Our most precious resource is water.
Everyone living on Planet Earth has used water for survival. Without drinking water we would last for only three days.
As we normally drink water to quench our thirst or as a solvent for foods, we tend to ignore its many health benefits and the fact that every organ in our body needs water to function properly.
Water therapy is as old as man himself and it’s ironic that such a natural effective medicine has to be rediscovered in each era.
Hippocrates himself used water as a beverage in reducing fever.
Back in ancient Rome, physicians like Gaelus and Celsus had a rather refreshing approach to medicine – they prescribed cold baths. Even the mighty Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar dipped into a series of cold baths to conquer an illness that had defied all other remedies.
Cold water has restorative properties helping build a resistance to disease whereas warm or neutral water is sedating, relaxing the body.
But here’s something worth remembering: if you’ve got an injury, stay away from hot water. It’s like throwing fuel on the fire, increasing both blood flow and inflammation.
Water comes in many beneficial forms – steam baths, saunas, hot and cold compresses, ice packs, foot and hand baths, and even herb-infused baths (think Epsom Salts, Sulphur, Sodium Bicarbonate, and the ever-classy Apple Cider Vinegar).
And let’s not forget about the daring water enemas and douches – they’ve got their place too!
In its icy form, water can work wonders. I once witnessed a motorcycle crash right outside a café I was in. A quick-thinking waiter rushed to the rescue with a bag of ice to slap on the rider’s injury, preventing any initial swelling and inflammation until the ambulance arrived.
Physicians have noticed that although even minor dehydration can slacken your muscles, a single glass of water can restore circulation and overcome any sluggishness.
Over in Japan, they’ve got their own morning ritual – waking up and drinking several glasses of room-temperature water. Seen as a cure-all for a range of poor health conditions, science is still playing catch-up on this one too.
We often take this essential activity for granted, forgetting its significance in our lives.
It’s a fascinating notion to consider – the fact that there’s no more water on our planet today than there ever was.
It’s the same old water, whether it’s in the seas, rivers, lakes, the soil, aquifers, clouds, or those majestic icebergs. The twist these days? Most of the water we’re using has probably been around the block a few times.
When it comes to bottled water, let’s not be fooled by appearances. Some of those fancy labels and top brands are nothing more than glorified tap water with a dash of chlorine. Not for me thanks.
I’m not a great fan of alkaline water either as there’s much misinformation on the internet about alkalising your body. The only pH changes made by opting for alkaline foods and water is to your urine and saliva; even these are temporary.
I do however like:
- Willow water – the preserve of Augustinian Monks since the 12th century the mineral content, especially the calcium and salicin ingredients, is high, reflecting the geology of the Lake District area. This ‘willow bark’ water has fever reducing and anti-inflammatory properties and is the source of the famous Holy Well of Cartmel
- Hydrogen water – molecular hydrogen (H2 gas) is one of the most powerful antioxidants with studies showing it can prevent/stop over 150 diseases. You can get all these health benefits just by adding hydrogen to your water. It is the preferred drink for today’s athletes.
For decades it has been claimed that water has no memory. Put another way, science says it doesn’t, the rest of us say it does.
The theory of water memory states that when you dissolve a substance in water, it still has the memory of the substance, no matter how many times you dilute the water afterward.
Water memory is a central theme in the field of homeopathy.
At this point I’ll draw your attention to the works of New Zealand water researcher, public speaker, mother, artist and author Veda Austin. She has taken Emoto Masaru’s studies of water to another level showing that water is a conscious observer.
Veda Austin believes that water is fluid intelligence, observing itself through every living organism on the planet and in the Universe.
And she shows us exactly how. (There are many videos on YouTube to choose from).
Her primary area of focus is photographing water in its ‘state of creation’, the space between liquid and ice. It is through her remarkable crystallographic photos that water reveals its awareness of not only Creation, but thought and intention through imagery.
Her work brings a message of hope and joy from the very source of life itself. She says “Water is transparent, it knows no colour, creed or religion. Water does not judge, nor does it label, it will enter the body of an ant as easily as it will enter the body of a king, or a homeless person or a tree or a dragonfly. Water is our constant companion, from the moment we are conceived it is always with us…even upon death, it is water that evaporates from the physical rising upwards into the Heavens.”
Austin sees water as Source rather than a resource and considers all bodies of water to be sacred. Her passion for water extends out of the freezer and into primary schools where she donates time teaching water science and cleverly intertwines it with art projects.
She loves to reconnect children to the living water systems inside and outside of their bodies, believing that the ‘tamariki’ (children) are the water bearers of the future. She also spends a lot of time doing interviews and podcasts where she shares her findings and inspiring perspectives.
“A remarkable investigation. Veda Austin has produced some interesting and impressive images which go way beyond what would be expected on the basis of conventional science. I hope that her pioneering work will stimulate others to follow up with systematic investigations of their own”.– Rupert Sheldrake, Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
– Rupert Sheldrake, Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Dr Elmar Jung