The Water Cure

IMG_4890[1]I’m back with another glass of water and another excerpt from the very inspiring book, Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!

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!

Dr. Batmanghelidj:

“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…  glass of waterWater 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.

You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!

drinking waterA little over a year ago, I came across these pictures on facebook.  I already knew that I needed to drink more water, and these pictures gave me the extra encouragement I needed.  Since then, I’ve been faithfully drinking lots of water every day (half my body weight in ounces).  I can’t say that I’ve noticed a change in my appearance as this lady did, but I sure have noticed a difference in the way I feel.

I recently came across a book on a library display.  It’s called Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!  by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj.  Dr. Batmanghelidj has done extensive clinical and scientific research in dehydration and disease.  I’ve read the first chapter and skimmed most of the rest of the book, and my mind is blown!

I’ll give you a sample of what I’m reading.  This is from the first chapter…

“The body can suffer from deep dehydration without showing a dry mouth.  Dehydration produces severe symptoms, even to the point of causing life-threatening crises…  Dry mouth is one of the very last indicators of dehydration of the body.  By the time dry mouth becomes an indicator of water shortage, many delicate functions of the body have been shut down and prepared for deletion.  This is exactly how the aging process is established–through a loss of enzyme functions.”

Here are just a few of the topics addressed in this book:  asthma, allergies, blood pressure, diabetes, constipation, heartburn, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, hot flashes, kidney stones.  I’m sure I’ll be sharing more of what I’m reading.  For now, I’m going to pour myself a glass of water!

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What’s for breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?  Cereal?  Toast?  Biscuits?  Muffins?  What do all of these breakfast foods have in common?  They’re all grains that contain gluten.

I can’t say that I have a totally gluten-free diet these days, but I’m definitely cutting back.  I learned from Nourishing Traditions that all grains contain phytic acid.  Phytic acid is an organic acid in which phosphorus is bound, and it’s in the outer layer or bran of every grain.  Untreated phytic acid can combine with the minerals in our food–important things like calcium, magnesium and iron–and keep them from being absorbed by our bodies.  This is why a diet that’s high in whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and eventually bone loss.

Bone loss.  I took notice of that and decided it was time to pay attention to food that is actually robbing my bones of the nutrients they need.

So, what’s for breakfast?

Yesterday, my daughter made some delicious blueberry muffins using a gluten-free baking mix.  Here’s the recipe, slightly modified from the recipe on the box:

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

1 3/4 cups of Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Mix
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 tsp. of vinegar added to an almost-cup of dairy milk (This was a substitute for the cup of buttermilk called for in the recipe)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup xylitol
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350º.  Sift baking mix, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together, and set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix melted butter, milk/vinegar, sugar, and eggs together.  Add flour blend in three stages and whisk well after each addition.  Fold in blueberries.  Pour batter into lined muffin tins.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

I made a delicious strawberry smoothie to go along with my muffins.  I added Knox Gelatin to my usual smoothie after a friend gave me the idea.  Gelatin is very similar to the collagen in our bodies that makes up the connective tissues, including cartilage. Eating gelatin supplies the body with the materials it needs to produce new cartilage.  That’s good news for arthritis sufferers and for those attempting to have healthy bones.

Here’s my new and improved smoothie recipe:

Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup of unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1 pack of Knox gelatin
1 Tablespoon of whey protein powder
5-7 spinach leaves

Blend together until smooth and creamy.

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The box says the baking mix can be substituted for flour in any recipe, using a one-to-one replacement.  I think I’ll try homemade biscuits today.  I’ll let you know how they turn out…

What are YOU having for breakfast today?

Natural Anti-Inflammatory: Bromelain

Bromelain (blog)Did you spot this product in my Beeyoutiful pantry yesterday?  (I’m visualizing Where’s Waldo fans revisiting yesterday’s post to find it!)  Well, I’ll just tell you it was tucked in between the Tummy Tuneup and the CoQ10.  And it really doesn’t matter where it is in my pantry.  If you’re dealing with inflammation from a sports injury or trauma or even arthritis, you might just want to add some Bromelain to your pantry.

Bromelain is naturally found in pineapple, and it works by blocking metabolites that accelerate and worsen the inflammatory process.

Bromelain is a group of powerful protein-digesting enzymes which block the body’s production of compounds that cause swelling and pain.  Once inflammation is reduced, blood can move more easily to a traumatized or irritated area to ease pain and speed healing.

Click here to order Bromelain

Important:  Because bromelain breaks down fibrin, a blood-clotting protein that can impede blood circulation, individuals on blood-thinning medication or with bleeding disorders, high blood pressure, liver disease, or kidney disease should contact their healthcare provider before taking bromelain.  Bromelain should not be taken with tetracycline or by individuals who are allergic to pineapple.