Despite the threat of drought this summer, one thing we have not been short of in this country of late is water. With floods cropping up in places where they’ve not been seen before in living memory, and rain to rival that documented in the Bible, water has been a prominent feature throughout the summer and the winter, with little relief in sight!
But while it is not ideal to be wading through our kitchens and living rooms, and we hope that the worst is over, at least for now, we must not forget the the health benefits of water.
Our bodies are nearly three quarters water, and so is the planet. It is essential for maintaining life and health, and a lack of it can be devastating to us as individuals as well as to our environment.
A researcher and healer named Dr Masaru Emoto has conducted numerous experiments examining the properties of water and how external factors such as speech and music can affect it, even suggesting that conveying positive intent can alter the structure of water crystals!
Music produces vibrations which will undoubtedly affect the alignment of water molecules, but the idea that a photograph or different arrangements of positive or negative words can have such an effect is more of a leap from the laws of physics than most are prepared to make! The notion is somewhat similar to the idea that the phases of the moon may affect our moods by creating a pull on the water in our bodies in the same way that it does on the sea.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of rational reasons to believe that anything that affects water within our bodies will have a bearing on our health, emotional and physical.
The health benefits of water? Very simply, water is an essential part of all living things, being vital for the health and functioning of every cell in our bodies. Even being slightly dehydrated can significantly affect brain function, for example, and in the long term, dehydration can lead to changes in the function of organs such as the liver, kidneys and digestive tract. Dehydration is also a leading cause of heat exhaustion, confirming the integral role that water plays in maintaining body temperature, similar to the role it also plays in your car!
And let us not forget the sheer joy that being in or near water can bring – why else do so many of us flock to the sea side at the first sign of the summer sun?
So even if you are sick of the sight of your wellies and umbrella, remember the important part that water plays in your life – drink plenty every day, and get in it whenever you can!