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By: Renato “Waterdok” Paragas, M.D.

Last month, the country encountered a parade of tropical storms that caused great devastation and forced the national government to declare the entire island of Luzon under a state of calamity. The dreaded tropical storms did not only damage homes, farms and other properties but it also caused unfathomable floods to the prone areas causing the loss of lives too. The cause was that the dams had to release some volume of water spontaneously with the continuous downpour of heavy rains.

The floods did not only bring murky water to most areas but also the scarcity of a clean, healthy drinking water. The quality of water necessitated the purification of water prior to drinking it or it forced many to cater to various types of bottled water sold in stores and supermarkets such as purified water, mineral water, alkaline water, distilled water, etc. During calamities, people do not mind what type of water is best for their health. Of course, they have no choice. They are merely concerned with rehydrating themselves. Now that the aftermath of the tropical storms is over, it is important that we get educated of the right quality of potable water to provide us better health most especially that the pandemic still exists.

The adult human body consists of 70 percent water. It is basically water wrapped up with skin. Water plays very critical roles in maintaining health and wellness of an individual. Thus, we should pay close attention to the quality of the drinking water.

According to Engr. Sang Whang, author of the book Reverse Aging, the following are the qualities of healthy water: (1) It must be pure, devoid of any contaminant; (2) it must be alkaline, with pH between 8.6 to 10.0; (3) it must be rich in minerals, approximately 300 mg per liter; (4) it must be hard, containing approximately 170 mg of calcium and/or magnesium per liter; and (5) it must have an oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) of between -250 to -450 millivolts.

Because of the prevalence of pollution in almost all sources of water today, it is very logical to have your water purified before drinking it. The major water contaminants are sediments, microorganisms, chemicals and heavy metals. Sediments include soil, sand, dusts, rusts from pipes, particulate matters from decomposing organic matters in water. Common disease-causing microorganisms in water include coliform bacteria and E. coli from excreta of man and animals, salmonella causing typhoid fever, shigella and cholera causing dysentery, hepatitis A, and protozoans like E. histolytica and cryptosporidium resulting to amoebiasis, and many more. The predominant chemical in drinking water is the disinfectant chlorine. It is sodium hypochlorite, the main ingredient found in bleaches used for laundry. This substance is known to cause premature aging, both physically and mentally; hardening of the arteries, and cancers of the breast, colon and urinary bladder among others. Aside from chlorine, there are more than 100,000 commercial chemicals added into water and these are usually waste products excreted out from manufacturing plants; agricultural chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and molluscicides; personal care products; household chemicals; pharmaceutical metabolites; and petroleum products to name a few. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. These are known to cause damage to the nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, and also cause developmental problems and cancer.

Because of these major contaminants, it is imperative that water should be thoroughly purified. There are various technologies used in water purification. Some are mechanical filters like ceramic filter, multimedia filter and activated carbon; reverse osmosis; distillation; ultraviolet radiation; and ozonation. Each technology has its limitations and cannot completely eliminate all the contaminants in water, thus, it is recommended that water undergoes through several purification technologies. Distillation, reverse osmosis and ion-exchange softens water by removing minerals in water. One concern when this happens is the removal of essential minerals that the body critically requires to achieve health and well-being.

If you are purchasing a drinking water system for your water needs, make sure you purchase a water purifier that truly and effectively does the job of cleansing and purifying the water you ingest. An important advice for you - always seek the certification from National Sanitation Foundation International (NSF). It is a blue round logo with the letters “NSF” in it. NSF is a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborative agency that acts as a third party to insure customers that the health device they purchase is what the company claims it to be. It is a very common practice that manufacturers always claim that their products (devices) are the best. However, most of these devices do not have the NSF certification to assure that customers really get their money’s worth. There are several organizations that issue certifications with regard to water purifiers but the NSF certification should be the most trusted one. The agency has numerous standards that a manufacturer should achieve and maintain for the certificate be granted to them.

Since demineralized water or water without minerals (distilled or purified through reverse osmosis) is dead and acidic, the eliminated minerals must be restored back. I personally recommend IONIQUE Mineral Drops, an all-natural, the world’s most powerful, health-giving, ionic mineral supplement manufactured by Mineral Resources International (MRI) based in Ogden, Utah. The mineral supplement contains at least 72 macro- and trace minerals per drop of the supplement and creates a highly alkaline water that Engr. Whang recommends for reversing aging. Gary Price Todd, M.D., author of Nutrition, Health and Disease, declared that the human body requires at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease- and ailment-free state. The regular intake of purified water supplemented with IONIQUE Mineral Drops helps achieve this state.

I do not recommend the daily, regular intake of bottled water since the water is stored for a prolonged period of time especially when transported from the manufacturing plant to the retailers. I have observed several times that haulers of these bottled water leave the bottles exposed directly under the sun and this causes the chemicals in the plastic bottles to leach out into water thus contaminating it after purification. I personally tag along a stainless water container when traveling and refilling it in terminals where there are drinking fountains.

To close, I quote Martin Fox, Ph.D, author of the book Healthy Water For a Longer Life: “The quality of water is important to our health and may be the missing and vital link in our overall health program.” Enjoy drinking purified drinking water, devoid of any contaminant, and supplemented with IONIQUE Mineral Drops, to maintain a disease- and ailment-free state!



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