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        ANTI-AGING FROM WITHIN - One of the big natural health issues for individuals is anti-aging or healthy and productive longevity. What is it and how do you get it? It might be simpler than you think
        Compared to cosmetic and external window dressing on the body, working from the inside out will slow down the deterioration of cells. This slows down the degeneration of organs - the aging process. The body then follows on and it shows.
        Many anti aging choices are within your daily reach. You need a fundamental understanding of the body’s internal environment for living cells to stay healthy, detoxified and therefore able to resist disease and aging with a naturally strong immune system. Also learn how you may unknowingly be accelerating premature aging.
        Literally, you are not the person who was standing there 18 months ago. Cells live and die. They are replaced continuously as long as you are alive. Some organs are completely replaced, cell by cell, over a few months. Bones can take 18 months to be completely replaced.
        Allow time for the process of natural replacement of healthy and unhealthy cells when making nutritional changes. Sustain the daily feeding of your cells with quality nutrients, water and oxygen to slow their aging (degenerating) process.
        The opposite applies. To accelerate aging, the onset of degenerative disease and premature death, ration the cells of these life-giving requirements by putting nutrition-deficient foods and synthetics into a malnourished, dehydrated, toxic, oxygen-depleted, acidic body.
        The health of replacement cells is determined by you in this natural process of life and renewal. Generally, adults choose the quality and quantity of what to eat and drink, to supplement with nutritional concentrates or not, if synthetic chemicals are applied to skin, breathed in or brought into the home, and the choice to exercise or not.
        These choices influence resistance to, or setting up of the internal environment for, degenerative (lifestyle acquired) disease and aging, regardless of age.
        Sleep for antiaging and repair-The body has the urge to shut down at night (sleep and heal) to shed the days dead cells through elimination processes and rejuvenate overnight. Good, deep sleep is part of the antiaging process. With inadequate sleep, you carry these dead cells into the next day. A look in the mirror the next morning will confirm this. Chronic sleep deprivation etches into people’s faces as an aged look.

        ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES - Most sufferers of asthma and allergies attempt to modify their environment to help cut down on the sneezing, sniffling and wheezing. Although physicians focus primarily on cutting down on air pollutants and toxins in the home, sometimes they overlook the part that ordinary tap water and can play in making asthma and allergies worse.
        Checking out your drinking water might be a good idea if you or a family member has asthma and allergies. A Belgian study recently concluded that chlorine, a common chemical added to water to help kill bacteria, could be making asthma in children worse. Fumes from chlorine in pools, and even in the shower, could trigger an attack for some people with asthma and allergies. Those who suffer from asthma and allergies are often sensitive to gases that are produced when chlorine sanitizes bacteria in sweat or urine. These gases can build up in an enclosed shower, irritating the lungs of children and adults who have asthma and allergies.
        Other chemicals in drinking water can affect people with asthma and allergies. Fluoride is added to most municipal water supplies to help fight tooth decay in children. But for some people with asthma and allergies, fluoride can compromise their health. Allergists for decades have known that documented cases exist of both adults and children with asthma and allergies who have suffered severe reactions to fluoride. In 1967, the Annals of Allergy published a study finding infants, children and one adult who had allergic skin reactions and asthma attacks after being exposed to tap water treated with fluoride. Households with members who have asthma and allergies can filter their tap water with reverse osmosis filtration to eliminate chlorine and fluoride from their water.
        A recent study found that dehydration could play a significant role in asthma and allergies. One researcher believes that the lack of water vapor in the lungs causes the airways to constrict and for the asthmatic’s lungs to produce mucus, the two factors that cause an asthma attack. The researcher recommends that people with asthma drink at least 10 eight-ounce glasses of water every day, along with a pinch of salt, and to avoid caffeine. This is because salt regulates water in the body and caffeine robs the body of needed water. Interestingly enough, folk remedies for asthma and allergies bear out the water theory as well. Home cures include drinking hot water and inhaling steam from a bowl or kettle.
        Reverse osmosis filtering can remove all the chemicals and pollutants for drinking water by squeezing it through a semi-permeable membrane. This is the same technology used to desalinate seawater to turn it into drinking water. This method of filtering can remove virtually all of the fluoride and chlorine out of tap water. This can be helpful for the family member with asthma and allergies who has sensitivities to these chemicals.
        People with asthma and allergies can control their home environment even more by filtering chlorine and fluoride out of their tap water, allowing everyone to breathe easier.

