Submitted Aug 22, 2003   Updated Sep 26, 2010
By Ray Fosterrlf@mt-rushmore.net


Water is one of the most important health factors there is. Because it is so freely available in our society and because it is so cheap in our current society, and because good water is tasteless, its value is difficult to appreciate. How can something so valuable cost so little?

Q1 So what is so precious about water?

Our bodies are 70% water. Jesus was once thirsty and said to the lady at Jacob’s well, as recorded in Scripture John 4:10 "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."

Q2 What is this living water that Jesus was talking about?

My current understanding is that the living water Jesus was talking about was Himself – specifically the Holy Spirit who is His Representative now that Jesus is in heaven. Water of life is an illustration of the Holy Spirit. We need to drink daily at the fountain of life which means that we need daily Bible study and daily infilling by the Holy Spirit who will come to me in response to my prayer of faith asking for His presence in me.

Q3 Are you suggesting that water is as important to our physical life as the Holy Spirit is to our spiritual life?

That is what science tells us. If we are 70% water, that is a pretty important ingredient of our body and one that we cannot live without.

Q4 How long could I live without drinking water?

Your body cannot live more than a few days without water. We cannot live more than a few minutes without air. So just because God has abundantly supplied air and water does not mean that they are not essential to life and health.

Q5 Don’t most people get all the water they need?

There is no hard data on this subject that I have been able to find on the web. It is my impression that most people have some degree of dehydration all the time. Dehydration is a major cause of fatigue, loss of energy, and operating below par.

Q6 Why is that your opinion?

There are two reasons for this opinion. First of all is the widespread intake of coffee and other caffinated drinks which contain diuretics. Diuretics are drugs that make a person urinate when they do not need to based on their fluid balance in the body. So a person who drinks a cup of coffee urinates out 1 and ? cups of urine and the net loss is ? cup of water for each cup of coffee drunk. The interesting thing is that most people think they are hydrating their body when in fact they are dehydrating their body drinking coffee and other caffinated drinks.

Q7 What is the other reason you think most people are dehydrated most of the time?

The other reason is that most people are fatigued and do not have much endurance. Fatigue and lack of endurance are two of the most common symptoms of mild dehydration.

Q8 What is the best cure for chronic mild dehydration?

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day and avoiding drinking caffinated drinks is the best way to cure and prevent mild dehydration.

Q9 Is dehydration something that I should be concerned about?

Dehydration is what kills babies with diarrhoea. Dehydration is what kills people with cholera infection. If your body looses more water and electrolytes that it can stand, death is the next thing that happens. Dehydration is a most serious condition.

Q10 Who are most at risk for dehydration?

Babies and the elderly are most at risk for dehydration. Babies are most at risk for a couple of reasons. They have more surface or skin area compared to their volume and so can loose dangerous amounts of water from the body than an adult with a smaller skin to volume ratio. The other thing is that babies cannot understand what is going on and ask for water. They just die quietly and quickly if they get too dehydrated.

The reasons the elderly are also at risk for dehydration is that their body just has less resistance to punishment than a robust, youthful body. The elderly may not have the physical stamina to get the water they need, even if they know what the problem is.

Q11 You are representing dehydration as life-threatening. Is that warranted? Are you trying to scare our listening audience?

I am not trying to scare anyone. I am just telling the truth. Dehydration can be lethal and that rapidly. If you run out of body water, you run out of life and that rapidly.

Q12 What are some of the warnings that we should know about that are present before a person can die from dehydration?

A rise in body temperature is a very serious sign that should immediate ring all the alarm bells.

If a person is cold, then it may be too late. They may be nearly or completely dead.

The first sign of dehydration is a feeling of tiredness or lethargy. If an infant is just limp and not responding normally and is warmer than normal, that baby is in trouble. These signs should be warn the parents for immediate action such as calling 911 or if they know what to do to start hydrating the baby rapidly.

Q 13 Is there anything except getting emergency help for a warm, limp infant that looks dry with sunken fontanels?

