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WaterThe Water Cure

Do you already know everything you need to know about water? You may be surprised. The following are a few tidbits that you may not know.

Note: The following information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. Consult a licensed health professional for diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries, and before making any changes to your medications or diet.

Your body can still be dehydrated despite drinking the recommended amount of water. The proper ratio of salt to water is necessary to maintain proper hydration and to generate hydroelectric energy needed for cell to cell communication.

The Recommended Amount of Water

  • Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day. Use your weight in pounds for this calculation.*
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to each quart of purified water that you drink.
  • Consume no more than 4 oz. of water during a meal in order to maintain the optimal amount of digestive enzymes for your meal. Drinking a large amount of any beverage during a meal will dilute the concentration of enzymes in your stomach; potentially leading to suboptimal digestion. Ideally, no more than 4 oz. should be consumed starting from 1/2 hour prior to your meal and extending to one hour after your meal.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol which increase your production of urine. If you consume these beverages, you need to rehydrate with 10 to 12 oz. of salted water for every six oz. of caffeinated or alcoholic beverage that you consume.

*Note: Most people will benefit from increasing their water consumption when they are fighting an illness, battling extra stress, exercising, lactating, or perspiring.

Signs of Mild Dehydration:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Cramps
  • Dry eyes

Progressing Signs of Dehydration:

  • Heartburn
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Joint and Back Pain
  • Constipation/colitis
  • Anginal Pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Chronic or Severe States of Dehydration Can Lead To or Worsen:

  • Asthma and Allergies
  • Adult Onset Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Autoimmune Diseases including Lupus
  • Dermatological Disorders including Psoriasis
  • Kidney Stones
  • Cancer

Allergies and Asthma

When the body is dehydrated, it releases histamine. Histamine swells the body's tissues, including the air sacs of the lungs. This results in constriction of the airways and shortness of breath.

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD, water and salt are two very strong, natural anti-histamines. For an asthma or allergy attack, he recommends drinking 3-4 glasses of water followed by a few grains of salt on the tongue. My sister-in-law recently had an asthma attack and was able to avoid a trip to the emergency room by following this suggestion!

Dry Eyes

Tear production decreases with dehydration, leading to eyes that feel dry, and easily irritated by sun, wind, smoke, or pollen. It is amazing how much better your eyes feel when you are properly hydrated. Adding Omega 3's (ground flaxseeds and fish oil) to your diet is another great natural remedy for dry eyes.

Note: For more information, please read the books listed in the reference section below.

1. Meyerowitz S. (2001). Water the ultimate cure. Tennessee: Book Publishing Company.
2. Batmanghelidj F, MD. (1992). Your body's many cries for water. Virginia: Global Health Solutions.
3. Batmanghelidj F, MD. ABC's of asthma, allergies and lupus. Virginia: Global Health Solutions.

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