Making perfect meaIs and eating 100% healthy is just unrealistic when you’re a parent. I do so many things to keep me and my family healthy and yet I had forgotten about the most fundamental part of being healthy and functional. WATER.
For about two or maybe three years now, I had been suffering from dry eyes. They always looked red, irritated and super dry. Whenever I was in air-conditioned places, I literally had to squinch my eyes to be able to handle the cold dry air.
I had tried different eye drops with no long lasting results. The effects were temporary and of course, you know me, I just knew this wasn’t just something that could be fixed with drops.
I started to look more into dehydration and how it affects our body and health, and came across this amazing book called You’re not sick, you’re thirsty by F. Batmanghelidj M.D.
Dr. Batmangheligj is an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocate of the natural healing power of water. He graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University and had the honor to work under Sir Alexander Fleming, who shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery of penicillin.
Based on more than 20 years of clinical and scientific research into the role of water in the human body he believes that adjusting or increasing fluid and salt intakes can prevent dozens of diseases and avoid prescriptions drugs for conditions like heart disease, infections, depression, sleep disorders, lack of energy, addictions, osteoporosis, leukemia, asthma and many more.
I’m so astounded by the information in this book. I mean, of course we all know that water is essential for health, but trust me, once you read into how dehydration affects our body functions, how they deteriorate our organs, and can potentially cause any type of disease and health problem, you will never forget to drink water ever again.
There is so much information in this book, that I cannot put it into words, or try to compress it into one post. I’ll proceed to quote some of the most inspiring information on this book, that may help you stay motivated to continue hydrating your body:
- The human body is about 75 percent water and 25 percent solid matter. The brain is said to be 85 % water and is extremely sensitive to any depletion of its water content. The brain takes absolute priority over all other systems.
- As we grow older, we lose our perception of thirst and fail to drink adequately. In an article in the New England Journal of medicine, Dr. Paddy Phillips and seven associates showed that elderly men were far less able to recognize their body thirst than younger men in the same experimental setting. When the elderly were dehydrated, they seemed not to feel thirsty. Even when blood test showed an obvious water shortage in the body, and even when water was within reach, some of the persons tested did not seem to want to drink.
It is thought that any fluid can replace the water needs of the body. This is a mayor problem at present. Some of the manufactures beverages in common use do not function in the body like natural water. It is true that these beverages contain water, but most contain dehydrating substances, such as caffeine. When you drink coffee, tea, or even a beer, your body gets rid of more water than is contained in the drink.
- Dehydration is one of the reasons Americans are so overweight. When there is dehydration because a person is not drinking enough water, the cells become depleted of their ready energy. They then have to depend more on the energy generation from food that is consumed instead of water. This is why we need to supply the body with water before we eat solid foods.
- We must understand that persistent dehydration brings about a continuously changing new chemical state in the body. When a new dehydration-produced chemical state becomes fully established, it causes many structural changes. One of the changes can be changes to the genetic blueprints of the body. Dehydration eventually causes loss of some functions and produce damage (pathology).
- Water prevents DNA damage and makes its repair mechanism more efficient – Less abnormal DNA is made.
- Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
- Maintaining the water well hydrated can prevent the clogging of arteries in the heart and the brain.
After 20 years of research, problems that Dr. Batmanghelidj believes can be caused by water shortage include:
- Colitis pain
- Rheumatoid joint pain
- Back pain
- Fibromyalgic pains
- Angina pain
- High blood pressure
You get the point…
He goes on to explain specifically how dehydration causes these many illnesses and how to rehydrate properly.
“Those with normal heart rate and kidney function should begin drinking two glasses of water a half hour before each meal, and one glass of water two and a half hours after each meal. When you increase your water intake, you also need to increase your salt intake to make up for the salt lost during increase urine production.”
I never really thought that my dry eyes were caused by dehydration, but the truth is, the amount of water I was ingesting simply wasn’t enough.
Something that has helped me a lot in staying hydrated is keeping water bottles with me. I fill these four bottles with water every morning. These have about 60 oz of water all together, so I always know how much I’ve drank during the day and how much I have left.
After hydrating my body properly, my eyes are no longer irritated and dry. It’s been only a few weeks, so I cannot wait to see what other changes I may see in my body.