Water is one of the five
most essential principal elements of life. No survival can be without water
whether plants or animals .You can not think of germination of a seedling to a
full grown plant without water .See the fruits and vegetables losing their
freshness after being devoid of water. And itís the water content of each cell
of your body, which gives you the glow
Quenching the thirst is a routine for everyone but
how many of us take heed of drinking water to keep ourselves fit? The Hydrotherapy
branch of Naturopathy tells us about its different uses in different ways which
help us treat so many minor to major ailments apart from the maintenance of
good health, & also a guard against diseases.
for the properties of this element of life & use them in the way the Nature
hints. From chewing to swallowing, digestion to absorption, assimilation to
excretion, water is vital. . It decides the acidity or alkalinity of different
body fluids. It is the Natureís thermostat to regulate the heat produced during
various activities. Sponging the whole body with cold water in high fever is
very common practice.
The stream of blood
distributes nutrients and oxygen to every cell of the body and carries back
their waste end products to excretory organs. Natureís cue here is to drink
plenty of water for the free flow of the blood. The viscosity of the blood is a
major factor which governs your health. The thicker the blood, the difficult
becomes its flow in arteries & veins, putting extra load on heart to pump
it. Kidneys find it difficult to filter . The result is high blood pressure,
problems with kidneys, hampered transportation of nutrients & toxins &
so on. A clogging can stop the blood supply to a particular organ or a part of
it to precipitate a heart attack or paralysis. Any muscle can lose its power or
may even die. See the fatal effects of cholera & gastroenteritis after a
major water loss. And lots of more complications.
So always keep the blood thin. A thin blood is a
better solvent. A patient of joint pains with inflammation can feel better
after drinking plenty of water, which dissolves out the accumulated toxins in
the joints. The good lubrication of joints is also due to the water content of
the lubricating fluids.
Researchers have recently found that water also acts
as a lipolytic agent. It breaks down the extra fat deposits of the body. So
,keeping a belly full of water, can be a boon for the persons on weight loss
Drinking hot water in the
morning relieves you not only of constipation but also helps better filtration
of blood & washing of kidneys. Drinking 5-6 glasses of water in the morning
can refresh & relieve a person from hangover of previous nightís alcohol,
simply by raising the urinating frequency. A glass of hot water half an hour
before a principal meal acts as a good appetizer. The chilled water though
disturbs the digestive system of a normal person yet it can help stop a
bleeding in the alimentary canal. Sucking ice helps control vomiting &
frequent motions. A chilled water compress can stop a bleeding nose. Applying a
cube of ice on anus can relieve you of pain & bleeding of protruding piles.
Local application of ice at the site of a blunt injury will not allow that part
to swell & also relieve the pain,if applied immediately.
A steam inhalation can decongest you of phlegm from
nose, throat & chest. A facial steam helps you in treating pimples,
blackheads & blemishes. A steam bath of the whole body has itís own role in
the treatment of diseases.
A bath with hot water makes you feel weak, sleepy,
depressed & reduces the appetite but a bath with cold water is a stimulant,
mood elevator, re-juvenator & makes
you feel hungry. Whereas a hot water bath dilates the skin & produces
wrinkles, the cold water makes your skin tight & gloomy. The unwanted side
reactions of the hot water bath in winters can be neutralized by quickly
rubbing the whole body with a cold wet towel after the bath.
Dipping your feet in hot water for 15 minutes before
sleeping in winters will absorb the whole chill & a cold water will
neutralize the whole dayís heat in summers.
These are some of the very simple applications of
water but Naturopathy avails of itís different properties in treating different
ailing organs & systems. Practically it successfully works on every system
of our body.
The water content of the fruits & vegetables is
referred to as ďSajeev Jalí by Naturopathy which has itís multiple benefits.
So, to conclude with, stay fit by sipping 10-15
glasses of water of soothing temperature a day & by amply using it
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