THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
Dr. Batmanghelidj, who was trained in England under
Sir Alexander Flemming, experienced a major paradigm shift in the process
of treating people in a very crowded, stressful prison setting. He came to
realize that clinical medicine is based on a false assumption and an
inaccurate premise. Science has assumed that the solute composition is the
reactive regulator of all the functions of the body, and that water acts
only as a solvent, a space filler, and a means of transport. Under this
erroneous assumption, all research has been directed toward identifying
one particular substance that can be held responsible for causing a
disease, and treatments (except for bacterial infections) have been
palliative rather than curative. Hypertension is not generally cured; it
is treated during the lifetime of a person. Asthma is not cured; inhalers
are the constant companion of the afflicted. Allergy is not cured; the
victim is always dependent on medication, etc. The combination of his
clinical and literature research has shown that it is the water content
that regulates all functions of the body, including the activity of ail
the solutes that are dissolved in it.
If there is not enough water in the body to meet all
the body's needs, it is rationed out by the brain according to priority.
"Water distribution" is the only way of making sure that not
only an adequate amount of water, but that its transported elements
(hormones, chemical messengers and nutrients) first reach the more vital
organs. In turn, every organ that produces a substance to be made
available to the rest of the body will only monitor its own rate and
standards of production and release into the "flowing water,"
according to constantly changing quotas set by the brain.
Chronic dehydration is the root cause of almost all
currently encountered major diseases of the human body. "Dry
mouth" is not the only sign of dehydration of the body. In fact, this
signal is the last outward sign of extreme dehydration. Damage occurs at a
level of persistent dehydration that does not necessarily demonstrate a
dry mouth signal. Humans seem to lose their thirst sensation. Not
recognizing their water need, they become gradually, increasingly, and
chronically dehydrated, from an early adult age. As the water content of
the cells decreases, so does the efficiency of cell activity. Disturbances
in water metabolism of the body produce a variety of signals indicating a
"system" disturbance in the particular functions associated with
the water supply and its rationed regulation. The regulating
neurotransmitter systems (histamine and its subordinate agents:
vasopressin, renin-angiotensin (RA), prostaglandins and kinins) become
increasingly active as the body becomes increasingly dehydrated. These
cause pain when they come across pain-sensing nerves. It is the difference
in the "chemical blueprint" of each body that initially show the
signs of chronic dehydration by different outward indicators.
In the past, medical science has reacted to the
body's signals of dehydration by blocking them through the use of
medication when their purpose should have been understood and satisfied by
drinking more water. A vast majority of very frequently used medications
are either directly or indirectly antihistamines. Antihistamine
medications will strongly affect the immune system at the level of the
bone marrow. Chronic pains that cannot be easily explained as injury or
infection should first and foremost be interpreted as signals of chronic
water shortage in the area where pain is registered. Examples: dyspeptic
pain, rheumatoid arthritis pain, anginal pain, low back pain, leg pain
when walking, migraines, colitis pain. These pain signals should be first
considered and excluded as primary indicators for dehydration of the body
before any other complicated procedures are undertaken.
Dehydration is the number one stressor of the human
body. When the body becomes dehydrated, the physiological processes that
will establish are the same ones that occur when coping with stress. In
stress, the body assumes a crisis situation and will begin to mobilize for
a "fight or flight" response. Several strong hormones become secreted
and will remain "triggered" until the body gets out of its
stressful circumstances. Stress depletes certain body reserves and uses up
some of the water reserves of the body. Dehydration equals stress, and
stress will cause further dehydration.
The body's thirst mechanism
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Wouldn't a person know when he is thirsty? Blood
tests don't show the sort of chronic dehydration we have been talking
The medical profession was misguided by a historical
event. At the turn of the century when science was getting into medicine
to find answers, there was a discussion about when the body needs water.
Around 1900, one very influencial doctor in England gave a lecture and
invited a lot of people from all over and said that dry mouth is the only
signal of dehydration. Everyone accepted this. No one looked at any other
indicator. I've been doing some work on water metabolism for 16 years and
I've come to the understanding that dry mouth is not the main indicator of
thirst. The earlier and more accurate indicators of body dehydration are
• feeling tired - because water is the main source
of energy to the body. Water is the best pick-me-up there is.