        CANCER - More and more communities are becoming concerned about potential links between cancer and chemicals found in their drinking water. Whether you drink municipal water or drink from a well, additives and contaminates linked to cancer probably exist in your water.
        Although water providers are required by federal law to follow guidelines that are designed to keep these cancer-causing chemicals at “safe” levels in the water, there is much debate at what actually is “safe.” Because of these concerns, water providers are now required by law to publish the results of their water testing every year for public review.
        Some of the chemicals added to water to keep us healthy could oddly enough actually be contributing to cancer rates. Studies concerning chlorine and fluoride have determined high levels of these chemicals could cause cancer.
        Chlorine, used to disinfect most community water supplies, produce Trihalomethanes (THMs), chemicals formed when chlorine reacts with organic material, like bacteria, in water. The American Journal of Public Health published an article in regard to a 1992 study that linked trihalomethanes in water to incidences of rectal, bladder and pancreatic cancer.
        Citizens groups frequently target fluoride, which is added to the water supply of most municipalities to help cut down on tooth decay in children, as a possible carcinogen. The Journal of Epidemiology, in 2001, linked fluoride as the genetic cause of cancer. A 1990 National Toxicology Program study determined fluoride could be the cause of cancers affecting the mouth, pharynx, colon and rectum. Another study, with results published in the Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology in 2001, linked osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, with fluoride.
        Natural occurring radioactive agents like radium, uranium and radon, seep into the water supply. High levels of these elements can cause cancer of the brain and bone.
        People living in rural areas with their own water wells are also at risk of drinking potentially cancer-causing chemicals. Fertilizer, insecticides and herbicides contain carcinogens that can filter down into the water supply. Nitrate, a by-product of fertilizer, also shows up in water supplies. In the human body, nitrate breaks down into nitrosamines, which are potentially cancer-causing agents.
        Atrazine, an herbicide used on crops, is also found in drinking water. It is suspected of causing breast cancer. Another chemical, trichloroethylene, a solvent used in dry cleaning, is found sometimes in water supplies near facilities that do not dispose of their chemicals properly. It is considered a possible cancer-causing agent as well.
        Most municipalities do not have the costly technology to filter these and other potentially harmful chemicals from the water. Neither do most bottled water companies, which frequently get the water they bottle from the same sources as municipalities. Reverse osmosis filtering is one of the few effective ways to remove potential cancer-causing chemicals from your water.

        COLON HEALTH: Colon Hydrotherapy
        There is a new therapy alternative for digestive health- a hydrotherapy from the inside out. Karen McConnell is a certified colon hydro therapist from Honesdale, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT) and has been performing the procedure for a few years now.
        In an interview with Wilkes-Barre, Pa’s the Weekender written by Donna Talarico, McConnell said, “We are so built up with toxins; this helps improve health, helps us heal and gives us more energy.”
        The colon is the body’s septic tank, meaning the place where waste and toxins are stored. A healthy colon should be clean to effectively produce vitamins B and K, and to absorb water, she explains. So, when someone’s colon is filled with waste and blockages, it does not function properly which can lead to more serious digestive tract problems.
        Enter colon hydrotherapy. This procedure, according to the IACT website is a method or removing waste from the large intestine by pumping warm, filtered ware into the colon. This water loosens, softens and removes waste. With a procedure like this comes apprehension, and generally speaking about the colon area is taboo to some- because of this stigma, colon health is often ignored. It shouldn’t be. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Also, over 70-millions Americans suffer from bowel problems, spending a collective $400-million on laxatives and other related products.
        If one decides to, as McConnell puts it, give their body a drink from the inside, here are the steps. The first thing to do is find a certified therapist on the IACT website. On the day of the appointment, you cannot eat or drink two hours before the procedure. Once you arrive, you are given paperwork to sign and informational material. The procedure itself is done in a highly sterile room. Clients will disrobe from the waste down and put on a gown. They lie in the bed and the therapist lubes the anus. Usually he or she will let the person insert the speculum themselves. Prior to that, depending on the therapist, he or she may relax you using lavender. McConnell does.
        “Colon hydrotherapy can be taxing on the nervous system,” she said, explaining why she likes to relax her clients.

