“Water is the driving force of all nature” -Leonardo DaVinci
Part 1 of 2 by Kathleen Richardson
The importance of drinking water is something that most of us have heard in some form or another over the years. But I don’t think we truly understand how important water is for our physical and mental health. Water is the most important resource in the world. Water is the most basic and effective natural medicine there is. No other liquid can sustain your body like water. It is the body’s most essential nutrient. The human body can go about three weeks without food (or longer) but cannot survive no more than three days without water. The human body is comprised of about 75% water. Nearly 80% of the human brain is water and 83% of blood is water. The biggest issue with most of us is that we are simply dehydrated. The body is being depleted and deprived of its most needed nutrient. Water is life and there is no life without water. In this article we will discuss how the body uses water and what happens to the body when it is deprived of water.
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD wrote a very insightful book called, You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty: Water for Health, for Healing, for Life. He provides a wonderful list providing 46 reasons your body needs water. I will list 10 reasons from his list:
1.Without water, nothing lives.
2.Water is the main source of energy-it is the “cash flow” of the body.
3.Water prevents DNA damage and makes its repair mechanisms more efficient-less abnormal DNA is made.
4.Water clears toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
5.Water is the best lubricating laxative and prevents constipation.
6.Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and brain.
7.Water gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions, most particularly thinking.
8.Water is a better pick-me-up than any other beverage in the world-and it has no side effects.
9.Water integrates the mind and body functions. It increases ability to realize goals and purpose
10.Water is absolutely vital for making the immune system more efficient in different regions to fight infections and cancer cells where they are formed.
In addition to what Dr. F. Batmanghelidj has listed, water helps to keep the skin soft, supple and moisturized. Water promotes healthy weight management and weight loss. It helps you to stay full. Water also helps to regulate your body temperature and pr vent cramps and sprains. As you can see,water truly is life.
When you haven’t had enough water, your body begins to suffer. The beginning signs of dehydration are the following:
•Feeling tired, irritable or anxious
• Feeling dizzy
•Dry mouth, lips and eyes
If the body is consistently deprived of water, it leads to chronic and persistent dehydration and the following can occur:
•Type 2 diabetes
•Lower back pain
• Organ and tissue damage
The primary key to health is to simply drink water because there is no life without water. In Part 2 of the “Water is Life” series, we will discuss how much water one needs to consume, how to drink water and what type of water is best. W.H Auden said, “thousands have lived without love, not one without water”.
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Kathleen, “The Nutritional Truth Teller” is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, and a Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator. She is the owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, whose sole mission is to optimize the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community through African Holistic Health. She carries with her the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the medicine men, women, healers and warriors she lovingly calls her ancestors.