The Importance of Drinking Water
The human body is made of roughly 75% water and the brain is about 85% water. The brain is highly sensitive to dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, it redistributes its water supply and controls how much water will be used and where it will be used.
Over time, as the body becomes more dehydrated, the body sends signals that certain organs need to ‘shut down’ to reserve the water that’s left. This type of ‘shut down’ begins slowly and we don’t recognize the signals as a result of dehydration. We don’t only feel dehydration through thirst; our body feels it through, fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, fluid retention and more.
Thinking that coffee, tea, soda, juices and other similar beverages are a water substitute is a common mistake. While these drinks contain water, they also contain dehydrating substances such as caffeine, sugars and chemicals. These dehydrating substances remove the water they’re made in as well as water that your body has in store. Notice next time you drink one of these beverages that you will pass more urine than the volume of drink you consumed.
Quoted from Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, “Chronic dehydration can have a permanently damaging impact on a person’s descendants. If the root cause of a disease is dehydration, (which is most often the case in many circumstances), the same malfunctioning sensor systems that permit dehydration to establish in an individual can eventually be inherited by some of the offspring. This is why asthma, allergies and heartburn are very serious conditions that should be prevented by full hydration at all times.”
Without water, nothing survives. Imagine that you pick a ripe blueberry and leave it out on the counter. In a short time it begins to soften then shrink. It eventually dries up and shrivels. This is exactly what happens to our bodies inside and out. Our cells begin to soften and shrink, shrivel up and dry out and cause us aches, pains, constipation, lethargy, tiredness, depression, headaches, sleeplessness, cravings, anxiety, hypertension and more.
Some chronic illnesses that can be associated with dehydration are; asthma and allergies, depressed immune system, blood pressure, diabetes, constipation and autoimmune diseases.
Diabetes seems to be the end result of water deficiency to the brain. The brain is designed to increase the glucose threshold so that it can maintain its own volume and energy requirements when there’s a shortage of water in the body. When there is a chronic dehydration, the body depends on more glucose as a source of energy. The pancreas as largely affected as well as it needs an efficient amount of water to function properly. When it’s lacking a sufficient amount of water and can’t deliver its watery solution into the cells of the body, they wither up and die and this process is associated with diabetes.
Some classic symptoms of dehydration are:
Chest/ heart pain
Lower back pain
Morning sickness during pregnancy
MS, MD and Parkinson’s disease
Many of us take medications on a daily basis to make life bearable when we simply could benefit more from water. In return we often get side effects from the medications such as organs becoming toxic, and our dependency on the drug.
For healthy hydration individuals should drink water before and during meals, upon waking in the morning, two hours after a meal to complete the digestive process, before and during exercising, and every time thirst strikes. A good rule of thumb for the amount of water one should consume is half your body weight in ounces (a 140 pound person should drink 70 oz. water daily, give or take a ‘few’ ounces depending on each individual and the level of activity being performed at a given time in the day).
I hope that reading this has given you a craving for water. Here’s a toast to you as you tip your glass of the crystal clear beverage of life! Here’s to you and here’s to drinking plenty of water!
Dawn Silva- CHHC, AADP
Ref: Water for Health, for Healing, for Life-Dr. F. Batmanghelidj