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by Mary Jane O. Velasquez

“I will make them and the places surrounding My hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26)

In this period of the year, we welcome the rainy days and the cold breeze of the months. Indeed, it is now the “-ber” months that we anticipate for and marks the slow end of a year. Whenever these nostalgic, restful, and sentimental times hit our calendars, we ready ourselves with the warmth of the sweater, the taste of hot beverage, and the cozy feeling of our bed. These are declared lazy, cold nights, but most especially our clingy side to our family members or a special someone, for we seek for their warm hugs or sweet cuddles.

Yes, it is one of the best feelings we experience, but there is one action that we unconsciously worsen inside our bodies leading to the developing of disease – it is drinking other beverages besides water.

Dr. Renato U. Paragas, the WATERDOK of the Philippines and author of three books entitled “The #1 Reason Why You’re Sick”, “The #1 Reason Why You’re Diabetic”, and “The #1 Reason Why You’re Hypertensive” said in his online article with a title of “COVID-19: A HIGH PRICE TO PAY FOR DISOBEDIENCE” that people are frequently misinformed and habitually substituting other beverages to water. He stated, ‘We are often misinformed that any fluid can meet the body’s water needs and that all manufactured beverages and fluids will serve the body in exactly the same way as water’. This is very evident during summer that even medical professionals advise the masses that any fluid will do the job to quench thirst. This is probably the most serious of all mistakes when it comes to fluid management of the body. The mistake is the background to all health problems of our society at present. Most of the manufactured beverages consumed today do not function like natural water in the body. Even milk and fruit juices cannot meet the body’s daily water needs. Like it or not, one has to get used to the taste of water. It is critical that one prevents thirst and dehydration regularly and not wait to reach the kind of ‘water’ that one perceives is tastier.”

As much as the warm feeling of hot tea or chocolate on our throat is sought after with these cold-weathered months, we should remember that water is the only accepted beverage created by the Almighty Father. Water is part of the six essential nutrients, but sadly, it is also one of the most neglected essential nutrients, together with minerals. Water gives vital functions in the body that are as follows: (1) works to keep body cells toned; (2) assists in weight loss; (3) transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body; (4) eliminates acidic metabolic wastes and toxins out of the body; and (5) regulates body temperature.

Drinking hot beverages is a seasonal habit with most people during the cold or rainy months. Instead of drinking hot cocoa, coffee, or tea that was bought from the store in a sachet, an alternative beverage coming from natural spices such as boiling water with natural ginger, or mixed with natural leaves such as boiling water with fresh malunggay should be practiced because using natural resources rather than the synthetically-made ones is healthier and we are never fully aware of what chemicals are used to prolong the shelf life of the said instant products, much so as to how it can have a negative impact in our body. Most especially, even after satisfying our beverage-craving with alternative natural leaves and spices, our water intake should be our NUMBER ONE priority and should always be proportional to the amount that our body cries for.

Dr. Paragas further explained from the said article that water is the best cleansing agent. He stressed that, “When a person does not drink sufficient amount of water, the metabolic wastes and toxins in the body accumulate more because they are not excreted completely, thus, becoming poisons in our body.”

We should also remember that we are still facing a pandemic right now, so it is best to always follow the proper hydration scheme with the formula of 50 ml/kg/day. Since today’s sources of drinking water are often polluted and the contaminants need to be eliminated prior to drinking it, most drinking water are demineralized. Water without minerals is dead, acidic and unhealthy to consume for a very prolonged period of time. To correct this, Dr. Paragas recommends that we should restore the lost minerals by supplementing our drinking water with IONIQUE® Concentrated Mineral Drops (IONIQUE® CMD). IONIQUE® Minerals is a mineral supplement that contains 72 macro- and trace minerals that the internal systems need in order to work optimally at its cellular and molecular level.

Let us continue to appreciate the wonders of water and minerals as the keys to correct dehydration that will make us enjoy quality time with our loved ones and reminisce the special moments that we cherish.

“But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; but the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14


I - Instant immune system booster;

S - Supplier of the best health in the human body;

W - Works as an internal body cleanser;

A - Accelerates a person’s critical thinking skills;

T - Triumphant in healing wounds quicker;

E - Exhibits a body regulator in differing temperatures;

R - Rescues our life and cleanses our internal systems to serve God’s temple with wholesome health.



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