Drinking water the first thing in the morning is an old practice that originates from the ancient Ayurvedic medicine. This water therapy was known as Usha Paana Chikitsa in the Sages of India, or roughly translated to, “early morning water treatment.”
It purifies the entire system, cleanses the colon, boosts the absorption of nutrients of food, and offers a myriad of health benefits.
In the 1970’s, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj re-discovered it and found that water can naturally heal numerous health issues, like high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and migraines.
After graduating from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University, he returned to Iran and was imprisoned in 1979 as a political prisoner for two and a half years.
During his time, he discovered the healing power of water and treated 3,000 fellow inmates suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease using simply water.
His success was reported in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983 and in the New York Times Science Watch, on June 21, 1983. In 1982, he escaped from Iran and came to America. There, he continued his work on the effects of chronic unintentional dehydration on the human body.
He believed that the natural thirst signals of the body are often mistaken for signs or symptoms of other diseases, and maintained that if we avoid the chronic dehydration that occurs during our lifetime, we can avoid all health issues and unnecessary procedures and medications.
This is the water therapy method:
Drink 8oz glass of fluoride-free water as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach. Do not at anything for 45 minutes, and then you’re free to eat and drink as you please. Thirty minutes before meals, drink a glass of water, and drink another one two hours after meals.
The Japanese Medical Society claims that if you follow this method, you can treat constipation and gastric issues after 10 days, and a month to treat high blood pressure.
The importance of water can never be underestimated. Drinking water as soon as you wake up can do miracles for your health, as our body is mainly comprised of water, and needs to be properly hydrated at all times.
According to Dr. Rachna Pande:
“All nutrients are carried across the body in water. Waste products are removed from the body via water. It helps to form the structure of large molecules essential for various processes in the body. It actively participates in many chemical reactions. It also serves as a solvent for minerals, vitamins, glucose, e.t.c. substances essential for the body.”
“Water serves as a lubricant for the various joints of the body. It is due to gradual depletion of this lubrication that people start suffering from stiffness and pain of joints with advancing age. It also serves as a shock absorber inside the eyes and spinal cord. During pregnancy, it protects the fetus in the amniotic sac (a gestational sac where the baby is held in mother’s womb).
Water helps in the regulation of the body temperature and also in maintaining the volume of blood in the body. The electrolyte balance is also maintained in the body with help of water. It helps to clear the bowels and aids in digestion.”
Numerous studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of this practice, so here are several interesting facts that can convince you to make it your habit:
-Our body is dehydrated after the night, so it will help you boost the oxygen flow, and support the creation of new blood and muscle cells
-It detoxifies the kidneys and boosts the function of the colon
-It accelerates metabolism by a whopping 24% for 90 min
-It will improve the appearance of the skin and prevent skin issues
-Drinking water in the morning will prevent fatigue and mood swings during the day
-When properly hydrated, the immune system is stronger, and the lymphatic system functions perfectly well, so you easily fight off infections and sickness
-It helps digestion and prevents constipation
-This habit will help you eat less during the day, as water will fill up the stomach without adding calories and you will feel full
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?