• feeling irritable and not knowing why - water is
a source of energy for the brain. If there is dehydration, the brain
doesn't have enough energy to deal with new situations, thoughts, actions.
Irritability becomes a part of the brain's way of saying, "I can't
cope with this thing because there isn't enough energy."
• feeling anxious - anxiety is an indicator of
dehydration. Dr. Batmanghelidj read a letter from an agoraphobic who was
cured by drinking water.
• feeling dejected - inadequacy - can't carry out
what you want
• feeling depressed - shortage of energy
• heavy head as in the first thing in the morning -
not enough water to open vascular system
• disturbed sleep or not deep sleep or dreaming of
water vividly - wakes us up to get water
• anger and quick temper - brain doesn't have
enough energy to reason a situation and wants to get rid of the topic. An
ancient Oriental way: when a person becomes angry, they hand him a
glass of water and even give him some salt.
• unreasonable - impatience
• short attention span in children and grownups
• shortness of breath - early stages of asthma.
It's wise to drink water before sports.
• cravings for sodas; manufactured beverages -
Up to a point, drought management is a simple silent
process. However, if it stays in operation over a long period of time, it
produces emergency thirst signals. We have considered these to be disease
conditions and treated them with surgery, medications, etc. -all sorts of
unhealthy ways we've inherited from black magic of ancient times. The body
possesses a variety of emergency calls when it's short of water. They are
dyspeptic pain, heartburn, rheumatoid joint pain, headaches, leg pain,
anginal pain, low back pain, leg pain when walking, neck pain, migraines,
colitis pain. Pain is a signal of dehydration. I'm not talking of pain
from injury but of pain that you can relieve with painkillers. Most
analgesics break the communication between histamine and the subordinates
and the pain is relieved. There comes a time when painkillers will not be
enough, because these painkillers act locally. The brain also senses
dehydration and remembers the pain that you took the painkiller for and
accentuates it until you get the message and relieve it with water.
Before dehydration hurts you irreversibly, the body
will show its absolutely urgent need for water by asthma, allergies,
dyspeptic pain. chronic arthritic joints, high blood pressure, higher
blood cholesterol, stress, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, angina,
strokes, vertigo, deafness, glaucoma, cataracts, vitreous detachment,
uveitis, MS, bulimia, fibromyalgia, etc. If you don't understand the
significance of pain as a sign of dehydration, you'll force your body into
a disease state.
Other problems related to dehydration: ulcers, false
appendicitis, hiatal hernia, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's,
osteoporosis, obesity, kidney damage, muscular dystropy, edema.
The body has a lot of reserve. When the body begins
to produce symptoms, it means that the body has used up most of its
reserves. Each cell is like a city floating in an ocean unto itself. In
order to communicate with other cells, it has certain receptors - it
receives messages and translates them. Unfortunately, dehydration affects
these receptors, the quantity or variety until gradually the cell begins
to lose a lot of the receptors. That's how most diseases occur because the
cell is no longer integrated with the rest of the system. There is a
preliminary stage of suppression of the receptor manufacturing process and
eventually loss of those functions. If you have allowed dehydration to
continue, then gradually some aspects of your body do not receive
information accurately and your body is not able to act on the
information. However, if you correct the dehydration, it is possible that
some of those functions are recovered.
of the top reasons why your body needs water everyday
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1. Without water nothing lives. Whenever you become
dehydrated, your cells die.
2. When there isn't enough water, something has to go
- some cells, functions die.
3. Water is the main source of energy. It is the cash
flow of the body. Not drinking water is like going shopping without money.
4. Water generates electrical and magnetic energy in
every cell of the body - the power to live. The electrical energy also
operates as a magnetic energy and aligns the various particles like a
magnet so they give the right presentation to engage in a chemical action.
5. Water is the bonding adhesive in the architectural
design of the cell. It holds cells together.
6. Water prevents DNA damage - less abnormal DNA is
7. Water increases many fold the efficiency of the
immune system - all of its mechanisms, including against cancer.
