It seems too good to be true but from a preventative as well as curative point of view that drinking enough good water can prevent an impressive number of ills; some of which are:
Digestive systems problems, pain from arthritis, lower back, neck, angina and headaches; stress-related problems and depression; high-blood pressure and hypertension, and many heart problems; excess body, obesity, and over-eating problems; asthma and allergy problems; nerve disorder, including multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia; both insulin-dependent and insulin independent diabetes and improper tryptophan balance; and including the big C (cancer).
You Are Not Sick – You Are Thirsty
If this seems overly simplistic, I understand. I felt exactly the same way before reading Dr. F. Batmanghelidij’s book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water with subtitles: You are not sick, you are thirsty, and Don’t Treat Him with Medications, which I first read back in 1999.
Since then, I have learned some extremely important additional lessons after having a stress-related heart-attack (1 August 2016) on my 80th trip around the sun. This was a surprise to all who know me, because I exercise well and eat well. I believe our youngest son, Nathan, was inspired to find the article which describes what happened to me on Mercola.com, “What is the Real Cause of Heart Attacks,” by Dr. Thomas S. Cowen.
Let’s first review Dr. Batmanghelidij’s great contributions; he says, “This marvelous mechanism we call the body has a priority sequence in how it uses the water we give it. This system is designed so that it can function as well as possible in the state of water shortage, which exists for most people.
The First Priority Is The Brain
“The first priority is the brain. Though the brain is only 2% of our body weight, it gets about 20% of the blood flow and is the first to be hydrated so that it can properly sense and prioritize the utilization of water for the rest of the body.
“…there is a mechanism for establishment of priority for circulating blood to any given area. The order is predetermined according to a scale of importance of function. The brain, [the heart &] lungs, liver, kidneys and glands take priority over muscles, bones, and skin in blood distribution… When we do not drink enough water to serve all the needs of the body, some cells become dehydrated and lose some of their water to circulation… In water shortage and body drought, 66% is taken from the water volume normally held inside the cells; 26% is taken from… outside the cells; and 8% is taken from blood volume.”
These miraculous bodies of ours are designed by the Lord to be self healing if we provide them with good water, food, environment, exercise, and rest. If any one of these five health essentials is bad, we are prone to various kinds of disease.
How Much Water?
Regarding water, Dr. Batmanghelidij recommends eight to ten eight-ounce glasses of water per day, depending, of course, on body size. This along with ½ teaspoon of good salt (we use iodized sea salt). The low-salt diet often recommended by physicians is because most people are dehydrated and is contrary to good health. A properly hydrated body determines the optimum amount of water in the cells, while the proper amount of salt in the body determines the optimum amount of water outside the cells – bringing about homeostasis (body chemistry balance).
In Regard To Diet
In regard to diet, Dr. B. further points out that caffeinated and alcoholic beverages work contrary to healthy hydration and contain dehydration agents. They get rid of the water they are dissolved in plus some more water from the reserves of the body!
One of the diseases of dehydration is to confuse the sensations of thirst and hunger. We think we are hungry and eat when we are actually thirsty. For example, the diet and/or caffeine drinks confuse the body into thinking it is hungry when it is actually simply asking for water. This is a major cause of obesity in America.
If when we go for a snack, we would get a drink of water instead, we would undoubtedly be a far healthier people – a simple but far reaching change of behavior.
Where To Get Good Water?
The big question is where to get “good” water. Most cities’ culinary supplies are chlorinated and/or fluoridated, which is bad for the body. There is not a “good” source of water in the stores. The best solution is to have a home filtered source.
My stress related heart-attack threw me into a hypertension situation. I was very happy to recently learn of a home filtered water source that also ionizes the water for significantly improved body hydration. My blood pressure is now down in a very healthy region, and I am a very “happy camper.”
We have chosen a 42 year old Japanese developed technology, which has a great track record – Kangen water ionizer and purifier. Kangen is Japanese for “back to the origin.” It is marketed by Enagic.com. They are “one of the only water purification and ionization companies in the world that carries four distinct certifications from the Water Quality Association – one of the oldest and most prestigious international not-for-profit trade associations in the world.” In addition, the Kangen water acts as an anti-oxidant, which is very powerful for both fighting disease as well as detoxifying the body and bringing about cell healing and replacement as necessary.
There are, of course, many other sources of home water filtration systems and ionization systems. The Kangen system is like the Mercedes among them. There are significant advantages to ionized water as it moves the body to a higher ph level, where cancer cells cannot grow and body toxins are removed. That the Kangen water also provides anti-oxidant benefits is a major win for this system. It along with a good diet moves the body to homeostasis and away from essentially all diseases. This is happy land. Glad to have found it at age 80.
David W. Allan
P.S. For more deeper insight on water benefits, see Chapter 7 of It’s About Time, and if you wish to contact me, please do so: email@example.com. My book and my websites are about helping people be healthy in body, mind, and spirit — achieving the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10).