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75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. 
Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100%of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study. 
Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 
Preliminary research 
indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. 
A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory,trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day? 


The Importance of WATER to Human Health

· 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world pop.) 

· In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. 

· Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. 

· One glass of water deters hunger pangs for 98% of the dieters observed in a University of Washington study. 

· The biggest trigger of daytime fatigue is lack of water. 

· Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. 

· A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. 

· Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and develop bladder cancer by 50%.

A person's minimal water requirements is half their body weight in ounces. For instance, a 200 pound person should drink at least 100 ounces of water.

Top Ten Reasons We Need To Drink Water

1. Water is the substance of life. Life can not exist without Water. We must constantly be adding fresh water to our body in order to keep it properly hydrated. 
2. The body is comprised of 80% water. There is not a more important thing we put in our body. This ratio must be maintained for good health. 
3. It is difficult for the body to get water from any other source than water itself. Soft drinks and alcohol steal tremendous amounts of water from the body. However, even other beverages such as coffee, milk and juice require water from the body to be properly digested. 
4. Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function. 
5. Water is essential for proper digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions. 
6. Water is essential for proper circulation in the body.
7. Water helps remove toxins from the body, in particular from the digestive tract.
8. Water regulates the body's cooling system. 
9. Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This condition where the body's cell are never quite hydrated enough leave them in a weaken state, vulnerable to attack from disease. It weakens the body's overall immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional and pH imbalances that can cause a host of diseases.
10. Dehydration can occur at any time of the year, not only during the summer months when it is hot. The dryness that occurs during winter can dehydrate the body even quicker that when it is hot. Many victims of diseases such as cholera die primarily through dehydration, not from the disease itself.

pH is Critical to Our Health

     Our diet has changed radically over the last seventy years. We have abandoned our time-honored balanced diet of raw fruits and vegetables. The advent of processed foods, and the mania over fast foods and junk foods has changed all that. We no longer eat foods that contain natural enzymes; they have either been cooked, pasteurized or otherwise processed out of our food and therefore out of our diet. Without enzymes, our bodies cannot take in vital nutrients. 
For instance, there are the familiar stories of old ladies who seemingly fall down and break their hips. Come to find out all those old ladies did not fall down at all. Rather, their hip bone snapped and they fell over. Because of the lack of proper nutrition and the necessary enzymes, their bodies lost the ability to take in calcium, a condition known as osteoporosis. Once our bodies become depleted of enzymes, it becomes increasingly difficult to take in nutrients. If our organs must devote a large portion of their enzyme manufacturing potential to making digestive enzymes, it weakens the whole body. 
     However, what make this situation worse is that processed foods, fast foods and junk foods create an acidic condition in our bodies that over time becomes an ideal environment for diseases to start. For instance, cancer does not live well in an alkaline environment but flourishes in an acidic environment. What we consume either raises or lowers our body pH (pH relates to acidic and alkaline), which should be between 7.2-7.4 pH. For example a soft drink such as a cola has a pH of 2.7-3.0, which is extremely acidic! A soft drink with a pH of 3.0 is going to have a much higher pH after it has passed through the body; it is going to have close to the same pH as your body, about 7.0. It reached that pH level by stealing precious minerals and fluids from your body! Putting soft drinks and other high acid foods in your body lowers your body's pH making it more acidic, thus more suseptible to disease. It does not give you disease; rather it helps to create the ideal environment for any disease that may come along to get a foothold, may it be environmental, genetic, diet related or by other means. The vast majority of cancer patients possess a very low body pH, ranging from 6.0-5.0 or lower. Our bodies simply can not fight disease if the our body pH is not properly balanced. 
       In short, our diet is killing us. One in three people in the United States will get cancer in their lifetime. These are staggering statistics, yet if you look at the rise of processed, over cooked, fast and junks in this country, you will notice the rates of cancer and other diseases rising at the same rate. 
     The question remains: what to do about this situation. There is something we can do about it. 

Why Purified Water is Bad For You
by Zoltan P. Rona MD, MSc

     During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins. Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking purified water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous. Paavo Airola wrote about the dangers of purified water in the 1970's when it first became a fad with the health food crowd. 
     Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed. Purified or reverse osmosis water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. Studies validate the benefits of drinking purified water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time). Fasting using purified water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Cooking foods in purified water pulls the minerals out of them and lowers their nutrient value. 
     Purified water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more purified water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Purified" water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by purified water. 
     The most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from purified water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine. The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging. 
     A growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products in the body. There is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation. Meats, sugar, white flour products, fried foods, soft drinks, processed foods, alcohol, dairy products and other junk foods cause the body to become more acidic. Stress, whether mental or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body. 
     There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (purified water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood. The longer one drinks purified water, the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume purified water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies. Those who supplement their purified water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-purified water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation. 
The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline <http://www.watershed.net/ionized.htm> and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Purified water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of purified water is a bad idea. 
     Water filtered through a solid charcoal filter is slightly alkaline. Ozonation of this charcoal filtered water is ideal for daily drinking. Longevity is associated with the regular consumption of hard water (high in minerals). Ionized Water <http://www.watershed.net/technos.htm> is the best possible drinking water. Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of purified water. Avoid it except in special circumstances. 

