Drinking Water The Ayurvedic Way: 5 Practical Tips To Follow
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of Medicine has an interesting take on every aspect of our existence including food, exercise, seasons, body type, mental state, etc. Following the Ayurvedic practices has succored people in balancing the fast-paced environment and their body in the most peaceful way. We have always talked about how copper drinkware have a very important place in Ayurvedic practices and how using a copper bottle for drinking water fortifies you from seemingly small health hazards.
But it’s time we let you know that there are other things about drinking water that has the potency to turn your health around. So starting this Fall, if you are keen on embracing the Ayurvedic way of living, these small considerations may have a huge impact on your body. The subtlety of these ancient practices may take a while before you see visible differences because it affects the roots of the system.
5 Practical Tips For Drinking Water The Ayurvedic Way
8 Glasses, 5 Glasses, 9 Glasses- Let Your Body Decide
The one definite advice about water habits that has covered the entire Internet is, ‘One should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.” Let’s give it a bit more rational thought. Will a person living in colder climate like Canada have the same thirst as a person living in a hotter climates such as India? No, right?! There are many factors including your current climate, that could affect the inner temperature of your body and hence your thirst level. So all you have to do is drink water when you are thirsty. If you think that over drinking can have no harm, you are wrong. Drinking more water than necessary puts vast pressure on the kidneys which can eventually disrupt your entire body.
Avoid Ice-Chilled Water, Adapt Yourself For Lukewarm Water
The acid secreted from the liver plays an important role in digestion. As a daily routine many follow the three-meals per day practice, making the process of digestion pretty continuous. When we drink ice-cold water, these juices not only get diluted but also put off the intensity of the process. Our entire body system gets slow including blood flow which affects the digestive process and metabolism.
The continuous use of cold water can eventually lead to constipation, not immediately, but eventually. Replacing your cold water with ‘water at room temperature’, or even better ‘lukewarm water’ may not only safeguard you from the consequences of drinking cold water but also aid in maintaining cholesterol levels, minimizing bloating issues, metabolism concerns, and weight issues. We know it is hard to let go off that cold glass of water, but humans live on the basic principle of adaptation. Try it, you will experience the benefits sooner than you think!
Never Chug Water
Have you ever given a thought on why we have a habit of gulping water in large quantities, in one breath? Well, that’s because like everything that’s coming in between our daily tasks and goals, we also procrastinate drinking water until very thirsty. By the time we think we can’t tolerate it anymore, our nervous system has already programmed our brain to chug all the water at once. The force involved with chugging water disrupts your internal organs as it rapidly splashes on its way down. A golden rule is to always keep your body in a state of relaxation for your organs to work efficiently. So, when drinking water, make it a point to drink in distinct sips, slowly, calmly and mindfully.
Stay Connected With Your Body, Listen To The Signals Of “Thirst”
The anatomy of a human body is amazing and the workings of the brain are even more fascinating. It tries to signal even the slightest of things, but we tend to ignore it. When your lips feel dry, it is very possible that ‘thirst’ goes unnoticed because you're so immersed in your work. You need to stay connected with your body and be mindful of any signs and indications. Parched lips, a dry throat, sluggish feeling, and at times even hunger are some clear signs that your body is thirsty and requires water.
Know Your Dosha Type To Find The Best Way Of Combining Meals And Water
‘Never drink water alongside your meals’ is another advice that has taken over the Internet. We wouldn’t say that because how meals should be synced up with water depends on your Dosha type- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. People with Vata as a Dosha should drink water after an hour of having food as they need to focus on having a good digestion. The ones with Pitta Dosha have a concentrated digestion process (more acidic juices are secreted). It is better to balance these acids with small sips of water while you are having your food. This may nullify the chances of acidity. People who have a Kapha Prakruti tend to eat more which is why they should drink water before they start their meal to help from overeating.
The Classic, Start Your Day With A Glass Of Water
Ayurveda has always advocated Ushapan (the practice of drinking water the very first thing in the morning). This habit has helped a lot of people naturally and healthfully detox. It flushes all the toxins out of the system in the morning before the introduction of your daily meals.
Ayurveda also says to use a copper jug or a copper lota or any copper vessels for Ushapan. Medicinal scriptures and even modern studies have proved that copper has commendable antibacterial properties and numerous antioxidants which play a huge role in maintaining the overall health of the body.
One other major tip we haven't included is here- Never drink water when standing, as we have already penned an article on it. Following these tips will have a positive impact on your health. Get your copper vessel from our store to start with your cleansing routine now!