HEALTH TIP: Drinking enough water is probably the easiest way to prevent disease, yet it’s something that most people neglect. Blood, muscles, lungs, and brain all contain water. As a matter of fact, our bodies are approximately 70% water, which assists in digestion, absorption, circulation, and creation of saliva. We also need water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to your organs and tissues. Water also helps transport oxygen to your cells and removes waste.
And you can help wash away pain injuries with water! Whether it’s your feet, your knees, your elbows, or your shoulders that are throbbing, you can “kick-start” your recovery in one week just by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. That’s ½ gallon of water. Why? Experts say water dilutes, and then helps flush out, histamine (a pain-triggering compound produced by injured tissues). In addition, water is a key building block of the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones, your joints’ lubricating fluid, and the soft discs in your spine. When these tissues are well-hydrated, they can move and glide over each other without causing pain.
Physicians rarely promote the curative properties of water, but the late Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (aka “Dr. Batman”) studied water’s effect on the human body and found it to be one of the best pain relievers and preventative therapies. Dr. Batman was born in Iran in 1931, and he practiced medicine in the UK before returning to Iran where he played a key role in the development of hospitals and medical centers. When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, Dr. Batman was placed in the infamous Evin Prison as a political prisoner for thirty-one months. It was there he discovered the healing powers of water.
One night, Dr. Batman had to treat a fellow prisoner with crippling peptic ulcer pain. With no medications at his disposal, Dr. Batman gave him two glasses of water. Within several minutes, his pain completely disappeared. He was instructed to drink two glasses of water every three hours and became absolutely pain free for his four remaining months in the prison. While in prison, Dr. Batman successfully treated over 3,000 fellow prisoners suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease with water alone.
On his release from prison in 1982, Dr. Batman escaped from Iran and came to America. He wrote his ground-breaking book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” in 1992, which has been translated into 15 languages and continues to inspire readers worldwide. Dr. Batman’s message to the world was, “You are not sick, you are thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.”
As a guideline, you need 1/2 ounce of water per pound per day. Example: a 200 pound person needs 100 ounces per day. But beware – during rigorous exercise, you sweat out many vital minerals (not just sodium and potassium) so be sure to add a high quality vitamin/mineral supplement to replace what you excrete in your sweat.