Depression & Dehydration
If you're one of the 15 million Americans who is clinically depressed, it may because you don't drink enough water. I know that sounds over-simple. Believe me, it isn't. Dehydration of the body leads to a multitude of serious illnesses and degnenerative conditions. Your body is 75 percent water. However, your brain tissue is 85 percent water. And if you don't supply your body and brain with enough pure water on a daily basis, you're going to get sick. Depression is a common result of a dehydrated brain.
DON'T make the mistake of confusing liquids like coffee, tea, soda-pop. commerically-produced juices, and beer, with pure water. All of those liquids cause DEHYDRATION. Here's how it works:
You all know that if you're floating on a life raft on the high seas, that you shouldn't drink salt-water. Why? Because for every cup of salt- water you drink, your body needs THREE cups of pure water to process the toxic salt, and remove it from your body. You don't need to be a math major to see the error there.
But what you may not know is that coffee, alcohol, soda-pop, and beer work EXACTLY the same way. Let's say you drink 12 oz of beer. Your body is going to need 36 ounces of pure water to process the toxins in that beer. And if you don't give your body that 36 oz of water, it will take water from your bones,
muscles, organs -- and that reservoir above your neck, your brain.
Of course you're going to get depressed! Your intelligent brain KNOWS what it needs, SEES it (water) in your living space, and yet you refuse to supply it with the water that is vital to your brain's health. Alcohol-induced dehydration causes hangovers. Depression might well be looked at as a chronic hangover.
Here's a quote from YOUR BODY'S MANY CRIES FOR WATER, by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., perhaps the world's most respected expert on our body's need for water: "Pathology that is seen to be associated with 'social stresses' -- fear, anxiety, insecurity, persistent emotional and matrimonial problems -- and the establishment of depression are the results of water deficiency to the point that the water requirement of brain tissue is affected. The brain uses electrical energy that is generated by the water drive of the energy-generating pumps. With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. Many functions of the brain that depend on this type of energy become inefficient. We recognize this inadequacy of function, and call it depression."
So if you're depressed, ask yourself these questions: Do I drink between 2 and 4 quarts of pure water every day? I'm 63, and I drink about 4 quarts of distllled water every day -- and I've been doing that for decades. I weigh 140 lbs. I would say that 2 quarts is the absolute minimum. Next question: Do I drink dehydrating liquids every day, and if so, how much? If you drink 2 quarts of pure water, and the equivalent of 2 quarts of soda-pop, beer, and coffee, then your body is NOT getting the water it needs. The pure water you drink -- plus more from your cells -- is being used to process and eliminate the toxins in the dehydrating drinks.
I hope you'll give this a try. Drink lots of pure water and freshly made juice, and NOTHING else. See if you feel better a month from now..