Water, a Great Medicine
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The human body is like a pond.
When there is no rain for a long time, the water in
the pond goes down and all life in the pond suffers.
Many life forms die. Chronic dehydration does the
same to human tissues and cells.
Water is one of the simplest,
safest, cheapest, and most effective ways to help
cells heal, and to keep them working well.
Most Americans today are often
dehydrated. Many people are on medications that dry
out their cells even more. We may not feel thirsty
even though we are dehydrated. Our cells need water,
but we may think we are hungry. The best snack for a
person who wants to lose weight is water.
People drink less water so they
will not need to go to the bathroom at work or at
school. But frequent trips to the bathroom are a
small price to pay for one of the foundations of
good health: optimal hydration!
Overhydrate in the morning with
several glasses of water and vegetable juice. Drink
a few ounces of water every three to four hours up
until 6 p.m. Three quarts of water in a day for a
healthy adult is not too much. For some patients, I
often say to drink even more water.
Water is essential for our blood,
for our nerve cells, for our heart muscles and all
of our other muscles.
We need water to digest our food,
to detoxify our liver, to excrete the waste products
Glands need water to produce
hormones, digestive juices, and other important body
chemicals. Water prevents constipation.
The ideal drinking water is
fresh, natural, nonchlorinated spring or deep well
water. Vegetable juices, herbal teas, homemade
soups, and seltzer count as water.
Water washes out toxins, which is
good. It may also wash out minerals we need. You can
replace the minerals with vegetables, vegetable
juice, fresh fruit, and sea salt on your food.
(People with heart disease should talk to their
medical advisor about the use of sea salt.)
Many people drink liquids with
caffeine or sugar in order to get started in the
morning. Water generates energy, but caffeine and
sugar drinks actually drain energy in the long run.
Coffee, tea, sodas and fruit juices do not qualify
as water for optimal hydration.
Do gentle exercises to get the
water moving into all of your body’s cells.
to your body and your body will be kind to you.