Why Is Water and Especially Hot Water Good for Your Health?
Water plays a very important part of our daily lives. We use it for drinking, bathing, cooking, washing and so many other uses every day.
More than 70% of the Earth surface is water but 98% of it is saltwater. Only 2% of the water is drinking water. Water is the basis of all life including our body.
In addition, the 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 every day 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.
Just a 2% drop in the body's water content can cause dehydration.
When to drink water
If water is drunk before meals it weakens the digestive process and makes one thin. Drinking 5-6 sips of water in the middle of a meal makes the meal to be digestion 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 the stomach, and bleeding drink as much water as possible.
Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.
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 every day.
Coffee, tea, certain medicines and alcohol consumption 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 also indicates water dehydration.
The benefits of drinking water are enormous. So, drink more water.
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Health Benefits Of Water
It's always beneficial for everyone except those old and weak to take a bath with cool water all year round. A cool water bath is beneficial in a disease of semen and nightfall.
Putting cold water on the head in a stream stops bleeding.
Those suffering from constipation should sip water throughout meals. Also, drink a glass of water on getting in the morning.
When an attack of asthma strikes keep the hand and feet dipped in hot water for 10 minutes. This gives great relief.
A. If water is taken on an 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 an empty stomach.
B. Add a pinch of salt to 3 glasses of water, boil and cool this. Drink 1 glass in the morning, one in the 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.
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 the juice of 1/2 a lemon is added to this hot water it improves appetite and prevents gas formation in the stomach.
Drinking hot water in winter prevents colds and coughs.
Immense are the benefits of drinking water.
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 some time in hot water to which some salt has been added.
Burning during micturition
If the 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 some time. 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.
Fomentation of the stomach with a hot water bottle benefits in all cases of pain.
Fomentation with hot water first and then with cold water is beneficial.
Keep hot water in the mouth for 2 minutes, then cold water for 2 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Always start with hot water and end with cold water. After the pain is gone continue for 3 days.
If gums are swollen gargle with hot water.
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.
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.
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.
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 litre
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 an asthma attack, as well, drink hot water.
In hot weather drinking water at regular intervals prevents heat stroke.
In such cases drink only water for a day. Do not eat anything.
Sprinkling cold water on the face brings an unconscious person to consciousness.
Bad effects of Intoxicants
Drinking a 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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a pain in the eye or over the eyebrow. It helps to inhale steam from the nostril of 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, a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. The body signals a water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration produces pain and many degenerative diseases including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, angina,adult-onset diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis, according to him.
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/
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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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