Why Is Water And Especially Hot Water Good For Your Health?

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Overview


Water plays a very important part in our daily lives. We use it for drinking, bathing, cooking, washing and so many other uses everyday.

More than 70% of the Earth surface is water but 98% of it is salt water. Only 2% of the water is drinking water. Water is the basis of all life including our body.

In addition, benefits of drinking water can be seen as under:

Water regulates the body temperature, is a means of transporting nutrients to various organs and tissues, transports oxygen to the cells and removes waste. It also protects the joints and organs and acts as a lubricant.

Water is lost through respiration, perspiration and urination.

Benefits Of Drinking Water

Our body requires 2.6 litres of water everyday to maintain itself. The kidneys take in about 1.5 litres, skin about 0.650 litres, lungs about 0.350 litres and bowel movements about 0.130 litres.

Also, our muscles contain 75%, blood 82%, lungs 90%, brain 76% and bones 25% water.About 70% of our body weight is water. Thus it can be seen that our health is very much dependent on the quantity of water we drink as well as the quality.

This water requirement is met both by the water we drink and the water content of the food we eat. Still, to maintain a healthy balance in the body, one should drink about 2 to 2.5 litres of water a day.

Water should never be drunk at one go. Instead, it should be sipped slowly to allow it to reach the stomach as close to body temperature as possible. Also, very cold water should be avoided and water at normal temperature should be drunk.

When not to drink water

Immediately after a hot meal or intake of cucumber, watermelon or melons,immediately after getting up from sleep,after milk , tea or coffee,immediately after sneezing or after coming from outside in hot weather and immediately before meals.

When to drink water

If water is drunk before meals it weakens the digestive process and makes one thin. Drinking water in the middle of a meal, 5-6 sips causes the meal to be digested sooner.

Drinking immediately after a meal causes the body to put on weight since the digestive process is slowed.

Drinking water 1 hour after meals gives strength to the stomach. Those suffering from diarrhoea should avoid drinking water with meals.

Benefits Of Drinking Water

In high blood pressure,heat stroke,urinary diseases,constipation,burning sensation in stomach, and bleeding. Drink as much water as possible.

Little known facts about dehydration

Lack of water leads to dehydration which leads to tiredness.Toxins start accumulating leading to slowing down of the body's internal processes.

We need to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday.Coffee, tea, certain medicines and alcohol increase the amount of water the body loses.

Thirst is a sign of dehydration and one must drink water before one feels thirsty.

Mild dehydration can cause joint and muscle pain, lower back pain, headaches and constipation. Strong smelling urine too indicates water dehydration. Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.

Just 2% drop in the body's water content can cause dehydration.

You can see that the benefits of drinking water are enormous. So, drink more water.

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Health Benefits Of Water

Bath

It's always beneficial for everyone except those old and weak to take bath with cool water all year round.Cool water bath is beneficial in disease of semen and nightfall.

Nosebleed

Putting cold water on the head in a stream stops bleeding.

Constipation

Those suffering should sip water throughout meals. Also drink a glass of water on getting in the morning.

Asthma

When an attack of asthma strikes keep the hand and feet dipped in hot water for 10 minutes. This gives great relief.

Obesity

A. If water is taken on empty stomach it is expelled out of the body as urine very soon while water taken with meals gets mixed with food and takes much more time to get out of the body. Hence, as far as possible, obese people should drink water on empty stomach.

B. Add a pinch of salt to 3 glasses of water, boil and cool this. Drink 1 glass in morning, one in afternoon and the third just before going to sleep at night.

To improve weight gain in children

Keep fresh water in the sun for 4 hours. Bathe the child with this water at a fixed time daily.

Hot water

In constipation, gas, colitis, amoebiasis, worms, cold, diseases due to wind, throat infections,fevers, asthma, cough, hiccups, consumption of oily food, drink 1 glass hot water after meals.This relieves in these conditions.

Early morning drinking of 1/2 litre of hot water ensures relief from colds, cough, coryza, hoarseness, sneezing, headache, constipation, indigestion. If juice of 1/2 a lemon is added to this hot water it improves appetite and prevents gas formation in stomach.

Drinking hot water in winter prevents colds and coughs.

Immense are the benefits of drinking water.

Insomnia

Just before going to sleep, keep the legs up to the calves,dipped in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. If you feel giddy, tie a wet napkin or small towel on the head.

Washing feet with hot water in winter and cold water in summer brings on deep sleep.

