By Sharon L. Wallenberg


Water is Life.  You cannot live without water.  Your body is more than 50% water.  It can be from 70 to 90 percent water depending on the individual.  Water is used for every bodily function. 


Starting at conception, the human body needs water.  The water needs of the baby cause the “Morning Sickness” of the Mother.  As the embryo develops, it is surrounded by water.  This water is taken out of the Mother’s water supply.  The “Morning Sickness” experienced by Expectant Mothers indicates that more water is needed by the Mother to replace that taken to support the baby.  Morning Sickness can be “cured” with additional water intake.


Our entire body needs water to function.  Energy is a by-product of water.  The osmotic flow of water through membranes generates “hydroelectric” energy (voltage) that is converted and stored in pools of ATP and GTP – two vital cell battery systems.  ATP and GTP are chemical sources of energy in the body.  These are used particularly in neurotransmission.


The human body’s nervous system needs water to function.  Products manufactured in brain cells are transported on “waterways” to their destination nerve cells for use in the transmission of messages. Nerves have small waterways, or micro streams, called tubules, along their length that “float” the packaged materials.  In order for your brain to transmit you need water to fill these tubules.


Water, the solvent of the body, regulates all functions including the activity of the solutes it dissolves and circulates.  Proteins and enzymes function more efficiently in solutions of lower viscosity. 


Immune system suppression is a direct result of dehydration.


Chronic pains not easily explained as injury or infection should be interpreted as signals of chronic water shortage where the pain is registered.  Chronic pain associated with dehydration includes dyspeptic pain (heartburn), rheumatoid arthritis pain, low back pain, migraine and hangover headaches, colitis pain, and associated constipation.  


Heartburn is caused by dehydration.  The innermost lining of the stomach is covered with mucosa.  The mucosa is 98% water – like a sponge.  This “water layer” is a natural buffer between the stomach and the Hydrochloride acid secreted to kill bacteria in the food being digested.  If there is not enough water to fill the mucosa it becomes like a compressed dry sponge.  When dehydrated, the stomach lining  cannot provide a barrier to the stomach from the HCl, causing heartburn.  Some acid may flow into the esophagus when the person is lying down causing “heartburn”.   In the digestion process, the food mass is later neutralized by cells that secrete sodium bicarbonate.  Antacids attach to the acid in the stomach – an inefficient protection.  Antacids contain aluminum which has been implicated as a precipitating factor in other health hazards.


Constipation is caused by persistent dehydration.  Water is needed for digestion – it is the major ingredient in digestive enzymes, and allows the food to be in the semi-liquid state required for digestion.  Water is necessary to produce peristalsis – the rhythmic muscle contractions that move food through the digestive system.  Without water, the waste products are not able to flow through the large intestine, causing constipation.  


Blood sugar is regulated by the pancreas.  The pancreas also secretes a watery bicarbonate solution, an alkaline solution to neutralize the acid entering the intestine from the stomach.  To manufacture this watery, bicarbonate solution, the pancreas needs copious amounts of water.  When it cannot produce this solution due to dehydration, the pyloric valve between the stomach and the intestine will not receive clear signals to open and allow the acidic stomach contents to enter the intestines.  They will remain in the stomach and further exerbate the acidic problem there.  This will also cause problems in regulating blood sugar. 


Arthritis pain can be viewed as indication of water deficiency in the affected joint. Cartilage surfaces of bones in a joint contain water.  The lubricating property of water is utilized in the cartilage allowing the two opposing surfaces to freely glide over one another during joint movement.  Water held in the cartilage of a joint is the lubricant that protects the contact surfaces of the joint.  Without water, there is no protection from friction and the pain it causes.  Actively growing blood cells in bone marrow take priority over the cartilage for available water.  Pain is an indicator that the joint is not fully prepared to endure pressure until it is fully hydrated. 


Low back pain can indicate dehydration.  75% of the weight of the upper body is supported by water volume stored in the disc core.  25% is supported by fibrous material around the discs.  Water is a lubricating agent and bears the force of weight.  Without sufficient water, the weight of the body is not properly supported, causing low back pain.


Neck pain can be caused by bad posture.  Movement is essential for adequate fluid circulation.  The weight of the head forces fluid out of the discs over time.  Exercise and water is needed to restore balance in this area.


In prolonged dehydration, brain cells begin to shrink, similar to a plum turning into a prune.  Brain damage caused by dehydration has been sited as a causative factor of Alzheimer’s disease.


Multiple Sclerosis symptoms have gone into remission with increased water intake.  Allergies have been known to respond to an increase in water.  Healthy looking skin needs water to constantly replace that which it looses to he outside environment.  Water is useful in weight loss.  A glass of water 30 minutes before meals not only aids in digestion, but also acts as an appetite suppressant.  A glass of water before taking a shower prevents you from feeling faint after the shower.


We cannot substitute tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, or juice for water.  They have central nervous system stimulants and act as a diuretic to the kidneys.  Substituting other liquids for water will deprive the body of its full capacity for the formation of hydroelectric energy, among other things.  Your body needs six to eight glasses of water a day.  The best times for water are a half hour before meals, in between meals, and at bedtime.  A glass of water at bedtime can relieve insomnia.  Thirst should always be satisfied. 


Before increasing water in the diet, urine output should be measured against water intake to be sure the kidneys can excrete sufficient urine.  Kidney damage may result from chronic dehydration and salt depletion. 


What kind of water should we drink?  We are all cautious about tap water because we feel it is loaded with chlorine, and we have heard it can contain other undesirable elements. Did you know that Bottled Water is not much better?  Water bottled and called “Spring Water” is legally only required to be 10% spring water.  The other 90% is tap water.  In addition, the plastic water bottles are creating an ecological problem of gargantuan proportions.  Reverse osmosis robs water of its mineral content, which is needed for optimal health. 


What are the qualities of water that provide optimum health benefits?


PH or “Potential Hydrogen” measures whether something is acid or alkaline.  Nobel Prize winning Physicians have proven that cancer thrives in an acid environment.  Therefore, the water you drink should be alkaline.  Bottled waters are acidic, and tap water is neutral, but it is neutralized with lye.  You need alkaline water.


Ideally water should be antioxidant, which means that it does not contain the electrons that are considered “free radicals”.  Free radicals produce “oxidation”, the process by which things rot and rust, and also cause the aging processes such as facial wrinkling, etc.  Water should be antioxidant, but most waters, especially bottled water is not.


Size of water molecules is important because in order to properly hydrate cells, water must be able to enter the cells.  Cells allow things to enter only one molecule at a time.  If the water molecules are too large, the cell will not allow them in, and hydration cannot occur.  You need water that is micro-clustered. 


If the water you are drinking is not alkaline, antioxidant and micro-clustered, it is highly recommended that you make the change to water that is.  A water ionizer can provide these health benefits.  Additionally they are environmentally friendly since you can attach them to your sink and do not need to purchase and dispose of plastic water bottles.  A water ionizer is the best investment you can make for your health.