Water is the major constituent of all living beings and the major component of the human cell. Moreover, 75% of the earth is covered with water. Panchamabhutas make a human body. Water is one of such panchamabhutas. It acts as a good medium for almost all biological process that happens in living beings.
Effects of Dehydration
The loss of water in the body is called Dehydration. It results in lowered energy, dry skin, muscle cramps, reduced alertness and distress vital organs.
Drinking Water must be free from heavy metals, suspended particles and pathogens like bacteria. According to Ayurveda, rain water which is free from impurities and microbes can be used as potable water. This kind of rain water is healthy, cools body, increases alertness and satiates taste buds. In the present conditions it is not recommended to use rain water. It contains all type of contaminations like polluted sky, carbon monoxide other industrial emissions get dissolved with rain causing acid rain. Therefore it is not recommended to use such water. Even Ayurveda advices to use rain water only after checking its purity.
Water that is polluted with mud, weeds, algae and microbes is referred as Dushtajala in ayurveda. Human beings should not use it for any purpose as it harmful to them.
Cold Water and its benefits
Cold water lessens intoxication of alcohol and also relieves fatigue, giddiness, vomiting sensation and quenches thirst.
Hot Water and its benefits
It accelerates digestion and good to take after meals for perfect digestion. It stirs up hunger, cleanses bladder, soothes throat, reduce hiccups and alleviates vata and kapha.
During the time of cold it is good to intake hot water as it reduces cold as well symptoms like cough, fever and breathlessness.
Benefits of drinking plenty of water
Healthy Glowing Skin:
Those who drink plenty of water will have a perfect skin. It avoids wrinkles and moisturizes the skin from inside. They get a young look and the skin gains elasticity.
Healthy Cardiovascular System:
Intake of good amount of water reduces the risk of heart diseases. According to studies dehydration increases the viscosity of blood and plasma which are risk factors of heart disease.
Essential for good Digestion:
It is very important for digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. Also, it helps in flushing out of waste material that is produced during metabolism.
By drinking 14 glasses of water per day along with rich fiber diet would remove constipation. It will ease bowel movement.
Drinking plenty of water keeps the mind alert and avoids dehydration which causes dizziness.
Detoxification in Daily Basis:
In the Cotemporary period are surroundings and nature are polluted due to rampant industrialization and use of pesticides in cultivation. Due to these reasons they get into human body also through food. To get rid of these toxins it is good to drink lot of water to flush out these toxins.
Other then these benefits, water regulate body temperature and boost the immunity of the body. Sports persons should drink plenty of water and not aerated cool drinks.
Other benefits of Water
- If you drink 8-10 glasses of water per day, it washes out the toxins from the body and moisturizes the skin thereby removing acnes and pimples.
- If you drink a glass of water before every meal it helps you to reduce weight.
- If you drink good amount of water you can keep headache away.
- Frequent spray of water on face will keep the dry skin smooth and soft.
- Drinking lot of warm water will reduce discomfort out of bronchitis and arthritis.
The intake of ½ glass of water every 2 hours will remove indigestion.