Importance of Water
What is water? Chemically H2O, but in simple terms it is the blood of life. The Bible says in Genesis 1:1-2, 6-7, that water occupied the earth before God created the land. Under many continents are ancient rivers and waters. According to the USGS Water Science School – “The Earth is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet? About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in you and your pets.”
The Human body is about 70-75% water. Yes, we are basically a water bag with a few other molecules. See the diagram for the relative distribution. This means approximately 3 out of every 4 things in us is water.
Let us make a comparison to understand the importance of water. If you had a company in which you invested or utilized ¾ or 70-75% of your entire money or wealth, would want the following? A very efficient work force, a very productive office and would select input the best and brightest employees. And would you let anyone contaminate or put wrong influence into the business? No!!… You would protect it like a hen over her eggs and chicks
Everything exist because of water. All life, the plant, the microorganisms, mammals, the birds and of course all marine life.
Key Properties of Water – ph. and mineral content
There are many properties of water, and two, which are probably most important are the pH and the Mineral content.
Let us focus on ph. According to BusinessDirectory.com A measure of acidity or alkalinity of water soluble substances (pH stands for ‘potential of Hydrogen’). A pH value is a number from 1 to 14, with 7 as the middle (neutral) point. Values below 7 indicate acidity which increases as the number decreases, 1 being the most acidic. Values above 7 indicate alkalinity which increases as the number increases, 14 being the most alkaline. This scale, however, is not a linear scale like a centimeter or inch scale (in which two adjacent values have the same difference). It is a logarithmic scale in which two adjacent values increase or decrease by a factor of 10. For example, a pH of 3 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 4, and 100 times more acidic than a pH of 5. Similarly, a pH of 9 is 10 times more alkaline than a pH of 8, and 100 more alkaline than a pH of 7. Invented in 1909 by the Danish biochemist S. P. Sørensen (1869-1939).
Mineral Content is very important. Our bodies and blood require a variety of healthful minerals and in the right proportions for optimum function of cell, nucleus, chromosome, mitochondria, enzymes, muscles, digestion etc. The minerals provided naturally, such as in vegetables and coconut water, are in a form and ratio that are easy for the body to absorb and maintain balance. Likewise, the mineral that occur in naturally mineralized waters, such as spring and artesian water. The natural mineralization is also responsible for imparting the alkaline nature. Healthful minerals such as Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper etc. Whereas, processed waters are artificially mineralized or more often demineralized and are thus acidic in ph.
Proper way to consume water – Sip
Most of us gulp water whether we are thirsty or not. When you gulp water, the body, especially the stomach goes into an imbalance, like a shock, and this triggers a reflex to get rid of the water ASAP to re-establish balance. Whereas when we sip the water, the body gradually distributes it to the organs in a way that maintains ‘Osmolar” balance.
Sources of water
1. Surface water
a. Sea / Ocean water
b. Rain water (evaporated water)
c. Glacial water
2. Sub-surface water
a. Well water
b. Spring water
c. Deep Artesian Aquifer water
3. Processed water
a. Municipal or city treated water
b. Reverse Osmosis water
c. Distilled water
d. Deionized water
e. Desalinated water
f. Ozonized water
What is the ideal source for Wellness?
In judging the best quality of water, the two factors mentioned above are very important – pH and Mineral content. Water are processed to improve the drinking quality, but in the process chemicals are used which remain in the water. The chemical such as Chorine, Alum, (Aluminum chemicals) Fluoride, etc. slowly negatively impact the body. Processing also causes further acidifying of water and can demineralize the water.
The human body and the blood that circulates is naturally mildly alkaline; pH 7.4 Most of the healthiest fruits and vegetable are Alkaline forming. Acidity in the body slowly leads to cell and organ damage and accelerated aging. Because, in medical terms, it increases free radical formation and damage.
So the ideal water ought to be mildly Alkaline a range of 7.0 to 8.0 and have natural minerals in optimum concentrations. The natural pure sources such as spring and artesian water often meet or closely match these criteria. Artesian usually is the best. The do not need any processing, especially, if from an area where mining activity is absent and massive ecological destructive commercial activity is absent
Water is your biggest investment in the body – 70-75 %. It flow through the earth and all earths creatures created by God. It was among the first creations of God in his infinite wisdom. Another gift for our wellness. Having said all of the above, guess what?
“Health is by choice”
Dr. Patrick Ijewere, B.Sc. Chem., B.Pharm., MD, MBA
Specialty: Internal Medicine (Johns Hopkins University)
Director of Medical Services – Carib Health Ltd