14 Jan Dehydration as a cause of Chronic Diseases
Water, is one of the essential components of life.
Our body consists mainly of water. Only in the thought of its lack we feel thirsty. The necessity of hydration is located deep in our cells.
People in the past as well as nowadays, fight for water. Especially in areas of the planet where this natural resource is scarce, fights are held for thousands of years.
But what happens when the daily water consumption is much less than what is required for years?
Dehydration is a condition that may exist, even if it’s not immediately perceived.
According to studies, 2 out of 3 people are partially dehydrated. Dehydration, even at the low rate of 2% of body weight, results in a disorder of normal functions and a decrease in body functioning.
“I drink coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer and other liquids. They contain water, or are they not?”
This is a common and dangerous misinterpretation.
Most people, suppose that they drink enough fluids everyday. Indeed, we drink coffee, tea, soft drinks or other beverages. These fluids, however, often increase the loss of body’s concentration of water because they cause increased diuresis and sweating.
The use of alcohol and tobacco adds to the losses.
Many of these drinks are diuretic and because of their acidic composition. They require the body to drain water and precious alkali metals to eliminate their harmful residues.
Especially sodas and all carbonated beverages are extremely harmful because they require large amounts of water from the body to neutralize the phosphoric acid component (2.8 pH).
The cells that start healthy, end up “shrinking” as “plums”, since water, the essence of life, is gradually removed.
It is a disastrous habit and choice for our body and health, which is further aggravated, as we can not easily detect water deficiency through the symptoms of illnesses and their associated indications.
Thus, the basic dehydration process continues to create invisible issues, while the inevitable consequences of the drugs given erase the warning signals (symptoms) at the same time.
Warning Signs of Chronic Dehydration
Chronic body pains, which can not easily be explained as harm, illness, injury or infection, should first of all be interpreted as indications of chronic water deficiency in the region where the pain is located.
These “pain signals” should first be considered and excluded (divergent diagnosis) as primary indicators for dehydration of the body, before anything else.
Diseases such as dyspepsia, severe stomach pain, arthritis, lupus, bronchial asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure (arterial hypertension), cardiac diseases, cancer, hot flashes and menopause problems, obesity, allergies, bulimia, fatigue, multiple sclerosis, angina, low back pain, gout, kidney stones, skin diseases, diabetes, fungal overgrowth, migraines, diffused pains in various parts of the body), morning stiffness, depression, colitis, peptic ulcers are all associated with the Chronic Dehydration Process.
The human body is a bio-electric machine that requires a quarter gallon of water per day for every 50 pounds of body weight.
The above conditions are screams of the body asking for Water. Pain in the body indicates thirst. Water is used by the body for digestion, detoxification of cells, “watering”of the lungs, as a lubricant in the joints and a in wide range of biological actions and reactions.
Blood consists mostly of water. The lymph nodes carry waste and nutrients and contain four times the volume of blood in the body and are made from the water we consume. Every cell that makes us what we are, literally owes its life, its existence, to the supply of fresh, clean water as well as oxygen.
When the body does not receive a stable and reliable water provision, in order to be maintained it has to check its available sources. It necessarily cuts down certain functions to ensure a satisfactory water supply.
The brain accounts for 2% of the total body weight and receives 15-20% of the blood supply, which is mostly made up of water. Dehydration will drastically affect cognitive ability and can create depressive situations.
Bones require plenty of water. For example, 75% of the upper body weight is supported by the core of water contained within the fifth lumbar disc and the remaining 25% by the muscle fibers around the spine.
Along the nerves, there are “microarrays” that carry nutrients and energy through microtubules in the neural synapses to make the transmission of necessary messages. Dehydration, disturbs the proper functioning of the nerves, resulting in a sense of pain.
Water, in addition to being an inert solvent, is involved in the chemical reactions of the body. Lack of water means defective metabolic processes, with obvious consequences to health and well-being.
Proteins and enzymes, for example, do not work properly in acidic solutions of higher viscosity (sticky) when the body is dehydrated.
As water is sucked through the cell membrane, its osmotic flow produces a tendency that can be used in the preparation of the ATP and GTP energy of our cells. Dehydration obviously affects the proper functioning of the cells.
Requires abundant water supply. The stomach supports its smooth functioning in the lining mucus on its walls, in order to be protected from the effects of hydrochloric acid, producing other cells in order to digest. A bicarbonate solution is produced by cells in the stomach walls, which neutralizes any acid trying to “break” the mucosa. Water is necessary to maintain this effective defense system. When there is too little water on the one hand, the mucus barrier is ineffective, and on the other, the acid will penetrate and lead to pain. Ideally, water should be consumed half an hour before a meal, at the ideal time to make digestive processes from the glands to the stomach wall.
The chronic state of Dehydration, stresses our body, learning to operate under a constant load. In its effort to cope, it creates artificial deficiencies in organs, systems and tissues.
The expression of Chronic Diseases, which is usually etiologically attributable to other factors, can be attributed to Chronic Dehydration.
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).