8. Water is the main solvent for all foods, vitamins,
9. Water is used in the breakdown of food into
smaller particles and their eventual metabolism.
10. Water will energize food and food particles are
then able to supply the body with energy during digestion.
11. Water will increase the absorption of essential
substances in food.
12. Water is used for the transport of all substances
inside the body. When water reaches a cell, it also brings it oxygen and
takes away the waste gases to the lungs for disposal.
14. Water clears the toxic waste from different parts
of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
15. Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces
and prevents arthritis and hack pain.
16. Water is used in the spinal discs to make them
shock absorbing water cushions.
17. Water is the best lubricating laxative and
18. Water prevents heart attacks and strokes.
19. Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart.
20. Water is essential for the cooling and heating of
21. Water gives us power and electrical energy for
all brain functions, most particularly thinking. Thinking is an
energy-consuming process that requires energy.
22. Water prevents ADD in children and grownups.
23. Water increases efficiency at work.
24. Water is a better pick-me-up than any other
beverage in the world - no side effects.
25. Water will prevent stress, anxiety, and
26. Water will restore normal sleep rhythm.
27. Water prevents fatigue. It gives the energy of
28. Water makes the skin smooth and prevents aging.
29. Water gives a luster and shine to the eyes. It
maintains vision because processing light information requires a lot of
energy to transfer the information from one mechanism in the eye to
another part in the brain.
30. Water prevents glaucoma.
31. Water will normalize the blood manufacturing
systems in the bone marrow. It prevents leukemia and ____.
32. Water dilutes the blood and prevents it from
clotting during circulation.
33. Water will decrease premenstrual pains.
34. Water and heartbeat create the dilution and waves
that keep things from sedimenting in the blood stream.
35. The human body has no water storage. This is why
you have to drink regularly.
36. Dehydration prevents sex hormone production. This
is one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido
37. Drinking water will separate the sensation of
thirst from hunger. That's why we lose weight by taking water.
38. To lose weight, H20 is the best way to go. Drink
water on time and lose weight without dieting.
39. Dehydration deposits toxic sediments in the
tissue spaces, joints, liver, kidneys, brain and skin.
40. Water will take away morning sickness of
41. Water integrates mind and body functions. It
increases ability and the realization of goals and purpose.
42. Water reverses addictive urges including for
caffeine, alcohol, and some drugs.
43. Proteins and enzymes function more efficiently in
solutions of lower viscosity (stickiness). In solutions of higher
viscosity —in a dehydrated state—the proteins and enzymes become less
44. Dehydration is one of the greatest producers of
free radicals in the body. The body mechanisms that are supposed to
prevent the generation of free radicals get destroyed by dehydration. And
water is the greatest free radical remover.
much water should one drink?
In 24 hours, the body recycles almost 40,000 glasses
of water in its routine functions. In the process, it uses up 6 - 8
glasses (48 - 64 oz.) of the total body water for essential functions. It
will only use more water if it receives more water. The body needs on
average 1/2 its body weight. The minimum is 2 quarts and a little more.
Water is regulated by a very tight control system and whatever water is
available will he distributed according to priority of function. If you
don't drink water on a regular basis, some function of the body has to be
sacrificed on a temporary basis until more water arrives. If more water
doesn't arrive on a long-term basis, then those functions which can be
abandoned, will be abandoned. That's why we lose gradually throughout life
certain functions of our body. When we don't drink enough water, we begin
to accumulate toxic waste in areas where it shouldn't be and that is where
A person should drink a minimum of 6-8 glasses a day,
more if you drink any caffeinated beverages, and more if you are a much
heavier than normal person. If you live or travel in a hot area like
Phoenix, you may need 18 glasses a day. Drink till your urine is clear.
That is a gauge to go by. It means your body is no longer concentrating
urine to retain water.
Naturally, because of your increased intake of water,
you will notice increased urine production. This can cause a loss of salt
and water-soluble vitamins. You may need to increase your vitamin intake
from foods or supplements. Also increase salt intake. You need water to
increase the water inside the cells. You need salt to increase the water
in the spaces surrounding the cells. Salt depletion causes body water
content loss. If there is not enough salt, it will be taken out of the
bones to maintain its vital levels in the blood. If you develop cramps,
you should assume that the salt in your diet is not sufficient for your
body's needs. For every eight glasses of water you drink, you should take
1/4 tsp of salt. If you don't, your body will not be able to retain the
water and you may remain dehydrated. Salt is a natural antihistamine.
