Pure Water is essential to life as we know it. We all know we are mostly water. People say our bodies consist of anywhere from 55% to 75% water. We all also know how important Pure Water is.
Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
But still we as a people are chronically dehydrated. This is true world-wide, from places where water is scare, and even in the "developed" world where access to fresh, clean and abundant water is readily available.
America Is Becoming Dehydrated
People in our society have replaced the drinking of water with drinks that are essentially dehydrating such as coffee, tea, soda pop and alcohol. Therefore, not only are they making their bodies more acidic, they are also causing long-term dehydration of their bodies. Because of this, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
So we know we need water. But the question of water isn't that simple anymore. There are more kinds of water than ever, and many different claims for each. But I think most of us can agree to a principal. We should drink the purest water we can. OK, but the question is: What is Pure Water and how can we get it?
What is Pure Water?
Here are three definitions I found on Pure water
"Pure water contains equal numbers of both ions, is said to be neutral" - from Wikipedia
"Pure water has a low electrical conductivity, but this increases significantly with the dissolution of a small amount of ionic material such as sodium" - from Wikipedia
"Purified water is water from any source that is physically processed to remove impurities. Distilled water and deionized water have been the most common forms of purified water, but water can also be purified by other processes including reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, microporous filtration, ultrafiltration, ultraviolet oxidation, or electrodialysis." - from Wikipedia
There is a great deal of chemistry involved in the discussion regarding the quality of water, and improving the quality of water through water filters or water ionizers. I am not a scientist, nor a chemist. I will not pretend to be either. I am just a guy who is learning what he can and explaining what I understand as it relates to The Master Cleanse.
Science is always our current best guess anyway, and it is never consolidated into a common "Current Reality." Disagreements are present everywhere, and so I feel helpless in my effort to define Pure Water. So let's back off of the truest definition of the word "definition," if you will.
What I really mean by Pure Water is Clean Water, Mineralized Water, or Living Water. Water that is free from chemicals, that has a pH Level of 7.0, and carries with it a naturally balance of trace minerals.
Hype and Propaganda of Pure Water Claims
This challenge of finding or making Pure Water is subject to companies and scientists being credible and being held accountable.
There are many claims flying around the world on any topic, and the subject of Pure Water is no different.
People even go so far to claim an Alkaline Water Cure. I tend to shy away from the word cure to begin with because it seems there is never any "cure" — if you define a cure as a "persistent, and complete solution." I just don't believe there is EVER a CURE for ANYTHING in an evolving world. Whenever we solve something, we will always create new problems and the very problem we solved is likely to either become irrelevant, or evolve into something more complex, rendering the old solution irrelevant. This is evident in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Many of the diseases we thought we "cured" are actually gaining new ground.
But I digress.
So when people begin to talk about Alkaline Water Cure I begin to sense a bit of Hype and/or Propaganda. Most companies seem so consumed with sales, or so profoundly convinced of their products that subjectivity is thrown under the bus. Bold statements and claims are made. Please note that every time I make a claim it has the *Eternal Asterisk.
*the only thing I know is that I don't know anything (if you define knowledge as an absolute, complete and eternal understanding).
Types Of Water and Water Sources
- Tap Water: Tap water is often very good quality, except that it is often chlorinated or fluoridated. Now there are also many man-made chemicals in our water supply.
- Bottled Water: Bottled water is really, for the most part, shameful. The quality is no better than tap water but sold at ridiculous prices. It's bad for the environment and really something we need to change.
After we humans get our hands on it we produce many different versions of water that aren't all created equal. Here is a brief explanation of the different types of water you might see on bottles for purchase.
- Purified Water: Another way to say filtered water. Water isolated from other substances.
- Filtered Water: Water is passed through materials such as carbon to remove substances. Filters have different sizes 0.01 microns are the size of the smallest viruses. Most robust filters are 0.02 microns. Many basic filters don't remove nearly all contaminants.
