The true value of wa­ter

LifeStyle Wimmera - - INSIDE - By Des Lard­ner

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.

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