        COUGHS AND COLD - We all succumb to a cold and/or cough a few times a year. The runny nose, fever, sore through, etc are all familiar (and dreaded) symptoms of the common cold, an ailment where doctors and pharmaceutical companies’ haves still not made a miracle cure discovery. In fact, the over-the-counter drugs available only battle the symptoms, and not the cause. The fact of the matter is that little can actually be done for a cold or flu virus sets in, except to ride them out.
        However, the best way to fight a cold is just to prevent it from overtaking the body in the first place. There are ways to prevent the flu and colds, including washing hands frequently, taking vitamins and avoiding people who have them. But perhaps the most important and easiest form of prevention is of the common cold is sometimes also the most overlooked: sufficient fluid replacement. Fluids flush out harmful impurities and toxins in our bodies, and aid in the production of mucus. Since the body uses even more fluid than usual when fighting off a cold or the flu, the body can be left severely dehydrated without it. Dehydration, among many things, can result in high fever. This is why extra water should be ingested when suffering these symptoms. In fact, the lack of water can make the cold and/or cough worse. In natural medicine, colds are looked at as the body’s way of detoxifying. During the autumn and winter, our bodies actually attempt to harmonize with the season. The body then condenses waste and cleanses excess mucus and congestions from tissue, which will improve circulation and get the blood pumping to keep us warm. However, this process gives flu like symptoms. Drinking more water will help the body detoxify. Exercise and sweating can also help keep the body clear of toxins. In the way of coughs, drinking the proper amount of water will keep the mucus lining in the lung area thin and lubricated, making it easier to have a productive cough. Water will also help loosen phlegm, and just plain soothe an irritated throat. Not only can water help prevent a cold, but it can also help sufferers feel better. More water in essence can build a stronger immune system, so drink up and stay healthy, and actually enjoy the cold season.

        DIABETES - Have you ever been dying of thirst and a coworker or friend said, “You know, you may have diabetes?” Sounds like a stretch, but in reality, thirst can be a signal of this disease that is taking America by storm.
        So why is thirst linked to diabetes? According to a 1995 CNN.com article, with diabetes, excess blood sugar, or glucose, in your body draws water from your tissues, making you feel dehydrated. To quench your thirst, you drink a lot of water and other beverages and that leads to more frequent urination. If you notice unexplained increases in your thirst and urination, see your doctor. It may not necessarily mean you have diabetes. It could be something else.
        If you already have diabetes, then you know that you already had to make some changes to your diet. As mentioned above, drinking water in place of the sugary options is crucial. One of the best warning signs that glucose levels are high is thirst. And, water is the best way to quench that thirst, and to break down those sugars. Also, to keep the body functioning normally, water should be a constant. But, water can be lost through exercise and normal exposure to high temps. With that, being hydrated will help prevent fatigue and help physical performance.
        Because water has no calories, is low sodium and contains no fat or cholesterol, as stated before is the best supplement for someone with diabetes. Plus, it also have no caffeine, which is a dehydrator. Sugary juices and sodas do contain water and could usually be counted as part of the “eight-glass-a-day“ rule, but these drinks must be avoided to prevent increased glucose levels.
        When at home, drinking safe tap water is fine, but when always on the go, a diabetic should always carry bottled water. Bottled water does have its advantages, as it is portable, and actually kind of you to think about drinking water throughout the day. But, if your bottled water of choice is one of those flavored waters with an artificial sweetener, it actually becomes a soft drink, according to the American Diabetes Association. The ADA does approved of flavored waters with the essence of fruit as great alternatives to plain water.
        So, does a diabetic solely have to rely on water as a drink? While diet soft drinks are considered safe for people with diabetes, one should talk to a dietician or doctor about the amount you should consume. While some here and there could be okay, excess diet drinks can actually cause more thirst and they can also become addictive, leaving the patient not wanted to consume their water! When it comes to juice, a regular size glass of juice is made from several pieces of fruit-- and the carbohydrate grams can add up quickly. Plus, the fiber in juice is much less compared to the whole fruit and the calories add up much quicker too. The same fruit taste could be added by learning to dilute the juice with water and ice so you can get the benefits of water with a fruiter taste.
        So in conclusion, pure water should be drank most often. Bottled water with artificial sweeteners are not highly recommended, but bottled water in general is, as it promotes consistent replenishing of fluids throughout the day. And, this water should be a substitute to sugary drinks that are said to heighten glucose levers-- as well as are linked to causing the diseases in the first place.