For Tired Feet

Feet which are tired due to walking or climbing get relief when dipped for sometime in hot water to which some salt has been added.

Burning during micturition

If burning sensation is due to hot weather, heat or consumption of hot things and urine comes out in drops, dip a cloth in cold water or ice cold water and keep this cloth below the navel for sometime. This causes copious urine output.

In colds, insomnia, high blood pressure, tiredness,unconsciousness, and fits keeping the legs dipped in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes gives relief.

Insect in ear

To remove an insect which has entered the ear, put some warm water to which little salt has been added, in the ear. Lie down on the side of the affected ear. The dead insect will be expelled soon.

Stomachache

Fomentation of the stomach with a hot water bottle benefits in all cases of pain.

Other pains

Fomentation with hot water first and then with cold water is beneficial.

Toothache

Keep hot water in mouth for 2 minutes, then cold water for 2 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Always start with hot water and end with cold water. After pain is gone continue for 3 days.

If gums are swollen gargle with hot water.

Burns

Keep the burnt part of the body dipped in ice cold water till the burning sensation subsides. Do this as soon as the burn occurs. Dipping this way prevents blisters due to burns from forming and also prevents burn marks.

If the body part cannot be dipped in water keep a cloth dipped in ice cold water on that part and keep changing it regularly to prevent it from getting warm.

Wounds

When wounds are due injury tie a bandage dipped in cold water on the wound and keep this cloth wet. This helps in wound healing. In old wounds and swelling drink hot and cold water twice daily.

Drinking several glasses of water at regular intervals also heals wounds.

Fevers

Sponging the body with cold water in high fevers is beneficial. This can be done with a towel or wet cloth. Keep the head covered with a towel dipped in cold water. Take care not to expose the body to cold air while sponging.

Diarrhoea

Thousands of children die every year due to diarrhoea related dehydration. This can be prevented by making rehydration water at home. Do not stop food or if the child is taking mother's milk let him continue taking it.

The rehydration water can be made thus:

Boiled and cooled water..........................................1 liter

Sugar........................................................................40 grams or 8 tsp

Salt.............................................................................5 grams or 1 tsp

Stir the sugar and salt in the water till they dissolve. Drink this water only. Make fresh water every 24 hours.

Asthma and Asthmatic cough

Drink hot water before sleeping at night. In asthma attack too drink hot water.

Heat Stroke

In hot weather drinking water at regular intervals prevents heat stroke.

Indigestion

In such cases drink only water for a day. Do not eat anything.

Unconsciousness

Sprinkling cold water on the face brings an unconscious person to consciousness.

Bad effects of Intoxicants

Drinking large quantity of water removes the ill effects.

Softening of the heels

Before retiring for the night wash feet in hot water and dry them. Massage with oil. This makes the skin soft and supple.

Foot sweat

In cases of excessive foot sweat, first dip the feet in hot water then in cold water and rub them well against each other. Then wipe them dry. Do this for a week.

Digesting milk easily

If a nursing mother drinks a glass of water 15 minutes before feeding her child, the milk gets digested sooner. This even prevents diarrhoea in these children.

Hair Fall

Wring a towel in hot water. Tie this for 2 minutes on the head. Then immediately tie a towel wrung in cold water for 1 minute. Do this for about 20 minutes. It helps in controlling hair loss.

Styes or boils on eyelids

Dip and wring a cloth in hot water and foment the affected eyelid for 3 minutes. Then do this immediately with cold water. It is very beneficial.

Eye affections

In redness of eyes, burning and swelling of eyes fomentation with a cold water compress or ice tied in a cloth helps. Keep the eyelids closed and keep the compress cold by regularly changing it.

Sinus

There is pain in eye or over eyebrow. It helps to inhale steam from the nostril of the the affected side. The water for taking steam should be very hot and cover the head with a towel while taking steam.

Such wide ranging are the benefits of drinking water.

Some controversial claims

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD, an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocate of the natural healing power of water , in his book, "Your body's many cries for water" , says that , one is already dehydrated by the time one feels thirst. Also that, a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. The body signals water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration produces pain and many degenerative diseases including asthma,arthritis,hypertension,angina,adult onset diabetes,lupus and multiple sclerosis are amongst his claims.

His message to the world is and I quote "you are not sick, you are thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication ."

If you would like to read more about his water cure claims, visit http://www.watercure.com/

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.


