Morning water therapy is a traditional way of beginning each day with a tall glass of lukewarm H2O. Designed to get your digestion going and ease a host of problems, this is a quick and easy method to give your body a leg up. Recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners and a common practice in Japan, this could be the refresher your body needs.
Getting your daily intake of about 2.7 to 3.7 liters of water every day isn’t always easy. But a routine like morning water therapy can ensure you start on the right track. Water therapy is popular in several Asian branches of medicine – from Ayurveda to traditional Japanese medicine. Beginning each day with a tall glass of lukewarm H2O is considered a quick and easy method to give your body a leg up. Here’s why you should keep that momentum going every day.1
The consumption of water early in the morning helps get your digestion going and is a good antidote to problems like diarrhea and constipation that are a result of sluggish digestion. For best results, this water should be warm. What it then does is cause your blood vessels to dilate and help you digest food better. This treatment may also help ease heart trouble for some people, due to the vasodilatory effects of warm water.2
Flush Out Those Toxins
Water also has the ability to flush out toxins from your body, and this detox effect helps with problems like acne. It also eases the work of your kidneys, keeping kidney trouble at bay. It is this same ability that helps the gastrointestinal tract perform its job optimally, a clincher if you’re struggling with obesity. Doing this in the morning gets your day off to a good start, cleaning out your system and getting it ready for the day ahead.3
Maybe Even Fight Illness
According to Japanese water therapy practitioners, following the morning water regimen can ward off problems as diverse as acne and obesity. Other claims surrounding Japanese water therapy aren’t backed by clinical studies or scientific research yet, but many vouch for its benefit. For instance, women with menstrual issues or people suffering from diabetes, headaches, body aches, arthritis, and piles say that morning water therapy eases their symptoms. The water temperature is key, as cold water does not yield the same effects.
How You Can Do It At Home
Morning water therapy is easy enough to work into your routine. As soon as you wake up, before you even brush your teeth, you will need to drink water. The Japanese version of the water therapy suggests drinking four glasses (of 160 ml each) of warm or room temperature water, while some practitioners of Ayurveda recommend as much as 1.2 liters in the morning.4 A glass or two is probably what most people should aim for to avoid overdoing it. Next, you may brush your teeth but avoid eating or drinking anything – not even a morning cuppa. You’re free to eat or drink whatever you want after a 45-minute window.
Ayurveda also recommends warm water, with lemon or lime added to it. According to practitioners, this warm water encourages muscular contractions of the intestinal walls to get your bowel movements going, while also stimulating the gastrointestinal tract.The rich vitamin and mineral content of lime or lemon is considered useful for freeing toxins called “ama” from the tract.5 Storing the boiled water in a copper vessel overnight has added benefits, including killing microbes in the water.6
What To Watch Out For
Water therapy may be a good supplement to modern medicine. But remember, this routine is based on individual user experience and not prescribed by doctors, so you will need to take an informed decision on whether or not this is for you. While it may be useful to treat cases of digestive trouble or acne, for more serious ailments like diabetes and heart problems it is better to consult with your doctor. If you are pregnant, elderly, or have kidney problems, this is probably not the therapy for you.
Also avoid overdoing the water therapy. Diluting your blood too much through excess water consumption can lead to serious problems. Consuming over 3 liters of water in a short interval is also likely to cause water intoxication. If this happens, you may first feel a headache coming on, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and disorientation. You will also need to urinate often. If the buildup of water goes to the brain cells it could cause seizures, a respiratory arrest, coma, or even death.7 So moderation is key!
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|6.||↑||Sudha, VB Preethi, Sheeba Ganesan, G. P. Pazhani, T. Ramamurthy, G. B. Nair, and Padma Venkatasubramanian. “Storing drinking-water in copper pots kills contaminating diarrhoeagenic bacteria.” Journal of health, population, and nutrition 30, no. 1 (2012): 17.|
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