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Water may become 'elixir' or 'poison' as we use, says senior Ayurveda researcher

New Delhi, Jan 22 (UNI) Drinking maximum possible water, we have long been told, to stay healthy and fit, but the ancient Ayurvedic texts and Vedas surprisingly direct us to drink minimum possible water to remain healthy, said Ayurveda Researcher and Sr Consultant with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Parameshwar Arora.
Talking about his recently-launched book "Water- Elixir or Poison?" Dr Arora, a gold medalist, told UNI, "the right quantity of water taken considering the body status at right time and in right way makes water elixir (Nectar) or else -- poison."
There are certain diseases, where water is allowed in a very minimum quantity.
"These days, it is a practice that if you have to fix your digestion -- drink lots of water, if you have to detox your body -- drink lots of water if there is burning while passing urine -- drink lots of water, if you have to lose weight drink lots of water," he said.
But when we try to understand as to how drinking water in abundance help in these conditions, the reasoning which surfaces up is something completely beyond our understanding. For example, for all the problems related to digestion like – Constipation, Acidity, Gas formation and even IBS, the cause is our sluggish digestion power. Dr Arora stated that even the modern science believed that for all these conditions the reason was the decreased secretion of digestive enzymes.
Hence, we can get rid of these conditions by improving our 'Jatharagni' (digestive fire). In such a case, how would the excessive intake of water, which is the worst opponent of fire, increases digestive fire and how would it help in fixing the problems, is totally beyond understanding, Dr Arora opined. "Is it not possible that this excess quantity of water consumed by us to resolve our digestive issues, actually make these conditions chronic which eventually become incurable? Same is the case for other conditions also," he said.
In Ayurveda, water has been termed 'elixir' when it take correctly and also 'poison' when consumed otherwise.
There is almost opposite opinion about drinking of water when present trends are compared with the directions of our ancient Ayurvedic texts. Whereas there is no authentic and detailed book about diet and lifestyle of present era, Ayurveda was written with the primary intention of maintaining health by correct diet and correct lifestyle. For the same, every dietary item, including water, has been explained in detail in the Ayurvedic texts.
According to Ayurvedic prospective, correct way of drinking water is 'Water -- Lesser the Better.'
Even a healthy person should drink minimum required quantity of water in all seasons except autumn and summer, where one can drink the adequate quantity.
Drinking large quantity of water, even when thirsty, leads to increase in 'kapha' and 'pitta' specific diseases. Particularly in persons suffering from fever, it can result in increasing of Ama (state of undigested food), excessive thirst, excessive sleep, stupor, flatulence, feeling of heaviness in the body, cough, poor digestion
nausea, excessive salivation, difficulty in breathing and rhinitis.
His book explains, a person should consume 1.5 to 2 litres of liquids every day. By liquids, we mean cumulative volume of water, milk, juice, tea, coffee, soup etc, that we intake.
To put it more precisely, if a person is passing out a minimum of 500ml and in ideal conditions one ltr of clear urine in 24 hours, then it is supposed that his body is getting adequate amount of liquids, Dr Arora said.
Apart from better health, this book gives a valuable suggestion on water conservation. According to the book, if one-fourth of the population of India comes out from the drinking of excess water and reduces just one litre of water intake, then there will be saving of about 500 crore litres of clean drinkable water everyday. Calculations about this figure have also been explained in the book.
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