Why Do I Drink Everything But Water?

Brain Transmissions

Understanding why you drink everything but water requires that you first understand how the signal for water is made in your brain.  Your body breaks down proteins into their building blocks called amino acids.  These amino acids enter your blood and make their way to your brain where they get a name change.  In the brain, these amino acids are called neurotransmitters because they are used by your brains to send signals like thirst.  In other words, these amino acids (aka neurotransmitters once in the brain) are used as messengers for the brain.  They are used to send the message of thirst and many other messages.

If you don’t have enough amino acids to act as the brain’s neurotransmitters, then you cannot signal thirst and many other messages.  If you can’t signal thirst, for example, then you won’t crave or have an internal desire for water.  Typically, you won’t even like the way it taste.  Therefore, you may want to drink things that taste good and end up drinking everything but water.


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How Can I make Myself Drink More Water?

Simple.  Increase the complete proteins in your diet.  When you increase the protein in your diet, you increase the amount of amino acids that are available to the brain to serve as messengers called neurotransmitters.

These amino acid neurotransmitters will be used to signal thirst.  The cheapest way to increase your proteins is to eat quinoa with any type of beans (black beans, lentils, navy beans and etc).  Experience the synergy of these superfoods.  Keep in mind that you may need enzymes to help you digest the protein and make it available to your body.

Our classic example at Optimum Health is a 25-year-old 6 foot 1 inch dehydrated male who said, “I am just going to be honest.  I don’t like water and I don’t drink it.  This is not going to change.”  We put him on a protein supplement and told him to come back for a follow-up appointment in two weeks.  When he returned, he walked in the door, popped open a 16 ounce bottle of water and chugged it!  Then he turned and said, “I don’t know what you did to me but you sure dried me out.  I can’t get enough water!”

For those who prefer a protein supplement, try our Optimum You, Superfood Protein Drink that we make daily at our center.  It will make you crave the right amount of water for you each day and fuel your body’s recovery in many other ways.  Call to purchase:




When I Drink Enough Water, What Can I Expect to Change?

Correcting your protein levels will help you drink enough water causing many things to change. That is the nice thing about giving the body what it needs instead of giving the body medicines and herbs. Drinking enough water will thin your blood appropriately which can help drop your blood pressure to normal.  Dropping your blood pressure to normal will, in turn, lower your cholesterol levels.  Drinking enough water can rinse your kidneys and keep them healthy.

Correcting your protein levels doesn’t just make you drink more water, it also:

  • Tightens your skin getting rid of wrinkles.
  • Strengthens your immune system eliminating the flu, allergies and colds.
  • Strengthens your hair and makes it shine.
  • Increases your muscle mass and definition.


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