Our body continuously utilizes water to keep all systems functioning; it also loses water throughout the day through urine and sweat. Our body is also equipped with mechanisms that notify us if our body is in need of water. It is essential to consume water the right way for a healthy and hydrated body!
Water: Hot And Cold
Warm water stimulates hunger, aids digestion, soothes throat, cleanses urinary bladder and relieves aggravation of Vata and Kapha doshas. It helps the body get rid of accumulated, undigested food and can soothe pain in the hips and back.
Hot water is stimulating, raises the body temperature slightly, but at the same time also very relaxing and dispersing, especially to the muscles, joints and blood vessels. It also opens the pores and induces sweating.
When you drink ice water your blood vessels shrink, restricting your digestion and hydration. Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess mucus in your body that deteriorates our immune system.
The positive side is that cold water helps burn more calories. The best time to drink cold water is probably when you exercise. However, it can also hamper digestion and result in water intoxication.
How Much Water To Drink
According to Ayurveda water is crucial for maintaining balance and the individual requirement of water may vary depending on their dominant doshas (the energies that make up every individual, which perform different physiological functions in the body).
When you’re working out, you’re more likely to be losing water, both through your breath and through sweat. You’ll get dizzy, lethargic and your muscle won’t work. Thus, water will help your body to exercise efficiently.
When And How To Drink Water
Drinking water after waking up has been linked to curing and preventing ailments like kidney disease, gastritis, diabetes and constipation. The recommended amount of water to drink is 6 oz after you wake up.
Drinking water on an empty stomach will help flush your bowels and clears any waste in your body, helps release toxins from the body via urination, increases appetite and prevents headaches. It is the best way to cleanse the colon.
It is advised to drink water while sitting, than standing. Also, drink hot water and avoid gulping down large volumes of water. The minimum gap between food and water should be between 1.5 to 2.5 hrs.
Healthy Water Infusions
Improves digestion, helps loosen and flush out toxins. Vitamin C boosts immunity by keeping away cold and flu. Gives you an instant boost of energy. Lemons assist in fighting hunger cravings and aid weight loss.
In this recipe the mint eases digestion, cucumber is anti-inflammatory, orange reduces cholesterol levels and lemon helps clear the digestive tract. It also helps in weight loss by helping reduce belly fat, control craving and improve detoxification.
Mint leaves contain digestive enzymes that help in vitamin and mineral absorption. 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in water triggers metabolism, helps in detox and balances pH levels. Chia seeds and triphala help prevent constipation.
Is Your Water Safe?
Water stored in plastic bottles is safe, but it depends on the kind of plastic the bottle is made of. Finding the best bottles for storing water is essential in keeping your water safe for future use.
Ensure that you check the bottom of the bottle before buying water. Plastic bottles labeled with HDP, HDPE do not release any toxins in the water and the remaining letters can represent the chemicals found in the water you are drinking.
Clean water in clean glass can be drinkable for a day or two. Drinking more than a day old water may taste funny, because after 12 hours it goes flat and the carbon dioxide from the air interacts with the water, slightly lowering its pH.