Are You Dehydrated?

Are You Chronically Dehydrated

by Phillip Day – Investigative Journalist & Founder of “The Campaign For Truth In Medicine”
As Featured in Food Matters

“Chronic pains of the body which cannot easily be explained as injury or infection, should first and foremost be interpreted as signals of chronic water shortage in the area where the pain is registered. These pain signals should first be considered and excluded as primary indicators for dehydration of the body before any other complicated procedures are forced on the patient.” – Dr F Batmanghelidj

The human body is a bio-electrical water machine that requires a quart a day for every 50 lbs of body weight. The blood alone is made up of a large percentage of watery serum. The lymph fluids which transport waste and nutrients, comprising four times the volume of blood in the body, are made from the water we consume. Every cell that makes us who we are literally owes its life to an adequate supply of fresh, clean water.

When the body does not receive a constant, reliable supply of water, it has to ration what is available and cut back on certain functions to make the supply go round. Essential systems like the brain are prioritised, others are impaired or cut back until the brain has decided a reliable source of water has been garnered.

Here’s the rub. Most citizens have become chronically and dangerously dehydrated (especially the elderly), since we decided water was too bland to drink and ignored it in favour of tea, coffee, beer, wine, addictive sodas, flavoured water and other chemical-laced water alternatives. A disastrous and dangerous move for the body and society’s health in general, to be sure, compounded further since most doctors today cannot readily identify the many water-deficient diseases and associated pains. Thus the underlying dehydration process continues to wreak its havoc while the inevitable drugs given will switch off the warning signals (symptoms).

Consider the following conditions:
‘high cholesterol’,
high blood pressure,
heart disease,
cancer formation,
hot flushes and menstrual problems,
chronic fatigue syndrome,
lower back pain,
kidney stones,
skin disorders,
fungal/yeast overgrowth,
multiple sclerosis,
migraine headaches,
general aches and pains,
morning sickness,
heavy/burdensome periods,
dyspepsia and
peptic ulcers…
Are all of these conditions linked to a chronic state of dehydration?

World-renowned water expert Dr Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, in his latest bestseller, Water and Salt – Your Healers From Within, maintains that the above conditions are the body’s many cries for water, complaints dramatically improved with a consistent and long-term intake of the fresh, clean water. Dr Batman’s timely work has helped thousands quash long-term health problems effortlessly and inexpensively.

He writes: “The report of my having successfully treated with water more than three thousand people with symptoms and clinical signs of peptic ulcer disease was published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983. I came away from that experience with the understanding that the people I treated were thirsty, and I uncovered the phenomenon that ‘pain’ in the body indicates thirst, even though the condition is classified as a disease.” Water is used by the body for digestion, detoxifying cells, watering the lungs, lubricating joints, keeping the body alkalized and a host of cleaning duties.

Many warning signals (‘symptoms’) arise out of the body’s inability to neutralize or rid itself of acid, a common enough complaint given the number of antacids sold around the world each day.

‘I drink coffee, tea, diet sodas, beer and a host of other liquids. They contain water, don’t they?’

This is a common and dangerous misconception. Many of today’s designer drinks are diuretic in their effect (water-expelling) because their mostly acidic compositions require the body to give up water and alkalizing minerals to eliminate their harmful residues. Diet sodas especially are harmful in that they require large amounts of body-water to neutralize the phosphoric acid component (2.8 pH). Cells that started off healthy and ‘plum-like’ shrivel to prunes as water, the stuff of life, is progressively denied them. The sick in our hospitals are fed the sodas, tea and coffee they ask for in woeful ignorance of the damage wrought to the micro cell-world within them.

Batmanghelidj’s extraordinary work should rightly be considered by a mainstream medical community ever fixated on the drug cure. Below is a summary of body functions and that rely on an adequate intake of water:

Brain function:

The brain comprises 2% of the body’s total weight, yet receives 15-20% of the blood supply, mostly comprised of water. Dehydration will affect cognitive ability drastically, and, through histamine’s action, can create depressive states (many anti-depressant medications are anti-histamines).
Bone function:

Bones require plentiful supplies of water. 75% of the weight of the upper body, for instance, is supported by the water core contained within the fifth lumbar disc, the remaining 25% by muscle fibers around the spine.
Nerve function:

Microstreams exist along the length of nerves which transport nutrients and conduct energy along microtubules to the synapses to transmit messages. Dehydration disrupts proper nerve function, resulting in the sensation of pain.

