Recently a question about water drinking was posed on my public forum, and I thought the answer might make a good blog topic. Basically, the inquirer wanted to know if humans are naturally adapted to water drinking, since he’d heard of raw fooders giving up or cutting back on the water they drink, and he himself had noticed he had less desire to drink water as he has added more raw foods to his diet.
The popularity and necessity of drinking water arose as we (humans) started taking water out of our foods, and eating the wrong ones. Humans are not natural water drinkers. Even if we make a drinking vessel out of our cupped hands, it flows through the cracks and our noses get in the way. It can be done, obviously, but it’s more of an emergency device. Drinking water is not awkward for species who are biologically adapted for it. They have natural equipment that makes it effortless and efficient.
I attended a class at Woodstock by Robert Lockhart on the topic of dry fasting. He said that water drinking slows down cleansing during a fast, and that a fast is always more powerful when water is not drunk. For this reason it is not for people who are new to fasting, or are coming from an unhealthy lifestyle. Just water fasting is generally enough of a challenge for them (as it still is for me!) He also said it can be dangerous if a person tries it after having been on drugs because the body may not have sufficient fluid reserves to dilute those harmful substances as they are liberated back into the bloodstream for eventual elimination.
The reason why dehydration is so feared in the cooked world is because people who eat the conventional diet require a lot of extra water and quickly become dehydrated when they don’t get it. That’s why they’re always holding a container of some kind or offering each other something to drink. It’s also where the idea comes from that people can only survive 7-8 days without water. I think Robert Lockhart mentioned that he’d fasted for 9 days with no water, and the record is much longer.
Water drinking temporarily turns off the unpleasant symptoms we experience when fasting, and that’s why it’s so popular among fasters. Practitioners encourage it for the most part because they don’t know exactly how toxic their patients are, so there is the legitimate need to ‘manage’ the outflow of toxins. But the idea that we need to drink in advance or in the absence of thirst, even while fasting, is just plain crazy. Thirst is a perfectly reliable indicator of the body’s water needs. If it wasn’t, our species wouldn’t be here.
Personally, I don’t drink much water anymore. I used to have to drink water first thing on waking in the morning, but I find that I now go hours without wanting a sip. I expect I’ll continue to drink less and less as time goes on.