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H2O International - Knysna Branch 17 Phantom River View Estate

H2O International - Knysna Branch 17 Phantom River View Estate

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OInternational -Knysna Branch17 Phantom River View EstateKNYSNA6571Fax: 0866 708 879Cell: 083698 3280E-mail: h2o@bentleys.co.za
Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water – The Facts
What is RO Water?
RO water is sterile water which contains little or very little dissolved salts or minerals. It is known in theindustry as Low TDS water where TDS stands for Total Dissolved Salts. RO water is produced by forcingwater through an osmotic membrane (also sometimes called a semi permeable membrane becausethe holes in the membrane allow small water molecules to pass through), removing everything – thegood and the bad.
RO Water and Your Health
Water is the best solvent in the world. “Low TDS” RO water leeches nutrients and essential elements likecalcium, magnesium and iron from your body. These elements, which are needed by the body, arelost because the “starving” RO water absorbs it where it is excreted from the body via the normalprocesses. When you drink low TDS water your body is diluted and because the blood has a lower concentration of minerals in it, nutrients and toxins flow from the cells into the bloodstream.The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Mineral Content of Water The following points are important to note when considering the mineral content of water 
The WHO, SABS, Rand Water Board, Canadian Water Standards and the USA EnvironmentalProtection Agency all have water standards. These standards were not constructed withoutthought and careful research. Some of these standards such as the WHO water standard areupdated every year and research has been ongoing since 1959.
All of these water standards and guidelines mention minimumas well as maximumlimits for allcommon minerals and pollutants. The minimumlimits are stated for a very good reason. Yearsof research into consumption of various different water sources has shown that consumption oflow mineral content water is not healthy. For this reason the WHO and other water standardscall for minimummineral levels in water.When comparing RO water with the WHO standard it is evident that the RO water does not conformto the standard as the mineral content is always too low.
Organic vs Inorganic Minerals
An organic mineral is defined as a mineral attached to an organic substance such as Carbon,Hydrogen, Nitrogen and/or Oxygen. These include iron and potassium. Inorganic minerals do notattach themselves to Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen or Oxygen. These include NaCl, Cu, Mn, Se, KCl.Proponents of RO and distilled water often state that the natural minerals found in water are inorganicand that the body cannot absorb them. This is not true.Inorganic minerals are used by your bodyevery second of your life. The truth is that the body can assimilate both organic and inorganicminerals. It is in fact easier for the body to absorb inorganic minerals since organic minerals must firstbe metabolised in order to deal with the Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and/or Oxygen.As an example, consider common salt (NaCl) which is inorganic. It is absorbed directly through thestomach. If large quantities of salt water are consumed one would eventually die. Why? Because thisinorganic mineral has been absorbed.
More facts about RO and Distilled Water
RO / Distilled water is not good drinking water because all of the valuable minerals have beenprocessed / filtered out of it.RO water purifiers and distillers remove most of the minerals from the water and therefore this water will tend to pull minerals and toxins from its surroundings in order to reach an equilibrium. It is a factthat water is the worlds best solvent and it easily dissolves hundreds of substances. Due to the lowmineral content of RO and distilled water, it has the capacity for and is hungry for more minerals.Scientifically, low mineral content water is known as aggressive water. Because of this:-
When storing RO or distilled water in plastic or metal containers, it may draw or dissolve toxinsfrom the container.
RO and distilled water also tend to pull necessary and useful minerals out of the body’s cells toleave the body as part of the waste products. When this happens, cellular repair cannot takeplace and constipation can occur.
What Happens When You Drink a Lot of RO / Distilled Water
Your blood stream becomes diluted. Because the blood now has a lower concentration of minerals init, nutrients (and toxins) flow from the surrounding cells into the bloodstream.This is good when you want to rid your body of toxins, but if this is continued for too long, you will drainyour body of nutrients and minerals as well. Your cells may well become “starved” and the rate ofuptake of both minerals and nutrients are decreased steadily. When you drink water that containsnatural minerals, the concentration of minerals in the blood is optimally and naturally maintained at
the desired and required levels. Nutrients, vitamins and electrolytes can then move freely and areeasily absorbed into the cells where your body can now use the food consumed.RO or distilled water can be very useful for occasional “flushing” or “cleaning” because it maydissolve toxins and ultimately discard them as part of the waste fluids from your body. 3 to 4 litres ofROor distilled water each day for 4 days, once every six months, has been found to be effective.Water used for this purpose must always be stored in high quality, clean glass containers to ensurethat no toxins are absorbed during storage.
What are electrolytes and why are they so important?
Your body needs electrolytes to keep the nervous system working. Your nervous system carries tinyelectrical signals from your brain to the rest of your body and organs, and back again. These signalstell your body what you want it to do, and tell your brain what your body is feeling. When nervesignals cannot be carried properly, your body will not do that well and may not be able to repair itself.Additionally, the diffusion of nutrients and minerals to every cell of the body relies on the correctconcentration of electrolytes. The body constantly maintains the correct required concentration ofminerals and upsetting this balance in any way, no matter how small, strains the body to deliver thecorrect level of nutrition to your cells. Improved nutrition in turn delays ageing and generally helps tokeeps cells, and the body as a whole, healthy. For example:-
Calcium - is essential to build and maintain teeth and bones. It is important for themetabolism of some enzymes. It is important in the initiation of the blood clotting process. It isalso influential in the transport function of the cell membranes. It is required in nervetransmission and regulation of the heart beat and muscle tone. Deficiency leads to rickets,osteomalacia, osteoporosis, scurvy, leg cramps and hypertension.
Sodium – is the major cause for extracellular fluid. Sodium helps regulate the size of theextracellular compartment and the plasma fluid volume. It is also involved in the conductionof nerve impulses and muscle contraction control.
Potassium – constitutes 5% of the total mineral content of the body. It is the major cause ofintracellular fluid. It is involved in the maintenance of normal water balance, osmoticequilibrium and acid-base balance. Along with Calcium it aids in the regulation ofneuromuscular activity. Potassium also promoted cellular growth. Deficiency of potassiummay lead to muscle weakness and mental apathy. Cardiac failure may also result.
Magnesium – is second to potassium as an intercellular caution. Magnesium is essential for theproduction and transfer of energy for protein synthesis and for contractility of muscle and

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