WATER

"Water does not work in the body by what it brings in, but much more by what it takes out." - Prof. Louis-Claude Vincent

Did you know that your body is almost 80% water when you are born? By the time you are an adult, this amount drops to about 65% which is 2/3 of your body weight.

There are many different opinions on how much water you should drink per day, but a good rule of thumb is the consumption of 30ml per kg bodyweight. That’s about 2L for a 65kg person. Coffee, Sodas and Alkohol & co. don’t count to that.

When considering where your water comes from there’s some studies that we think everyone should know about. As Prof. Louis-Claude Vincent quoted "Water does not work in the body by what it brings in, but much more by what it takes out.“ - Meaning, the lower the amount of trace elements the water contains, the better it is for your longevity.  

As one of the greatest solvents known, water helps prepare substances for transport across cell membranes and distribution through our bodies by way of blood and lymph. This function of water in our bodies is impaired when the water is filled with contaminants that interfere with its ability to dissolve bodily substances efficiently. Meaning, the fewer minerals in the water, the better it can fulfill its dissolving power.

Distilled water is the purest form (not the one you get from the hardware store, but from reverse osmosis or a proper distiller) but getting glass bottled water from the supermarket with the lowest amount of minerals is a step us as well. 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BODY WHEN WE DRINK DISTILLED WATER?

"Distilled water contains nothing toxic, it just doesn’t contains ions." says Professor Hans Oberleithner from the Institute of Physiology at the University of Münster. If you drink distilled water, it will inevitably come in contact with the mucous membranes. The body then adds missing salts to the water. "When the water arrives in the stomach or intestine, it already contains the body's own electrolytes and can no longer be distinguished from normal water." The amount of electrolytes that the body loses is thereby negligible. "Even in normal water, the salt content is minimal," says the physiologist.

Only when undertaking strenuous exercise in which our body loses important minerals, it is recommended to add them back with a few drops of Himalayan salt, or by pouring the water into a glass bottle and adding a crystal or quartz.

WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE IMPACTS?

Due to its absolute purity through the distillation, the distilled water contains virtually no pollutants.

Germs, viruses and bacteria, such as hormones, drug residues, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides or other carcinogenic substances are being removed. In addition, 99% of the water is also released from inorganic compounds like mercury, uranium and lead.

It has been scientifically proven that the consumption of cleaner water leads to longevity and fewer illnesses, which is hardly surprising considering that about two-thirds of the human body is water.

As one of the greatest solvents known, water helps prepare substances for transport across cell membranes and/or distribution through our bodies by way of blood and lymph. This function of water in our bodies is impaired when the water is filled with contaminants that interfere with its ability to dissolve bodily substances efficiently. Meaning, the fewer minerals in the water, the better it can fulfill its dissolving power.

Metabolic activities depend upon enzymes, coenzymes, trace minerals and other substances which are present in minute quantities. Contaminants and toxic chemicals, introduced into our body through our drinking water can interfere with normal metabolic activities and enzymatic pathways.

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TAP WATER IN GERMANY

German tap water is usually free from pathogens and the amount of trace chemical substances is well checked by the government. Nevertheless, there are no limits for many substances, including drug residues. Also the controls usually take place at the waterworks, but old pipes in apartments, especially lead pipes, can release toxic substances into the water.

Mineral water from the supermarket on the other hand, has lower allowed limits than tap water. In addition to that its often stored in plastic bottles which contain plasticizers and chemicals that are released through the plastic. Studies show that hormone like minerals, such as the sex hormone oestrogen have been detected in 12 out of 20 mineral water brands.

HOW DO I MAKE DISTILLED WATER?

Can I just drive to the nearest hardware store, get a five liter canister and ignore the warning "Not for consumption", since I now know how good distilled water is? Under no circumstance! In the industry, a chemically dematerialized water may be referred to as distilled water. Here, the ions were only chemically bound and this form is then only to use for common applications such as car batteries.

The better way to go is the own production by using a distiller. There are usually two versions. A steam distiller runs on electricity, but also consumes a lot of it. The yield is relatively low and the cleaning costs are high. The clearly better and in the long run also cheaper option is a reverse osmosis system. Reverse Osmosis water purification process is a simple and straightforward water filtration process. It is accomplished by water pressure pushing tap water through a semipermeable membrane to remove impurities from water. This is a process in which dissolved inorganic solids (such as salts) are removed from a solution (such as water). 

If you add a few drops of pure Himalayan salt at the end of this process, you have subsequently mineralized your water.

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Hydrologist Louis-Claude Vincent conducted research on the relationship between water quality and disease rates between 1950 and 1974. In his studies he discovered that this increases when the conductivity of the water, the core size for the purity, is greater than 160 μS and decreases when the conductance is less than 160 μS.

Conclusion: The purer the water, the lower the conductance and consequently the disease rate.

The hydrologist also examined the pH value and found that sterilized water has a basic pH of pH 7.5 and pH 10.0, with tap water regularly in this range. However, natural and healthy waters are in the range of pH 6.2 to pH 6.8, so slightly acidic to neutral.

In all areas of high disease rates, Louis-Claude Vincent found contaminated drinking water: bacteria, chemicals, viruses, chlorine, and much more that does not belong to biologically pure water. By means of a measuring method developed by him, the bio-electronics, the biological terrain of aqueous liquids could be determined and evaluated by the “Vincent-Bio-Elektronigramm”.

The result was the finding that good, pure water for vitality and health should have an R-value (electrical resistance of water) of at least 6000 ohms, an rH2 value of 24 to 29 (redox potential) and a pH of 6.2 to 6.8 (hydrogen ion concentration, basic or acidic character of an aqueous solution). This means that healthy water is reduced (little oxidized), slightly acidic and low in minerals, because the less minerals there are in the water, the lower the electrochemical conductivity and thus the chance to flush out deposited acids and poisons in the human Organism.

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Sources

Endocrine disruptors in bottled mineral water: total estrogenic burden and migration from plastic bottles, Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2009), Martin Wagner/Jörg Oehlmann: Link

Umwelthormone im Mineralwasser, Frankfurter Ökotoxikologen weisen östrogene Belastung in Deutschlands beliebtestem Getränk nach, 13. März 2009
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Removing Uranium From Drinking Water Using Distillation; Nova Scotia, Canada
Link1; Link2; Link3

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