Natural Spring Water
– Gut Health & Hydration –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

June 27, 2021

 

You’re seeing my kitchen table in the photo above. It’s now home to 6, 5-gallon glass water bottles from Mountain Valley Spring Water. They are delivered to my house every 4 weeks.

The bottle in use has an automatic water pump that I transfer from bottle to bottle as each one is emptied. The pump makes it easy to add water to a cup, tumbler, pitcher, or any receptacle.

Mountain Valley Spring Water comes from the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma. It was discovered in 1871.

The water that flows today first came from rain falling over 3,500 years ago. It filtered through the Earth into deep, granite-based aquifers that are nearly one-mile deep. During the journey from rain to aquifer to collection tanks, many trace elements from the surrounding rocks became dissolved in this pristine water.

The water flows into tanks from which it is transferred into glass bottles for direct delivery to consumers.

 

Water Required for Life

Our genetic blueprint requires us to eat nutritious food, breathe unpolluted air, and drink quality water to survive and thrive. Although diet and air get attention in health and wellness journals, the water we drink and its effects on our gut rarely get researched or reported in scientific papers. While water is critical for life, all water is not the same.

Most of the water our primal ancestors drank was natural spring water. It was their major source of trace minerals, which are involved in the function of various biological pathways.

As rain pours down on the Earth, much is filtered and purified as it seeps through the ground picking up various trace minerals. Eventually, this water can be tapped or will empty into lakes and streams to be available for us to drink.

The sun’s rays can bathe the water imparting various properties that are difficult to define. Sunlight changes the actual structure of water to create liquid crystal properties, which have been researched by Dr. Gerald Pollack and his team from the University of Washington.[1]

 

Our Primal Ancestors

Our primal ancestors were able to get their necessary minerals not only from the natural spring waters but also from the food they ate. Dr. Miki Ben-Dor clearly showed in his 2021 peer-reviewed paper that our primal ancestors primarily ate an animal-diet from nose-to-tail. They supplemented their diets with some plants and tubers, but most of their nutrition came from muscle meat, bones, animal fat, organs, and all the cartilage associated with these foods. Biologically available minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients were abundant in the foods our primal ancestors ate and the natural spring waters they drank.

 

Trace Minerals, The Gut, and Hydration

Natural spring water with its numerous dissolved trace minerals improves gut health and hydrates our individual cells.

In the May 2021 issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, a medical research paper was published that showed that natural spring water improves the health of the gut. The authors state that their research was the first of its kind.

But this was not the first published, peer-reviewed paper describing the benefits of the minerals in natural spring water on the garden of bacteria in the gut. HERE, HERE, HERE.

These investigative articles demonstrate that minerals in water improve beneficial bacteria in the gut and increase alpha diversity. Alpha diversity may be one of the most important biomarkers of the gut microbiome.

Alpha diversity can be measured via a specific stool test. CosmosID performs whole genome sequencing to report an accurate Alpha Diversity from the stool test marketed by Microbiome Labs. The test is called, BiomeFX.

The gut microbiome contains about 38 trillion microbes. Our body only has about 30 trillion human cells. We are more “microbial” than “human”! Many studies have been published describing the variety of species in the gut. These medical papers clearly demonstrate that the greater the diversity and numbers of specific microbes, the healthier the immune system. A measurement including (1) the diversity of various microbial species in the gut and (2) the number of each of these species is called “Alpha Diversity”. It is generally reported as a percentile compared to the microbial ecosystem in a population of metabolically healthy individuals.

A high alpha diversity also assists the conversion of inactive Vitamin D to active Vitamin D in the body.[2]

Here is my Alpha Diversity from my BiomeFX stool sample in 2020:

 

Hydration is the process of causing your cells to absorb water. And electrolytes in the water improve hydration. Electrolytes also are essential for numerous bodily functions including the regulation of nerve and muscle function, balancing the blood acidity and pressure, and the repair of damaged tissues.

Sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, and phosphate are some of the main electrolytes that your body needs. However, there are many more trace elements that contribute to optimal hydration.

Drinking natural spring water rather than drinking tap water or highly filtered water will enhance hydration. Hydration is particularly important for maintaining a healthy mucus layer in the gut. As a matter of fact, hydration is significantly improved when your water is enhanced with trace minerals from prehistoric oceans. I wrote about hydration and my personal experience drinking SOLE HERE.

