The great majority of people do not recognize the absolutely crucial value of drinking water. When doctors say, “Drink plenty of water or you will become dehydrated,” they are talking about the water around your cells, the intercellular water. However, cellular hydration, the water inside the cells themselves is also vitally important. Water is often called a solvent because it is vital to so many processes and variety of procedures where it acts as exactly that, a solvent. It helps to separate waste and nutrients down in the cell so that they can be moved through the various membranes and natural filters in the body.
Research in the field of cellular hydration has shown that when the cell swells up, it triggers an anabolic mechanism in the body, which is a healing mechanism. It is accompanied by positive nitrogen balance, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release, equivalent to useful levels even in older people. Cellular hydration also results in a reduction of cell acidity, reduced autoimmune response, increased fat burning, DNA repair, and increased resistance to viruses.
Now when the cells become dehydrated, it triggers a catabolic state accompanied by muscle wasting, cell hypoxia (oxygen starvation), DNA damage, and accelerated aging. As a result the cell becomes more sensitive to free radicals and more susceptible to viruses and autoimmune diseases. Virtually all symptoms of aging are the result of cellular dehydration accompanied by free radical damage.
Most scientists accept the free radical theory of aging. The free radicals enter our bodies, damage our cells, as well as damage the replication of DNA so that our cells don’t replicate properly. They replicate in this damaged way and our bodies can become more and more damaged as we grow older, until we eventually die as a result. You know, some older people die of things like common colds because their immune systems have been so badly damaged by free radicals over a lifetime.