Water is essential to health. We have believed this adage for ages, since the time when “the world is young,” unspoiled, and man and nature have a symbiotic relationship – in a time when man is not exhausting Mother Earth to her doom.

However, as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the 2010 World Water Day, “Our growing population's need for water for food, raw materials, and energy is increasingly competing with nature's own demands for water to sustain already imperiled ecosystems.” We have continually abused the Earth’s water sources, so now we are reaping the consequences of this abuse.

Despite the Earth being covered three quarters by water, only one per cent of that water is safe for human consumption. This being the case, water becomes detrimental to health when ingested with its current state of “unpureness.” If we consume water that is not pure, except for naturally existing minerals needed by the human body, our bodies become the “filter,” collecting toxins and pollutants present in the contaminated drinking water.

To make the earlier statement true, one should say that good quality water is essential to health. Our bodies need hydration to function properly. Hydration from good water – not soda, coffee, tea, or other beverages – because anything that needs digesting does not benefit the body the way water does.

Hydrating our body with healthy water gives it the proper tools to heal itself, making common ailments – like headaches, hypertension, back pains, arthritis, ulcers, asthma, morning sickness, and fatigue – preventable and easily treatable by our body’s internal defenses. This eliminates the need for ingesting synthetically developed drugs, like pain relievers and antibiotics, which can do more harm than good to our body by damaging the liver and weakening our natural defenses against infections.

Treating pain with synthetic pain medications and analgesics also works in contrast with the way our body heals itself. Pain sensations are our body’s natural way of “crying” for water, signaling that something is wrong somewhere.

Our brain, which is over 75 per cent water, produces histamines during dehydration. The release of this compound causes pain and fatigue, urging us to slow down and conserve water. The ingestion of antihistamines or analgesics only stops the pain, covers up the problem, and lets the disease progress without the real needed treatment.

Although water is not a panacea for all disease, it is integral in the natural preventive and healing processes within our body. We need water to keep our body working in harmony within itself. However, it is important to note that we humans live within an environment that also thrives in water. For this, our need for water must be fulfilled without damaging the harmony and balance within our ecosystem.