This is the basic recipe as taught by F.Batmanghelidj MD in his book: Your Body's Many Cries for Water (and his other books) on his watercure website). I urge you to go to these sites for additional information about the role of proper daily hydration and health and for in-depth scientific analysis and explanations that are beyond the scope of this book. All bowel types (1, 2, and 3) need to do the watercure exactly as described below. If you find any discrepancies or contradictions in any information you find outside of this book, please go to my website and check out the FAQ section.

The following is a summary of the steps of the watercure recipe.

1) The water we drink must be free of all impurities.

The water we drink must be free of all impurities. If you do not have an effective point-of-use home water purifier, I have used and recommended the solid carbon block 750SB from the Multi Pure Corporation for over 20 years. It is the most thoroughly tested and most effective unit in the marketplace today. I do not recommend bottled water in general because it is difficult to know how long the water has been in the plastic and how many temperature fluctuations it has been subject to. Plastic residue can leach into the water and bacterial infestations are possible. If you must drink bottled water, contact the company and insist on seeing their testing data. Compare it to the testing data from Multi Pure. It will not compare favorably, but at least it may be better than tap water. If you must drink your tap water (heaven forbid), make sure you boil it to kill bacteria (but boiling will not eliminate any chemical contamination), and then let it stand out in a wide pan to let the chlorine (if present) dissipate. The best choice is a point of use home water purifier from Multi Pure. Safest, easiest, most cost effective.

2) The water we drink must be warm.

Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Warm!

The water you drink must be warm. Not hot, not cold, warm. The best temperature varies from person to person based on body type, metabolism, and current state of health. Room temperature may be too cool because water, standing alone, will always want to return to its original temperature. Something between 65 and 85 degrees is probably ideal. Just warm up some water on your stove. You will have to experiment to find out what works best for you. Our normal internal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. Your body works very hard to maintain this internal temperature. When you are sick, it takes extra energy and extra nutrients to maintain homeostasis, including your internal body temperature. When you are sick, you usually don't eat ice cream, you eat soup and crackers, right? It simply makes sense to drink warm water when you are sick. When you are completely free of any and all digestive system problems, please feel free to eat and drink cold foods and beverages again. Then, let me know what you discover. My experience has taught me that digestion seems to work best when foods and beverages are warm, not cold, and not hot. (This refers to temperature hot and spicy hot.) If you are very ill, the warmer the water is the better. The warmest water is most important first thing in the morning as you will see in step 5 of the watercure recipe. In some situations you may need to invest in a thermos and make sure you have warm drinking water available to you all day long. Until you have completely recovered your health and energy, avoid cold water and other cold beverages and influences.

3) Every ounce of water you drink must contain the Celtic sea salt for best results.

The water you drink must contain salt. Sea salt is best. Celtic sea salt is the best sea salt. One quarter teaspoon of salt per one quart of drinking water. One quart is 32 ounces. The Celtic sea salt from the Grain and Salt Society is now available in many retail stores. You can also phone them at 1-800-867-7258. ( www.celticseasalt.com) The reason for adding the salt to your water is to aid the process of absorption and assimilation of the water molecules into your blood and into your cells. The presence of the salt also has an alkalinizing effect which is conducive to the natural healing process. If you cannot handle the taste of one quarter teaspoon of salt per quart of water, don't worry. Just start with a smaller amount, even if that smaller amount is one grain of salt! Each day just add a little bit more salt, and before you know it you will be in full compliance. Most people have some difficulty when first drinking intentionally salted water. These same people also report that they prefer the salted water once they get used to it and once they experience the profound benefits of proper daily hydration. There is more information in the next few paragraphs below under the heading: Why is Proper Daily Hydration So Important?

4) Drink your warm salted water throughout the entire day. Space-it-out.

Drink your salted water throughout the entire day. Be gentle. Try not to drink too fast or drink too much at any one time. Try to space it out evenly throughout the day. If you have a history of incontinence, other bladder problems, frequent bladder and urinary tract infections, or you are concerned about the increased amount of water you will be drinking…relax. This isn't something I am telling you about because it sounded like a good idea. This is a powerful solution to all kinds of problems. I have witnessed this in my own life and in the lives of my clients during the last ten years. As your kidneys and bladder become properly re-hydrated their normal functions will get better not worse, and any associated problems in these areas will get better, not worse. Just follow these directions precisely. Be patient. Go slow but steady.

5) Drink one quart of warm salted water within the first hour of waking up each day. If you weigh 120 pounds or less, you can get by with 24 ounces in that first hour.

Drink at least one quart of warm salted water (that's 32 ounces) within the first hour of waking up each day. Try to wake up within an hour of sunrise if at all possible. Our body co-exists in a natural symbiotic relationship with the seasons and the tides and the rising and setting of the sun. Natural healing co-exists in harmony with the forces at work in the natural world. These same forces are at work inside our bodies. Each morning our body is the most dehydrated, the most acidic, and the most toxic. This habit of starting each day by consuming one quart of salted water within the first hour of waking up is a very important key to getting and maintaining the very best results possible from the watercure. If you weigh less than 120 pounds, then you can start your day with 24 ounces of salted water, not 32 ounces. (Yes, children too.)

6) The outflow of urine should be equal in volume to the inflow of water. The color of your urine should be very light yellow or almost clear like the color of lite beer.

The amount of urine you eliminate should be equal to the amount of water you drink each day. It may take several days but not usually more than several weeks to see this balance happening with your body. You've never measured your outflow of urine? Neither had I. Join the club. Hey, we get to do all kinds of strange and curious things in the name of natural healing. Wait till we get to the section on colon

cleansing! The color of the first morning urine can be moderately yellow, but the rest of the urine should be very light yellow to almost clear like the color of lite beer. Dark yellow to orange colored urine is a sure sign of dehydration and possible kidney
stagnation which is not good. If the color of your urine is currently orange or very dark yellow and it does not become significantly lighter within several days of doing the water-cure, you should check with your medical doctor right away.

7) You must consume half your body weight in ounces of warm salted water every day. If you weigh 200 pounds you need to drink 100 ounces of water. It's just this simple.

You must consume half your body weight in ounces of water per day, each and every day to recover from the symptoms of long term, chronic, unintentional dehydration and to prevent it from happening again. Read that rather long sentence again, and then several times after that, for it represents the most important part of the watercure recipe. You must consume the right quality water and you must consume the right amount or quantity of water. I have never been one for “set prescriptions” especially when it comes to our food and beverage intake. Set prescriptions are usually reserved for drugs, not for habits in the world of natural healing. However, there are always exceptions to the rules, and this is absolutely one of those exceptional rules. Please do not underestimate the importance of being consistent

with the correct amount of water you need to drink each day. Water and salt in combination promote and restore proper hydration levels within the cells and systems of the body. Proper daily hydration is the most significant biomodulating and homeostatic influence inside the human body. When the body is properly and consistently hydrated, everything else functions better. If you exercise and sweat, consume any diuretic beverages (alcohol, coffee, tea, soda, anything with caffeine), then you will need to consume more water. Your body loses 32 ounces of water each day just from breathing and sleeping and sitting around! If you exert yourself vigorously and sweat profusely, you will need to be very careful to restore proper hydration levels and then maintain proper hydration levels. Half your body weight in ounces of water is therefore, the absolute minimum of water you need each day. But don't over hydrate yourself either. Find the balance. Find the right amount of water for you given your unique circumstances.