Friday, 22 August 2014

Drinking Water ............ Correct way Drinking Water as per Ayurveda

Drinking water at the end of a meal is akin to drinking poison. It kills the Jathaaragni (that aspect of prana or energy which enables the body to digest food) thereby making the food rot inside the system instead of getting digested. This in turn leads to excess acid and gas being produced in the system and a very vicious cycle starts. 

The minimum gap between food and water should be between 1.5 to 2.5 hrs. This also varies based on geographic and other conditions and the duration is higher in the mountains and lower in plains and hot areas. This is because the body’s ability to digest food varies with the ambient conditions.

Water drunk before food should be drunk at least 40 minutes before eating food.

To clean the mouth and throat after food only one or two sips of warm/gunguna water can be taken.

If really thirsty, one can have fresh juice of seasonal fruits after morning meal and buttermilk/chhaas after lunch. Milk can be had after dinner. Though these also contain mostly water, the properties are completely different and they actually help digestion and the body instead of hurting it.

Always drink water sip by sip like one drinks hot tea.

Drink water first thing in the morning. It is to be consumed warm at body temp and should be sipped like hot tea so that max possible saliva goes into the stomach. Only if you are drinking water kept in a copper pot it need not be warmed up as it already has same quality as warm water. Mud pot water is also to be warmed up. 

Below 18 and above 60 years of age should drink only 1.5 to 2 glasses while others should drink upto 1.25 ltrs. i.e. min 3 glasses. This is the only water one should drink without feeling thirsty. Sips should be smallest. Try this for 6 months and see the changes in health. You will feel fresher and lighter, and will see improvements in sleep, digestion, pains, heart.

In case you are regularly taking in water kept in copper pot then you should stop for a couple of weeks after 3 months of continuous usage.

Never drink cold water. It should always be Warm/gunguna or at body temp. Drinking cold water leads to decrease in blood supply to various organs. Over a period of time this leads to the weakening and hence failure of various organs and causes probs like heart attack, kidney failure, brain hemorrhage etc. Drinking chilled water leads to severe constipation. Large intestine shrinks causing various other complications. This is applicable to other cold foods as well.

Correct timing for Drinking Water:

Drink two glasses of water after waking up. This will help to activate the internal organs.
Drink one glass of water 40 minutes before meals. This helps in digestion.
Drink one glass of water before taking a bath. This helps to lower your blood pressure.
Drink one glass of water before bedtime. This helps to avoid stroke or heart attack.
Drink one glass of water before workouts. This helps to arm you against dehydration during an indoor or outdoor workout.
Drink water after workouts. This helps to replace fluids lost by sweating and physical labor.
Drinking water each day before or after going out in public can help to prevent certain types of viruses, or lessen their severity.

Right ways to Drink Water:

Prefer to drink water in glass rather than by bottle directly.
Avoid too much water at a time. Don’t fill your stomach with all water.
Drink more and more water when you are ill.
Make a habit of taking water with you anywhere you go in bottle or any other container you like.

If you are allowed to take water with your medication, do so. Water helps to dissolve the medication and spread it throughout your digestive organs for rapid absorption. 

The Ayurvedic way to drink water:

1. First off, sit down to drink (just as you should sit down to eat).

2. Take sips, not full-glass chugs. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat.

3. Sip water throughout the day. If you chug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.

4. Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally douse the digestive fire.

5. Only sip a small amount of water with your meals.  

6.  Don’t drink loads of water before or after your meals.  

7. Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water.

8. As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply can not apply to everyone. Naturally, the miraculous human body has it’s own built-in measuring system: thirst. If you’re thirsty, drink water. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount.

9. Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you’re amply hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw colored. If it’s dark yellow you need to drink more.

10. Your lips are yet another indicator. If they’re dry you might be dehydrated.

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