Now the heat waves are really coming in hard, even if you live in a usually cold country (thinking of my canadian friends!). So what’s a desperate person to do? Yes, put on the A/C. And drink of course, a lot. If you go to a naturopath, he’ll ask you how many glasses of water you drink per day and how many times you urinate per day. IN GENERAL, we all say “well about 8 glasses and I go about 6 times”, to which he almost ALWAYS says: yeah, that’s not enough. You need to drink 2 liters per day. Who drinks two liters per day?
First of all, What Kind of Water?
Now let us go back to our AMCC courses, like 142 Nutrition Basics, and see what options are out there.
• Water from municipal aqueducts and wells that has been tested. • Filtered water from the municipal water system • Brita-type water filters • Reverse osmosis filtering • Distilled water • Spring water • Mineral water.
If you know of any other options, let us know. Now let’s look at them one by one.
Water from municipal aqueducts and wells that has been tested
True, we could not have added “that has been tested” but do you really think it’s a drinking option at all? Even those wells that have been checked, there are some drawbacks:
the use of bactericides such as chlorine or anti-cavity agents such as fluoride are part of the public debate. No naturopath will give you the go-ahead for that kind of water because of the chlorine.
In London, Great Britain, tests were recently done on the municipal water system, which was found to contain an alarming level of Prozac! Xenoestrogens (or estrogens from a foreign source), chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and fungicides that, along with other medications that are flushed down toilets, are washed away by rain to larger bodies of water are also a source of drinking water pollution and are not completely filtered out by municipal water treatment plants. Two liters of that everyday? I’ll pass!
Distilled water contains no minerals or residue. Used especially in laboratories, distilled water serves as the basis of homeopathic remedies and other vibratory remedies. It is obtained by collecting water vapor (condensed water) from boiling. It can be consumed during cures, but only for a brief period as it can cause demineralization through osmosis.
Water from reverse osmosis
When I first read about this, I learned that it was invented by NASA and I thought: okay, that’s water for fancy people. Who needs to drink like people in space? Then, with age comes a bit of good sense, so I got a machine with that technology, for the following reasons:
its high purity gives it a very strong resistivity of between 20,000 and 30,000 Ohms. What is a Ohm, you’re probably wondering? The purer the water, the higher the number of Ohms. The resistivity of tap water is only 2000 Ohms, while the resistivity of almost all bottled water is between 500 and 5000 Ohms because of a high content in minerals that cannot be assimilated by the body. Think of the Oommm sound you do in yoga class. The more Oommms, the better.
The membrane also eliminates between 95% and 100% of all contaminants in water: chlorine, nitrates, pesticides, hard deposits and minerals that the body cannot assimilate, along with all heavy metals, even at the atomic level.
Seems to be the winner when it comes to PPM: particules per million. You want a water that will give between 10 and 100 PPM. I remember we used to go shopping with my father and before buying water bottles he would check that number. Spring water has a dissolved mineral concentration of 10 to about 400 PPM. It is best to drink water that contains sufficient minerals without containing too much.
Now we say better to buy big bottles instead of the small practical ones, but who can manage to carry around a 19L-size bottle? Sure the plastic is more resistant and does not disintegrate into the water, but the small-sized bottles are useful outside, where it’s actually hot! So here’s a tip:
Shake the bottle in order to re-oxygenate the water and add a bactericide such as grapefruit-seed extract in order to destroy any bacteria that could have grown because of the heat from the sun.
Brita-type filtered water
Boy I loved those Britas, even if I haven’t owned one in years. It seems so practical, you just put the water in and it’s being filtered automatically. and it’s not so expensive to buy either. Indeed, the carbon filter removes the larger odour particles and the taste of chlorine and heavy metals, but it doesn’t eliminate all contaminants. And if you don’t change the filter every two months, you could end up with more contaminants than unfiltered municipal water!
This water has a concentration of 400 PPM and up. Remember what numbers we talked about for safe consumption? Many waters that contain high mineral levels are used in hydrotherapy cures. Like sulfured water for skin problems. It can be taken for specific cures that are short-lasting.
Second of All, How do I Drink So Much?
Let’s face it, water is not the most exciting drink in the world. I mean compared to Pina Colada, or even fresh-squeezed orange juice. Yet our health practitioners want us to drink 2 liters per day in order to avoid being sick needlessly. And we agree, in principle.
- I once heard of this beautiful tips: use a nice crystal glass for your water needs. Now that I have 4 kids thank goodness, I can choose between a soft-plastic glass or a hard-plastic glass. The crystal and wine glass days are gone.
- Tech options: some of us out there need an app to remember to drink. If it’s your case, there’s such a think called Daily Water to remind you to take that glass. I don’t even need a beep to wake me up in the morning, so that’s a no-no for me.
- Add some Zazzz – although if you drink the water with sugar added, you’re losing the benefits. The classic would be to add some lemon, but some zealous like to add cucumbers to their water pitcher. Apparently, the longer you leave it, the better it tastes.
- Move around, don’t stay put for too long in front of the screen. In the days, they used to call it “coffee break” and it is said to add a lot of creativity in the day: changing your atmosphere for a few minutes, chat with colleagues, ect. Now I wish I could do that but I work from home and now the children are home (Gd bless them) which means if I leave my screen, they’ll get stuck on me until I push them away to go back to work. So I suffer from thirst (forgot to bring a bottle with me) until I officially stop work!
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