Sodium is a natural mucus breaker.
Water intake should be gradually increased. A person
who is completely dehydrated can get ill from drinking lots of water all
at once. If a problem has persisted many years, make sure your kidneys can
make sufficient urine so that they do not retain too much water in the
body. Drink water medicinally, just a little bit at a time, but by the
clock as if it were medication. Water should be taken in 8 or 16 ounce
portions spaced throughout the day since there is no area where the body
can store water. What you drink will be used up for whatever function
that's immediately needed and the excess will be thrown out. In the same
way that we don't let our car run short of gas before we fill the tank, we
must also not allow the body to run short of water before we give it
Water should definitely be taken before eating meals.
If you do not drink water before you eat food, the process of food
digestion will take its toll on the cells of the body. The best time is 30
minutes before eating to prepare the digestive tract. When we drink 8
ounces of water, that water is absorbed in the intestinal tract, but it's
resecreted into the stomach from its base, and within 1/2 hour the stomach
has about the same amount (8 ounces of water) in it ready for the food to
come. However, when you drink it, (5 minutes or 1/2 hour) water should be
taken before food. If you're not able to drink before food, definitely
drink with your food. Don't imagine that it will dilute your juices. It
will not. The juices will function much better when there is plenty of
water around them. Water should be taken any time you are thirsty-even
during meals. Water should be taken 2 1/2 hours after a meal to complete
the process of digestion.
Water should be taken first thing in the morning to
correct dehydration produced during sleep. Through breathing we lose a lot
of water. Since we sleep about 8 hours without taking water, the body is
thoroughly dehydrated in the morning, and it needs water. So, first thing
in the morning one should take 1, 2, or even 3 glasses of water. Water
should be taken before exercising to manufacture sweat and perspiration.
We shouldn't borrow water to cool the body down. Water should be taken as
a laxative in people who are constipated and don't eat enough fruits and
If you drink water before bedtime, the sleep that you
have will be far more relaxing and revitalizing. Getting up at night does
not destroy what is called your R.E.M. sleep-it doesn't have to be in
continuous segments. The first couple of weeks you have to get used to the
fact that you are going to be in the bathroom all of the time. But after a
few weeks, your body expands and begins to hold it.
can substitute for water
Water is the vital substance the body needs. Give it
anything else and you are sentencing yourself to a lifetime of ill health
and pain. Beverages that contain other chemicals in them don't function
the same way as water would. Some may ask what about juices? Nothing
replaces the water that the body needs. The full amount of water can't be
replaced by the same amount of juices. You cannot drink 8-10 ounces of any
juice as a replacement for the 8-10 glasses of water that we need. Too
much orange juice for example will cause a lot of histamine production and
can cause asthma. Even the natural sugar in juices will program the liver
into fat-storing mode. That's a prescription for getting fat. Excess sugar
has an effect on the brain. And too much insulin will dry out the system -
it will take water out of the extracellular environment. Therefore,
juices that are sweet, juices that contain a lot of potassium are not the
right substitute for water that the body needs.
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Alcohol and caffeine in water alter the physiology of
the body and do not allow the water to function in its rightful capacity.
