For a substance that seems so simple, there appears to be no end to the functions and benefits of water. Many have written about it through the ages, including poets, artists, explorers, statesmen, philosophers, and spiritual leaders. They’ve addressed water as our source, as the driving force in Nature, and as a metaphor for the whole of humanity. Presently, research on the universal solvent may in fact be more popular than ever. I have touched on the value of water in a few posts, including the ideas of viewing it for inspiration, breathing it to enhance immunity, drinking it for help with looking & feeling younger, and consuming water-rich food and drink to assist with weight loss. I’ve also shared health benefits of being near a waterfall and at the beach. Water, whether in our bodies or in our environment, is truly miraculous.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. ~Jacques Cousteau
Over 70% of our planet is covered in water. Microscopic plants that live in the sea, called phytoplankton, produce a great deal of the oxygen we breathe and help support the life of all other ocean animals and plants, according to an article from the Davidson Institute of Science Education entitled The Real Lungs of the Earth. Huge assignments for such tiny sea creatures, wouldn’t you say?
A Senior Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, theorizes that water (in its structured form) is responsible for the ushering of protons into our cells, causing the pH balance of organelles to be altered, making possible functions such as energy production and cellular clean-up. Debris that is not removed from our cells can cause inflammation, a part of many disease processes. Dr. Zach Bush, internationally recognized health educator, says that almost all inflammation is the result of dehydration.
You could be forgiven for concluding that (biology) is all about proteins and genes embodied in DNA. This is only a form of shorthand; for biology is really all about the interactions of such molecules in and with water. ~Phillip Ball, Physicist & Science Writer
Lisa Mosconi, who has a PhD in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine, writes in her book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power that our brains are composed of about 80% water, and every single chemical reaction therein involves its molecules. Lack of proper hydration, she says, causes the brain to shrink, setting the stage for Alzheimer’s Disease. I have discovered recently that when my memory is not at its best, eating & drinking substances with a high water and mineral content quickly restores my ability to recall. See this link for my write-up on proper hydration.
In a TEDx talk, Gillian Ferrabee, Director of the Creative Lab at Cirque Du Soleil Media, equates the idea of water in our fascia with our flow of imagination, consciousness, and creativity. (I’ve also read other sources that have broached the subject of water as consciousness.) Ferrabee says when she and her fellow creatives are blocked, they dance it out! Dancing (or any kind of movement, actually) helps distribute water within the fascia network of our bodies, and this increased flow prompts new ideas, she states. Could be a fun solution to a case of writer’s block!
Water is in many ways responsible for life on our planet, both its origins and its continuation. It blesses us with a myriad of health benefits, regardless of how we receive it. Whether viewed through the eyes of a poet, explorer, or spiritual leader, the miraculous nature of water cannot be denied.
Rocks and waters are words of God, and so are men. We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. ~John Muir
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