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Heal Yourself Topics

The 1-2-3 Method
3 Phases of Healing
Water for Health
Moist Heat Therapy
Lymph System Health
Fascial Health

More to come!

To give anything but your best is to sacrifice the gift
Steve Prefontaine


30 Days — 100 oz per day

Not convinced that WATER can ease your aches and pains, and create more flexibility in your joints?

Join many people who have taken on a 30-day Water Challenge to see the benefits.

Drink a little over 3 quarts each day. Sure, you may pee a wee bit more, but WOW!

Join this Water Challenge on Facebook


Drink 1/2 Your Weight in ounces of water
Example: 160 lbs, drink 80 oz of water each day). The alternative is a flat 100 oz each day (that is only just over 3 quarts!)

Carry a Water Bottle
Remind yourself to keep drinking. When working at a desk, pour water into a 8-oz glass with a straw and casually sip. Each good sip is about 2 oz of water — you can casually consume a lot of water that way, without effort!

Eat Raw Fruits & Veggies
They are dense in water, live enzymes, and micronutrients. They also alkalinize your body for health, serving to dramatically dissipate acidic levels in the body.

Urinate Frequently with Light Color
As your body adjusts to a higher water intake, you will find that your need to pee often will diminish. The color will be clear to very light yellow.

Avoid Bottled Water
It may not be as pure as you think, nor its source. Vitamin water is a total waste of $$. In either case, think twice before using, especially because of the plastic bottle waste. Use bottled water, however, if your home source is fluoridated or chlorinated


Water is an essential requirement for good health, playing a part in digestion, the transportation of nutrients to tissues, the circulation of body fluids, lubrication of joints and regulation of body temperature.

On average, our bodies are 65% water. Each day we lose around two and a half liters of water through urine (1500 ml), feces (150 ml), sweat (350 ml) and simply breathing (400 ml). We need to balance that loss to keep our system well-hydrated. This means paying particular attention to fluid loss when exercising intensely, or when suffering diarrhea, vomiting, fever, or burns. We also need to be well-hydrated during healing from an injury or health condition.

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Whether you are taking medications or herbal remedies, it is critical to increase your water intake. The stress an injury or health condition places on the body robs it of essential micronutrients (especially Magnesium) and moisture. The toxicity of pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter pain relievers demands higher water intake so that the liver and kidneys don’t drastically suffer. Herbs are more benign, but they too need plenty of water to function optimally.

Water is critical to transporting herbal nutrients throughout the body, when used in a healing protocol, and in helping the lymph system to flush away cellular debris and toxins. Increased water intake during healing assures that tissues and cells, organs and bones, joints and buffering membranes optimally assimilate the therapeutic phytonutrients of the plants.

We hope the following the information encourages you to increase your own water consumption, especially when injured or suffering from a health condition.



We constantly remind people to increase their water intake when taking medications and remedies. Here are five examples of the benefits of water for the body. We also include reasons to increase water consumption, specificially when using herbal remedies.



body tempThe human body is made up of about 65% water. One of the important roles that water plays is that it helps regulate everything in our bodies, most importantly, body temperature (maintaining about 37C). Without enough water, the human body will not be able to stay at a regulated temperature, either causing a fever, headache, or throwing the body into a too-low temperature. Usually, with a lack of proper hydration, the body gets too hot, unable to perspire and release the heat.

Application to Herbal Remedies

An injury, disease, or chronic condition almost always affects body temperature, at the least in the affected area. This is because the initial stage of a healing response — Inflammation — is activated in the body, causing a rush of specialized blood cells, nerve energy, and chemicals to commence restoration. It is critical to increase water intake when experiencing health issues. This is why we always recommend increasing intake — it especially allows the herbs to saturate tissues and joint areas, helping to control the flame of inflammation.


