Water is the source of things alive and every life depends on it. But drinking water just to quench thirst is not correct. According to Ayurveda, the right way of drinking water helps your body to retain health.
Water represents Soma – the nourishing, cooling quality associated with lunar energy. Soma helps with digestion, cools and balances Pitta dosha. It supports Kapha and counteracts the dryness of Vata. It nurtures and detoxifies when it flows out of the body as waste.
60% of our body is made up of water. Water is stored everywhere inside and outside the cells to dissolve nutrients, regulate body temperature, carry waste, send messages to the brain and lubricate all moving parts. However, you lose water every day through breathing, sweat, and bowel movements. The only choice for a healthy body is to replenish the body with ample water.
Here are suggested ways to drink water -
Just as you should sit down to eat food sit down to drink water too.
Drink small sips instead of gulping a glass full of water. A small sip, swallow, breathe; repeat is the correct process.
Drink water throughout the day. If you have a habit of drinking too much water at once; remember, your body will not actually absorb all of it.
Drink water at room temperature. Ideally, lukewarm water is good for health. Cold and ice filled water turn off the digestive system.
Take small sips of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your stomach will not have enough room for digestive action. Ayurveda says – Fill your stomach with 50% food, 25% with water, and leave the other 25% empty for the digestive juices and digestion process.
Never drink loads of water before or after your meals.
Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural impulse that should be hydrated. Being thirsty is a clear indication that your body needs water.
We all are different sizes with diverse diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day does not apply to everyone. The human body has a built-in defense measuring system: thirst. Whenever you attend thirst cues and sip water throughout the day; you will be drinking the right amount of water.
The rules are straightforward, perhaps obvious or intuitive, but they make a serious difference in the way you feel on a daily basis.
The monsoon is always a welcome change from the scorching summer heat, but they bring some unwelcome guests in the form of microbes and insects which need to be avoided at all costs. To stay healthy and happy in the rains, it is essential that we take certain precautions in the food we eat and the activities we perform.
Some tips to stay fit this rainy season are as follows:-
Follow a Healthy Diet: It is important to maintain healthy eating habits in rainy season, which means that your favourite street food is off the menu. Preferably avoid raw vegetables and salads unless they are consumed at home where you can wash and clean them thoroughly.
Drink Enough Water: Diseases in the rainy season are mostly water-borne, so make sure you only drink water that is filtered or boiled. And drink enough water regardless of your activity levels. Herbal teas with antibacterial properties are a good idea.
Avoid Walking in the Rain: Walking in the rain or puddles of water makes you vulnerable to a host of viral diseases and numerous fungal infections at the feet and nails. If your clothes get wet, do not sit in an AC room rather change them immediately.
Use a Mosquito Repellent: Always carry and wear a mosquito repellent whenever you go out. Those who are cautious can take anti-malarial drugs too.
Avoid Touching your Eyes: Eye infections like conjunctivitis, stye, dry eyes and corneal ulcers are common during the monsoons. Consult a doctor immediately if you see any symptoms because if ignored, they can even lead to blindness.
Summers have started becoming more and more scorching of late. Monsoon provides the much needed relief from the summer heat as rain pours down with all its might, quenching the earth’s thirst and taking care of all our water needs. However with monsoons, comes the risk of waterborne diseases and infections. There are certain health risks brought by monsoon that people need to be really careful about. The following are some tips that will help you safeguard yourself this monsoon:-
Avoid road-side food at all costs. Water and vegetables are not hygienic at this time of the year. Follow a healthy diet at all costs.
Use a good quality insect repellent to keep mosquitoes at bay and prevent yourself from getting bitten. The over cautious can take a dose of antimalarial drugs.
Try to avoid walking through water at all times. It can lead to numerous fungal diseases of the feet, heels and nails.
Drink enough water, regardless of your activity levels. Herbal teas with antibacterial properties are always a good idea.
Keep clear of damp and wet walls. Damp walls are home to fungal growth and are a strict no-no if you suffer from asthma or any other breathing problem.
Always carry an umbrella or a raincoat to avoid getting wet in the rains. If you get wet in the rains, wash your hands and legs when you reach your destination and immediately get into dry clothes.
Have a bath twice daily in monsoon, using dettol or any other mild antiseptic. It will help you minimize the chances of catching an infection.