Water Relieves Pain

Our bodies are 70% water because of that, water relieves pain. Designed to signal us when something is wrong, our bodies create a pain sensation. When we address whatever is wrong, our bodies are the way we enjoy ourselves and feel pleasure, even if just being alive.

We all know our bodies depend on water to survive. But when we are in pain we rarely make the connection that water relieves pain. Dehydration occurs when we don’t have enough water in our bodies to carry out normal functions. For example, the elderly have a suppressed thirst signal and many are dehydrated because they simply do not drink. Even mild dehydration can drain our energy and make us tired. A lack of water is life-threatening and can cause a major pain signal.

Pain can be an emergency call for water. Water relieves pain. Localized calls include; back and rheumatoid joint pain, migraine or tension headaches, heartburn, colitis pain, fibromyalgia pain, angina pain demonstrate dehydration.  Pay attention. Joint pain, back pain, arthritis are caused by chronic dehydration. Pain may warn of local thirst,  the pain signal may be a warning of dehydration in a specific body part, like low back pain, migraine headache, joint pain, and angina. Chronic dehydration reduces lymph flow contributing to or causing various abnormalities.

The research into water’s role in our bodies in the principal investigators’ words.

“It acts as a building material; as a solvent, reaction medium and reactant; as a carrier for nutrients and waste products; in thermoregulation; and as a lubricant and shock absorber. The regulation of water balance is very precise, as a loss of 1% of body water is usually compensated within 24 h. Both water intake and water losses are controlled to reach water balance. Minute changes in plasma osmolarity are the main factors that trigger these homeostatic mechanisms. Healthy adults regulate water balance with precision, but young infants and elderly people are at greater risk of dehydration.” from Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration. Authored by Jéquier E1, Constant F.

Water makes up about 70% of our brain and 60% of our body weight, hence it is our bodies’ major chemical component. Our cells require hydration because they need to keep reproducing new cells as older ones die off. The water, oxygen and essential nutrients with the water are what keep our cells alive. Water is essential to temperature regulation and gets rid of waste by perspiration, urination and defecation. Our bodies suffer greatly when there is a shortage of water and perhaps our cartilage the most with a drought in the body. Water lubricates and cushions joints and protects sensitive tissues. Circulation makes our bodies thrive.

Staying hydrated is one of the biggest celebrity anti-aging secrets. For example, Halle Berry and Gwyneth Paltrow both make it a priority to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during the day. They both attribute this as one of the biggest reasons for their beautiful, glowing complexions. This really is no surprise as our skin thrives on moisture and the more water it has available, the more vibrant and youthful it will look.

Water helps: weight loss, better sleep, leg cramps, blood pressure, depression, cancer, lessens the possibility of a stroke or heartache, gives gout relief, helps control Lyme disease and even ends headaches. Research shows that water and unprocessed salt helps in over 70 diseases and conditions.

We’ve all heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” said because it is easy to recall. Most healthy people stay hydrated by drinking other liquids besides water. And they drink when they feel thirsty. But each individual’s water needs depend on many factors, including; health, activity, age, weight, climate, weather conditions and where you live.

Therefore no one formula fits everyone’s needs. For some people, fewer than eight glasses a day might work, but others might need more. Try matching each ounce of caffeinated or alcoholic drink with water to offset their dehydrating effects.

When we drink water is important. Just when we don’t think about water in high-stress situations is when we need it the most. Water relieves stress and pain. 

Research has shown that if we drink water before mental challenges we do actually 14% better. Again research at NIH demonstrates we perform better on a range of cognitive tests including; short-term memory, math, movement with visual tracking, perceptual discrimination and more.

Pain is more encompassing if it comes during a low emotional feeling, a bad mood. Dehydration affects mood. Anger, confusion, fatigue can result from a chronic lack of fluids. Try drinking more water and notice then record your mood over a week and maybe all the mood swings will noticeably diminish.  

Treating our pain is easier when we understand how and why water cures pain. As with ending any pain, effective remedies start with understanding the particular cause. Eliminating pain and exiting the pain cycle requires finding the underlying reason for the particular pain. This pain understanding will not only help to avoid our own suffering but we can reach out to help others who may be suffering too.

Pain medicine is used to mask pain or give our minds other things to occupy itself. Painkillers are useful when we have acute pain like breaking a bone or having surgery in speeding the healing process. When the pain we feel does not go away, the pain we live with, chronic pain, does not end, medication usually diminishes in it helpfulness over time.

To empower self healing we need to eliminate stressors as much as possible and water is truly the staff of life. Simply drinking water alone is not a cure-all. We need to eat nutritiously for healing and avoid poison, toxic and heavy metal exposure. Natural healing is dependent on the balance of water, sodium, potassium and over 80 minerals.

A Water Cure

A water cure involves re-hydrating each and every cell in our bodies. We have two oceans of water within our body. One around our cells and one within our cells. When we drink water, our body easily sends water to the ocean around our cells. One way to imagine our body water is that inside the cell there are freshwater lakes and outside is the ocean. Potassium is inside the cell and outside is more sodium. A sodium and potassium balance is essential for health.

A popular current theory is that all disease is the side effect of dehydration. Therefore, when we properly hydrate our bodies with a water cure, we can eliminate many diseases and relieve the symptoms of many conditions including pain. The water we consume along with the unprocessed sea salt allow for and help our body to eliminate the toxins, heavy metals and poisons that enter our body. With fewer toxins in our bodies, there will be less of a reason for pain.

Remember Water Relieves Pain 

Quick Tips on Drinking more Water

Drink water as soon as there is even a slight pain signal.

Drink water even without feeling thirsty.

Drink water to lessen pain until you urinate frequently and it has a light color.

Each time urination occurs drink water, this leaves fewer chances of dehydration but may mean more trips to the bathroom.

Drink water on waking and after brushing.

Sipping throughout the day is a good idea, try a happy hydration mug or bottle by the computer.
As a reminder to drink, carry a water bottle with you everywhere.

Soda and alcoholic are not water and in fact are diuretics and can lead to dehydration.

Drinking water before meals wets the mouth and helps with swallowing food.

Raw fruits and vegetables are water filled so eat them for good health. Remember we get water from food, not just from what we drink. So if you have hard time drinking from a glass or bottle eat food high in water content, like strawberries, watermelon, broccoli, cantaloupe, apples, carrots,  grapefruit, peaches, pineapple, cranberries, orange, raspberries, apricots, blueberries, plums, pears, cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, radish, celery, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers and spinach.

Ices, popsicles, jello, suckers, lozenges are good sources of fluid, especially if one has vomited or is in a very hot place.

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Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Feb;64(2):115-23. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2009.111. Epub 2009 Sep 2.
Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration.
Jéquier E1, Constant F.


Headache and water references.

Water deprivation: a new migraine precipitant.

Blau JN Headache. 2005 Jun; 45(6):757-9.

The effects of fluid restriction on hydration status and subjective feelings in man.

Shirreffs SM, Merson SJ, Fraser SM, Archer DT Br J Nutr. 2004 Jun; 91(6):951-8.

Water-deprivation headache: a new headache with two variants.

Blau JN, Kell CA, Sperling JM Headache. 2004 Jan; 44(1):79-83.

For more information

Importance of hydration

Better Beverage Choices

Drinking Water Information

Get the Facts: Drinking Water and Intake

Water, Hydration and Health Review


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