        GALLSTONES - Some people who have had them removed like to keep them in jars. We’re talking about gallstones. Perhaps people are marveled that something like that can form in the body, explaining why ‘amateur mad scientists’ may like to keep body parts in jars after surgery. But as neat as they look rattling in that jar, gallstones are indeed painful. How do these stones form, and how can they be prevented? We’ll address some of those issues now.
        Twenty-million Americans suffer from gallstones, which are usually tiny, but sometimes golf ball size crystallized pellets that form in the gallbladder. These stones cause painful spasms in the abdomen and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas and bloating. Gallstones form due to mainly dietary reasons. Looking closer at a gallstone, the product is actually made up of cholesterol deposits left over from the body’s bile-making process. About three cups of bile is made in the liver each day, which is stored in the gallbladder, eventually released into the small intestine to aid in digestion, specifically the breaking up of fats. However, when there are high concentrations of cholesterol, the stones can form. Sometimes stones are tiny enough to pass, and some are too large and must be surgically removed. Sometimes, if they are large enough, they can also block the bile duct leading to the small intestine, which could cause serious infection. A gall bladder can have just one large stone, hundreds of tiny ones or a combination.
        Those who eat diets low in fiber and high in fat may be more susceptible to getting stones, as are those who are obese, who have inflammatory bowel disease and other digestive disorders. Also, cholesterol is not the only culprit- high sodium diets can also help create stones because if there is too much salt in the blood, the water supply goes down. Women are more likely to have stones. But, aside from the risk factors, some things can be done to prevent the stones- and water consumption is one way to make those stones roll…away.
        As mentioned above, low fiber diets can contribute- so a diet high in fiber can help prevent stones. Also, keeping at your body’s ideal weight will help. And, drinking plenty of water, at least six to eight glasses per day, will help keep bile production running smooth. Adequate water content in the liver for bile is crucial. Aside from just for bile, pure water can also aid in flushing cholesterol out of the body in general. So, drink some water and keep those juices flowing for a healthy gall bladder.

        HAIR LOSS - A healthy head of hair usually means moist and vibrant tresses. But, washing with contaminated water (and repeating) can literally wash away those locks.
        There are several water contaminants that can cause hair loss. One is selenium, which is an element found in other ores. Most commonly, this element gets into the water system from run-off from petroleum refineries and from mine discharge. However, this element is also found in compounds that make photocopier equipment. According the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to remove this element is by a reverse osmosis water filter.
        Another metal that can cause hair loss is mercury. This element, also found in fish, can also be eliminated from water by a RO filter. Experts know that hair loss can be attributed to hair loss, but they aren’t exactly sure why. If hair loss is being experience and one is a sushi addict, it may be best to steer clear of seafood. However, if hair loss is occurring in someone who does not consume fish regularly, it may be time to get the water checked for mercury. Mercury poisoning can also be detected by nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth, difficulty concentrating, weak spells, dizzy spells, tingling sensations in the hands and feet, unexplained headaches and fatigue. All of these can point to too much mercury coming from the tap.
        Lead poisoning, among many other things, can also cause hair loss. Water travelling from old lead pipes to the shower head may be a prescription for hair loss. Zinc is also a contributor. So is aluminium. There are also literally ways to poison your hair: traces of arsenic and thallium in water can also cause hair to fall out. It should be noted that while losing hair is often a difficult experience, many of these contaminants can also cause damaging health effects.
        So, to keep your head of hair thick and healthy, be sure to be washing it with the purest water possible. And in the meantime, you could also be protecting yourself from serious disease!

        HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL The number one killer in America is heart disease. And, two huge health risks that can lead to serious heart conditions are high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But, these can be prevented.
        Let’s start with high cholesterol. The American Heart Association says that one in five American’s have too high a cholesterol level. But first, just what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance called a lipid that is found inside cells and blood. It is produced naturally in the liver, but some of the ‘bad’ cholesterol comes from the food we eat, mainly in animal fats. While too much cholesterol can be harmful, a certain amount is necessary for bodily functions, such as making cell walls and acting as a building block to produce various hormones, bile acids, and Vitamin D.
        Having too much cholesterol can block blood flow, resulting in a thickening and hardening of artery walls, a disorder called arteriosclerosis. Since this also narrows the arteries, blood flow can be slowed down, or even blocked. With less blood, the heart therefore gets less oxygen. That can result in chest pain, heart attack, or something as drastic as death. Lowering your blood cholesterol level is one of the best ways you can decrease your risk of heart disease. And, even if your cholesterol is close to the desirable range, 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood, you can lower it and reduce your risk of heart disease.
        With all this thickening going on, water can play a very important role. Drinking water can actually thin the blood, making in a natural way to help the blood pump more smoothly. Drinking plenty of water will keep your blood ways clean! Since exercise, along with a healthy diet, is an important contribution to the lowering of cholesterol, once again, water needs to be drank in order to replenish what was lost. In fact, consumption of water so you are fully hydrated can increase your metabolic rate!
        Let’s move on to high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against artery walls as it makes it way through the body. Just like air in a tire, blood fills arteries to a certain capacity, and anything over that capacity can have damaging effects. (Ever have too much pressure in your tires?) Just like high cholesterol, high blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke. And what’s scary is that there are not any real symptoms until, which is why high blood pressure is known as the silent killer.
        Hypertension can be combated in many ways, such as quitting smoking, drinking alcohol or overweight. Water can also help lower this pressure, as blood is mainly comprised of water. If water levels drop, that can affect your blood pressure. So, drinking the healthy amount of water each say can maintain a healthy heart. Also, the kidneys clean the blood. If blood flow is limited to the kidneys because of lack of water or high blood pressure, it will think the body is low on water, and react by telling the brain to constrict veins and arteries, which will make pressure even higher.
        Heart disease is a serious issue in America today, with two of the top causes being high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Drinking enough water can combat both of these.

        HEALTH RISKS OF HEAVY METALS Like heavy metal? Think again. We’re not talking Ozzy here, but in fact heavy metals that can be very harmful to your health if found in your drinking water.
        Severe effects include reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and in extreme cases, death. Exposure to some metals, such as mercury and lead, may also cause development of autoimmunity, in which a person's immune system attacks its own cells. This can lead to joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and diseases of the kidneys, circulatory system, and nervous system.
        The young are more prone to the toxic effects of heavy metals, as the rapidly developing body systems in the fetus, infants and young children are far more sensitive. Childhood exposure to some metals can result in learning difficulties, memory impairment, damage to the nervous system, and behavioural problems such as aggressiveness and hyperactivity. At higher doses, heavy metals can cause irreversible brain damage. Children may receive higher doses of metals from food than adults, since they consume more food for their body weight than adults.
        WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? Toxic metals can be present in industrial, municipal, and urban runoff, which can be harmful to humans and aquatic life. Increased urbanization and industrialization are to blame for an increased level of trace metals, especially heavy metals, in our waterways. There are over 50 elements that can be classified as heavy metals, 17 of which are considered to be both very toxic and relatively accessible. Toxicity levels depend on the type of metal, it's biological role, and the type of organisms that are exposed to it.
        The heavy metals linked most often to human poisoning are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Other heavy metals, including copper, zinc, and chromium, are actually required by the body in small amounts, but can also be toxic in larger doses.
        Heavy metals in the environment are caused by air emissions from coal-burning plants, smelters, and other industrial facilities; waste incinerators; process wastes from mining and industry; and lead in household plumbing and old house paints. Industry is not totally to blame, as heavy metals can sometimes enter the environment through natural processes. For example, in some parts of the U.S., naturally occurring geologic deposits of arsenic can dissolve into groundwater, potentially resulting in unsafe levels of this heavy metal in drinking water supplies in the area. Once released to the environment, metals can remain for decades or centuries, increasing the likelihood of human exposure.
        In addition to drinking water, we can be exposed to heavy metals through inhalation of air pollutants, exposure to contaminated soils or industrial waste, or consumption of contaminated food. Because of contaminated water, food sources such as vegetables, grains, fruits, fish and shellfish can also become contaminated by accumulating metals from the very soil and water it grows from.
        Sip with confidence, and see if your local water supply contains any of these harmful metals.

