The First Step in Natural Healing Therapies Drinking Enough Water - Health - Alternative Medicine

The First Step in Natural Healing Therapies: Drinking Enough Water   by Donna Rae

in Health / Alternative Medicine    (submitted 2011-04-25)

Lots of people come to the internet searching for articles about natural healing therapies. They search for directions concerning various health issues. Readers try to find tips on healing any number of ailments naturally. These people may have been to a physician or other health care professional already. This care giver may recommended a prescription of some kind, or even several prescriptions. The patients are often very intelligent, and are careful to investigate any side effects of taking the prescribed drugs.

Patients like this sometimes want to try to treat their conditions through natural healing therapies rather than risking the side effects often experienced when taking physician-prescribed pharmaceuticals. People like this are fairly likely to ask questions on websites and forums dedicated to educating the public about various alternative therapies.

How Natural Healing Therapies Are Different From Medical Care

Some blog or forum owners might say, "You need to take these supplements or dietary aids for your condition." Readers then become customers. Since the average health seeker is familiar with taking pharmaceutical drugs as prescribed by a physician, this person may ask, "How can I order some of your products?"

Natural healing therapy takes an entirely different approach. With natural healing, the role of the care giver is shifted over to the patient himself. The person who is knowledgeable about natural methods of healing is simply a teacher who is willing to educate others.

The idea behind natural healing is that the "patient," who is now in the role of a student, has done something, or possibly has left out something, which has led to the body becoming out of balance. In time, body imbalances can lead to diseases and disorders. Natural healing seeks to find out the cause of the imbalance, then go back to correct whatever it was that has led to the illness. In this form of therapy, instead of actions which lead to illness, actions are encouraged which lead to health, wellness, and a long, happy life.

The First Step in Natural Healing Therapies is to Drink Lots of Water

The first step in utilizing natural healing therapies is to drink a lot of purified water. The human body contains approximately 70% water. If anyone were to refrain from drinking water for three days, he would die. How much water is considered enough?

According to Our Bodies Many Cries For Water, written by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, adults should consume half their body weight in ounces in purified drinking water. Men who weigh around 250 pounds should be drinking at least a gallon of water every day. Ladies who weigh around 130 pounds should be drinking at least a half gallon of water every day. Athletes and sports enthusiasts recommend drinking even more water. Many body builders and elite athletes recommend double the minimum amount of water in order to stay hydrated while working out or training.

People who are new to more natural ways to heal the body may feel the most comfortable starting with half their body weight in ounces of pure water and increasing the volume from there.