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5 Wonders Of Water, How Much Water Should You Drink And Ayurvedic Guidelines To Drink water

You must have heard umpteen times throughout your life that water is essential for your health. Well, water is indeed a miracle drink. But why do people say so? In this article, Dr Kausthub Desikachar shares the 5 wonders of water, how much water you should drink and ayurvedic guidelines to drink water.

Are you aware that our body is made up of 60-70% water? Our blood comprises 83-90% of water. Our lean muscles are formed with 75% water. Our bones hold 22% water, and our brain carries 74% of water. Amazing right? That’s how essential water is for our body. Your body’s cells, tissues, and organs require water to help govern the body’s temperature, flush out toxins from the body, keeps you well hydrated and support the other functions of the human system. 

Water quenches our thirst and has so many other favourable properties that help us remain healthier and happier. Dr Kausthub Desikachar says, However, “How much water should I drink?” is a question most of us are unclear. Mayo Clinic recommends that men drink 3.7 litres (15.5 cups) and women drink 2.7 litres (11.5 cups) of fluids per day.

Read on to understand how water can help improve your well-being.

5 Wonders Of Water

1.Flushes Out Toxins From The Body

Our body does a fabulous job of purifying the body and flushing toxins from our body via sweat, urine, and faeces each day. But, this process of removing toxins from the body takes place only when we drink the recommended litres of fluid each day.

2.Prevents Your Body From Getting Dehydrated

Dehydration is a state/condition when the body loses more water and fluid than it intakes. Severe dehydration can cause several complications like:

  1. Headache
  2. Dry throat
  3. Muscle cramps
  4. Minimum output of urine
  5. Fatigue
  6. If dehydration persists for an extended term, your liver, kidneys, and brain are damaged severely. Studies show that Brain cells are receptive to more critical levels of dehydration.

3.Aids In Cognitive Function

Dr Kausthub Desikachar says that the potential of your brain is greatly influenced by your hydration levels. Many studies show that not drinking enough water can negatively affect your focus, attentiveness including short-term memory and confusion.

4.Relieves Constipation And Helps In Digestion

Constipation is a well-known difficulty faced by most people, described by occasional bowel movements and trouble passing stool. Drinking the recommended litres of water helps to prevent and relieve constipation. 

Water is essential and helps in healthy digestion. Your body absorbs the water you drink and helps break the food you eat, allowing its nutrients to be absorbed by your body, providing healthy and effective digestion.

5.Improves the Blood Oxygen Circulation

Water, along with essential nutrients, carries oxygen to your entire body, including the cells, tissues, muscles, etc. Therefore, reaching your daily water consumption will enhance your circulation and positively impact your overall health. 

Other Benefits Of Water

  1. Aids in weight loss
  2. Lubricates your tissues, spine and joints
  3. Healthy production of saliva
  4. Healthy and young-looking skin
  5. Helps you stay energetic all day long

Ayurvedic Guidelines To Drink Water

Ayurveda recommends considering the following guidelines while drinking water that could be beneficial to your overall health.

  1. Always drink water while you are seated, as it helps in the effective absorption of water. 
  2. Water should be consumed in small sips and should not be gulped down in a single breath.
  3. Water must be drunk when at room temperature or warm. Avoid chilled water as it kills the digestive fire and invites health issues.
  4. Drink water stored in copper and silver containers or earthen pots as it balances the doshas in your body.
  5. Add ingredients like lemon, mint, cucumber, ginger to water that makes it more detoxifying.

Conclusion

Dr Kausthub Desikachar advises drinking the recommended litres of fluids/water as mentioned above as it’s one of the most incredible things you can do for your overall health.

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Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Viniyoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. He is also an avid photographer, inspirational writer and poet.

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