If you don’t feel thirsty, if you don’t drink water, nothing is going to happen – you are going to be fine. It’s only in America you will die, if you don’t drink water. Nowhere else do people simply drink water. When they get thirsty, they drink water, otherwise they are fine – even in a desert.
It’s only in America, in cold climates, everybody is carrying a bottle and sipping continuously, because the marketing machines have done this to them – that they must drink lots of water. Excessive consumption of water, especially if it’s done in small sips, the body absorbs. When it absorbs the sodium levels, which are very delicately balanced, will drop. Rest of the body also is affected, but may not be noticeable.
But in the brain, sodium levels dropping, will lead to swelling of the brain. This does not mean that your brain is growing. Swelling means it’s a kind of sickness okay? Not expansion of the brain. It’s swelling up because of lack of sodium content. So because there is not enough sodium, more water goes into the brain, trying to supply the required sodium to keep the balance. So more water in your brain means you will slosh – psychological imbalances will come.
See, if you drink lots of water at one go – the body will decide, how much to absorb, and how much to throw out. But if you keep sipping through the day, the body kind of gets deceived and tends to absorb more water than it should. But let’s say right now you drink two litres of water. All of it is not going to go into the system. What is needed, it will take, the rest of it will be shunted out.
Nobody needs to drink water simply because you think it is a good thing to do. When you feel thirsty, you must drink water. Just to ensure you are drinking enough, drink 10% more than what you actually need. Couple of cups more, just to ensure that you don’t drink less. You have a certain amount of time before you can drink, that it is not an emergency.
At the same time, when you need water, when you are thirsty, if you don’t drink, it will cause damage to the system. The damage to the heart is immense, when the water that is needed is not is not there in the system. But when I say water, it is not about drinking liquid water.
You must eat high water content foods. If you eat a fruit, it is nearly 90% water. Vegetables and other things are over 70% water. When you consume food, at least it must be level with the percentage of water content in your own body. So any food that you eat should be at least 70% water content. So, this is why vegetables, fruits must be part of your diet, so that it is there.