Shannon Malaka 2017
Dehydration and depression:
The valuable resource of water
Water, it is the world’s least abundant resource on planet Earth and yet, a water planet is what we call home. That is because all life on earth is dependent on water. The Earth itself is dependent on its water source as water regulates, renews and replenishes the planet. With all this water in abundance, it doesn’t make much sense how water for us is in small supply. That is because 95% of the world’s water is unavailable for consumption; salt water. It is estimated that only 2% of the water on earth is fresh water and that is the type of water that we need. The rest of the remaining water is trapped underground. Every living thing depends on water’s life sustaining qualities. Plant life consists of 50% to over 90% water and humans consist about 75% water on average. Because of this, it stands to reason without water, life could not survive.
The truth is, with all this water available to us, we are barely surviving, because so little is known about water we end up taking water for granted. Water is more important for us than what we could ever imagine. Water keeps us alive that is certain, but in more ways than one. Water gives us life. It is what is needed for cellular creation, growth and stabilization. But did you know that water contains life giving properties spiritually? There is a reason why Jesus likened Himself and our faith to water, because water is that important.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” Isaiah 55:1
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38
Water is nourishing and yet the human populace could not be more undernourished. It is estimated that over 15 million Americans a year are clinically diagnosed with depression. I would hazard a guess that perhaps the number of un-diagnosed depression exceeds that and the statistics are climbing. The sad fact that can be seen in these statistics is that the clinical measures taken to help with depression are not cure-alls, and in fact they are not working. Why?
Depression is defined as a being ”a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.” While everyone experiences depression from time to time through stresses in life, being in a state of depression long term can be caused by or turn into a mood disorder.
Depression can be mild or severe, and just because you maybe going through some really rough times please do not be so quick to assume God has put depression on you. Some really great leaders of biblical antiquity suffered from depression such as King David, Job, and Jonah. However just because they suffered low points in their lives, does not mean that they didn’t recover, they did. Anyone can recover from depression and the cure may not be as difficult as one has been led to believe.
There are many clinical websites and clinicians who parrot the age old mantra that mood disorders such as depression have no single cause. While this maybe true emotionally, physically depression can be treated at its source, with nutrition and water.
The brain is made up of 85% water and if that water is not replenished daily, it becomes lethargic and sick. Headaches are often associated with the onset of dehydration and can be staved off with a glass of water or two- or more. It really is dependant on how much your body is lacking in its water supply.
Most people assume that they get enough water from alternative sources such as coffee, tea, juice, alcohol and sodas. However, this is not the case. These alternate drinks contain sugar and salt not to mention chemicals that naturally dehydrate your body as they act as diuretics. For every 12 ounces that you drink, you have to re-hydrate your body with almost three times that much with water! The reason being is that your brain is so dependent on water that it will take water from your organs, your bones, your blood, your lungs and muscles in order that it stays functioning. Most people, instead of getting a glass of water, turn to more of these alternative sources and by the end of the day cannot figure out why they are sluggish and run down and cranky and irritable. Sometimes people and children do not need naps so much as they need a refreshing glass of cold clean water!
Scientific studies have shown that water is detrimental to brain function in a way beyond maintaining body function. Water has an unseen spiritual mandate in that it gives life to the living. While emotions can be expressed through chemical reactions within the brain, water actually helps to regulate the brain’s electrical circuit enabling neurons and synapses to fire and interact with one another creating mobility but also thought and reasoning. Without water, we literally cannot think straight and this is in a manner of speaking a perfect definition of what depression is by biblical definition anyway.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
God never promises that we will not have bad things happen to us. One thing He does say that helps us to endure those hardships is to focus on Him and think about good things regardless of what we are going through. Thinking of these good things enable us to retain our hope, but for those who are suffering depression and thoughts of suicide, hope does not seem to be found, anywhere, not even in God.
