Healthy Water, Healthy Body: Home Cures from Water!

Last Modified on Feb 02, 2014

Water--the forgotten nutrient! Eight glasses, 75% of our body by volume, the elixir of life, yada, yada, yada... Even as much as we talk about how important proper hydration is to human health, nothing is easier than to forget to drink enough water. Most of us, in fact, seem to be dehydrated most of the time.

Getting the safest water to drink has likewise become a crucial part of our daily healthcare habits. The debate between tap water and bottled, filtered vs. distilled or dechlorinated, etc. and the nutritional value of spring water has become as intense as any in the natural health community. Our readers have something to say about the relative values of each water source or water filtration option below.

Natural Remedies: Water can have a strong remedial effect on conditions like diabetes, skin ailments, constipation, and high blood pressure. However, there is virtually no health condition or area of general health that can't benefit from getting enough to drink each day. Older men in particular should pay attention to proper hydration, as their bodies less effectively recognize or signal dehydration as the years go along.


Water Therapy Feedback14 YEAS

ACV and Salt

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)

[YEA]  12/27/2007: Andreina from Roma, Italy: "In the morning, I mix 1Tbl ACV with a pint of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I put it in a bottle and drink it throughout the day. I repeat the prosedure in the afternooon, so I drink 2 pints a day. It cures everything (my acne, sore throat, stomach ache, dry skin, sore joints...etc) I've been doing this for 3 months, and have dropped 7.5 kilograms! I <3 water! Be sure to mix it with salt and vinegar, so you don't lose vital nutrients, and sodium!"

Alkaline Water

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)

12/30/2010: Mike from Minneapolis, Mn: "I've been reading your site for a few days now. It seems that most references to drinking alkaline water are references to adding baking soda to water or other such additions. Perhaps I'm just not finding the right post, but are there any thoughts on the water ionizing machines that produce two streams of water, one alkaline and one acidic.


12/18/2009: Kelly from Cincinnati, Ohio: "Hello Everyone at and reading earthclinic. My question is about alkaline water. Is there any way to do-it-yourself alkalize tap water as, what I've read up on is outside of my budget? Any help would be much appreciated. ThankYou."

[YEA]  11/20/2007: Angie from Sparta, MO: "I have been using an alkaline water cartridge that alkalizes the water and reduces impurities such as chlorine. Our well water taste so much better, I love drinking it now. If anyone would like information on how buy one for themself, just email me. they are very inexpensive. they are from Japan. Angie"

Best Reusable Water Bottles

03/27/2011: Randy from Jersey City, Nj, Usa: "Hello, I was wondering what is currently considered to be the safest type of reusable water bottle..... Is it stainless steel? BPA-free plastic? something else? thanks! -Randy"

03/30/2011: Terry from Langley, B.c. Canada replies: "How about glass. I use glass containers for water. They contain no harmful chemicals and you can wash them after use and are way less of a burden to the environment. If breakage is of concern be creative I. E. use a neoprene holder or something like that."

Dechlorinating Water

12/14/2010: Sean from Wilmington, Delaware, Usa: "When you allow tap water to sit for, at least 10 minutes, the chlorine will evaporate. The water will taste better and will allow you to drink chlorine-free water."

09/20/2011: Garry from Pomona, California replies: "Unless your municipality is using chloramine, which most US water companies are changing over to. Chloramine doesn't giveƂ off gas as much as chlorine, whether its hot water, cold water or water sitting overnight. Please find out what kind of anti bacterial devices your water company is using and then learn how to remove it."

09/17/2009: Sandra from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada: "Dechlorinating water: What is a fast/cheap/easy method to dechlorinate my water at home?"

