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.
So what is the connection between dehydration and cancer formation?
Water is the primary transporter of oxygen cells to the cells. Water is also the primary transport for the removal of toxins out of the cells and out of the body.
Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification creating fertile ground for many diseases, including some cancers.
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.
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.
Dehydration suppresses the immune system in three different ways:
1) Histamine production in the body is increased which also increases the production of a chemical called vasopressin, a strong suppressor of the immune system.
2) Excess histamine also causes the shutdown of interferon, a critical anticancer chemical that is present in a hydrated body.
3) 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.
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