Water Meanderings - Part One

Written By Dr. Philip Conklin on October 25, 2016


For thousands of years the earth's water supply has been recycling itself through the perpetual process of evaporation and condensation from reservoirs, oceans, streams, rivers as well as from the byproducts of animal and vegetable sources diligently and faithfully returning it back to mother earth in the cycle of life again and again via precipitation. All along the way it provides for and nourishes every form of plant and animal life. It selflessly brings its blessings, lingers until its job is done and then departs, many times carrying a load of waste materials which it kindly delivers to some other life form down the line as useful food to a different region of the world. Water circulates through the land just as it does through the human body, transporting, dissolving, and replenishing nutrients and organic matter, while carrying away waste material. Within our bodies, it regulates the activities of fluids, tissues, cells, lymph, blood and glandular secretions. Water is the common name applied to the liquid state of the hydrogen and oxygen compound known as H2O. Pure water is an odorless, tasteless, clear liquid. Seventy per cent of our planet is covered by it, which is approximately 326 million cubic miles of water and yet only 1% of the earth’s water is truly fit for human consumption.

Water has been used since antiquity as a symbol to express devotion and purity and in some denominations as a water baptism representing Christian identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Quran describes that Allah "made from water every living thing," and Moses struck water from the stone. The ancient Greeks, went as far as worshipping gods who were thought to reside in and command the oceans. Since time immemorial whole cities have been built only after studied consideration of location and availability of pure drinking water. Historical sacred places of communal gatherings were built around the wells, which is perhaps the trend to this day in building fountains in the center of town squares

Traditional and modern medicine have been making use of the psychological and physiological diverse properties of water, in all forms of hydrotherapy. We all know of the simple, yet effective, calming qualities of a warm bath or the invigorating qualities of a cold shower. For centuries, numerous healing springs located all around the world have been recognized for their health generating benefits. Historical records greatly demonstrate the health generating claims of cures as far back as the fourteenth century. Many people make seemingly religious pilgrimages to the hot springs of Chile, Hungary, Iceland, Uganda, China, Greece, Macedonia, Slovakia, Arkansas, Texas, California, Idaho and Washington is an abbreviate list at that!

Second only to oxygen; water is by far the most important macronutrient for the human body. The human body needs water in order to survive. 2/3 of the human body is water; therefore it is important to take in adequate amounts of it every day. Our bodies need hydration to the tune of 2 ½ quarts of water each day to keep the physiological gears in our bodies turning daily. Regular water consumption is good for our health and diet, and is essential for many organic functions of the body. It is vital to digestion; the absorption of food, the regulation of body temperature and blood circulation, the carrying of nutrients and oxygen to the cells in the body, and for the removal of cellular metabolites and toxins. Water is also the assistant lubricator helping with the smooth gliding motion of our body's joints insuring a lower friction coefficient for healthier joints, and water also helps protect our every cell, tissue, and organ function in our body. Increasing our water intake assists in normalizing proper metabolism for weight loss and weight maintenance purposes. Drinking water metabolizes stored fats and helps maintain proper muscle tone. Most importantly drinking water will prevent dehydration, which can have life threatening effects on the organs systems and chemical processes of our bodies. By drinking enough water, you will keep a regular flow of fluids going in the body so that it can perform its daily functions easily, and effectively.

Many of my patients through the years have remarked after explaining to them the amount of water they should consume on a daily basis that they "hate the taste of water." Love it or hate it, it is a must for survival. I have often used the analogy of a fish tank. I will ask my patients if they have ever owned an aquarium. Quite often they will answer in the affirmative and thus I explain:

You see, fish breath, eat, drink, propagate, defecate and urinate in their tank water...it's their Universe. If we don't change the tank water the water will become acidic, more polluted and less oxygenated and the fish will become lethargic, start to develop lesions on their bodies, get sick and die. This can also happen to people over time who don't change the water "in their" aquariums...their bodies. So change your aquarium water on an ongoing basis and hydrate your body by drinking water. Kidneys need to be bathe in it, muscles and joints need it, your brain needs it, your tendons and ligaments need it, your peripheral nerves and spinal cord needs it, your eyes and ears and taste buds need it...and I'll expound upon this in Part Two of Water Meanderings.