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In recent years, the role of
heavy metals and xenobiotics (pesticides, herbicides, and industrial
wastes) as causes of a wide variety of adverse health effects is
receiving more and more attention. These accumulating toxins are
insidious and prevalent agents capable of interfering with physiologic
functions of all human systems. One cannot expect the normal
detoxification systems of the body to function optimally when these
substances are constantly present. In fact, the body’s ability to
remove these substances becomes diminished and they are in turn stored
in adipose tissues.
The National Institute of Health recently estimated
our polluted environment accounts for 50% of cancer risk. There are
more than 3,800 chemicals in daily use, many of which make their way
into our drinking water. Less than half of these have been tested for
toxic effects in humans, and less than 10% have been tested for
toxicity in children.
With the growing awareness that environmental
pollutants have crept into every corner of the food chain and our water
supplies, many health care professionals are encouraging patients to
undergo detoxification regimes. These programs encourage the body to
unload its stores of accumulated environmental toxins.
Surprisingly, many of these programs fail to mention
the role of pure water in detoxification. Through years of research
regarding the role water plays within our bodies, it was thought that
water had four functions: a solvent, transportant, lubricant, and
coolant. The fifth function, that of an electro-negative enhancer, is a
relatively new concept discovered through subsequent studies that
revealed when water is consumed in its purest form (H2O and nothing
else), it has remarkable and unique benefits for our health.
As the body ingests foods, water contributes in the
breakdown and absorption of nutrients and is a key element in the
removal of wastes. During detoxification, wastes that have been stored
in adipose tissues are dumped into the bloodstream and lymph, and then
sent to the liver and kidneys for processing and elimination. Here is
where water’s fifth function, that of electronegative enhancer, comes
into play: by optimizing the natural space between red blood cells,
which reduces the risk of heart disease by helping to avoid clotting;
and by allowing the fat cell to detox by off-loading metabolic wastes
and environmental toxins into the bloodstream for elimination. This
also assists in weight loss and reduces water retention.
To understand this we must understand the
characteristics of the adipose cell. It is a function of the fat cell
to store what the body cannot use and/or get rid of. An adipose cell
contains for the most part salts, sugars, tiny amounts of lipid, and
other organic pollutants, all bathed in an ocean of water. These salts
and heavy metal inorganics have an affinity for others, a magnetic
attraction so to speak. Fat cells are good not bad. They store toxic
material and keep it from being deposited in vital areas. However, when
the fat cell has reached its limit of storage, it will allow the
deposition of metabolites and wastes in other areas, such as the blood
Ingestion of copious quantities of pure water
enhances the electronegativity. Through osmosis, the fat cell will try
to take in more of this pure water. Because the water is pure, the fat
cell will disperse its contents into solution and those contents will
be removed through the kidneys more readily because of the volume and
ability pure water has to carry wastes.
However, this fifth function is diminished when we
drink water containing high concentrations of dissolved minerals and
contaminants. The minerals found in spring and mineral water are
inorganic. They are not in a form that can be easily assimilated by the
human body. True, we all need minerals to maintain healthy living, but
they must be of an organic origin. Humans do not have enzymes to digest
rock, or we could obtain necessary minerals by sucking on stones.
Simply put: plants (and microbes in the soil) eat rocks, and we eat
Our kidneys filter 400 gallons of fluid each day. If
there is enough water present, kidneys operate easily. If not, kidneys
are forced to recycle too much and deposits may be left behind in the
form of stones. Many of a kidney stone’s mineral constituents are the
same as those found in tap water or bottled spring water.
Water is a poor source for dietary minerals due to
the incredible variance in quantity and blend. For example, to obtain
any meaningful contribution to your dietary intake of calcium you would
have to consume more than five gallons of water per day. Recognizing
that most people don’t consume the old standard of eight glasses per
day, we can see that counting on water as a source of minerals is
If water carries a load of mineral salts, heavy
metals, and pollutants, then it cannot be efficient in its vital
functions. If your car has rusty water in the radiator, it overheats.
If we have an abnormal waste level in our blood, we overheat and
develop fever. This is why during detoxification it is not uncommon to
feel ill and feverish; the body is dumping the stored toxins into
solution so they can be removed.
Water that is void of organic contaminants and
dissolved inorganic rocks is the type of water we need to consume.
Drinking at least two liters of pure water daily will improve the roles
that water plays within our bodies through its ability to move
nutrients deeply into tissues, pick up wastes, keep us cool, and
maintain joints without leaving deposits.
Robert Vineyard is
president and founder of Pure Water
Systems, Inc. where they manufacture the PWStm
BEV-Series in-home pure water appliances. Combining three different
purification technologies, the BEV-Series systems produce 100% pure,
contaminant-free drinking water. For more information on water
testing and innovative technology advances, call 866-444-9926 or visit www.purewatersystems.com
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