Water Therapy History Benefits and how to use Treatment

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Water is so easily available and affordable for most of us, mainly right from our faucet. Still very few of us really make it a daily habit.

We are reminded everywhere to drink our water. Not only do we need to stay hydrated but it helps to flush out toxins from the body and plumbs our skin.

We as humans are mostly made up of water with over 60%. Water needs to be replaced to maintain balance in the body. It is important to our survival and a part of our planet. Our life is not complete without it. Water benefits us in other ways too.

Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes and not for diagnosis.

What is Water Therapy?

Water therapy is a natural way to treat diseases while staying hydrated. There is nothing like a fresh clear glass of water to revive and satisfy us.

A form of water therapy has been used in Japanese medicine and India. This encourages drinking water at room temperature or warm water when you wake up and have an empty stomach. This regulates gut health by cleansing the digestive system thus helping with weight loss.

The therapy involves a couple steps to repeat each day for the slotted time:

  1. Drink four to five glasses room temperature water on an empty stomach when you wake up. This is done before doing anything like washing your face and before brushing your teeth. Then wait another 45 minutes before eating your breakfast.
  2. During your meals eat fifteen minutes only and don’t eat or drink anything else for at least two hours after.

Depending on your specific concern practitioners advise these time periods:

  • Constipation – 10 days
  • High blood pressure – 30 days
  • Type 2 Diabetes – 30 days
  • Cancer – 180 days

Currently there is no evidence backing up Water Therapy as a treatment or cure of type 2 Diabetes or cancer.

Before starting anything new you should talk to your doctor. However, drinking more water can always bring health benefits. Just be careful not to overindulge drinking too much water this is another unhealthy condition.

History of Water Therapy

The ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptians have recorded and used the therapeutic benefits of this natural nutrient elixir. The healing waters were woven in the culture of the ancient times.

There are many kinds of water therapy and dozens of ways to help disease, illness and health conditions.

Egyptian royalty used essential oils and flowers in the bath water. Romans had their communal public bathhouses for their people.

Water therapy has been a common treatment in India and Japan. It has been normal to drink water as soon as waking. China and Japan have also used hydrotherapy throughout history.

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female drinking water from glass photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

Avoid Drinking Cold Water

In Ayurveda and Japanese culture it is custom to drink clear warm water the start of your day. Cold drinks and using ice cubes is frowned upon. It is said to decrease energy and weaken the kidneys.

Cold water should never be consumed while eating. Japanese water therapy advocates say that drinking cold water causes harm due to the fats and oils of your food hardening in your digestive tract. This in turn slows down your digestion and leads to disease. India also recognizes his theory.

How does Water benefit our Body?

Through drinking water we are purifying our body. Water aids the colon to function more effectively by producing new fresh blood, this is called Haematopasies.

By this method the mucosal fold of the colon and intestines are stimulated. When the colon is cleansed this allows nutrients from our food eaten to be absorbed and by the mucosal folds actions this produces fresh blood.

Blood is the most important part of our body. It cures ailments and restores our health, if we drink water regularly. This is a good reason to get your H2O daily.

It also helps in balancing your lymph system where the glands in your body are responsible for its daily functions, balancing the body fluids and fighting off infections.

Conditions helped:

  • Headaches
  • Kidney and urine diseases
  • Asthma
  • Weight loss
  • Body aches
  • Meningitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Throat diseases
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Bronchitis
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female holding water glass photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

7 Benefits of Drinking Enough Water

You stay regular. If you don’t drink enough water you may become constipated. Your body doesn’t have the fluids to expel the waste. This may become worse when inactivity, diet changes, being ill and even stress are added.

If you are constipated for a couple weeks, are dizzy, have bad abdominal pains or blood in your stool see your doctor. This could be more serious.

Your joints work better. Most of your joint cartilage is made up of water. This helps with absorbing shock and making your movements smoother when you have bone against bone.

Water can also prevent gout (a painful joint condition). Toxins could inflame your joints. Water helps flush these out of the body.

Gotta sweat. It’s all good. Sweat helps to cool us down as it evaporates from our skin. But this needs to be replaced.

If you’re going to exercise have a couple extra glasses before. While you exercise take around ten big gulps about every fifteen minutes. The sweat might not be visible if you go in the pool or there is air conditioning. But with activity comes sweat.

Stay hydrated. If you don’t replenish when you sweat you can lose too much fluid. This may also be a loss of sodium and potassium which your body needs especially in the heat (heat stroke).

When this happens you feel thirsty, you may pee less than usual and you may have dry mouth. You might also feel dizzy, lightheaded and confused.

Your kidneys will be healthy. Your kidneys take water to flush out waste from your blood. Without enough water that waste plus acids can build up.

This can lead to myoglobin, where your kidneys are clogged up with proteins. Being dehydrated can also cause kidneys stones and urinary tract infections.

Lose of weight. By just drinking 2-3 extra glasses of water per day people seem to have less fat, sugar and salt meaning less calories overall. So staying hydrated could help with weight loss.

This water takes the place of empty, sugary calories so many people intake during meals (soda). Water can also make your metabolism faster and you feel fuller because of the space it takes up in your stomach.

You shouldn’t faint. If you are a blood donor you’re less likely to pass out if you had enough water. It is important to replace water lost through sweat or urine.

If your levels get low you’re blood pressure could drop and your nervous system can’t bounce back as well. This could cause a fainting spell. Be careful to alert yourself to this when the weather is hot outdoors and you’re exercising.

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If the taste of water turns you off infuse it with fruits like oranges, lemon or lime. You can also try a bunch of cilantro or mint. Toss in either of these; cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, bell peppers, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, black berries or kiwi.

These contain a lot of water plus you get the vitamins and nutrients to boot! There are so many choices.

Drinking our water and staying hydrated benefits our body in so many ways. Plus lifting your spirit and making you feel better. Don’t forget your H2O today.

What is your average water intake? Have you infused it with fruits or something else?

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Mary is the founder of All About Our Skin. Former esthetician and CPC. Enjoys researching skincare and has been studying our skin for the past fourteen years.
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