Calling 911 is certainly the best thing to do in the circumstances of those listening to our broadcast. If you are camping a long way from civilization or in a third world, you would want to do two things. First of all put the baby in tepid water to let it absorb as much water through its skin as possible and also cool it off. You would also want to gently give the baby an enema of a mixture of water with a teaspoonful of salt to a quart of water. Gently giving a baby an enema of water and salt is the best way to re-hydrate an infant by simple means with little hazard of giving it too much water. Of course giving it a bottle with plain water or the same mixture of salt and water as you could give the baby by enema would also work.

A listless baby with sunken fontanels with a fever is nigh unto being a dead baby. And what it needs is water and it will survive. The beauty of doing what we are suggesting is that it is basically a no risk performance as long as you don't drown the baby or be too rough with an enema.

Q14 What about an elderly person with a dry mouth and sunken eyes that is listless and hot?

If the person will drink water, that is the best treatment other than calling 911. It is more difficult to get an adult into a bath tub, but the skin will absorb some water through it and of course a water enema will also work but taking water by mouth is the preferred route to get water in the body.

Q15 What about mild dehydration, how does that show itself?

Lack of energy, lack of clearness of thoughts, feelings of mental, emotional and physical tiredness are the common symptoms of mild dehydration.

Q16 But doesn't everybody feel that way if not all the time, some of the time?

What I am hearing you say is that tiredness or fatigue or fuzzy thinking is too common to be specific for dehydration. However there have been several scientific experiments that have studied the effect of water on athletic performance.

Q 17 Start with the most famous story.

The story that I think is the most famous is about climbing Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It's summit is 29,028 feet above sea level. Men for a long time tried to conquer Everest. The Swiss team in 1952 came within 800 feet of the summit. They just could not go farther. They turned back 800 feet from the top. The British studied what the Swiss did and learned that they drank 2 glasses of water a day during their climb. The British team drank 12 glasses of water a day and made it all the way to the top the very next year in 1953 to be the first climbers to make it to the top. Drinking 12 instead of 2 glasses of water was no doubt the secret of their endurance and success.

Q18 What is another story about water drinking?

Dr. Pitts of Harvard University test trained athletes on a treadmill to see how long they could last. They used the same athletes each time and gave them differing amounts of water to drink while they were on the treadmill. So the only variable was the amount of water that they drank. When Dr. Pitts let them have no water while on the treadmill the average length of time that a trained athlete could stay continuously on the treadmill was an average of 3 and 1/2 hours when they would have to stop because they got to hot and too tired. Their temperature went up sharply and they just could not continue.

Then they let the same athletes drink all the water they wanted while on the treadmill and this time they could keep going on the treadmill for 6 hours. At the end of 6 hours again the temperature went up and they got too tired and too hot to continue.

The third time they let them drink all the water they wanted and instructed them to drink 1/3 more water than they desired from getting thirsty. This time they stopped the experiment after 7 hours because the temperature had not even begun to go up as it steadily climbed previously and after 7 hours the athletes were not a bit tired. So they figured, they would just go without that knowledge rather than keeping the experiment going for who knows how many days. The point is that as long as the athletes were well hydrated, their endurance stayed high and their body temperature stayed normal.

Q19 So death on one hand results from dehydration and unflagging energy and a normal temperature is the result from good hydration. How much water does your body use every day?

It is calculated that the body uses 40,000 glasses of water a day and that the kidneys filter 400 gallons of water a day. However the usual urine output per day is only 5.5 glasses. The body is the original recycler. The body recycles the water in it big time.

Q20 If the body only produces an average of 5 and 1/2 glasses of urine a day, why are we told that we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

Two glasses of water are lost a day through the skin. Another two glasses of water is lost from the body each day through the lungs and a further 1/2 glass of water is lost each day from bowel movements. That totals 10 glasses of water a day that is lost from the body.

Q21 If dehydration is a lethal problem - why are we advised generally that 8 glasses of water a day are adequate?

That is because 3 glasses of water is in the food we eat - assuming that we are eating whole fruits and vegetables. There is another 1.5 glasses a day that comes from chemical reactions in the body that makes energy and water from burning sugar. So when all of these factors are taken into consideration, 8 glasses of water a day is what is generally agreed on to be what we need under normal conditions.


