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PURE WATER FOR A LONG LIFE
There’s an old Chinese phrase that’s often found in ancient texts: “water of long life.” This kind of water was collected, with immense effort, from the high mountain region and was only available to the upper classes. It was either rainwater or “dew-water” from melted snow. It was pure, having been cleansed naturally through evaporation or rainfall. Unfortunately, this process can no longer take place today there are many particles in the atmosphere that pollute rainwater.
According to traditional Chinese wisdom, the health benefits of pure water were far-reaching. Although this belief is easy to understand from a biophysical point of view, it meets with resistance from conventional medicine.
Two arguments are often put forward against the consumption of pure water. The first is osmotic pressure. This is demonstrated by putting animal cells into pure water in a reagent glass. The cells blow up till they finally burst, because fluids with different part concentrations have the tendency to reach the same concentration. So more and more water goes into the cells until the cell wall isn’t able to cope with the growing pressure and bursts. The opponents of the pure-water theory assume that the same would actually happen in the human body. This is of course a mistake, as the conditions aren’t the same. Water begins its journey in the mouth; and right from the start, it’s no longer pure. Furthermore, the deeper it goes into the body, the more polluted it becomes. This cleansing effect is what gives the result the Chinese describe: a longer life.
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The second argument against the consumption of pure water is that it washes precious minerals out of the body, causing a deficiency. Earlier on, however, we saw how water with a strong mineral or calcium content created deposits in between the cells, hindering the metabolism Flushing these deposits out of the body is exactly why we need to drink pure water. Furthermore, the body measures precisely the levels of minerals it discharges it doesn’t give up those that it needs. If necessary, it will go so far as to take back through the skin minerals that have been dispersed through perspiration. (This was discovered by Japanese scientists who were examining athletes.) This means that the argument against drinking pure water is actually the very reason why it’s beneficial for health.
If only it wasn’t serious, this might even be funny in the U.S. and in many Asian countries, pure or distilled water is on sale in supermarkets, and in Thailand it’s even marketed with the slogan: “This water is good for your health!” At the same time, in Germany and other European countries, medical students learn that it can be dangerous, perhaps even life-threatening.
In my own family, we’ve drunk pure water for more than ten years for the good of our health; my husband consumes nearly six pints a day. He’s in good health and very fit. By the way, did you know that coffee and tea made out of distilled water taste much better, and that it also makes good beer and baby food?