Nearly everything put in our body has some type of  toxicity — food, drink, air, and even medicine must be filtered through the kidneys to pull and filter toxins. Fortunately, most of these toxins are expelled if you are properly hydrated. This is because the water helps the kidneys function properly without duress.kidney
If your body is functioning on too little water, the kidneys can't pull out toxins properly, which will eventually make you sick. You will always know your water intake is adequate if the color of your urine is clear to slightly yellow.

Application to Herbal Remedies

Medicine of any kind, either synthetic or natural, is filtered by the kidneys and liver. A toxic build-up can occur if these invaluable waste- and toxin-filtering organs are not supplied with generous amounts of water, especially when using a healing protocol of medicines and/or herbs.

The herbs we use are very benign to the kidneys and liver, but you should still increase your water intake. A topical application of Magnesium will not harm at all (whereas an oral supplement can be too potent), so high applications of 2000mg are not toxic, and if it is ever too much, the kidneys will flush the remainder out without any problems.



jointsThe water in your body will help keep the numerous joints in your body lubricated and working properly. If joints are not properly lubricated, they will ache, click, or feel stiff or swollen. Internally, the joints will get worn down around the cartilage area and the buffering membranes (bursae and synovial) will be not properly buffered.

Joint pain is also an indication that you are NOT drinking enough clean water regularly. Some doctors believe that once you start getting joint pain due to dehydration, the damage is done and can be difficult to remedy. We don’t believe this is always the case.

Application to Herbal Remedies

For herbs to work well within joint areas, water is essential. This is because these herbs help add moisture to the critical cartilage area so that it does not harden with Calcium deposits. Calcium deposition in joint and connective tissues areas is often an outcome of too little moisture, Magnesium deficiency, not enough range of motion exercise, and the use of oral supplements or medication.

Water is also necessary in joint areas to replenish buffering membranes — bursae and synovial. These cushiony, pillow-like membranes help buffer bone-to-bone, and muscle-to-bone areas around joints so that there is adequate shock-absorption and fluid replenishment during healing.

In all conditions of bursitis, increased water intake is important while the affected buffering membranes are healing and being replenished with newer fluid.



oxygen bodyoxygen levelWater helps the body oxygenate more efficiently, period. As oxygen goes through the body, it is water that helps carry it. When you become dehydrated, the oxygen your body needs to survive isn’t going to get around properly. This can lead to several problems.

Lack of oxygen to the lungs will make it feel like it is difficult to get a proper breath. In fact, on average we expel almost 16 ounces of water each day just by breathing, so we need to replenish that, too.

The brain also needs a good water supply, otherwise we risk headaches or migraines because of the inadequate supply of oxygen. If you have trouble breathing, make sure you’re getting enough water.

Your muscles also need plenty of oxygen or they will ache and not function properly. Deoxygenated muscles can die or atrophy, causing you to be unable to use those muscles. This is one of the many reasons that it is crucial to drink enough water when you are exercising. Without it, the muscles won’t get the oxygen they need to repair after the exercise, and lactic acid will accumulate to create stiffness and soreness.

Application to Herbal Remedies

The herbs we use are very effective for restoring and maintaining the health of tissues. Because tissues need a constant influx of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), water and oxygen, it makes sense that you would naturally want to drink plenty of water when taking herbal remedies. This allows them to fully saturate deep cellular levels of muscles, organs, joints, buffering membranes and the like.



Water helps with the digestion process in several ways; one being to ensure that waste is processed through the body correctly. Without water, the acids in foods would destroy tissues and cause ulceration. The GI tract importantly needs water to mellow out the harsh duty of waste management, and proper filtrating of nutrients for use.

salivaOne of the most important actors in digestion is Saliva. Without saliva, our body is unable to break down food, making it difficult to eat and digest. Have you ever had a dry mouth that made chewing and swallowing food difficult? This is because of dehydration. Your body doesn’t have enough water to create the saliva. Saliva helps break down the food enough to ensure that your stomach is able to continue the digestion process.


