What single biological function has been essential to every living organism’s growth, health and advancement – and is more important than any other?
It’s called cell signalling; the ability for one cell in the body to ‘talk’ to another.
Now here’s another question for you. What biological process does one in every three pharmaceutical drugs attempt to assist?
Now there’s a link between today and our lifeforms all the way back to ‘slime’.
University of British Columbia researchers have identified a common ancestral gene. This gene’s function – cell signalling – enabled the evolution of advanced life over a billion years ago.
Found in all complex organisms, including plants and animals, it ‘encodes’ for a large group of enzymes known as protein kinases that enable cells to rapidly transfer information from one cell to another.
“If the duplications and subsequent mutations of this gene during evolution didn’t happen, then life would be completely different today,” said Steven Pelech, a professor in Division of Neurology in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. “The most advanced life on our planet would probably still be bacterial slime.”
Plants, animals, mushrooms and more all exist because they are made up of eukaryotic cells that are larger and far more complex than bacteria. Within these eukaryotic cells are hundreds of organelles that perform billions of diverse functions to keep them living, just as different organs do for the human body.
The new research, published this week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, identified the gene that gave rise to protein kinases. On a cellular scale, these highly interactive signaling proteins play a role similar to the neurons in the brain by transferring information throughout the cell by a process known as protein phosphorylation.
This ability to transmit signals from one part of the cell to another not only enabled cells to become more complex internally, but also allowed cells to come together to form systems, paving the way for the evolution of intelligent life.
Research into these enzymes is obviously very important to medicine. There are more than 400 human diseases like cancer and diabetes linked to problems with cell signaling.
Disease occurs when a cell gets misinformed or confused.
Today about one-third of all pharmaceutical drug development is targeted at protein kinases. For more than 30 years, researchers have known that most protein kinases came from a common ancestor because their genes are so similar.
“From sequencing the genomes of humans, we knew that about 500 genes for different protein kinases all had similar blueprints,” said Pelech. “Our new research revealed that the gene probably originated from bacteria for facilitating the synthesis of proteins and then mutated to acquire completely new functions.”
Cell signalling has another ally which is most unlike any pharmaceutical drug. Molecular hydrogen is the subject of 700 scientific studies, over a 150+ range of disease conditions, and as well as been identified as a potential selective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic, it has also been studies for its ability to assist cell signalling.
Why should we care? We have our cupboard full of pills and potions. Why should we try molecular hydrogen?
The secret lies in its nature. H2 – molecular hydrogen is the smallest molecule in the universe, made up of two of the smallest atoms in the universe. This gives it unique properties that place it in a class of its own. Firstly, its size means the once in the body it has the ability to pass through nay part of the body, including bone, muscle, even into the mitochondria within a single cell. Secondly, it is a simple molecule. What it does – it’s shouldn’t do. Pharma giants are shaking their heads in disbelief at the results users are claiming – results normally reserved for expensive and complex formulated drugs. In truth, at this stage of research, no-one knows why it has so many therapeutic effects, but the results are certainly obvious in the studies.
Want to learn more? Check this slide show prepared by Erica Whisson, Alkaway’s inhouse naturopath.
And.. if you’d like to try molecular hydrogen for yourself, here’s two ways.
The UltraStream I LOVE H2
INFLAMMATION: IT’S A “HOT” TOPIC.
It seems connected to avirtually every known chronic disease — from diabetes to obesity, heart disease to cancer, autism to dementia… even depression.
Inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are also increasing at dramatic rates. Doctors are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly powerful immune suppressing medication with the usual associated side effects.
Doctors are really not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions, but that’s a big ‘ask’ for a 15 minute standard consultation.
Let’s look at one ‘niche’ of inflammation. Autoimmune diseases now affect 24 million people. They include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. And yet.. these are often addressed using powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. A bit like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack. The treatment isn’t more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant. It’s removing the tack.
Inflammation Causes Disease
To cool off inflammation in the body, first we must find the source. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.
