There are a few graphic ways to describe the functioning of our cells, which give an easily understood picture:
In one sense your body is like a fire. A fire needs a fuel source such
as wood, but it must have oxygen to keep burning. It must have an
"aerobic" environment. Your body is similar. Here, an "aerobic"
environment means lots of oxygen around the cells, so they can perform
the metabolic functions they were designed to make cells burn glucose,
and they need oxygen to keep the fire burning. This burning process,
also called metabolism, produces wastes.
When your cells become surrounded with wastes, the oxygen cannot get to
them to do its job, so they do not function properly. Once oxygen is no
longer able to reach the cells, the environment in the body becomes an
"anaerobic" one, and changes start happening. Disease cells prefer to
live and multiply in an oxygen poor or "anaerobic" environment, and
therefore they are more prone to be there, and to increase in quantity
in an environment filled with wastes.
way to look at this is to think of your cells as candles. Candles use
fire to burn the wax that is their fuel. Fire needs oxygen. If you put a
glass over the candle, what happens? Eventually the flame will go out,
because the oxygen is cut off. Healthy, normal cells need oxygen to
assist in the burning of the glucose, the fuel used by the cells. If
there is no oxygen, the burning process becomes a fermentation process,
changing the environment of the cells, and making it more likely they
will become diseased.
Anything you can do to increase the amount of oxygen in your body can
only benefit your body. Things like exercise in the fresh air even just
walking, increasing your intake of green, yellow and red vegetables, and
deeply colored fruits. Even utilizing alternative therapies such as
ozone therapy and hydrogen peroxide therapy can be beneficial. At the
very least you need to investigate these alternatives for yourself.
The other incredibly important way to keep the wastes down and give the
oxygen access to the cells is to drink a LOT of water. Most people need
about 2 quarts (liters) of water per day.
Imagine your body as a beautiful pond in a forest. It is alive with
plants and fish, insects and birds. It is clear and clean and full of
oxygen. This pond has a stream of fresh water coming into it, and a
stream of water leaving that takes away all the wastes.
picture what will happen to the pond, if you cut off the stream
entering the pond. No more oxygen, no more fresh, clean water, no more
way of removing all the waste products. The pond will become a stagnant,
This is what can happen to your body if you do not drink enough water.
Our bodies are 75% water. Every cell in your body is constantly bathed
in water. The water inside your cells has the correct balance of
minerals in to ensure that each cell functions exactly as it should.
Every cell also is continually producing waste products from the
metabolic process that goes on all the time. The waste products are
discharged from the cell into the water surrounding each cell.
This water acts, in part, as a waste removal system. If this fluid is
not continually replenished with fresh water, and the old dirty water
removed, your cells will not be able to function properly.
It is recommended to drink at least 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water
every day. By saying water, that is what I mean, not juices, coffee, tea
or soft drinks. A good source of well water, spring water, artesian
well water, glacier water, or any other source of pure, clean water is
Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat
deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually
reduce these. How? The kidneys cannot function properly without enough
water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped
onto the liver.
One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into
usable energy for the body. If the liver has to do some of the work of
the kidneys, it can't operate at full throttle itself, and as a result,
it metabolizes less fat. Therefore more fat remains stored in the body
and weight loss stops.
The overweight person needs more water than a thin one. Larger people
have a higher metabolic load. Since we know that water is one of the
keys to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person needs more
water. Water helps rid the body of wastes. During weight loss, the body
has a lot more waste to get rid of - all that metabolized fat must be
shed. Again, adequate water helps the situation. The overweight person
needs one additional 8 oz glass for each 25 lbs of excess weight.
Drinking enough water is also the best treatment for fluid retention.
When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to
survival, and begins to hold on to every drop. Water that is stored can
show up as swollen feet, legs and hands.
Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored
water, along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a
threat, and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus
the condition quickly returns.
Swollen feet, legs and hands can also be the result of toxic waste water
not being removed from the body, as detailed above. Water retention can
also be the result of excess salt intake. Your body will tolerate
sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat, the more
water your system retains to dilute it.
In any of these cases, one of the best ways to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs
Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little
water, it siphons what is needed from internal sources. The colon is one
primary source. Result;
Constipation. But, when a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function usually returns.
More information on water and its importance to the human body can be found in a book called:
"Your Body's Many Cries for Water"; by F Batmanghelidj.
More information on the oxygen therapies mentioned above is available in the following books:
"Oxygen Healing Therapy", by N Altman (Ozone Therapy)
"Oxygen, Oxygen, Oxygen”, by K Donsbach (Hydrogen Peroxide)