Dehydation Is A Disease
"Your body needs an absolute minimum of six to eight glasses of water per day."
F. Batmanghelidj, MD.

Your energy is lagging in the afternoon and you think you need a cup of coffee. Your joints are aching and you're afraid you might have arthritis. You're constipated and you start looking in the cupboard for a herbal laxative. You have respiratory problems and you go to the pharmacy for an anti-histamine medication. Your short-term memory is causing you concern and you're worried you might have early Alzheimer's disease. Your skin shows wrinkles despite the fact that you regularly use body lotion and face cream. Your problem could be simple -- and simply corrected. You're dehydrated.

Our bodies are 75 percent water. When we do not drink enough fresh, pure water to cleanse and nourish at the cellular level, cells will hang onto the water they have, while the brain sends desperate signals for proper hydration in order for everything to function. You've probably been thirsty for years, if not all your life, and you don't realize it.

Pregnant women who do not drink an optimum amount of water daily (six to 12 glasses, depending on body weight) give birth to babies who are water deficient. These babies become toddlers whose mothers feed them cooked food in which the water content has been boiled away; they are given milk, commercially processed juice and soda pop to drink. The cycle of chronic dehydration continues. Cellular dehydration is a contemporary, continent-wide condition that has devastating health consequences and doctors are treating this water-deprived patient population with drugs, which are themselves dehydrating. What these people really need is water! Yes, we have become water-conscious in the last decade. Bottled water is sold in every supermarket and convenience store; people routinely travel with water bottles in hand, yet most still guiltily admit they don't drink enough. However, Canadians are getting the message that Dr. Batmanghelidj uses as the subtitle of his book: "You're not sick, you're thirsty!" Your awareness of thirst is not an indication of whether or not you're drinking enough water. Adults lose the sensation of thirst as they grow older, especially if they've been water-deprived for years. Often people complain that water doesn't quench their thirst. They want beer or cola. Both are dehydrating. Nothing hydrates water-starved cells but water! So drink it even when you don't feel thirsty. That sense of thirst, when and if it comes, means you're already dangerously dehydrated. Prevention is always the answer.

Drink water -- when you get up in the morning, midmorning, mid-afternoon -- and make sure you drink no less than six to eight glasses every single day. Keep a record. Have a container on your kitchen counter, office or school desk, in the car -- wherever. When you feel like a snack, drink water. When you long for a nicotine break, have two glasses of water instead. It will help to break the addiction. But what kind of water should you drink?