Dehydration and Thirst

Many people are dehydrated and they don’t know it, having scaly skin, dry nose and dry mouth. People who do not respond to the little voice inside that cries “I’m thirsty” eventually shrivel and shrink. In the extreme, their flesh and organs turn to jerky. Dehydration leads to premature aging. I have seen chronically dehydrated people whose skin looked much older than it should. But I have also seen well-hydrated seniors with youthful skin. Bodily fluids need constant flow and motion to remain healthy and pure. Dehydration leads to stagnation and water retention, as the body fights to hold onto its fluids at all costs. The toxins that are normally flushed downstream are trapped when the body becomes dehydrated, causing a dangerous increase in toxicity. A dehydrated body is like a stagnant pond with leaches, slimy scum and the smell of death. A hydrated person, on the other hand, is like a beautiful mountain meadow flowing with fresh, crystal streams.


Your body’s “thirst indicator” is designed to warn you that the pure streams are getting polluted. It’s similar to the gas gauge on your car, although for many people thirst is not so much like the needle that indicates how full the tank is. For them, thirst is more like the red warning light that comes on just before running out of gas. That sensation of thirst is a sign of dehydration. “By the time you get thirsty, you will have lost energy from the water that you should have drunk … before you get thirsty,” says Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, author of Water for Health, for Healing, for Life. “If you don’t allow the gas tank of your car to [run out] before you stop and get some gas, then why should you let your body become thirsty so that it stalls on the roadside before you drink water?”[1]

Your body needs water all day long … before the red light starts to show.

This excerpt comes from Dr. Frank King’s book, The Healing Revolution: Eight Essentials to Awaken Abundant Life, Naturally. Copyright 2013, Frank J. King, Jr. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.

[1] Water Cure: An Interview with Dr. (January 2014).