Updated: Nov 10, 2019
Everyone is carrying around water bottles nowadays. People in previous centuries didn’t do this. Anybody remember his or her grandparents walking around with a water bottle? Certainly none of the traditional cultures that Dr. Weston A. Price observed in the 1930s carried water bottles—or gourds or whatever—around with them unless they were on a particularly long hike. So the first question we need to ask is why do we need to drink so often now, and even more to the point, why are we all so thirsty?
Quenching the Fire
Excessive thirst, a dry mouth, and what they term in Chinese Medicine as “internal heat” in the body, are all signs of chronic inflammation. Yes, inflammation—that catch-all term that is now being used as the answer and underlying culprit for almost all chronic illness, including auto-immune diseases, heart attacks, and cancer. But inflammation is too general to be a valid diagnosis, nor does it reveal why all this chronic heat and thirst in the body is presently so pandemic in the population.
All we need to do, however, is look at our modern-day toxic stressors to find the answer. Refined sugar induces excessive thirstiness and is an early warning sign of diabetes. Other potent diuretics include alcohol and caffeine, the latter liberally ingested every morning by the great majority of the population. Toxic teeth full of dangerous mercury amalgam fillings and nickel/aluminum (so-called “porcelain” or “PFM") crowns are also major contributors to inflammation in the body, as well as dessicating toxic chemicals in our personal care products. Less well known but perhaps even more of a fitting example are chronic dental, tonsil, and sinus focal infections—relatively silent producers of pathogenic bacteria that generate local and systemic inflammation in our bodies 24/7. Finally, for centuries homeopathy has recognized thirst, or the complete lack of it, as a significant constitutional issue, and this significant symptom can be used to help prescribe the appropriate remedy. Perhaps most telling is that those of us who have addressed many of these causes of chronic inflammation and infection, that is, we have replaced our mercury fillings, cleared our foci, are on our constitutional homeopathic remedy, and eat a nutrient-dense organic diet, have by and large noticed a great reduction in excessive thirst.
Therefore, one of the first things to do if you are inappropriately thirsty and continually depend on carrying a water bottle around with you all day is to take stock of your health. Those daily excessive doses of refined sugar and caffeine, or that intermittent nagging tooth discomfort, or that intermittent sinusitis caused by an undiagnosed dairy allergy, and even our conventional toxic soaps and shampoos are all contributors to desiccation, disease, and our eventual death. Instead of continuing to try to put out this chronically smoldering fire in our bodies with water, addressing and treating the true causes of inflammation is by far the most skillful means to attaining a more healthy and normal fluid balance in the body.
Appropriate Water Intake
If you haven’t read "Fiber Menace" yet do so now. In his invaluable book Dr. Konstantin Monastyrsky not only describes how fiber actually increases constipation, but also reveals the great fallacy in the “8 glasses of water a day” platitude. He explains that according to physiology texts an average adult weighing 155 lbs (70 kg) should receive about 1,750 ml or 59 ounces (~ 7 and 1/3 8 ounce glasses) of water per day, but that this water intake should actually come from 3 sources:
1. Drinking water — As well as receiving water through other fluids (tea, coffee, juice, etc.),
2. Eating it – Water is the single greatest component in solid foods, with 50 to 70% in meats and 75 to 96% in fruits and vegetables,
3. Metabolizing it – Water is formed as a by-product of many biochemical reactions termed metabolic oxidation, and is actively reused in the body.
These latter 2 sources however, what Dr. Monastyrsky terms “hidden water,” have been incorrectly excluded from our total daily water intake for decades. This was a miscalculation made by the National Research Council (NRC) that publishes the Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDA, of both dietary and water intake. Thus Monastyrsky explains that the government failed to make it clear to the public that the “eight glasses per day” recommendation should include all water consumed daily—that is, from beverages, from food, and from metabolic oxidation in the body. In fact, the “bible” of medicine itself, "The Merck Manual," has always recommended a daily intake of 700 to 800 ml of drinking water per day for the average size adult, that is, only about 3 to 3.5 glasses.