“SOLE” (pronounced So-Lay) is a supersaturated solution of Himalayan salt dissolved in pure spring water.

Himalayan salt crystals are mined from the remote reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. The crystals were created 250 million years ago from ancient oceans and then trapped after tectonic plate movement and subsequent evaporation. These crystals have been assayed and found to contain 84 trace minerals that are biologically active. This is a natural way to nourish and hydrate your cells daily. Published anecdotal comments suggest that SOLE in spring water provides a balance of electrolytes and energetic vibration in the water that enhances hydration and body energy.

A blood test called “BUN” (Blood Urea Nitrogen) can be a biomarker suggesting how well you are hydrated. When the BUN is high, it suggests your cells are not getting hydrated effectively.

After I was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, my BUN was generally above the high end of normal. My oncologist thought I was not drinking enough water. However, I was drinking plenty of water, but it was just filtered water with no electrolytes. When I began drinking 1 teaspoon of SOLE added to 8 ounces of pure spring water each morning on an empty stomach, my BUN levels immediately normalized. My oncologist was surprised with my abrupt improvement. And this was an important education for me.

 

Making SOLE

You can find more information about SOLE and its science on the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Website.

For those of you who are interested, here is a way to make SOLE. (If you want, you could use the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt SOLE Jar.)

    1. Add Himalayan crystal salt stones halfway up a large mouth glass jar.
    2. Fill the jar with pure spring water that has not been processed in any way.
    3. Cover the jar with cheesecloth to protect the liquid in the jar and secure the cheesecloth with a rubber band. You also could use a cork lid. You do not want to cover the jar with any metal or plastic.
    4. Allow 24 hours for the water to become supersaturated with trace minerals. (The supersaturated solution is called “SOLE”.)
    5. Add 1 tsp of SOLE to 8-12 oz of pure spring water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach. If you prefer a flavor in the water, squeeze a little fresh lime or lemon into the glass of water.
    6. Wait 30-60 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
    7. Refill the jar with pure spring water as the SOLE is consumed.
    8. Add additional Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones as they dissolve.

 

Change in My Life

My Unconventional Cancer Protocols have allowed my body to recreate a robust immune system. Natural spring water with trace minerals has become an important component in my Protocols.

It’s surprising yet fascinating to me that I only learned about the significance of this quality drinking water along with SOLE about a year ago. I realize that I certainly am not too old to learn new information and put it to good use.

My success with my cancer journey is related to incorporating out-of-the-box thinking along with effective “cutting-edge” oncology. My recommendations to all who are interested are:

  1. Do your research
  2. Ask questions
  3. Put nutritious food and mineral-rich natural water into your body
  4. Avoid all toxic elements that can hamper biological functions in your body

 

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVBEwn6iWOo

[2] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-19793-8

 

 

 

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Hydration & BUN
– What I Learned –

Dr. Al Danenberg Nutritional Periodontist

May 2, 2021

 

60% of the human body is water.[1] It is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. The ability for the body to absorb and retain water is known as hydration. Water helps to regulate body temperature, lubricate joints, transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, flush out waste, and do a whole lot more. But it’s not just a molecule of H2O.

Electrolytes are dissolved in natural spring water and provide an electrical charge. And sunlight changes the actual structure of water to create liquid crystal properties, which have been researched by Dr. Gerald Pollack and his team from the University of Washington.[2]

In addition, all physical matter vibrates with a frequency. Not only does water have an energy frequency that our body can recognize, but also our cells and microbiome sing and communicate with one another through their unique frequencies. If our body were out of tune (like a dissonant musical instrument or a mistuned frequency dial on an old analog radio), then it might not be able to understand what is going on. It could fail to function at peak performance.

If we do not hydrate our body with quality water replete with trace minerals and natural energy frequencies, then our body will be at a disadvantage. As a matter of fact, most people couldn’t survive more than 7 days without water and everything it brings. Some of these miraculous pathways have been demonstrated in laboratory and farm animals.[3]

 

Natural Spring Water

Our primal ancestors were able to obtain water that was alive.

