Newborn babies are (there is debate about this) anywhere from 75-93% WATER (total body water or TBW). As we move from infancy into adulthood our bodies have to build and grow structures like bones, ligaments, tendons etc.
Human adults are supposed to be UP TO 70% water, with researchers putting totals between 50-70%. I theorize that most human adults (who haven’t measured TBW) hover around 45-50% (more on this in a moment). Regardless of numbers or percentages, I think we’re far lower than is POSSIBLE.
1) The extracellular matrix (part of the fascial system), from which the cells in a human body “drink” or imbibe water. The ECM is like the water well AND nutrient storehouse of the human body, in addition to being a primary waste elimination channel by which every cell can “dump” its waste and have it ushered out of the body. Think about flushing your toilet – that waste system wouldn’t work very well without water.
2) Intracellular environment – the cells that make up a human body have to take water into themselves to function, and if they lose access to water they lose function. That water needs to have the right “electrical” charge for proper function, too.
Every cell in the human body needs water to function.
As we age, we become more and more dense or “fibrous.”
1. Collagen – the most abundant protein in the human body, of which your tendons, ligaments and muscle tissue are primarily composed. Collagen creates a measure of density (which we need), but it is kept in balance by other critical elements. Namely…
2. Hyaluronic acid, or HA – assists in fascia, muscle and joint “gliding” because it provides fluidity due to its high water content. HA “imbibes” the water you drink, and exists mostly in the ECM (where cells go to take water into themselves).
Without a high hyaluronic acid content, cellular hydration diminishes.
My theory – that most human adults hover around 45-50% water – is based on the primary purpose of fascia release I’ve been doing with clients since 2008: rehydration of the fascial system.
When I first start working with someone, their fascial system is often very dense, fibrous, full of adhesions and restrictions. Every person I work with has unhealthy fascia to some degree.
I used to think it was primarily trauma, stress and how we hold ourselves (the shapes we take most often, aka our sports and lifestyle habits).
But as I’ve come to learn more and more about the WATER component of fascia, it has led me to looking into other causes of water loss and densification.
1) Chemical toxicity. We’ve introduced about 84,000 chemicals into human society in the last 150 years, from DDT to agent orange to sodium benzoate and glyphosate. The more toxic we become, the more likely it is we will use up our body’s water content just trying to keep up with the demand for water to flush toxic waste out of cells and out of the body.
2) EMFs. We’ve introduced electrical frequencies into human societies in ways that profoundly differ from just 100 years ago. Human beings are electrical in nature, we transmit frequencies and are impacted by them. Then there is your own self-generated electromagnetic field, which is created in part by the thoughts you think, what is in your heart, your emotions and consciousness.
3) Contraction of human consciousness, or “densification” of human thinking, feeling and behavior that is not FREE. Materialistic thinking – reducing the human being and nature down to its smallest parts like atoms and molecules without also including the WHOLE, and the spiritual. This has caused a spiritual “densification” that perpetuates physical densification due to natural law – as above, so below. What we think we become. Our bodies reflect who we are. This in turn becomes a viscous cycle, where the more dense our thinking and our consciousness, the more physically dense we become as well.
Now, I can’t talk about #1 without mentioning that it’s not just the chemicals we take into ourselves; the densification of the human being is also due to the loss of biodiversity in our microbiome and the microbiome of mother earth. When we spray glyphosate on farms, for example, we eliminate nature’s preventive medicine in the form of amino acids, proteins, hormones etc that we should be eating and receiving benefit from in the form of critical building blocks for sustaining human life in a physical body. See this brilliant talk by Zach Bush for more of the science and details behind this.
The more toxic the soil becomes, the more toxic and devoid of preventive medicine our food and the more toxins enter our bodies that will need to be taken care of. This becomes a viscous cycle however, because we’re increasingly lacking the nutrients and cellular pathways necessary for efficient detoxification. And the less water that is available, the more toxic waste builds up inside of us.
Think chronic inflammation, gut issues, fatigue, brain fog etc. This can become a viscous cycle and illness cascade if the TBW (and “soil” environment inside and outside of us) is not restored.
Let’s talk about EMF’s – can they cause the water in a human body to structure itself in harmful ways to our health? I don’t claim to have “the” answer, but initial research suggests – yes.
If you’re at all into metaphysics and consciousness theory, this may be interesting to you:
Neurons, or nerve cells (which are a basic part of the human nervous system) are “surrounded by water molecules, which change orientation in the presence of an electric charge.” (Sylvie Roke).
I believe that the higher and more appropriately “structured” our water content (naturally charged), the better (faster or more efficient) our brain/body communication, and perhaps – our consciousness. Thoughts/sensations/emotions/instincts/intuitions would all travel faster through a water rich environment, vs a dense fibrous one.
The higher your TBW, the more likely you are to be “psychic” (aka, receptive to electrical messages).
The “denser” a person becomes, the more susceptible to injury, pain, anxiety and potentially mood disorders. Probably illness too, though I am no doctor so I don’t claim expertise in that area.
A tendon or ligament that’s brittle and lacking water content will “tear” more easily.
It could also be theorized that the “denser” a person is, the less freely their nerve impulses will travel (thoughts, feelings, sensations, instincts, intuitions etc).
Maybe there’s something to the old adage “don’t be dense” or “thick headed” ?!
The human brain itself REQUIRES water to function well since it is up to 80% water.
It might even be said that TO REMAIN HUMAN, we need to care for and maintain a healthy and high total body water content.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just drinking more water. If your ECM doesn’t have a lot of hyaluronic acid, there won’t be anything in your “soil” that can absorb that water you’re drinking. Have you ever had a houseplant whose soil just eroded and became brittle? Watering that plant will be next to impossible, the water just runs straight through. That’s what happens to you too.
I don’t believe we can talk about full solutions to this very grave problem unless we address the enormous environmental toxicity issue and the poisoning of our soil, with all the health issues that face us downstream of this issue as mentioned above.
So step #1 has to be this: get involved in regenerative farming. Either grow a garden yourself, and/or support a local regenerative farmer in your area. Organic is not enough, and may actually be worse (see this interview with Zach Bush for more info on this aspect).
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