Health – Water

A continuous supply of water is needed for all living things. Our bodies require water, not just for washing but for breathing, digestion, elimination, lubrication of muscles, bones and tendons, and most other body functions. We could go on and on. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made.

“In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system and assists nature to resist disease.” The Ministry of Healing, 237.

Mark Stengler, N.D., in his book, The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies, 2001, by Prentice Hall, pp 479–483, shares the following:

“I remember a span of about three weeks during medical school when I experienced dull headaches, dizziness, and lethargy. … While I couldn’t explain all these symptoms, I assumed that mounting stress of my classes, plus all the hours I’d been working in the clinic, were beginning to take their toll.

“Then, one day, when I decided I was tired of feeling this way, I sat down and analyzed everything I had been doing. I was eating pretty well, and exercising a reasonable amount. It seemed very unlikely that I was suffering any kind of nutritional deficiency.

“But even while I contemplated possible explanations, I happened to notice someone getting a glass of water at a nearby water cooler. Then it occurred to me. Many of my symptoms suggested dehydration. It was just possible that I was experiencing these symptoms because I wasn’t consuming enough water.

“As I reviewed my actions of the last few days, I realized I’d really had very little water—possibly two tall glasses a day, total. That wasn’t nearly enough; considering that I was exercising regularly, under stress, and mentally active, I decided that was a good time to start doing exactly what I was recommending to many patients—drink more water.

“With the phrase ‘physician heal thyself’ dancing in my head, I immediately resolved to triple the amount of water I was consuming. … My symptoms disappeared over the next three days. … Few of us are regularly in danger of dying of thirst—but I suspect that many of us are seriously slowed down by unrecognized thirstiness. …

“About two-thirds of the water in our systems comes from those glasses of fluids that we drink. The rest comes from food and from the leftover ‘disposables’ of cellular metabolism.

“Our bodies are really the middle of a streambed. While the water is coming in through various pathways, it’s exiting in the urine, evaporating from skin, hissing out through the respiratory tract and departing in stool. …

“Humans have a thirst mechanism that is activated when our body is becoming low in reserves of water. Researchers have noted that there is often a long delay between the time when your body actually becomes dehydrated and the moment when you experience the sensation of thirst. In other words, by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already somewhat dehydrated. … Low-grade dehydration can sap vitality and contribute to many of the symptoms I’ve noted.

“Cloudy Thinking. I call this symptom ‘brain fog,’ and most people know instantly what I mean. The mind is not clear, and you find it hard to concentrate. I have seen these symptoms improved with increased water consumption

“Dizziness. Unexplained dizziness may be related to dehydration. Water is required for normal blood pressure. When you’re dehydrated, your circulation may be poor, which deprives cells of needed nutrients. Dizziness is one outcome.

“Fatigue. Unexplained fatigue can be a result of dehydration. Many people notice increased energy when they drink more water.

“Headaches. Patients with chronic, low-grade headaches are often dehydrated. It is often described as a fuzzy sensation in the head.

“Heart Palpitations. Occasionally a patient reports a history of heart palpitations. These episodes may improve or cease completely when water intake increases.

“High Blood Pressure. You’d think that anyone consuming lots of water would be raising their own blood pressure, but the opposite is true. When you’re dehydrated, your body tries to compensate by increasing blood pressure. So for anyone with high blood pressure (hypertension), it’s important to increase water intake.

“Weight Gain and Edema. Your body will retain water if you are chronically dehydrated. This condition, called edema, contributes to weight gain as well. Thus, increased water consumption is an important therapy for helping these conditions.”

Dr. Stengler has presented good ideas for you to think about and to possibly incorporate into your daily regime. Just recently the following excerpt appeared:

Rescue hydration helped American healthcare workers survive Ebola

Water was the key to saving two American healthcare workers who were treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, this past summer. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) explains how intravenous rehydration corrected their electrolyte deficiencies and intramuscular water losses, allowing for more rapid and efficient healing.

“We undertook aggressive supportive measures of hydration (typically, 3 to 5 liters of intravenous fluids per day early in the course of care) and electrolyte correction,” explains the study. “As the patients’ condition improved clinically, there was a concomitant decline in the amount of virus detected in plasma.”

“Pure water to drink and fresh air to breathe invigorate the vital organs, purify the blood, and help nature in her task of overcoming the bad conditions of the system.

“Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues.

“If those who are afflicted would assist nature in her efforts by the use of pure, soft water, much suffering would be prevented.” My Life Today, 139.