WHY IS HYDRATION CRITICAL TO WELLNESS?
Dr Jaroslav Boublik
There is a large, and growing, body of evidence that maintaining optimal cellular hydration is a critical step in developing and maintaining wellness. Many people believe that simply drinking more water is all that we need to do. If it were as simple as drinking more water, a lot more people would be a lot more hydrated than they are. It is pretty clear to me looking at the people around me in the world that it is not that simple. Forcing yourself to drink more water may have a short-term impact on your potential state of hydration but it will do little to address your baseline long-term hydration state. That depends on both intake and metabolism, comprising both uptake and clearance. The volume fraction of fluid inside a cell is a very carefully regulated parameter but without sufficient available water (intake) the mechanism that cause water to flow into cells (uptake) cannot regulate the fluid level in the cells and insufficient water is available to flush waste products out of the cell (clearance). continued...
FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HYDRATION
How Do You Get Dehydrated?
Through activities of daily living, the average person loses about 3- 4 liters (about 10-15 cups) of fluid a day in sweat, urine, exhaled air and bowel movement. What is lost must be replaced by the water/ fluid we drink and the food we eat.
We lose approximately 1-2 liters of water just from breathing. The evaporation of sweat from the skin accounts for 90% of our cooling ability.
Exercise, sweating, diarrhea, temperature, or altitude can significantly increase the amount of water we lose each day. The most common cause of increased water loss is exercise and sweating. Even though we are all at risk of dehydration the people most vulnerable are infants, elderly adults, and athletes. They are either not able to adequately express their thirst sensation or able to detect it and do something in time. continued...
ARE YOU DEHYDRATED?
The Causes of Dehydration
There are many things that can cause dehydration, the most common are vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss, malnutrition, and plain old failure to replenish liquids lost from sweating and urination (Not drinking enough water). Many illnesses and diseases can trigger acute dehydration due to the increased body temperature and sweating that usually occur. This is why your doctor tells you to drink plenty of fluids when you are ill. Your body uses fluids to expel toxins as well as to keep your system flexible, lubricated and running smoothly. For a more complete list of causes, visit the Wikipedia link in the dehydration information section. continued...
DRINKING WATER FLOURIDATION
Article taken from London Canada website. © 2010 City of London
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized fluoridation of water supplies as one of the 10 most important public health achievements in the 20th century. The Canadian Dental Association supports the appropriate use of fluorides in dentistry as one of the most successful preventive health measures in the history of health care. Over 50 years of extensive research throughout the world has consistently demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of fluorides in the prevention of tooth decay. Many dental scientists believe that the addition of fluoride to municipal drinking water supplies is one of the best ways to prevent dental cavities. It is the most effective and efficient way to provide this benefit. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Canadian Dental Association, Health Canada, World Health Organization and American Dental Association all support water fluoridation. However, it is recognized that there is some opposition to water fluoridation. continued...
DRINKING WATER DEBATE
March 2010 Features
Is Fluoridation Endangering Public Health in Favour of Government and Corporate Interests?
-by Aliss Terpstra
Water fluoridation chemicals are a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. This is an industry which produces toxic emissions of fluoride gas; these emissions are captured at the fertilizer plant by pollution control devices called ‘wet-scrubbers’ and become hydrofluorosilicic acid or HFSA (a classified hazardous waste). Once collected, it is pumped into tankers and sold, unrefined, to communities across the continent. These municipalities then add HFSA to their water supplies as the primary chemical for water fluoridation. continued...
FINDING ENERGIZED PURE WATER AMIDST THE SCARCITY
Ionization: a Filtration Process that Trumps Bottled and Tap Water
Feb 2, 2010 Esosa Edosomwan
Water ionization systems reduce harmful chemical substances and increase the alkalinity of water providing a range of health benefits superior to regular filtration.
According to the World Health Organization, the epidemic of water scarcity is now affecting one in three people on every continent. Major diseases caused by lack of water or water contamination include parasite infections, malaria, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, and trachoma (an eye infection which can eventually lead to blindness). One fifth of the world’s population resides in an area where water is nowhere to be found, which doesn’t allow people to bathe or properly care for their homes. Where there is a lack of water, people tend to store water for future use, which also causes problems as the water attracts mosquitoes, which can cause malaria and spread fevers. In addition, an estimated ten percent of the world lives in areas where the lack of water causes crops to be irrigated by water contaminated by waste. continued...
PHARMACEUTICALS IN OUR WATER SUPPLIES
Researchers Christian G. Daughton and Thomas A. Ternes reported in the December issue of “Environmental Health Perspectives
Are “Drugged Waters” a Water Quality Threat?
Developed to promote human health and well being, certain pharmaceuticals are now attracting attention as a potentially new class of water pollutants. Such drugs as antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds have been detected in varied water sources.
Where do they come from? ...continued
This Common Beverage Can Spike Brain Damage, Obesity, and Cancer Risk
Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution, and reliance on oil.
Anytime you drink bottled water, not only are you putting your health at risk, you’re also contributing to one of the most massive environmental waste nightmares of all time. There is a simple, safe, green solution.
The next time someone offers you a bottle of water, take a stand and say something clever like, “No thank you, I don’t believe in it.” This simple move will open up a conversation about the massive swindle that is bottled water … and possibly persuade one more person to give it up entirely....continued
HEALTH RISKS OF DRINKING DEMINERALISED WATER
Distilled or low-mineral water hinders mineral absorption, upsets the water metabolism and harms the vital organs
In light of serious pollution in many water sources, pure distilled water or demineralised water has been touted in a marketing hype as a product good for health. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), demineralised water is harmful to the body in many aspects. (WHO 2004 paper )– Health Risks From Drinking Demineralised Water. ....continued