46 Reasons to Drink More Water
Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 32-35
Without water, nothing lives.
Comparative shortage of water first
suppresses and eventually kills some aspects of the body.
Water is the main source of energy—it
is the “cash flow” of the body.
Water generates electrical and
magnetic energy inside each and every cell of the body – it provides the
power to live.
Water is the bonding adhesive in the
architectural design of the cell structure.
Water prevents DNA damage and makes
its repair mechanisms more efficient – less abnormal DNA is made.
Water increases greatly the efficiency
of the immune system in the bone marrow, where the immune system is formed –
including its efficiency against cancer.
Water is the main solvent for all
foods, vitamins and minerals. It is used in the breakdown of food into
smaller particles and their eventual metabolism and assimilation.
Water energizes food, and food
particles are then able to supply the body with this energy during
digestion. This is why food without water has absolutely no energy value for
Water increases the body’s rate of
absorption of essential substances in food.
Water is used to transport all
substances inside the body.
Water increases the efficiency of red
blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.
When water reaches a cell, it brings
the cell oxygen and takes the waste gases to the lungs for disposal.
Water clears toxic waste from
different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for
Water is the main lubricant in the
joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
Water is used in the spinal discs to
make them “shock-absorbing water cushions”.
Water is the best lubricating laxative
and prevents constipation.
Water helps reduce the risk of heart
attacks and strokes.
Water prevents clogging of the
arteries in the heart and the brain.
Water is essential for the body’s
cooling (sweat) and heating (electrical) systems.
Water gives us power and electrical
energy for all brain functions, most particularly thinking.
Water is directly needed for the
efficient manufacture of all neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
Water is directly needed for the
production of all hormones made by the brain, including melatonin.
Water can help prevent deficit
disorder in children and adults.
Water increases efficiency at work; it
expands your attention span.
Water is a better pick-me-up than any
other beverage in the world – and it has no side effects.
Water helps to reduce stress, anxiety
Water restores normal sleep rhythms.
Water helps reduce fatigue – it gives
us the energy of youth.
Water makes skin smoother and helps
decrease the effects of aging.
Water gives luster and shine to the
Water helps prevent glaucoma.
Water normalizes the
blood-manufacturing systems in the bone marrow – it helps prevent leukemia
Water is absolutely vital for making
the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections
and cancer cells where they are formed.
Water dilutes the blood and prevents
it from clotting during circulation.
Water decreases pre-menstrual pains
and hot flashes.
Water and heartbeats create the
dilution and waves that keep things from sedimenting in the bloodstream.
The human body has no stored water to
draw on during dehydration. This is why you must drink regularly and
throughout the day.
Dehydration prevents sex hormone
production – one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido.
Drinking water separates the
sensations of thirst and hunger.
To lose weight, water is the best way
to go – drink water on time and lose weight without much dieting. Also, you
will not eat excessively (at the times) when you feel hungry but are in fact
only thirsty for water.
Dehydration causes deposits of toxic
sediments in the tissue spaces, joints, kidneys, liver, brain and skin.
Water will clear these deposits.
Water reduces the incidence of morning
sickness in pregnancy.
Water integrates mind and body
functions. It increases ability to realize goals and purpose.
Water helps prevent the loss of memory
as we age. It helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple
sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Water helps reverse addictive urges,
including those for caffeine, alcohol and some drugs.
Some of the Primary Properties and Functions of Water in the Body
Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 35-37
Water is the
bulk material that fills empty spaces in the body.
Water is the
vehicle of transport for the circulation of blood cells.
Water is a
solvent for the materials that dissolve in it, including oxygen.
Water is the
adhesive that binds solid parts of the cell together. Just as ice has a
sticky effect, so water seems to become sticky at the cell membrane. It is
responsible for holding things together and forming a membrane or protective
barrier around the cell.
neurotransmission systems of the brain and nerves depend on rapid movement
of sodium and potassium in and out of the membrane along the full length of
the nerves. Water that is loose and not bonded with something else is free
to move across the cell membrane and turn the element-moving pumps.
How much Water and How Often?
Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 225-226
Let me give you the single most effective prescription for well-being,
improved health disease prevention, potentially reversible stages for
degenerative diseases – and finally the best pain medicine in the world. It
needs no doctor’s prescription. It is freely available. It costs nothing. It
has no dangerous side effects. It is the medication your body cries out for
when it is stressed. It is the good old plain, natural water – ready cash
for the industrial systems of the body.
