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CHRONIC DEHYDRATIONPart 13: Water Is Your Life Preserver

The human body is an organism designed to thrive on water and minerals.

The human body is an organism designed to thrive on water and minerals.

Chronic long-term unintentional dehydration weakens cells so they don’t function well. Kidneys don’t filter sufficiently, the immune system declines, muscles cramp, brains cannot think clearly nor remember, and the list goes on to include every cell function in the body. This damage can be reversed; if not completely reversed, dehydration damage can be minimized.

Pancreas cells only last a year or so before they are replaced, skin cells die and are replaced after about five weeks, while stomach cells have a life span of two days. This process of cell replacement goes on continually for the entire life of the body. Some people postulate that every seven to ten years one has become practically a whole new person because most of the original cells have been replaced.

For almost 100 years, it has been biology’s mantra that brain cells do not regenerate. Science taught that we are born with a certain number of brain cells, and if some of them get damaged, then it is tough luck because there won’t be any replacements.

But now, Princeton University researchers have found new neuron formation in the cerebral cortex of adult monkeys. It is now believed that similar processes occur in humans, since both species have very similar brain structures.

Medical science also believed a damaged spinal cord meant a person would likely never walk again. In the 1990s, Reggie Edgerton, of the University of California at Los Angeles, used physical therapy to help spinal patients with partial damage regain voluntary control of their leg muscles. Researchers concluded, “exercise rebuilt the connection between the brain and spinal cord to awaken or even regrow the locomotive neural circuits” the injury had damaged.

Written into the DNA of every living cell is this drive to survive, reproduce and be healthy. It is because of constant cell replacement that bodies damaged by dehydration can become revitalized.

You can pump all the iron your arms can endure, run as far as your legs can carry you, be picky about the food you eat–and down all the vitamins you can stomach–but they can’t make you healthy if you lack sufficient water. Re-hydration is the best health regimen ever devised! Re-hydration is also the method for ensuring the health of those new cells.

The beauty of re-hydration is that it can be just about cost free, and there are no dire side effects connected with water. The desirable side effect of re-hydration is that you will be far less prone to develop diseases and therefore save yourself a great deal of money, pain and emotional turmoil. Plus you’ll feel much better, especially as your age advances.

All the body needs for a return from dehydration to wellness are the tools to do it. The human body is an organism designed to thrive on water and minerals. We call these minerals electrolytes and they are salt, potassium, calcium and magnesium—combined with water, they are the tools for re-hydration and wellness.

The “kind” of water is the subject of next month’s article. For now, the question is how much water?The rule of thumb is to divide your weight by two, which equals the number of water, in ounces, per day you need to stay hydrated. So, a 160-pound person divided by two equals 80 ounces, or 10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. If that 160-pound person is chronically dehydrated, that body will need those ten glasses plus two or more per day to begin the reversing process. (Chronic dehydration is easily indicated by dark yellow through orange to even brown urine. B Vitamins and some foods can make urine yellow, so go two days without them, and then check your color again. Some medications can also taint the color of urine.)

“But I hate water!” That’s your brain talking–your body loves it. To help you with that attitude, salt comes to the rescue. Once salt is in your system, you will actively crave water because your body must have it to balance the salt intake. If you begin feeling lots of hunger pangs, don’t be fooled–they are “water pangs,” and will be relieved only by drinking water.

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj recommends a ½ teaspoon of salt for each ten glasses of water. You’ll be drinking water throughout the day and you can divide the salt dosage also. Salt is necessary to keep some water in position around and between your cells. If you have a sudden weight gain one day or your skin seems thick with water, you’re probably retaining water from too much salt. Or it could be not enough potassium to move some of that water from around your cells and into them.

Be sure to check your blood pressure before beginning salt. If your numbers are greater than 120/80, you’ll need to drink your daily water quota for a week or more before adding salt gradually. Then check your pressure daily to be sure it is not adversely affected by the salt. Those with any serious health condition should check first with their doctor before beginning re-hydration.

If you’re the person keeping restaurants and food processors in business, chances are you’re overloaded with salt. A Burger King Country Pork Sandwich contains 3,310 mg of salt, when the U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 mg per day. So, you too would do well to only drink water for a week or two to flush out all that excess salt those ready-to-eat and processed foods contain. In the meantime, you could learn to cook your own food from scratch so you can control how much salt you’re eating. It doesn’t take much savvy to grill or fry a lean pork chop, boil water for pasta, and cut up an apple.

