Nature’s Number 1 Medicine

If there is one thing I have learnt in the recent years it is that the answer is usually simple and already at your fingertips, you just need to change your perspective slightly to see it. When it comes to improving our health and overall longevity, one of the answers is incredibly simple and couldn’t be any easier to obtain and that is the role water plays in our bodies and for our health.

Nature intends for everything to FLOW. And water is the carrier that enables most of these ‘transactions’ to take place: whether it be a ship transporting goods or sewage exiting our homes, or nutrients entering and exiting our cells to fuel and cleanse them. After all, water covers over 70% of the earth’s surface and is the basis for all life on earth.

"Now I am not saying that every dis-ease can simply be cured with water, but I am saying it’s the best start"

Our bodies are made of trillions of cells which are all roughly 75% water; your blood that transports nutrients and waste is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that controls your every move is over 80% water; and even your bones are 25% water. Who would have thought!?!

Thus, nature intends a constant FLOW between cells enabling every body function you can think of: to regulate our body temperature, to transport nutrients in and out of cells, to aid digestion, to lubricate our joints, to cleanse the body of toxins and waste products… the list goes on and on. When our bodies are deprived of water, our cells will start to go more rigid and hard, the flow is drying up like a dried up river bed in the mountains in summer and the communication and provision between the cells becomes less and less successful.

That is the time when symptoms appear. Our bodies are inherently intelligent and communicate to us that we are doing something to them that is not sustaining them in the way they need to be sustained, thus manoeuvring the body outside of its ideal operational range set by nature (called homeostasis). These symptoms could be anything, from pain to eczema on your skin, from a headache to aching joints. In his book “The body’s many cries for water” Dr. F. Batmanghelidj discusses how pain signals are an indication for chronic water shortage in our bodies. He shows with examples from his medical practice how one can help themselves improve by drinking more water and therefore answering nature’s call for this life-sustaining, vital substance. His message to us all is "You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication.".

Now I can personally relate to that as years ago when my youngest child was just a toddler and him and I were home alone, I experienced what I can only describe as excruciating pain in my lower abdomen which left me curled up on the upstairs landing, hardly able to move. When I was considering my next move the options were calling my husband at work (but he was hundreds of miles away), calling an ambulance, or helping myself. In that moment and as a budding student of nutritional healing at the time, I remembered Dr. Batmanghelidj’s words and I managed to get myself 2 pints of water which I drank in one go. I then ran myself a hot bath because I could feel the heat would ease the pain and kept drinking more water whilst my son was sitting on the bathroom floor playing with whatever was there.

It was not a pleasant sight and it took about two hours but my body started to relax. No pain killers, no ambulance and no frantic phone call to my husband that would have just worried him sick for the rest of the day. This personal experience cemented the trust in my own body, in that it is intelligent and is telling me what it needs if I just care to listen and support it in the way it needs to thrive.

Now I am not saying that every dis-ease can simply be cured with water, but I am saying it’s the best start for greater health for us all to appreciate the importance of water to our health and increase our intake of it. We want to aim to awaken our ‘natural thirst’ which gets suppressed by not drinking anything at all or drinking too many diuretics including coffee, black tea, caffeinated drinks, pop sodas and alcohol which pull water from our body when being processed, hence the name 'diuretic (they make you wee more and therefore loose more water). This reduces the water household in our bodies and consequently makes our ‘inner flow’ more and more sluggish. Now imagine someone’s body that never drinks anything other than tea or coffee pulling water from the body every day!?! Rather not ideal in the aim of great health.

In order to create greater health, we want to stimulate and support our natural ‘inner flow’ by providing our body with the water that it needs on a daily basis. After all, we lose about 2 litres of water each day simply through breathing, urinating, defecating and sweating. This all needs to be replaced on a daily basis via drinking water and eating swollen, water rich foods such as water rich fruits and vegetables or soaked grains and pseudograins. But more about those another time.

Tip: Drinking water is best done AWAY from your meals, at least 30 minutes before or after.

To get the best results out of increasing your water intake you want to aim to drink clean, still and filtered water at body temperature (which allows the body to assimilate it easily without having to spend lots of energy on adjusting its temperature to the required body temperature - up or down). Drinking tap water is better than drinking no water, however it comes with added chemicals like chlorine, heavy metals and possibly bacterial impurities that will pose a burden to your body as the body will have to cleanse them out via the liver, our greatest cleansing organ. Truth is, most livers nowadays are overworked and overburdened already (otherwise we’d see no symptoms in people and they’d all be super healthy), so giving them an additional workload will cause more stress in your body which will lead to more symptoms and more dehydration - a cycle we really need to break if we are in search for greater health and longevity.

Drinking water is best done AWAY from your meals, at least 30 minutes before or after in order to allow the digestive enzymes to do their job properly instead of being diluted and washed out with a whole lot of liquid leaving your body to deal with partially digested food and another burden to cope with. I suggest a routine of drinking 1 pint of water first thing upon waking up, then between your meals morning and afternoon, and again another pint before you go to bed. This amounts to about 2 litres of water and needs to be adjusted depending on your natural thirst and your level of exercise on the day.

So today, I invite you to consider and appreciate this much overlooked ‘medicine’ that Mother Nature has provided us with and incorporate it into our daily routine. It’s the best starting point for your journey to greater health and longevity.

Love Kristin xx

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