Water is a transparent, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid. Every living being on this planet requires water for sustenance from a single cell to a multi-cellular organism. Ayurveda gives importance to two types of water, namely, hot and cold, for various purposes such as healing physical and psychological ailments. Here are some ayurvedic properties and therapeutic benefits of drinking water:
The chemical composition of water is H2O. Its molecule is made up of two parts of Hydrogen and one part of oxygen. Up to 60% of the adult human body is water. Water exists in three states, namely solid, liquid, and gaseous. Human water consumption is always in liquid form, recommended at room temperature.
Ayurvedic properties and therapeutic benefits of drinking water
Apas is the Sanskrit word for water. Water is part of the five-element of the universe (Pancha-mahabhuta). It has various properties such as Sheeta (naturally cool temperature), Laghu (light), and tasteless. It nourishes and replenishes the body’s cells. Ayurveda recommends drinking water along with meals, and not before or immediately after, and only when there is a sensation of thirst, unlike the modern trend of drinking excessive water (more than 3 liters per day).
Health benefits of drinking water
Water is the essential substance for the sustenance of life and balancing the electrolytes. All fluid transfer and regulation of body functions depend on water balance in the body. Some of the health benefits and functions of water are as follows:
- It acts as a solvent, providing a medium for various metabolic reactions.
- Water regulates the body temperature.
- It helps in the digestion and secretion of enzymes.
- Detoxifies the body by flushing out several metabolic wastes.
- Boosts the function of salivary glands.
- Helps in nutrient absorption and energy production.
- Maintains hydration and electrolyte balance.
- Drinking water before meals leads to suppression of appetite.
- Drinking water immediately after meals leads to poor digestion.
- During meals, the ideal way to drink water is that too ‘sipping’ water is recommended.
Ayurvedic uses and home remedies:
- Consumption of warm water improves digestion. Ideally, it is to be taken after heavy meals.
- Warm water stimulates hunger, and also you can add digestion–improving herbs such as ginger to it.
- Medicated warm water is useful in fever, cough, and the common cold.
- Coldwater or water at room temperature relieves exhaustion, fainting, fatigue, dizziness, and pitta dominant conditions.
- Bathing with water removes tiredness and sweat and cleanses the body.