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, even now.
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 overnight.
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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