Our bodies need at least 8-12 glasses of good quality water per day. Do you drink enough?
Did you know?
- Ninety five percent of the time when you are foggy or unclear it is due to lack of water.
- Dehydration is a major cause in daytime fatigue, nausea, headache, lethargy, and constipation.
- Just a 5% drop in body water can cause up to 30% loss of energy in the average person,
- Many times we confuse hunger with thirst. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a university study.
- Next time you have a stomachache, try slowly drinking a glass of water to possibly relieve the pain within 15 minutes.
- With increased water intake, you may need to increase your salt intake as well (to keep the water inside of the cells). Please talk with your doctor regarding this if you have high blood pressure.
Some disorders that may have dehydration as a factor
- Heartburn, fatigue, asthma, stomach pain, rheumatoid pain, arthritis, back pain, migraine, leg pain when walking, fibromyalgia, colitis, angina, morning sickness, hangover, depression, high blood pressure, kidney issues, and more…
Can dehydration lead to aging?
Dr. Dan, MD, offers an explanation. Since we create acidic byproducts such as phosphoric acid when we break down our proteins, excess amounts become salts, which can build up in our cell walls causing them to stiffen. This affects the ability of cells to bring in water, nutrients, and oxygen as well as their ability to remove toxic wastes. This steady decline in cellular functioning is what we refer to as “aging.” Alkaline water can wash these salts away and help restore proper cell membrane function.
The following study might be one sure way to get you to drink more water. Dr. Alexis Carrell, a French physiologist, won a Nobel Prize for an experiment in which he took cells from a chicken’s heart and put them into a solution containing the same minerals and nutrients found in chicken blood. Every day, he changed the solution and disposed of the waste products. The chicken heart lived for over 28 years and died only because he stopped changing the solution. If only someone took such good care of us!
Additionally, Dr Dan points out that without sufficient energy, we won’t be able to bring water into the cells. Without hydration, energy metabolism will be compromised, so the two go hand in hand.
How do you know if you are dehydrated?
Signs of dehydration mimic lots of other conditions, probably because water is involved with so many functions in the body. These signs may include fatigue, heartburn, asthma, stomach pain, migraines, leg pain while walking or exercising, dry skin, brittle hair, morning sickness, hangover, depression, high blood pressure, kidney issues, thirst, etc. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to rehydrate—thirst may be one of the last signs of dehydration!
Testing to determine if you are properly hydrated
- Dark yellow urine (while not taking vitamins) may indicate dehydration.
- Take the Skin Turgor Test. Gently lift up skin on back of hand to form a small tent. Release and if the “tent” remains, you may be dehydrated.
- Get a Bioimpedance Analysis to measure total water status and to determine if the water distribution is healthy (is it mostly inside or outside of the cells?). It also measures cell membrane integrity (which is essential in keeping water levels high inside the cells).
- Markers on your Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis may indicate dehydration in many individuals.
Why do we need to drink so much?
It may seem excessive but our bodies require about 96 ounces per day. Want to know why?
- Breathing-1 1/3 cup
Kidneys-5 ½ cups
Total: 96 oz OR about 3 liters OR 2-3 quarts
A good water schedule might be 1-2 glasses upon waking (with lemon or lime to help alkalize), 2 glasses between meals, one glass 1/2 hour before each meal, and one glass 1 hour before bedtime. Honestly, this is too complicated so I just like sipping water throughout the day. Please try to avoid drinking during meals as it can negatively affect digestion. If you have heart, kidney, or any swelling and your doctor says it is okay, increasing water intake should be done slowly so that the increased input should equal the increased output. Once swelling start to go down, water intake can be increased but again only if urination equals water intake.
An interesting note, salt. With increased water, you may need to increase salt intake to help keep water stored inside the cells where it belongs. This is where you need to talk to your doctor, especially if you have high blood pressure. If salt is okay, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj, MD, you can start of increasing water intake for a few days without salt and then add 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 glasses of water consumed . If swelling occurs, he advises reducing salt for a couple of days while slowly increasing water intake. And let’s make sure this is the good stuff; sea salt, Himalayan, etc. No iodized table salt, please!
But I pee all the time!
Water is kept inside of the cells so it’s at the center of the action. If it is outside the cell, this may lead to swelling and toxicity. To insure the water stays where it belongs, we need to make sure our cell membranes are nice and healthy. You might consider adding ample amounts of Essential Fatty Acids to your diet while at the same time, minimizing the consumption of hydrogenated fats. Also, please make sure you are getting lots of vitamin/minerals to improve the membrane’s integrity and electrolytes, especially if have excessive urination.
