Monday, July 2, 2007

Dharma of Water: How much and When

(1) First thing in the morning we start the day by following the “dharma of excretion”. The body which observed the “dharma of rest” the night before while you were sleeping, has produced waste from food digested, dead cells, toxins etc and we need to excrete this before we move on for the day.

(2) Drink 1 to 1.5 liters of water with the empty stomach and empty your bowels. A woman of small stature like me can drink a liter and an average or bigger man can drink up to 1.5 liters. You should drink this water before coffee or tea as consuming these would divert the nervous system from the excretion process started last night, and signal them to start the digestion process and hence interfering with the elimination process. In the beginning, you might have difficulty drinking water on empty stomach. If so, you can mix some lemon juice to the water, though it may not work towards putting pressure on your intestines, as explained below.

- You would need to drink this water within 5-10 minutes of time so that the water results in the needed pressure on the intestines. Otherwise the water will get absorbed into the body and does not result in the required pressure technique.

- For the first few weeks you may not be able to consume this much water, so put your best effort. In a day or two you should be able to drink a liter or so. You may be afraid that you might throw up or you might even throw up a little of this water. This is not going to hurt you.

- It is preferable that this water is either at room temperature or a little warm in cold weather conditions. This will help sending the water directly into your intestines resulting in the pressure, rather than taking time to “warm” up in the stomach. Another thing I noticed is if the water is too cold, I feel a little chilly afterwards as the body is expending its energy in heating this water.

- For people with gastric troubles, respiration problems such asthma or sinus etc, this warm water is especially helpful.

- Those living in cold places like me also will find it easy to drink this large amount of water when it is warm and not too cold.

- Please try to get a glass or mug that holds a half liter water to drink your water. This way you can drink one liter water in two steps. If you were to drink using a “small cup”, you may have to drink 5 or 6 or more of the cups which can put mental strain on you and demotivate you.

(3) This water hence puts pressure on your intestines resulting in reflux action and helps move the stools and help you have an easy bowel movement. Walk around until the needed pressure is built and stay focused on this process rather than getting busy with your household chores or reading a book etc.

- Walk around until pressure builds up and you can wait no more. This will hence result in good ablution.

- For someone who is severely constipated this may not result in a bowel movement. Dr. Raju suggests them to have an enema with plain warm water.


(4) Approximately, half an hour after drinking water, you can start exercising. Yoga and Pranayama routines prescribed by Dr. Raju are the simplest and the most effective IMHO. You can also jog or brisk walk depending on your interest. If you are busy with the morning routines, you can take care of them as well.

(5) After your exercise, approximately an hour to two hours after the first round of water, have another 1 to 1.5 liters of water (as explained above) and try to empty bowels again.

- You may say you do not have this much time in the morning. That is why it is important to wake up early.

- You must experience this to see for yourself how much trash you are carrying around the whole day and hence harming your internal organs.

- Our intestines are such that the need to empty will subside if we ignore, which means unless we listen to the body and go when we have to go, we will be carrying around the stools until the next day!

(5) Please note for the first week or two, until your system is tuned to this procedure and you are able to drink tummy-full (and eating right), you might not be able to have the bowel movements and eliminate constipation. You might also feel some bloating because not all the pressure that was built up could come out right away. Stick with it to see the immediate benefits of this method in a matter of days.

(6) Half hour after the second round of water (or first round, if you can only accommodate that much in your busy life), you can eat breakfast.

(7) Remember to always give at least a half hour gap after drinking a round of water before you start eating anything. This way the water is absorbed into the bloodstream and reaches the thirsty cells.

(8) Two hours or so after eating, drink half-liter or so water.

- Let’s say you ate breakfast between 8 and 9. Then you can drink water at 11.

- If you are not hungry and not having lunch until 1, you can have more water in installments from 11 – 12.30. For example, you can have half liter at 11 and another half liter at 12.

- Do not drink a whole round of water, for example a liter, at once during the day / between meals. The water we drink “during the day” is to quench the body’s thirst and to hydrate it regularly, not to have a bowel movement.

(9) You should not drink too much water and other beverages “while” you are eating a meal. Drinking a sip or two of water, to wash down the food (because of the spicy, salty and oily food you are consuming), is all right when you are starting this method but not too much.

- Consuming too much liquid with your meals dilutes the digestive acids produced and hence weakening them

- The food you consumed resulting in more volume and hence more load on your digestive system and may lead to indigestion.

- The net effect is the food now requires longer to digest, resulting in fermentation and hence in gastric troubles.

- In the beginning, you might notice that it is not possible for you to eat without a drink. Even if you cut down on your salt, oil and spices. This happens if you do not drink half hour before eating. Remember to drink “between meals” making sure you are not thirsty when you start eating.

- If you are thirsty AND hungry, drink some water and wait for 20-30 minutes before you eat to ensure you do not end up drinking with your meal. Soon you will be able to tell when you are really thirsty rather than confuse thirst with hunger.

(10) The water you drink two hours after the meal helps blood absorb the digested food and hydrate the body.

- Now, you see the link here. For you to need no or almost no water while you are eating, it is important that your food is neither too salty nor too oily. Also, wholesome foods help digest food completely and quickly whereas oily foods and meats take longer to digest and mix with the water you drink resulting in additional load on the digestive system.

(11) Try to repeat the drinking of 1 to 1.5 liters of water and emptying bowels routine again in the evening, before dinner.

(12) Dr. Raju recommends consuming 5 – 6 liters of water per day for grownups, following the guidelines above.

- Adults: 4-6 liters of water. Females 4-5 liters and males 5-6 liters.

- Older people can do with 3-4 liters of water since they may not be very active in the day

- Children 12 and older 2-3 liters.

- Younger children 1 - 2 liters depending on the age

(13) Kids do not need this much water. They need around 1 - 3 liters of water per day, depending on age. My kids drink a half liter glass of water to start the day in the morning. Again, they drink another half liter in the evening right after coming back from school. Another quarter liter or so before hitting bed. The rest of the day, they drink a sip here and a sip there when they are thirsty.

(14) Please also visit Dr. Raju's An Ideal Schedule.

Note: If you had only one round of water in the morning, please do not try to compensate by drinking large amounts at a strech during the day. The water we drink in the morning is used by the body to "purge" waste. And the water we consume during the rest of the day is used to hydrate the body. If you drink too much, let's say after breakfast and before lunch, this water will put some pressure on their intestines, but since the stomach is not empty of food, the pressure is not enough to result in a bowel movement. This leads to some inconvenience such as belching (since pressure could not come out from the bottom, it is trying to come out from the top!), stomach pain or slight headaches or the inconvenience of frequent urination etc. The solution is to split this into two half liters in two installments. So, please make sure you understand the process before you start the water cycle.

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