09/17/2009: Kathy from Dubois, Pa replies: "I use one of those "on the faucet" type filters (can't name it...sorry), which cost about $20.00 each and last a couple of months. But they only remove free chlorine. As far as I know, the only way to get rid of bound chlorine is through distillation or reverse osmosis."
09/18/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Sandra from Sudbery:

Hello Sandra,

When cleaning and refilling the water in your aquarium, the instructions tell you to run and leave tap water sitting overnight and the next day the chlorine will be gone. I haven't had an aquarium in years, but suspect that this is probably still effective in removing chlorine from tap water."
09/18/2009: Kathy from Dubois, Pa replies: "It is a good method for removing FREE chlorine, but the BOUND chlorine remains."
01/04/2010: Wydo from Ventura, Ca replies: "I would like to, not only dechlorinate the water to my house but defluoranate it as well. Has anyone tried to do this? I thought of adding sodium thiosulfate and boarx to a water softener or a chemical injection system. Any way I look at this it is expensive equipment to buy and I don't know if it would work.

Please, if anyone out there has tried this or has any thoughts on this, post your ideas here.

01/05/2010: Kathleen from San Antonio, Texas replies: "There are three ways to remove fluoride from water. Distillation, reverse osmosis, and filtration with activated alumina. The last is more recent. Currently I get my drinking water from one of the RO coin operated units at the store as it is reasonably priced. I'm considering one of the whole house filter units when I can afford it to avoid skin absorption of both the chlorine and fluoride."

Decontaminating Water

01/07/2009: K.Lynn from Mt.Healthy, Ohio: "I'm confused over the healthy drinking water debate. could someone please tell me, as I've been boiling our water on the stove for 5-10 minutes after boil to decontaminate. we have traditional city water but it tastes horrible from all the additives. Do I need to add anything after boiling to make it healthier? Thankyou"


12/20/2011: Kevin from Crossett, Arkansas: "I've been taking the H2o2 3% mixture internally now, for awhile, and I just want to know if there's anything I can add to the mixture to make it taste better. I know the H2o2 isn't supposed to mix with certain things, and it's not the H2o2 that tastes bad. I just don't like the taste of this distilled water, I've been getting. So, is there anything safe, that I can add?"

12/21/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Kevin, I use 5 drops 35% FGP in 3/4 cup filtered water 1/4 cup regular coffee, basically extremely watered down coffee with H202. 2 or 3 of these a day does well by me, has helped digestion very much."
12/21/2011: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, Tn Usa replies: "Kevin, distilled water has no taste. You have some bad water. Suggest you go to Sulphur Springs and get your water there. That's out past the ole Switzer homestead.

=====ROBERT HENRY======="

07/17/2011: Phil from Athens - Pagrati, Attica, Greece: "Hello wonderful people.

I've got two questions about distilled water:

1)Since it is not the easiest thing to find in Greece and when you find it, it is cost much more than deionized water, can we consider the water that comes out of a drippimg coffee maker (filter coffee) as distilled ? If not why? It is the same way. Water boils, becomes vapor , vapor condenses to water again.

And 2) if so, do we have to add sea salt in it to consume it?

Greetings to all from hot (poor) Athens"

Distilled or Filtered Water

02/25/2009: Sean from New York, NY: "Hi. First let me just say that I'm new to this site and I think it's great. I'm going to start doing some of the remedies (ACV, BSM, oil pulling maybe). I've been reading a lot and I've noticed or it seems most people are using distilled water or some form of other water that doesn't have pollutants or as much in it. I don't know if I missed something but my question is... I know it may sound stupid but:

Is it ok to use filtered water(using Brita) when using any of these remedies that I plan on using as mentioned above or with any remedy that is mentioned on your site? I just want to make sure that using the water filtered through the Brita is ok to use?

Thank you."

Distilled Vs Reverse Osmosis

07/31/2009: Maryanne from Seattle, Washington: "I have a question about water. I researched the entire water and distilled water section, but I am still a bit confused about what the best choice is. It seems that plain distilled or Reverse Osmosis water is not beneficial to health, but mineral water is the best. Of course I do want to remove dangerous chemicals such as Flouride and Chlorine, but not remove good minerals. What kind of water purifier is best? and what should I add to the finished water to provide minerals (is it sea salt?) I'm interested in an inexpensive countertop variety, if you cant say brand names, then just email me."

