Have you ever woken up and your eyes are stinging? This is something I used to experience a lot. In fact I used to experience it regularly in the day too until I realised that it was because I needed to drink water. I was dehydrated!
The eye is basically a water-filled sphere and is very susceptible to dehydrating. When the eye is dehydrated your sight can also be affected. There are many other symptoms of dehydration and different people will experience different ones.
When you are dehydrated you can feel tired/shut down, unable to wake up, unable to think, have a headache, have a dry mouth, have dark urine, become constipated. If left, dehydration can cause sunken eyes, damage to kidney and liver, as well as affect cholestrol levels, joints and muscles. Of course if it becomes even worse we all know that it is life-threatening. We can survive without food much longer than without water.
In his book “Your Bodys Many Cries for Water” Dr Batmanghelidj tells of when, during the revolution in Iran, he was locked up as a political prisoner and asked to treat other poorly prisoners with no medications. The only thing he could think to do was to tell them to drink water. To his surprise many of them got better. He treated thousands in that jail and managed to write a scientific paper before being released and spent the last 20 years of his life telling people how so many ailments can be avoided or improved with proper hydration. He wrote another book called “Water Cures: Drugs Kill” which is filled with testimonials from people who experienced dramatic improvements in their health after increasing their daily water intake.
(A free pdf of “Your Bodys Many Cries for Water” can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/vOFW4q)
What does ‘drink plenty of water’ mean? Drinking 2-3 litres a day is what makes me feel good. I like to drink a litre straight down on waking to flush my system after its nightly cleaning routine and to drink the rest gradually throughout the day. This is as well as my usual hot drinks.
To help me to drink this amount of water I carry a bottle around with me. I find I drink much more when I have a wide mouth bottle – it is much more natural to drink. Sometimes I have felt the water land heavy in my stomach. If you find water hard to take it might help to squeeze a little lemon juice into it. It is amazing how much better it tastes, and how much better it goes down.
When we are born our bodies are 75% water and as we get older this can reduce to 60% or even less. (source:wiki). Our drinking habits over the years will determine how ‘dried-up’ we become!