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Water, the elixir of life, is not only essential for our survival, but our good health depends on it.  As the human body is approximately 70 percent water, we require a regular supply to replace what is lost on a daily basis.

It is generally accepted that eight to ten glasses of water should be consumed each day.  Considering that we urinate on average 2.3 litres per day, we should have al least 2.5 litres of water handy to replenish.  Remember to get even more if you are athletic (loss through sweat) or using any diuretic (eg. coffee, alcohol, medication…).  By the way, thirst is an unmistakable sign of a need for water.

Water has many functions in the body.  It is needed for:  digestion, absorption, circulation, excretion, utilization of water soluble vitamins, and temperature regulation.  Many of our secretions have a water component.  Our digestive juices, like saliva and stomach acid, must flow for proper digestion.  Water as a fluidic agent is also relevant to blood flow and movement of our extra cellular matrix, our non cell parts of us.

It is also important to think of water as a dilution factor.  As we accumulate toxins and metabolic waste products, water aides in our detoxification processes.  The kidneys are primarily responsible for water soluble waste and they use water effectively to accomplish their goal of cleansing the blood.  They are working non-stop.  Due to osmotic attraction of water molecules to dissolved particles, fluid imbalances, like edema and cellulite, are examples of toxins trapped in the tissues, away from blood circulation.  Correction of these issues usually requires addressing the lymphatic system and the extra cellular matrix.

Because toxins are likely to dissolve into water, even less than perfect water is worthwhile consuming.  Some people are so concerned about the impurities of the tap water that unless they can get bottled water, they prefer to consume juice, coffee or tea.  My worry is that these people do not consume enough water, period.  Of course, clean water is better, and the cleanest arguably would be distilled or reverse osmosis.  Being the purest water, it is devoid of minerals.  Therefore, while it dilutes toxins, it can also carry away some of your own minerals and, over time, lead to mineral deficiencies.  People who use a lot of distilled or reverse osmosis water are wise to use a mineral supplement.  On the other hand, I think Kangen water is the best water available.  Kangen water is first filtered and created through electrolysis.  It is somewhat alkaline, micro-clustered and carries antioxidant potential.  This makes Kangen water ideal for health.

While acute dehydration is a medical emergency, chronic water deficiency is more common than you might think.   Without enough water, we are left with stagnation.  Stagnation could manifest as toxin accumulation, blood clots, and sluggish cellular function.  We might experience the symptoms of water deficiency as fatigue, foggy thinking, depression, and pain.  Before you reach for that next pain killer, evaluate your own water consumption