YOUR BODY’S MANY CRIES FOR WATER
I love sharing this particular information on water every year. Here are the research findings from Dr. Batmanghelidj taken from an old editorial that is still ever so true.
There’s No Money in Spinach — An editorial written by Paul Harvey
The Science of nutrition has been retarded because there’s no money in spinach. A patented pill that promises to relieve some ailment gets widely distributed and lavishly advertised. A specific vitamin that promises to relieve some ailment has to be discovered by word-of-mouth hearsay – because there’s no money in spinach.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj of Falls Church, VA, is certain that much arthritis can be remedied “just by drinking water.”
He ihad to be his own missionary, promoting his idea with articles in professional journals and with a book called “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.”
Lioyd Palmer of Albert Lea, Minn., suffered from arthritis of the spinal column for 30 years. Gradually, the disease ankylosed. Ankylosing spondylosis is the kind of arthritis that leaves a patient so crippled – so “bent over” – that Palmer described himself as “a walking comma.” But he read the Batmanghelidj book. He started drinking copious quantities of water (with some added salt). He is now pain-free, and his blood pressure is normal.
The book cites medical histories of individuals suffering ulcers, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, breast cancer, impotency and depression who responded to increased intake of water, and pure water (at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day).
It is not easy to drink that much water. It’s recommended that water be consumed between meals (rather than with a meal.) That makes it more difficult for many. But Dr. Batmanghelidj says water intake is intended to “help digestion rather than dilute it.”
Ideally, 1/2 ounce per # body weight is best. Eight glasses or two quarts is a good beginning. The water remedy as it applies to arthritis pain presumes that chronically painful joint conditions of the lower spine of the joints of the hands and legs “is a sign of water deficiency in the area where the pain is felt.” “The pain occurs because there is not enough water circulation to wash out the local acidity and toxic substances. Cartilage is a gelatinous living tissue, the cells of which like to live in an alkaline environment. The alkalinity of the medium is dependent on the flow of water through its substance – water that would wash the acid away.”
Why add salt? “Salt helps to extract the acidity and carry it away from the medium.” The water prescription (at least 2 quarts a day) does not include coffee, alcoholic beverages, or caffeinated-containing soft drinks.
The point is that “Water is critically important to our health, fitness, and long life.” I honestly don’t know that much about the added salt. I would only do this if taking much more water than your formula of 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water.
Sea salt has good properties. Regular table salt is not the best choice.
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Tip: Many times we may think we are hungry when we are actually just thirsty. The triggers for hunger and thirst are very close. Keeping yourself hydrated with water all day is extremely important. It is recommended that each of us need a minimum of 1/2 of our body weight in ounces of water daily to function at our best.
A great way to get the day started right is to drink 30 oz. of pure water first thing in the morning. I fill up my favorite water container each night and bring it upstairs to remind myself to drink it when I awaken the next morning.