The consumption of water on an empty stomach as soon as you wake up offers incredible health benefits. This water therapy originates from the ancient Ayurvedic medicine.
In the Sages of India, this therapy is known as Usha Paana Chikitsa, which from the Sanskrit, roughly translates to, “early morning water treatment.”
This practice purifies the internal system of the body, cleanses the colon, and helps the body to absorb the nutrients from food.
In the 1970’s, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, re-discovered this ancient knowledge and found that water is a real natural elixir. Namely, it can treat numerous diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, migraines, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
He was born in Iran in 1931 and graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School of London University, where he studied under Nobel Prize winner, Sir Alexander Fleming.
He eventually went back to Iran where he was imprisoned in 1979 for two and a half years as a political prisoner at the infamous Evin Prison.
During this time, he found the miraculous power of water and treated 3,000 fellow inmates suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease.
His discoveries were revealed in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983 and the New York Times Science Watch, in turn, reported his discovery on June 21, 1983.
In 1982, he escaped from Iran and came to America. He started his research on the effects of chronic unintentional dehydration on the human body, and published his findings in 1991 and 1992.
He believes that people become chronically dehydrated over time, and the body’s natural thirst signals are often mistaken for signs and symptoms of other illnesses.
Here is the explanation of the water treatment method:
— As soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach, drink about (1) 8oz glass of fluoride-free water, like distilled water (you should add minerals back into the water, including some baking soda for alkalinity) and reverse osmosis. Wait for 45 minutes before you eat or drink something.
Moreover, drink a cup of water half an hour before meals, and 2 hours after meals.
The Japanese Medical Society maintains that this treatment needs 10 days to treat constipation and some gastric issues, and 30 days to treat high blood pressure.
We give you several facts about the benefits of the consumption of at least an 8oz glass first thing in the morning:
-After 7-8hours of sleep, the body is dehydrated, so by drinking water, you will boost the oxygen flow and help the creation of new blood and muscle cells, which will energize your body
-It accelerates your metabolism, by a whopping 24% for 90 minutes.
— Staying hydrated is a must in the cold and flu season, as will prevent sickness, lower cortisol levels, and manage stress. This will also boost immunity, and maintain the health of your lymphatic system—which directly prevents infections.
-Since the brain tissue is 75% water, proper hydration will prevent fatigue, mood swings, and support the function of the brain.
— It detoxifies the body, cleanses the toxins and impurities, and supports the maximum enzyme function. Kenneth Ellner, an Atlanta-based dermatologist, says “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. Getting fluids into your body right after your wake up will help your body flush out toxins first thing in the morning.”
— This practice will help you eat less during the day. Researchers have shown that people who drink a glass of water before meals lost 4.5 pounds over a three-month period, as “it fills up the stomach with a substance that has zero calories”, and people “feel full as a result”.
Water is not a miracle, but since we are mainly comprised of water (72%), proper hydration is of highest importance.
It has been estimated that 75% of us are in a chronically dehydrated state, so drinking a couple of glasses of water in the morning can make a huge difference, and provide amazing improvements.
For best results, make sure you drink half your weight in ounces of high-quality, clean, filtered water. If n you are a fan of caffeinated beverages, you should drink more, as caffeine is a diuretic.
Furthermore, make sure you maintain mineral balance, and add 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt, like Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, per quart/liter natural water.