We constantly hear that a person needs to drink about 8 glasses of water a day.
Doctors, nutritionists, and detox experts talk about maintaining water balance. But does this mean that we really need to pour two liters of water into ourselves without feeling thirsty? And what should be the very water that we need?
I recently visited an Ayurvedic doctor for a consultation, among other topics, we also touched on the issue of drinking regimen. And it turned out that I was not at all recommended to drink a lot of water during the day.
The doctor came to this conclusion based on various data, including my constitution and my complaints. If a person drinks a lot of water without being thirsty and not allowing it to go out (sweat, etc.), then this can have a bad effect on both well-being and appearance (swelling in the morning – a familiar story?).
When I thought about it and counted the amount of water I drink during the day, I was somewhat shocked – about 3 liters! And this despite the fact that most of the day I hardly move, working at the computer.
Of course, I’m not advising you to cut back on your daily water intake, but it’s worth considering. Look at your condition, evaluate. Perhaps you, like me, are overreacting.
The second, no less important issue concerns the quality and condition of the water you choose. I think everyone knows that it is worth drinking only purified filtered water. But what temperature should this water be?
Imagine a beautiful glass of berry lemonade and ice cubes that just begs to be held in your hands to refresh you in hot weather or after a workout. But by drinking a glass of cold water, you will not help yourself, but vice versa.
If we turn to Ayurveda, which takes care of the digestive system, then cold water negatively affects Agni – the fire of digestion, which must be in balance.
Imagine an ordinary fire on which you can cook food: if it is too weak, then the food will cook for a long time, and if it is strong, then the food may burn. Approximately the same story with the fire of digestion.
Thus, cold water extinguishes Agni almost completely: the body needs to expend energy to warm the cold liquid to body temperature. And this energy could be useful for the digestive system and metabolism.
In addition, some studies suggest problems with the digestion of fats after drinking cold drinks.
What is the best water to drink? It’s simple: warm or room temperature. Just try it – you will immediately notice improvements in your condition. Add lemon, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, or other spices to your drink.
Don’t be afraid to experiment!