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Depression - what you don't know can hurt you

Perceptive markers of dehydration

When the body becomes dehydrated, the brain can still get water delivered by 'raindrops' but this is not enough to energise it as fully as when the body is hydrated.  

These signs of thirst should help you recognise the earlier stages of depression before it becomes deeply established.
depression skeleton pic

  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling flushed
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling dejected
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling inadequate
  • Feeling a 'heavy head'
  • Cravings
  • Agoraphobia (social anxiety)

When you are too tired to get out of bed first thing in the morning, you are, in fact, so dehydrated that your brain is refusing to get engaged in your daily routine.  Water up and don't let the problem turn into full-blown depression.

What is depression?

If it is the hot season and you are too preoccupied to water your grass, it will die of 'brown grass disease'.  First the grass wilts, then patches of it begin to go yellow and then brown.  In its early stages, depression is like the wilting stage of brown grass disease of the brain cells.  It is a direct outcome of not drinking water on a regular basis and, worse, of drinking caffeinated beverages in place of water.  Caffeine is a drying agent and dehydrates the body.  Sadly you cannot dig up the brain cells and plant new gene-improved models in their place, at least not yet.  You will have to make do with what you have - so water it.

Depression is only a label given to the physiological state of a dehydrated brain that is not able to perform all its sophisticated functions.

The amino acid link to depression

The essential amino acids - listed in the order of their importance for brain function - are histidine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, methionine, lysine, threonine, valine, arginine, leucine, and isoleucine.

Histidine gets converted to the neurotransmillter histamine and is responsible for the water regulation and resource management of the body.  It operates your thirst sensations.

Many emotional problems are associated with excess activity of histamine during its water regulation.  The more the body becomes dehydrated, the more histamine activity takes over the physiological functions that were the responsibility of water.

Brain function is not efficient without histamine when the body is short of water.  In essence, this state of inefficient brain physiology, caused by the missing action of water, is what we call depression.  

Histamine preserves life until water becomes available and can perform its natural functions.  The tricyclic antidepressant medications, and in fact even the more modern antidepressants, function as very strong anti-histamines.

Water: nature's antidepressant medication

Directly or indirectly, water maintains an efficient and effective rate of tryptophan flow into the brain tissue for its immediate conversion into serotonin.  Here's how:

Water Hydration pic
  • Normally, when the body gets dehydrated and cannot produce adequate urine to get rid of its toxic waste and the acid build-up in its cells, certain amino acids are sacrificed to neutralise this acid and make the body more alkaline.
  • Drinking enough water to create colourless urine - resulting in the washing of excess acid out of the body - would automatically conserve these essential amino acids, enabling them to perform their normal roles in the body.
  • If dehydration and lack of exercise become established trends in the lifestyle of any individual, the serotonin levels in the brain of that person will decrease. Thus, adequate exercise is an effective way to replenish brain serotonin levels and ward off depression.

To prevent disease, you must prevent dehydration from getting established in the interior of your body's cells and ensure your water and salt balance is maintained over the long-term.  

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