THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER: I DON’T GET THIRSTY!

Busy people get out of the habit of drinking because they’re too involved with other things to be bothered with it. Humans are profound creatures of habit. Busy people (and indeed lazy people) get into the habit of denying the subtle messages of thirst the body sends to the brain. Habitual denial eventually takes them to the point where they no longer hear the messages and can’t understand why their bodies are racked with the symptoms of dehydration. In the words of Ovid (90 BC): ‘Nothing is stronger than habit.’ Keep a full bottle of water on the front seat of the car.

To further aggravate the situation, zinc deficiencies develop in those who don’t drink and zinc is needed to activate the appetite and thirst centres in the brain. (Water deficiency = hydrochloric acid in the stomach deficiency = poor zinc absorption = lack of thirst = water deficiency.)

Unfortunately bad drinking habits are often learned early in life. Toddlers who appear to be forever harping on about wanting a drink are frequently misread as being attention seeking. To break this demanding habit the parent will often tell the child to be quiet as they don’t need a drink at all. Not surprisingly the child starts to believe this after a while and learns to get by on sub-optimum fluid intake. By the time they’re big enough to reach the tap or pour their own drinks from the fridge they’re well and truly in the habit of drinking less than they need.

To return to good health we must simply re-educate ourselves back into appropriate drinking habits. We must alter our lifestyle and work habits to accommodate these new drinking habits. Fortunately that doesn’t take long and drinking more soon gives you a taste for it. In the words of Pythagorus: ‘Choose what is best, habit will soon render it agreeable and easy.’

‘But all I seem to do is run to the toilet more?’ That’s fine. That’s the way it’s meant to be. Busy and lazy people just have to integrate that into their lifestyle. More regular drinking means better nourishment of cells and better flushing out of waste products, including allergens. More regular visits to the toilet means more toxins are being removed from the body. As you progress with your greater fluid intake you’ll notice your visits to the toilet will taper off a bit. This is because improved water intake (especially when combined with the improved vitamin and mineral intake from the programs in this book) raises the metabolic rate. Greater production of heat and energy results, with increased evaporation of water through the skin.

This makes the skin moist, soft and younger looking. Busy people should bear in mind that they’re going to be more productive if their metabolic rate is raised and this will more than compensate for time spent visiting the toilet. They’ll be making less mistakes and repeating less work.

But I suffer from fluid retention, surely drinking more water will make it worse? No it won’t. If anything it might help reduce it.

There are many reasons for fluid retention. One of them is a reduced fluid intake. When fluid is regularly withheld from the body it starts to panic and fearing dehydration begins to release the fluid-retaining hormones. This is an attempt on the part of the body to keep what little fluid it’s getting in the body. Building up a reserve of fluid is nature’s way of coping with the uncertainly of irregular and inadequate supplies.

When we start drinking greater quantities and more regularly the body soon gets its confidence up. Perceiving a regular and adequate intake of water the body stops secreting the fluid-retaining hormones and stored excesses of fluid are released and pass out of the body as urine.

If you retain fluid (that is, put on weight) on hot days it’s a sure sign that you’re not drinking enough. Feeling tired, cranky, and unwell on hot days is another. Headaches on hot days is a classic sign of water deficiency and a dry skin is the most obvious of all.

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