Nutrition Information

The simple truth is dehydration can cause disease.  Which disease?  Well, according to Dr. Batmanghelidj almost all disease can be linked to dehydration. In his book he points out biological mechanisms connecting water to almost every condition.

Most doctors will recommend 8 -10 glasses of water per day. This can help out a significant amount of people.  But drinking 8-10 glasses of water may not be enough for some people.  You know by reading my other posts that I am constantly saying that each person has their own biochemical individuality.  This holds true when it comes to water.

Since I practice in Arizona, we see many patients come in with dehydration. Just normal breathing here can lead to dehydration if you are not restoring your fluids.

Water may not fix every problem.  But problems “caused” by dehydration cannot be solved without addressing that “cause”, no matter what therapy is employed.

Keeping this in mind, restoring and maintaining adequate hydration can increase the effectiveness of clinical therapies.

The human body is 25% solid or solute and 75% water which is the solvent. The solute refers to the enzymes, minerals, proteins, hormones, etc. Over the years medicine has attempted to manipulate the solute in the body to achieve health benefits.

However if the solvent is depleted, the electromagnetic fields of the solute will not work at their capacity. Proteins and enzymes function more efficiently in solutions of lower viscosity. In other words in solutions of higher viscosity, i.e. dehydration, proteins, enzymes and hormones become less efficient.

Therefore every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the flow of water!

Often, when people think thirst, coffee, tea, alcohol, soft drinks, etc. come to mind; however, these concentrated fluids can never substitute for the body’s need for water.  In fact these substances can actually increase dehydration because the body must further dilute them due to their concentrated composition.

So the very things we drink for dehydration actually make the situation worse from a cellular perspective.

At the cell membrane, the osmotic flow of water through the membrane can generate “hydroelectric” energy or voltage that is converted and stored in the energy pools of ATP and GTP. ATP and GTP are like vital cell battery systems storing energy particularly important in neurotransmission. So dehydration can cause a type of cellular fatigue.

The brain has absolute priority in the water rationing system of the body.  Products manufactured in the brain cells are transported on “waterways” to their destination in the nerve endings for use in the transmission of messages. There seems to exist small waterways or micro streams along the length of nerves that “float” the packaged materials along “guide lines” called microtubules.

Water also has a firmly established and essential hydrolytic role in all aspects of metabolism. Similar to the chemical powers of water that make a seed grow, these water dependent chemical processes we call hydrolysis are essential for life.

“Hydro” refers to water and “lysis” means separation. Water is essential for the splitting or separation of proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, etc.

Let’s look at a possible dehydration pain link. Histamine is one of the ways the body regulates water intake and distribution in the body. As histamine and its subordinate water regulators prostaglandins, kinins, etc. become excessively active they cause pain when they come across pain sensing nerves in the body.

Another “thirst” signal of the body is joint pain. As we know, cartilage has a high concentration of water. This “held water” allows the cartilage to provide almost friction-less joint movement. The water being the lubricant that protects the contact surfaces of the joint. As joints move and the cartilage surfaces glide over one another, some exposed cells die and are removed. New cells take their place.

In well-hydrated cartilage the rate of friction damage is minimal.

In dehydrated cartilage the rate of abrasive damage is increased. The water to hydrate cartilage comes from the base through the bone marrow and the bone however, there is competition as growing blood cells in the marrow take priority over cartilage for the available water.

SKIN TEST Pull up the skin from the top of the hand and create a small tent of skin. Release the skin and watch to see how long it takes to return to normal. It should be immediate in a well hydrated person. This brief test takes seconds and can serve as a tool to evaluate periodic periods of dehydration.

So get at least 8 glasses of pure water per day.  Another important tip is to sip your water.  Chugging your water down can actually have a negative effect on your health.  So slow it down, and just sip it throughout the day.


Dr Heimlich, DC DACNB




Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, DACNB, Explains:

For those of you who don’t know, Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease which causes your body to attack its own tissue which can lead to tissue damage; thyroid and other tissues.

Sometimes a patient wants to avoid taking thyroid medications, or they’ve tried and the medication made them feel worse.  One thing is certain – if the underlying CAUSE is not found, the out of balance immune system can and often does lead to other areas of the body being targeted for destruction.  Taking thyroid medication is sometimes necessary due to the Hashimoto’s process causing thyroid tissue destruction.
Why?  Because with less thyroid gland tissue there will be less thyroid hormone produced.

It is important to THOROUGHLY EVALUATE each individual’s situation, and where necessary, use a holistic and the medical approach together.

So Where Do You Start?

1.   Identify and remove the trigger(s) that aggravate the immune system (foods, chemicals, hormonal imbalance, etc.).

2.  Quench the existing body-wide inflammatory cascade (with diet & lifestyle changes and specific supplements that down regulate pro-inflammatory processes and up-regulate anti-inflammatory processes).

3.  Aid in the repair the GI tract barrier

4.  Support the damaged autoimmune target with specific supplements and/or medical hormone replacement therapy (as in the case of thyroid and pancreas damage by co-managing the illness with your medical doctor)

5.  Re-mediate any abnormal brain and nervous system function with Brain Based Therapy

It is important to consider that the thyroid gland has major influence in all of these areas:

Enhances a portion of the nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system.
Promotes breakdown of blood sugar, mobilizes fats, essential for protein synthesis, and enhances the liver’s synthesis of cholesterol.
Promotes normal adult nervous system function and mood.
Promotes normal functioning of the heart.
Promotes normal muscular growth and function.
Promotes normal GI motility and tone; increases secretion of digestive juices, particularly that of the gallbladder and the stomach.
Promotes normal female reproductive ability and lactation.
Promotes normal hydration and secretory activity of the skin.

