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May 7, 2014

Bodily requirements for water

by Helene van den Berg

Water is essential for life!. The human body is composed of 75% water (solvent in our bodies) and 25% solid matter (solute). Every vital function of the body is dependent on the efficient flow of water:

  • The movement of blood
  • Transportation of nutrients to our cells
  • Removal of waste from our cells
  • Flow of lymph fluid
  • Flow of hormones in our bodies
  • Functioning of our brains – brain tissue is 85% water.

If we become dehydrated, all of these functions would be impaired. As we become increasingly dehydrated, our thirst mechanism gradually fails, which leads to even more dehydration. Even MILD dehydration will slow one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Studies have shown that dehydration is the main trigger of daytime fatigue. “Dry mouth” is the “last’ outward sign of extreme dehydration. Dehydration is the most common deficiency in Western society. Chronic water shortage in the body leads to most diseases. Symptoms of chronic dehydration include allergies, asthma, chronic pains, constipation, colitis, migraine, hangover headaches, acidosis, dry and thinning of skin etc. Pain is a thirst signal not to be ignored!!.

The body needs an absolute minimum of two to three liters of pure water each day. Urine output should balance water intake – urine color should be colorless to light yellow, not dark.

The water intake and salt balance must be retained – 3 grams of rock/sea salt (not table salt) should be added to the diet daily (provided one doesn’t have a heart disease). Salt is a natural antihistamine and could have prevented illnesses like cramps, oedema, hypertension, allergic reactions…don’t throw salt out of the diet like the proverbial “baby in the bath water!”.

Town water supplies are loaded with chemicals like chlorine, aluminium, lime sulphuric acid and iodine. A few years back, fluoride has been added to the water to prevent dental decay. Fluoride can’t all be eliminated by the body (cumulative in bones, aorta, kidneys); is 15 times more toxic than arsenic, is the cause of 100% increase in Mongoloid births and is the pre-disposing cause of cancer!!. Boiling water doesn’t help to remove the sodium fluoride – check the solid chalk in the bottom of the kettle- only expensive ion exchange systems can remove fluoride to some extent.


Distilled water (pH 7 – neutral) is found to be the best and purest water. Distilled water is water that has been heated to the boiling point so that impurities are separated from water, through steam. Steam is then condensed back into pure liquid form. The impurities remain as residue and are REMOVED. It removes water-borne biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, organic and inorganic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile gasses (fluorine), cysts etc. Distilled water contains no solids, minerals nor trace elements. It is clean, natural and healthy. It has provided water to the world for thousands of years by natural cycle of evaporation (sun) and condensation (clouds and rain).

Steam-distilled water is the standard by which all other types of water are measured. Carbon filters and reverse osmosis is dependent on water pressure, water temperature, pH or chlorine, while distillation is effective on virtually all contaminants (even bacteria and parasites) and still produce 99.9 % pure water!. It is worth to invest in your own distiller.

Beverages are not water!. Tea, coffee, fruit juices, alcohol and soft drinks, are not substitutes for natural water!. The caffeine in tea and coffee is a powerful drug, causes withdrawal symptoms, hypoglycaemia in habitual drinkers and destroys the nerve cells.

Caffeine predisposes to: stomach ulcers; heart and blood pressure disorders; cancer (roasting in coffee produces tars); risk of birth defects and thyroid problems.

Herbal teas like Rooibos tea and green tea, are good alternatives. Rooibos tea is completely free of harmful alkaloids and caffeine, is rich in minerals, vitamin C and contains quercitin (counteracts spastic contraction of muscles).

Coke /diet Coke contains aspartame (chemical sweetener), which is damaging to the teeth and brain, the two tissues that don’t regenerate.

Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with cancer of the mouth and throat; destroying the intestinal flora of the stomach and causing bowel disbiosis. It deprives the body of thiamine (vitamin B1) and heavy drinkers tend to eat improperly. Pregnant women, who drink alcohol especially in the first trimester, suffer from fetal complications (deformities).



  • A “juice diet” of fruits and vegetables, is to rejuvenate the body in the fastest and most direct way.
  • Every part of the body is nourished, because it is able to assimilate all of the vital elements and minerals contained in the fruits and vegetables, without burdening the digestive organs.
  • Good source of vitamins and antioxidants – boost immune system.
  • Juicing detoxifies the body, by eliminating certain unhealthy foods from the diet.
  • Juicing has many health benefits (e.g. carrot juice improves night blindness, cabbage juice treats ulcers etc.).
  • A juice cleanse create a certain degree of mental clarity.


  • Juicing extracts the fiber and other essential elements of the fruit in the skin and pulp.
  • High in calorie (super concentrated).
  • High in sugar content – contributing to obesity (grape juice has 50% more sugar than Coca cola).

An extended juice diet can cause:

  • stomach aches,
  • constipation,
  • hair loss.
  • tooth decay and cavities (damages teeth enamel) – fruits are high in acid and sugar.


It is not advisable to go on a strict juice diet, unless extenuating circumstances make it imperative (e.g. detoxifying purposes, diseases etc.). A juicing diet should not last more than 3 days (suffer from lack of nutrition). The ideal method is to take juices, but to also eat a fair amount of the same vegetables and fruits whole or shredded. Vary the kind of juice not only from day to day, but also from meal to meal.

The benefits of taking juices, should not be jeopardized by smoking and drinking alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Juices should be taken during the day and not before going to bed, because most juices are a diuretic and activates the kidneys. Never drink juices instead of water!.


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