Autoimmunity: What it is and How it Occurs
We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people), and autoimmune disorders (24 million people). As we already said, autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis,celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century.
These are all autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues. Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It’s your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.
Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.
This immune confusion results from what is referred to as molecular mimicry. Conventional approaches don’t have a method for finding the insult causing the problem. Functional medicine provides a map to find out which molecule the cells are mimicking.
Where Do Autoimmune Disorders Happen?
Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flush toilets, washing machines, and sterile backyards just don’t get these diseases.
If you were a farm kid with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, getting dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.”
In this country, autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, are a huge health burden. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year). (i)
Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.
When used selectively these drugs can help people get their lives back. But they are really not a long-term solution. They shouldn’t be the end of treatment, just a bridge to cool off inflammation while we treat the root cause of the disease.
9 Steps to Overcoming Autoimmune Disease
- Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
- Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
- Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
- Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
- Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
- Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
- Exercise steadily regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage. Stress worsens the immune response.
- Look at your inflammation habits in your food and water. Alkalize and get a regular supply of infused hydrogen water.
The answers may be right in front of you.
Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.
(i) Nakazawa, D. (2008). The Autoimmune Epidemic. Simon & Schuster. New York.
(ii) Siegel, C.A., Marden, S.M., Persing, S.M., et al. (2009). Risk of lymphoma associated with combination anti-tumor necrosis factor and immunomodulator therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s disease: a meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 7(8): 874-81.
This is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice, legal advice or professional services. If you feel that you have a medical problem, you should seek the advice of your Physician or health care Practitioner.
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim
If your immune system falters and begins to identify some of your own tissues as being harmful or unnecessary, it will work to attack and eliminate these tissues through an inflammatory response that can cause pain and discomfort in many forms – this is how autoimmune illness develops.
Your genetics determine the specific tissue or groups of tissues (organs) that your immune system decides to attack.
But just because you have a genetic predisposition for an autoimmune illness does not mean that you are guaranteed to experience it sometime during your life, or that you cannot recover from it.
Genetic predispositions are largely triggered, maintained, and kept under control by environmental factors, namely, your diet, lifestyle, and how much stress you experience.
Ultimately, the development of autoimmune illness requires that your immune system begins to identify some of your own cells as being harmful, and that control mechanisms that are in place to prevent such “glitches” no longer do what they are supposed to in preventing such occurrences.
Several theories that attempt to explain why and how these glitches occur. Rather than get into biochemical jargon that will not do much, if anything, to help you get better, we can explain these glitches in the following way:
Over time, as your cells suffer lack of rest, lack of optimal nourishment, accumulation of waste products, and direct insult by excessive amounts of free radicals and toxins, your cells gradually become less efficient at eliminating waste products and exogenous toxins (toxins that are produced outside of your body).
Eventually, waste products and toxins may incorporate themselves into your cell membranes, and if this happens, your immune system may identify such cells as being old and damaged. At that point, your immune system will work to attack and eliminate such cells from your body.
How does your immune system go about attacking and eliminating such cells? By producing antibodies, attaching said antibodies to the cell membranes of cells that have been identified as old and damaged, and then sending other components of your immune system to destroy these antibody-tagged cells. Your immune system destroys such cells using a process of inflammation, which is why autoimmune illness is often accompanied by discomfort.
If your genetic predisposition is such that the majority of cells that are tagged to be destroyed are clustered around your thyroid gland, your health challenges may be attributed to a diagnosis of Graves’ disease. If your abnormal-looking cells are in the fatty, insulating sheath (myelin) that surrounds your nervous system, you may exhibit symptoms of multiple sclerosis. If your genetically weak tissues are those that line your joints, destruction of old and damaged cells in and around your joints may be diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis.
Ultimately, the underlying inflammatory process that accompanies autoimmune disease is the same for all of the following names that we have created for different groups of symptoms:
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) involves inflammation in the brain that typically occurs a few days or weeks after a vaccination or a viral infection.
