Water. Tasteless, odorless, clear. Two hydrogens plus 1 oxygen bonded together, then bonded again with another trio of the same, typically holding a mineral in the middle (magnesium, potassium, calcium). The bonding continues with healthy water crystals taking on six-sided shapes and poor-quality water taking on five-sided shapes.
These shape differences matter, with the six-sided shapes being absorbed into the cellular space more quickly and easily. (This becomes really important in a future post on messages in water…) If you were able to do a taste test between the two, you’d FEEL the difference while swallowing!
Have you ever hiked along a mountain stream? Don’t you just love the sound of moving water?! I have a babbling brook in my back yard and thoroughly enjoy “quiet time” listening to the symphony of bird songs along the creek bed at dawn, the gentle tinkling of the water running over rocks—and rushing madly in successive short falls, swooshing around curves during and after a hard rain.
When I was a kid, I had some great days lazily floating on my brothers’ home-made, broken-down raft in my grandfather’s carved out pond. I’d take a bamboo fishing pole, a sack lunch, my mutt dog (Eddie) and spend hours on that little pond pretending to be both Tom Sawyer AND Huckleberry Finn.
Have you ever seen a stagnant pond in late summer in the south? I have. And it’s not at all appealing: algae growth scumming over the still water that’s steadily shrinking into a smaller and smaller “fishing hole”, with bugs flying low and the stench growing high.
Our bodies are roughly 70% water. (Our planet is roughly 70% water!) Our cells (tissues, organs, BODIES) need a continual supply of clean water to keep them moving like the mountain stream. When we don’t drink sufficient amounts of clean water, our cells (tissues, organs, bodies) begin to take on more of the characteristics of the stagnant pond! Ewww.
One more analogy to make this lesson clear…
Have you ever forgotten to water your plants before leaving on vacation? Then, when you come home and pour water over the scrawny, limp bits of brown-green, the water seems to run over the hardened dirt, down the cracks between dirt and container, merely to run out of the holes at the bottom all over the window sill, down the wall and onto your hardwood floors?
Compare that to when you water a little bit every day or so.
We need to drink quality water in sufficient quantity every day, sipping as we go.
And, “water” means water. Not juice, not soda, not milk, not alcohol, not coffee, not tea. Unless it’s green tea or herbal tea. (Herbal teas are more appropriately called “tisanes”, rather than “teas” because herbals don’t come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Black tea—think “Lipton” if you’re from the South—comes from Camellia sinensis. Oolong and pu-erh and white tea come from Camellia sinensis. Green tea also comes from Camellia sinensis BUT… it’s fermented/oxidized differently, therefore does not pull water out of the cells like black and oolong and pu-erh teas do.)
Just for good measure—in case you were wondering about the rooibos tea I asked for in an Arkansas diner—rooibos is an herbal tisane from the Aspalathus linearis tree in South Africa, where it's the national drink.
I’ll break down the specifics over these next few weeks, ‘cause water is THAT important to good health. I mean, it’s 70% of our composition. Shouldn’t it be a top priority?
Wishing you a WELL of clean, vibrant, healthy WATER,
Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh, VNMI
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