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Dehydration—The Need for More Water

March 20, 2009 by  

Dehydration—The Need for More Water

Most seniors (in fact most people) are dehydrated. Our thirst mechanism begins to fade with age. Even people who are seriously dehydrated will not drink water placed near them. I have to consciously drink water myself, and you will, too.

Unintentional dehydration is a plague on the world. Orthodox medicine’s focus is on the solute (solid) body, completely ignoring the solvent (water). Our brain and body consist of 85 percent water. Water is a nutrient and it possesses a dominant metabolic role in all physiological functions of the body.

Most of us are not sick. We are thirsty. The “water cure” is not something the medical establishment is interested in. It is too simple, costs nothing and is available to the whole population. Dehydration is a primary cause of disease but completely overlooked. Or is it just ignored?

Drinking more water—six to eight glasses a day—can do miracles for seniors, and people of all ages.

  • Water suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat.
  • Drinking enough water is the best therapy for fluid retention. To get rid of excess water, drink more water.
  • Overweight people need more water than thin people.
  • Water helps maintain muscle tone and helps to prevent sagging skin.
  • Water helps rid the body of waste. Many seniors are constipated.

And don’t forget to take 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt daily unless you suffer from malignant hypertension. In that case, see your doctor.

You should read Obesity, Cancer and Depression by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., and access the Water Cure website. (

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Roy Bowers

    Great article on water.

    Our web site is a must see for anyone who wants to learn about water quality. It is vitally impotant to your health to drink purified wateer with the minerals (TDS) still in place. RO and distilation removeTDS. It is also important to drink structured water. Structured water is water with small water clusters. Structured water has a lower surface tension, thus you become more hydrated when you drink it as opposed to unstructured water. I drink less structured water and I test very high on the hydration test.

    • Jackie

      I was wondering if drinking too much water can hurt you? I love water I feel like i can:t get enough of it. Is there any such thing as where you can get poisoning from too much water? How much should you drink a day. I buy 3 cases a week and i drink them all.

      Thank You

      • Paul kent

        The old ways make more sense, everything in moderation. Stay away from diets. Much of the research done today is sponsored by the one who will benefit the most. Trust & verify. Politicians say much but to know the truth about one found out what they voted for & who they associate with.
        The same applies with various products.

  • Jim

    Hi Bob, you mentioned the need to drink water to prevent dehydration and suggest to dring about 8 glasses of water a day. I have researched that recommendation, but cannot find any reference in the technical literature. I also could not find any Clinical or Hospital studies that support your recommendation. I would appreciate your response. Thank you. Jim Van Steenbergen

    • SteveP

      The basis of 8 glasses of water per day comes from an old study, that did not take into account the water in our food or other beverages.
      How long was this myth around? Answer: the 8×8 (eight 8 oz glasses) myth going all the way back to 1796, in a German text by Dr. Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland called Makrobiotik. The book includes an anecdote about the surgeon general to the king of Prussia, a vibrant 80-year-old man who had “contracted the habit of drinking daily from seven to eight glasses” of cold water and thus “enjoyed much better health than in his youth.” (An English translation of this book was published 1843.)
      Fast forward to the 19th century: The hydrotherapy craze that swept through Europe and then America in the late 19th century encouraged the notion that people needed to be drinking more water.
      By 1900, the New York Evangelist reported that a women’s association on the Lower East Side was being instructed by a Dr. Vinton that one needed to ingest “at least eight glasses of water a day” and take “four times as much water as food.” (Incidentally, the girls were also told that it was dangerous to get one’s feet wet, that it wasn’t good to “wear many skirts,” and that their brains were “soft like jelly.”). Well, what can you expect from an evangelist, especially from New York ?
      By the 1910s and 1920s, the popular press was full of exhortations to consume six to eight glasses on a daily basis. Charles Atlas, the bodybuilder, was fond of recommending the same amount.

    • Bob Livingston

      The benefits of drinking water and maintaining adequate hydration are many. History proves that water can do many things for your health. So much so that many ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Hebrews, Hindus, Chinese and Native Americans used water therapeutically in many ways to heal injury and treat disease. And, the reasons why are obvious. Examine the human body and you’ll find it’s almost 70% water.

      Please consider that there is no money in prescribing water. No hospital or clinical study will be done on the most basic need for pure water to support life as there is no monetary benefit for them to do so.

  • http://none J. mejia

    Bob, I like to dring water, but it keep me going to the barthroom every 30 to
    what could be the reason?

    • Bob Livingston


      My first suspicion would be a prostate problem or overactive bladder. Bob.

  • Jody van Gent

    Dear Bob,
    I am an avid water drinker, have been all my 67 years. To my amazement I have people in my immediately family who never drink water. I drink at least 8 glasses a day but my husband of 68 never drinks water and never has. My father in law who died at age 96, never drank one glass of water in his life and was never sick or had any ailments in his life, and the same goes for my mother in law who died at age 86. This does make you wonder, really. There is no argument. You can imagine how difficult it is for me to convince my husband, and other none water drinkers to drink water. I don’t try anymore, I just keep drinking water myself, I love it. Jody van Gent

  • tim

    Ihave read many articles from natururopathic. alternative, and medical doctors who state that all liquids including milk, coffee,tea, beer, wine can be counted toward your 8 glasses of water

  • Gene Maloziec

    I have the Perfect Water for those interested. It is microstructured, it is ionized to alkalinize the water, it is ultra purified then has trace amounts of K, Ca, and Mg added. Most importantly has molecularly bound oxygen for utilization by the cells rapidly. I would welcome any comments, as well as refuting of the above benefits.

    • Dwaine Taylor

      Your point about alkalanized, ionized and mineralized water is correct. Ionization and alkalanization are known to deteriorate within the first few days of the electrolyzing process that unstructures the water. How does the product you recommend overcome that degeneration?

  • http://yahoo Jeanne C. Skeen

    Bob,this is Jeanne, I found my ex boy friend lost in 1958, in France
    he has cancer of the Prostate, in remission right now, could you give me a diet for him to combat the sickness, and more info thanks so much jeanne C. Skeen.

    P.S. I listen to your early advice about drinking more water, I only drimk water the pass 3 months and I lost 10 pounds, plus I make myself a tea with boiled water ,3 defaf tea, 1 camomille, 2s lemon , 1tsp sugar honey and it last me all week,I know you want to know.

    • Bob Livingston

      Glad to hear your friend’s cancer is in remission. Cancer is a sugar junky and it thrives on sugary foods. Avoid all sugars, especially fructose corn syrup. Make sure your intake of processed foods and carbohydrates are as close to zero as possible. Eat as much raw vegetables as possible. Research shows that if half your diet is raw, the probability of cancer is reduced. When cooking, boil, poach or steam your foods. Never fry or charbroil. Take a supplement with Omega-3, like krill oil or cod liver oil. You may also want to read the work of Dr. Tullio Simoncini at or his book “Cancer is a Fungus.” Best wishes.


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