Chronic Dehydration:

The Hidden Cause of Symptoms

Dr. Jacqueline Paltis, chiropractor/naturopath, is a certified instructor of Total Body Modification (TBM) and has taught internationally.  Dr. Paltis is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (IAACN) and holds a post-graduate diplomate in nutrition (DACBN),  as well as two diplomates in Homeopathy. She is author of The Sugar Control Bible and Cookbook. Dr. Paltis is also a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer; and both a Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner.

Coffee and Soda Are Hydrating—NOT!

In thumbing through a Time Magazine last month, I came upon a full-page Coca Cola ad announcing the surprising result of new research showing that drinks that are diuretics (like tea), or just plain bad for your health (like Coke), can be used by the body to hydrate.

The statement sounded rather biased and self-serving, to say the least.  However, I am still willing to learn new things, so I went searching for the source of this new research.  Digging deeply into Coke’s website, I finally found two sources mentioned: 1.) The Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness 2.) International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).

Did I say biased and self-serving?  The Beverage Institute is a non-profit, wholly funded by Coca Cola, and the ILSI is a Washington-based lobbying organization funded by Bayer AG, Coca-Cola, DowAgro /Dow Chemical, DuPont, ExxonMobil, General Mills, Hershey Foods, Kellogg, Kraft and McDonald’s.

Stick with the old cowboy song, “Cool, Clear Water.”

Speaking of cowboys—or at least their horses. A serious and often fatal problem for horses is colic.  I learned on M*A*S*H that lack of sufficient drinking water can be one of the causes of this condition.  So, I checked in with both a TBM chiropractic vet and a patient who owns horses about how much water a horse needs to stay healthy. In warmer weather, the average horse drinks about 20 gallons of water daily. The average horse weighs 1100 pounds.  That comes out to about 22 gallons a day at the same rate that we recommend that people drink water.  The recommendation for humans is 1 quart of water/50 pounds of body weight (or any part thereof)/per day.  Therefore, a person weighing 156 pounds needs at least 4 quarts of water a day to be healthy.  More water is required in hot weather, with heavy exercise, and with illness.

I say if it is good enough for a horse, it is even better for you.

Chronic Dehydration: The Hidden Cause of Symptoms




Acid Reflux


Peptic Ulcers





Colon Cancer

High Blood Pressure

Gall Bladder Disease

Diabetes, Type II


These conditions are ultimately symptoms and diseases caused by low-grade chronic dehydration.  Acute dehydration—usually associated with heatstroke—causes thirst, loss of appetite, headache, pallor, dizziness, fever, flu-like symptoms, vomiting, rapid heartbeat and inability to concentrate. (see Wellness News 6/04). [Actually, a less common problem, over hydration or hyper hydration, causes the same symptoms.]

Fatigue is the first symptom, because water is the primary driving force in creating cellular energy. As little as a 1% water decrease leads to a tenfold energy decrease.

Dehydration triggers histamine release to regulate thirst and ration the body’s water when there isn’t enough available.  This causes allergies.  You can take antihistamines to relieve the allergy symptoms, but they further increase the dehydration.

Digestive problems occur because digestive acids and enzymes, which are water-based molecules, diminish.  One explanation of acid reflux is that food remains in the stomach too long (due to chronic dehydration) and begins to push upward against the upper stomach sphincter, leading to heartburn and indigestion, bloating, constipation.  Peristalsis (the muscular contractions of the digestive tract that push the food along) and digestion require a lot of water.  However, since the body’s cells have priority, the scarce water may be reabsorbed from the colon to put into the cells, leaving a dry impacted mass in the intestines.

Here are five symptoms of deep chronic dehydration. Each symptom aids the body in conserving water to protect vital areas of the body:





Type II Diabetes

Water is becoming more acceptable as a drink of choice (especially if you carry around chic bottles of designer water). But for many years, people considered it to be a sign of illness.  About 20 years ago, my aunt spread a rumor in the family that I had diabetes. Her information was based solely upon the fact that she saw me drinking “too much” water.  And, of course, she never asked me.

Signals of Thirst

Dry Mouth: Drink water.
Hunger and Food Cravings (for sugar and starchy carbs): Drink two glasses of water.
Brain: Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Anger, Short Attention Span, Impatience, Short-Term Memory Loss:  The brain is only 2% of body weight, but it uses 15% of the blood and lymph circulation (water).
Morning Sickness of Pregnancy (histamine release): Mother has to provide water for 1 trillion cell divisions of fetus.  Drink water and avoid dehydrators like caffeine and alcohol
Dark Yellow/Orange Urine: The body recirculates urine, when necessary, to conserve water.  Urine becomes very concentrated (and very acidic).  Urine should be very pale yellow. In general, if you are trying to balance your body’s pH based on readings of acidic urine, the first line of defense is plain good quality drinking water.

Dehydration contributes to all dysfunctions and diseases through increased histamine and cortisol release, increases blood acidity, and decreases many enzymatic reactions.  Further degeneration occurs when the proteins and enzymes (which are also proteins) gradually become less efficient.