Here are a few more key things to remember:

Bone:  Deficiency of thyroid hormones lead to a decrease in bone development and an abnormal architecture of the bone that is created.  Generally, a functionally low (which means low but not flagged as of yet) serum calcium is noted in hypothyroidism.  Elevated thyroid hormones causes an increased serum calcium, as it pulls calcium from the bone, leading to increased risk of pathological fractures of the spine and weight bearing joints.

Gastrointestinal Function:  Transit time is affected directly by thyroid hormones as is absorption of nutrients.

Male Hormones:  Hypothyroidism has been linked to diminished libido and impotence.  Although this condition is rarer in men, it must be considered in treating these conditions.

Liver and Gallbladder Function:  Low thyroid function caused decreased liver clearance and gall bladder congestion through thickening of the bile, often also associated with an elevation of cholesterol.

Body Composition:  As you may know all too well, low thyroid function causes an inability to lose weight.  This is caused by a slowed conversion of glucose and fat into energy, and altering the way Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is metabolized in the body.

Blood Sugar Regulation:  Low thyroid slows the insulin response to glucose following eating carbohydrates or sugar and it also slows glucose uptake into cells and tissues, and slows absorption of glucose from the intestinal tract.  In other words, your entire energy production system is slowed.  It is quite confounding to your body and brain, in that the glucose is in the blood, but the tissues are not able to absorb it.  This really confuses the pituitary gland and adrenal glands, resulting in a “stress physiology,” even if life is good.

Cholesterol:  As mentioned earlier, low thyroid increases your cholesterol and triglycerides, so your doctor tells you your diet is poor.  You become even more strict in your diet, and the tissue starvation (low glucose, low energy) gets worse, which makes the stress physiology worse, which makes your cholesterol higher, which prompts your doctor to put you on cholesterol medication, which interferes with energy production, which further stresses your physiology…whew!  You are frustrated!

Depression:  Low thyroid impairs the production of stimulating neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that antidepressants work on.  Low stimulating neurotransmitters leaves you, as one of my professors described, feeling “lower than a snakes belly.”

Female Hormones:  Low thyroid changes the way estrogen is metabolized in the body, shifting toward an estrogen metabolite that has been proven to increase the risk of breast cancer.

Stress:  Low thyroid slows the elimination of the stress hormone cortisol, which leaves you feeling stressed out, not because of “stress,” but because the stress hormone can’t be removed efficiently.

Detoxification:  Low thyroid slows an enzyme critical for metabolic biotransformation, or detoxification, the process by which the body binds and removes all environmental chemicals, and normal byproducts of metabolism, including hormones.  “Toxicity” further slows your metabolism, and leads to headaches and other toxic symptoms.

Digestion:  Low thyroid reduces the release of Gastrin, which determines the output of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, leading to poor protein digestion, sour stomach, and GERD.

Thermoregulation:  Regulation of body temperature is affected by low thyroid, resulting in hot flashes and night sweats, which is especially prominent in perimenopausal women.  This is often blamed on estrogen dropping, but may be directly caused by low thyroid.

PMS and Infertility:  Low thyroid affects the progesterone receptors, making them less sensitive to progesterone, which feels like low progesterone, although the progesterone levels may be normal.  Since the activity of progesterone is diminished, the health of the uterus is insufficient for implantation in the second half of the female cycle, leading to difficulties getting pregnant and PMS.  Low thyroid also reduces sex hormone binding proteins, leading to an increase in estrogen activity.

Anemia:  Low thyroid, as mentioned affects protein metabolism, which then lowers the red blood cell mass, which carries oxygen to tissues for metabolism of energy.  Yes, another mechanism for feeling lousy.

Homocysteine:  Low thyroid slows a process called methylation, often evidenced by elevated serum levels of homocysteine.  Elevated homocysteine in the blood has been proven as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders, and cervical dysplasia.

Since so many body functions are affected or influenced by thyroid hormones, it is vital that your thyroid hormone levels are in the normal functional range.  With long-standing autoimmune attack on your thyroid, those with Hashimotho’s end up with diminished thyroid gland tissue as evidenced by high TSH and very high TPO antibodies (and at times TBG antibodies).  In this scenario, it is likely you will need thyroid hormone replacement AND the Comprehensive Approach For Helping With Autoimmune Illness to prevent or reduce further attack on your thyroid gland (OR OTHER glands and tissues of your body).

Here is an important fact to remember:  15% of patients with Hashimoto’s will show up with a false blood test.  This means that when tested, they will not have high antibody markers, even though they have Hashimoto’s.  That is another reason you can have “normal” labs and still feel crummy.

Properly co-managing your thyroid condition symptoms with medical care and my comprehensive “get to the root cause(s)” approach can prevent or mitigate many devastating consequences to your health and well-being.  Choose to take charge of your health NOW!


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  Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Phoenix Metro Area Fibromyalgia Doctor Comments On The Connection Between Celiac Disease and Thyroid Dysfunction … So what do we know for sure? As early as 2003, the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago reported some startling numbers regarding the prevalence of Celiac disease in America. A fact […]

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