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CHRONIC DEHYDRATION Part 12: It Leads to Obesity and Diabetes

Over-eating and lack of water, resulting in obesity can lead to diabetes.

Over-eating and lack of water, resulting in obesity can lead to diabetes.

The foremost body organ is the brain because it controls everything else. For energy, the brain uses water and food. Water feeds the brain’s hydro-electrical needs and food contains sugar (or its derivatives), which the brain uses for functioning.

Depending on circumstances, the body can survive months without food, but lives only a few weeks without water. This means food is a less important energy source than water. When the brain and body run low on energy, we’re not hungry, we’re thirsty.

Either food or water will be deposited into the stomach, so it produces acid to signal the energy requirement. Unfortunately, we call this alert ”hunger pangs” and usually satisfy them by eating. This quiets the stomach momentarily. But there’s still no water input, so the pangs return and we eat again. Still, there is no water for the brain (let alone for the rest of the body). This causes more pangs so we eat again.

When the stomach becomes full, it stretches, and that tells the brain it has had enough food for now. If we continue to eat, the brain ignores the stretch signal to stop, thus removing the natural mechanism to prevent excessive food intake. By ignoring the stretch signal to stop, we eat again and again expecting an energy boost. Instead we become obese.

Food has to be digested and takes a while to become useful, and the excess is stored as fat. Food might be considered a “dirty fuel” because it uses up valuable energy and water in digestion, and most of the energy value is stored as body fat. Eating more food before the previous food has been fully digested leads to indigestion, gas and bloating. Two glasses of water will have more effect than any antacid or gas-reducing medication by diluting the stomach acid that causes those symptoms. Water is “clean” energy because any excess is passed out through the kidneys as urine, does not need the digestive process, and goes to work immediately.

A glass of water before meals stimulates the sympathetic system to activate lipase to break down fat for energy use. For up to two hours this water also stimulates the intestines to release motilin, which tells the brain that water is available; thus quieting the stomach’s “hunger pang” cries for water. This hormone also acts as a laxative, so that with water’s lubricating effects, causes easy bowel movements.

When you give water a chance to fulfill its primary role in energy supply, the natural desire for food will shift from starch to protein and fat, so the craving for sweets will diminish.

If the over-eating and lack of water continue however, the resulting obesity can lead to diabetes. counsels diabetics to each day drink fluids equal to one-half their body weight (160 pounds = drink 80 ounces/ten eight-ounce glasses per day). It should be noted that recommendation is to keep from getting dehydrated. Re-hydrating that same body will require more than ten glasses per day. When salt is also taken during re-hydration, it helps balance the blood sugar levels and reduces the need for insulin injection.

This website also explains why dehydration is detrimental for the diabetic. Drinking gives “the pancreas the fluid it needs to properly produce the insulin that regulates blood sugar levels. Fact is, the metabolism of sugar is a very fluid-dependent system that quickly suffers if fluid intake is in any way limited.” Fluids require digestion and are not as effective as water. Coffee and tea are diuretics and thus wash out any water contained in them. Only water itself effectively combats dehydration and the need for water.

When the pancreas does not receive the water it needs, Type II diabetes results when prostaglandin-E 2 inhibits insulin release no matter how much of it is available. The body may also coat the insulin molecules with xanthurenic acid so the insulin receptors no longer recognize it.

When blood glucose levels are higher than they should be for prolonged periods of time, the kidneys remove some of the excess glucose from the blood and deposit it in the urine. Since some water is required to produce that urine, the dehydrated body may steal it from eye tears, saliva, and water stored in body cells. This is why diabetics experience frequent urination, increased thirst, dry mouth and eyes.

While re-hydrating with water and minerals (which the body wanted instead of sugar), the diabetic may want to look into Monk Fruit extract without any additives. It is from a green melon growing on remote mountaintops in central Asia and might be labeled Lo Han Guo (buy without additives). The Chinese have used it for a century to treat obesity and diabetes. Animal studies show it decreases blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. Additionally, it improves liver function and protects the kidneys from diabetic damage.

It is generally accepted that diabetes runs in families and is a genetic problem. It is said you can’t prevent diabetes (unless you stay slim) and may eventually have to cope with the disease. Dr. Batmanghelidj maintains that dehydration does indeed mutate our genes.

It could also be noted that our parents teach us how to take care of ourselves. “Eat. Brush your teeth. Be careful crossing streets.” How often were you told, “Drink your water”? Perhaps as children, we don’t learn from our parents how to stay hydrated to prevent obesity and diabetes. And our parents didn’t learn to drink water from their parents; ergo dehydration and its effects runs in families.


3. F. Batmanghelidj, Obesity, Cancer, Depression, Global Health Solutions, Inc. 2005

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*This article was reprinted with the author’s permission.

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