When and how to drink water as per Ayurveda– Water is the most essential and basic thing for survival. Our body constitutes 50-70% of water. It is essential for regulating body temperature, nourishment, balancing body fluids and hydration. To cleanse the channels and better moisture absorption Ayurveda recommends boiled water. You can also add spices and herbs to boiled water such as ginger,basil or mint.
Ayurveda is a centuries old alternate medicine system used for holistic healing. Following Ayurveda rules can be quite beneficial for both prevention and cure of various diseases.
Benefits of drinking water in the correct way
- Better absorption of nutrients.
- Increase in energy.
- Constant flushing out of toxins which keeps the body healthy and boosts immunity.
- Clear skin.
- Relief in constipation.(constipation can be the root cause of many diseases)
- Smooth functioning of all body systems.
- Helps in weight loss by curbing food cravings and increasing metabolic rate.
How to drink water as per Ayurveda
1 Drink only when you are thirsty
Nowadays 8 glasses of water a day is termed essential but as per Ayurveda one should drink water only when they feel thirsty. The amount of water we require per day depends on our body constitution, physical activity and climatic conditions. Extra water will put a strain on kidneys and lead to loss of nutrients. Your body can tell when you need water so be mindful of the signs like dry throat and dry lips. Another sign is the color of urine. It should be light yellow to clear, dark yellow color indicates that body needs more water.
2 Do not drink immediately before or after meals
Ideal time to drink water is 40 minutes before meals and 1.5-2 hours after meals depending on your body type. If you must, take small sips of lukewarm water. You can also drink fresh seasonal fruit juices with breakfast and buttermilk with lunch for better digestion.
Drinking water immediately after meals cools down the heat needed for digestion which can cause bloating, flatulence and upset stomach.
3. Sit and drink water
When we stand and drink water, water goes down with a force this can cause kidney issues and joint pain. Also the nutrients do not get fully absorbed. While sitting the body is relaxed and water reaches gradually to each body part. Nutrients are better absorbed and kidneys can take time to filter the water.
4. Drink water first thing in the morning
Drink water as soon as you wake up without brushing your teeth. It is very helpful in flushing out toxins and boosting metabolism. Drink at least 2 cups of lukewarm water. You can gradually move up-to 3-4 cups. For more health benefits you can add lemon juice as well.
5 Do not drink lot of water in big gulps
Sometimes we are so busy that we keep avoiding drinking water then chug down a lot at once. Gradually it becomes our habit to drink water in big gulps. This can put a strain on the heart. According to Ayurveda we should drink small sips of water patiently while breathing in between to nourish and hydrate the body effectively. Practice this habit whenever you drink water.
6 Avoid ice cold water
I know its refreshing to drink cold water especially if you live in hot regions. But cold water disrupts agni(digestive fire) and leads to constipation, it can also slow down blood flow to other organs and lower metabolic rate. For detoxification and better digestion switch to lukewarm water, if not lukewarm then drink water at room temperature. Its a matter of willingness as the body slowly adapts to change in habits.
7 Drink water stored in copper or silver utensils
Copper has many antioxidants and anti-cancer properties. Silver is anti-bacterial and has a cooling effect on the body it also soothes internal inflammation. Water kept in silver or copper bottles overnight can absorb their nutrients and benefit health immensely.
Simple daily habits like drinking water in the morning, drinking lukewarm water, taking small sips of water and avoiding water right after meals can have a profound impact on our overall health. After all regular flushing out of toxins, high metabolism and ample hydration can protect the body from various diseases and strengthen immunity. having said that there are no hard and fast rules. We have our own needs, be mindful to the signs your body is giving and make a lifestyle change as per that. Stay healthy and live better.