Addison’s disease involves dysfunction of the outer portion of the adrenal gland.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the spine and pelvic joints.
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is a condition that affects the blood-clotting process, causing blood clots to form in veins and/or arteries.
Aplastic anemia is a condition whereby the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. It is often caused by an autoimmune attack on the bone marrow.
Autoimmune hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver.
Celiac disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the first third or half of the small intestine, and is caused by exposure to a type of dietary protein called gluten, found in abundance in grains like wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
Crohn’s disease involves chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 is characterized by low or non-existent production of insulin by the pancreas.
Goodpasture’s syndrome involves destruction of kidney tissue and bleeding in the lungs.
Graves’ disease is a form of hyperthyroidism.
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) involves inflammation of the peripheral nervous system, and is also called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis, acute idiopathic polyneuritis and Landry’s ascending paralysis.
Hashimoto’s disease is a form of hypothyroidism.
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is characterized by a low platelet count, resulting in easy bleeding.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition that can involve inflammation in the following areas: skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system.
Multiple sclerosis involves nerve dysfunction due to demyelination of the central nervous system.
Myasthenia gravis involves intermittent weakness and fatigue due to a problem with communication at the junction of nerves and muscles.
Optic neuritis involves inflammation of the nerves that supply your eyes which can cause partial or complete loss of vision.
Pemphigus is characterized by the formation of blisters and raw sores on mucous membranes and skin.
Pernicious Anemia is a form of anemia (inadequate red blood supply/function) that is caused by a problem with absorbing vitamin B12, which is needed to form healthy red blood cells.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by joint pain and inflammation.
Sjögren’s syndrome involves destruction of glands that produce saliva and tears.
Takayasu’s arteritis is characterized by inflammation that narrows the lumen of arteries.
Temporal arteritis is characterized by inflammation in medium to large-sized arteries, mostly commonly in the head. It is sometimes called giant cell arteritis, and can lead to significant vision loss.
Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia is characterized by destruction of red blood cells by IgM antibodies.
Wegener’s granulomatosis involves inflammation of blood vessels, typically affecting the kidneys and lungs.
Diagnoses that are not universally accepted as being autoimmune in nature, but for all practical purposes belong in the same category of health conditions, include:
Alopecia is characterized by hair loss. Loss of random patches is called alopecia areata, while full body loss of hair is called alopecia universalis.
Endometriosis is characterized by endometrial tissue (tissue found in the uterus) being deposited outside of the uterus, causing pain and sometimes infertility.
Interstitial cystitis is a urinary bladder disease that is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: intense, intermittent pelvic pain, frequent urination, a sense of urgency to urinate, pain with urination, and pain with sexual intercourse.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is characterized by patches of rapidly-dividing cells that produce itchy, scaly, and inflamed lesions.
Sarcoidosis is characterized by granuloma formation in the lungs and sometimes throughout the body.
Schizophrenia is characterized by impairments in the perception or expression of reality, often leading to social and occupational dysfunction.
Scleroderma is characterized by excessive deposits of collagen throughout the body.
Ulcerative colitis is characterized by inflammation in the bowel, typically in the distal section of the large bowel and rectum.
Vitiligo is characterized by gradual loss of pigmentation in patches across the face and/or body.
All of these conditions may be caused, in part, by cells in the problematic regions becoming old, damaged, and congested enough to be tagged by your immune system as being ready for destruction and removal.
But there is another major mechanism by which all autoimmune illnesses can develop and worsen. Whenever any unnecessary, harmful, or unidentifiable substances enter your bloodstream, they get noticed by your immune system. In an effort to preserve your health, your immune system produces antibodies that seek out and attach themselves to these unwanted substances; these substances are generally referred to as antigens.
Once your antibodies attach themselves to antigens, antigen-antibody complexes are formed. Your immune system will work to eliminate these antigen-antibody complexes from your body so that the foreign antigens cannot harm your cells. But if enough of these complexes are formed, your immune system may not be able to eliminate them as quickly as they are formed. This can lead to some of these complexes getting deposited into different tissues, where they can cause inflammation and damage. Typically, the sites at which these complexes get deposited are determined by your genetic predisposition.