Application to Herbal Remedies

Of all forms of input for health care, herbal remedies are probably the safest overall for the body to naturally assimilate. The key word is: Assimilation. It takes time for the body to benignly integrate the herbs into tissues, organs, joint areas, etc. Water is a vital carrier during this process of taking-in. However, the healing process also dislodges a lot of cellular debris and endotoxins and exotoxins associated with injury or health condition. So, it is also vital to drink plenty of water to allow this flushing-out and cleansing to happen.water body



There are a lot of benefits to drinking enough water. Staying properly hydrated will keep your body functioning at its best. With so many negatives to being dehydrated, it’s surprising that approximately 75% of Americans are actually suffering from mild dehydration regularly. Drinking water helps keep you healthy and can even keep many types of sickness at bay. So, really, what does this mean? Why should we drink more water?

If you don’t drink water, you will die
It's that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water - maybe a week. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do.

Prevent cancer 
Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.

Be less cranky
Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.

Perform better 
Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.

Lose weight
Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.

Have less joint pain
Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.

Flush out waste and bacteria
Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don't drink water, we don't flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also combined with fiber, water can cure constipation.

Prevent headaches
Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.

Make your skin glow
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do it's job of regulating the body's temperature through sweating.

Feed your body
Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.

Heart health
Research has shown that adequate water intake may prevent heart attacks. One study found that individuals who drank five or more glasses of plain water a day had a much lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease compared to those who drank less than two glasses a day. The results of the study showed that drinking high amounts of plain water is as important as exercise, diet, and not smoking in preventing coronary heart disease.  It is noted that neither total fluid intake, or intake of other fluids combined, showed this reduced risk.  In contrast, for women, high intake (five or more glasses a day) of other fluids, showed a greatly increased risk of coronary heart disease.   “Water, Other Fluids and Fatal Coronary Heart Disease”. American Journal of Epidemiology (vol. 155, no.9).

At the request of the European Commission, in 2008, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gathered together a panel of 21 experts in health and nutrition to draw up a scientific report on the subject. The study defined nine separate groups, from babies under six months to adults over 75; it took into account sex as well as age, and pregnant women and nursing mothers were considered separately.

Their findings are reflected in a report  entitled How Much Water Does My Body Need? which sets out the quantity of water needed for the human body to function correctly. Among the recommendations are:

  • In normal temperature conditions and subject to moderate physical activity, adolescents from 14 years, adult and elderly women should all drink two litres of water a day.
  • Under the same normal conditions, the figure for men is two and a half litres.
  • During pregnancy, women should increase their daily water intake by 300 ml.
  • When breastfeeding, women should increase their daily water intake by 700 ml.
  • The elderly should be particularly careful about their daily fluid intake as the sensation of thirst and renal capacity decrease with age.


The Water Resources of Earth

Over 70% of our Earth's surface is covered by water (we should really call our planet "Ocean" instead of "Earth"). Although water is seemingly abundant, the real issue is the amount of fresh water available.

  • 97.5% of all water on Earth is salt water, leaving only 2.5% as fresh water
  • Nearly 70% of that fresh water is frozen in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland; most of the remainder is present as soil moisture, or lies in deep underground aquifers as groundwater not accessible to human use.
  • < 1% of the world's fresh water (~0.007% of all water on Earth) is accessible for direct human uses. This is the water found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and those underground sources that are shallow enough to be tapped at an affordable cost. Only this amount is regularly renewed by rain and snowfall, and is therefore available on a sustainable basis.
  • The WHO estimates that more than 5 million people die each year from diseases caused by unsafe drinking water, and lack of sanitation and water for hygiene.
  • About one-third of the world's population lives in countries that are experiencing water stress.
  • The six billion people of Planet Earth use nearly 30% of the world’s total accessible renewal supply of water.  By 2025, that value may reach 70%.  Yet billions of people lack basic water services, and millions die each year from water-related diseases.





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