Apart from proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins, all products also contain other components: water, indigestible bulk substances, mineral salts etc. Though they are not considered nutrients, many of them are necessary for vital functions. One way or another they all contribute to the functioning of a complex self-regulating system, called HUMAN.
Water is rightly considered the base of life; all creatures on earth are literally based on it. Water makes up 60% of the human body and 98% of jellyfish mass. Even hard tooth enamel contains around 10% of water. Water is a universal solvent, an ions and molecules transporter and an indispensable substance for any cell. Most reactions can occur only in water solutions.
All organisms process consumed water transforming it into “live” one, characteristic of their own cells. Sometimes this requires significant energy inputs. And what if one drinks water that has already been transformed? Such experiments were conducted and at the time they caused a lot of discussion. For example, in one of the experiments all calves were given only meltwater. All subjects of the experiment started gaining weight faster, were not getting sick and were more active than their peers. This happens because the structure of meltwater is similar to the water from living organisms.
It turned out that a lack of such biologically active water is one of the reasons for ageing. Cells of an old organism slowly lose water. And the rejuvenating effect of mountain springs is often connected to the fact that they are created by ice melting on the top of the mountains.
Even greater effect can be achieved by consuming fresh juicy vegetables, fruits and juices made of them. Water contained in them is also live; it tones you up and strengthens you. It is the true elixir of life, rich not only in sugars, acids but also vitamins.
For now, let’s talk about one more function of water that is also very important – elimination of harmful metabolic products. In this process kidneys play a crucial role. Every 5-10 minutes all the blood circulating in the blood vessels passes through the kidneys. There it is filtered and cleaned of the majority of poisonous compounds. During this process, the so-called “primary urine” is formed, the quantity of which can amount up to 170 liters per day. However, almost all the water, as well as glucose and amino acids, are absorbed in the kidneys; then the urine is concentrated and delivered to the urinary bladder.
With urine most products of protein degradation are removed: urea, lithic acid and others, as well as non-protein substances. Among those are lactic acid, formed in the muscles, oxalic acid, consumed with plant food, and various inorganic compounds.
If your kidneys fail completely (acute kidney injury) all these substances accumulate and in two-three days a person can die from intoxication. But during “casual” kidney diseases, kidneys lose just a part of their function. For example, they can stop freeing primary urine from glucose or amino acids, or start cleaning blood from some harmful compounds ineffectively. Then, especially in cases of excess of protein-rich and irritating food, sugar and protein can be found in urine, uric acid starts accumulating in the gouty tophi and our organism is slowly suffocating under the burden of its own toxins.
Meanwhile, a healthy kidney is an amazing organ, sensitively reacting to the lightest changes in the internal environment. Depending on the amount of liquid in the organism, the volume of urinary flow can change up to 100 times (!) (from 0.16 ml per second to 16 ml per second). It does not matter how much a healthy person drinks, the excess of water will be rapidly removed with the urine.
In a similarly efficient way, our kidneys manage the toxin removal processes, but in this case, unfortunately, their capabilities are not limitless. As a result of permanent excess of nitrogenous products and imbalance of salts they become weak and ill. Kidney diseases usually happen as a result of massive energetic losses, which occur during harmful relationships with a spouse or parents and in some other cases.
However, the kidneys have great restorative abilities. They can come back to normal activity even after complete failure of all the functions. But to do this they need some rest. In acute cases medical help is needed, for example, an artificial kidney device. In lighter cases it may be enough to start following a low-protein diet, to drink diuretics and to take absorbing medicines (activated charcoal or cellulose).
To prevent both light and acute cases, it is advised to eat normally, have positive thoughts, be physically active, drink a lot of good water and, of course, have right relationships. Following the laws of nature by defining rules to interact with different creatures is especially important. For example, because of some mistakes made in relationship with a member of opposite sex, energy can leave the adrenal glands. The kidneys become weaker and more disposed to inflammations, so the conditions for lithiasis are created. This might be very hard to heal without solving the energy problem.
Text: from the book A.Eddar “Treatise of nutrition”. Interpreter: Liza Dukhova