Water, the Elixir of Life…

In Summertime we think of water… lake days, beach trips, boating, all around playing in water. But drinking it? There are lots of people out there that do not get enough water. Ancient Ayruveda & Modern Medicine both recommend at least eight 8oz. glasses of water a day. I found a few articles that I want to share with you about the importance of water…

In the article “WATER, how 8 glasses a day keep fat away” I found that water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. The body will not function properly without enough water and can’t metabolize stored fat efficiently. When our body does not get enough water it goes into “survival mode” and stores excess water which shows up as swollen & puffy skin, usually in the feet, legs, and hands. So to get rid of excess water you must drink more water. If you are trying to loose weight, water is essential.
(source: article by Dr. Donald S. Robertson)

In a different article by Dr. SavithaSuri (an Ayruvedic physician) I found these benefits:

Healthy glowing skin: A well hydrated skin prevents dry skin and formation of wrinkles. Increased water intake moisturizes the skin from inside. It maintains the elasticity of skin and gives young looks. Water acts as a fountain of youth.

Keeps Cardio Vascular system healthy: Researches have revealed that, drinking water regularly reduces the risk of heart diseases. The scientists say that dehydration increases the viscosity of blood and plasma which are risk factors of heart disease.

Good Digestion: Water is very essential for digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. Well hydrated body cells function normally and efficiently. Water helps in expelling waste products produce during metabolism.

No Constipation: Inadequate consumption of water and lack of fiber in diet cause constipation. Drinking 14 glasses of water per day along with good fiber diet ease bowel movement and relieve constipation.

Alert mind: Dehydration can affect mental alertness. Frequent ingestion of water keeps the mind alert and prevents dizziness which occur due to dehydration..

Regular Detoxification: In resent years our environment is full of toxins like pesticides, industrial wastes, vehicle exhausts etc. These toxins enter human body and get collected in tissues. Drinking lot of water help to eliminate these toxins from body. Hence drinking clean and pure water regularly in large quantities help to flush these toxins and prevent diseases which arise from accumulation of these toxins.

Apart from the benefits mentioned above , water regulates body temperature and boosts the immunity of body.
**Sports persons are always advised to drink plain water instead of aerated drinks.**

 Home remedies using water
 *Drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water per day flushes the toxins from body, hydrates the skin well and reduces acne and pimples.
*Spraying water frequently on face and body helps to keep dry skin soft and smooth.
*Drinking a glass of water before every meal helps in weight reduction.
*Drinking plenty of water help to reduce dark circles.
*Good water intake keeps headaches at bay.
*Warm water consumption eases discomforts caused due to bronchitis and arthritis.
*Drinking ½ glass of warm water once in 2 hours helps in indigestion.
*Consuming water in between meals help in good digestion.

Water not only keeps us healthy, but it keeps us alive. Keep lots of water handy and enjoy the benefits!

Happy Summer!

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