What Causes Dehydration?

People don’t drink water, because they don’t like it and because they think other fluids will fill the need.  In a time of famine and drought, that may be true. And such adaptations will enable a human being to survive in the short term.  But they will not promote health.  When you don’t drink enough water, your body might just as well be trying to survive a drought in Somalia.

Another big problem—and why we need more water than we used to (1 quart/50 lbs of body weight/per day) —is that today’s drinking water lacks vital energy. Water from the tap has been chemically treated to deal with the major pollutants that will cause frank illness.  So your body is trying to deal with water polluted and devitalized by sewage and industrial wastes, and then with water that has been further devitalized by chemical treatment.  I was taking a shower at my parent’s condo in Miami a few years ago and the shower water smelled much better than usual.  I thought the community had installed water purification.  Ha!  A few days later I learned that Miami is now adding chemicals to their water to mask the smell of the chlorine.

TBM and Cool, Clear Water

TBM has several corrections that specifically affect your body’s ability to use the water that you drink.  A primary correction is Water Utilization. This harmonizes pancreas and liver function so that your body remembers what to do with the water you drank. Another of these corrections is Water Metabolism.  If you experience water in/water out, you need these corrections.  In addition, if you are at the stage where you dribble a little when you laugh or sneeze, or you do not quite make it to the bathroom, at the very least, you need an abdominal lift.  This gets your intestines back up where they belong, instead of lying on the bladder.  When the intestines have dropped, the pressure on the bladder does not allow for filling of the organ.  So a small amount of urine will set off a message to urinate (the micturation reflex), but there is very little to expel each time (overactive bladder). We also have an allergy harmonization treatment for “Your Drinking Water.”  The Body Fluids point regulates extracellular water, the Lymph point regulates the water of the lymph, Circulation does the same for blood, and Cerebro-Spinal Fluid correction balances the water of the brain.

If you can only drink water in tiny sips, you have the textbook definition of heavy metal toxicity of copper. The primary way to get this is from the copper plumbing your drinking water travels through (also from copper and copper-bottomed pots and pans).  The TBM treatment for copper toxicity will handle this along with some specific nutritional chelators.

Personally, I purify my tap water with a reverse osmosis (RO) unit from http://www.ewater.com/ <http://www.ewater.com/>.  Then I revitalize the water.  In the early 80s, I used pyramid generators.  Now I use an electrical Vitalizer unit or homeopathically charged containers.  The aim of this process is to restore the normal hexagonal shape of pure natural water molecules.  When frozen, pure water molecules form hexagonal crystals that look like snowflakes.  Polluted water does not.

E-water (Trinisol) produces Quanta Water.  This is a frequency-treated RO water that harnesses the energy of nature with harmonics that resonate in unison with the body’s crystalline structures to energize our cells. Highly coherent, Quanta Water contains life-supporting resonances, the earth’s magnetic energies, and has low surface tension with vortex-spin motion, and a high Bovis potential.  We have tested this water at TBM and find that your body will accept it as water and that if you put a little bit into each gallon of water you drink and swig a teaspoon or so throughout the day, your body will use its water much more healthfully and efficiently.

Fred Van Liew, the owner of ewater.com, can help you figure out exactly what kind of water purification is best for your situation, based on what kind of water is in your tap and where it comes from and the type of home you live in.  Not all situations call for the same solutions.  Fred also has solutions for swimming pools, showers, etc.  http://www.ewater.com/ <http://www.ewater.com/>

If you go to: http://www.hado.net/ <http://www.hado.net/> you will be exposed to some of the ideas and water photos of Japanese researcher Masuru Emoto.  Emoto has written several great books including The Hidden Messages in Water and The Secret Life of Water.  His research indicates that if you write the words “unconditional love and gratitude” on paper and place them under your water containers, the water will reorganize to the healthful hexagonal configuration.  He has tried many different words, and has found that in all languages the concepts of unconditional love and gratitude produce the most balanced configurations.

Did You Know? [Source AARP]


One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters in a University of Washington study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. [Remember TBM’s Water Trick?]

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%,slashes the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%.

Hydration and Exercise

For successful workouts, keep well hydrated before, during and after exercise. The length of workouts, heat, humidity and the amount you sweat are all major considerations for maintaining proper fluid balance.

Start hydrating early by drinking 1-2 glasses of water in the morning.

Keep a water bottle with you all day long and drink from it.  Refill it.

Drink before you get thirsty.

Drink1-2 glasses of water 30 minutes before exercise.

Drink1/2 – 1 glass of water for every 15 minutes of exercise.

Replenish lost fluids (2-1/2 glasses for every pound lost during exercise).

Keep drinking even after your thirst is quenched.

If you exercise less than 45 minutes, water is the best choice.  For longer workouts or high-intensity workouts, replacing electrolytes is beneficial.  You can make your own sports drinks by adding Celtic sea salt to water or a 50-50 water/juice combination.  Add a little Sucanat as well.

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