        KIDNEYS AND BLADDER PROBLEMS/STONES People who do not drink enough water can easily develop bladder and kidney disorders due to the heavy concentration of urine that is passed.
        Bladder-It almost seems like a paradox. The bladder aids in the passing of fluid from our body. Yet, to remain healthy, it needs water. The urinary bladder is a hollow organ made up of elastic muscle fibers, which allow it to expand without damage. Ordinarily, the bladder has the capacity to hold up to 750ml of fluid. According to the amount of fluid collected, pressure is exerted on the walls of the bladder and, as it mounts, this triggers the feeling of needing to pass water, or urinate. A bladder infection (or urinary tract infections, UTI), caused by bacteria getting into the urine, creates the same urge, but often the patient is able to produce only a few drops of water while suffering pain and discomfort. This discomfort is avoidable. Drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day will keep the bladder active and bacteria-free. Also, avoiding coffee, tea, carbonated beverages and alcohol can help, as they irritate the bladder and cause a slight amount of bleeding to occur. When bleeding occurs, bacteria may enter the blood vessels.
        If a UTI is left untreated or undetected, it can turn into a kidney infection, as the bladders is connected to the two kidneys through ureters. Both can be treated with antibiotics, but as the infection passes to the kidney, lower back pain may develop as well, making a need for pain medication. Which leads us to kidneys….Kidneys/Kidney Stones
        While they don’t sound as important as the heart and lungs, kidneys are very important to our health. The kidneys, along with the liver and or urinary tract rid our body of waste materials. If the kidneys were to stop operating for only two days, it would cause a retention of metabolic toxins, and then uremia would set in. The accumulation of waste products, normally excreted in the urine, would cause metabolic poisoning.
        Build-up of bacteria and proteins can cause crystals to form, which are known as kidney stones. These are very painful to pass. Some studies show that dehydration increases the chances of having kidney stones, and drinking plenty of water may very well prevent the formation of them. People living in the southeastern United States may have more kidney stones than people living elsewhere, and it is thought that the cause may be related to temperature and dehydration
        Avoiding situations or controlling the other diseases that contribute to kidney disorders may sometimes prevent chronic kidney disease, where patients may have to rely on a kidney machine for survival. The earlier a person can alter factors that damage the kidneys, the better. Among the ways to help prevent chronic kidney disease are:
        • Maintaining blood pressure at less than 130/85 mm Hg
        • Maintain strict blood glucose control in people with
        • Maintain healthy levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol and triglycerides
        • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products
        But perhaps one of the easiest and most effective ways is to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is not only a symptom, but also the cause of many aliments, especially kidney infections and other disorders that can lead to more serious matters. If someone is prone to kidney and urinary ailments, they will want to avoid dehydration at all costs. People will want to drink at least 48 ounces of water per day, and will want to promptly treat any illnesses that cause dehydration, such as diarrhoea, vomiting, or fever. During hot weather and exercise, it is even more important to replenish fluids that may have been lost through water and even the occasional sports drink. Also, they will want to avoid caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and colas. They increase urine output and dehydrate the body faster, as do alcoholic beverages.

