just do it!

You can make a difference in your health by drinking only pure, clean water. But, drinking bottled water is not the answer to solving the problem for 1.1 billion people who don't have a secure water supply. Over the long term, improving and expanding existing water treatment and sanitation systems is more likely to provide safe and sustainable sources of water. Right now, you can help Mother Earth and future generations by recycling. Recycling makes sense, but reducing the amount of plastic produced makes even more sense. It's really up to each of us as stewards of this planet to do our part – to know the worth of water before the well is dry. Celebrate life and drink up, by having a glass (not a plastic bottle) of cool, pure, clean, refreshing water. Ahhhh.

Belen Carmichael, NLC
Life Coach

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