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Each of our bodies is made up of about 70-75% water and if we consume the right quality and quantity of water every day to maintain good health, youthful looks, we can expect to live longer, healthier and therefore happier lives.

Take a few minutes to read the content of this website.

Everyone should be aware about how vital water is to our body cells and that for many of our health challenges, there are in fact some very natural solutions …

Are you drinking enough water?
 

Take this simple test:

 

Take your weight in kg and multiply by 0.033.

That’s how many litres of good water you should be drinking every day.

 

So if you weigh 45kg, you should be drinking 1.485 litres of good water every day.

 

If you weigh 75kg, you should be drinking 2.475 litres of good water every day.

 

And so on …

 

And remember, caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, colas) as well as alcohol do not count as water. In fact if you take a cola or a beer or a cup of coffee, that counts as “negative” water intake, so the 75kg person drinking a 200ml cup of coffee must increase the water intake above 2.475 litres to compensate.

 

Even most fruit juices do not count the same as water intake since the properties of fruit juice are different from water and do not have the same effects on the body.

 

Is it any wonder therefore that 2/3 of American people (and probably about the same in most of the rest of the developed world) are dehydrated?

 

Such dehydration causes many ailments, many of which are preventable (or symptoms can be reduced) through increasing the quantity and quality of water that you consume every day.

 

While some foods are rich in water content which contributes to our daily intake requirements, most convenience foods and/or ones that contain preservatives, additives etc are NOT as rich in water as “all-natural” foods, so, increasingly, we have to get our water intake from water itself.

 

We can last many days or even more than a week without food but without water, we’re a goner in just a day or two.

 

This all shows how important water is for each and every one for us and it is especially important for children, whose bodies have a higher proportion of water compared to adults. Consequently, children should not be overlooked. On the contrary, their water intake should be managed even more effectively.

 

Now ask your friends and loved ones to take this same test for themselves.

 

46 Reasons to Drink More Water

 

Source: “You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 32-35

 

1.         Without water, nothing lives.

2.         Comparative shortage of water first suppresses and eventually kills some aspects of the body.

3.         Water is the main source of energy—it is the “cash flow” of the body.

4.         Water generates electrical and magnetic energy inside each and every cell of the body – it provides the power to live.

5.         Water is the bonding adhesive in the architectural design of the cell structure.

6.         Water prevents DNA damage and makes its repair mechanisms more efficient – less abnormal DNA is made.

7.         Water increases greatly the efficiency of the immune system in the bone marrow, where the immune system is formed – including its efficiency against cancer.

8.         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.

9.         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 the body.

10.      Water increases the body’s rate of absorption of essential substances in food.

11.      Water is used to transport all substances inside the body.

12.      Water increases the efficiency of red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.

13.      When water reaches a cell, it brings the cell oxygen and takes the waste gases to the lungs for disposal.

14.      Water clears 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 helps prevent arthritis and back pain.

16.      Water is used in the spinal discs to make them “shock-absorbing water cushions”.

17.      Water is the best lubricating laxative and prevents constipation.

18.      Water helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

19.      Water prevents clogging of the arteries in the heart and the brain.

20.      Water is essential for the body’s cooling (sweat) and heating (electrical) systems.

21.      Water gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions, most particularly thinking.

22.      Water is directly needed for the efficient manufacture of all neurotransmitters, including serotonin.

23.      Water is directly needed for the production of all hormones made by the brain, including melatonin.

24.      Water can help prevent deficit disorder in children and adults.

25.      Water increases efficiency at work; it expands your attention span.

26.      Water is a better pick-me-up than any other beverage in the world – and it has no side effects.

27.      Water helps to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

28.      Water restores normal sleep rhythms.

29.      Water helps reduce fatigue – it gives us the energy of youth.

30.      Water makes skin smoother and helps decrease the effects of aging.

31.      Water gives luster and shine to the eyes.

32.      Water helps prevent glaucoma.

33.      Water normalizes the blood-manufacturing systems in the bone marrow – it helps prevent leukemia and lymphoma.

34.      Water is absolutely vital for making the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections and cancer cells where they are formed.

