Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Everybody knows well that “WATER is LIFE”; if there is no water, there is no future for all living beings; human body contains more than 60% water; our mother earth has 71% water; our dependence on water cycle is immense. It is equally true that 60% of all diseases, we normally suffer from, are water borne.

Can anyone deny these facts? Undoubtedly, water related issues have many dimensions.

Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidi, an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocate of the natural healing power of water says that

“Water is the basis of all life and that includes our body. Our muscles that move our body are 75% water; our blood that transports nutrients is 82% water; our lungs that provide oxygen are 90% water; our brain that is the control center of our body is 76% water; even our bones are 25% water.” 

In fact, our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of water we drink.

Notwithstanding these hard truths, if we analyse the whole issue to acknowledge and appreciate the value of water in our life, it is found that we are yet to learn well how to drink water so as to reap immense health benefits.

Yes, we all know that it is desirable for us to drink three to four litres of water daily in a normal condition. But, do we actually know when to drink water and how to drink water?

This question may seem to be absurd at first sight but if we go through next few lines, we would surely appreciate the importance of it. In fact, drinking water has a system and a pattern to be followed in order to reap optimum benefit. 

To put it precisely, we should take water slowly while seated comfortably. It is better to feel that water is going down your stomach through the food pipe called oesophagus in medical terminology.

Drinking two glass of water, preferably lukewarm with two spoonful lemon juice poured in it during  morning hours in empty stomach is highly advantageous for our health- heart, belly, intestine, eyes to name a few. For added benefits, you can add some honey (one spoonful, if you are not diabetic) or some salt, preferably pink salt (quarter spoonful, if you don’t have high BP problem).

But what about drinking "Luke Warm Water" instead of cold water as a matter of routine?

Undoubtedly, it is always better to have lukewarm water than cold water. Health experts are of the view that by drinking lukewarm water, fat deposits in the body and toxins circulating in the blood are eliminated slowly from the body. It also helps improve blood circulation and lowers the risk of various health complications due to the presence of toxins in the body. 

In fact, drinking warm water has other inter- related health benefits. It helps in - digestion, nasal and throat congestion, reduction of body weight, prevention of pimples and acne, prevention of premature aging and skin infections, to name a few. Drinking warm water has another big advantage - we are at a relatively lower risk of falling prey to a number of water borne diseases. 

Experts do opine:

  • Not to drink water in between any meal, just before or after any meal. Truly speaking, we should drink water at least half an hour before and after any meal.
  • Keeping the body hydrated during sleeping hours avoids the possibility of brain and heart strokes at night.
  • If you are feeling stressed, take few sip of water to get yourself de-stressed immediately. 

In short, if we practice the art of drinking water, many of our health problems and diseases which include Arthritis, Heart burn, Migraine, Constipation, Colitis, Kidney problems, Asthma, High BP and Back pain, will be mitigated, if not completely eliminated without incurring any extra cost.

Before signing off, one point of caution : In case you are under treatment of any disease or under any medical supervision, do follow the prescription of your doctor and/or seek his/her medical advice on the subject.

As always, I'm keen to know what you think on this subject. Hence, request you to post comments to share your views and experiences.

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