Some folks find that if they “structure” their water, it becomes more absorbable.
Okay, we know water is important, but is turns out that its shape might just as important as its quality. Seriously, could it be all that good water you are drinking is not effectively making it into your cells? I am no expert on this—frankly, I had my doubts—but strangely enough, it’s true. I had a friend who had suffered from migraines ever since she was a child. Doctors tried everything to no avail…until one progressive MD I worked with loaned her a water structure machine to use. Within 2 weeks, 4 decades of debilitating daily migraines were gone. This same MD told me that you can get similar effects by leaving a glass jar of water in the sun or cooling water to 39F and then vigorously stirring your water into a vortex just prior to drinking.
Dr. Gerald Pollack, professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, has become somewhat of an expert on the cell’s interface with water. He believes that water is actually part of the structure of each cell.
“Take a muscle, for example—if the muscle is not functioning, it’s the protein and the water that are not functioning,” he explains. “You need plenty of this ordered/structured water and proteins in their right form in order to make the muscle function properly. So if you have a muscle injury, then both are not functioning.”
Structured water is water that stays together like jello. “The reason why the water doesn’t dribble out of the Jell-O is because it sticks together into this liquid crystalline-structured fashion… So it’s possible that when you swallow properly structured water, it might be preserved. If this structure is then absorbed into your intestines, then it’s possible it can be retained all the way into your cells. It’s also possible that it’s the charge within the ordered water that really matters. Structured water contains charge, negative charge usually. It’s possible that what you’re really doing is absorbing the negative charge, and that negative charge is critical for building the structure. That’s another possible route.”
And the sunlight? It charges the water, just as you would a battery.
But come on, stirring? “If you think of a vortex, what happens? Well, the vortex is a kind of mechanical perturbation or agitation. Probably it builds bubbles—little air bubbles that are deeply involved or enveloped into the vortex. If these bubbles contain an envelope of structured water, then vortexing would be a very powerful way of increasing structure. Both of those ideas—reducing the temperature and vortexing—probably do lead to increased water structure.”
Anybody else out there on board? An MIT scientist is. In her TED talk, “The Mineral Power for Your Body’s Electrical Supply”, Dr. Seneff states that it’s not only the water’s structure, but how our bodies use it.
She explains that much like the walls in our homes, our cells provide both a structure (drywall/wood) and an electrical source (wires/outlet). Blood not only supplies goods and takes away waste, but is a supply of electrical circuitry for the body. Structured water surrounds the cell providing protons that are moved into the interior of the cell while it maintains electrons on the outside. This essentially forms a battery. The cells then use this energy to power lysosomes to clear out cellular debris (bye bye Alzheimer’s) and by our mitochondria to make energy.
Structured water needs sulfate to hold it together and this sulfate supplies negatively charged ions which get bound to exterior of our cholesterol. This separation of charge becomes an energy gradient, almost like a magnet, which forces the movement of red blood cells from the artery to the vein. This electrical movement also creates an EMF field that signals nitric oxide (NO) to be released to relax blood vessels so that the blood flows easily.
Cholesterol sulfate supplies sulfur, energy, oxygen, negative charges, to all cells in the body. But where do the actual sulfates come from? They are made by sulfite in the skin by reacting to sunlight. How? Remember the NO that was created by our cellular battery while moving our blood around? It is also the “magical” protein that makes sulfates. Mind melt: So structured water contains sulfate made by the energy structured water created when it responded to light. Whew!
Bottom line: with sulfate, blood can flow and with blood flow we make energy–making our skin a solar powered battery, just like a plant!
Dr. Seneff believes that, ”Deficiencies in cholesterol and sulfate supplies to the blood and tissues are the most important factor behind modern diseases “. Why? If sulfate supplies are low, the body will attack organs and tissues in order to get the sulfate it needs.
So, could we in the midst of a sulfate deficiency given the rise in degenerative disease? It could be as NO production is very sensitive to glyphosate, aluminum, and mercury. So to best protect yourself, keep NO levels high with b12, iron, sulfur, zinc, and glutathione, structure your water, get out in the sun, ground to the earth, and eat an organic good diet with lots of sulfate broccoli, garlic, onions.
San Diego Water Quality
- The Environmental Working Group rated our city water at 92 of 100 cities tested.
- EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic).
- You might considering filtering your tap water with a carbon block filtering system to remove impurities (but understand that this will not take out fluoride). You might also want to filter your shower water as we also absorb toxins through our skin (especially with hot water opening up our pores).
- Checkout the Fluoride Action Network to learn more about the effects of fluoride in our drinking water.