- Distilled Water: Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed. Stanley Burroughs calls distilled water "cooked," or devitalized.
- Ionized Water: Water is passed through systems to create a similar effect to what happens to water when it passes over rocks in a stream. The nature of this type of water is said to be alkalizing to the body. Most agree that an alkaline body is a healthy body.
- Alkaline Water: Another name for Ionized water. The two terms are synonymous.
- Kangen Water: A marketing term by a company called Enagic to brand their Water Ionizers — no better or worse that most of their competitors. Great Marketing.
- Ozonated Water: Water that has an extra atom of oxygen, said to have healing potential.
- Mineral Water: Water containing minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value.
- Demineralized Water: Water that has had its minerals removed through any process.
- Deionized Water: Water that has had its minerals removed through a process called deionization.
- Reverse Osmosis Water: is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane and can remove many types of molecules and ions from water.
- Soft Water: Water that contains little or no calcium or magnesium metal. The term is usually related to hard water, which does contain significant amounts of these ions. Demineralized water is said to be soft. Acidic Water.
- Hard Water: high mineral content — mainly calcium and magnesium ions. Alkaline Water.
Pure Water as a Cleanser
Pure Water is the most universal solvent we have. That means it will dissolve more compounds than any other fluid. This is why we have minerals in our water to begin with.
As you may have guessed, this is very important in any cleanse, but especially The Master Cleanse. The Master Cleanse is designed to break up mucous, waste and toxins. Every Master Cleanse Ingredient with the exception of Maple Syrup (whose primary function is to provide energy), was chosen to loosen and dissolve waste and toxins so that our body can either eliminate them or re-use them in a productive way.
Water is also a universal transportation medium. In the body the water carries toxins to organs to be eliminated.
Best Water for use in The Master Cleanse
Pure Water isn't essential to The Master Cleanse, but the reason we would want Pure Water for our cleanse is the same reason we want to cleanse in the first place: Toxins. Why would we spend 2 weeks of effort, trials and tribulations to rid ourselves of toxins, only to consume them in water?
The problem is: who really knows what's in our water? I mean, I don't have a water tester (although I am going to get one). Do you have one?
So where do we find sources of Pure Water? Water that is rich in vitamins and has no added viruses, bacteria or drugs? Here is my definition of ideal water: Water that is free from chemicals, that has a pH Level of 7.0, and carries with it a naturally balance of trace minerals.
Filtered (Purified) Water
Filtered Water has had impurities removed through a variety of processes. There are many different kinds of filters ranging from devices that attach to our sink faucets, counter top water filters, and whole house water filters. The primary focus of a filter is to remove impurities such as: Parasites, Chlorine, Fluoride, Dioxins, Nitrates, Chlorine, Lead, Copper, Aluminum, Pesticides, Anti-Biotics, Prescription Drug Compounds and others.
The most "effective" process of removing all substances from water is called distillation.
Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed. Stanley Burroughs calls distilled water "cooked," or devitalized. The water is boiled, removing everything from it, including useful trace minerals and oxygen.
This type of water is not suitable for The Master Cleanse because it lacks these trace minerals. You can Revitalize your water by leaving it in a clear glass jar in the sun for 3 days (doesn't that tell you something about the contents of light?) and by adding an appropriate amount of sea salt or trace element supplement relevant to the quantity of the water you are revitalizing.
Alkaline Water (Ionized Water)
Ionization is the physical process of converting a molecule into an ion by removing charged particles such as electrons or other ions. In the case of ionized water, you start with H2O and then lose a H+ and then you have an OH-, which is a natural anti-oxidant. This neutralizes free radicals and reduces damage in the body.
Alkaline Water is water that has an alkalizing effect on the body. Every cell in our body has a property described as pH, which stands for the Potential of Hydrogen. This measurement describes how acidic or how alkaline our bodies are. The range of pH is between 0 and 14.
