The Water Cure and Why You Should Drink More
In 1979, Dr. Batmanghelidj was in an Iranian prison as a political prisoner. While in jail for a possible execution, he learned that pain from ulcers could disappear within 8 minutes after drinking 2 glasses of water. He successfully treated over three thousand similar cases over the following 2 1/2 years. Because of his medical discovery, his life was spared and his life sentence was reduced to 3 years.
He looked at the prison as a stress lab, a unique environment to reach clinical conclusions on the healing properties of water. The warden offered him early release and instead of accepting it, Dr. Batmanghelidj stayed in jail for another 4 months to do clinical observation of the inmates’ responsiveness using water to treat stress induced health problems.
60% -Human body
73% -Brain & Heart
79% -Muscles & Kidneys
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., staying properly hydrated will alleviate or eliminate many illnesses and symptoms:
Addiction (caffeine, alcohol and some drugs)
A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder)
Heart disease & stroke
Leukemia & Lymphoma
Low libido & Impotence
Lou Gehrig’s disease
P.M.S. / premenstrual pains, hot flashes
Sleep disorders / sleep rhythms
Most of us are chronically, unintentionally dehydrated. We can mistakenly confuse hunger for thirst; people tend to eat instead of drink fluids. When this behavior is a habit, the body is taught to adapt to this water loss and the thirst sensation fades. The hypothalamus controls thirst and sometimes does not work, especially if you are always mildly dehydrated. The loss of this sensation is the body adapting to a perceived water shortage but it can be trained to be strengthened again.
Coffee, tea, sodas and alcohol are dehydrating. The stress of chronic dehydration will cause the brain to secrete stress hormones, including endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates to help it through its environmental crisis. Craving coffee, tea, sodas and alcoholic beverages is an addiction to endorphins.
It would take days of adequate water intake to become properly hydrated, since cells get soaked slowly. After about 8 days of proper hydration, the hypothalamus resumes its function. You'll start to see benefits such as quicker elimination, increased energy and notice that what your body is in need of is actually water instead of food. It may be a cliché to say, but it IS a lifestyle change.
It’s especially important for the elderly to properly hydrate themselves because the sense of thirst fades over time, much like eye sight.
Getting the body to this state should be the first step toward healing, and away from pretty much almost any disease or issue you have. It costs next to nothing and it makes sense. Below are guidelines from You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D.
1) Drinking before you feel thirsty. If you wait for thirst to drink, you are already in need of drinking 2-3 glasses of water.
2) Drink half your body weight in ounces. This is a general guideline. If you are 200 lbs, drink 100 oz. Water intake should go up with an increase in physical activity, hot weather, your body's natural tendency to sweat more than others. As a cancer patient, you are probably taking tons of supplements, so be sure to keep up. You also take in water through raw fruits and vegetables. Diuretics like coffee and tea draw out water and salt from the body and you'll need to make up for the loss. If your urine is light yellow, you're on the right track.
3) Drink your water warm: body temperature or warmer.
4) Add salt: Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 32 ounces of filtered water. The second part of establishing a good practice on drinking water is to add salt. As you are eating less processed and packaged foods, you are also taking in less sodium, specifically sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is stripped of minerals and bleached to be white. The body does need sodium, just the good kind. Water needs something to stick to and if the body lacks sodium, water will not be absorbed into the blood and cells. Colored salts are higher in minerals. Quality choices are sea salt, celtic salt, pink Himalayan salt or Real Salt
If you have hypertension, kidney issues or high blood pressure, ease into it. Start with a grain and work your way up. If frequent urination and/or incontinence is an issue, they will be alleviated and eventually won't be an issue. Your bladder will get stronger and the capacity will increase. *Check with your health practitioner first.
5) Drink most of your water on an empty stomach. The body is dehydrated after several hours of sleep. Right after waking up, sip 16 to 24 ounces of water in the morning before you eat anything. Make this a consistent daily practice and part of your morning routine by putting a glass of water by your bed, the night before.
Drink water 30 minutes before and 2 1/2 hours after meals. If you are thirsty while eating, don’t skip water. According to Anthony William, the Medical Medium, eating cooked food will draw water from the body and further dehydrate you.
Water drinking tips
1) To keep up with drinking more water:
Figure out what amount you'll be aiming for. Find a large bottle and fill it with all of the water you need for the day and sea salt.
Wear elastic hair bands/rubber bands on one wrist. Transfer it to the other wrist after each glass of water you finish. Or put them around your glass and as you finish each glass, remove it or push it down.
Drink most of your water earlier in the day, especially in the morning. That way, you get it done and you don't have to drink as much before bedtime and possibly have to get up in the middle of the night.
Mark down the time that you finish your glass of water. Check marks are okay to use but it would be easy to mix up when you checked off your glass.
When you drink water, take 10 gulps. I tend to take little sips and this trick helps me.
2) Add lemon juice to alkalize your water. To help further detoxify, add lemon juice to hot water in the morning. If you are doing a water fast, seltzer water or sparkling water like Pellegrino with lemon helps with the hunger pangs. As soon as I drink this, my hunger goes away.
3) Exercise, supplements and healing therapies, hydrate before & after. Drink water before exercising so that you can sweat, which will detoxify your body of heavy metals. “Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury may be excreted in appreciable quantities through the skin, and rates of excretion were reported to match or even exceed urinary excretion in a 24-hour period.”: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312275/
4) After healing therapies and practices such as massage, acupuncture, detox baths, enemas, colonics, stretching and exercise, the toxins are stirred up. Adequate water levels in the body help to carry out them out, so drink plenty of water once you are done. You’ll also want to be properly hydrated well before starting these things, so you don’t have to stop mid-therapy to relieve yourself. Drink water about 1 hour to starting. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water when taking supplements and during chemotherapy.