WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK MORE WATER
- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- 37% of Americans have such a weak thirst mechanism that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Even MILD dehydration may slow you metabolism up to 3%.
- In a University of Washington study, one glass of water curbed “midnight munchies” for almost 100% of dieters.
- Dehydration is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue.
- Preliminary research indicates that drinking 8 -10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back joint pain for up to 80% of arthritis sufferers.
- A mere 2% drop in body water has been known to decrease short-term memory, muddle through processes and cause difficulty in focusing on computer screens or printed pages.
- Drinking just five glasses of water per day decreases your risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.
THE TRUTH ABOUT WATERWater, the fluid of life and the shaper of the earth, is made from the simplest and most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen, joined to the vital gas oxygen. Two atoms pair with a single oxygen atom to establish the triple structure water H2O. Water the universal solvent, given sufficient time, will dissolve or suspend almost any material on earth. Pure water, therefore, is a rare substance. In nature, water in its purest form is found in the water vapor that rises from the earth’s surface. Nature’s cleansing cycle consists of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As water evaporates from the earth, it leaves behind any contaminants it may have collected. Distillation, the process whereby water is turned into steam, then directed, into condensing coils where it condenses back into water, can therefore be aptly described as nature’s way of purifying water. No other process produces purity as nature intended.
FILTRATION VS. DISTILLEDLe Bleu Guarantees the Highest Quality Water Over Time Le Bleu provides consistent purity, gallon after gallon, year in, year out. No other water treatment technology can guarantee consistent quality over time. The purity of your drinking and cooking water is guaranteed with Le Bleu Ultra Pure Bottled Water. We challenge you to taste Le Bleu at room temperature. Notice the difference. Filtration Filtered water has passed through a fine strainer and/or activated carbon. While carbon filters reduce disagreeable tastes and odors, they are not effective in removing contaminants such as arsenic, copper, lead, nitrates, parasites, sodium, sulfates and the list goes on. A filter can also become a breeding ground for bacteria as the organic material which remains in the filter begins to decay. Another drawback is knowing when to replace the filter. Some manufacturers suggest replacing filters when bad taste or odor returns. In reality, a filter may be able to control taste and odor long after it has lost it’s ability to reduce tasteless, odorless organics such as THMs (trihalomethanes) and chloroform which are byproducts of chlorinated water. Deionization The process used in water softeners is called deionization. Water softeners treat hard water by simply exchanging (an ion exchange) sodium for minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Ion Exchange Softeners are limited in their ability to purify water for drinking purposes and because sodium is added, softened water could preset problems for people on low salt diets. Spring Water Numerous spring waters have been cited for contamination issues because no source is protected, pristine or free from potential contamination from the earth or man. According to the National Cancer Institute there are over 100,000 chemicals commonly used by Americans in household cleaners, solvents, pesticides, food additives, lawn care, and other products. And every year, another 1,000 or so are introduced. These chemicals dangerously pollute our rivers and streams and raise concerns about the overall contamination of the earth’s water supply. Reverse Osmosis Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems force water under high pressure through a synthetic semi-permeable membrane to reduce inorganic minerals. These systems vary widely in their ability to reject nitrates, chlorides and some other contaminants. RO performance is affected by water pressure, water temperature, pH, bacteria, dissolved solids and the chemical contaminant level of raw tap water. Like other filtration systems, gradual clogging of the system by collected contaminants will result in declining effectiveness and can also lead to contamination from bacterial growth. RO can have up to 90% wastewater and 10% product water. This isn’t going to continue as water becomes more and more precious. Distillation Steam distillation kills harmful bacteria and viruses, removes virtually all foreign particles, inorganic minerals, heavy metals, chlorine and most volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Water is heated in a chamber and turned into vapor (steam). This water vapor rises leaving impurities behind in the boiling chamber. The purified vapor then enters a condenser where it is cooled and returned to the liquid state. Steam distillation is widely recognized as the single most effective method of purification. At Le Bleu, not only do we steam distill our water but we perform a 5-step purification process. Le Bleu ultra pure water is just that – ULTRA PURE.
POTENTIAL SOURCES OF WATER CONTAMINATIONWater in the atmosphere becomes contaminated even before it falls to the earth. The clouds of water droplets absorb gases such as sulfur dioxide. They carry particles of dust and collect air-borne bacteria. When water falls to the earth as rain, it dissolves or absorbs part of many compounds that lie on the earth’s surface: pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, animal wastes, fertilizers, etc. Surface drinking water sources such as lakes and rivers are subject to agricultural and industrial pollution, run-off of mud and decayed vegetation, and animal and human wastes that provide an environment for the growth of algae, bacteria and viruses. Ground water sources such as wells and springs that percolate through the sand, rock and clay formations are more likely to provide lower amounts of suspended matter, color and bacterial contamination. However, ground water is subject to come into contact with and absorb undesirable inorganic minerals such as iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide gas, as well as inorganic chemicals such as lead, sodium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, copper, barium and arsenic. Both surface and ground water surfaces are becoming increasingly contaminated with many contaminants. Even some of the products used to treat water, such as chlorine, have been linked to many adverse health effects on humans, such as cancer and miscarriages.
