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Hydration/Water. Dr Diet/Chek Foundational principle 3/yin (quality changes magnitude of yin nature)

  1. Water
    • Water covers 2/3 of eath, however, only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, and of that percentage, 1% is only acccessible to humans. An interesting correlation between humans and the Earth can be made with regard to water content: 70% of Earth is covered by water, and humans are composed of about 75% water- our blood containing roughly the same salinity as ocean water.
    • Function of water:
      • Maintain a stable environment inside and around our cells, allowing us to acquire suffcient nutrition and iading elimination of waste in cells.
    • Quality of water:
      • The water we consume through food and drink must be clean, and should supply the body with needed electrolytes. But is this the case today?
    • Sources:
      • We depend on mother earth and its survival, yet we have polluted almost every single water supply in the world! It’s hard to find a municipal water supply not contaminated by agricultural chemicals.
        • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified over 700 pollutants that regularly occur in drinking water, both from municipal sources and from water taken directly from the earth through wells or springs.
        • The EPA monitors 8 inorganic and 10 organic chemicals, leaving approximately 30,000 possible hazardous pollutants without regulation! (ref 60)
        • Due to the cost and time required to test for the vast amount of chemicals in our water supplies, we’re left on our own to determine where to get safe water.
        • The EPA also reporeted that agriculture (commerical, not organic) is the biggest polluter of America’s rivers and streams, fouling more than 173,000 miles of waterways (ref 61).
        • Human and industralia waste discharge and agricultural runoff places a major restriction on the uses of available fresh water. 90% of the “developing” world’s wastewater is discharged untreated into local rivers. In china, 80% of the country’s major rivers are so degraded they no longer support fish.
        • Many Eastern European rivers run yellow with industrial poisons….
        • Read pg 79 for more…
        • Use a whole-house filtration system to minimise exposure to heavy metals, chlorine, and other waterborne toxins. If it’s on your skin, you’re basically drinking it, so you want to make sure the water you bathe in is as clean as the water you’re drinking.
        • Dr. Martin Fox, author of healthy water, suggests the most health-giving waters have a hardness factor of 170mg/L or greater, and a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of 300 or greater (ref 63).
          • Many bottled waters will provide these statistics on the labels.
            • If you find that some waters are soft (because of unfounded beliefs and fears of hard water or solids in water) in comparison to the recommendations from Fox as well as lacking in Total Dissolved Solids. Don’t worry- simply add a pinch or two of sea salt or a bit of clay (see resources on pg 248) and both the total dissolved solids and hardness are likely to be well within the range.
    • Storage:
      • Store water in a dark, cool area, and in glass, if possible.
      • Never purchase water from smoky plastic containers, because they leak all sorts of chemicals into your water.
        • If you are consuming water from a plastic container, make sure it is clear, and take extra effort to keep it out of direct sunlight.
      • Consume water at room temperature.
        • WHY? Cold water will sit in your stomach until it reaches body temperature.
    • Quantity: How much water should you drink?
      • The C.H.E.K. Institute has adopted F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.’s hydration guidelines (ref 58):
        • To calculate how much water is needed to drink to be hydrated (possibly more if in hot climates, or exercising), use the following formula:

body weight (in kg) x 0.033

OR

Divide weight in pouds by 2, and drink this number in ouncers of water each day.

  • Example: a 200-pound man would need to drink 100 ounces of quality water each day.
  • Add a pinch of salt in each litre of water if you don’t salt your food.
    • Paul has found that many people have a hard time drinking adequate amounts of water until after adding some unprocessed sea salt. The sea salt, when just a pinch or two is added, can’t be tasted, but gives the water a nice mouth feel. Most people are also find that adding a pinch of sea salt to their water reduces the frequency of urination.
  • Where to get good water
    • Don’t be fooled that drinking water from a bottle is good for you.
      • Many companies have been caught bottling tap water
      • Regulations on bottle water vary from state to state and country to country
    • Some top quality brands are:
      • Evian
      • Volvic
      • Vittel
      • Fiji
      • Trinity
    • Water from an artesian (water naturally flows to the surface) well is ideal
    • Slow and steady wins the race
      • I know this is a lot to take in. Don’t feel like you have to make all of the changes I suggest overnight. Choose a few issues to address at a time. Remember, living healthy is a lifestyle. Id rather you take things slowly and stick to your plan for the long term than to dive in and quit because it was too hard. The good news is that the more positive changes you make in regards to your eating habits, the better you will feel and the more energy you will have to happily continue your quest for optimal health!

