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Water: A Powerful Natural Medicine

One of the easiest and most powerful things you can do for your health is to be sure and drink adequate amounts of water each and every day. Water's numerous health benefits were clearly established by the late Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj.

Dr. Batman (as he liked to call himself) was a member of a prominent family in Iran, where he worked as a physician after receiving his medical training at London University's St. Mary's Hospital Medical School. In 1979, he was thrown into jail soon after the attack of the US Embassy. One night, prison guards brought another prisoner to his cell. The man was in pain because of a severe peptic ulcer. With nothing but water at his disposal, Dr. Batman had the man drink two glasses of water. In less than ten minutes, the man's pain disappeared. Dr. Batman then instructed him to drink two glasses of water every three hours, which he did, remaining pain-free for the remaining four months that he was imprisoned.

Surprised by this success, Dr. Batman went on to treat over 3,000 other cases of peptic ulcer during the nearly three years that he was imprisoned, conducting extensive research as he did so. So intrigued was he by his findings that he actually chose to continue his research in prison for an additional four months after he was scheduled to be released. When he finally left prison his research had already been written about in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and the New York Times Science section.

Dr. Batman spent the rest of his life exclusively studying and documenting how powerful water can be as a healing tool. He maintained that the primary cause of many illnesses was chronic dehydration, and his findings are reported in his book Your Body's Many Cries for Water. What follows are just some of the many reasons why adequate water intake is so important to your health:

Water is essential for healthy brain function and conduction of nerve impulses, proper metabolism and digestion, delivery of oxygen via the bloodstream, proper kidney and urinary function, proper regulation of body temperature via perspiration, proper joint lubrication and muscle function, healthy respiratory function, and proper function of the lymphatic system and the elimination of waste products via urine.

Chronic dehydration, a condition that Dr. Batman said affects the majority of Americans, can cause reduced brain size, impaired neuromuscular coordination, chronic fatigue, impaired mental function, constipation and diarrhea, diminished oxygen supply at the cellular level, diminished nutrient delivery via the bloodstream, excess body fat, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, reduced muscle size and poor muscle tone, diminished immune function and increased susceptibility to infection, sinus congestion, back and other forms of muscle and skeletal pain, edema, asthma, lupus, arthritis, high blood pressure, impaired metabolic function, increased risk of heart attacks, and the buildup of toxins in the cells, tissues, and organs.

Based on his findings, Dr. Batman counseled that all of us should drink at least one-half ounce of water for every pound of our body weight (for example, a 110 lb. woman needs to drink at least 55 ounces of water per day, while a 200 lb. man needs to drink a minimum of 100 ounces). In addition, he also suggested that people consume a quarter teaspoon of salt per every 32 ounces of water drink per day, to help the body maintain an adequate supply of minerals. (Sea or Celtic salt is best, as these types of salt contain a much wider range of minerals than does common table salt.) As a general rule of thumb, he recommended staring each day with two glasses of water and to drink water 20 minutes before eating food, although water with meals is permissible whenever one feels thirsty.

Many people with chronic health conditions became completely free of their symptoms once they adopted Dr. Batman's safe, simple, yet highly powerful recommendations. For more about his work, visit the Watercure.com Web site

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