35.      Water dilutes the blood and prevents it from clotting during circulation.

36.      Water decreases pre-menstrual pains and hot flashes.

37.      Water and heartbeats create the dilution and waves that keep things from sedimenting in the bloodstream.

38.      The human body has no stored water to draw on during dehydration. This is why you must drink regularly and throughout the day.

39.      Dehydration prevents sex hormone production – one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido.

40.      Drinking water separates the sensations of thirst and hunger.

41.      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.

42.      Dehydration causes deposits of toxic sediments in the tissue spaces, joints, kidneys, liver, brain and skin. Water will clear these deposits.

43.      Water reduces the incidence of morning sickness in pregnancy.

44.      Water integrates mind and body functions. It increases ability to realize goals and purpose.

45.      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.

46.      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

 

Source: “You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 35-37

 

1.         Water is the bulk material that fills empty spaces in the body.

2.         Water is the vehicle of transport for the circulation of blood cells.

3.         Water is a solvent for the materials that dissolve in it, including oxygen.

4.         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.

5.         The 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?

 

Source: “You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 225-226

 

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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 indigestion.

·   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 sweat.

·   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?

 

Source: “You’re 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 heart attacks.

·       Caffeine can damage DNA and cause abnormal DNA by inhibiting the DNA-repair mechanism.

·       Caffeine has been shown to cause genetic abnormalities in animals and plants.

·       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.

 

 

13 Ways to Tell You Are Getting Dehydrated

 

Source: “You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty” by F Batmanghelidj M.D. – p 61-68

 

The following are perceptive feelings (some of which are labeled “psychological disorders”) that I believe signal dehydration:

 

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1.     Feeling tired without a plausible reason. Water is the main source of energy formation in the body. Even the food that is supposed to be a good source of energy has no value to the body until is hydrolyzed by water and energized in the process. Furthermore, the energy source for neurotransmission and for the operational directives that get things done is hydroelectricity, which is formed in the nerve pathways and their connection to the muscles and joints in the body.

2.     Feeling flushed. When the body is dehydrated and the brain cannot draw sufficient water from the circulation to satisfy its needs, it commands a proportionate dilation of the blood vessels that reach it. Furthermore the face is not a simple organ that supports two eyes, a mouth, a nose and two ears. It is a receptor dish with an abundant supply of nerve endings that constantly monitor the environment and report their information to the brain. In other words, the face is an extension of the brain with highly sensitive functions. Its nerve endings need to be hydrated too; hence the increased circulation to the face at the same time as the brain gets its increased blood supply. If you see someone with a red nose and flushed face – often seen in alcoholics, because alcohol truly dehydrates the brain, leading to hangover headaches – that person is dehydrated and in need of water.

3.     Feeling irritable and unreasonably short-tempered. Irritability is a cop-out process so as not to engage in a brain-energy-consuming involvement beyond that particular moment. Give irritable people a couple of glasses of water and you will see them calm down and become fairly amiable.

4.     Feeling anxious. This is a perceptive way in which the frontal part of the brain can reflect its concern over water shortage in its domain of activity. I cannot imagine a more eloquent way for the thinking brain to reflect its anxiety about dehydration in the body of its delinquent owner. Obviously when the body wanted water, it must have been given other beverages that did not satisfy its real needs.

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5.     Feeling dejected and inadequate. The capital assets of any body are its essential amino acid reserves. These types of amino acids are used in so many different functions, including for neurotransmission, that their shortage in the body means loss of assets that the brain assesses an insufficient and inadequate for its undertakings. Dehydration depletes some of these amino acids incessantly, and this shortage triggers a feeling of dejection.

