By now most of us know that our bodies consist mainly of water and that we need to drink water regularly in order to remain hydrated. We may even know that ensuring that the balance of bodily fluids is maintained is crucial to our good health, but I wonder how many of us actually understand just how crucial it is.
According to various health experts, including Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D., who goes by the name of “Dr B”, merely increasing one’s daily water intake can work wonders for your health. They believe that drinking water is the answer to virtually all disease and that the reason that this information is not being broadcast via medical schools or health-maintenance organisations, is because there would be no money in it for them.
While Dr B’s beliefs may sound a bit far-stretched, there are many research studies that have proved that a shortage of drinking water leads to dehydration and that chronic dehydration can lead to various diseases including:
- Allergies occur when antibody production is inhibited during dehydration; the diminished antibody supply is inadequate to deal with foreign agents such as pollen;
- Asthma is often a crisis response to chronic dehydration; dehydration results in histamine kicking up production, which results in the air sacs in the lungs constricting in an effort to conserve air and the production of thick mucus that partially plugs the bronchioles.
- Arthritis occurs as a result of the cartilage protecting and padding the joints drying out;
- Cerebral Oedema or swelling of the brain can occur when hydrating too quickly after dehydration;
- Chronic Pain may be a warning of dehydration in a specific area, manifesting as joint pain, migraine headache, back pain, and several other pains;
- Depression occurs as a result of insufficient levels of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, must be able to reach the brain in order to be converted to serotonin; dehydration stops this from happening;
- Kidney Failure occurs when your kidneys are unable to remove excess fluids and waste from your blood due to dehydration;
- Seizures occur when there are too few electrolytes in your body due to dehydration; they help carry electrical signals from cell to cell, and if they are out of balance, messages become confused and can result in involuntary muscle contractions and often a loss of consciousness;
Other diseases that can be ascribed to a lack of water in the body include Diabetes, Autoimmune Dysfunctions, Osteoporosis, Heart Problems, and even Cancer, so make sure you drink water regularly.