Setting One Record Straight

//Setting One Record Straight

Setting One Record Straight


An elderly client of mine who is having some issues recently received this e-mail from a well-meaning friend. I would like to comment on this misleading and potentially harmful advice. Below is a snippet from the e-mail:


How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night.

Heart Attack and Water – I never knew all of this ! Interesting…….

Something else I didn’t know … I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor – Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!

I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water…

Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.”


According to Oriental medicine, different systems of the body are more active and adjust at certain times of the day to return to balance. The stomach and pancreas are most active after lunchtime. Our ideal lunchtime begins between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The stomach and pancreas become more active between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sleepiness after lunch indicates either that our digestion is weak or we’re experiencing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).


The kidneys and bladder are active between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. and when we are in a horizontal position. The kidneys filter toxins from our blood and regulate our water and mineral balance while we sleep. We eliminate these toxins after we rise in the morning. As we age, we tend to become more dry and lose some of our natural flexibility. The lack of flexibility in the kidneys, bladder, and prostate (in a man’s case) causes us to wake up to urinate. The modern diet full of meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and baked goods intensifies rigidity, as do iced drinks.


The most important source of water is in our food.  Water in food helps flexibility. Our bodies absorb water within food more effectively through digestion. Healthy foods such as cooked grains, beans, vegetables, salads, and fruits have a naturally high water content. A variety of these foods creates a healthy balance of minerals that helps avoid cramping at night. Compare the difference in water between a chip, a dry cereal, or a cracker with that of a boiled grain. Dry foods make it difficult to absorb water effectively, much like what happens when a potted plant dries out and is then watered. Furthermore, excess water interferes with deep, refreshing sleep. We ideally use drinks and fluids for our enjoyment and to satisfy thirst.

By | 2017-09-10T06:01:58+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Macrobiotics|5 Comments

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Denny Waxman is an internationally recognized teacher, counselor, and writer on health, natural healing and macrobiotics.


  1. Andrew Chaplowitz March 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    As usual, a comprehensive answer. I graduated from the Kushi Level 1 in NY when it was offered in 1990. Denny was one of the teachers.
    Also, I was in Philly for the first time last week and stopped in Essene. While no longer owned by Denny and Howard, what a store!

  2. brit March 27, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    glad to hear this as when I was learning about macrobiotics I was told NOT to drink water =:0 Thankfully I ignored that foolish advice. brit

    • Denny Waxman March 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comment. Please check out the Great Life Diet to see how many others thing I have changed. I have completely adapted macrobiotic practice to suit our needs at the present time.

  3. George Luke April 14, 2014 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Thanks Denny this is great post thanks for sharing. This is really helpful,helped me very much to change

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