When an area in the body becomes dehydrated, histamines in that area increase, which results in pain. When the body becomes fully hydrated, histamine levels subside and the pain is reduced and often elminated. Dr. Batmanghelidj says, "You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication." There is a strong correlation between the production of pain-causing histamines in the body when being dehydrated.
According to Japanese traditions and studies, water treatment has been noted to help a wide variety of health conditions such as overweight problems and obesity, asthma, migraines, headaches, arthritis, heartburn, ulcers, gastritis, angina, hypertension, body ache, back pain, colitis pain, chronic constipation, hiatal hernia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, morning sickness, bronchitis, meningitis, diarrhea, diabetes, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, hemorrhoids, all eye diseases, cancer, menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.
It looks like everything is on the list, right? But, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj, dehydration can be a huge factor in these conditions and they can be reduced dramatically with water and often eliminated.
Our bodies are a large percentage of water:
Muscles are 75% water
Blood is 82% water
Lungs are 90% water
Brain is 76% water
Bones are 25% water
Most people think they are drinking enough water, but try this advice from Dr. B and see how your body responds.
- Drink 3-4 glasses (24-32oz) of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. (My advice is to add a few squeezes of fresh lime or lemon for an alkalizing effect.)
- Drinking room temperature water is best as cold water slows down digestion.
- Wait 45 minutes after drinking the water to eat your first meal.
- If you cannot drink 3-4 glasses of water at first, start with a smaller quantity and then work up to the 3-4 glasses.
.Livin' Slim Water Tips:
- Drink water that is filtered to remove chlorine and harmful chemicals
- Avoid plastic containers, as these bottles have chemicals in which can leach into your water and disrupt your proper hormone function, which help with maintaining a proper weight.
- Drink in glass water bottles or glass canning jars
- Wait at least 15 minutes after eating any meal or snack before drinking water or any liquids. This will allow the natural digestive juices not to get diluted so they can do their best in helping with their role in the digestive process.
- Bring water with you to work and when traveling. Usually a trip to the store takes a good hour and that is too long to go without water.
- Drink water even when you're not thirsty. This is the first step in making sure you are not craving water, which means you have waited too long.
There are many charts and calculations on how much water you should be drinking, but in my opinion, they're all too complicated.
It really depends on what climate you live in, how many raw fruits and vegetables you're eating, what your activity level is and what your current weight is. These are all determining factors with how much water you should be drinking.
So if I were you, I would follow the tips above by saturating your blood, tissues, muscles, lungs and bones first thing in the morning. After that, increase your total daily water to 1 1/2 times the normal amount that you regularly drink. If you regularly drink 8 cups of water a day, try drinking 12 cups a day. Watch and observe the pains in your body decrease and see if it helps you lose those extra pounds! Drink away!
*If you have any kidney disease, it may be advisable to talk to your Dr. about increasing your water intake.