08/02/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "the notion that distilled water is dead water seems to be a myth.. we get all the minerals we need from vegetable etc. I trust Dr. Weil's opinion ...he uses a D3 distiller.. but also says that carbon block with KDF (a copper zinc combination that retards bacteria growth) are OK. I use a carbon KDF but do find I need to change it every 4 to 6 months..and I also flush it for 30 seconds before using...I would prefer the distiller but it is too expensive."

Distilled Vs. Demineralized

01/02/2011: Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia: "Anybody know what the difference is between distilled and demineralised water, I tried to go buy distilled the other day from the laundry isle because I remember my mum buying it for the iron, but all I found was deminerallised. Is this the same thing? Thanks.

P. S Thanks guys for fixing the posting window thing, that was driving me nuts."

General Feedback

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)

05/16/2012: Healthodyssey from Ojai, Ca/usa: "First let me say that I do not believe that there is one cure for everyone. It is a question of tuning into yourself and intuiting the path toward healing. The products or protocols that you begin with may change over time, so be flexible.

I am a 46 year old male who started losing my hair in my early 20's. It was devestating. I don't think a day has gone by without it affecting my self-esteem. But, I now have such significant regrowth that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (toward full regrowth) and wish to share my experience with those who might benefit.

I started washing my hair everyday when I was 8 years old. Little did I know that I was stripping the natural sebum from my hair and scalp, sending my sebaceous glands into oily overdrive and causing hair loss: oily scalp syndrome. Around this time (coincidently) I also started getting crippling headaches from scalp tension.

In my early 20's I was taking Minoxidyl, to little affect because of course I was still washing my hair with SLS shampoos. In my early 30's I came off Minoxidyl and started working with Edgar Cayce's protocol using Atomidine and crude oil as well as the violet ray machine (Tesla coil). Again nothing worked, as I was still washing my hair everyday with chemical shampoos. I have a great deal of respect for Cayce and believe his readings were very accurate, but SLS was not introduced into shampoos and soaps during his lifetime, so we have to adapt to new protocols.

I then met a very gifted clairvoyant who told me to stop using SLS shampoos and start taking biotin. So, I switched to "natural, " sulphate free shampoo and began supplementing with Biotin. Again nothing worked and while I continued using "natural" shampoos, I quit taking the supplement. It took several years to realize that many of the so called sulphate free, "natural" shampoos on the market are legally allowed to use a "sulphate free" descriptor if they change the chemical name to something else. Don't you just love those folks at the FDA! There are, apparently, around 150 different chemical names for SLS (so buyer beware! ). I then switched to Morrocco Method shampoos about two years ago and noticed the hair loss pretty much stopped within a month, but there was no regrowth (but, I was still washing my hair everyday). However, I did notice that decades of headaches and chronic scalp tension vanished overnight, as soon as I quit SLS or any of its alternate chemical names.

At about the same time I starting fingernail rubbing twice per day for ten minutes each time. At the end of each session I noticed that my hair and scalp had a lot of chi running through it. In hand reflexology the fingernail beds relate to the scalp. There were some scary moments, several months into the protocol, when my hair shed A LOT, but then quickly regrew to be thicker and much stronger.

I finally quit using Morrocco Method several months ago (it's very expensive) and starting washing my hair with baking soda and a ACV rinse, but only once a week, then after a while every two weeks. The night before I washed my hair I oiled it with a mixture of olive oil, lavender oil and rosemary oil. I was finally, after all these years seeing some regrowth, but I also noticed that after washing I was running into the same old problem of my sebaceous glands going into overdrive for a day or two.