REFERENCES 
 Airola, P. 1974. How To Get Well. Phoenix, AZ: Health Plus Publishers. 
 Baroody, Dr. Theodore A. Jr. Alkalinize or Die. California:Portal Books, 1995. 
 Haas, Elson M. Staying Healthy with Nutrition. The Complete Guide to Diet & Nutritional Medicine. Berkeley, California:Celestial Arts, 1992; p. 22. 
 Rona, Zoltan P. and Martin, Jeanne Marie. Return to the Joy of Health, Vancouver: Alive Books, 1995. 
 Rona, Zoltan P. Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection. Rocklin, California:Prima Books, 1996. 
 Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master's Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1985). He is the author of the Canadian bestsellers, "The Joy of Health" and "Return to the Joy of Health". He is a past president of the Canadian Holistic Medical Association and is a consultant on nutritional medicine to the Motherisk Program of the Department of Pharmacology of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. 
Born 22/2/51 in Budapest, Hungary; raised in Montreal, Quebec. Canadian citizen. 

Top Ten Reasons Never To Consume Soft Drinks!

1. Soft drinks steal water from the body. They work very much like a diuretic which takes away more water than it provides to the body. Just to process the high levels of sugar in soft drinks steals a considerable amount of water from the body. To replace the water stolen by soft drinks, you need to drink 8-12 glasses of water for every one glass of soft drinks that you consume!

2. Soft Drinks never quench your thirst, certainly not your body's need for water. Constantly denying your body an adequate amount can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration, a condition that weakens your body at the cellular level. This, in turn, can lead to a weakened immune system and a plethora of diseases.

3. The elevated levels of phosphates in soft drinks leach vital minerals from your body. Soft Drinks are made with purified water that also leach vital minerals from your body. A severe lack of minerals can lead to Heart Disease (lack of magnesium), Osteoporosis (lack of calcium) and many other diseases. Most vitamins can not perform their function in the body without the presence of minerals.

4. Soft Drinks can remove rust from a car bumper or other metal surfaces. Imagine what it's doing to your digestive tract as well as the rest of your body.

5. The high amounts of sugar in Soft Drinks causes your pancreas to produce an abundance of insulin, which leads to a "sugar crash". Chronic elevation and depletion of sugar and insulin can lead to diabetes and other imbalance related diseases. This is particularly disruptive to growing children which can lead to life-long health problems.

6. Soft Drinks severely interfere with digestion. Caffeine and high amounts of sugar virtually shut down the digestive process. That means your body is essentially taking in NO nutrients from the food you may have just eaten, even that eaten hours earlier. Consumed with french-fries which can take WEEKS to digest, there is arguably nothing worse a person can put in their body.

7. Diet soft drinks contain Aspartame, which has been linked to depression, insomnia, neurological disease and a plethora of other illness. The FDA has received more than 10,000 consumer complaints about Aspartame, that's 80% of all complaints about food additives. 

8. Soft Drinks are EXTREMELY acidic, so much so that they can eat through the liner of an aluminum can and leach aluminum from the can if it sits on the shelf too long. Alzheimer patients who have been autopsied ALL have high levels of aluminum in their brains. Heavy metals in the body can lead to many neurological and other diseases.

9. Soft Drinks are EXTREMELY acidic: The human body naturally exists at a pH of about 7.0. Soft Drinks have a pH of about 2.5, which means you are putting something into your body that is hundred of thousands of times more acidic that your body is! Diseases flourish in an acidic environment. Soft Drinks and other acidic food deposit acid waste in the body which accumulates over time in the joints and around the organs. For example, the Body pH of cancer or arthritis patients are always low. The sicker the person, the lower the Body pH.

10. Soft Drinks are the WORSE THING you can possibly put in your body. Don't even think of taking a sip of a Soft Drink when you are sick with a cold, flu or something worse. It will only make it that much harder for your body to fight the illness.

