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Staying Healthy: The Importance of Water

For the first almost half of this year our first blog/podcast of each month has covered a holistic monograph (our 2021 focus) dealing with family preparation.  For the remainder of the year, we’re going to look at various ways of staying healthy. I wanted to focus this article on the preparedness for having pure water.

I want to refer you to a couple of other articles I’ve written on water. One is Water, Water Everywhere! It is available in our resource list, and it points out the decreasing supply of potable water on our planet due to pollution and lack of care of the water systems. It quotes Dr. Andrew Weil from his book Eight Weeks to Optimum Health: “According to recent reports, drinking water in the U.S. is increasingly becoming a health risk, whether you live in a big city or a rural area.  More than one hundred million Americans drink water that contains significant levels of three cancer-causing chemicals: arsenic, radon, and chlorine by-products. In addition to chemical contamination, chlorine-resistant viruses and parasites can slip through the more than one thousand large water systems in this country lacking proper filters.”  And we can add to his comments that many health advocates believe that even chlorine and fluoride, which we routinely add to our drinking systems, are themselves health risks. And it itemizes many of these risks.  The second article from our resource list is Which Water Is Best? It itemizes many of the water types currently available to us and points out some of the benefits of each.

I read a book several years ago that I recommend to you for addressing your need for water. The book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water outlines how much water you need and why. We need water throughout each day.  Technically, the body assimilates only about four ounces of water each hour. So, guzzling a whole bottle of water a few times a day doesn’t hydrate us very well.  My studies show that we need about half our body weight in ounces of water each day, with a minimum of 64 ounces and a maximum of about 100 ounces.  So, if you weigh 180 pounds, plan to drink about 90 ounces per day at the rate of four to six ounces per waking hour.  Less than that won’t give you proper hydration and more than the 100-ounce maximum may tend to wash essential minerals (especially cell salts) from your body.

The real purpose of this article, which differentiates it from the others we’ve written is how do we get pure water to use in times of crisis? Most of us live in urban areas and get our water from the water treatment plants of our towns. When those systems are inoperable, we still need water. So, I’m outlining some options to ensure that you have safe water in these emergencies.  Note that these are just suggestions and require some preplanning on your part.  In an emergency, it may be too late to “make arrangements.”

To name a few:

  • You may simply store a supply of water for drinking or washing/bathing. The shelf life on many of these is shorter, so you’ll need to use and resupply on a regular basis to keep it useful. And you may need more room to store an adequate supply for your family.
  • Home wells work. We have one. But you need to have the water tested periodically for chemical contamination and pesticides. Treat it as needed for these issues. Also, usually the water is drawn from the well by electricity – not like in the old days when you could just pump it.  Such pumps are still available, and you might also consider a solar source of power to pump it.
  • When I was in the Boy Scouts, we took water purification tablets on our campouts.  These are still available but are usually limited to neutralizing some chemicals and perhaps a few pathogens. But they are cheap and easily stored for emergencies.
  • Another step up in this day and age are decontamination straws.  You use these just like a straw, but the filtering mechanisms filter and remove chemicals, pathogens, toxins, and other things that could cause you problems. I like a company called LifeStraw. A single straw will sterilize 3000 liters of water, has an almost unlimited life of functionality, and is easily stored due to its size.
  • And, of course, many home water-system decontamination units exist and vary in costs from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars.  These may cover your entire home.

Remember, you can’t live without water, and you need a viable, healthy source. Plan to have your own supply in an emergency. It may not be available from other sources.

–  For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.