Why do we need to drink water? Our blood is
roughly 83% water, muscles contain 75% and bones contain 22% water. In general,
we are composed of 70% - 80% water; babies more than adults.

Water is required for every metabolic
reaction: nutrient transport, elimination of toxins, cellular communication,
heart function, brain function and body temperature regulation.

Every day we lose approximately 3-4 L of
water. The quantity and quality of water in our bodies will determine the
quality of cellular function, organ function and our resistance to disease.

Here are some common symptoms of dehydration:
headaches, constipation, dry and flaky skin, lack of concentration, acne,
frequent dizziness, bad breath...if your urine is clear or, if once pinched,
your skin immediately regains its tension, you are well hydrated. If this is
not the case or you have any or several of the above symptoms, follow the
hydration protocol.

Are all liquids created equal? Coffee,
conventional juices, carbonated beverages, and alcohol dehydrate the body.

One cup of filter coffee increases your
daily water needs by several cups, a bit less for espresso.

Now a word on water quality. What is the
difference between the water that falls from clouds and water that comes out of
our faucet? After being pumped from a river, transported in pipes, stored in
large vats and then redirected through more pipes of various materials to
individual homes, how can we even consider them comparable? Lets not forget the
petrol, factory waste, medicine, chemical byproducts, herbicides and pesticides
that end up in our lakes, rivers, streams and inevitably our water supply. In
addition, each government uses various filtration and purification systems to
remove what they have identified as “undesirable” material from municipal tap
water. They use chlorine (a neurotoxin) to kill bacteria, which is effective
against potentially harmful bacteria in the water and unfortunately equally
damaging to our own beneficial intestinal bacteria. So, if you take probiotic
supplements with chlorinated water, the chlorine will destroy the probiotics.
Chlorine also hardens cell walls, making them less permeable to water, reducing
absorption and hydration. When chlorine comes in contact with organic waste
(human feces, animal parts, dead leaves) dangerous chemical toxins are often
created. The majority of water filters removes the taste and smell of chlorine
but do little to remove pesticides and other dangerous substances.

So what are some alternatives?

Activated Carbon is a good choice (its
porous material attracts heavy metals, filtering it out of the water) for
removing chlorine, but is less effective for chemical products. Must be
replaced every 3 – 6 months

Activated Double Carbon filter made with
coconut fibers (also known as a GAC filter) is effective in removing chlorine
and chemical substances.

Copper and Zinc filters (KDF) are highly
recommended: they destroy bacteria and other chemical compounds. A combination
KDF/GAC filter is effective for 3 years.

Ceramic filters are also an excellent
choice. As its surface is made up of tiny pores, it effectively filters
bacteria and pathogens, as well as chlorine.

In the water cycle, when water is in its
evaporated gaseous form, it forms into clouds and is ionized by electricity in
the air. This electrical charge is conserved as the water consolidates into
raindrops and fall to the earth. Normally, fresh water will fall from high to
low and pass over mineral-rich mountains and rock surfaces, picking up alkaline
minerals as it flows.  Its natural
structure resembles a snowflake, a hexagonal form, unique in expression,
consistent in size. In nature, water is always flowing, which allows it to
maintain its electrical charge and molecular structure. Once this cycle is
interrupted by syphoning water through pipes, where it must pass through hard
right angles and spend time stagnating in vats, water’s form (and therefore
function) is altered.  Water has a memory
and adapts its form to the vessel it is contained in; it will also reflect a
physical memory of its experiences. If water is left to stagnate for periods of
time, the water molecules will begin to clump together in larger pentagonal
structures, it will eventually lose its natural alkalinity (tap water is
maintained at a pH of 7 artificially through alkaline buffers, which are not
absorbed by our body) and electrical charge. 
Spring water and Tap water are simply not the same thing. The only way
to recreate spring water using tap water is with an ionizer, which uses
platinum and titanium to charge and restructure the water molecules.

For more information on ionizers and water
filters, please contact : danielle@maisonjacynthe.ca