Daily Water Intake
"You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty"

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Beginning in the early 1990’s, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj wrote several books about water intake, based on his medical training, personal experience and extensive research on the topic of water metabolism in the body.

He coined the phrase “You’re not sick; you’re thirsty” and revealed how important daily water intake is in relation to optimal health and disease prevention.

Batmanghelidj has reminded us that the human body is about 70% water and that a certain amount of water each day must be replenished.

If not replenished, our body will start to manage the drought condition in the body to protect the critical organs.

He has also explained how and why daily water intake is critical to every single function in the body and that no other fluid replaces the need for water!

Learn just a few of the crucial roles water plays in many health conditions and ailments in the body.

Water's Role in 7 Common Ailments

  1. Fatigue. Water is the primary source of energy in the body and it generates electrical and magnetic energy in every cell of the body. We can think of our cells as little hydro-electric plants, which will not produce adequate energy without water.
  2. Infection. Water improves the efficiency of the immune system and helps to combat infections and mutant cells (such as cancer cells). When the body is dehydrated, the body becomes much more acidic, an environment that is conducive to all types of infections.
  3. Heart disease and stroke. On average, our blood is over 80 percent water. Daily water intake is essential for circulation and helps prevent clogging of arteries in the heart and brain.
  4. Depression. Water naturally helps the body replenish its supply of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Dehydration can also decrease the level of energy generation in the brain.
  5. Sleep disorders. Water is needed for the production of all hormones made by the brain, including melatonin, a critical factor in sleep regulation. Water also helps to restore normal sleep rhythms.
  6. Addictions. Water can help to help restore balance in the body, provide better nutrient utilization and help to eliminate addictions to alcohol, caffeine, and some drugs.
  7. Attention Deficit. Water provides more energy to the brain to help provide greater focus, attention, and memory needed for the learning process. A well hydrated body is more likely going to provide the brain the ability to stay engaged on a single topic.

Read more on the importance of drinking water daily.


F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.; Water: For Health, for Healing, for Life: You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty!; 2003. 

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