Everyone knows that water is good for you but most people do not realize that it is absolutely essential to one's well-being. The human body is made up of approximately 70 percent water. The body's supply of water is responsible for and involved in nearly every body process including digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. It is also the primary transporter of nutrients throughout the body. Water is necessary for all building functions in the body. Therefore, replacing the water that is lost continually through sweat and elimination is vital. The body cannot survive without water for longer than five days.
We take water for granted, and rarely drink enough. For proper functioning of the body it is essential to drink at least eight glasses of quality water each day. Tea, coffee, alcohol and manufactured beverages cannot replace water, because they stress and dehydrate the body. If you do not get enough water, you could be making yourself sick. In his book "Your Bodies Many Cries For Water, " by F. Batmanghelidj, MD., and Iranian physician, explains that chronic, unintentional dehydration is at the root of many of our more serious maladies, including asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, and lower back pain. Dr. Batmanghelidj argues that most of us are chronically dehydrated. Thirst is one of the last signals taht you are dehydrated. He advises that we discipline ourselves to drink water to avoid unnecessary health problems. According to the doctor, as we get older, our sense of thirst does not work properly.
(The following are Dr. Batmanghelidj's explanations of how a lack of water affects certain diseases.)
In asthma, histamine, which causes the bronchioles in our lungs to constrict, is the primary trigger for asthma. However, histamine release is also the body's primary mechanism of stopping water loss for your lungs.
Dr. Batmanghelidj, sites having cured over 3000 ulcer cases when he was in an Iranian prison. He lists causes that he used water to alleviate dyspeptic pain even after Tagamet or Zantac failed. In the stomach there is mucus that lines your stomach to protect it from the hydrochloric acid. This mucus is 95 percent water. In this mucous material, sodium bicarbonate neutralizes the acid before it reaches the stomach wall. If the body has too little water, this mucous barrier sloughs off, and the stomach acid eats away at the stomach cell. If water is added, it immediately goes into the stomach, restoring the mucous membranes.
Arthritis, is inflammation of the joints, and it is like hot spots in the body. Without adequate hydration around the joints, inflammation can occur. The lubricating material of the joint (synovial fluid) is almost all water. Cartilage also is very high in water content. Both require water for lubrication so that the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones glide smoothly on each other.
The very mechanisms that cause the body to elevate blood pressure - the hormone system on your kidneys that conserves sodium, the constriction of the arteries, the increased action of the sympathetic nervous system - are also those used to combat water loss.
The main reasons peole experience lower back pain is from strain, injury or overwork of the back muscles. The stressed cells need ample amounts of water to flush out the acid particles created by the increased work or stress. When there are liberal amounts of water in the body, the cells have no problem. If the body becomes dehydrated, as most people are, the cells become unable to rid themselves of these acid components. As a result, the cells make substances called Kinins, which are polypeptide hormones that remain dormant unless the water level drops too low or your salt level goes too high. Kinins purpose is to cause pain, a signal to the body to 1) stop using that section of the body or more severe damage will occur, and 2) consume water so the acid - clearing pumps can do their job. To alleviate arthritic or low - back conditions, drinking several glasses of water at one time will not work. If dehydration has been long term, as has the pain, then relief will occur only after the body has had and increased intake of water for several weeks.
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