INORGANIC MATERIALS IN WATERBy Dr. Paul Bragg, N.D., Ph.D. So many people think of minerals only as those which come directly from the earth “inorganic minerals” that I must stress the fact that the minerals, which are so important to the human body, have undergone a change into an organic state. Only plants can assimilate inorganic minerals from the soil. By the process of photosynthesis, plants change inorganic minerals, which are found in water, into organic minerals which can be assimilated by man. When you buy mineral supplements be sure that they are derived from plants or other organic sources not directly from the earth. You can no more digest inorganic minerals than you can dirt. The minerals that are essential to the body are organic minerals only found in fruits and vegetables, vital to cell reproduction and the assimilation and utilization of other food elements and substances. They are present in all body tissues, including hair.
WHAT DOES WATER DO FOR THE BODY?Our bodies are approximately 70% water. Water is used for breathing, digestion, elimination, glandular activities, heat dissipation and secretion, all of which are enhanced when water is pure. Water helps prepare substances for transport across cell membranes and for distribution through our bodies by way of blood and lymph. This function is impaired when the water is filled with contaminants that interfere with its ability to dissolve bodily substances efficiently. Water is also a cleansing agent for the body. It reaches into every cell to absorb and carry away toxins and impurities. Doesn’t it seem essential to provide our bodies with the purest water possible?
THE TRUTH ABOUT FLUORIDEPrescription for Nutritional Healing by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N. For many years now, controversy has raged over whether fluoride should be added to drinking water. As early as 1961, as recorded in the Congressional Record, fluoride was exposed as a lethal poison in our nation’s water supply. Proponents say that fluoride occurs naturally and helps develop and maintain strong bones and teeth. Opponents to fluoridation contend that when fluoridated water is consumed regularly, toxic levels of fluorine, the poisonous substance from which fluoride is derived, build up in the body, causing irreparable harm to the immune system. The Delaney Congressional additives and other substances in the food supply, has stated that “fluoridation is mass medication without parallel in the history of medicine.” Meanwhile, no convincing scientific proof has ever been generated that fluoridated water makes for stronger bones and teeth. It is known, however, that chronic fluoride use results in numerous health problems, including osteoporosis and osteomalacia, and also damages teeth, and leaves them mottled. The salts used to fluoridate our nation’s water supply, sodium fluoride and fluorosalidic acid, are industrial byproducts that are never found in nature. They are also notoriously toxic compounds, so much so that they are used in rat poison and insecticides. The naturally occurring form of fluoride, calcium fluoride, is not toxic, but this form of fluoride is not used to fluoridate water. Today, more than half the cities in the United States fluoridate their water supplies. In many states, it is required. Although many ailments and disorders, including Down Syndrome, mottled teeth and cancer, have been linked to fluoridated water, fluoridation has become the standard rather than the exception. The fluoride added to tap water can be a problem. Individuals have different levels of tolerance for toxins such as fluoride. In addition, many water sources have levels of fluoride higher than one part per million, the level generally recognized as safe and originally set as the acceptable limit by the EPA. After the EPA learned that water in many towns had natural fluoride levels much higher than this, the permissible fluoride limit was raised–quadrupled, in fact, to 4 parts per million. And this is an addition to fluoride encountered from other sources. Fluoride is the thirteenth most widely distributed element on the earth, so it can turn up just about anywhere; in vegetables and meats, for example. Since so many local supplies are fluoridated, there is a good chance that virtually any packaged food product made with water, such as soft drinks and reconstituted juices, contains fluoride. Additional fluorides are widely used in toothpaste products, so it is easy to see how many Americans may be digesting excessive amounts of this potentially toxic substance. If your tap water contains fluoride, and you wish to remove it, you can use a reverse osmosis, distillation or activated alumina filtration system to eliminate almost all of the fluoride from your water.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is so important about drinking PURE water?
- What is “PURE” water?
- What is Spring Water?
- Is Le Bleu water safe for babies?
- Do we need minerals in our water?
- Do home water softeners purify water?
- How much water should I drink every day?
- Can the water I shower with every day affect my health?
- How can I reduce these problems?
- Is Distilled Water Dangerous?