        OSTEOPOROSIS - About 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which literally means “porous bones.” This disease is characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. Thirty-four million suffer from low bone mass, but have not been diagnosed with the disease. There are some risk factors that we cannot change, as in gender and race. However, other risk factors are indeed preventable. And, something as simple as water can aid in both preventing and coping with this disease. But just as water can help- it can also harm.
        Fluoride-tinged water can increase the risk of bone fractures by 20-40%. It can also contribute to abnormal bone growth. Many municipalities could have fluoride in their water systems, and the only way to remove it is by distillation or with a reverse osmosis water filter. Those who are at risk for osteoporosis should invest in a good quality filter to make sure fluoride is removed. Those with the disease should do the same because of the fracture risk.
        Calcium-- or lack thereof-- is the first and foremost nutrient associated with osteoporosis. This element is essential in building and maintaining bone and bone tissue. While milk and supplements are the primary source for this, there is also a calcium-rich mineral water available.
        Aqua therapy is also a great way to stay in shape and help relieve pain involved with osteoporosis. Since exercising is crucial to health and much exercise can be a risk factor in falling and breaking a fragile bone, those with osteoporosis are caught in a Catch-22. So, water activities are an alternative. In the water, exercising can build muscle and also help reduce pain, improve balance, increase range of motion and increase circulation. (After being in a pool for a while, there are some other helpful hints for uses of water: see related article.)
        It is also smart to avoid smoking, caffeine and alcohol. So, replace those beverages with water- a much better alternative and will give many other health benefits.

        PROSTATE CANCER - Prostate cancer is mostly thought of as a senior citizen disease, with over 75% of diagnoses made on men over the age of 65. However, this means that over one-fourth of all prostate cancer patients are not yet of retirement age. Everyone, no matter how young, can benefit from certain preventative measures.
        Preventing Prostate Cancer
        Certain water contaminants have been linked with higher rates of prostate cancer. These include atrazine, a widely used weed-killer that permeates through the soil into water supplies. Atrazine is particularly prevalent during the springtime, when most crops are fertilized. Although the Environmental Protection Agency imposes a limit on atrazine levels in water, this limit is based on a yearly average, meaning low levels during off-season can off-set alarmingly high levels during growing season.
        Another outside contributor to developing prostate cancer is the plastic packaging used for bottled water. Multiple studies have shown that the toxic chemicals used to create plastic packaging can break down and seep into the water within, wreaking havoc on the body. Prostate cancer is especially sensitive to environmental factors, making bottled water a particular concern. Avoid large water containers whenever possible, as these transmit the highest levels of toxins.
        A diet high in fibre is credited with reducing the risk of contracting prostate cancer. However, in order for a high-fiber meal plan to be effective, one must drink at least one cup of water for every 20 pounds of body weight daily, and supplement their diet with additional sources of calcium, zinc, and iron. Drinking the required amount of water provides as much as one-third of the recommended daily intake of calcium.
        Consuming a minimum of eight glasses of atrazine-devoid, non-bottled water each day keeps your body running at its best to prevent cancer from the start, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and keeping the prostate in working order.
        Water and Prostate Cancer Treatment
        There is hope for those who have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over 70% of diagnosed men die from causes not related to their cancer, and many can go on safely with no treatment, under the supervision of a physician.
        Water consumption is of even greater importance for those who already have prostate cancer. Certain hormones affected by the cancer also regulate bodily processes like water regulation, and when the body is dehydrated, these hormones are unable to work effectively. Thirst is a sign that the body is already dehydrated; so don’t wait until you feel the urge—keep drinking water throughout the day. Consuming adequate amounts of water each day can help to maintain good health and a strong immune system to help in your battle against cancer.
        SHOULD I DRINK MORE WHEN DIETING?
        • A big glass of water when you feel hungry and prior to a meal or snack fills the stomach briefly and makes you feel fuller and you generally stop eating sooner.
        • Breaking down body fat and body muscle during weight loss produces wastes that must be eliminated from the body through the kidneys. Drinking plenty of water is important to keep the kidneys functioning to remove these wastes, from the Body.
        • High-protein diets generate more waste products from digestion, and from breaking down stored fat. Kidney function is even more essential when on a high-protein diet.
        Drinking Water Briefly Increases Metabolism-Drinking 500 mL of water (a half-litre or about a pint) increased the study participants' metabolism briefly - for about a half hour.
        Eight Glasses of Water a Day?-The study provides some support for the general recommendation to drink eight glasses of water a day while dieting. For most people that would add a litre or two to their regular water intake. The extra calorie-burn would be about 100 calories a day if drinking 2 litres (2 quarts or 4 water-bottles full) more than usual.
        Dangers of Too Much Water-Don't start drinking an extra gallon of water a day - that can kill you, especially if you are fasting or eating very little. Water taken in must be in balance with body salt - electrolytes.
        Drinking and Walking-Exercise such as walking causes the metabolism to rise and body water to be lost through increased respiration and sweat. Walkers should drink a large glass of water an hour before walking, and then drink about a cup of water every mile. When you finish walking, drink a glass of water. Guidelines for the marathon and half-marathon now say to "drink when thirsty" rather than pushing water, in order to prevent hyponatremia - drinking too much with replacing electrolytes.

