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written by Matt Marchant

A Brief Preventive & Self-Education Manual for those who prefer to adhere to the logic of nature and science

     Our life started in water, within the amniotic fluid of our mother. We were dependent on that fluid for life, and even to this day we are dependent upon water for a healthy and vital life. Sadly though, many of us have forgotten or confused our need for water, and have met that need with other things that further dehydrate our body. What we think are symptoms of sickness and disease might really be signs of dehydration. Might water be the “medication” your body needs?

     Dehydration is a signal from the body. Signals tell us that a problem is on its way, whereas a symptom tells us that we have already been experiencing a problem, and maybe for quite some time. Many of the ways we medicate, “numbs out” the sound of the body’s signals. Like a car traveling through an intersection with a broken light signal, we too can be unaware of the danger that waits for us at life’s next intersection if we continue to miss the body’s signals. What if this could be fixed with only a few extra ounces of water each day?

If you silence the body’s signal the pain will get louder!

There are many ways that the body signals our need for water, here are a few:

  1. Thirst - If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Many think that this is the only way that the body signals for water, but the body’s need for water and its ability to communicate that need is much more crucial and sophisticated than that. Don’t wait until you are thirsty, drink some water now.
  2. Headache - As you will read on, your brain and nerves require much water. When the cells within the brain become dehydrated, you will experience “hang-over” like symptoms (a hang-over is dehydration of the brain cells due to drinking too much alcohol, which is a diuretic). If you are experiencing a headache, try drinking water, it may be your body’s signal to you to drink up!
  3. Hunger Pangs - As our awareness for thirst decreases, we can mistake hunger for our need to hydrate. This thirst signal of the stomach is called “dyspepsia”. The mucus barrier of the stomach is a natural protective shield against the acid in the stomach. The mucus consists of 98% water, and a well hydrated stomach will neutralize acid, whereas a dehydrated stomach will cause discomfort. The stomach needs water for digestion, so drinking water prior to eating will not only hydrate you, but it will also help you digest your food more efficiently and quite possibly help you to eat less in one sitting. Are you really hungry or are you just thirsty? Try drinking water for improved digestion and fat loss.

How much of our body is water?

  • Brain 75%
  • Lungs 86%
  • Heart 75%
  • Blood 83%
  • Muscles 75%
  • Bones 22%
  • Kidneys 83%
  • Eyes 95%
  • The entire body 75%

Dehydration can produce many signals and complications within the body, here are the 3 C’s of dehydration:

  • Cholesterol: Cholesterol is the agent that regulates the permeability of the cell membrane to water. Its excess is a sign of dehydration. What does this mean? When you are dehydrated so are your cells. Cholesterol increases in order to retain water within the cell. All treatment procedures are relief-ofsymptom orientated. They are not geared to the elimination of the root cause of the problem. The real problem may be dehydration. (Also, walking twice everyday - every 12 hours - will maintain the activity of the hormone sensitive, fat burning enzyme lipase throughout the day and night and help clear away excess lipid deposits in the arteries).
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: As we have seen, your brain is 75% water. The myelin sheath that insulates every nerve in your body is closer to 86% water. Dehydration can and eventually will lead to decreased nerve conduction, or basically, your nerves slow down. Our brains use electrical energy generated by water. With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. This stressed and dehydrated state can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Constipation: One of the main functions of the large intestine is to take water out of the excrement so that not too much water is lost in the waste matter after food digestion. Some water is to remain for an easy bowel movement. When there is dehydration, the waste residue becomes devoid of the normal amount of water necessary for its easy passage. Thus, constipation becomes a complication of dehydration in the body.

How much and How to drink your water to maximize your health and vitality:

  1. Drink at least 1 (maybe 2) 6-10 ounce glass of water (depending on your size), as the first thing you do upon waking up in the morning.
  2. Drink at least 1 (maybe 2) 6-10 ounce glass of water (depending on your size), about 10-30 minutes (30 being optimal) prior to your 3 major meals of the day.
  3. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water everyday (minimal recommendations range from 48-64 ounces per day, but I believe this is too low for larger and more active individuals). If you are not drinking any where close to this amount for your weight, DO NOT go from zero to half of your body weight in a day. Slowly build up to this amount. Also, if you have any kidney disorder, please start slowly.

What counts as water?

     Water, water and more water. That’s it.

What dehydrates the body, and creates a need for even more water each day?

     Coffee, tea, and alcohol. Anything with caffeine or alcohol with dehydrate the body. For every ounce of a caffeinated or alcohol containing beverage you drink, you must drink an equal amount of ounces in water, on top of drinking your daily water requirements. This is how you can combat the dehydrating and diuretic effects of those beverages. Can you see how negative the effects of coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol can be to a person who is already severely dehydrated?

Why does the role dehydration plays in dysfunction, disorder and disease of the body, not get a whole lot of press and discussion?

     It is my opinion, that anything that cannot be trademarked and sold for a significant profit, gets conveniently left out of much health literature and medical advice. Sufficient water is a basic need for all humanity, and to not address it and other basic needs such as oxygen and nutrients from food first, is negligent at best from those who are in the health or medical professions.

     In conclusion, if you are not drinking sufficient water for your needs, you will experience any number of complications, we have only discussed a few.

     Please feel free to leave your comments and questions to water and how to stay healthy below. If you would like more specifics on how you can achieve optimal health and vitality, please contact me.

Resources to learn more:

  • "Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj M.D., 1992.
  • “Water - The Ultimate Cure” by Steve Meyerowitz, 2000.
  • “How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy!” by Paul Chek, 2004.


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About Matt Marchant

Matt is a student of life and enjoys laughing, learning, and loving along with his wife and two year old son. He enjoys spending time in nature where he finds peace and rejuvenation, but most of all the simplicity that the outdoors provide. When he is not working he is playing, when he is playing he is working.


Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Owner of Marchant Training Method, since 2001

Education & Certifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Physiology from California State University at Fullerton in 2001
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 3 from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Exercise Coach from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Circular Strength Training Coach (CST) from RMAX International
  • Circular Strength Training Kettlebell Specialist (CST-KS) Instructor from RMAX International
  • Holistic Coach from Journeys of Wisdom
  • PPS Success Practitioner from the C.H.E.K Institute

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