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Hydration: A NEW PARADIGM - Part 1
By Paul Harris, Ph.D.


A common denominator in all living things is the need for water. Building the molecules of life is only possible when their components are dissolved in water. Adequate water intake and utilization is indispensable to all micro-organisms, plants, and animals. The human body is composed of 25 percent solid matter, and 75 percent water.


The Three Stages of Water Regulation
The Multiple Role of Water
Dyspeptic Pain and Water
Low Back Pain & Water Uptake
Dehydration and Compensation Mechanisms
The Sleeper Phenomenon
How to Use Hydrate 1

Water is essential to life, and is a key to the rate of aging, immunity, and all biochemical processes that occur in biological systems; especially the brain which consists of about 85 percent water. Water makes life possible because it has unique physical, and chemical properties.

Most people are unaware of what happens to the body if it is not adequately hydrated. Whole metabolic systems are disturbed, often severely by dehydration.

Some signs of dehydration are bloating or abdominal discomfort that occurs after drinking water, dry mouth or difficulty forming saliva-disinclination to drink water because of the taste…sometimes not drinking water, but obtaining water from coffee, tea, fruit drinks or manufactured beverages. Other symptoms include insatiable thirst…craving and eating sweets followed by drinking a lot of fluids; lack of elasticity in skin and water retention. Unfortunately, many of these beverages accelerate water loss rather than increase hydration.

Dr. Batmanghelidj, a medical researcher, presents a new paradigm regarding the function and role of water in human biochemistry. Scientists have assumed that the solute composition is the governing factor of all biological functions of the body. Water is considered as only a solvent…a space filler, and means of material transport in the body. Science considers the human body as a huge "test tube" with a myriad of solids, and the water in the body as chemically irrelevant "packing material."

It is my belief, and the belief of Dr. Batmanghelidj, that the water (solvent content) of the body indeed governs the activity of all the solutes, and directs all functions of the body. When the water metabolism of the body becomes disturbed, various systems or signals appear. This indicates a "system" disturbance associated with water regulation. In consideration of this view, the importance of water intake has indeed been established. If there is an excessive production or over activity of the regulating neurotransmitter systems (histamine and its subordinate agents), one could assume that initially they are becoming involved in the regulatory action of water management (rationing) of the body. It is erroneous to block their action by pharmaceutical intervention; achieving optimum levels of hydration should satisfy their purpose.

Water regulates all functions of the body, including the activity of all the solutes that are dissolved in it. The bonds that hold hydrogen and oxygen atoms together, permit water to be fluid at the environmental temperatures compatible with life. Water forms the aqueous medium that delivers nutrients to the cells. Water also dissolves them from the cells. Long term health maintenance can only be achieved through efficient hydration.

REFERENCES

  • Batmanghelidj, MD., Your Body's Many Cries for Water (Falls Church, VA) Global Health Solutions, Inc. 1994
  • Glynn Braddy, "The Sleeper Phenomenon: A New Perspective on Survival," IFA News Sheet . Vol. I Sept. '90
  • Robert H. William's Textbook of Endocrinology, W.B. Saunders Company 1974 (Philadelphia/London/Toronto). Robert H. William's MD.

The Three Stages of Water Regulation
The Multiple Role of Water
Dyspeptic Pain and Water
Low Back Pain & Water Uptake
Dehydration and Compensation Mechanisms
The Sleeper Phenomenon
How to Use Hydrate 1

 


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