Did you know that God tells us that our spiritual mandate known as life is in our blood? This is important to know when coping with depression and thoughts of suicide, because the very spiritual nature that cannot be seen but God calls life is contained within the over 90% watery mixture known as our blood. Water carries our spiritual force through out our bodies and when water is depleted our spiritual man suffers just as much as our body suffers. The body feels physical pain, but the spirit feels pain through the expression of negative emotions.
If this sounds all too bizarre, modern day science has conducted interesting experiments on the properties of water. These studies have shown what science fails to address, that the properties contained within water are spiritual in design as science now believe water retains memory. What this means is that science believes that water has the ability to retain the memory of any substances previously dissolved in it, even after many times diluted. The scientist who first discovered this was Dr. Jacques Benveniste who at the time of discovery was perhaps ahead of it’s day. His experiment created controversy and many in the scientific community considered his findings to be fraudulent. However with the help of modern computers, other scientists have discovered these properties and have been able to view what Jacques Benveniste discovered under microscopes. Here is what scientists have discovered so far from Benveniste’s experiment:
“ When a substance is diluted in water, the water can carry the memory of that substance even after it has been so diluted that none of the molecules of the original substance remain; and The molecules of any given substance have a spectrum of frequencies that can be digitally recorded with a computer, then played back into untreated water (using an electronic transducer), and when this is done, the new water will act as if the actual substance were physically present. “ - See more at: http://humansarefree.com/2011/04/water-has-memory-scientific-proof-from.html#sthash.NBGS3Rjl.dpuf
Another ground breaking experiment on water was performed by Dr. Emoto of Japan, who froze droplets of water after the water was subjected to different emotional words spoken or written. His experiments showed that the heart felt words spoken or written with kindness, gratitude and love formed beautiful colorful and intricate ice crystals that were uniform in design. The ice crystals that were subjected to emotional words spoken and written that were filled with anger, hate and indifference formed broken muted and dull colored shapes that were not uniform in design.
Dr. Emoto also used this experiment with various types of music, such as classical and rock and roll. The classical music formed crystals similar to the ones that were uniform, while the water droplets exposed to hard rock formed broken and malformed crystals. From Dr. Emoto’s initial studies, other scientists have performed their own experiments showing that water is attracted to water of the same likeness. Meaning that water exposed to pollution is attracted to water that is also polluted. What was also revealing to these scientists was that the water in the human body also has attractive qualities, giving credibility to the ‘like is attracted to like’ principle. Studies showed that those with negative natures are attracted to others with like minded natures, and this was also proven with those who showed positive natures. The cause for depression is more closer to our hearts that what we might have thought. The scientific studies show that depression is a cause of individual stressors in an individual’s life that is certain, but now science can directly link severity of depression to water consumption and contamination. Through biblical teaching we are shown how important it is to think positively each and every day, even though we maybe enduring difficult times. The scientific processes back up God’s words by showing us that just by our negative thinking alone changes the purity of water by contaminating it. Beneficial thoughts help to cleans the water within our bodies proving that our very lives have a symbiotic relationship with water.
Drinking at least 4-8 glasses of water a day keeps your body hydrated and allows you to think more clearly. When your brain is properly hydrated you are able to systematically and methodically become more capable of rational problem solving and making sound judgments.
Water is a part of the circle of life as water to our bodies and soul is life. The water that was place on Earth by the voice of God is the same water that we use today. This water that we depend on is our only tangible source to survive as the body cannot survive very long without it. Understanding water’s important role helps to ensure that we understand our role in this life as depression has now been proven to be a symptom of water depletion and need not be remedied with prescription chemicals that only mask the problem without providing any cure. What is also important to note is that water is essential in the breakdown of some of the vitamins within our food. If we are not getting enough water, these vitamins cannot become absorbed and the body’s cells become depleted, and these vitamins are vital to hormone function. Vitamin depletion directly effects our mood and is also responsible for depression and other mood disorders.
If you are suffering from depression, consider your nutrition and water intake as food and water- and God through His Son Jesus should be the first source we turn to to help our ailing bodies. If you need someone to talk to, or help please contact Shannon Gilmour as she is your Christian crisis outreach/ life skills coach and mentor.