The true value of water
As I write, our Wimmera River and the surrounding paddocks are full of water. Users of some sports fields and some farmers are disappointed, but we should never be complacent about water and our human need for this precious substance.
It might have made our winter and now much of spring miserable, but none of us should doubt the value of water.
The list of health benefits is impressive. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, dissolves minerals and makes them accessible, and prevents constipation.
The correct hydration level protects the body organs and tissues, and moistens membranes of the lungs, eyes, nose and mouth. The body is two thirds water and the brain slightly more.
A recent study showed as little as one percent dehydration impaired concentration, memory and alertness.
For diabetics, or the overweight, water is the drink of choice because it contains no calories.
Next time you feel hungry reach for a glass of water instead of food.
Yarriambiack Shire Council is among councils and other agencies that have wisely been encouraging locals to reduce soft-drink consumption.
All shires should follow suit.
I agree that soft-drink is the worst thing you can put in your body. Its acid, often around a ph 2.7, contains phosphates which can leach magnesium and calcium from the body. And it contains up to 17 teaspoons of empty sugar calories.
The news also isn’t that good for diet drinks which often contain aspartame, linked to depression and insomnia.
If you’re drinking a considerable amount of fizzy soda water or soft drinks consider plain water – or even better, herbal teas – as a substitute.
My favourite herbal drink is green tea. The leaves are up to 15 percent dry weight of organic bound-minerals, one of the most mineral-rich and thus alkaline plants known.
If you are troubled with dirty or polluted water after floods be sure to filter then boil your water and place it in sealed glass containers in the sun.
The sun’s rays help sterilise the water, although it does not remove pollutants.
Good filters are available. For example, our clinic has a filter that removes pollutants, sterilises and then alkalises the water in one process. Alkaline water has various health benefits. Details are on our website or the Zazen water filters website.
We are often asked in our clinic: ‘How much water should I drink?’
About one-and-a-half litres daily is the simple answer for an average person. But the correct answer is obtained by computer algorithms based on ratios of fat, muscle and bone, age and activity level.
Our staff calculate this for individuals by ‘BIA’ analysis. You can include all liquid intake in your water allowance but you must add about one litre for every hour of exercise.
If your urine is slightly dark you are probably dehydrated.
Water lessens the burden on kidneys and
liver, and flushes out waste products. If you are concerned by toxins in the environment, remember the old adage ‘the solution to pollution is dilution’. Drink and enjoy some more water, but make sure it’s as pure and mineral rich as you can manage.
– Des Lardner operates Des Lardner Organic, a holistic natural health and wellbeing centre, and Dimboola Pharmacy.