How appropriate of a title is this? Each and every one of us gets so involved in what we do on a regular basis that we often forget the basics. Even those of us "who know better" can forget something as simple as drinking water.
This book accounts for years of study on this subject. "Dr. Batman", as he is called, is an expert in this field and highly respected by not only alternative health doctors and practitioners, but the western medical field as well.
How much water should you drink? OK, it really is true that a person needs at least 6-8 (8 oz) glasses a day. However, a more accurate way to calculate is a 1/2 ounce of water for every pound of body weight. If you weigh 200 pounds, that would mean you need 100 ounces per day. Coffee, tea, juice, "energy drinks", "vitamin water", etc. does not count! Many of the beverages people consume dehydrate the body (especially coffee, black teas and alcohol!)
In reality, in according to Dr. Batman, the body needs 4 quarts of water a day for its' proccesses. Yet, we only need to drink 2-2 1/2 quarts. The other 1 1/2 - 2 quarts of water comes from the breakdown of the foods we eat, which breaks down (metabolizes) into carbon dioxide and .... water!
The other piece of the puzzle is sea salt. This does not mean "table salt", Morton salt, iodized salt - this means sea salt that contains minerals that the body needs. The amount of sea salt to take per day does vary but a general recommendation is 1/2 teaspoon every day. When you sweat, or are in a hot climate, you will need more. (An excellent and readily available sea salt is "Real Salt" Sea Salt. The company that makes this is Redmonds, from Redmond, Utah. Redmonds Real Salt. This company also has excellent seasonings such as This can be found at our office, Whole Foods, Jimbos or any health food store in your area.)
For those of you "on the path of alternative health", when you are feeling tired, have a slight headache, or if you "just don't feel right" - take some water and sea salt. You'd be surprised how helpful this can be on a daily basis!
"Dehydration can cause disease."
There is no substitute for water. One mistake people make is thinking that other liquids, beverages can replace water. They have water in them, so why can't that be part of my water intake? Dr. Batman talks about how western medicine often silences the body's signals for thirst by giving the patient chemical products (drugs, etc.) to take away the symptoms. (The book has MANY testimonials describing these types of situations.)
If you are out of the habit of drinking enough water and you want to improve your health, here is a suggestion. At the beginning of your day, measure your 2 quarts of water. Visualize it. Pour it from the measuring glass, into your water bottles to take on the road, or have it where you will see it at home. Yes, you will still drink your other beverages, but this way, you can easily remember to drink a proper amount of water!
The human body is 25% solid and 75% water. The brain tissue is comprised of 85% water. Water is a solvent and is necessary to carry all of the solids that the body uses. The body has a very complex "rationing" system regarding water. You should never wait until you are actually "thirsty" to drink water. You need to stay hydrated throughout the day, and more so when you are exercising. By the time you have that "dry mouth" sensation, you are already past the point and you are dehydrated. Of course, losing consciousness, is definitely "past the point of no return". (At this moment, I can think of 2 people I know that have this knowledge of "drinking water", but actually lost consciousness because they "just forgot".)
The book discusses the role that dehydration plays in "common diseases" and how the western medical community, in the past, has overlooked the simple solution of hydration to assist and/or alliviate these issues. Some of the diseases cited by Dr. Batman are: Dyspeptic Pain ("heartburn"), Colitis Pain, Haitus Hernia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Anginal Pain and Headaches. The book has many powerful testimonials from patients and doctors alike. We have this book available at our office or it can purchased at this web site. Water Cure.
NOTE: If you suffer from asthma or allergies at all, Dr. Batmanghelidj has a book called "Asthma, Allergies and Lupus". This book is highly recommended by Dr. Specht. "ABC of Asthma, Allergies & Lupus".