“SAGA OF WATER”
Drink it in Dawn…
Drink in Dusk…
In Disdain, in Dearth…
In Devotion, with Emotion…
We drink water for every rhyme and reason!
Anything and Everything seems to be coaxing us to ingest the sweet transparent fluid; without which the existence of the human race is hung with a question mark.
It has been so extensively campaigned by health enthusiasts that everyone is aware of the health benefits imparted by water.
It is a magical potion per se.
Provides satiety, nourishment, cleanliness, detoxification to name a few.
The more the good..of course.
Everyone is aware of the Benefits of drinking water.
Here is a glimpse:
- It is a well-known fact that approximately 60 % of the Human Body is made of water.
- Every cell of the body needs water to thrive and carry on it’s activities smoothly.
- At a gross level, it facilitates digestion by avidly aiding in the proper breakdown, mixing and assimilation of food.
- An adequate amount of water helps in clearing of bowels. Prevents constipation.
- Helps in absorbing and flushing out toxins through urine and sweat.
- Maintains a healthy circulation.
- Makes skin soft and supple; causing it to glow.
- Maintains an adequate body temperature.
Summary: Water is an indispensable part of our daily lives.
To drink as much water as you can, is a guideline oversold.
Of Late, Water has been extensively put to the forefront, though undoubtedly it is a major tool for maintaining good health.
Drawbacks of the “Drink as much water as much as you can” guideline are seldom heard of.
But they do exist and are crucial in the overall well being.
Here they are:
1. Dilutes Gastric Secretions: Drinking a lot of water in one go, and loading yourself under the “as much as you can” campaign does more harm than good.
Some people drink more than two litres of water in the morning, on an empty stomach believing it to create magic.
People with a weak digestive system and ones in old age dilute up their gastric juices in wake of drinking excess water.
This results in indigestion and symptoms like bloating, heaviness and discomfort.
This is a major reason for digestive complaints in the elderly.
Ayurveda does not recommend drinking a lot of water just before and immediately after meals for the same reason.
2. People with Kidney Disease should drink water in the prescribed limit. Otherwise, it increases the load on kidneys,resulting in water retention and aggravating the existing problem.
Summary: Avoid drinking excess water immediately before and after meals as it dilutes up the gastric juices and consequently causes Indigestion.
When and how much of water is enough for reaping benefits:
Be meticulous in your approach to drink water.
Carry and keep your personal water bottle, containing preferably Lukewarm water in all seasons.
In the morning, on an empty stomach drink no more than One glass of water.
Later in the day, Drink a sip or two, intermittently Every Now and Then.
In your workplace, keep the bottle on your desk, gulp in two sips after a short meeting or interval and continue similarly.
At home, keep it handy, and do the same.
Drink a Glass of water 45 minutes After Meals. In this time the juices mix with the food and start to act upon it.
Water at a proper time helps in Aiding Digestion.
Drink about Half a litre (17 ounces) of water 2 hours Before Workout and continue taking sips between workout sessions. This Fuels Muscles, Maintains Energy and Prevents Dehydration.
A glass of water can be taken Before going to Sleep. This Nourishes and Relaxes.