Water is by far the cheapest medication on the planet. When people take their pills with a glass of water, some people think it’s the water that cures and not the drugs. If you suffer from allergies, did you know that drinking more water can help by diluting the histamines in your blood? If you suffer from asthma, did you know that drinking more water and adding sea salt to your diet can improve or eliminate the symptoms?
As most of your body is made up of water – even your lungs and bones have a high percentage of it and three quarters of your brain is water – it seems to be common sense that if you don’t drink enough of it, you won’t feel great. Water is the only essential fluid and a few days without it, you would die but people don’t take it very seriously.
Water cushions your brain, lubricates your joints, transports nutrients and oxygen in the blood and is involved in every process in the body.
Mild dehydration adversely affects mood, concentration and productivity. If you have aches and pains, you feel them more acutely if you are dehydrated. The problem is that most people have no idea if they are dehydrated or not because the thirst response is so weak.
If children constantly drink sweet and fizzy soda or fruit juice, their thirst response may not develop and researchers have discovered that the thirst response tends to get weaker as we age and in the elderly can be non-existent.
Signs of dehydration other than thirst:
- Dry skin
- Fuzzy thinking
- Dark urine
- Urinating less than 6-7 times a day
- Pains (joint, back, muscle)
Many common diseases are caused by or exacerbated by a lack of hydration. Maybe the simple solution to whatever ails you is to drink more water!