What You Must Know About Hydration – Part ll
One of the complaints frequent fliers have about flying is the dehydration the cabin atmosphere creates. Although planes do not carry an infinite amount of drinking water, supplies are rarely exhausted because drinking glass after glass of water just isn’t as sexy as a glass of Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. We seem to have a love-hate relationship with drinking water even when it would benefit our health on arrival. In this article, we are going to look at our relationship with water.
From 1958 and ever since The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has continually revised the standards by which water purity fit for human consumption is measured. From a lay perspective there is only one measurement that matters; Does the water you consume regularly increase structured water in your body?
I hinted in the previous article that structured water supports organisation which is another word for growth and health in this context. As humans we are made up of complexes of organisation. Structured water slots into place and supports this system by aiding better function at the cellular level. Before we were physical and biochemical beings we were electrical beings, structured water plays an integral part in this function.
There are 2 ways to get structured water into your body, they are through eating and drinking. Fruit and vegetables naturally contain structured water in their juices. Eating and drinking the juices of raw fruit and vegetables is the simplest way to make sure you are getting enough, there is still debate as to whether cooking destabilises structure. If you consider that most of us consume less fresh fruit and vegetables than we once did you begin to see how this nutrient can become deficient.
The amount of water you drink comes under similar scrutiny. Are you drinking enough water and is the quality of the water you consume up to standard? Most drinking water is treated water. Treated water lends itself to being de-structured through the treatment process. If you consume spring water this can be marginally better depending on where and who bottled it. Other factors like inorganic mineral content, water hardness and turbidity also count.
Do you know how many glasses of water you drink a day? The habit of drinking water instead of soft drinks and other beverages is worth cultivating as a means to improve our relationship with water. As simple as it sounds making a ritual out of drinking water is a sure way to increase consumption and if you are a frequent flier it is a necessity.
Another reason to increase your water intake as a flier is because it indirectly serves as a protector against cosmic radiation. A search on the NASA website about a simulated manned journey to Mars explains how. In the story the astronauts have to negotiate a radiation storm en route to Mars. They are required to retreat into an onboard radiation protection shelter which is impregnated with a polymer containing hydrogen. The shielding effectiveness of hydrogen against radiation is well established*. Water is H2O which is two part hydrogen and one part oxygen.
In a nutshell you have to eat more and drink more water, the better the quality the greater the benefit. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices. Invest in a juicer and find out where the nearest juice bar to your hotel is. If you want a long term solution consider investing in home water system that cleans and restructures water fed in from your mains supply.
WHO | WHO Guidelines for drinking-water quality http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/guidelines/en/