Today, I’d like to tell you about the Water Cure which is explained in chapter 12 of the book. The previous chapters discuss dehydration, thirst perceptions, and the effect of dehydration on every system of the body. Here are just a few of the facts Dr. Batmanghelidj discusses before his explanation of the Water Cure.
From chapter 1: “The various signals or symptoms produced during severe and lasting dehydration have been interpreted by doctors as various disease conditions of unknown origin. The signal, however, is actually for water shortage, and the local damage is because of water shortage.”
From chapter 2: “When the human body is dehydrated, it redistributes and regulates the amount of available water. Within the body, alarms signal to show that areas in question are in short supply… The available water is rationed and used where needed.”
Chapter 3 provides a list of 46 reasons why your body needs water every day. Here are two of them: “Water is the main lubricant in the join spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.” “To lose weight, water is the best way to go… You will not eat excessively when you feel hungry but are in fact only thirsty for water.”
From chapter 4: “The early-pregnancy morning sickness of a pregnant woman is a most meaningful thirst signal. In fact, it is the very first sign of dehydration of the mother and fetus together.”
In chapter 5, Dr. Batmanghelidj suggests conditions that represent indicators of dehydration. These include asthma, allergies, hypertension, constipation, type II diabetes, and autoimmune diseases.
The following chapters explore these conditions as well as others and explain why dehydration is so devastating to the body.
But don’t stop at devastation!
Take the Water Cure!
“every twenty-four hours the body recycles the equivalent of forty thousand glasses of water to maintain its normal physiological functions. It does this every day of its life. Within this pattern of water metabolism and its recycling process and depending on environmental conditions, the body becomes short of about six to ten glasses of water each day. This deficit has to be supplied to the body every day… It needs on average upwards of half its weight in ounces water per day… Water should be taken in eight- or sixteen-ounce portions spaced throughout the day. In the same way you don’t let your car run out of gas before you fill the tank, the body must not be allowed to become dehydrated before you drink water.”
So, how much do you weigh? 120 pounds? 200 pounds? Divide that number by 2 and determine to drink that many ounces of water today and the next day and the day after that… I’ll share some other suggestions in my next post.