Hazardous Material Alert
Some obscure facts and uses for Soft Drinks you probably didn’t know
(Applies to virtually all carbonated soft drinks)

1. In many states, the highway patrol carries a few gallons of Soft Drinks in order to remove blood from the highway after auto accidents. 
2. Place a T-bone steak in a bowl of Soft Drinks and it will be gone in 2-3 days. The meat is consumed by the acid of the cola. 
3. Toilet Cleaning: Pour a can of Soft Drinks into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush. It magically cleans better than if you had scrubbed it. The citric acid in Soft Drinks also removes stains from vitreous china. 
4. Remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Soft Drinks. 
5. Clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour Soft Drinks over the terminals and the ultra-acid soft drink bubble away the alkaline corrosion in seconds. 
6. Loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Soft Drinks to the rusted bolt for several minutes and loosens with a fraction of the effort. 
7. Baked ham: Empty a can of Soft Drinks into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Soft Drinks for sumptuous brown gravy. 
8. Remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Soft Drinks into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Soft Drinks will help loosen grease stains. It is also an excellent cleaner road haze from your windshield. 
9. The active ingredient in Soft Drinks is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. 
10. To transport Soft Drinks syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. 
11. The distributors of Soft Drinks have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
Imagine What This Stuff is doing to Your Body!
If you have any of this hazardous material left over after these uses, dispose of it immediately. DO NOT CONSUME! Keep out of the reach of children.

 

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HEALTHY Drinking Water! The British Berkefeld is superior to other filters because it removes pathogens such as E-coli, Cholera Salmonella Typhi, Giardia and Cryptosporidium and like other water filters, it also reduces Chlorine, Lead, Rust, Sediment and Organic Chemicals such as Pesticides, Herbicides, Organic solvents, Trihalomethanes and foul tastes and odors. 

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British Berkefeld, the Ultimate Water Filter, is designed for everyday use and is ideal in situations where a reliable supply of treated drinking water is unavailable. This elegant system is constructed of high grade, polished stainless steel, making it hygienic, durable and easy to clean. The upper chamber of the two piece housing is filled with water which gravity feeds through the ceramic filters into the lower chamber. Each set of four (4) elements will provide efficient filtration from 8,000 to 60,000 gallons, depending water quality and care of filters. The durable and efficient "Super Sterasyl" elements can be cleaned and re-cleaned as needed with a soft brush. In addition, the unique ceramic filters are impregnated with pure silver, which makes them self sterilizing! 

The Super Sterasyl TM Filter

At the core of the sub-micron ceramic filter is the most basic of elements. . EARTH. This is the same substance which artisans refine into exquisite porcelain and pottery. It is Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.), a fossil substance, made of very small silicon shells left by trillions of microscopic, one celled algae, called diatoms. Today there are over 1500 uses for D.E., from abrasives in toothpaste, filtering agents for water and milk, heat insulators for kilns, to polishing agents in nail polishes, and much more. 
The microscopic pores of a ceramic filter element makes it an extremely efficient filter for the removal of particulate matter and fine sediment from water. Minute particulate matter will quickly plug media style filters, but the ceramics have the added benefit of being cleanable and re-useable. 
The Super SterasylTM. element, used in all British Berkefeld filters, utilizes the latest technological advances of ceramic filtration by incorporating pure silver impregnation into the porous inner ceramic shell to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, the Super SterasylTM ceramic filter element contains activated carbon filling, which removes chemical and organic compounds from the water while also improving taste. 

Easy Setup and Installation:

The system sets up in minutes. Simply screw in the four filter elements, attach the spigot and you are ready to filter water. 
Re-cleanable filters:
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Super Sterasyl Filters Remove:

Pathogenic bacteria
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Cysts
Cryptosporidium Parvum and Giardia Lamblia - 100% removal (based on tests by Arizona State University) 
Sediment 
Down to 0.9 micron, 100%; 0.5 - 0.8 micron with a filter efficiency of >< 99.99% (based on tests by Spectrum Laboratories, Minneapolis, MN) 
Organic Chemicals
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Other Chemicals
Chlorine 

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WRc, UK 
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World Health Organization NSF, USA. 
Loughborough University, UK 
University of Arizona, USA 
Thresh, Beale, and Suckling, UK 
WRc Gwent, UK 
Sevem Trent Labs, England 
 

British Berkefeld A UNIQUE PLACE IN HISTORY!  (See filters below) 

John Doulton began making ceramics in 1815. The Thames river, heavily contaminated by raw sewage, led to frequent epidemics of typhoid and cholera. Queen Victoria (1837) Commissioned Henry Doulton to create a water filter system capable of removing bacteria. Utilizing Louis Pasteur's research and advancement in microbiology, Doulton's R&D department created micro-porous ceramic filters capable of removing pathogenic bacteria with better than 99% efficiency. Today the British Berkefeld name is the preferred choice, in over 150 countries world-wide, for water filtration products.  -- 
 


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