When thinking about osteoporosis, your bones and your health, water plays an essential role. It is vital that you drink water consciously and stay hydrated – for the rest of your life. Osteoporotic bones have been described in many ways, one of them is dry bones.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, in his book The bodies many cries for water talks about the role that dehydration plays in promoting dis-ease in the body. His message is that water is essential to good health.
Our bodies need water to bring in the good stuff and to flush the nasties out. When stressed and toxic the body doesn’t hydrate properly, things start to go wrong, and the cells which are the building blocks of a human essentially start to malfunction. You may already be suffering the side effects of not drinking water properly and are dehydrated but are not aware.
Many people tell me that they are drinking enough water or that they have enough fluid, but the truth is that they are not and their bodies tell the story.
I had thought that I was hydrated because I drank lots of water, but when I got my diagnosis and looked honestly at how much I was drinking and how I was drinking it, I got a big surprise. What followed was that as I reestablished a good water habit, I felt worse and very thirsty. I could not seem to quench my thirst. It took four months before I felt that I got it under control. For some people, it can take a lot longer.
The good news is that lots of us (like I was) are drinking at least 2-3 litres of water a day. The bad news is that we might be not drinking it in the right way. And it is very easy to get out of the habit.
Meet Clarissa Cell. She’s a rather demanding woman. Clarissa loves to be hydrated as it gives her energy to do the things that she enjoys. One of her best friends is Walter Water. He transports her friends, among them Harry Hydrogen and Ollie Oxygen over to supply her with energy and nutrients. Walter also helps her to keep her shape, maintain hydration and her temperature balanced. Then when the waste needs taking away Walter is on hand to support that task too.
When Clarissa gets dehydrated, that is, she is starved for example of Ollie oxygen, she gets a bit naffed off and demonstrates some pretty toxic behaviour. Try holding your breath for a few minutes if you can, how ill does that make you feel? Now think about how poor Clarissa feels when she is being throttled.
Clarissa’s external environment needs to be alkaline and Walter also knows how to support Clarissa so that this balance is maintained.
One of Clarissa best leadership functions is to form tight friendships with her other cellmates. Together they make up the tissues and organs of the body. When they collaborate to form these unions, Walter is never far away and being the great guy that he is; he can be found in various quantities hanging around with Clarissa’s communities making sure they are functioning well.
Because Clarissa is a bit of a dominatrix, she likes to keep Walter manacled and bound to her communities. Her reasoning is that when her communities are wet, juicy and full of energy, her human is happy.
Her most demanding community member is Bertie Brain. When Bertie is dehydrated, he screams like a baby, demanding to be fed. Unfortunately, Bertie’s cries get mistaken for hunger and Clarissa’s human often reaches for food and overloads her system. All that Bertie wants is Walter water and Gaby glucose, and he’d be a contented brain.
When Clarissa is on her best form and keeping Walter bound to her communities, she demands that other free water is found to keep the wheels of the rest of her human turning.
It’s no wonder that Walter is such a special guy, he makes up about 60% to 70% of the average human body. She being the healthy girl that she is she rather likes her human to have a more muscular body so that it can provide more support to her skeleton. Simply because it means there is more of Walter around, whereas a fat body contains less water and that does not make Walter or Clarissa happy.
The cells of the body are like sponges, which have to be wet to hold water. When a sponge is dry, the water falls off it. Another way to look at how water acts on dehydrated parts is to consider a dry river bed. Where I live, it is very dry, and there’s not a lot of rainfall. When it does rain, it comes down in a torrent. Because the river beds aka ramblas are hard and dry, the water cannot be absorbed and it sits on top of the hard crust. Had the river bed been hydrated when the rains came then the water would be absorbed.
It’s, therefore, important to not just pour water in and hope that it will hydrate your cells. You have to take your time and introduce your new drinking regime so that the water does not flow straight out of you. What you notice is that when you are dehydrated and start drinking water, you will need to wee more often. As you become hydrated this need to rush to the toilet will diminish.
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Before you read any further, consider if you have noticed any of the following:-
Focus on your mouth, how does it feel? Take a drink of water, hold it in your mouth and tell me how that feels. When you swallow it, notice how the water flows around your body, how does your body feel? Chances are your body is crying out for more water. When ou drink it imagine it hydrating your bones.
Getting hydrated takes time. What I notice is that:-
Note: If you have long-standing illnesses/dis-ease check with your doctor before filling yourself up with water. Just because water is essential it doesn’t mean you can overload. Please proceed with caution. If in doubt check with your doctor at all times.