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Water: Friend or Foe?

We take water for granted in North America. It comes from our taps in plentiful uninterrupted amounts any time of the day; it is generally unpolluted, clear and safe (so far).

In Canada we have more lakes than the rest of the world combined!

In Ontario alone there are over 250,000 lakes. The Great Lakes are the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. We swim in it. We bathe and shower in it. We clean our cars, pots, pans and clothes in it. We recycle it in treatment plants. We sometimes even drink it!

So why is dehydration such a common aspect of chronic illness in the clients I see daily? “I drink lots of tea, coffee, juices, and I get lots of moisture from fruit, vegetables” is something I hear often.

OR: “I cannot drink too much water, because I have to urinate too often/ get up during the night”

Another one is: “I cannot stand the taste of water, I have to add something to it like lemon, Kool Aid, or juice.”

When we do not have enough water, the body will compensate by drawing water out of our colon, causing constipation, allow dehydration of skin causing premature wrinkles and aging, dry out our joints predisposing us to osteo-arthritis, cause our blood to thicken, so that circulation is sluggish – causing anything from cold extremities to swollen ankles to fatigue, to brain fog and ultimately even fatal blood clots. You cam also develop headaches. Next time you have a headache, try drinking a few glasses of water.

Did you know if you add anything to water, the water becomes a carbohydrate – a food to be digested? Thus, it no longer is an agent of cleansing and detoxification. You need the water to be as pure as possible to help the lymphatic system, the kidneys, and the bowels to clear the toxins we accumulate in our bodies from the polluted environment we now live in. Even carbonating the water changes its quality, so it does not wash away toxins as well.

The Environmental Working Group found that there are 85,000 chemicals currently approved for use in the USA and the number is growing exponentially? What does that mean to us? The food we eat, the air we breathe, the WiFi we are exposed to and the microwaved food we ingest, all add to the toxic load of our body. If you take one packet of Nutrasweet, you expose your body to 10,000 chemicals.

So what can you do? Go to live in a cave and subsist on herbs, nuts, and roots? For most of us that is not a choice.

But we can choose to help our body detoxify from all these poisons.

We can fast, we can sweat, we can clean our insides with colon therapies, we can use herbs and supplements. But if we do not give the body the water it needs to wash away the toxins from the cells, the kidneys, the liver, the colon and to hydrate the skin, bones, colon and blood, it will be much more difficult. So what kind of water, and how much is the next question.

If you drink ½ of your weight in ounces i.e. ½ oz of water for every pound of weight, your body should have enough.

Can’t do it you say?

I felt the same. Then I started drinking 1 glass of warm water upon rising, 1 glass before each meal and carrying a water bottle with me wherever I went and sipping whenever I remembered. Now I am thirsty unless I drink at least 8 glasses of good water a day‼

But what kind of water is best? Spring? Distilled? Reverse Osmosis? Tap? Carbonated? If you drink municipal tap water, your body may be forced to deal with chlorine, and fluoride. These chemicals destroy bacteria – including the good bacteria in your gut that are a part of your immune system’s health! Without a healthy immune system, we slide into chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue, allergies, fibromyalgia, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and Parkinson’s to name a few.

Distilled water has all the minerals removed. It is dead water and will leach the minerals out of your bones, teeth and tissues, leaving you with osteoporosis, dental cavities and low mineral issues such as heart palpitations!

Reverse Osmosis does remove fluoride and chlorine, but also most of the minerals as well. Unless you remineralize Reverse Osmosis water, you will have the same issues as with distilled. Tap water that has been chlorinated and Fluoridated poisons your thyroid, makes your bones brittle, and your IQ lower.

Bottled water depends on source and processing. Read the label - You want to read “pure spring water” and nothing else. That will not include popular brands such as Dasani, Nestle as examples.

Also if you wish to have further healing from water, investigate the energizing of water by going to

There are filtration systems that provide clean mineral rich water. I can share brand names if you talk to me.

May you be blessed, healed and cleansed with good clean water. Raise a glass to a BEAUTIFUL LIFE.


Oksana M. Sawiak DDS. IMD. MAGD. AIAOMT

Author, Lecturer, Wellness Consultant

Dr. Sawiak practiced family dentistry from 1966 to 2008 and for the last 30 years focused on mercury-free/biological dentistry.

Today she lectures in biologic dentistry, non-surgical natural gum treatment, pain control, wellness and detoxification and has authored 2 books.

Dr. Sawiak constantly adds to her vast knowledge in order to serve her clients ever more completely. In 1989, she was the first woman in the world to achieve a Mastership in the Academy of General dentistry and in July 2011 attained her Doctor of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Sawiak practices as an Integrative Wellness Consultant at the Sawiak Integrative Wellness Institute in Georgetown Ont.

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