Life originated in water, which is itself alive,
and no living thing can manage without it. When animals began to live on dry
land they took the sea with them; your body liquid still resembles sea water,
- Your first home was a bag of water at your mother’s body heat, and at birth
three quarters of your body was water too. You have dried out a little since
then but water still makes up about three fifths of the weight of an average
adult — forty-one litres, or nine gallons.
- Of this three litres circulates in your blood, exchanging freely with another
nine litres that are distributed through your body tissues but remain outside
them. This twelve litres of fluid is your portable sea, contained by your skin
as an aquarium for your true substance to bathe in. Your real body, the cells
descended from your mother’s fertilized egg, still live in many respects like
independent sea creatures.
- Two litres of water trickle into this reservoir each day, and the same amount
spills out as urine, sweat and other moist secretions. This turnover brings in
your food and mineral necessities and flushes out your wastes. The composition
of the reservoir is carefully controlled by your kidneys and hormone system so
that your body cells are kept in absolutely constant conditions.
- These cells contain the remaining thirty litres of body fluid, but its
composition is quite different. Like all sea creatures they work hard to keep
out salt, scavenging instead the other minerals — especially potassium — on
which their life depends. This activity charges them electrically, an important
factor in maintaining your general vitality.
- Pollution of the soil with agricultural chemicals and smoke fallout has now
made its way down to the underground water-courses that feed our fresh water
springs, as well as completely disrupting the balance of life in streams and
rivers so that none of the water available to us is chemically clean. Inevitably
this burdens your body with a new range of substances it cannot easily deal
with, as well as unbalancing the minerals you expect to be there. This upsets
your mineral economy and metabolism, diminishes your electrical vitality, and
creates new excretory problems.
- Many of these pollutants can only be removed from our general water supply at
enormous cost. Bathing
presents problems and possibilities of its own, but nowhere near as exacting as
the small amount of water we need to drink. We shall eventually be forced to
instal domestic filtration equipment to make this pleasant and safe. This will
take time to become public policy, but the technology is available now and you
can take advantage of it.
- What to do
- 1. Run your cold water tap for two minutes each morning before drinking from
it. That clears contaminants from your domestic pipework that have dissolved
- 2. Replace your aluminium pans and kettle with stainless steel, enamel,
ceramic or glass; even a plastic kettle is an improvement. Aluminium is
poisonous, and so is the trace of lead much of it contains.
- 3. Bottled spring water tastes much better than mains water but its quality
varies considerably. Buxton, Highland Spring and Perrier are good sources that
use glass bottles — far superior to plastic but more expensive. Malvern and
Volvic are the best of the plastic-bottled waters, and Malvern can apparently
still be bottled in glass by special request. Avoid sources containing natural fluoride
— you get plenty in other ways, supposing you need any at all.
- 4. Filtration greatly improves the taste and quality of your mains water, and
the range of domestic equipment at reasonable prices is quickly improving. The
least expensive is the jug type, now widely available, which works rather like a
coffee filter machine.
- There is then a big jump in price up to the various systems for plumbing in,
each of which has different filtration properties. Best buy here at the moment
is the Pozzani reverse osmosis system, available from replete. Small
water distillers are cheaper to buy but more costly to run, and distilled water
is a little too ‘raw’ for drinking.
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