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Kewl profile image

Kewl 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

Wow really informative, no need to go for other links as everything is systematically explained here and maximum points are covered.. Keep writing!!


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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for stopping by and reading and I'm glad it was useful. Thanks for the appeciation too.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Wonderful pointers. Keep it coming Rajan :)


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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for the read Ruchira.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Water is life! This is not only an exceptional hub but a great reminder that water, and its uses, are endless! Thanks so much! I am bookmarking this hub!


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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for appreciating Dexter. Most of us do not drink plain water and instead go in for sodas which upset the digestive system leading to a lot of health problems.

I appreciate your comments and am glad you found it interesting enough to bookmark it.

Thank you.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

wow that's a great great hub and it proves how important water is for living! it must be used wisely for our benefit and not wasted!! You have really put in a lot of efforts in compiling such a great list of using water for various purposes as well as some beauty treatments and ailments!!voted up

carrie


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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thank you carriethomson.That is a huge compliment. Water resources are not going to last forever, in fact, no natural resource will last forever if we do not use them wisely and we must ensure this for the future generations.

thanks a lot for voting it up too.


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AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

Water is so important! I definitely need to do better about drinking more water. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

AllSuretyBonds, thanks for leaving a comment. Drinking water becomes all the more important in winter months because we don't feel thirsty enough.Everything going on the body needs water, to function effectively.


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goego 5 years ago from Loserland

were not sick were thirsty!!! have you heard of kangen alkaline water (enagic inc) good stuff


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rajan jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks geogo,for stopping by to read and comment.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Let me get this straight: if you drink water before a meal, it can mess up the digestive process, thereby making you thin? Um, you might be the leader of the next diet fad, Rajan. Hehe. In all seriousness, this is a great hub, very informative and great information. Voted up.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

cclit girl, thanks for the visit and vote.much appreciated.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I knew water was important, but I had no idea the lack of water could cause so many problems. This is valuable information. Thanks for writing this!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

visiting it again for some quick reference and still find it useful, Rajan.

Thank you!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Rajan, You did it again! You hubs are very informative and you remind us or teach us about the important, beneficial factors that we all should know. I salute you with my bottle of water!:)


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

LOL This is the type of article that one might find in a magazine. Its that GREAT. I love the detail, and all of the information. From someone that is always looking for diets, and looking for ways to keep healthy, I absolutely learned from this!

Voted up!


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho

Very useful and voted up! As a massage therapist I encountered several people who wanted to know if coffee, tea, or bourbon could take the place of water. Water is very important to our overall health; it is how electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, and wastes are transported in the body.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

tammyswallow, dehydration is the result of lack of water. We may or may not feel thirsty but the fact remains that we must consume water regularly throughout the day to keep us hydrated at all times.

I appreciate your stopping by and comments.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Ruchira, thanks for the revisit. I'm glad you found it worthy of a revisit. Appreciated as always.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Linda, thanks for your appreciative comments. May I down those comments with a bottle of water!:)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Jessi, I'm humbled by your comments. Thanks for the vote and all the appreciation.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Jennifer, I totally agree with your observations. Pure water is the foremost requirement to stay alive. Thanks for stopping by to read and vote. Much appreciated.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

A very interesting and informative hub voted up and hit the interesting and useful button on my way out :D


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

maggs, great to have you here and thanks for all the wonderful words and votes.


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Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

Very useful information on water.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thank you Vegas.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Amazing tips and facts about the benefits of water! I am bound to follow them right away! amazing research Sir! Hat's off!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Rahul, thanks for all the nice comments. I am sure you will benefit a lot. I really appreciate your visit. Thanks.


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loued51 4 years ago

Thanks rajan, you have inspired me to come out of stagnation, & formulate another Hub on drinking water!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

loued - Thanks. This is a very big compliment.


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HealthExchange 4 years ago from Midwest

Very comprehensive hub. Great information. In fact,I'm getting thirsty just reading it!

Ed


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Ed I'm glad you found this information useful. I appreciate your reading and leaving positive feedback. Thanks.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Your ideas work well with a hub I have written about heartburn. I will link to this hub. Very good.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

tirelesstraveler, thanks for reading, appreciating and the inclusion. Much appreciated.


paras aggarwal 4 years ago

very informative. will try to reply back. hopefully my health issues improve.


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youbar 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

great hub, although I have read recently that a glass of water when you first wake up is very important because you are dehydrated after sleeping.