Causes of Antigen-Antibody Complex
Formation and Ensuing Inflammation
Perhaps the most common cause of excessive formation of antigen-antibody complexes is having an unhealthy digestive tract.
From your mouth to your anus, your digestive tract is one long tube that is meant to extract nutrients out of your food and allow these nutrients to slip through into your bloodstream so that they can nourish your cells. While your digestive tract is designed for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, it is also designed to protect your blood and inner cells against undesirable substances that can become antigens that lead to antigen-antibody complex formation in your blood.
If you abuse your digestive tract long enough with poor dietary and lifestyle choices, it can begin to lose its ability to prevent harmful substances from entering your blood. The lining of your digestive tract can begin to break down, and the population of microorganisms that line your digestive tract can shift from being predominately health-promoting and protective bacteria to largely microorganisms that can break down your digestive tract lining, such as yeast, bad bacteria, and even parasites.
This state – where your digestive tract lining loses its ability to keep harmful substances out of your blood – is often called “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky gut syndrome can cause incompletely digested food to enter your bloodstream. And the most problematic incompletely digested food group in autoimmune illness is protein.
Your body expects to receive amino acids – the smaller constituents of protein – into its blood supply, not bigger molecules of protein (several amino acids linked to one another). So when incompletely digested protein enters your blood supply through an unhealthy digestive tract lining, your immune system identifies these molecules as being foreign and potentially harmful. Your immune system will quickly move to create antibodies that can attach onto chains of incompletely digested protein, forming antigen-antibody complexes. And you know what happens next. While your immune system will do its best to eliminate these complexes from your body, if enough of them form because you continue to have a dysfunctional digestive tract and you continue to eat large amounts of protein, some of these complexes will get caught up in various tissues in your body, leading to inflammation and pain.
Incompletely digested protein is not the sole group of substances that can contribute to autoimmune illness in this fashion. Any substances that your body cannot use for nourishment can potentially trigger the production of antigen-antibody complexes and ensuing inflammation. This is why it is important to be aware of common household and environmental toxins, and to do your best to decrease your exposure to them.
For example, great care should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure to conventional cosmetic products. Lipstick, lip balm, and other products that are typically used around large pores have a relatively easy pathway to your blood supply. It is a well established fact that women suffer from autoimmune illness at a significantly higher rate than men; I have come to believe that this is, in part, due to the widespread use of cosmetics among women – this is a connection that has not been established in the medical literature, it is a personal hypothesis based on my own clinical experiences.
At this point, I hope that it is clear that autoimmune illness, no matter which specific one you are concerned about, is not a local problem in your body; it is a systemic problem that has multiple causes and should be addressed as such.
Put another way, if you want to maximize your chances of experiencing a full recovery and being free of autoimmune illness for the long-term, you must take care of every aspect of your health on a daily basis.
Ian: We have a lovely lady client. Merilyn has RA and has used our products for many years, claiming some relief.. but it’s a nasty ailment and often gets worse rather than better. We are VERY hopeful of feedback from people with inflammation-related disease with our hydrogen products. That’s not a claim: it’s a hope!
Hmmm. It seems washing dirty dishes by hand may curb food allergies in children.
The finding, from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies, published in the journal Pediatrics, studied 1,029 Swedish children ages 7 and 8.
The study asked about asthma, eczema, and rhinoconjunctivitis.
Results indicate hand-washing dishes directly correlates to a reduced risk of allergic disease development. But wait, there’s more. There was a significant risk reduction in a dose-response pattern if the children were also served fermented food and if the family bought food directly from farms.
The research addresses the so-called “hygiene hypothesis” .
Scientists from the study said: “If your environment is very hygienic, too hygienic where there is very little bacteria that naturally would have been there [because you got rid of it], that then you become predisposed to having food allergies or other types of allergies.”
