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Water: The essential ingredient

"Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water," wrote biologist and Nobel laureate Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

Health20 : tap into the healing powers of water to fight disease, look younger, and feel your best
Alexa Fleckenstein, with Roanne Weisman.
New York : McGraw-Hill, 2007.
Immerse yourself in water's timeless, healing embrace Going beyond the basic "eight glasses of water a day," Dr. Alexa Fleckenstein has been using her scientifically proven Health by Water system for years to help her patients reduce stress, fight disease, and treat everything from acne to insomnia. Filled with inexpensive home remedies, hydrotherapeutic exercises, and even beauty tips, Dr. Fleckenstein's all-purpose guide shows you how to: Balance your blood pressure with cold water treatments Use saltwater rinses to alleviate allergies and colds Fight fatigue and depression with sitz baths And much more "Dr. Fleckenstein shares how something as simple as turning on the tap can put us on the pathway to good health!" --Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Chairman, American Health Association; author, The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? "Dr. Fleckenstein's book will serve well those seeking greener alternatives." --James A. Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy
     
The true power of water : healing and discovering ourselves
Masaru Emoto ; translated by Noriko Hosoyamada.
Hillsboro, Or. : Beyond Words Pub. : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2005.
  1. Translated from Japanese.
  2. Originally published as: Mizu no maryoku : kokoro to karada no uoutaa hiiringu; Tokyo, Kodansha, c2003.
  3. The process of discovery -- Getting to know water will change your mind and body -- Water revives life force -- Using the true power of water in your life -- As we live, let's dialogue with water.
     
Water : for health, for healing, for life : you're not sick, you're thirsty!
F. Batmanghelidj.
New York : Warner Books, c2003.
Based on more than twenty years of clinical and scientific research into the role of water in the body, a pioneering physician and the acclaimed author of Your Body's Many Cries for Water shows how water -- yes, water! -- can relieve a stunning range of medical conditions. Simply adjusting your fluid and salt intakes can help you treat and prevent dozens of diseases, avoid costly prescription drugs, and enjoy vibrant new health. Discover: The different signals of thirst and chronic dehydration in your body, How much water and salt you need each day to stay healthy, Why other beverages, including tea, coffee, and sodas, cannot be substituted for water, How to naturally lessen, even eliminate, symptoms of asthma and allergies, How to help prevent life-threatening conditions such as heart failure, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and cancer, How hypertension may be treated naturally, without diuretics or medication, Why water is the key to losing weight without dieting, How to hydrate your skin to combat premature aging. Book jacket.
     
The Sierra Club guide to safe drinking water
by Scott Alan Lewis ; afterword by Carl Pope.
San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, c1996.
Environmental and science reporter Clemings documents the ecological disasters that have followed the building of dams and the irrigation of vast areas of desert for agriculture. He traces the history of the early projects in British Imperial India and the adoption of the practice in the southwest US and elsewhere. With one-third of the world's crops now grown on irrigated land, his analysis is intended as a timely warning. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
     

Tips

Drink a glass of water before each meal

Keep bottle of cold water in the refrigerator

Eat fruits and vegetables--most have lots of water

more water tips

Bottled water

U.S. residents drink more bottled water than any other beverage except carbonated soft drinks. 

(from Beverage Marketing Corp.)

In fact, water makes up nearly two-thirds of our bodies' composition.  It performs a vital role in nearly every bodily function.  Water transports oxygen and nutrients to our cells, removes waste, helps protect our joints and organs, and helps regulate body temperature. 

It is possible to survive without food for a much longer period of time than it is to survive without water.

How much water do we need?  It is recommended that the average woman should consume 91 ounces of water daily (125 ounces for men); more for those who are physically active or exposed to a hot climate. 

The IOM calculates approximately 20% of the total water intake recommendation is met by the water naturally occurring in the food we eat.  The remaining 80% comes from beverages.

Generally, thirst is an adequate signal that our bodies need additional fluid. Dry skin, fatigue, and muscle cramps are also signs that we are not drinking enough.  Severe dehydration can negatively affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion, and kidney function.

While there are any number of beverages to tempt us, water is the best choice. It has 100 percent of what you need, with no calories or additives. And when it comes from the tap, water costs a fraction of a penny per glass.  

So do your body a favor - the next time you feel thirsty, drink a glass of water! 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff