'The bodies many cries for water'...'The body is not sick it is thirsty' Dr F Batmanghelidj
Water is so important for our general health and wellbeing. I have read and listened to numerous lectures about water consumption. We are very used to drinking alternatives like tea, coffee and actually eating instead of drinking water. The body uses 2 litres roughly a day just for daily uses of our organs, skin, liver, brain etc. So we need to drink at least the 2 litres just to replenish what we have used. So let's say at least 2.5l a day (9 x 250ml cups). Now i have been interested recently in the fact that our little island (England) is surrounded by water, salt water and we are told that we can't drink salt water, which begs the question, why? The sea has a salt concentration of roughly 3.5% ( so 3.5g for 100ml) it also has a PH of around 8 (alkaline). Our bodies are made mostly of water, around 75% in the body and 85% in the brain and that water is saline, we cry, sweat, sneeze out a salty solution. So to me it makes sense that we consume salty water but in what dilution? It is said that if you drink sea water you will go mad but after watching the video link below, Dr Barbara O'Neill says that sailors lost a sea could drink very small amounts of it over a long period of time to keep them alive, we also know that salt water is good for cuts, wounds, eyes as douches (washes) so salt water is our friend. The problem we have is that we consume to much table salt, which is sodium chloride which is processed so it doesn't clog and runs free, but this salt does not contain the 82 minerals that are in sea salt (the best being celtic sea salt) when we don't have the balance with the minerals, it puts the body out of balance and problems arise like high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies and much more. So we need to drink at least 2.5l of water a day, throughout the day, not with meals and add a tiny crystal of sea salt to your tongue before you drink or you can put the crystal in your glass. There are contradictions on this and how best to consume it but a little sea salt every day will do you good. Remember that all processed food contains table salt unless you are lucky to find it seasoned with sea salt. We are not all as lucky as some with fresh spring water near to us, we have to rely on tap water which is treated with chemicals (chlorine and fluoride see below) but we can improve tap water by using a filter, distilling or reverse osmosis, filters are much more cost effective than bottled water and bottled water can be full of chemicals If not kept in a cool, dark location, i have seen some grisly sights of plastic water bottles being left in the sun, yuck not nice, the plastic can leach into the water which can disrupt hormones and we don't want to contribute to the ever increasing size of the world's plastic island.
Please watch Dr B. O'Neill here:-
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What is fluoride...a natural mineral found in nature (calcium fluoride)...it is naturally found in some sea and spring water and is contained in the earth's crust. Naturally occurring fluoride would make sense to be healthy for us. When it is added to our drinking water though it has been changed...into chemical compounds called calcium fluoride, fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate and hexafluorosilicate. These are then added to some counties water supply. We have been told that fluoride helps protect teeth and prevent cavities...it was also used by the Nazi's to reduce people's resistance to authority back in the 1930's! It is considered safe in small amounts. If you use it to brush your teeth it clearly states that you should only use a pea size amount and not to swallow...why? because its a neurotoxin, a by-product of aluminium and other heavy metals, which when in our bloodstream can alter cognitive health and there has been questions raised about children and ADHD...where we live there is no added fluoride in the water (you can check this online) otherwise I would buy a specific fluoride filter. We also use natural fluoride free toothpaste.
Aloe dent (found in Waitrose)
There are plenty of others but be sure to read the label properly as lots of natural looking toothpastes do contain fluoride!