We’ve been told by our doctors to drink more water – water, water, water….8 – 8oz glasses per day.
I had a pretty bad case of dehydration a few years ago in Colorado Springs. I was there alone, visiting my parents (mostly just taking up space in their empty house while they were gone), just getting myself a little R&R. My mother warned me that dehydration set in quickly at that high altitude, so I tried to drink more water. I was guzzling down water, and then decided to exercise. However, I didn’t take in enough.
I remember my fingertips going numb first. In fact, the numb fingers and an over-all feeling of sluggishness was what caught my attention first. I felt ill. My stomach wasn’t right. If I stood up, I would feel light headed. A couple of times, my vision went black for a moment if I stood up for too long.
I went online and did a little research about dehydration. My signs and symptoms clearly showed that I was horribly dehydrated, so I took it easy the rest of the evening, drank plenty of water and ate fruit – particularly oranges. Oranges, with all their vitamin C and other nutrients, plus the acidity helped to calm my nausea.
During my research, I learned of a doctor who had done much research into the many ailments that affect us because we simply aren’t drinking enough water. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj (I just call him Dr. Batman) said one thing in particular that caught my attention on this web site I was reading. He said that the standard 8-8oz glasses of water isn’t true. The amount of water you take in is the result of how much you weigh + how active you are and where you live/how hot it gets.
This made perfect sense to me. Naturally, a 300 lb man would need to take in more water (and less food, let’s be honest) than a 120 lb skinny b****. That just seems like common sense. But doctors don’t say that, at least, they didn’t used to when I actually paid attention to everything doctors had to say.
I was intrigued, and further interested in Dr. Batmaghelidj when I saw the title of his book: “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”. But there was more, ” You are not sick, you are thirsty! Don’t treat thirst with medications.”
Very interesting indeed.
So I happened upon his book while I was out at a Barnes and Noble or a Borders, I forget which one it was. It was one book among many, and I was actually surprised to find it. I flipped through the contents and found a great deal that Dr. B says water can treat and cure, and why medications fail.
Here is a brief list of ailments that Dr. B says are the result of a lack of water:
stress and depression
high blood pressure
asthma and allergies
Another thing that might interest you is that Dr. Batmanghelidj said, well before we saw it on the news, that drinking diet soda can lead to weight gain. Interesting.
So, I’ve had this book for awhile now. I started to read it a few months back, and then set it aside for some ridiculous reason I can’t recall now. However, with the heat the way it’s been this summer, and how much water I’ve been drinking and still getting mildly dehydrated, I’m compelled to try and read this book again. Once I am finished, expect a full book review. In fact, I may review each chapter as I read. I haven’t decided yet.
To learn more about Dr. Batmanghelidj, his book, and the water cure, visit http://www.watercure.com.
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