The thought is that while hand-washing dishes wouldn’t produce nearly as bacteria-free results as would using the dishwasher, being exposed to those natural bacteria would prevent a predisposition to certain allergies.
By studying the hygiene hypothesis, scientists in the study are observing how bacteria in a person’s gut changes over time – and its relationship to food allergies also changes. It’s imperative for families to consider the threshold they’d cross to keep a strictly hygienic home.
For instance, frequently using antibacterial soap could potentially spur a child’s allergies, since natural bacteria are being eliminated.
The balance is different for each family. There is evidence this study brings up that hand washing is helpful, but if you’re not spending as much time with the kids, is that really what you want to do when we don’t know for sure that that is going to make them avoid food allergies?
As the study results concluded, “In families who use hand dishwashing, allergic diseases in children are less common than in children from families who use machine dishwashing. We speculate that a less-efficient dishwashing method may induce tolerance via increased microbial exposure.”
Just to stay alive, our body must carry out millions of chemical processes, which are collectively known as your metabolism, also at the most basic level, cell signalling.
Apert from everything else, your metabolism can even play a role in weight gain. It determines the amount of energy your body needs, so if you take in more energy than you need, and the excess will be stored as lipids. That’s a nice word for FAT.
We are quick to target ‘slow metabolism’ for weight gain, when in fact we need smarter food and exercise choices, plus, of course, the right supplements.
The most significant element of your metabolism..
– churning through 50 to 80 per cent of the energy burnt each day – is your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This is the energy your body burns – just to maintain functioning at rest.
What else burns energy?
Well… how much physical activity you do, and also the ‘thermic effect’ of the food you eat – energy you use to digest and absorb your food.
According to Tim Crowe, associate professor in nutrition at Deakin University, there are many pills, supplements and foods that claim to boost metabolism and burn fat, but most of their claims are unproven.
“Even if they did work, they might come with unintended side effects, such as increasing your heart rate.” he says.
But obviously if we are going to make a good educated decision, it can be helpful to know what factors do affect our metabolism. Some of them are within our control. Even being aware of factors you can’t control may still be useful. It can motivate you to compensate for the issue
10 important ways you can manage your metabolism:
1. Muscle mass –AKA the amount of muscle tissue we have.
Muscle burns more energy than fat. The more muscle you pack, the more energy you need just to exist. Most exercise will help boost muscle, but resistance or strength training is most effective: lifting weights, and exercises that work against the resistance of your body weight such as pushups, squats and lunges.
2. Age – As you get older, your metabolic rate generally slows.
Partially due to loss of muscle tissue, but also through hormonal and neurological changes. As kids go through periods of growth, their metabolism speeds up.
3. Body Size
Bigger bodies usually = larger BMR simply because they have larger internal organs and fluid volume to maintain. Taller people have a larger skin surface, which means their bodies may have to work harder to maintain a constant temperature.
As men are usually larger than women, they generally have faster metabolisms.
Also play a role in the speed of our metabolism. Some genetic disorders may also affect your metabolism.
6. Physical activity
Regular exercise will increase muscle mass and support your body to burn kayjays at a faster rate, even lying on the couch!.
7. Hormonal factors
Hormonal imbalances, including hypo- and hyperthyroidism, can affect your metabolism.
8. Environmental factors
Weather affects our metabolism. A hot day or a cold day will cause your body to work harder to maintain normal temperature, so this increases our metabolic rate.
Caffeine and nicotine can increase your metabolic rate. Medications including some antidepressants and anabolic steroids may fatten you up regardless of what you eat.
Some aspects of your diet also affect metabolism. Insufficient iodine for optimal thyroid function will slow down your metabolism.
