You are What You Drink…

Written by, Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter
and author of The Green Lane, a syndicated column
Published on 11/30/16, a SamBurlum.com Exclusive

Source: Your body is made up of sixty percent to seventy percent of water. The amount of water a person consumes and the quality of the water directly correlates to the quality of their health. Since there is such a close relationship between water and our human existence, it is imperative that we request and only accept the best quality of fresh drinking water available for our consumption. Water makes its way into our body by means other than drinking; including through the food we consume and the water we bathe in. Here we will take a closer look at why we must be diligent in our water consumption and how it influences the human body.

There is an old saying, “You are what you eat.” This includes the liquids an individual consumes. According to the Mayo Clinic, the human body is made up of between 60% to 70% water, which means you should be very conscientious of the water quality your body is exposed to. The amount of water you need to consume depends on your age, health, activity level, and physical location. Studies conducted say that an adult should consume between six and eight glasses of water a day. These studies vary due to a number of factors, including the focus groups’ age, fitness, and physical location. If you live in warmer climates where the human body will perspire more, then you will need to drink more water than someone in colder climate, citing the experts at the Mayo Clinic. Thirteen cups of water are recommended for men and nine cups are recommended for women per day.

Water has some very important jobs to do for the human body. It is a natural filter that helps our body flush out unwanted toxins. Water carries specific nutrients and minerals to our cells and is responsible for keeping our nose, throat, and ears moist. Whenever we sweat, breath, and make a bowl movement, water leaves our body. This causes a direct need for the water to be replenished. Conditions may arise that result in a person losing large quantities of water. They include but are not limited to exercise, the environment, illness and health conditions, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, and lack of food.

Acting as the “oil” and the “glue” of our body, water helps us in more ways than we may give thought to. It protects our organs and tissue, as part of the makeup of protective layers within our body. Water also helps flush unwanted toxins from our organs, especially our digestive system. Used as a carrier of toxins from our liver and kidneys, water lessens the burden of these harmful materials from settling into the organs. When our digestive system has sufficient water working through it, the process of breaking down and utilizing food as well as disposing of unwanted waste from our body come with minimal discomfort. Adequate water consumption also helps prevent and sooth constipation.

Our joints such as knees, elbows, and hips, rely upon fluid to help minimize wear of these joints, and water serves as the lubricant for them to work properly. Water helps regulate our internal temperature. Our body is usually at an operating temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; water acts much like antifreeze and coolant to our body as it keeps it cooler when we have a fever or are over heated from exerting ourselves during acts of physical work. Water also has the ability to raise our temperature, such as when we use it to make a hot beverage that we consume in order to warm our body. Nearly all of the bodies systems depend on water in order to properly function.

Water also carries oxygen to our cells. This is why some experts believe structured water is the best quality of water that we can consume. Dr. Gerald Pollack with the University of Washington has conducted a number of studies on water, including gaining a better understanding about how water affects the body. In an interview with fellow colleague Dr. Joseph Mercola in January 2011, Dr. Pollack makes some profound announcements as to his research and discovery pertaining to the idea that structured water is better for the human body.

Dr. Pollack’s research reveals the importance of having water that is structured and balanced with an ideal pH, due to the form and functionality of water itself, including how it works within the human body. One of water’s main functions is to carry oxygen to the body’s cells. If water has a balanced pH, such as H2O Energy Flow, for example, the less acidic and the more alkaline water is, the better quality it is for you. Alkaline water will carry more oxygen than acidic water, thus the more balanced pH the better.

Some health professionals, nutritionists, and scientists may argue whether or not there is any health benefit to structured water and its effects on the human body. However, Dr. Pollack has kept skeptics on their toes. His research and studies have revealed a number of facts now disclosed formally. Dr. Pollack shares:

“In other words, there was a particular absorption of energy at a particular wavelength that’s absolutely characteristic of the structured water,” and, “That makes me think that there is a good possibility that the water really has the capability of retaining that structure over a long time… Therefore, it’s possible that if you drink water that has this structure, it might be good for your health.” Dr. Pollack also says, “I know there is a lot of skepticism about that, but from a physical point of view, it’s entirely possible.”

Dr. Pollack has studied water for several decades and has written a number of books on the subject matter. He and his team are currently exploring the effects of frequency imprinting, and how it could further affect the quality and molecular structure of water, as well as how water with frequency imprinting could make a difference in the human body.

So why water and not other drinks? Other drinks such as soda contain a number of chemicals and sugars that are known to wreak havoc on the human body, especially if you drink too much of it. Studies have shown individuals that consume soda excessively will develop issues related to weight, sugar and diabetes, and other digestive issues. Soda contains many acids that do more harm than good and soda should be consumed in moderation.

Alcohol is another toxic beverage that in heavy doses will cause the human body to break down. Alcohol, including heavy spirits (whisky, rum, vodka, etc.) has a volatile effect on the human body’s organs. Excessive alcohol use can lead to a number of cancers including mouth, throat, esophagus and liver, in addition to major damage to vital organs.

Sports drinks such as Gatorade and PowerAde are not replacements for water themselves. These sugary sports beverages contain high levels of electrolytes and sodium, both of which interact with the body. This may provide temporary relief for someone dealing with hydration, however it must be offset with the recommended water consumption when over exerting the human body during physical work, fitness, or participation in sports. Many energy drinks also contain caffeine, included in their liquid formula for a temporary boost.

Coffee and tea drinkers are encouraged to drink more water because coffee actually dehydrates the body as it absorbs the caffeine. Though it is not the coffee that directly dehydrates you, it creates a diuretic effect that causes one to produce more urine, hence loosing water content every time you need to use the restroom. It is the caffeine itself that causes the diuretic effect, which is why the consumption of soda, sports drinks, and other highly caffeinated drinks must not be consumed excessively, or in place of water.

In the end, there is no replacement or substitute for the water in the human body. You should be aware and monitor the amounts of water you consume and the quality of the water you chose to drink. Since your body will absorb the water, putting it to use for all of the functions water has within our human body, it is so important to make sure the water you are drinking comes from a viable proven source. If the water at your tap is not the quality you desire for maximized health, consider a number of options, such as a water filter, or even a new water source for your personal consumption.