Of course, if we engage in strenuous athletics and/or live in a hot climate, more water intake is necessary and appropriate. However, excessive water intake can be taxing to the kidneys and bladder, and over time depleting to the these organs and the entire urogenital system. Other “side effects” of copious water intake include constipation (overhydration depletes potassium—the principle cause of stool dryness), digestive disorders (dilutes hydrochloric acid and enzymes), premature aging (a gaunt look, the Mick Jagger syndrome), and cardiovascular disease (excessive hydration depletes needed minerals that regulate electrical signals in our heart).
Tap Water Absurdly Toxic
When the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 20 million tap water samples from 48,712 utility companies in all 50 states in the US they found 267 toxic chemicals. These chemicals included 93 linked to cancer,78 associated with nervous system dysfunction and brain damage, 63 that caused developmental problems in fetuses and children, and 45 that were hormone disrupters. From these frightening statistics it is clear that drinking tap water (or using a suboptimal water filter) can sabotage even the best organic diet and lifestyle for holistic individuals trying to attain optimal health.
An important question many patients ask is what is the best water? In my opinion it is reverse osmosis water, which can remove toxic metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, etc.), toxic chemicals (chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, pesticides/herbicides/insecticides, perfluorocabons from Teflon non-stick cookware, benzene/toluene/styrene, pharmaceutical drugs, etc.), pathogenic microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites), and even radiation (radon, uranium, etc.). I recommend Radiant Life's water filtration systems. Receive 10% off your purchase with coupon code LOUISA.
Stop Carrying Those #*@! Toxic Water Bottles!
Everyone in holistic circles is well aware now of the danger from dioxin, bisphenol A (BPA), and other toxic chemicals in plastic water bottles. However, it’s important to point out that the newest genre of water bottles composed of toxic metals such as aluminum or stainless steel—the latter made up of nickel which is both carcinogenic and allergenic, are possibly even worse. Therefore, when it’s necessary to carry water, the best water bottle choices are glass, and in this category the crème de la crème is the Miron water bottle.
The Wise Traditions of Miron Glass
The Miron, also known as Violiv, violet bottles filter out degrading light frequencies, allowing only healthy UV(a) and far infrared (IR) waves inside that help restructure deformed microclusters in water that have been damaged from turbulent plumbing systems, light, and chemicals. Used in ancient Egypt for preserving food since it resists decomposition, this amazing biophotonic glass makes even your filtered water more vital and “wetter,” providing proper intercellular hydration and therefore translating into less of a need to consume excessive water. And just like for food, Since 1988 German research has shown that based on the biophoton work of Professor Fritz-Albert Popp, food and water stored in violet glass significantly preserved both their quality and freshness. Other modern research has shown that not only is food protected from degradation during long-term storage in violet glass, but that this glass can further preserve your water (no mold growing along the sides of the water bottle!) and even increases the bio-photon (light) energy of the water.
These water bottles have held up for me for over 15 years, both clinically (water tastes delicious) and energetically (bottles consistently test well on myself and patients using MRT and kinesiology testing). The suggested directions that add the best quality of natural minerals that have alos tested well for decades will make your drinking water the most vital and healthiest possible.
RO (Reverse Osmosis) Water Filter at home
Pour the filtered RO water into a Miron liter glass bottle and then add:
+ 9 drops of Q Isotonic
or 3 drops of Q Hypertonic
and then place a laminated sacred symbol below the bottle for even more positive re-structuring and balancing of this water.
(Try to have your tank and tubes cleaned at least 4 times a year)
If you don’t have a water filter at home
Fill up glass gallon jugs with reverse osmosis water from Whole Foods (or other stores where they frequently clean the filter—once a week or every 2 weeks is optimal) and pour the water into a Miron liter glass bottle. Then add 3 drops of Quinton Hypertonic or 9 drops of Quinton Isotonic to each liter. I also had a spiritual symbol laminated at Office Depot/Staples and keep it under the liter bottles on my kitchen counter. Whatever spiritual symbol works for you to further energize and balance the water.
Note 1: Leave the water in the bottle for approximately 2 hours before drinking. This is why having 2 water bottles on your counter is most convenient—you can drink from one while the other one has just been refilled.
Note 2: I never drink directly from these liters. Always pour your water into a glass to make sure the water in the Miron glass remains as free from impurities as possible. You can wash your bottles from time to time in your dishwasher or by hand (but it’s rarely necessary since the violet glass doesn’t support degradation and mold growth).