A majority of clients I see at their first session are dehydrated. I will spend some time doing the Hydration Balance below. I also educate them by explaining about how important water drinking is.
Very often the people who are hydrated tell me they never get thirsty!
I discovered reading the anatomy books that there is a ‘thirst center’ in the hypothalmus of the brain. When people do not drink enough, their body will hold water so that their body can function. Therefore the ‘thirst center’ does not have to function, i.e. Not thirsty. When people start to drink more water, the body knows this, and the thirst center starts to function.
Clients who are initially not thirsty, return to their next session actually asking for water, as they are thirsty!
Success, headaches disappear, they feel less tired, not so hungry all the time, start to feel pain free, move better, perspire less, think more clearly, smoke less often and all because they were muscle tested and found out they were dehydrated.
The human embryo is comprised of more than 80% water, a new-born is approximately 74% water and a healthy adult 70% water.
Next to air, water is most critical to our survival. We can live without food for two or three months, but only several days without water. Yet most people do not drink enough water to maintain even marginal health. Consequently, many of us are in a chronic state of dehydration.
When the kidneys remove wastes, those wastes must be dissolved in water and transported via water from the body. If there is not enough water, wastes are not effectively removed, and kidney damage may occur. Water is essential to digestion and metabolism and enables vital enzymatic and chemical reactions to take place. It helps regulate our body temperature through perspiration, which dissipates excess heat and promotes cooling. Water carries oxygen and nutrients to cells through our bloodstream which is largely water and lubricates our joints. Water is even required for breathing. Each day we lose more than a pint of water through exhaling. Through excretion and perspiration, we lose approximately another three quarters pint.
Fluid Retention and Other Problems
When the intake of water is insufficient to replenish our body’s needs, the body interprets this deprivation as a need to store water. This biophysical compensation causes fluid retention, therefore, paradoxical as it seems, the way to eliminate fluid retention is to drink more water, not less. Other problems resulting from not drinking enough water are poor muscle tone, small muscle size, decreased digestive and elimination efficiency, increase toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness (particularly after exercise) and excess body fat. Proper water intake is necessary for weight loss.
Lacking Adequate Water, the Body Cannot Metabolise Fat
The metabolic process causes fats and toxins to be released from the cells into the bloodstream. The fats and toxins are filtered from the blood in the kidneys and eliminated through urination. When the process is hampered by too little water, these fats and toxins accumulate, suppressing the immune system, and setting the stage for disease.
Th quality of water varies considerably from one community to the next, and from time to time from the same tap. Therefore, it is suggested that you have your water tested and acquire a purifier that will remove toxic substances.
Water versus other Beverages
‘I am drinking soft drinks, tea or coffee, so my body is getting all the water it needs!’
Our bodies are precise chemical structures that require water’s precise chemical structure for optimum health. Biochemically, water is H2O (two hydrogen’s and one oxygen). There s significant molecular difference between water and beverages containing water. Beer contains water but also alcohol which is toxic substance. Fruit juices are primarily water, but the fructose stimulates the pancreas. Soda contains numerous chemicals. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages stimulate the adrenals. Many water containing drinks tax the body more than cleanse it. Also, drinking these beverages tends to cause the loss of the ‘taste’ of water. The simple conclusion is that there is not any substitute for water in any healthy life programme.
Sometimes hunger is a false signal. It may simply mean that your body requires water. Always try water before food.
How much water should you drink?
The minimum amount of water a healthy adult should drink is 10 eight ounce glasses a day. Overweight people should drink an extra glass for every 20 pounds of weight over their ideal.
Your water intake should be spread over an entire day, do not attempt to get the daily quota into a 2-hour time frame.
Your question may be, ‘If I drink that much water, won’t I constantly be making trips to the bathroom?’.
Initially you may, since the bladder is hypersensitive to a sudden increased amount of fluid, but after a few days your bladder will adjust and you will urinate less frequently, although in greater volume.
When to drink water:
Drink water regularly and frequently every day…
One simple rule to follow:
If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you are overdue.
THIRST is the body’s way of signalling a state of water deprivation.
By Kind Permission of Rosemary Bowyer.
Further reading: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water.
Dr F.Batmanghelidj. The Tagman Press. Norwich.UK.