Do Purification Systems Remove Minerals from Water?
Yes, but contrary to popular assumption, the majority of minerals that are found in water are from dissolved rock and cannot be effectively utilized by our bodies. They are not usable by the body or "bio-availalable" and become yet another substance our body must filter. Major sources of minerals for human nutrition are found in the plant world: cereal grains, vegetable and fruits. Experts are now saying that due to the increasing depletion of minerals in our soil, it is nearly impossible to obtain balanced minerals that are usable by our bodies - even if we are consuming high quality organic foods. To further the problem, the inorganic minerals prevalent in most water sources today behave like minerals in hard water and actually can contribute to arterial plaque as well as mineral deposits in hard joints and other tissues.
Minerals and proteins are actually more important than vitamins in our diet. Trace elements are seen as regulators, tending to harmonize the metabolic exchanges that assure normal reaction and function. Their presence endows an organism with the ability of self-restoration of its biochemical equilibrium. But vitamins seem to get all of the attention. There are likely many more people taking vitamin supplements rather than the minerals and trace minerals that they need, especially after the age of 40. Vitamins however are crucial as well: it is said that they are responsible for activating the minerals we take.
The controversy about taking dietary supplements prevails, especially if these supplements are taken in inorganic solid form rather than in whole living plant or liquid form. Minerals in inorganic solid form are not as well assimilated by the body - even organic minerals that have been made into a liquid form. We recommend Ocean Plasma (ocean water in its drinkable form) because it contains the complete bio-available spectrum of macro and trace minerals that are required for heath and wellness.
What about Fluoride in Water?
The fluoride ion is found naturally in water to a small degree. But it is in the form of calcium fluoride - not fluorosilic acid, sodium fluoride, or sodium fluorosilicate which are typically added to municipal water supplies. These forms of fluoride are poisons; they are over 80 times more toxic than naturally-occuring calcium fluoride. When fluoride compounds are added to water in the sodium form, it is only a matter of time before the sodium is exchanged for calcium. It rapidly robs the body of calcium. In fact, sodium fluoride poisoning results when calcium is stolen from the blood. The anecdote (calcium) provides enough calcium that it does not have to be stolen from the body.
According to a growing number of studies, fluoride is a health risk at any level. When it cannot be immediately excreted, it is taken to parts of the body where it can be sequestered. Since it is attracted to the calcium ion, it goes first to teeth and bones causing dental and skeletal fluorosis. Next it targets the pineal gland as well as nerve and connective tissues.
The fluoride ion is one of the most difficult contaminants to remove from water since it is such a small ion. There are few filtration systems that can adequately remove it without causing other difficulties or environmental problems. We consider the addition of fluoride to be a huge issue where water quality is concerned in the US - especially since many other countries have wisely discontinued its use.
source: interview with MJ Pangman by Adam Dorfman-Critical Shadows - May 25, 2014
PH Balance and Alkaline Water
With so much discussion of the need to alkalize, one of the biggest questions people have is whether or not to drink alkaline ionized water. A great deal has been written on the subject by many well-intentioned individuals. However much of the information being circulated regarding the health benefits of alkaline ionized water are either inaccurate or incomplete. First of all, alkaline foods and alkaline water do not neutralize acids in the body. There is no basis for this claim. If they did, then eating overly-cooked meat (alkaline) would be the best way to reduce acidity. Cooked meats are alkaline; yet they contribute to over-acidity in the tissues of the body. On the other hand, a lemon (one of the most acidic fruits) alkalizes the tissues of the body. Simply because a substance is alkaline or acidic does not mean that it will neutralize its opposite in the human body.
pH is all about hydrogen which is the core of life on Earth. The human body extracts energy from hydrogen supplied from organic acids at each stage of the digestive process. Fresh fruits and vegetables are all acidic - with pH 6.9 and under. Digestion releases hydrogen. However, if a person consumes alkaline foods and/or alkaline water, the elimination organs of the body are taxed and free-radicals are produced. All the confusion around acidity has led some to believe that acidity is the cause of the problem. In reality, it is part of the solution. Research from Russia shows that when the body needs extra help controlling free-radicals, it creates an acidic environment to release hydrogen. What the body is calling for when tissues become too acidic is antioxidants. Hydrogen is one of the most potent antioxidants known.
In nature, water is frequently found to be slightly acidic. It contains organic acids that are necessary to balance alkaline minerals. The lower the pH, the more minerals water can hold. If the pH rises too high, minerals drop out in the form of scale. Without balance, alkaline minerals wreak havoc in all living organisms. That's why the proponents of alkaline water tell you not to give alkaline water to plants or to put it in a fish tank. It will kill them.
From our prospective, drinking alkaline water is not prudent. It may have some short-term therapeutic benefits, but in the long run it is imbalanced and will contribute to imbalances in the body.
source: interview with MJ Pangman by Adam Dorfman-Critical Shadows - May 25 ,2014