Water vapor from oceans rose to the heavens. Then droplets condensed in the atmosphere and came back to earth as rain. All along, the water was energized by the sun. Some rain replenished the existing bodies of water. Much of the rain filtered through the dirt and rocks accumulating all kinds of minerals. It settled into aquifers that fed springs, lakes, and other waterways. Fresh water was energetic and mineral-rich. This was the water our primal ancestors thrived on and depended on for individual biological pathways.

Today, we are drinking highly filtered and chemical-ridden water. Human technology can purify our water, but it also can kill it. Processed water is devoid of trace minerals and the natural vibrations that were inherent in earth’s pristine bodies of water. Processed water is dead water.

We have choices in water. My choices of water are those that are collected from mineral springs and aquifers. They contain the sun’s energy, inherent frequencies, and trace minerals.

 

What I Learned

Since my diagnosis with multiple myeloma in 2018, my BUN has been high. BUN is a blood test for Blood Urea Nitrogen. A high BUN could signify kidney disease or liver disease. It also could be a biomarker for dehydration.

My oncologist was constantly telling me that my elevated BUN was not a result of kidney or liver dysfunction. He said, “You are dehydrated. You aren’t drinking enough water.”

But that was not the case. I was drinking quite a bit of water. But the water I was drinking was filtered water – dead water.

The normal range of BUN from the lab at my Cancer Clinic is 7-20 mg/dL. My average BUN until I began eating Carnivore was 22. But since I started my Carnivore Diet on 1/1/20, my BUN rose even higher. It averaged 26 mg/dL – 30% higher than the top range of normal.

Not only was my oncologist concerned about dehydration, now he was concerned that I was eating too much protein. However, that was not the case either. My protein intake was moderate while my fat intake was high.

But then something unexpected happened. Starting 1/1/21 until 4/20/21, my BUN dropped significantly to an average of 15 mg/dL – well within the normal range.

What happened in my diet or lifestyle that contributed to the abrupt and positive change in my BUN?

The only thing I did differently that started at the time my BUN levels dropped was I began drinking SOLE every morning on an empty stomach.

Here is a table summarizing the changes in my BUN based on my lifestyle changes:

 

SOLE

SOLE (pronounced So-Lay) is a supersaturated solution of Himalayan salt dissolved in pure spring water.

Himalayan salt crystals are mined from the remote reaches of the Himalayan Mountains. The crystals were created 250 million years ago from ancient oceans and then trapped after tectonic plate movement and subsequent evaporation. These crystals have been assayed and found to contain 84 trace minerals that are biologically active. This is a natural way to nourish and hydrate the cells of your body daily. Published anecdotal comments suggest that SOLE in spring water provides a balance of electrolytes and energetic vibration in the water that enhances hydration and body energy.

When I began drinking 1 teaspoon of SOLE added to 8 ounces of pure spring water each morning on an empty stomach, my BUN levels immediately normalized. My oncologist was surprised with my abrupt improvement. And this was an important education for me.

 

Making SOLE

You can find more information about SOLE and its science on the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Website[4].

For those of you who are interested, here is a way to make SOLE. (If you want, you could use the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Sole Jar.)

  1. Add Himalayan crystal salt stones halfway up a large mouth glass jar.
  2. Fill the jar with pure spring water that has not been processed in any way.
  3. Cover the jar with cheesecloth to protect the liquid in the jar; secure the cheesecloth with a rubber band. You also could use a cork lid. You do not want to cover the jar with any metal or plastic.
  4. Allow 24 hours for the water to become supersaturated with trace minerals. (The supersaturated solution is called “SOLE”.)
  5. Add 1 tsp of SOLE to 8-12 oz of pure spring water every morning and drink it on an empty stomach. If you prefer a flavor in the water, squeeze a little fresh lime or lemon into the glass of water.
  6. Wait 30-60 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
  7. Refill the jar with pure spring water as the SOLE is consumed.
  8. Add additional Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones as they dissolve.

Take notice of how you feel. Keep a journal before you start your morning regimen with SOLE and then daily for at least a month. Can you tell a difference in your overall wellbeing?

If you can obtain a BUN blood test, you may want to get a baseline reading at the start and then monitor it monthly for a few months.

I’m impressed with my results. I never would have believed the relationship was real between SOLE and hydration until I proved it to myself with the BUN blood test.

 

[1] https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVBEwn6iWOo

[3] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/349669391_Structured_Water_effects_on_animals

[4] https://bit.ly/3uvELcE

 

 

 

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