Then I had this intuition to quit eating eggs. I was curious and did some research and found out that raw egg white blocks biotin absorbtion. Although, I was eating cooked eggs (most days) I guess I must be sensitive to egg white protein. As soon as I quit eggs I started to re-supplement with 5000 mcg of biotin a day. I also quit washing my hair with anything at all, just rinsing it everyday with cold water. Never hot or even warm as this tends to activate heavy metals in the water, unless you have a really superior shower filter. I went as they say "no-poo! " There was an instant difference and very quickly I noticed huge regrowth as the oils in my scalp returned to normal.

Around this time frame I treated my cat for flea sensitivity with crab apple flower essence. He was reacting to fleas bites with itchy scabs and his fur started to fall. Within a few weeks of the crab apple in his water, the fleas left, the scabs healed and his fur totally regrew and his coat is in better condition than it has ever been. So, I started using crab apple on myself, as I had a sense that maybe if the sebum is stripped from the hair then it has no protection against microscopic parasites. I also added cotton, cedar and mountain pride flower essences to the crab apple. I take these flower essences internally, as well as adding them to a spray bottle for external use. I added mountain pride, which is primarily an essence for standing firm in one's warrior nature, because I had this sense that male pattern baldness or thinning of the hair has a mythology to it, based on the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. I am now curious to learn if other cultures have a similar mythology?

Anyway, a few weeks ago I retroduced the violet ray and that is helping enormously to increase scalp circulation. It goes to show that just because something did not work in the past that it might not work again in the future, if we change the mix. For me the culprit was primarily chemical sensitivity and the stripping of natural sebum from the scalp. I also vigorously brush my hair everyday, which I had not done for years as I was told as a child that brushing is not good and the more you brush the more hair loss you will experience (the dumb things we buy into! ). This, of couse, could not be further from the truth and in fact the opposite is the true. brushing is actually way more affective than even natural shampoos.

I have had such amazing results with the no-poo that I decided to go no-soap, too. I am amazed! My whole body/skin chemistry has changed and whereas I got stinky after exercise, there is no odor at all now. I can only guess that using soap causes the body to go into overdrive in an attempt to rebalance the system with natural oils. I am now wondering if soap and shampoo are culprits in the rise of skin cancers? SLS breaks down and destroys the top layers of the epidermis, the layers which act as an environmental immune buffer, stripping the natural oils that protect the skin from sun damage. Of course this is just an intuitive theory, but I feel it is pretty accurate. I also feel this is the case with toothpaste. Is it just sugar in the diet or are we adding to the problem by using products that strip the bodies natural defence mechansims? For all of our "sophisticated" dental care and advance formula toothpastes and floss we have more tooth decay than at any other time.

My father was a brewer by trade and therefore something of chemist. I recall him telling me, when I was a child, that if you wash a lab beaker thoroughly six times with distilled water then all trace chemicals will be completely washed away. I also have a friend in AZ that has a commercial eco-cleaning business that uses super-heated water to clean hotels, hospitals etc. They have scientific evidence that super-heated water will kill ALL bacteria and keep them away for far longer that a bottle of chemical cleaner which when sprayed onto a surface kills most bacteria for a few seconds, before they start to multiple again and eventually become resitant to the chemicals. Nothing ever becomes resistant to water!

So, the moral of my story is: "Let water be enough and then let the body's natural wisdom do its thing. It knows best! ""

11/20/2012: Lee from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur replies: "Thank you for sharing your story, just wondering if your diet has also changed with your washing habits? Perhaps your diet is one factor that led to regrowth as well. Could you possibily share what is your diet like if you ever return to this post?"

[YEA]  04/22/2012: Olddude from Chattanooga, Tn, Usa: "If u can, walk a mile a day even if u have to split up walking. Drink water, if u cant do 8, 8oz glasses, do 4, 8 oz glasses, it's a start. Many of us take a lot of meds or supplements, we need WATER. So, Walk a mile a day or at least try, and drink ur water. Water to the body is like oil to a automobile engine, u have to keep ur joints and tissues lubricated like the bearings in ur car, both cannot run without them. IMHO."



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