My interest in water was primarily invoked by my studies at the Chek Institute, and was assigned a task to study water in a dream i had where i was watching a youtube video and was frightened for the survival of the planet due to the alarming levels of water being used currently. 

Water varies in it's 1. quality- what it is combined with, at which these combinations of water vary in 2. quantity, at which these vary in it's 3. application of water across time, and place:

1. Water QUALITY. Types of water. Categorising water based off things like:

 

 

2. Bottled water 

“Supermarkets are loaded with water choices but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s good for you because it’s in a bottle. Many companies have been caught bottling tap water.

Regulations on bottled water vary from state to state and country to country (and it’s pretty horrendous what they let slide by into our water). 🙁
Some of the top quality brands are Evian, Volvic, Vittel, Fiji, and Trinity. Water from an artesian (water naturally flows to the surface) well is ideal.
 
https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=373408960811669&set=a.301552271330672
 
 

2. Water Quantity

a. How much freshwater is being used? and when?

How much water is being used

2014: In 2014 we used 4 Trillion tonnes of freshwater

?: 1/3 of the world doesn’t have access to fresh water

2040: one scientist says that by 2040 we will run out of freshwater, but according to my calculations its looking like 2100, but like even then, we can always get water from salt water via desalinations like the israeli people do… but like i think that would have an effect on the world stil… so water reduction is large… 

How much water should we consume? like how much should we drink?

How much water should you drink?
For normal hydration, determine your body weight in pounds, divide it by two and drink that many ounces of water each day” https://www.facebook.com/paulchekspage/photos/a.1297049310353297/4210362402355292/
 

b. Where is the freshwater being used?

1. the main area to reduce water is agriculturally- like animals and plants being used as food (70% of water is used agriculturally)

2. 20% of water is used industrially 

3. only 10% of water is used domestically. This i believe includes the following:

3. only 10% of water is used domestically. This i believe includes the following:

b. Showers… 

Average:they count for 26%
of water use in homes… The ideal is 1 shower a day, 4 mins or less…  8 minute shower (5 gallons/minute… A 12 min shower uses one average backyard swimming pool for your shower alone, per year… I wonder how much water gets used, wasted as we transition from cold to hot… and also water is wasted off course from shower heads…. 

b. i. Old showerhead… 25 litres per minute From <https://www.unitywater.com/residential/manage-your-water-usage/why-your-water-usage-may-be-higher/water-usage-table>

b.ii. Efficient showerhead 6-9
litres per minute 
From <https://www.unitywater.com/residential/manage-your-water-usage/why-your-water-usage-may-be-higher/water-usage-table>

c. Bathroom taps.. Let’s talk taps. They account for 12% of water use in homes.

i. Having a running tap 4 litres on average (From <https://www.unitywater.com/residential/manage-your-water-usage/why-your-water-usage-may-be-higher/water-usage-table> )… leaving a tap on for 2 minutes wastes about 4 days of drinking water for 1 person…. (https://lovewater.sydney/?gclid=CjwKCAjwssD0BRBIEiwA-JP5rM3Ud697NPpTzG-4az1KElqTjYD8SeO1RNjoAHgiSXjC_843kS3lqxoCYwkQAvD_BwE) 5 litres to fill a hand basin… (From <https://www.unitywater.com/residential/manage-your-water-usage/why-your-water-usage-may-be-higher/water-usage-table> )3 gallons of water to shave and allow the water facet to run… 5 gallons of water to brush your teeth and allow the water faucet to run… (From <https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/water-facts-ww-water-sup.html>)waste water to transition to hot water for hot water use? 30-150 litres of wasted water for leaking, dripping taps, per day (From <https://www.unitywater.com/residential/manage-your-water-usage/why-your-water-usage-may-be-higher/water-usage-table> ), 4000L of water/17 standard fridges of water per month (https://lovewater.sydney/?gclid=CjwKCAjwssD0BRBIEiwA-JP5rM3Ud697NPpTzG-4az1KElqTjYD8SeO1RNjoAHgiSXjC_843kS3lqxoCYwkQAvD_BwE), a leak that fills up a coffee cup in 10 minutes will waste over 3,000 gallons of water in a year. That’s 65 glasses of water every day for a year (From <https://www.usbr.gov/mp/arwec/water-facts-ww-water-sup.html> ).

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