6.     Feeling depressed. This heralds a more serious phase of dehydration, in which the body, in the absence of water, has to use up some of its vital assets as antioxidants to cope with the toxic waste of metabolism that has not been cleared by sufficient production of urine. These assets include the amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine, which are sacrificed in the liver as antioxidants to neutralize toxic waste. For the manufacture of serotonin, melatonin, tryptamine and indolamine, the brain uses tryptophan; all of these elements are vital neurotransmitters that are used to balance and integrate body functions. If they are inadequate in the body, depression sets in. Tyrosine is another amino acid that the brain uses to manufacture adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine, which are the “go-getter” neurotransmitters. Their insufficient activity will ground a person into inactivity and a sorrowful state of mind………

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7.     Feeling heavy-headed. This is the sign that the brain is commanding more circulation for its needs. It could be the heralding sensation for a migraine headache that may ensure if the increased blood flow to the brain does not result in adequate hydration of the brain cells. Do not forget that the brain cells in their constant activity, produce toxic waste of metabolism, which must be cleared at all times. The brain cells cannot endure a buildup of acidic materials in their interior environment. The initial heaviness felt in the head could reflect this phase of brain physiology.

8.     Disturbed sleep, particularly in the elderly. The body will not have a restful night’s sleep if it is short of water. A full eight hours’ sleep will further dehydrate the body because much water is lost in respiration and possible perspiration under heavy bedcovers. If the body receives water and a little salt, sleep rhythm will be re-established immediately ………

9.     Unreasonable impatience. Maintaining your patience to stay on a course or an assignment is an energy-consuming undertaking for the brain. If it doesn’t have a sufficient stored reserve of energy, it has to put an end to the undertaking as quickly as possible. This process of quick disengagement is labeled “impatience”. Don’t forget, water manufactures hydroelectric energy at a rate that can replenish the used-up amount. Energy from food has to go through many steps of molecular conversion until it is stored in the energy pools in the cells. Even this process needs water from hydrolysis to make the components of food usable as sources of energy.

10.     Very short attention span. This is another disengagement process for the brain that needs energy to focus on a topic or a learning process. The more hydrated the brain, the more energy it can manufacture to imprint new information in its memory banks. Attention deficit disorder in children is similarly produced by dehydration when children choose sodas as their preferred drinks.

11.     Shortness of breath in an otherwise healthy person without having lung disease or infection. People who want to exercise without feeling short of breath should drink water before they exert themselves in any form of physical activity.

12.     Cravings for manufactured beverages such as coffee, tea, sodas and alcoholic drinks. This is the way your brain tells you that you need to be hydrated. These cravings are based on a conditioned reflex that associates hydration with the intake of these beverages, which actually dehydrate the body further. The process of continuous dehydration is stressful and causes the brain to secrete stress hormones, which includes endorphins – the natural opiates of the body that helps it get through its environmental crisis. One of the reasons why people continue drinking these beverages is their increasing addiction to the level of their own endorphin production. This is why caffeine and alcohol are addictive substances and cause withdrawal symptoms. The next stage to this kind of addiction could be the use of harder drugs that put a constant drive on endorphin secretion by the body. Thus, if children are to be directed toward a drug-free form of life, it should start with eliminating caffeine from their diets.

13.     Dreaming of oceans, rivers or other bodies of water is a form of subconsciously generated association to reach a source of water to quench thirst. The brain has a tendency to simulate an experience in order to give instructions to the person to perform a function, even in deep sleep.

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Caffeine-containing sodas with artificial sweeteners are more dangerous than those containing regular sugar. Artificial sweeteners are potent chemical agents that fool the brain cells by masking as sugar. Sweetness normally translates to the entry of energy into the body. The sweeteners, through the taste buds, program the brain to behave as if ample sugar for its consumption has reached the body and will imminently reach it through the circulation. Since there is strict control on the level of sugar in the blood, the brain calculates the outcome of the sweetness and instructs and programs the liver not to manufacture sugar from other raw materials, but to begin storing sugar. When the sugar that was promised through the taste buds is nowhere to be found, the brain and the liver prompt a hunger sensation to find food and make good on the promise of energy. The result is a state of anxiety about food. It has been shown that people who consume artificial sweeteners seek food, and eat more than normal, up to 90 minutes after the intake of the sweetener. This is part of the reason why more than 37 percent of the population (in America) is obese.