The type of salt you do eat is important. Table salt generally has its trace minerals removed during processing. However, most table salt lists “iodized” on the label, and iodine helps the thyroid regulate the water pumped throughout the body. On the other hand, sea salt contains up to 80 trace minerals. Even though these minerals may be in small amounts, they are necessary for a body dependent on minerals. To solve this dilemma, mix one part iodized table salt with one part sea salt for your dosages. The problem is completely solved by using 100 percent iodized sea salt.

Unfortunately, little research has been done on the body’s need for minerals during re-hydration so there are no guidelines for you to follow with them. Norms have been established based upon the “healthy” general population. But it is speculated that over 70 percent of the general population is dehydrated, so those are not healthy mineral norms! When planning to re-hydrate, you must assess your body often and follow the feedback it gives to arrive at daily dosage levels for you. After re-hydration, when your storehouses are once again replenished, you may need lower dosages of the minerals.

It is helpful to receive confirmation about the program of water and mineral intake you settle upon. And along the way you may want input about dosage adjustments. Dr. Clyde Porter, Reno chiropractor andkinesiologist, says kinesiology is a system of muscle testing to read the body’s requirements. It is widely used in sports to assess the condition of muscles and ligaments after injury.Dr. Porter adds that kinesiology can be carried a step further by asking the body if it needs a certain thing to heal, and getting a strong muscle response signifying a “yes” answer, or a weak muscle response meaning “no.” The body can then be asked about a certain dosage level and receive a yes or no answer through further muscle testing. Some chiropractors are adept with kinesiology and may be able to assist you with your re-hydration program.

While salt holds water around your cells, drawing water into your cells requires the mineral potassium. The gluconate supplement form seems to produce the best results. Children need 3,000 to 4,500 mg per day depending on age; adults require around 4,700 mg. Foods high in potassium are one cup of raisins with 1,300 mg, one avocado with 975 mg, eight ounces of plain nonfat yogurt has 579 mg, one banana has 422 mg. An overdose of potassium may result in a very acid stomach that no antacid can relieve. The counterpart to potassium is salt, so try 1/16 teaspoon of salt for potassium acid relief. Then lower your potassium dosages because your body’s reserves of it are getting filled.

The mineral calcium also helps get water into your cells. Some report that the mineral boron makes calcium metabolize better. Adults generally require 1,000 mg of calcium per day, but post-menopausal women need more like 1,200 mg to safeguard their bones. Calcium is found in many foods such as dairy and spinach.

Magnesium is the fourth electrolyte and it helps calcium do a more efficient job. Its Recommended Daily Allowance for adult males is 420 mg and 320 mg for women. Dr. Oz says around 78 percent of American adults are deficient in it. One cup of kidney beans has 70 mg; one cup of black beans has 120 mg; two whole wheat bread slices have 46 mg; one cup of lentils has 72 mg. Too much magnesium usually results in loose bowels (milk of magnesia has long been used to loosen constipation).

Sometimes you may need other minerals during re-hydration. Zinc helps the electrolytes be more effective and men lose it readily through sperm. As noted before, iodine may be necessary for the thyroid gland to direct the water to its destinations. Dr. Michael Gerber, MD, HMD, maintains that the TSH AND T4 thyroid tests are not reliable, but that the signs, such as high cholesterol, are better indicators of low thyroid, and supplementation may be called for.

So enjoy water. Make it a joyful part of your daily routine. Drink it as though your life depended on it.

If you have had success curing or relieving disease through re-hydration, please contact JeanAnn at (775) 828-7194.


2.Berg, Nate, “Standing Promise,” Discovery Magazine, June 2013.
9. Gerber, Michael, “Chronic Fatigue? It Could Be Your Thyroid,” Healthy Beginnings Magazine, July 2013.
10. Porter, Clyde. Doctor of Chiropractic, Kinesiologist.
11. F. Batmanghelidj, Obesity, Cancer, Depression, Global Health Solutions, Inc. 2005.

JeanAnn is a free-lance writer for health and metaphysics. Heal Yourself for Real plus three more e-books are available and Barnes& She also does handwriting analysis and numerology. JeanAnn’s e-mail is

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