Our Daily Water Needs
Water makes up about 60% of a man's body weight and about 55% for a woman. (1)
"It is water that energizes and activates the solid matter (of the body).
If you don’t take enough water, some functions of the body
will suffer." Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, MD
How much water you need to consume is determined by your body weight. See chart .
The more you weigh the more your body needs to consume water. This is nothing more than common sense.
When considering your water consumption, ponder this:
"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
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
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Signs of overt dehydration include:
thirst dry mouth dry tongue fatigue dark urine
reduced urine dry skin loose skin wrinkled skin rapid pulse
rapid pulse rapid breath muscle cramps muscle weakness sunken eyes
light headed rapid heart beat confusion loss of consciousness
dark rings under eyes tented skin on pinch test (see below)
fever irritability sleepiness cracked lips sunken abdomen
sunken cheeks sunken fontanels sunken cheeks dark rings under eyes
fewer wet diapers (especially if none for more than 3 hours)
no tears on crying dry mouth dry tongue tented skin on pinch test (see below)
Causes of Dehydration
The most obvious cause is not drinking enough water. This is linked with lots of exercise, hot weather,
ingesting substances that cause water loss. These include, coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate and foods that
The most accurate way of measuring the amount of water that makes up a person, is to perform a Bio-
Impedance Test (BIA).
The other way is to do the "pinch test". See "dehydration test" below
It is important for a number of the body's functions. One that is rarely spoken about is the functional integrity of
the spine's discs.
Discs need Water
The cartilage pads that are between the spinal bones are made up of hydrated fibrous cartilage protein.
Loading the discs over time causes water to be lost from the discs.
How do you load the discs? This is done by standing, sitting, walking and generally living life.
There is greater pressure (load) applied to the lumbar discs during sitting than standing. More load is present
when standing than lying down. The longer the load is applied, the greater is the loss of fluid from the discs.
This is why you will lose some height in the afternoon as compared to the morning height measurement. The
water loss is not even. In the lumbar spine, water is lost more from the back of the disc due to the greater
pressure being conducted down the inside of the sway part of the curve, the part closest to the spinal cord and
the nerve roots where they exit from the spine, than anywhere else. The amount of the loss there is as much
as 30%. (2) This is right where you don't want to lose it.
The more compressed the disc due to the loss of water means it is so much easier for the following to happen:
1) The spine can more easily misalign.
2) The disc is more vulnerable to damage.
3) Nerves are more likely to be irr
4) Nerve irritation can cause alterations in control and co-ordination or the body's functions.
5) Pain and or muscle spasms may result.
6) The joint starts or continues to degenerate as long as there is altered mechanical alignment
or if the joint is stuck. This accelerates all of the above processes.
Walking seems to pump fluid back into discs and is highly recommended.
(see Disc Bulge information)
But none of this can happen if you are dehydrated.
To ensure that at least you ingest the right amount of water each day, weigh yourself and check to see how
much water you should aim to consume daily.
Pinch the skin on the back of the hand. Hold the pinch for 15 to 20 seconds. When you let go, look at the skin
that you were pinching. (3)
Normal hydration: Skin immediately the skin flattens out.
Dehydrated: Skin remains tented for a time and only slowly resumes a flattened state.
Salt is needed by the body to maintain the correct osmotic pressure within cells and tissues. Without it we tend
to lose minerals and also to absorb a lot less water. We benefit from adding a quarter of a teaspoon of
unprocessed "Sea Salt" to each full litre of water. It is often easier to make up a full litre and dispense the water
and salt combination rather than measure out each glass of water.
There is much more to Water
Because of the configuration of the bonds between the oxygen atom and the two hydrogen atoms, it allows
water especially in the liquid state to adopt multiple shapes and arrangements between water molecules. This
multi spatial arrangement of interacting molecules seems to cause the water to be able to carry an energy in-
This can be seen in the beautiful changes to ice crystals that have been made by exposing the liquid water to
varying influences. See: http://www.life-enthusiast.com/twilight/research_emoto.htm
It is this ability of water to hold a memory or energy impressions called "Hado" that enable water to hold the
energies of homoeopathic remedies. Go to the HOMOEOPATHY PAGE
"Hado is the intrinsic vibration pattern at the atomic level in all
matter, the smallest unit of energy.
Its basis is the energy of human consciousness." (4)
A field of magnetic resonance is always present wherever Hado exists
(Hado is the specific vibrating wave generated by the electrons
orbiting the nucleus of an atom). Therefore, it is not wrong to
interpret Hado as the magnetic resonance field itself.
This magnetic resonance field is one type of electromagnetic wave.
Researcher Dr Masaru Emoto,
Head of the Hado institute, Tokyo
Loosely interpreted Hado is very similar in idea to D.D. Palmer's "Innate Intelligence". The intelligence we're
talking about is the "knowledge" that every living entity is born with, and which allows it to adapt to the
environment in order to survive. (more....)
(2) "Effect of sustained loading on the water content of inter vertebral discs: implications for disc
metabolism", Mc Millan DW et al. Ann Rheum Dis 1996;55:880-887