They get water out of the system faster than water is able to reach the
outlying cells and reach the cells that are being dehydrated. The water
isn't able to reach the cells and enter inside and pick up the
physiological functions of the cell in the way that the cell should
function. Hangover headaches are an ache of dehydration because alcohol
prevents emergency water supply to the brain cells. If you drink a cup of
a caffeine-containing beverage, you should drink an additional glass of
pure water to compensate for it. A cup of coffee contains 80 mgs of
caffeine. Soda contains 50 mgs of caffeine. With caffeine, one urinates
more than the volume of water in a cup of the beverage. If it's a hot
beverage, you also sweat which means more loss of water. As you dehydrate
the body you create stress in your tissues. The body responds by producing
hormones in the brain called endorphins. You become addicted to their
effects. Water is the main source of energy for the brain and it maximizes
the capacity of the brain to think and to function. Caffeine inhibits
enzymes that are needed in making memory, eventually causing loss of
memory. People taking 5 or 6 cups of coffee a day are twice as liable to
suffer heart attacks. Caffeine affects the repair mechanism of DNA - it
will become inefficient. Alcohol causes impotence, liver damage,
suppresses the immune system and increases the chances of developing
Quality of water
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Naturally, water should be free of chemicals, toxic
metals, bacteria and parasitic contaminants. Unfortunately, many of the
sources of water have become contaminated. This problem has been
compounded by the age of water pipes that have been laid down in urban
areas many decades ago and have by now collected layers of deposit in
them. Further problems seem to present themselves by the age and
inadequacies of water filtration and treatment plants that are not equal
to the task in most major cities. Although chlorinating of water is
adequate against bacterial and amoebic contaminants at the normal and
acceptable levels, chlorine is not effective against cryptosporidium and
possibly giardia. If there is a possibility that the water in your area
might contain toxic chemicals such as lead, cadmium, mercury or too much
iron or aluminum, get an alternative supply. There are companies that
could deliver large containers of water to your home on a regular basis.
Or you can buy solid carbon filters that remove all of the toxic metals,
chlorine, fluoride, and bacteria, chemicals, giardia, and cryptosporidium.
Dr. Batmanghelidj doesn't recommend distilled water.
"Distilled water is a very corrosive form of water. It immediately
tries to dissolve things. There is a remote possibility that distilled
water may in the long run decalcify the teeth. Distilled water is empty.
Water needs to carry things. That is its nature. That's why distilled
water can be potentially weakening. Healthfood enthusiasts claim it only
removes "dead, inorganic" minerals. I don't believe that."
For those of you who have well water, make sure that
your well always is chlorinated very often to prevent bacteria and fungal
growth in the stagnant water of the well. You should routinely check the
casing of your well for surface water leaks into your well. Surface water
could carry other organisms or parasites such as giardia because deer,
sheep and cows, etc. contaminate the soil with their parasites.
Make sure you drink enough water. If you have to buy
water 1 gallon or 2 gallons at a time, you'll probably go short of water.
Don't let chlorine stop you. If chlorine bothers you, let water stand for
1/2 hour in an open top jug. Since chlorine is a natural gas, it will
evaporate and water will become sweet and will not smell. For washing
purposes its wise to attach a dechlorination filter to the shower
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For more information, read Dr. Batmanghelidj's book Your
Body's Many Cries for Water. Available from Global Health
8472-A Tyco Road, Vienna, VA 22182. The cost is $14.95
(soft-cover) or $27 (hard-cover) plus shipping and handling.
article was sent to me by: Mr. Kevyn Woven, P.O. Box 306, Wolf
Creek, OR 97497-0306
WHY NO CUBES?
...you might ask.
As much as I looked in various resources (which will probably
continue), I will have to rely on personal experience for this part. I
underwent quite a range of healing experiences over the course of twenty
years or so, involving acupuncture, macrobiotics, bio-energetic therapy,
chiropractic, TBM, martial arts, yoga, weight lifting, etc. The first
nutritional treatment was the macrobiotics.
Macrobiotics is an excellent healing diet. (See Diet
page.) Principles of macrobiotics
include eating foods from your temperate zone and season, and avoiding
extremes of yin and yang, including hot and cold, spicy and sweet, sour
and salty. Drinking cold water, or ice water, puts the body to work to
warm up the liquid so it can be processed. Extra energy is devoted to the
digestion, and some say the cold shocks the kidneys and chills them,
slowing the liquid processing even more, and possibly filling the bladder.
The chilling effect is also felt by the digestive system, slowing
digestion and demanding more energy for the process. Thus, room
temperature water, or lightly cooled water in the summer, is recommended
over ice water, as a question of balance. For me, this means I always carry a supply of room
temperature, filtered water (we had a tap filter installed in my home) in
plastic bottles. I use the plastic bottles to avoid potential spills next
to outlet boxes inches from my feet (yet another occupational hazard for
musicians!), and to make it easily transportable.
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