By Tracey Stover
Bear with me as I weave an inspiring tale about the miracle of water that you are.
As we explore how extraordinary our bodies are, we can then access these amazing vehicles, and engage with all we are inspired to do.
Oxygen plays an essential role, ranging from supporting the body’s metabolic processes, to being the doorway to the metaphysical. Let us similarly address the role of water. When the first multi-cellular life form crawled out of the sea billions of years ago, it adapted to living on land by carrying the saltwater with it. In truth, we are walking bags of saltwater. At birth, water makes up at least 85% of our composition, and over time, that diminishes to about 75%. For beings that are mainly water, being well-hydrated is critical.
I’d like to introduce you to the work of Dr. Batmanghelidj. He was a researcher at heart. During the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, he was imprisoned and became the in-house doctor for his fellow inmates. With few medical supplies, he improvised using the power of the placebo. Every prison cell had a bucket of water, so he began prescribing water, several times a day. Patients consistently got better; Dr. Batmanghelidj knew this was beyond the power of the placebo – clearly hydration was much more important than he had realized. On the day of his judgement, he fervently asked the judge to not let his research about the healing powers of water be lost with his death. The judge in turn, pardoned him, and told him to take his research to the world.
Some of Dr. Batmanghelidj’s findings included how dehydration causes stress on the body and extended dehydrated is the source of many diseases, including heartburn, back pain, arthritis, colitis pain, migraine headaches, asthma and hypertension. He wrote a book, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water.”
How much water should we drink? The easiest suggestion I have found is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, then drink 50 oz of water, or approximately 6 cups of water daily. A pinch of sea salt supports absorption and maintains electrolyte levels.
This intake does not include coffee, tea, juices, herbal tea, sodas, kombucha, or anything alcoholic. Anything with caffeine or alcohol is dehydrating. There are no substitutes for water, and not all water is equal. Are you drinking tap water, bottled water, or spring water?
The symptoms of dehydration to be aware of include constipation, dark-yellow urine, chronic fatigue, headaches, heartburn, rheumatoid pain, back pain, and leg cramps. Thirst is often the last symptom one experiences.
Proper hydration significantly improves every metabolic function of the body, and one can rehydrate the body and resume good health. I did. In my 40s, I overcame constipation that had been chronic from childhood.
The quality of water is also important. Masura Emoto, a Japanese scientist, astonished the world in the 1990s with his amazing water experiments. In his book, “The Hidden Messages In Water,” Emoto showed how our consciousness alters water. Glasses of water that had words of love and gratitude on them formed beautiful crystals, while words of hate and war deformed the crystals. He found that tap water from around the world often deformed the crystals, due to the pipes and the chemicals added (such as chlorine and fluoride), while spring water formed lovely crystals. In Emoto’s experiments, after water crystals were degraded – be it from other’s consciousness, environmental factors, chemicals, or EMF devices – one could bless the water and reformulate the beautiful crystals.
Our thinking, intention, and actions are an unstoppable force. We are not victims. Water reflects to us the power we have over our reality. The opportunity exists for us to learn to focus the mind and make blessing a habit – blessing all that we ingest, to transform the body and what is consumed. This has a profound domino affect, internally and externally. According to water researcher and photographer, Veda Austin, water is an extraordinary, other-worldly substance, which we are only beginning to scratch the surface of understanding.
One last thing; please consider joining me on Wednesday, March 15th at 1 pm for a free, 30-minute class on “Breathing Through Anxiety.” Contact Tracey at 206-769-0040.