Water as the cheap medicine

Originally, water was the natural habitat of all living things. Today’s people often do not drink enough water, which can explain many physical complaints. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj sees water as the solution to eradicate many Western diseases. The human body consists of seventy-five percent water and twenty-five percent solids. The brain consists of eighty-five percent water and is extremely sensitive to any reduction in this water percentage. In the event of a deficiency, water in the body is redistributed depending on its importance. The brain has top priority here.

Chronic dehydration

Chronic dehydration is the cause of many diseases that are treated with traditional medicine. It is better to prevent these diseases rather than perpetuate them through traditional medications. It is much healthier to tackle the cause than to just treat the symptoms. Many pain and stress-related conditions that have been given a disease name (such as stomach ulcers) are in fact signs of dehydration. Dry mouth is not the first sign of thirst but rather a sign of advanced dehydration. Chemical products (such as medication) suppress the signals of water shortage, possibly resulting in physical damage. The incorrect assumption that water is just the solvent and transport medium and that the dissolved substances regulate everything in the body is disastrous. Proteins and enzymes work better in a less viscous environment, allowing the body’s cells to work more efficiently in a sufficient amount of water. Drought causes a loss of essential amino acids that are necessary for the production of neurotransmitters. To ensure that hydrolysis (breaking, dissolving, loosening by water) can take place, the body must be supplied with water before solid food is ingested. A chronic water shortage puts the body in a form of crisis situation, sudden stress. The cells then do not have optimal turgor. There is insufficient water in the cell body.
A baby and a child are constantly in a growth process (cell division ) which means there is a constant shortage of water. The need for adults is somewhat less because they learn to deal with drought. The thirst mechanism in the elderly disappears.
The distinction between thirst and hunger becomes blurred in many people. People often respond incorrectly by eating, which can result in obesity.

Some characteristics of chronic dehydration are:

Feeling tired without reasonable explanation

To blush

Irritable, quick to anger

Feeling anxious

Dejected and dissatisfied


Heavy head

Restless sleep (especially in the elderly)

Unreasonably impatient

Poor concentration

Shortness of breath (without lung problems)

Dreaming about water

Craving for manufactured drinks (coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks)


The body makes several adjustments to ration and keep the brain in a sufficiently moist environment. This can lead to asthma, allergies, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, constipation and autoimmune diseases.
The natural state of a human body has a pH value of 7.4, which is slightly basic. An acidic environment causes irritation and pain over time. Pain is a sign of acidification in the body.

The following pains can be a result of dehydration:


Stomach ache

Heart cramp

Lower back pain

Rheumatic joint pains (also ankylosing spondylitis)


Pain from fibromyalgia

Intestinal pain

Morning sickness during pregnancy


For these pains, 2 to 3 glasses of water can be drunk at the beginning. If there is an improvement within the hour, dehydration is the cause and there is no need to look further.
The following diseases do not yet have a clear cause for current science. According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj the cause can be found in long-term chronic dehydration.

Increased LDL cholesterol in the blood

Increased triglycerides

Formation of plaques of cholesterol in the arteries

Thrombosis of the coronary arteries


Osteoarthritis – wear and tear of the joints

Heart failure

Repeated strokes

Juvenile diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease

Multiple sclerosis


Muscular dystrophy

Parkinson’s disease





The body can be viewed as two seas of water: one inside the cells and one outside the cells. This is balanced by water, potassium and salt. Unrefined sea salt contains several minerals. The most important minerals for the body are Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. Sodium ensures the osmotic process in the body. The other minerals regulate the amount of water within the cell. Potassium retains water in the cells. This mineral is present in sufficient quantities in food (vegetables and fruit). Salt is essential for survival. It is not found in the diet as a natural source, so it must be added extra. Salt has several functions: it reduces stress, it is a natural antihistamine, it counteracts acidification, it maintains muscle tension and muscle strength, it balances sugar levels, it provides a strong bone structure, it limits the burden on the kidneys and it is even said to prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Practical application

Humans need thirty milliliters of water per kilogram of body weight every day.
A good test is the color of the urine. Someone who drinks enough water will have colorless urine during the day. Water is water and therefore not other drinks such as caffeinated drinks because they excrete more fluid than is absorbed and can cause problems to the brain. Alcohol also has a dehydrating effect and can also promote depression. About thirty minutes before eating, two glasses of water ensure that you only eat when you feel hungry. This is also helpful for heartburn. If you have problems with digestion, it is best to use lemon or vinegar with food. To correct dehydration due to the breakdown of food, sufficient water should be consumed two and a half hours after the meal. A night’s sleep has a dehydrating effect, so it makes sense to drink enough water when you get up. Two to three glasses on an empty stomach is an excellent laxative. Water is a good aid for sports training to enable perspiration.
In summary, it can be said that it is best to drink throughout the day in portions of two hundred and fifty milliliters to five hundred milliliters. It is best to increase water use gradually. Drinking plenty of water should be combined with sufficient intake of unrefined sea salt. A normal body needs at least two liters of water and half a teaspoon of salt. It is advisable to take three to four grams of salt (¼ teaspoon per liter) for every ten glasses of water. The water ensures that the (too much) salt is removed.


Dr.’s health recipe F. Batmanghelidj consists of the following ingredients: sufficient water, salt, exercise, sufficient fruit and vegetables and essential fatty acids. The most important fatty acids are omega six or linoleic acid (need six to nine grams per day) and omega three or alpha linolenic acid (need two to nine grams per day). Omega 3 is found in eggs, cold water fish, algae and linseed oil. Caffeine, alcohol and artificial sugars, including Aspartame, should be avoided. A life without Aspartame can be achieved by avoiding almost all diet products.

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