©2016 Mahoning Valley Water Inc.  Blood and Water   By Dr. Agatha M. Thrash  Uchee Pines Institute        Water has been worshipped by millions through the centuries with the Egyptians’ worship of the Nile and the Hindus’ worship of the Ganges.  Water has been ascribed many miraculous powers, particularly water from a special river.      While we don’t ascribe miraculous powers to water in that sense, it’s true that water performs such functions in the human body that it must indeed be called a miracle fluid.  It keeps the blood circulating so that the brain is perfused fully, the kidneys are enabled to do their job of cleansing, the lungs can aerate the blood, and the intestinal tract can do its digestive functions.  This is to say nothing of the important functions water has with the brain.  Some portions of the brain are up to 90% water.  If we don’t drink enough water, the thought processes are hampered.      In addition to all these very desirable things, water helps us to keep the blood vessels healthy.  There are tiny blood vessels that actually nourish the larger blood vessels, running through these larger vessels as a mesh work to supply nutrients and oxygen, and to carry away wastes and debris.      Drinking lots of water will also help keep the joints lubricated.  (That’s correct!  Joints are lubricated with water, not oil.)  Sometimes pain occurs in joints, especially the joints of the back, when hardening of the arteries has set in.  Probably the most common cause of backache in those who are 40 and older is because of narrowing of the blood vessels that supply muscles, joints, tendons and cartilages.  When the circulation is slow, the damage to the blood vessels is greater by high blood cholesterol, triglycerides, sugar, and certain body products.  Therefore, the water we drink has an influence on whether we’ll have various skeletal pain and whether the hardening of the arteries is greater or lesser.      Drinking plenty of water reduces the appetite for food, provided the water comes at a time when we can quench the thirst before going into a meal.  Much of the longing desire we call appetite at a meal may be thirst rather than hunger.  Therefore, it’s wise for a person fighting a battle with appetite to keep that body constantly in a state of excellent hydration so the appetite won’t provide an irresistible temptation.  The control of the appetite for excessive fats and sugars will keep cholesterol and triglycerides down, reducing the risk of hardened arteries.      The blood contents such as cholesterol and triglycerides are diluted somewhat if the person is well hydrated.  When dehydration occurs, all the substances dissolved in the blood become more concentrated, and that includes cholesterol.  In an indirect way, drinking plenty of water protects one against hardening of the arteries.      Tests show that anxiety and hostility increase the likelihood of getting hardened arteries.  Vitamin E in the amounts of 100 to 400 IU per day has also shown benefit in keeping the arteries free of atherosclerosis. (ref. Clinical Pearls News, Jan. 1999, p.8).      Thirst is not a good guide as to how much water one should drink in one day.  We tend to have too little thirst and too great appetite for our needs.  The one must be encouraged and the other must be curbed.  Drink enough water to keep the urine quite pale.  In this way, you can do a great favor for your body, including your internal organs and all your blood vessels.      Our special thanks to our long-time friend and customer Pastor Craig Wade for submitting this article to us. MAHONING VALLEY WATER 11379 South Avenue Extension North Lima, OH 44452