By Dr Janey
“You are not sick, you are thirsty!”
There are good reasons and sound scientific explanations for these simple, yet sobering words uttered by Dr Batmanghelidj (author of ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water)
Yet in spite of this great truth, most people today are chronically dehydrated and unaware of the considerable negative health implications that they are enabling, simply by not drinking enough water.
Our body is predominantly composed of water. Our muscles: 75% water; blood 82%; lungs 90%; brain 76% and even our bones are composed of 25% water. Quite simply water is fundamental in allowing all normal body functions to take place!
Our blood requires an ongoing high water intake simply to ensure good circulation, thereby enabling effective distribution of nutrients and oxygen to all our cells. Added to this, good hydration is essential in ensuring ongoing cleansing of metabolic wastes and toxins from our cells and tissues via our lymphatic system. These physiological processes, enabled by water acting as a crucial vehicle, are all essential in the prevention and healing from all disease types, including cancer.
When we allow ourselves to dehydrate, the ratio of intracellular water (inside the cells) drops relative to that extracellularly (outside of the cells). This leads to impaired function of the cellular enzymes and as a result, all the functions of the cell so crucial to energy production and the sustenance of vibrant life become disrupted. If the dehydration continues unaddressed, the normal survival mechanism initiated by the enzymes in the cells that alert the brain of dehydration, and thereby trigger a thirst response, will in time also become ineffective, thereby disabling this crucial warning system. This would explain why so many ill (and chronically dehydrated) individuals seldom feel the urge to drink water.
Added to this, and as another consequence of the enzyme dysfunction, passage of water through the cell membrane into the cell is then also impaired leading to fluid building up in the extracellular spaces, which in turn leads to water retention. In time, this can become evident in the form of swollen ankles and legs, swollen neck, bags under the eyes etc. While these conditions are frequently treated with diuretics (drugs to promote water loss), one can see that the reverse is actually necessary. In fact improved water intake is the only long-term solution.
We are inclined in modern times to treat (usually by masking or suppressing) the many symptoms of ‘disease’, when in truth these symptoms are merely cries by our body for more water. These symptoms of dehydration can be numerous and diverse as determined by the cell types in the body that are affected. General symptoms of fatigue or low energy levels, headaches and migraines, brain fog, weight gain, depression, skin disorders and pain of various types to name but a few, are invariably warning signs by the body that we have allowed ourselves to become dehydrated.
When we ignore these signs or worse, when we suppress these symptoms with quick-fix pharmaceuticals while not addressing the dehydration at the root of it, we inadvertently create a cellular terrain in our body that in time could progress to diseases of greater consequence such as heart disease and hypertension, obesity, MS, Alzheimer’s and cancer (amongst many others).
So how much water do you need to drink? Approx 1 litre per 22kg of body weight (this includes your daily freshly juiced vegetables/fruits and herbal teas) but does not include black tea, coffee or alcohol and particularly not fizzy drinks which will all have the effect of aggravating dehydration. If the ambient temperature increases, or your level of exercise increases, then water intake should also increase in line with this.
For those who are unaccustomed to drinking much water, it is important to start increasing your daily quota of good quality filtered/rain water in small increments of not more than ½ litre every few days. If you are chronically dehydrated, you may initially find that as you increase your water intake you experience symptoms of detoxification (nausea, diarrhoea, weakness etc) as the waste and toxins are finally able to be flushed out from your tissues. Persisting with this gradual increase in water intake will inevitably relieve these symptoms and your reward will be a healthier and less toxic body!
In summary; if we are after permanent solutions in health we need to change our focus from suppressing symptoms such as those mentioned above, to addressing underlying root causes instead which invariably stem from chronic dehydration so easily remedied by reaching for a simple, refreshing glass of water!