by Dr. Amy Wiesner
What’s so important about water? You can quench your thirst from most liquids, it doesn’t have to be plain water, does it? And you only need to drink it when you are thirsty, right?
Water is the second most important thing we need to live after oxygen. Our bodies are made up of 75% water. You can only live without water for 3 days. Water is needed both inside and outside of the cells. It is needed for muscle regulation, detoxification, elimination, weight control, disease prevention and anti-aging.
According to the World Health Organization, less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is easily obtainable for human use. Only 0.007% of all the water on the earth can be used by humans. The rest is salt water. According to the United Nations, more than 1 billion people do not have access to clean water and 2.6 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. In developing countries, easy access to water is not a right that those of us in rich nations take for granted.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj made it his life’s work to study how water affects the human body. He has written multiple books about the importance of hydration to health. What he calls “Unintentional Chronic Dehydration” or UCD can cause pain and degenerative diseases in the body. You can be dehydrated without even feeling thirsty! Doing extensive research, he found out that pain is caused when the body is dehydrated. He also discovered that keeping the body properly hydrated is essential to health and wellness.
Caffeine depletes the body of water--that includes coffee, tea and soda. For every glass of one of these drinks, you need TWO glasses of water! So imagine if you drink a couple of cups of coffee a day and aren’t very diligent in your water intake--you are probably not even making up for the water depleted by the caffeine intake. It’s not very hard to do if you don’t realize, but once you do, it’s so simple to make such a health-altering change. The average person should drink half their body weight in ounces of water, i.e., if they weigh 150 lbs., they should drink 75 ounces daily. This does not take into account adding exercise--because you are sweating water out, you need to intake more water.
Another reason why water is so important to the body was discovered by Dr. Masaru Emoto of Japan. He found that water is affected by both positive and negative influences. He was able to freeze a molecule of water and look at it under a microscope after exposing it to different music, words, thoughts and environments. The positive influences created beautiful water crystals, somewhat like snowflakes, while the negative influences created either no crystals or deformed ones.
Dr. Emoto describes his discovery as “Hado: the intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter, the smallest unit of energy. Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.” He was able to take pictures of water molecules in different places before and after experiments to prove his theories. Case in point, at a dam in Japan, he was able to take water samples before a Buddhist priest performed a prayer and after. The differences in the water crystal before and after the prayer were astounding.
He also subjected water to different kinds of music and words. Loving, supportive, truthful and positive words and music created beautiful crystals whereas mean, hurtful, negative and discordant words and music created deformed crystals.
So, if our bodies are 75% water, imagine what would happen if we consciously decided to change our thoughts and/or our environment! Think about the effect that would have on our bodies and our health if our water molecules were subjected to good thoughts, music, people and places rather than harmful ones. How much better our bodies would function with “healthy” water molecules! So even if we are properly hydrated, being in a healthy place both physically and mentally is important for our well being too.
So go have a glass of water with someone you love!
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