The water ran pure and icy cold. My cousin Paul and I had been playing in the cool woods on a hot day in July on our grandparents’ farm, pretending we were scouts on a mission. We just loved exploring nature and looking for Indian arrowheads. You probably know the feeling and wild imagination children possess. Paul said Indians always knew where to find water and that was why they didn’t need canteens.
Since my cousin and I were thirsty, we were especially delighted to find the spring. There it was under several ironwood trees, like a small mirror set in a frame of tender grasses. We flopped down on the soft green carpet and stuck our faces into the water. Funny, that was a lifetime ago and I can still taste the water of that spring as if it were yesterday. Icy cold with a slight hint of iron. For some reason, I’ll never forget that crystal-clear pool and its refreshment.
I can also recall the squeaky sound of the green hand pump in the farmhouse kitchen as my grandmother filled the sink with water. This water also had a bit of a metal taste because it came straight from an old hand-dug well. Some water experts believe a little iron in the water is beneficial and helps with fatigue and anemia. This water was also considered hard water; the calcium and magnesium in hard water are believed to protect against heart ailments, whereas softened water, according to other reports, does just the opposite. Anyway, my grandmother didn’t know about commercial water softeners back then. As a kid I thought the water at her house was the best water in the world, and so did my grandma, who lived well into her nineties.
Today, we’re just getting to understand a lot of things about water, such as what TDS or total amount of dissolved solids is in the water. If the water is cloudy, it means there’s a lot of stuff in the water that you shouldn’t be drinking. As a kid, I’d never heard about cryptosporidium, which is a water-borne parasite, along with giardia and a non-pathogenic bacterium called E. coli. It was good that with all the trips my cousin and I made to our secret spring, we never got any dysentery-like symptoms.
The more I learn about water, the more selective I’ve become.
However, finding a pure water spring is like finding a life-giving treasure. Throughout history, the quest for pure water has occupied our thoughts and imagination. We’ve heard legends about mythical pools that could grant longevity. We have the popular account of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, as well as hidden sacred valleys where the water made you forever young. Does water have such properties? Certainly, one thing we do know about water is the danger of not getting enough of it. Adult hydration levels, according to studies, are far too low, which is compounded by high intake of salt and processed foods, along with excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Dehydration has many signs; one is prematurely aging skin. Consider, our bodies are mostly water. We have five quarts of blood, which is 90 percent water, and 50 to 80 quarts of water, of which we expel around a gallon every 24 hours. So, obviously, it must be replenished daily, but with what kind of water?
As an example, our body’s digestive juices are very “wet” and allow penetration and digestion of our food more effectively. When the water we drink has a low surface tension, it passes through and hydrates the cells more easily. That seems to be one of the secrets of certain known healing waters. To understand what low surface tension means, consider that when water is heated, it allows you to better wash your hands; that’s because the surface tension lowers with heating. However, certain waters naturally have a lower surface tension, which makes them very healing. Fruits that stain your fingers, such as grapes, blueberries, or strawberries, naturally have a low surface tension in their juice, granting health. Healing springs can have other mineral properties that greatly benefit our health, but longevity is greatly affected by cell hydration, which such waters provide.
This is why I try to find the purest spring water possible for enhancing my longevity. It’s all about water quality.