Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hungry? Drink Water

The next time you reach for food, consider that you might actually just be thirsty. “Often, people don’t recognize that they’re thirsty and they eat, instead,” suggests Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, or “Dr. Batman,” author of Obesity, Cancer & Depression: Their Common Cause & Natural Cure. We really want water, but somehow our signals get confused.

Many of us—99% of Americans by the age of 70—are dehydrated without even knowing it. According to Dr. Batman, your body’s cries for water can show up as irritability, anxiety, depression and fatigue and many other disease symptoms, such as pain. “When your body is dehydrated, it cannot get rid of the acid content inside the cells,” Dr. Batman explains. “The brain translates this acidity situation into pain at the location of the excess acid.”

We attribute our symptoms to other causes without considering a simpler one—dehydration—with an even simpler solution: Drink more water.

© 2009 The First Thirty Days, Inc.

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