By Dr. Jiva Ayurveda, Ayurveda
The body is 70% water and maintaining that balance in important for your health. Ayurveda, the ancient science of natural healing, recommends many important things on water consumption, following which will benefit you.
Q1.How much water should you drink in a day?
Ayurveda says, you must not suppress the urge of thirst and drink water whenever necessary. Like we eat when we are hungry or sleep when we are tired, drinking water is also an act of maintaining the body’s balance.
Ayurveda says, your water intake depends on-
a. Where you live- If you live in a hot or dry place, your water intake would be more compared to if you lived in a cold place.
b. How is the climate- Water intake would be higher in summer than during winter, because during summer, more water is lost in the form of sweat.
c. Nature of your work- If you do more physically strenuous work, you are likely to sweat more which needs to be replenished by drinking water.
Q2. When should you drink water?
a. Many people may advise you not to drink water during meals, but Ayurveda says you take few sips of water during a meal that cleanses taste buds as well as helps in swallowing your food. This is because water moistens the food and making it easier to digest.
b. Drinking water before meals extinguish the metaphorical ‘Agni’ in your gut, making the digestive system weaker.
c. Drinking water immediately after meals results in unwanted bloating as well as indigestion by diluting the digestive enzymes. This can lead to obesity.
Q3. Is drinking too much water harmful?
Drinking more water than needed to quench the thirst is not recommended since it extinguishes your inner ‘Agni’; which is necessary to break food down during digestion. If you observe dryness in mouth, difficulty in urination & bowel movement, fatigue or blurry vision etc., develop a habit to replenish water in your body as per your requirement.
Q4. Is drinking cold water unsafe for you?
Yes, as a matter of fact, chilled water or soft-drinks straight from the refrigerator makes the ‘Agni’ weak, thus causing digestion problems. Also, drink clean water that is free of pollutants or contaminants.