List 4 bodily functions in which water is involved.
Circulation, digestion, absorption, elimination of wastes
What is the primary component of blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears, and sweat?
Explain 3 important points to what is happening to our water.
It is drying up, becoming toxic, and getting diverted.
Natural springs are drying up. Water gets diverted for farming purposes, and toxins, metals, and chemicals seep into our water.
The brain uses electrical energy that is generated by the water drive of the energy pumps. With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. Many functions of the brain that depend on this type of energy become inefficient. We recognize this inadequacy of function and call it depression. This depressive state caused by dehydration can lead to chronic fatigue. (No answer)
Dr. Batmanghelidj MD
Why is city tap water considered to be an unnatural, processed substance?
It is heavily processed by filtration and added chemicals and other substances to kill bacteria and viruses. In some cases it contains too many chemicals to be considered save for human consumption. Due to old pipes and leakages tap water may also contain metals. MCL standards are not always met.
Explain how the following pollutants appear in our drinking water and list the effects they have on the body.
Lead: due to corrosion of water pipes, lead solder in plumbing, and lead in brass faucets. Dangerous for families with young children.
Radon (radioactive gas): by-product of uranium; comes from earth’s crust. Increased risk of lung cancer
Nitrates: mostly present in ground water. High levels are risky for infants and serious ill people.
List 3 characteristics of drinking water.
Fresh (close from source)
Free of harmful substances, and full of natural minerals.
Good smelling and good tasting.
What does filtration or purification of water involve?
The removal of extraneous matter (chemicals, metals, bacteria). A purifier must remove 99.75% of incoming bacteria.
There are: Carbon filters (solid block or activated carbon), reverse osmosis, distillation.
How does cooking with demineralization water affect the nutritional value of the food?
It will deplete the food. The molecules will attach to minerals from the food, making it unavailable for our bodies to absorb.
List the factors that may influence the amount of water we need individually. (6)
Our size, physical activity, environmental influence, amount of sweating, diet, and certain health conditions (fever, diarrhea, kidney disease, other fluid losses)