Water is probably the most important topic. Without food, most human will die in a month. Without water, we’re dead in less than ten days. Water makes up over 70% of the body, around 90% of the blood, and about 85% of the brain. The problem with most of us is that we have been sold a bill of goods- when you’re thirsty, drink a soda, or the latest “sports drink” (choke full of sugar, by the way). Americans drink coffee and sodas and beer and anything else we’ve been conditioned to buy, but most of us forget to drink enough water.
Many people drink distilled or osmotic water, but in my opinion, this is dead water. Yes, most of the toxic chemicals have been removed, but also missing are the alkaline minerals and oxygen… especially in the case of distilled water, since it is “acidic.” My family drinks tap water that has been filtered with our big propur water filter (infowars.com), which filters out lead, arsenic, chlorine, fluoride, etc. All that remains is pure water. We used to drink bottled water, but the plastic leaching was a concern to us, so we switched to filtered water.
If you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated. A dry mouth should be regarded as the last outward sign of dehydration. That’s because thirst does not develop until body fluids are depleted well below levels required for optimal functioning. Some statistics show that as much as 90% of us are walking around in a chronic state of dehydration. One way to tell if you’re dehydrated is to check the color of the urine. If it’s dark all the time, you’re probably dehydrated.
Physicians rarely promote the curative properties of water, but the late Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (aka “Dr. Batman”) studied water’s effect on the human body and found it to be one of the best pain relievers and preventative therapies. His pioneering work shows that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration (UCD) contributes and even produces pain and many degenerative diseases which can be prevented and treated by increasing water intake.
Dr. Batman was born in Iran in 1931, and he practiced medicine in the UK before returning to Iran where he played a key role in the development of hospitals and medical centers. When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, Dr. Batman was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for thirty-one months. It was there he discovered the healing powers of water. One night, Dr. Batman had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr. Batman gave him two glasses of water. Within several minutes, his pain completely disappeared. He was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and became absolutely pain free for his four remaining months in the prison. While in prison, Dr. Batman successfully treated over 3,000 fellow prisoners suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease with water alone.
While in prison he conducted extensive research into the medicinal effects of water in preventing and relieving many painful degenerative diseases. Evin Prison proved an ideal “stress laboratory,” and despite his being offered an earlier release, Dr. Batman chose to stay an extra four months in prison to complete his research into the relationship of dehydration and bleeding peptic ulcer disease. The report of his findings was published as the editorial of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983.
On his release from prison in 1982, Dr. Batman escaped from Iran and came to America. He wrote his ground breaking book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water in 1992, which has been translated into 15 languages and continues to inspire readers worldwide. In his book, he stated that a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. The body signals its water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration actually produces pain and numerous degenerative diseases, including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, angina, adult-onset diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Batman’s message to the world was, “You are not sick, you are thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”