To put it simply, you want the purest water you can get that also contains essential trace minerals and that is pH optimized and in a form that your body can most readily utilize. In that regard, not all water is the same.
1. Avoid chlorine and chloramines in your water. They are known carcinogens and kill all beneficial bacteria.
2. Avoid fluoride in your water. It makes your bones weaker, encourages the deposit of aluminum in the brain, and lowers immune levels throughout the body.
3. Drink water with optimized molecular groupings to improve cellular transport. There are many ways this can be accomplished, but applying a magnetic field to the water certainly works, and it’s inexpensive. The interesting thing is that plants, which are not subject to the placebo effect, grow much better on water subjected to a magnetic field.
4. Drink water that has an alkaline pH. As detailed in Chapter 13 of Lessons from the Miracle Doctors, maintaining a blood pH of around 7.45, without compromising the pH of the surrounding tissue, is vital. This requires the presence of minerals since pure distilled water has a neutral pH but turns slightly acid over time as it absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, thus forming carbonic acid.
How much water do we really need?
In advanced societies, thinking that tea, coffee, alcohol, soda pop, or other forms of manufactured beverages are desirable substitutes for the purely natural water needs of the daily “stressed” body is a common, but potentially deadly, mistake. Water is the solvent in our bodies, and as such, it regulates all the functions of our bodies, including the action of all the solids dissolved in the water. In fact, every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water.
- The movement of blood
- The transport of nutrients into our cells
- The movement of waste out of our cells
- The flow of lymph fluid
- The movement of nerve impulses through our nerves
- The movement of hormones throughout our bodies
- The functioning of our brains
Understand, we can function quite well and for quite a long time without sufficient water. The body quickly adapts and starts extracting more water from your stools for example. The kidneys flush less water to retain the limited supply you have. In fact, there are some health experts who claim that your body does quite well on 2 glasses of any kind of fluid a day — plus the water found in the food you eat.
But these experts confuse adaptation with health. Adaptation leads to compromise, which leads to diminished health over time.
Look, ultimately it may be proven that drinking more than 2 glasses of water a day has no health benefits, but that day has not arrived yet — and the Negoianu, Goldfarb review does not bring it any closer. It’s bad science, bad reporting by the press, and shoddy peer review by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Therefore, until it is actually proven otherwise, keep targeting between 64 and 96 ounces of pure water a day. Pure, fresh (not bottled or canned) fruit and vegetable juices may be substituted for some of this quantity — as may limited quantities of non-diuretic herbal teas (without sugar).
In general, however, pure water is the key.
Or to paraphrase Aragorn before the gates of Mordor in the movie version of The Lord of the Rings:
The day may come when the case for drinking 8 glasses of water a day fails; when we forsake what we have known for decades and what commonsense tells us is true; but it is not this day – when science proves that water, cola, and coffee are one and the same. It is not this day!!! This day drink water! By all that you hold dear on this good earth — I bid you drink 8 glasses of pure water a day!