Water – The Elixir

Have you ever been so thirsty that after having gulped down a bottle of water thought that it was the best of God’s creation? Water, many a time, is referred to as the “elixir” that sustains life.

Water constitutes about 60-70% of the human body and is the major portion of blood, brain, and lungs. When the blood becomes thicker because of insufficient water intake, it adds a burden to the heart and kidneys. Drinking sufficient quantity of water is essential for the effective flow of blood throughout the body. Issues like bad breath, skin infection, high blood pressure, stones in the kidney, urinary tract infection, constipation, etc. can be avoided by regular drinking of water.

One of the simplest ways to improve the immune system and overall functioning of the body is by drinking water (how much ever one can) as the first thing in the morning even before brushing teeth. One can go brush his/her teeth, but avoid taking any food/drink for at least 1 hour from the time of drinking water. This is called the “Japanese Water Therapy”, which would help eliminate the toxins from the body, kick-starts metabolism, boosts digestive system and strengthens the immune system.

However, a word of caution – too much of anything (good or bad) is bad. So please do not overdo this water therapy, and drink only as much water that your body can endure. Those with any serious illness and elderly people should consult their doctors before starting this practice.

Body’s water requirement per day (in Litres) can be calculated as follows – Body Weight (in Kg) divided by 10 then divided by 2.

Example: A body weight of 78 Kg, requires 3.9 litres of water per day. Though science says so for a reference, it is even better to listen to your body – when your body asks for more water, go ahead and grab a drink (of clear water)!

It is also time that we start to respect water with utmost sincerity and use it judiciously.

“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine”

                                                        – Slovakian proverb


By. C.S. Venkateswaran and Lavanya Vasudevan

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