So.. how many of these nuggets can you actually implement in some way? In my case, I’m not over muscular (that’s an understatement!) so I’m not feeding huge abs, I am 67 so that’s something I can’t do much about, I’m not fat so I’m not burning Kayjays just standing still, I’m male, so I might be burning a bit faster than women, (again, can’t change that, can I?). I have no genetic disorders that I know of, I do have a good walk every day and try to rip off some pushups daily, I don’t have hyperthyroidism, I can’t do anything about the weather, I’m not about to give up coffee, and I know I get enough Iodine. So.. was it of use to me? No.
Can I support it in other ways without resorting to those nasty side effect supplements and drugs the experts referred to? well, perhaps I can. It appears from new studies on the effects of molecular hydrogen, which is neither a drug nor a supplement, is (to date) completely side effect free, that a major role of ingested H2 is the support of every single one of those trillions of daily cell signals. In short, it appears that this simple inert gas may be a general allround metabolic support.
No, please note, Mister TGA, I did NOT say it is. I don’t know. All I suggest is do your own research at the Molecular Hydrogen Institute. If you want to see how it works for you, you can get H2 though the UltraStream water system, or from the magnesium based HydroFX. In both cases magnesium breaks down to hydrogen, which, if ingested quickly – before it wafts away like a hydrogen balloon, may have the effects you’ll read about.
1. Why Water is really, really important.
You may be healthy. This doesn’t mean you appreciate the importance of water intake. As a result there’s a good chance you may end up suffering from ongoing, l dehydration.
2. Want Energy?
If you are even a little ‘dry’ you slow enzyme activity. So you’ll probably experience lower energy or persistent fatigue. A small reduction in your ‘top-up levels can slow metabolism and inhibit your ability to exercise .
3. Want Good Digestion?
Internally, we produce an average of 7 litres of digestive juices every day. Lower liquid uptake = lower secretions and inhibited digestive process.
4. Want Regularity? Who doesn’t!
As undigested food passes through the colon, our colon absorbs excess liquid from the food. This is transferred into our bloodstream and a stool of ‘good’ consistency forms. If you’re low on water, you’ll extracts too much water from the stool, leading to hard, and dry ones. Slow elimination contributes to allround toxicity and of course, inflammation.
5. Want good blood pressure?
When chronically dehydrated, your blood becomes more like strawberry jam. With reduced overall blood volume, blood vessels contract. With increased vein-wall tension and increased blood viscosity, you must work harder getting blood to passd through the veins = higher blood pressure.
6. Had a gutful of bad guts?
Under normal circumstances, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus (which is composed of 98 percent water) to prevent its mucus membranes from being destroyed by the highly acidic digestive fluid it produces. Chronic dehydration, though, impedes mucus production and may irritate and produce ulcers in the stomach lining.
7. Breathe Easy.
Your lungs are coated with a moist mucus membrane as a protective measure. If you are ‘dry’ these dry out too. dust, pollen and particulate are able to actually reach your lung surfaces.
8. Get really hydrated.
Dehydration slows enzyme reactions. Enzyme slowdown = interruptions of all cellular actions and reactions = inflammation and acidification. As your internal cellular environment acidifies, things get worse. Excretory organs that eliminating acids (e.g., the skin and kidneys) don’t have enough liquid to do their jobs properly. We need to be juicy.
9. Want slim?
Many people think being thirsty is the same as hunger, so they eat! False sensations of hunger can cause overeating. Poor hydration may also start the storage of inflammatory toxins, promoting weight gain.
10. Want good skin?
Dehydrated skin is inelastic skin. It’s dry and flaky. It can lead to skin irritation and rashes, even eczema. We sweat about 24 ounces a day. We have to, to dilute and t remove the toxins eliminated through our skin. With chronic dehydration, our sweat is more concentrated. Toxins are not efficiently removed. Results? Moe inflammation, more irritation.
11. Want Cholesterol? Of course not!
Cholesterol is essential for cell membrane construction. Chronic dehydration means reduced inner cell water. Your body will try to prevent this by manufacturing more cholesterol in an effort to reduce porosity of the cell walls. This unecessary overproduction introduces too much cholesterol into the bloodstream.