Water, far from being an inert solvent, is intricately involved in the body’s water-dependent chemical reactions. Lack of water means incomplete or faulty metabolic processes, with obvious implications for continued health and well-being. Proteins and enzymes, for instance, do not function as well in acidic solutions of higher viscosity (stickiness) where the body is dehydrated.
Cellular energy:

As water is drawn through the cell membrane, its osmotic flow generates a voltage gradient which can be used in the manufacture of ATP and GTP energy. Dehydration will obviously affect the proper functioning of cells and even kill them.

This neurotransmitter plays a major role in activating systems which encourage water intake when dehydration is detected. Functions in the body which consume large quantities of water are cut back, namely the bronchial tubes constricted to cut down on water use in the lungs; increased peristalsis in the bowels to wring more water out of fecal material, and so on. Other signs of histamine’s activity, namely allergies, asthma, depression and chronic pains, are interpreted by the physician as ‘disease’ and treated with anti-histamines, pain-killers (analgesics), etc. Thus the signals of thirst are turned off and the dehydration state continues unabated.
Dyspepsia (heartburn/reflux):

Over time, this can lead to ulceration and even cancer. Dr Batmanghelidj recommends that these conditions – also gastritis and duodenitis – be treated with water alone as they are one of the body’s major thirst signals. Arrested in his native Iran by the Revolutionary Council during the troubles of the late 1970’s, Dr B was confined to Evin prison, Tehran, during which time he successfully treated with water alone over three thousand people complaining of dyspeptic pain and associated symptoms.

Requires plentiful supplies of water. The stomach relies on mucus lining the walls to shield it from the effects of the stomach’s hydrochloric acid. A bicarbonate solution is produced from the cells in the lining which neutralizes any acid attempting to break through the mucus. Water is needed to maintain this effective defense system. Too little water, and the mucus barrier is ineffectual, the acid will penetrate and will lead to pain. Ideally, water should be consumed half an hour before a meal, in time to anticipate the production of digestive acid from glands in the stomach wall.

Often located at the valve between the stomach and duodenum. Said to be caused by curved bacteria known as helicobacters. Yet many people have helicobacters in their small intestine, yet not all of them suffer from ulcers. Histamine-producing nerves are located at this site, which monitor the through-put of acidic food chyme from the stomach into the intestine. Histamine has growth-hormone effects on these micro-organisms, resulting in small intestine bacterial overgrowths (SIBOs). Once again, an adequate regime of water intake will allow all the functions relating to digestion to normalize. Prolonged water intake should therefore be considered before more drastic drug treatments are entered into.

Household Cleaners And Joint Pain

Toxicity and Joint Pain

Inflammation is the body’s response to toxicity. Poor food choices, smoke, alcohol, sodas, coffee, pesticides, household cleaning products, allergens, herbicides, and chemicals in your personal care products all contribute to toxic overload.

To reduce your exposure to toxins replace all chemical cleaners, air fresheners and personal care products with non-toxic natural ones. I personally use the Shaklee Get Clean line. I was diagnosed with seasonal asthma several years ago and since I switched out my household and laundry products I no longer have asthmatic symptoms.  They have saved me money as well. See the links below for more information.

Get Clean Products For a Healthy Home And a Healthier You

Real Dirt On Clean :




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L.Lee Coyne PH.D. writes about supplementation. He states that “suplementation is no longer an option if optimal health is the object. In fact, if you are not prepared to supplement your diet at some responsible level, I would question your desire to develop optimal health.”vitalizer

It has been estimated that fruit and vegetables lose up to 80% of their nutrients within 72 hours after harvesting.

We can no longer count on our food to give us all the nutrients we need.

L.Lee Coyne PH.D. goes on to say “If you are planning to use a generic brand, synthetic, cheap concoction, it won’t do you any good. Cheaper products that don’t work are not cheaper.”

