"Newly Recognized Thirst Perceptions.
"If a "dry mouth" is not the main indicator of thirst, what are
the earlier and more accurate indicators of body dehydration?"
"Before dehydration hurts you irreversibly, your body
absolutely urgent need for water in any of the newly understood
drastic ways listed below:
"1 - Asthma is a state of dehydration of the body
histamine is produced to promote water intake and ration the
available water. Allergies are also indicators that the body has
resorted to an increase in production of the brain chemical agent
histamine. Histamine is primarily the sensor regulator produced
by the brain when there is a comparative water shortage in the body.
It engages in rationed distribution of the available water in
of drought in the body.
"It is recognized that asthmatics have an increase in
content of their lung tissue. The reason is that histamine and its
subordinates must bring about a gradual contraction of the bronchial
muscles. Since one of the sites for water loss through evaporation is
the lungs, the bronchial constriction produced by histamine means less
water evaporation during the act of breathing. This is a simple
to preserve some water when the body is dehydrated. This is the reason
why asthma in no more then a state of dehydration. It is not a disease.
"2 - Allergies. Why does the body develop allergies?
Histamine is an
agent that has responsibilities in antibacterial, antiviral and defense
systems against foreign materials - in addition to its water regulatory
in the body. At a normal level of water content of the body, these
are silent or unexaggerated. In prolonged dehydration, when histamine-
making becomes exaggerated for water regulation, an immune system
activation of histamine-containing cells will release exaggerated
of the neurotransmitter. It is this excess release of histamine that
the clinical picture of allergies. Both conditions, asthma and
be treated with a determined increase in water intake. On average,
conditions respond after three days to several weeks of water
the body. Histamine production will decrease with an increase in the
"3 - All dyspeptic pains are produced by dehydration. Gastritus,
heartburn and colitis pain should be treated with an increase in water
alone since they are caused by dehydration. When there is the
ulceration(s), attention to the daily diet to enhance the rate of
the ulcer site becomes necessary.
"There seems to be a mechanism that makes the defense
the acid more effective when water enters the stomach. Water enters
the small intestine and becomes absorbed. Almost immediately, an equal
amount of water is resecreted into the stomach from the base of the
in its lining. It appears that this mechanishm exists to wash the mucus
lines the inner surface of the stomach of its salt deposits. When salt
away from the mucus, the mucus becomes thicker and healthier, making it
more effective barrier against the acid that is constantly produced in
stomach. This rejuvenating action of water on the mucus prevents the
from reaching the stomach lining. It is the action of acid on the nerve
endings in the lining of the stomach that causes the pain."
"Heartburn is the most vital sign of water shortage
"4 - Chronic arthritic joints (rheumatoid) and their
are signals of
water deficiency in the affected joint cartilage surfaces. Normally,
covers the surface of the bones in joint cavities receives water and
through the bone. In dehydration, the bone marrow takes priority over
cartilage for the water that goes through the bone structure. Under
circumstances, the water requirements of the cartilage have to be
from the vessels that feed the capsule of the joint. The
mechainisms and the increased circulation and swelling of the joint
produce the pain.
"The local pain is a primary indication that the
joints are not
to endure pressure until they are fully hydrated. The arthritus pain
that the pressure-bearing and normally well-lubricated gliding
the cartilage contact points are decreased because of lack of
Water held in the cartilage of a joint is the lubricant that protects
surfaces of the joint."
Dr Batmanghelidj's book goes on to explain in detail
dehydration plays a fundamental role in the presence of other ailments
High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Chronic Fatique and Depression,
Heart Disease and Strokes. For much more information, or to purchase
publication, go to www.watercure.com.
THE SIMPLEST OF TREATMENTS IN MEDICINE
What is adequate hydration for one's body?
How is the drinking of water best done throughout each day?
Your body needs a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water
A person weighing 120 lbs should drink an absolute minimum of 8 glasses
each day; and person weighing 225 would drink at least l4 glasses each
Alcohol, coffee, tea, soft drinks, lemon-in-the-water
anything else but
uncontaminated water does not count as water. Chlorine and fluoride are
contaminants, so municipal tap water is out.
Best times to drink water: First thing in the morning before anything
Take in a quart to two quarts inside of 20 minutes. If difficult at
take as much as
you can without the stomach beginning to feel achey, and increase the
successive days. Very soon you will see your stomach improving its
capacity, as you
keep it up. Other effective times to drink water: One pint ( two
one half hour
before each meal. Then one to two more pints before going to bed.
You owe it to yourself to see all the benefits to be
body is properly
hydrated for several consecutive weeks.
From "Water: Rx for a Healthier Pain-Free Life"
by Dr.F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
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Created: Wednesday, July 11, 2001
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2002