– F. batmangheldidj, MD, 1995
Read that sentence again. It’s not scientific schlock – it’s common sense.
“If you consider the fact that our bodies are approximately 75% water in muscle, 85% water in brain cells and 82% water in blood,, it’s not difficult to understand why water is extremely important and possibly the foundation upon which to build a healthy lifestyle,” says St Francis Bay nutrition and wellness consultant Alison Jones of www.women-n-nutrition.com
“Water is literally involved in every single aspect of our body’s functions. According to Dr Don Colbert, MD, he sees patients in his practice all of the time whose bodies are starving for pure, clean water.”
Dehydration can manifest as headaches, back pain, arthritis, headaches, digestive problems, depression, high blood pressure, etc – and the list goes on.
Dr Don Colbert uses water as his very first line of treatment with his patients. Most of them get better when they simply drink enough water to satisfy their body requirements.
Here are some benefits of consuming adequate amounts of water as pointed out by eminent physician F Batmanghelidj in his book Water for Health, for Healing, for Life :
- Water is the main lubricant in our joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain
- Increases the efficiency of the immune system
- Prevents clogging of arteries in heart and brain, therefore reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke
- Directly connected to brain function (needed to manufacture neurotransmitters, serotonin, hormones and can prevent ADD)
- Helps prevent memory loss as we get older, reducing risks of Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- Helps us look younger, smoother skin, and reduces affects of ageing.
“Use filtered water from a Brita filter jug if you have not got a filter system installed at home,” advises Alison. “Drink about 30 minutes before you eat or two hours afterwards, so you do not wash out the hydrochloric acid in your stomach.”
(Beth’s note : some nutritionists advise drinking a glass of water with your meal, instead of on either side of it. What you decide to do is up to you – experiment to see what works)
Try to drink 6-8 glasses per day and monitor your body for improvements – perhaps use a journal.
Can you drink too much water?
Yes, you can, says Alison, and this condition is called pyschogenic polydipsia, which can cause the potassium and electrolyte levels to become dangerously low.
“However, most of us simply do not get enough water and it looks almost like a miracle cure. If you think about it, we can survive a few weeks without food, but only about five days without water.
“I would say it is number one in your line of defence before reaching for pain killers, constipation medication or blood pressure tablets.
“Best of all, it is really, really cheap to try!”
Please visit Alison’s website for more information and consultations : www.women-n-nutrition.com or email her : firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit her Sportron website at www.itsyourlife.co.za