Words of Wellness – June 2014

Bring On the Water!

By Bera Dordoni, N.D.

Ok, so this scruffy-looking dog named Lackawater walks into the corner bar barking “WATER!  Give me water!”

“Would that be Perrier or plain mineral water?” asked the bartender?

“Water!  Just plain water.  No additives, no subtractions, just plain water.  I’m thirsty.  Parched!  I need water!” Lackawater barked.

“Well, what about a coke?  Or some other soda?  We don’t sell ‘just plain water’ here.”

“Are you kidding me?  I’m dehydrated.  I don’t need to become more dehydrated by drinking a soda!  Don’t you know that chronic water shortage in our bodies causes most diseases?” rasped Lackawater.

“Well, doggone it, buddy, if you’ve gotta have water, act like a dog and go drink outta the toilet,” the bartender responded.

With that, Lackawater growled and trotted off to the bathroom, knowing he could at least get a drink of something that would actually hydrate him.

Dehydration is Seriously Dangerous

Lackawater was right – when you need hydration, you need water.  And the bartender, well, his job was to sell something.

Now that summer is just around the corner and things are really heating up out here, it’s important to address our need for water and consider drinking a lot more of this hydrating ‘drink’ rather than sugary or diet sodas, coffee and tea, since these all dehydrate the body

Gallup Journey water

So What?

The attitude “So what?  I like my sodas and I hate water,” will harm you more than you think.  Dehydration is such a serious issue that you could avoid numerous health problems just by drinking 8 glasses of water a day – 8 ounces each.  That’s just 64 ounces of water that can be the cheapest medicine available.

Dehydration is so common these days due to the consumption of processed foods and drinks that, according to F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., often “you are not sick, you are thirsty” when you don’t feel well.  Rather than ask your doctor for something to ease pain, or your digestive issues, mental fuzziness, or general lack of energy, guzzle down a glass of water.

Dr. Batmanghelidj also says in Your Body’s Many Cries for Water that if you are suffering from spinal disc compression, you are probably dehydrated.  If you have chronic skin disease – eczema, acne, psoriasis, cracked, dry, loose skin, you are dehydrated.  Lotions and creams you apply won’t rehydrate your skin cells.  True hydration is an inside-out job.  Give your skin a few weeks’ worth of hydration and the skin cells start to thicken.

The CDC reports that the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. is chronic kidney disease.  Also due to dehydration.  No medication can possibly ‘cure’ such a condition, but in the long run, water can.  If one continues slowly to increase hydration every day and decrease intake of processed drinks and foods, kidney disease can eventually resolve itself.

Colon disease is known as the #3 type of cancer in the U.S., usually because the colon becomes layered in sludge after years of consuming junk foods and drinks.  Eliminating the habits leading to the illness, replacing them with fresh, live, organic foods, and simply consuming a minimum of 64 ounces of fresh, clean water daily can help dislodge the sludge and revitalize the colon, resulting in a strengthening of the colon’s mucosal cells, muscle cells and peristalsis.

Is It True?

Claims have been made that:

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • Even mild dehydration can slow down your metabolism as much as 3%.
  • The body’s thirst mechanism, due to the consumption of sodas and other sugary drinks, has become so weakened that it is often mistaken for hunger, which leads to obesity when acted upon with junk foods.
  • Lack of water can bring on allergies and asthma – signals that there is a water shortage in the body.
  • Number one trigger of daytime fatigue?  Lack of water.
  • 100% of the dieters in a University of Washington study had their midnight hunger pangs shut down by drinking 8 ounces of water.
  • 80% of back and joint pain sufferers in a research study reported significant reduction in pain with the consumption of 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Dehydration brings on short-term memory fuzziness, difficulty with basic math and trouble focusing on a printed page or a computer screen.
  • Many cancer risks are decreased with the increase in water consumption.  Water is necessary to flush toxins out of the body, and when enough water isn’t supplied, the cells retain what is available, which might hold in the toxins.
  • A migraine headache can be alleviated almost immediately if you suck down 20 ounces of water at the onset.  Adding lemon will provide even more relief.

Rehydrating a Dehydrated Body

If it is true that 75% of us are dehydrated today, and it simply takes drinking water to take care of the problem, why can’t we all just drink 8 glasses of water and be immediately rehydrated?  Hmmm, if you think about what happens to a desiccated desert arroyo when there’s a heavy storm, what do you get?  Yeah, flash flood.  The water isn’t able to penetrate the long-parched surface immediately any more easily than our cells can absorb water that way.  Our result?  Same as the desert’s flash flood – rush to the nearest bathroom and pee . . . again . . . and again . . . and again.  Rehydration of cells takes place slowly.

So what do you do if you really want to rehydrate?  Don’t gripe, just start drinking.  A little bit at a time.  The first week might be a bit difficult.  You might forget to drink since your body isn’t used to being thirsty.  Your cells aren’t used to so much water.  You’ll have to pee a lot.  Don’t stop, though; keep drinking as much as you can, as often as you can, every day.  At first, you might feel bloated because your cells are resisting the water.  Keep this up for at least two weeks, and something surprising will happen.  Even though you might be drinking more water than you’ve ever consumed before, you just may feel thirsty and experience dry mouth.  Why?  This phenomenon confirms that your body has been profoundly dehydrated for years.  Now that the body is sensing that there is a continued water supply available, your water conservation systems can start relaxing as your cells begin absorbing the water they’ve been denied for so long.  And the healing can begin.  As long as you keep drinking your water.

But I Hate Plain Water!

You’re not alone.  Many people dislike the taste of plain water.  And if it’s tap water, not only can it taste lousy, but it can also be dangerous today with everything from fluoride to dangerous chemicals and drugs, to toxic disinfection byproducts and heavy metals to parasites.  A good water filter today is often more of a necessity than a luxury. A water filtering system can also make the water refreshingly tasty while removing harmful pathogens in the process.  And it is far more cost-effective than buying bottled water.

Attention Parents: Help Keep Your Kids Healthy – Avoid Sodas & Make the Water Appealing

  • If you still don’t like your water plain, try some variation to see what will help you to consume the most water per day:
  • Add a slice of organic cucumber with the squeeze of a lemon and you’ve got a delicious and wonderfully refreshing, hydrating drink.
  • Drop some fresh blueberries and a small chunk of ginger root into your water for a refreshing kick with a bit of sweetness.
  • Ginger root with a dash of lemon – yum.
  • My favorite version of water is a lemonade of sorts – made with fresh organic lemons, just enough maple syrup for sweetness and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The synergistic action of the cayenne pepper helps the water penetrate the cells and assists the body in flushing out toxins.  It’s also referred to as the ‘master cleanse’ drink.

Not All Water is the Same

Water has different pH values, depending on its source.  The best water for our consumption is alkaline water, to combat the processed acidic food and drink that we consume.  Adding a few drops of raw coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar can help alkalize your water – tastes good, too.

Something important to consider when you feel like a glass of iced water is to hold off on the ice.  In his book Silent Clots, James Privatera, M.D. claims that adding ice to your water can cause the blood cells to clot, leading to stroke or other clotting disorders.  Best to cool the water with ice if necessary, then remove it before consuming.  Room temperature water or even warm water penetrates the cells more easily and safely and assists in the hydration process.

I Have a Choice

Like Lackawater said, sodas dehydrate; water hydrates.  If presented with a choice between a soda and toilet water, my hope is that the toilet bowl is clean.

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