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Ask the Trainer: Know Your Water

By Billy Locke
Published: Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 02:42PM

Life will challenge you for sure. I was talking to a new client yesterday who is having problems with his business. He had decided that after a month of working out that he was going to take a break from training because he didn’t have the head space for it. He wanted to focus on saving his business.

I told him that the best way to approach the situation was from a healthy standpoint, that he needed to workout to relieve stress and relax himself in order to gain greater clarity in making decisions. The best decisions are made when the mind is free of stress and able to comprehend the whole situation.

Far too often we put ourselves last when in crisis mode. The key point to remember is that everything follows your health. Nurture yourself with all things healthy, not destructive. No drugs or alcoholic drinks can deliver the results of exercise and engaging in healthy practices. Remember this if you are experiencing troubled times.

Trainer Tip

Over the last few months I have received a lot of questions about water. I have addressed water before, but from the standpoint of how much to consume and why – but there is more. Tara wrote in asking what I thought about all the hype behind the multitude of different types of water. She asked, “I am confused and would appreciate some direction in choosing a bottled water that lives up to its claim. What is the difference between waters with vitamins, electrolytes, flavoring, etc?”

To make short of an incredibly interesting and long topic, I will give you the basic scientific facts and leave the rest of the discovery about water up to you.

Structured Water/ Hexagonal Water

For the sake of simplicity, there are two types of water, bulk water and structured water. The best water on the market is structured water. It is called structured water because individual H2O (water) molecules bind together in tight clusters of 6 to form a hexagonal shaped water structure. Each of the individual water molecules are connected to one another by their hydrogen atoms forming what is called a hydrogen bond. It is in this bond that the power of structured water is created.

Think of it as a key to a padlock. When 6 water molecules align themselves in a hexagonal structure they can generate more energy between them, than by themselves. When more than 6 molecules of water group together, they become bulk water which is too big to be accepted inside your cells. Hexagonal water is the perfect fit and easily enters straight into your cells.

Once inside your cells, structured water does amazing things:

  • Cleans metabolic waste (waste created from the cells burning food for energy)
  • Aids in brain function (water conducts the electrical impulses of the brain)
  • Enhances muscular reaction (conducts the electrical impulse from the brain down the neurons that stimulates muscular movement)

Bulk water stays outside the cells and is not permitted to pass inside because its molecular structure is too big. As a result, even people who drink sufficient amounts of water may still be dehydrated. It is dehydration that significantly contributes to a host of ill effects to the body including:

  • Premature aging
  • Dry skin, acne, wrinkles
  • Constipation
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue

When comparing the claims of bottled waters, look for waters that are structured. Then check out their website to see how long the water holds its structure after it has been bottled. Most lose their hexagonal structure as soon as it is bottled. The only waters that I know of that meet this test are Aquavybe and AquaHydrate. Check out their websites to learn more about the wonderful world of structured water. Note that most vitamin-enhanced waters are bulk waters, which do not meet the same standards as a true structured water.

The fail-safe plan for combating dehydration and packing your body full of antioxidants/vitamins is to consume 5 cups of fruits and vegetable a day along with drinking 2 liters of water. Fruits and vegetables are full of water that has been conveniently arranged in the hexagonal structure by our own Mother Nature.

Check back next Friday and I will answer another email from askthetrainer@blogdowntown.com.

Til next time—Exercise More, Play Hard, Work Smart.

Billy Locke


Extreme Natural Fitness Trainer

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