Chronic dehydration sets the stage for cancer

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It has long been established that cancer thrives in a low-oxygen and acidic environment. Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his findings that revealed that all normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen.

Warburg said: “Deprive a cell 35 percent of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”

So what is the connection between dehydration and cancer formation?

Oxygen transport

Water is the primary transporter of oxygen to the cells. Water is also the primary transport for the removal of toxins out of the cells and out of the body. In order to for detoxification to occur it’s important to keep well hydrated.


Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification creating fertile ground for many diseases, including some cancers.

Accumulating toxins

Lack of oxygenation and toxin accumulations also make the body much more vulnerable to the proliferation of microbes such as certain bacteria, viruses and fungi that are associated with cancer.

Kidney impairment

Chronic dehydration can result in the kidneys not working properly to maintain a balanced acid-alkaline state of body fluids. It is well known that cancer thrives in an acidic environment and a healthy body maintains a slightly alkaline pH.

Immune suppression

Dehydration suppresses the immune system in three different ways:

  • Histamine production in the body is increased which also increases the production of a chemical called vasopressin, a strong suppressor of the immune system.
  • Excess histamine also causes the shutdown of interferon, a critical anticancer chemical that is present in a hydrated body.
  • Histamine suppresses immune activity in the bone marrow, which is the central production center of the white blood cells – the immune cells that destroy and digest cancer cells.

Research shows

  • Evidence suggests that by maintaining adequate hydration a woman can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • The risk of colon cancer was reduced by 45% in women and 32% in men who drank four or five glasses of water daily
  • People with low fluid intake are more likely to develop urinary tract cancers including prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer

The dehydrated body will pull water from less critical areas of the body to preserve the function of critical organs.

Dehydration and cancer formation are integrally linked for all of the reasons mentioned above so keeping the body well hydrated is a key lifestyle factor in cancer prevention.

 The type of water you drink is also important. The water must be filtered of most contaminants without removing the natural occurring minerals.

Drinking alkaline filtered water is becoming well known in many of the alternative and traditional cancer clinics. The reason for this is because this type of water can increase hydration 6 times, improve cellular oxygenation, remove toxins safely and effectively, and provide a powerful antioxidant to reduce the damaging effects of toxins and acidic waste in the body.


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Julia Abelsohn

Julia Abelsohn is a writer, editor and clinical aromatherapist. She has been sharing her expertise and passion for health and wellness for over 25 years. When not at her desk she can be found exploring the many trails and green spaces near her home in Edmonton, Alberta.

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