In a previous post, “Water Cure – You are Not Sick, You are Thirsty“, I touched on the book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by Dr. Batmangehlidj, who states plainly in his book that chronic disease, such as allergies, asthma, anxiety, depression, peptic ulcers, etc…, are the result of chronic dehydration. Doctor prescribe medications to treat the symptoms (these medications do not cure disease) which are simply warning signs our bodies are giving us that we require more water to continue functioning properly.
I have witnessed this phenomenon first hand. My sons and I have allergies. My youngest and I have asthma. If we don’t have enough to drink one day, usually because we were busy and distracted by other things, our allergy and asthma symptoms worsen, even with the help of medications.
So, I figure this Dr. Batman (that’s what I call him) has something here.
As I continue to read through his book, I decided that before having all the answers, I should drink more water while reading the book. I don’t think I need to be convinced that more water intake would benefit myself and my family. So, I shot to the back of the book to find out what Dr. Batman’s recommendations were regarding daily water intake.
Here are his suggestions for adequate water intake:
Drink an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM of 6-8 8oz. glasses of water DAILY (I have also read elsewhere that this actually depends on your weight, but I don’t have the resource at this time). No Alcohol, Tea, Coffee, or Caffeinated Beverages of any kind (oops) can be used as a substitute for water. While I haven’t read anything about the doctor suggesting that consuming these sparingly is a bad thing, I’m going to try my very best to avoid them all entirely(coffee is my weakness – I love a good mocha frappe).
The amount of water isn’t the only thing that is important, as it turns out. When you drink and how much at one time makes all the difference too.
The best times to drink water, as observed in clinical studies, are as follows:
According to the doctor, this is the absolute minimum, and he also recommends drinking 2 extra glasses per day “in the interest of not shortchanging your body” at bedtime or during your heaviest meal.
He also makes a point to note that, once you start drinking the above minimums, your thirst mechanisms will begin to function properly, alerting you of the need for water in your body (as chronic dehydration gradually lessens these signals from your body that water is required), and you will begin to feel more thirsty than you did before, consuming more than the above minimum. Listen to your body, and drink more water.
He goes into further detail, but for now that’s all I care to share and where I plan to start and go from there. I’m hoping this will begin the process of healing for myself and my boys, especially with regard to our allergies, as Dr. Batman states that histamine is the biggest alert of chronic dehydration in the body! Fascinating!
If you’re interested in the book, check it out: Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!
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