Every 24 hours, the body recycles the equivalent of 40,000 glasses of water
to maintain its normal physiological functions. It does this every day of
its life. Within this pattern of water metabolism and its recycling process,
and depending on environmental conditions, the body becomes short of about
six to ten glasses of water each day. This deficit has to be supplied to the
body every day.
If you think you are different and your body does not need this amount of
water, you are making a major mistake. The body uses up the equivalent of
between six and eight glasses of its total body water for essential
functions. It needs on average upwards of half its weight in ounces of water
per day – a minimum of eight to ten glasses. Water should be taken in eight-
or sixteen-ounce portions spaced throughout the day. In the same way you
don’t let your car run out of gas before you fill the tank, the body must
not be allowed to become dehydrated before you drink water.
Water should be drunk before meals. The optimum time is 30 minutes before
eating. This prepares the digestive tract, particularly in people with
gastritis, duodenitis, heartburn, peptic ulcer, colitis or gas-producing
Water should be taken anytime you are thirsty – even during meals.
Water should be taken two and a half hours after a meal to complete the
process of digestion and correct the dehydration caused by food breakdown.
Water should be taken first thing in the morning to correct dehydration
produced during long sleep.
Water should be taken before exercising to have it available for creating
Water should be taken by people who are constipated and don’t eat sufficient
fruits and vegetables. Two or three glasses first thing in the morning act
as a most effective laxative.
Water or Fluids?
Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 227-228
Naturally we wonder why we should drink water and not the pleasing and
taste-enhancing beverages that are now the staples of our modern society.
After all, they are made from water and do the job of quenching our thirst –
or at least we feel that they do. In fact, much of the problem of bad health
is founded on this misconception. As far as the chemistry of the body is
concerned, water and fluids are two different things. As it happens, popular
manufactured beverages contain some chemicals that alter the body’s
chemistry at its central nervous system’s control centres. Even milk is not
the same as water. Milk is a food and must be treated as food.
The body needs water – nothing substitutes for water. Coffee tea, soda,
alcohol and even milk and juices are not the same as water.
Caffeine in beverages
A cup of coffee contains about 80 milligrams of caffeine and a cup of tea or
one soda has about 50 milligrams.
Chocolate also contains caffeine and theobromine, which acts like coffee.
Caffeine further dehydrates the body – you urinate more than the volume of
water contained in the beverage.
Caffeine blocks the production of melatonin in the brain. Dr Kenneth Wright
Jr. discovered the melatonin-inhibiting effect of caffeine in 1994. This
inhibitory effect of caffeine on melatonin production by the pineal gland of
the brain seems to last six to nine hours. Melatonin regulates the functions
of the body during sleep; it induces sleep. Thus melatonin inhibition is one
reason why coffee induces wakefulness.
Caffeine intake on a regular basis by pregnant women can increase the risk
of producing low-birth-weight infants. It can even cause spontaneous
abortion or damage to the fetus.
Caffeine inhibits the enzymes used in memory-making, eventually causing loss
of memory. It has been shown to inhibit the enzyme phosphodiesterase, which
is involved in the process of learning and memory development.
Caffeine can be toxic to brain cells. Some plants use caffeine as a defense
against their predators. Caffeine toxicity in predators decreases their
natural wit and ability for survival against their own predators. They
forget how to camouflage themselves and become prey to their own predators.
This is how the coffee plant gets rid of its pests.
Seniors and children should not take caffeine. It can affect their normal
brain functions and their wit to survive may become less sharp.
People taking five to six cups of coffee a day are twice as likely to suffer
Caffeine can damage DNA and cause abnormal DNA by inhibiting the DNA-repair
Caffeine has been shown to cause genetic abnormalities in animals and
Caffeine attacks the brain cells’ reserves of energy and lowers their
threshold of control, so that the cells overspend from their energy pool. It
indiscriminately turns on many-energy-consuming functions to the point of
causing exhaustion. When brain cells that have been influenced by caffeine
confront a new situation that demands their full cooperation, they have a
shortfall of energy. This creates a delay in brain response – hence
exhaustion and irritability after excess caffeine consumption. Caffeine may
cause attention deficit disorder in young people who consume too much soda.
Water by itself generates hydro-electric energy. Caffeine in the same water
stimulates kidneys and causes more water to exit the body than is in the
drink. This exhausts the brain cells’ reserves of energy.