Sleeping Monk’s Foundation for Proactive Health, Part 1 in a Series
by Louis Lenard
Why Water is Cruicial to our Health
Why is drinking water such a big deal? We’ve all heard that it’s important, but if we take a closer look, perhaps we’ll uncover a few things that will inspire us to make a positive change with our health.
The human body is a miraculous thing. In order for us to survive, our body has to perform over 1 million functions correctly, EVERY SECOND. And the vast majority of those functions depend on water.
The average adult is composed of between 50-80% water. Our muscles are 75% water, our brain is 85% water, our blood that transports nutrients is 82% water, our lungs that provide oxygen are 90% water; even our bones are 25% water.
Of all the water in our body, much of it is osmotically engaged, which means it’s already busy with chemical reactions and such – this water is called ‘bound water’.
In order to perform new functions, the body needs osmotically free water, and that’s called, you guessed it, ‘free water’.
When the body has ample reserves of free water available from which to draw upon to perform new functions, our level of health can be optimized. When our body calls upon free water to perform necessary bodily functions and it’s not there because we’re dehydrated, that’s when the trouble begins. That’s when the body becomes stressed and has to compensate.
And when our body compensates, our body degenerates. That’s worth saying again… when our body compensates, our body degenerates.
It’s like a downward spiral. Basically, when we don’t supply our body with enough free water, we become dehydrated and our body goes into ‘drought-management mode’ wherein the neurotransmitter histamine has to regulate our body’s water distribution.
This puts stress on the body by causing the secretion of hormones like vasopressin, prolactin, angiotensin and cortisone-release-factor that, not only suck up any remaining free water in the body, which worsens our dehydration, but also causes amino acid deficiencies, mineral deficiencies and tissue breakdown, which, over time, can cause degenerative diseases of all types.
Examples of Dehydration in Action
Let’s look at some examples of what can happen when we’re dehydrated…
Neurological Disorders – Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Migraines, etc.…
When we’re dehydrated, we become achlorhydric, where our stomach doesn’t produce enough hydrochloric acid to absorb zinc, magnesium, manganese, selenium and other essential minerals from our food and supplements, which, because of mineral deficiency subsequent to dehydration, can eventually lead to a whole host of neurological disorders.
For high-level athletes and those of us who love hot yoga, we have to be extremely careful, as we lose many essential minerals through the excessive sweat that we release, along with all that water. So when we replenish, we need to take care to ingest a complete source of bioavailable minerals as soon as possible, along with a more than ample water supply. I have experienced firsthand the cognitive deficiency that occurs with the aforementioned dehydration scenario. Accelerated aging at its finest, certainly something to avoid at all costs. The problem is compounded in those with weak digestion, because as mentioned before, it’s that much more difficult to absorb the minerals we’re trying to put back in.
HIV and other Autoimmune Diseases
The stress hormone vasopressin, as a cortisone release factor, (which is released because of dehydration), stimulates interleukin-1, which also activates negative physiological events. Cortisone release factor and interleukin-1 have a magnifying effect on one another and create a vicious cycle, an expansion system wherein, when there is enough dehydration, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor are activated and they tap into our cells and begin to cannibalize them. They also activate enzymes called proteases at the cell membranes and they begin to fragment our DNA and then we get HIV-1.
It can get complicated of course as many degenerative diseases require multi-system breakdowns to occur before the actual disease manifests, but the common theme is the precursor of a lack of free water in the system necessary to do its job properly.
Many other diseases are also caused by dehydration. When we’re dehydrated, we lose many essential amino acids, because they have to be pulled off their assignment of building proteins and creating hormones and used as anti-oxidants instead. When water is not present to wash away the toxic waste build up in our system, amino acids like tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine, cysteine and histadine become depleted because our body has to compensate by using these amino acids to neutralize the toxins that should have been flushed out by water.
Just like when you’re at Coachella, or some outdoor public event and you have to use the port-a-potty. As you know, the water can’t be flushed from the system, so a chemical is used to neutralize and sanitize the toxins, just like the compromised amino acids have to do in our dehydrated body. This is an emergency protective measure, which unfortunately results in the degeneration our muscle tissue and hormone production as well as putting more stress on the Liver.
Ok then. What should we do, drink some coffee or Red Bull? Sure, sounds great if we want to damage our Brain and Kidneys while we release more stress hormones like adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol into our system. Caffeine inhibits Phosphodiesterase, the enzyme in the brain responsible for memory making, yikes! And since caffeine is a diuretic, it dehydrates us even more and now our body is pissed off and ready to do battle because it’s in fight-or-flight mode. But there’s no Saber-Tooth tiger chasing us here at our office…
If we want energy, let’s drink water. It’s been scientifically proven that water manufactures hydro-electricity, which all of our neurotransmission depends on. It not only has its own metabolism, but its energy is multiplied exponentially when it is dispersed throughout the body.
As we age, it becomes even more important to remember to drink water because, along with our sight, hearing and other senses, our sense of thirst diminishes as well. This means we don’t even realize we’re thirsty until much later than usual, thus expediting our opportunities for degeneration.
Ok, a quick word about the role of minerals. We truly are people of the Earth. At the root of our makeup is water and minerals and just like water, minerals are involved in nearly all the metabolic processes of our body.
Salt is vital to extract and dispose acids from our body. Sodium goes into the cell and a Hydrogen ion goes out. Then Potassium goes into the cell and Sodium goes out. This is how salt alkalinizes the body. When the body is alkaline, we have an internal terrain where disease cannot exist. When the body becomes acidic, disease ultimately ensues. We lose not only a lot of salt when we sweat, but a whole host of other important minerals as well.
Some Common Signs of Dehydration
– Perception of thirst or at times hunger
– Dry mouth
– Lethargy upon arising or during Mid-day
– Irritability, anxiety or depression
– Yellowish or darker urine
The Sleeping Monk’s Proactive Hydration Plan
Ok, now that you may have a deeper understanding of why water is so important to our longevity, let’s take the Sleeping Monk’s approach to Proactive Health, so that as we age, we can minimize the threat of degenerative disease.
- Drink 2 large glasses of the purest water you can upon arising.
- Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day to maintain clear urine. (Amounts will vary according to your activity).
- When you’re hungry, drink a large glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you’re not hungry then, great! That was your body telling you that you were thirsty. If you’re still hungry, great! You have just perfectly timed and primed your stomach for the food you’re about to eat, as the water prepared you stomach to secrete Hydrochloric Acid and your Pancreas to secrete the digestive enzymes you need for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
- Add ¼ teaspoon of Sea Salt per Quart of water, (1.5g per liter) and take an Iodine supplement to cover all 80 trace minerals. Or “Super-Charge” your hydration and mineral replenishment with water and Sleeping Monk’s Immortal formula, one of the most hydrating and replenishing herbal supplements on the planet and include Lotus Blooming Herbs Shilajit, a full spectrum mineral supplement with fulvic acid, that brings the bioavailability of the minerals to the cell membranes.
- Include pure, raw coconut water. It’s the closest thing to human plasma with many of the key electrolytes and minerals right in there naturally.
- Toss the Starbucks and all other caffeinated beverages in the trash.
- Drink plenty of water before exercise, (as well as during and after). This will reduce the damage we do to our body during intense workouts.
- Smile and enjoy! Ahhhhhh… It’s been proven that smiling changes our genetic makeup by releasing endorphins and serotonin. Smiles boost our immune system and reduce stress.
There you have it. This has been the first in a series for Sleeping Monk’s Foundation for Proactive Health. We hope you enjoyed and are inspired to share the importance of staying hydrated with those you love.