12. Want good ‘Water works?
Ouur kidneys really work hard to flush water-soluble toxins from our system. Not enough water means you’re trying to flush toxins with a dribble rather than a real hearty flush. It’s inefficient but the toxins also irritate the urinary mucus membranes, creating an infection-friendly environment.
13. Want creaky Joints? No?
‘Dry’ cartilage and ligaments are brittle and prone to damage. (Just look at an old man whose body water percentage has dropped to as low as 10%). Your joints may also be painfully inflamed when irritating toxins produced by the body and concentrated in our blood and cellular fluids, go to work on our joints and ligaments… setting the stage for arthritis.
14. Gettin’ Old?
As we age we experience a slow but inevitable loss of cell volume and imbalance of the extracellular and intracellular fluids.
It happens faster when we don’t ingest enough liquids, or when our cell membranes lose the capability of maintaining a proper fluid balance.
Very close to home… a very good reason NOT to buy a water filter.. a cheap one anyway. And all the people affected by NTM disease are on TOWN WATER.
I am not a scaremonger. Like most people I am well aware that some websites are highly successful BECAUSE they scare people. I don’t like it and I don’t want to think that I could get rich that way. So what should I do when the facts published every day convince me that what we do for people will help every single person in the US from the two ‘clear and present dangers’ of Fukushima fallout and heavy metal rain across America?
I tell people. I would be more guilty if I did not than if I did, because I truly believe we have something important to give to people.
It’s not as if what we have to offer everyone is what we thought it was. When we designed the UltraStream water filter, ionizer and alkalizer, we designed it for that purpose; to give the cleanest possible alkaline ionized water to people at a price that they could, at last, afford. We achieved that easily with our choice of the very best and tested filtration media plus the very best alkalizing and ionizing media in the world.
But what does that have to do with Fukushima radiation falling on America? And what does it have to do with America being carpeted with heavy metal fallout from China?
It was a chance meeting with a brilliant young specialist in physiology and biochemistry that alerted us to the possibility that our water might be an answer to the radiation problem. He carried out very exhaustive research on electric water ionizers and taught me two important things.
(1) that the claims the vendor had made were scientifically er.. ‘inept’., and
(2) as he continued researching and also began his own lab testing and research he discovered something far bigger. He found that the process of what the vendor called ‘ionization’ actually infused molecular hydrogen (H2) gas into the output water. (There are currently over 350 scientific reports on ‘H2’).
In reality people should have been told the facts about molecular hydrogen in the first place; Indeed, hydrogen gas in the water was what was giving all the beneficial effects to drinkers. And once he studied the 350 scientific reports, he realized he had discovered what people should have been told; that hydrogen gas in the water was what was giving all the beneficial effects to drinkers.
The range of studies is amazing.
It includes over 80 disease-specific studies including Alzheimer’s, Bipolar disease, and far, far more. But buried away in the mound of studies he also found studies showing the beneficial effect of molecular hydrogen on radiation effects. Yes, radiation effects! Here is the link to the studies. Take a look. I can’t say as a result of these studies that you can be fully protected from the effects of Fukushima radiation if you drink UltraStream water. What I can say is that everyone we have delivered an UltraStream to are very, very happy about the existence of the studies, because their decision for the UltraStream has been validated.
As a kid I worked with my brother-in-law on his sheep farm. At shearing time it was my job to herd the sheep into the yards that fed into the hearing shed.
Two things amazed me. One was that if just one sheep decided it saw an obstacle in the race, it would jump as high as it could to avoid the invisible object. Every sheep thereafter would do the same. The other thing was that if a sheep managed to jump the fence, it seemed to grow, and strutted proudly about, with the whole flock’s eyes on it. It believed it had escaped.
The jumping sheep remind me that we are not really different, and there are many social studies to prove this.
If we think that jumping, or taking a special pill, or doing pranayama will give us the same result as the jumping sheep and avoid an invisible problem, we will do it. Like the jumping sheep, we think that because we have the freedom of good health now, we have conquered ill health.