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More than 70% of planet earth is filled with water, it is an essential constituent of life without which no life can exist in planet earth. Around 60% of human body is made up of water, it is an essential ingredient of life. Traditional medicine across the world use water to treat various diseases. Japanese Water Therapy is one such idea that employs water to treat various illness in human body. This ancient idea is gaining popularity in modern world to treat lifestyle diseases like stress constipation and more. This is a simple idea that is affordable and accessible to everyone.
What is Japanese Water Therapy
Japanese water therapy gets the name from being widely used in Japanese traditional medicine. According to Ayurveda and other traditional medicines unhealthy gut is a major reason for many disorders in our body and when healthy gut is essential for a healthy life. Japanese water therapy is a holistic idea that suggests to take water in the empty stomach first in the morning. Early morning is considered as golden hours and consuming water first in the morning will remove the toxins from the body and make our digestive system healthy. The another key point in this therapy is to drink adequate amount of water in regular intervals to stay hydrated.
Pure Water is the World's First and Foremost Medicine
— Slovakian Proverb
- Drink 500-600 ml of water first in the morning.
- Water should be at room temperature, lukewarm water is advisable.
- Avoid cold water.
- Do not eat or drink anything as breakfast for 45 minutes.
- Do not drink water for 2 hours after your meal.
- Sip water slowly rather than gulping down large volume in a single breath.
- Drink water at least 30 minutes before eating anything in a day
Benefits Of Japanese Water Therapy
Water helps to keep your liver and kidney healthy. Liver plays a major role in blood purification, it convert toxins into water soluble substances that can be excreted through urine. As you drink more water, it urges your bowel movement, thereby flushing the toxins that accumulated at night and makes your gut healthy. A toxin free body is essential to stay away from new age diseases.
Aids Weight loss
Drinking water in empty stomach will boost your metabolic rate which will helps in better digestion. Consuming water 30 minutes before your meal will reduce the calorie intake. So the Japanese water therapy thereby aids your weight loss in the long run. Ayurveda also advocates water as your first food in the morning to reduce your weight.
Remove migraine and headache
Dehydration is one of the main reason for migraine and head ache. When you are dehydrated blood flow will be lower and oxygen demand increase in brain. Brain tissue loses water causing brain to shrink that may leads to migraine. Japanese water therapy advocates drinking water at regular intervals that can keep you to stay hydrated there by reducing the chances of headache and migraine.
Increases your energy levels in the morning:
Drinking water first in the morning will enhance digestion, and convert nutrients into the body more effectively. Water can stimulate faster growth of RBC that can transfer more oxygen to the cells which will makes us feel energetic in the morning.
Dark patches in the skin are accumulation of toxins in the body and water eliminates the toxins and gives you a healthy skin. When each cell in the body is hydrated, the toxins are removed. Also a better digestive system flushes out toxins effectively in our body. This in turn gives you healthy and glowing skin.
Cells that constitute hair are tender in nature, so it requires more care than any other parts. A well hydrated body can carry vitamins to all the cells in a body. If you don't have sufficient amount of water in your system the roots of hair become rough, dry and brittle.
Lukewarm water in empty stomach can relieve stress and boost overall metabolism. It also helps in balancing the lymphatic system which leads to increased level of immunity. Water oxygenates body by carrying oxygen to cells that results in proper functioning of body and remove toxins from body thereby boosting the immune system.
Metabolism includes all chemical processes that include breakdown of nutrients and convert it into energy. A healthy diet includes adequate amount of water intake to stay healthy. Some studies point out that drinking water in empty stomach boost metabolic rate by 25% in adults. An increased metabolic rate means improved digestion which is an essential component of healthy life.
Aids Brain Function
Dehydration can impact short term memory. Like any other cells, brain cells also depends on water to do essential functions. If water levels are too low our brain cells cannot function properly leading to cognitive problems. Balance your mood and emotions. Dehydration reduces cognitive and motor skills. Increase blood flow and oxygen to brain.
Healthy joints and cartilage
Water helps to keep your joints lubricated and flexible. The synovial fluid that is lubricates joints is primarily made up of water. So staying hydrated is essential for healthy joints. When you are dehydrated the synovial fluid will be less that cause friction between bones that led to joint pain. Staying hydrated is a best way to prevent joint pain.
Key Points to Rememeber
Drinking water does't have any side effects. But you should respect the indications from your body. When you are unable to drink more water then just stop forcing your body to consume more. Drinking too much of water will leads to Hyponatremia a condition in which sodium level in the body is very low, that may affect the brain function. Over hydration is also dangerous to your kidneys.
But it is not a reason to worry. Traditional medicines across the world advocate for this age old therapy. Only thing is we should not force our body to take more water. Water requirement differs with people, so the best way is to find your optimal level. Another important tip is, don't force yourself to consume a certain volume of water in the morning. Beginners should gradually increase their quantity of water intake. Remember an age old proverb says that too much of anything is good for nothing.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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