Why You Are Dehydrated…and How to Change That

Greetings Dear Angels,

How are you? I hope this is finding you great! I’ve been quite busy from celebrating my spin around the sun (birthday) to working on a new music project. As well, I am moving! New chapter on the journey!

It’s been a fun ride here in Manhattan Beach but now I am off to Topanga Canyon. It’s really beautiful and I am really looking forward!

In the meantime, I’ve been speaking with my dear friend Loren Lockman who will be coming to Los Angeles in a couple of weeks to give a lecture on what he is an expert on. Loren Lockman is the founder and director of the  non-profit Tanglewood Wellness Center. After growing up healthy then losing his health at 23, Loren committed himself to doing whatever was necessary to get his health and vitality back, and then once he had it, to helping others do the same.  He has now helped more than 4000 clients from 38 countries experience much higher levels of health and vitality by learning how to meet – and meeting! — all of the body’s needs as well as possible.

I am going to be featuring Loren here because he’s an expert! He’s been leading thousands of people through water fasts for decades. At 50 years old, Loren looks and feels half his age and is in the best shape of his life.

I asked Loren to write something just for you! Here’s an article on something he’s an expert on, hydration.

Why You Are Dehydrated…and How to Change That

Everything in the body depends on water.  Our blood and all tissue except bones and teeth are mostly water. It’s the universal transport medium for the elimination of toxins.  It makes up the majority of our mucous membranes. Water literally is the stuff of life, and without enough, nothing functions properly.
Around 1970, “drink at least 8 glasses per day” became a common message, and apparently, had impact: in 2007, Americans consumed about 50 billion individual bottles of water.
Given this, you might expect Americans to be well-hydrated.  Not true.
Since 2006, I’ve measured the hydration of more than 1500 people and found the average lean hydration to be 68%, (+/-5%, corrected for body fat, which contains no water) 12 points, or 15% below full hydration.
Most of these folks were health-conscious, and drank 140 or more ounces of water/day. Many were raw foodists, and many consumed several glasses of fresh green juices or smoothies each day. And yet virtually all were severely dehydrated.
Authorities say 68% lean hydration is fine.  In fact, the leading bio-impedance analyzer says that only 56% hydration is “good” for a 25 year-old female.
But medical ranges are determined by benchmarks based on the population. Not a great strategy given the average 80% death rate from heart disease, cancer, or stroke, (and often with diabetes, obesity, arthritis, etc.) Far from healthy.
And though there are various reasons for this epidemic of poor health, I believe dehydration is the biggest factor – much greater than genetics, which Dr Bruce Lipton says accounts for no more than 5% of all diseases.  And though toxicity is a huge contributor, a dehydrated body can’t effectively or efficiently eliminate toxins on an ongoing basis.
In “Your Bodies Many Cries for Water”, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., documented 20 years curing many conditions by consuming water with salt, forcing the body to retain water.  This typically-medical approach of addressing only symptoms (rather than causes) never leads to real health.  Batmanghelidj died of pneumonia at 73. 

Right about the devastating and widespread effects of dehydration, Dr. Batman never understood the cause of it. This oversight likely cost him his life.

If you’ve eaten corn chips, you know that they contain no water.  But when they exit your body, they aren’t nearly as dry as when they went in (which is a good thing because you’d probably be in severe pain if they were!) In order to eliminate them, the body must give up it’s own water to pass this material through… though like every other species, we are intended to be taking water in with our meals rather than giving it up.
By the time the stool reaches the transverse colon — the section that runs across the belly — the body has taken all of the nutrients it wants from it.  The last thing that we are designed to extract from the stool is the perfect water, absorbed in the transverse colon.  But given the way most people eat, the body is almost always having to give up water rather than take it in.
Even a carnivore gets about 80% water with each meal by first drinking its prey’s blood, eating the (water-rich) internal organs, and only then the relatively dry  muscle, (55-70% water raw, and up to 15% less cooked.)
Most of what humans eat today is relatively dry, and alcohol, coffee, tea, and soda are all diuretics, providing no water, and forcing the body to lose some. Salt, vinegar and spices all force the body to lose water as well.
Changing to a high-water content diet (fresh fruits and simple green salads) makes a huge difference, but won’t get you fully hydrated, even drinking gallons/day.  Once dehydrated, we become toxic and burdened with old wastes.
We can cleanse the body and pave the way to proper hydration by fasting and then eating properly.
When we do, amazing shifts occur.  We feel more energetic, alert, clear, and alive.  We become more flexible.  If older, most signs of aging will begin to disappear: eyesight, joint issues, shrinking height, and wrinkled skin are the inevitable result of a dehydrated body stealing water from these less-critical functions every day to insure water for the blood, brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and liver.  As we rehydrate fully, these “age” issues will reverse.
After being very sick at 23, I am healthier at 50 than I’ve ever been.  No wrinkles or health concerns, and not one day sick in almost 25 years.  Clean and eating right, I maintain an 80% lean hydration with no effort, drinking almost no water, or anything else, (usually 2-3 glasses of water/week.) And many of my students and clients have accomplished the same thing.  You can too, and life gets much juicier when you’re well-hydrated.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo Henton
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 21:55:05

    I’m going to try this but I take a fair number supplements should I stop those too in fast? Thanks


      Feb 10, 2012 @ 21:59:11

      Hi Jo, thanks for stopping by! I already know what Loren will say! He’s not a believer in supplements! 🙂 I am going to be interviewing Loren asap for the site, and this is a great question to ask him! I hope you will please stay tuned!
      All love and eternal gratitude-


  2. Jeff
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 04:00:10

    Good article except that you get to the end and there’s no info on how to actually do it.


      Feb 19, 2012 @ 21:06:52

      Hi Jeff, there’s going to be more coming up soon. I am going to be interviewing Loren and he will be here in LA March 1st. If you have any questions, please be sure to post them here so I can ask him for you!
      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. laura
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 04:14:18

    so is it about what you eat and where does it show you what to do ?


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