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Thanks for the great Hub. Very informative and easy to comprehend.

Sam


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CSNewYork 4 years ago from New Jersey

I'm glad you took the time to create this hub. I found it very useful and interesting. Thanks again and keep up the great work!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ TycoonSam - Thank you. I'm happy to note that you like it. Thanks for reading.

@ CSNewYork - So glad you found it useful and interesting. Many thanks for visiting.


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Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

Thanks for posting this. Water is healthy and cheap. Wonder why more people don't drink it..


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

You echo my sentiments Free2writ3. Pure water is the healthiest of all drinks.

Thanks for stopping by.


poonam kaithwas 4 years ago

thnks for this knowlegde..now my mently is chnge to drinking wter...

n this is very helpful to lose my wait..


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Poonam. I'm glad you realize the importance of drinking water and hot water too.

Thanks for reading.


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carrie Lee Night 4 years ago from Northeast United States

Rajan jolly: Thank you on such an informative article on water :) However some of the information given may not be accurate for all types of people. For example, encouraging people to drink too much water it can cause a potassium and sodium imbalance and cause health problems. I do understand however, without water such imbalances can occur also. I do not drink enough water, but when I do I always feel bloated and get stomach cramps. My body tells me when I need water and when I don't. Also your comment about drinking water after a meal not advisable.....Again I don't feel that is accurate. Also splashing cold water on a person that is unconscious.....it may work for some people, but where I worked in the doctors office we used smelling salts to bring them back around with elevating their legs so fresh oxygenated blood could reach the brain. Now....hot water on stys is accurate....it helps bring the infected area to the surface thus promoting drainage. The bottom line is that some of this information may not be verified as fact, but I do agree with the importance of pure water. If anything this article has inspired me to try to drink more water.....I think I will take sips....probably will help with bloating. Thank you for the time you took to write this article :)


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

There were lots of facts I didn't know before I read this hub. You sure do your research well. Voting up, interesting and useful -- and sharing.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Absolutely packed of the many wonders of drinking water. Up and sharing!


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His princesz 4 years ago

Wow... thanks a lot! I learned so much. This information can do a lot for a healthy well being. Voted up rajan. :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ carrie - thanks for a detailed input. I agree with your observations, however, this info is meant for persons who are in normal health and is more general in nature.

I appreciate your specific concerns. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Pamela - Thanks for commenting. appreciate your visit and sharing.

@ Crisp - thank you for reading and passing it on.

@ His princesz - Appreciate your time spent here. Thanks.


perlongnina 4 years ago

water is good


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ITcoach 4 years ago from United States

rajan jolly

Your hubs are always awesome that nobody can stop without ready the whole hub. Greatly impressed with your writing ideas.

Voted, liked and sharing with friends


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Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

This was a very thoroughly researched and well-written hub. I thank you for it. I'll be sharing it with my mom. She's in her mid-eighties and is so dehydrated (her doctor says so) but she rolls her eyes at me when I offer her a glass of water any time of day. Voting up and useful.


oceansider 4 years ago

Thank you for this informative article about water's benefits, Rajan.

It's good to know that I am drinking enough water every day....I know people who don't like water, so they hardly drink any....and I explain to them that we really don't have a choice....it is a must to drink water & plenty of it.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ perlongnina - thank you.

@ ITcoach - Many thanks for appreciating. Good to know my hubs are appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

@ Dahlia Flower - Thank you so much. I hope your mom finds the info to her liking.

@ Oceansider - You are absolutely right, Helen. This hub emphasizes this very fact. Thanks for appreciating. Take care.


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lovingsoul88 4 years ago

You have said it all, water is life, a universal solvent that has more benefits to man than one can ever imagine.


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nancynurse 4 years ago from Southeast USA

Well researched. Interesting. Thank you for sharing.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ lovingsoul - thank you.

@ Nancy - thanks for stopping by.


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dianetrotter 4 years ago from Fontana

Extensive and very interesting. I have asthma, high blood pressure and several other maladies discussed here. Thank you for the information.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for reading Dianne. I hope you benefit from these health hubs.


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KinkyHairedHearts 4 years ago

this is great!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thank you, Kinky Haired.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Just came across this article in my Google Search for information for my next article. Excellent! Thank You. Voted Up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, MsDora.


sameen shaikh 2 years ago

the health benefits of water are amazing


Madhu S 19 months ago

Thank you for the valuable information. I will definitely increase my intake of water.

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