(From his book “Fat Won’t make you Fat”)

Dr. Bruce Miller Certified Nutrition Specialist has this to say in “The Nutrition Guarantee”:

“The cost of illness in the United States, much of it nutritionally related, has increased by 500 percent in the last ten years and continues to skyrocket. Many claim that food supplements are too costly to take on a regular basis. Well consider these numbers. On any given day we spend $10.4 million on potato chips, $434 million on toys, $5.8 million on cat food, and $8.5 million on dog food, but we only spend $3.7 million on vitamins. Considering our priorities, surley we will decide that if we spend $30 million on candy for our children on one Halloween night, we can afford food supplements for ourselves and our families.

We talk too much about the cost of good nutrition and too little about the cost of bad nutrition. ”

See the about us page to find out what it has done for me.

Shaklee Soy Protein

Shaklee Soy Protein

Shaklee has known how to separate soy with cold water extraction since the early 1950’s. Dr. Shaklee was one of the earliest researchers in soy in the USA. The effects of soy was first measured in birds which showed they changed foliage and matured very young as well as slowing down the thyroid function.


After this observation they realized there was an anti-tyrosine property in raw soy beans. So Dr. Shaklee had to separate the protein from the raw soy bean and leave behind the enzymes that contained the anti-tyrosine substance.


Another problem is when you cook soy, in order to de-nature compounds like the anti-thyroid substance, then you begin to rearrange the amino acid substance in soy which then becomes a toxic substance. Two years ago, Vegetarian Times ran an article telling their customers not to eat soy products because they are poison.


Shaklee has known this for a long time. There is a process called a “Mallard” reaction – whenever you cook a food you de-nature it and make it into something different. That’s why the Chinese would take tofu, which is a water extract of soy curd, and cook it and eat it right away, before there was any time for degradation. There is no word in the Chinese language for hot flashes because they don’t cook things and store them to eat them later, especially soy,


Dr. Shaklee knew that, too. By using a cold water extraction technique, you get the very best of the soy and all of the positive things like the phyto-estrogens which inhibit breast cancer and prostate cancer in men. There are over 1500 studies showing the positive benefits of soy and only 12 to 20 negative studies showing that when you alter and de-nature soy you end up with junk.  Dr. Shaklee knew the difference.

Some people today don’t read the fine print to realize there is a difference in soy. The Veggie burger group and several other companies’ textured vegetable protein products produce cancer, we know that.


The difference in Shaklee is that they did the research long before people even started talking about this stuff.


Richard Brouse, M.A., D.C.

Read The Fine Print on Soy

Most soybean processors use Hexane as a solvent-a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans,(a cheap process they use to make most conventional soy oil and protein ingredients.) Whole soybeans are literally bathed in hexane to separate the soybeans’ oil from protein. The protein is then used to manufacture soy products, and the oils are sold as soy lecithin capsules, both of which are thoroughly contaminated with hexane.

Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxin (causing brain damage) and also a hazardous air pollutant. Hexane is also damaging to the glands of the body, and is one of the toxins that is very damaging to the thyroid gland.

Shaklee’s quality control standards on their soy are ‘better than certified organic’, and they never use hexane or chlorine, or any other form of toxin in the processing of their soy products.

Shaklee pioneered the natural health soy industry by making the  FIRST soy isolate products in North America in 1961 … and they have done it right, from the very beginning.

Clinical science has confirmed through extensive research the value of isoflavones (genistein, daidzein, glycitein)  isoflavones are classified as  anti-cancer nutrients, and  the soy bean is recognized in the food industry as containing the highest quantity of isoflavones in the food chain.

This is why many people, who understand quality issues, intentionally choose to include a serving of Shaklee Soy in their diet daily.

Shaklee Soy Lecithin capsules have NEVER been contaminated with hexane.




The Benefits of Vitamin D

There are several health benefits to vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency is believed to be linked to a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Taking vitamin D for arthritis can help reduce symptoms.
Research studies have revealed that low levels of Vitamin D can radiate chronic pain symptoms for those suffering from arthritis, whereas a sufficient level of Vitamin D can relieve arthritis pain and in some cases even eliminate the pain altogether. Vitamin D seems to stall the breakdown of cartilage. A simple blood test can evaluate the Vitamin D levels.
It is hard to get enough Vitamin D through sunlight. We need to be in direct sunlight without sunblock for 45 minutes a week to absorb the amount needed. Supplementing appears to be a safer way to achieve the desired amount.
There is a growing amount of research into depression and vitamin D. Arthritis sufferers have a high rate of depression and Vitamin D has shown some positive results to help alleviate depression.