Q22 Is it really true that coffee and cokes and soft drinks that contain caffeine really dehydrate the body?

Yes it is really true because of the diuretics in tea and coffee and softdrinks take water out of the body in excess of the volume of water that is drunk with the caffeine. One cup of coffee makes you urineate 1 and 1/2 cups of urine. When this goes on day after day, the body gets more and more dehydrated. No wonder people are tired, tired, tired! They are dehydrated!

Q23 Do you have any advice about what is the best water to drink?

We have no sponsors that we need to exalt before you. Tap water in the cities is generally chlorinated. Chlorine is a poison gass and distilled water without the chlorine in it would be better to drink. But it is better to drink clorinated water than to be dehydrated. The coffee that is drunk and the beer etc. is generally much worse than chlorinated water because of the alcohol and caffeine it contains. And if the coffee and beer is made with tap water, then it will have the chlorine in it too, so it is doubly contaminated.

Q24 How good is bottled water?

It is as good as the water in the bottle. If you can be sure that the bottled water is not just tap water bottled - then it may be better.

Q25 Is there any disadvantage to bottled water?

There are generally two disadvantages to bottled water. The first is the cost. The second is that many bottled waters come in soft plastic bottles. The plastic chemicals leach into the water and so are less desirable for that reason.

Q26 So what is the very best water?

The very best water is distilled water in a glass container!

Q27 Isn't mineral water better than distilled water?

No, we get all the minerals we need from the ground eating plant foods that get their minerals from the ground and put it in a form that we can take it into our bodies. Nobody has ever improved on the plan God gave us in the beginning of time to eat whole plant foods to get all of our minerals that we need. Water, pure water is the best liquid to drink.

Q28 Are there any other benefits to drinking enough water every day besides the brain working efficiently and not feeling tired?

Yes, optimal brain function and great endurance are just the tip of the iceberg of advantages to being well hydrated. A beautiful, supple skin, a sweet breath, good bowel movements, clear eyes, an enhanced immune system, and looking younger longer are also among the benefits of not getting dried up like a prune.

Q29 How does good hydration help the immune system?

For a starters good hydration aids in good blood circulation. If the bood is dried up, that means that it is thicker than it should be and causes the heart to work harder to circulate the blood and is a cause of of high blood pressure. If the white cells are moving sluggisly, and the cell membranes are a bit still, the white cells cannot move as freely as they can with normal supple walls. The body chemistry just works better when it has anough water and to spare in doing all the chemical reactions involved in the immune system and the rest of the body metabolism. It would be the difference between a foot soldier with and without arthritis. The soldier without arthritis could fight much better than one with arthritis, with stiff, sore joints.

Q30 One of the simple remedies for the common cold is to drink a glass of water every ten minutes when you first feel a cold coming on. The reports I have heard is that it will stop the cold from every developing. What do you think about that cold remedy?

It has worked for me the times I have tried it! That is a great cold remedy. If people with chronic pain would drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, they would be surprised how much less pain they would feel. I challenge anyone with chronic pain to try it for just ten days, and then send up an email or give us a call and let us know how much better they feel.

Q31 Do you drink 8 glasses of water a day? How do you manage that?

I do drink 8 glasses or two quarts of water a day. I drink one quart of warm water when I get up in the morning about an hour before breakfast. Then about an hour before lunch I drink a second quart of water. I have done this for years and can highly recommend it for regular bowels and lots of energy during the day.

Q32 In closing what water prescription would you give for free to any who would like to have the prescription? (ask each doctor)

I would prescribe a quart of warm water every morning an hour before breakfast and a quart of water an hour before lunch every day.

Q33 Any closing remarks about water?

There is a whole discipline called hydrotherapy - that is the use of water in treatments that we have not even mentioned. If you give us a call we can recommend books for sale on hydrotherapy and also specific treatment instructions that may interest you. The big advantage of water is that no bugs are immune to it and water works for a wide spectrum of aliments. Give us a call about water treatments and see what they can do for you!