Article Four -
Hydration, Detoxification, and Cell Function -
by Julia Woodman
This has won a high readership award on another site.
I often hear people saying they are going to drink lots of water in order to re-hydrate their bodies, but there is a lot more that has to be balanced in the body first to allow this to work. The same applies to detoxifying ourselves, which is the process of the toxins being carried out of the cells and into the blood via the lymph.
Poor diets, stress (including from vaccines given just at a time when we are most vulnerable as babies, at puberty, etc), over-use of medicines (such as antibiotics) that suppress our natural body processes all cause imbalances in our pH levels and in the supply of electrolytes needed for proper cell function. High acidity can also reduce the bodys ability to use oxygen. Our diets are affected by soil depletion and pollution as well as by the way food is processed, so we do need to use supplements to replace some missing ingredients, and try to be careful about what we eat and drink.
If cell function is not correct, then the natural processes that our bodies have of being able to detoxify are inhibited, and we tend to become ill. Also, if we are dehydrated, then the cells store extra cholesterol in their membranes in order to keep the water they do have, which again stops the detoxifying process from happening properly. If you have all the electrolytes and other things you need present, as well as plenty of water, then there is generally no need for your body to become ill in the first place. It usually only becomes ill in an effort to raise your temperature enough to get stagnant lymph flowing to clear toxins that have built up.
Water for re-hydration purposes has to be either pure water, or herbal tea (not infusions), with nothing added. There are loads of interesting herbal teas. I particularly like echinacea and raspberry - the echinacea helps the throat etc, and boosts immunity, but needs the raspberry (or something) flavour. Lemon and Ginger is also very good for clearing out and for the digestive system.
The cell process is basically that we hold calcium and sodium inside our cells during daylight hours, then when night comes, these move out of the cells - taking toxins with them, into the lymph, then blood, etc.
At night we have magnesium and potassium instead inside the cells. If we are short of these then they cannot move into the cell, displacing the calcium, sodium, and toxins.
These electrolytes are very important for detoxifying, plus we need lipids (omega 3 & 6 oils), plus lots of water for hydration, and for the correct electrical charges to be in place around the cells.
It is quite easy to become deficient in magnesium as there is not much left in the soil especially in particular areas. (The same applies to things like selenium.) Shortage of magnesium (known as the great soother) often means we seek other things to try to soothe us like sugar, alcohol, or drugs.
I have to watch out for a shortage of potassium (available from bananas and also strawberries), but am not sure yet why I tend to have this lack.
We apparently quite often misplace calcium in our bodies rather than being short of it, if the cell membranes are stopping this process, then it has to go somewhere else.
We are unlikely to be short of sodium, in fact if the sodium levels are too high, it can interfere with this process, and you may need zinc to help redress the balance.
You can test if you are short of anything by using kinesiology - the person holds their arm out, keeping it level - and you or they ask the question if they are short of ------ [naming each thing in turn], and if you press slightly on the hand the arm will show a tendency to droop down if they are short of it, and stay up if not. (The same process works for testing allergies - just ask if you are allergic to ----- [whatever].
The omega 3 and 6 oils cannot be made by our bodies so have to be ingested to increase cell membrane permeability and for various other functions.
Of course, there are many other vitamins and minerals needed for proper body function, so this is only scratching the surface, but I would like to encourage people to educate themselves about these things so that they can make their own choices about their health in an informed way. I believe that we can recover from pretty much anything in a natural way if we have the right information to make the right choices.
Iodine in the thyroid is supposed to maintain body temperature, among other things, but a lack of minerals, and stress, can have a huge effect on this process. If people's average body temperature is lowered then it is much harder to regain health. Fluoride that has been added to water and/or toothpaste tends to block the absorption of iodine. Nitrates and nitrites (from fertilizers and thus in our water) also have this effect (also chlorine, chloride, bromine, and bromide).
The contraceptive pill is said to contain a lot of copper, which does not result in a good balance particularly in young girls as it emulates the conditions of a woman in labour, and also reduces the amount of zinc present at a time (puberty) when the body really needs it. (Low zinc can cause many health problems, and also increase the likelihood of co-dependent and/or addictive behaviours). The pill also contains synthetic estrogens which are building up in our water and affecting other life forms down the food chain.
If we become too acidic it affects our digestive enzymes and so we can become short of essential vitamins and minerals due to not being able to absorb them properly via our digestive systems. We need to ensure that our detoxification system is working to reduce acidity, as our normal metabolism process produces acidity as a matter of course.
Other stress from relationships, jobs, money worries, etc can lead to dehydration, as can unresolved emotions from the past, and as can electromagnetic interference from having too many gadgets etc around us. Stress and negative thoughts attract similar vibrations, thus we seem to attract more bad luck when we are already down. We are meant to be in tune with the earth and the universe. Everything is possible if you live in harmony with all around you.
We need to stop focusing on our symptoms and find solutions at the root. We need to ensure our bodies have what they need to function as they are meant to, getting rid of things they dont need in a natural way, rather than burying the symptoms only to end up getting worse. Remember that the drug companies are powerful lobbyists and are interested in making money. We need to say no to the wrong information, and find out things for ourselves, taking responsibility for our health.
Surely we should also be trying to stop the widespread use of toxins in our environment that are destroying our soil, our water, and even our air. Clean soil, air, and water are things we ought to have a right to, along with freedom of thought, and of speech.
Everything in our natural world and out there in the universe is inter-connected, so we need to be open to that connection, not closed off by fear, allowing other people to dictate to us. Once we understand our bodies needs we can obtain health and happiness and freedom. Our bodies are amazing, so lets try to pay heed to what they need and help them to help themselves!
by Julia Woodman