        STOMACH PROBLEMS - People in third world countries sadly often only have access to water that is highly contaminated, and as a result, people die every day from the effects of diseases that target their digestive tracts. E.coli, salmonella, and other intestinal parasites, bacteria and viruses can overtake our stomach and other connected organs necessary for digestion.
        While our water in our civilized country is regulated, we still have to protect ourselves. Contaminated water supplies are responsible for stomach problems, from small upsets to severe disorders. But, making sure water is filtered within the home as an added safety measure can prevent that. A few contaminants to watch out for are lead, mercury, copper, arsenic, atrazine and cadmium. These can cause diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and other stomach problems. Most times if water contaminates are found in a local water supply, it is public knowledge, and there will be a boiling alert put out by the local water companies until the problem is under control. Of course, this does not happen all too often and for the most part our water is safe. Still, extra measure can be taken: a small price to pay in exchange a feeling of discomfort.
        But, while contaminated water may be the cause of stomach problems, safe drinking water can be a cure for others!
        There are many ailments that can arise within and around the stomach, nausea, diarrhoea, gas, constipation and heartburn being a few. Drinking water can be of help in several of those cases, and even aid in their prevention. Diarrhoea, watery stool, can cause severe dehydration, so it is important to maintain body fluid if suffering from that. On the flipside, constipation can also use water to help break down the otherwise dry stool. (This subject can be read about in more depth on another section of this site.) Since vomiting and diarrhoea go hand in hand with the nausea feeling, this ailment also contributes greatly to dehydration. Replacing fluids while nauseated is very important. Heartburn has also been said to be caused by lack of water, as water could have aided in neutralizing the acid (pH level) that caused the burning sensation.
        Water is also a necessary element to just plain make sure our digestive tract works properly, which is sure to prevent stomach problems from occurring in the first place. Drinking water at mealtime aids in the digestive process, as it helps move the food through the system. More importantly, the solid food we eat cannot be properly digested if it is not broken down. This is where water comes into play, once again. Water than acts as the transportation system to bring the nutrients found in foods to where they are needed within the body during digestion. And, it also helps moved the waste product through the rest of the digestive tract, and ultimately out of our bodies. Remember that lots of acids are found within the stomach that mix with the water to break down our foods, so plenty of water will help keep things balanced!

        THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER AND HUMAN HEALTH It sounds so simple. H20. Two parts hydrogen- one part oxygen. But this element, better known as water, is the most essential, next to air, to our survival.
        Water makes up more than two thirds of the weight of the human body, and without it, humans would die in a few days. The human brain is made up of 95% water; blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer screen. (Are you having trouble reading this? Drink up!) Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.
        Water is important to the mechanics of the human body. In fact, all the cell and organ functions made up in our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water for their functioning.
        • Water serves as a lubricant
        • Water forms the base for saliva
        • Water forms the fluids that surround the joints.
        • Water regulates the body temperature, as the cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration.
        • Water helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste- the best detox agent.
        • Regulates metabolism
        In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease. Drinking eight glasses of water daily can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50% and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast cancer. And those are just a few examples! As you follow other links on our website, you can read more in depth about how water can aid in the prevention and cure of many types of diseases, ailments and disorders that affect the many systems of our bodies.


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