Getting a daily intake of approximately 2.7 to 3.7 liters of water every day is not always easy. But a routine like morning water therapy can ensure that it starts on the right path. Water therapy is popular in several branches of Asian medicine – from ayurveda to traditional Japanese medicine. Starting each day with a large glass of warm water is considered a quick and easy method to lift your body. This is the reason why you should maintain that momentum every day.
1. Start Digestion:
Water consumption early in the morning helps to start digestion and is a good antidote for problems such as diarrhea and constipation, which are usually due to slow digestion. For best results, use warm water.
“This practice also causes your blood vessels to dilate and help you digest food better”.
This treatment can also help relieve some people’s heart problems due to the vasodilator effects of warm water.
2. Eliminate Toxins:
Water has the ability to eliminate toxins from your body, and this detoxification effect helps with problems such as acne. It also relieves the workload of the kidneys, keeping kidney problems at bay. This ability also helps in the optimal performance of the gastrointestinal tract, a decisive factor if you are fighting obesity. This practice helps start the day well, cleaning the system and preparing it for the rest of the day.
3. Help Fight Diseases:
According to Japanese doctors specializing in water therapy, following the morning water regime can prevent problems as diverse as acne and obesity. Other claims surrounding this therapy are not supported by clinical studies or scientific research yet, but many testify to its benefits. For example, women with menstrual problems or people suffering from diabetes, headaches, body aches, arthritis and hemorrhoids say that morning water therapy relieves their symptoms. Water temperature is the key, since cold water does not produce the same results.
How to Do it at Home?
Morning water therapy is quite easy to incorporate into your routine.
- As soon as you wake up, even before brushing your teeth, drink water. The Japanese version of water therapy suggests drinking 4 glasses (160 ml each) of warm water or at room temperature, while some ayurveda practitioners recommend up to 1.2 liters. A glass or two is probably what most people should drink to avoid overdoing it.
- Then, brush your teeth but avoid eating or drinking anything, not even a cup of coffee in the morning. You can eat or drink what you want after 45 minutes.
Ayurveda recommends warm water mixed with lemon or lime. According to doctors, this hot water stimulates muscle contractions of the intestinal walls to start bowel movements and, at the same time, stimulate the gastrointestinal tract. The rich vitamin and mineral content of lime or lemon is considered useful for releasing toxins called “loves” from the tract. Storing boiled water in a copper vessel overnight has additional benefits, including the death of microbes in the water.
What to Consider?
Water therapy can be a good complement to modern medicine. But remember, this routine is based on the individual user experience and is not prescribed by doctors, so you will have to make an informed decision about whether this is for you or not. Although it can be useful for treating cases of digestive problems or acne, for more serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart problems, consult your doctor first. If you are pregnant, elderly or have kidney problems, this is probably not for you. Also, avoid doing too much water therapy. Excessive dilution of blood due to excessive water consumption can cause serious problems. Drinking more than 3 liters of water in a short interval can also cause water poisoning. If this happens, you may first feel a headache, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and disorientation. You will also need to urinate frequently. If the accumulation of water goes to the brain cells, it could cause seizures, respiratory arrest, coma or even death. So moderation is the key!