Dehydration and Pain
Before dehydration hurts you irreversibly, when your plum-like cells become prune-like, your body will show its urgent need for water through different types of pain.
Depending on the degree of dehydration, as well as the extent and the location of acid buildup inside the cells—when greater flow of water should have cleared the acid from that area—the classic pains of the body are produced. They are:
- Dyspeptic pain
- Anginal pain
- Lower back pain
- Rheumatoid joint pain, including ankylosing spondylitis
- Migraine headaches
- Colitis pain
- Fibromyalgic pains
- Morning sickness during pregnancy
Millions of people regularly take pain medications just to make life bearable. How pain that is not caused by injury or infection can be produced by dehydration is simple to understand.
While the drug industry spends billions of dollars researching painkillers, and even more money advertising their particular brand of pain medication, dehydration can be cured by water, for free.
How pH Imbalance in the Body is Related to Pain
To understand the mechanism of pain production in the body, one first needs to learn about the way the acid-alkaline balance in the body works.
An acidic environment causes irritation of certain nerve endings in the body. When this irritation occurs, the brain is alerted about the chemical environmental change, which is translated and manifested as pain to the conscious mind. In other words, it is the acidity in the interior of the body that causes pain.
Water washes the acidity out of the cell and makes the cell interior alkaline—an absolutely essential and normal state. For optimum health, the body should maintain an alkaline state—pH 7.4 is the desired level.
Why 7.4, and what is pH? The relationship between acid and alkaline is scientifically measured on a scale of 1 to 14. On the pH scale, 7 is neutral, meaning optimum. Thus, pH 7.4 of the interior of the cell denotes its natural, slightly alkaline state
The enzymes that function inside the cell achieve optimum efficiency at this pH. Adequate flow of water in and out of the cell keeps the cell interior in its health-maintaining alkaline state.
What Causes Excess Acidity in the Body?
Excess hydrogen ions in the body are cause acidity. Your kidneys “mop up” the excess hydrogen ions from the blood and excrete them through the urine. The more urine that is produced, the more easily the body keeps its interior alkaline.
This is why clear urine is an indicator of an efficient acid-clearing mechanism, and dark yellow or orange urine is an ominous sign of impending acid burns in the interior of the body.
People who consider it inconvenient to need to pass urine more than two or three times a day, and avoid drinking water so that they do not have to urinate frequently, are actually hurting their bodies.
The brain is better protected against acid buildup by the fact that it gets priority for delivery of water for all its needs. The rest of the body may not be so fortunate when dehydration establishes in the body and settles in one or another part for a long period of time.
With persistent dehydration, however, the brain, too, becomes damaged from acidity in the cells—hence conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
References: Water Cure, F. Batmangheldij M.D.