You can measure your pH with several products. You can also measure the pH of your water, juices, foods, soups etc.
While there is much debate about the benefits that might be gained from drinking Alkaline Water, there is little debate about the disease that can arise in the body when it is chronically acidic. In part, we make our bodies more acidic or alkaline through what we consume each day by eating or absorption.
So it makes sense that we would want to consume water and foods that will have an alkalizing effect. It is thought that the best pH level for drinking water is 7.0.
The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence ofminerals like calcium, magnesium; therefore, Distilled Water is not ideal for consumption in quantity. It is also thought now that the lack of these minerals will actually pull minerals out of your food while you are cooking it in distilled water, robbing your body of the use of them when eaten.
Water Alkalizers (Water Ionizers) and Water Filters
There are machines on the market that are Water Alkalizers, (Water Ionizers), Water Filters or both. I will group them all together here, treating the ability to create alkaline water as a feature of a Water Filter.
In the very near future I will do a review of each major brand of Water Alkalizer on the market. Each manufactures a slightly different product which results in different qualities of water. Some have water filters; others don't. Most use Electrolysis to create the Ionized Water, but new technologies are emerging all the time.
Beware of Water Alkalizer Review Sites. Many are owned by the manufacturers themselves. For example, the following two Water Alkalizer Review sites are owned by Earth Trade Water, the parent manufacturer of Life Ionizers. This is one reason why I hesitate to recommend them.
Over time my research will evolve to provide me with a better understanding of which product to endorse. For now, I will provide an overview of my Water Alkalizer Reviews here. Be sure to watch for individual reviews for each major manufacturer, their leading products, and typical product classes.
Current, Leading, Water Alkalize Manufacturers
1. Jupiter Water Alkalizer (Jupiter Water Ionizers)
2. Life Ionizers (Earth Trade Water)
3. Kangen (Enagic) Water Ionizer
4. Tyent Water Ionizer
5. KYK Water Ionizer
6. Vidalite (Rejuvenator, Gold Fox)
8. Water80 - Water80.com
9. Pur Water Filters
Use Purified Water to Make the Master Cleanse Lemonade
I carry a 1-liter BPA-free Water Bottle filled with Pure Water with me at all times. This water will cleanse your palate of the lemonade, as well as maintain the illusion that your stomach is full. You can drink as much water as you do Lemonade. All the water you consume from (including the water in the lemonade), is a key factor in why this cleanse is so successful. Avoid chlorinated and fluorinated water.
Drink Pure Water Throughout the Day
Most of us are chronically dehydrated. And most of us eat when we are thirsty. Our bodies don't understand the difference between the cravings for water and food very well. The two signals - hunger and thirst are often mis-understood. I drink as much as I can, but like anything, one shouldn't overdo it. Every time I feel a hunger craving, I take a nice big chug of water. I believe I am turning off the switch in my physiology that is telling me that I am hungry. If I feel very hungry, or weak, I drink a glass of Lemonade.
What kind of water should I use during the cleanse?
The quality of your water during the Master Cleanse is the key to great results.You probably know that your body uses water to flush and transport toxins to the organs of elimination ( The colon, bladder, lungs, skin and so on...) to discharge them. Latest scientific research shows that many health problems can be significantly improved, or completely eliminated, with just an adequate consumption of good water. To learn more about the healing power of water, read our recent articles on this topic.
We recommend 3 ways to ensure your water is pure and appropriate for the Cleanse:
- You can use Water Ionizer
- Install good Water Filter for your tap water
- Or check your local health-food store for Purified Bottled Water
What about distilled water?
Stanley Burroughs - The Master Cleanse founder, did not recommend using distilled water. He called it was "cooked" - completely stripped of natural minerals found in water.It is also slightly acidic.
How do you feel about Pure Water?
What kind of water do you drink? Is it tap water? Is it filtered? Do feel that alkaline water is capable of the healing potential that people claim?