 

Caffeine-containing diet sodas, therefore constitute a sort of double jeopardy to the body in tat caffeine causes many complications, while artificial sweeteners have their own detrimental chemical effects. Decaffeinated diet sodas may be particularly harmful in diet programs, especially if the sweetener is aspartame. Aspartame has been implicated in the increased incidence of brain tumors and seizures.

Alcohol in beverages

·       Alcohol in beverages causes dehydration – the kidneys flush water out.

·       Alcohol prevents the emergency water supply system to the brain. It inhibits the action of vasopressin and causes brain-cell dehydration. It is brain dehydration that signals as a hangover after you have taken a few drinks.

·       Alcohol can be addictive and functionally depressive.

·       Alcohol can cause impotence.

·       Alcohol can cause liver damage.

·       Alcohol can suppress the immune system.

·       Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of developing cancers.

·       Alcohol produces free radicals (acid-like substances) that normally attack and damage some sensitive tissues if allowed to circulate freely. Among other things, melatonin is used up to scavenge these free radicals. This results in low melatonin content in the body.

·       Alcohol addiction may be caused in part by dehydration of cell membranes, particularly brain cells. Dehydration promotes the secretion of the natural endorphins of the body – the addictive factor.

Now that I have mentioned alcohol, let me also tell you that most alcoholics are actually searching for water. Water has a natural satiety impact through the hormones motilin, serotonin and adrenaline, which culminates in the enhanced action of the body’s endorphins. Alcoholics learn that alcohol, through its stressful dehydrating action on the brain, will also cause the release of endorphins. This is how they become addicted to alcohol. If alcoholics begin to increase their water intake, or reach for a glass of water instead of a beer or a shot of their favorite hard stuff, their cravings for alcohol will tend to decrease and they will be more likely to kick the habit with surprising ease.

And please don’t forget that:

1)     by the time we feel thirsty (dry mouth etc), we are already well on the way to becoming dehydrated;

2)     as we age, our thirst sensation tends to decline so we’re even more dehydrated than we think we are by the time we detect it through the thirst mechanism. Some elderly people lose their thirst sensation altogether with disastrous results.

 

Dehydration is a contributing factor in many ailments, including obesity, fatigue and premature aging as well as being a main factor behind many aches and pains.

 

If only we can start to drink more and better quality water, we can reverse the effects of such ailments, reverse the obesity, reduce the fatigue, slow down the aging process and alleviate the aches and pains.

 

So, are you drinking enough good water? If you aren’t, you could be suffering needlessly.

 

We hope as a result of this website, you can begin to have a greater appreciation for water and its importance to our health and well-being and regain the wellness you deserve.

 

We welcome your comments and wish you a healthy life, today and always.

 

Much love and gratitude always,

 

The team at 46ReasonsToDrinkMoreWater.com

 


Acknowledgement

 

We are very grateful to F Batmanghelidj M.D. and in particular his magnificent book “You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty” for most of the content for this website.

 

He has been a true pioneer in raising awareness globally about the transformational power of water in our lives and inspires us all to get healthy by drinking more (and better quality) water. The number of ailments that can be reduced is staggering and we’re proud to bring his work to you via this website.

 

We are all made up of 70-75% water and that realization is reason enough for many of us to stop and wonder how water really affects our health. Dr Batmanghelidj’s work helps us to understand it all better using actual data and loads of common sense.

 

We hope through reading this website, you can learn more about water and its many valuable properties and also why some things that you think are water (coffee, beer, colas etc) are really having the opposite effect.

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