If you have aches and pains and cringe at the thought of popping another pill, then you should know that water therapy can help.
What Is Water Therapy?
Water therapy is a common term used for describing the application of water in the treatment of certain physical conditions. When applied externally, warm water relieves muscle pain, tension and stress while helping the body rid itself of toxins. Water therapy is as simple as sitting in a warm bath, spending time in a mineral spring, relaxing in a thermal pool or going to a health spa. Whatever the form, there is therapeutic value in external water therapy.
When you think about the composition of the human body, drinking water provides the critical, life-preserving therapy we need on an ongoing basis. Unlike external water therapy, we must take in water to stay alive. Even though the water molecule is abundant inside the body, we can also find it in hydrated compounds.
Approximately 30 to 40 percent of a person's weight is in his or her skeleton, but upon the removal of the bound water, whether by heat or chemical desiccation methods, half of that weight is lost.
Drinking water is as important as breathing. However, beware that water marketed as "therapeutic" may not actually contain important trace minerals needed in the average diet.
The amount of water in the human body ranges between 50 and 75 percent, depending on a person's age and gender. Most adults are approximately 57 to 60 percent water, on the average. In infants, the percentage of water is much higher, usually between 75 and 78%, decreasing to 65 percent by the age of 1.
The composition of the body also affects the percentage of water. It fluctuates according to gender and the overall concentration of fatty tissue. Tissues with higher levels of fat contain less water than leaner tissue. Women usually have more fatty tissue than men due to their physical make-up. However, the amount of water in an individual's body depends on his or her hydration level. Most people felt thirsty after losing between 2 to 3 percent of their body's water and reported they had mental impairment and problems with physical coordination before feeling thirsty when they dehydrated by only 1 percent.
Various Types of Water Therapy
Most people don't consider drinking hot water unless it has another element such as coffee or tea mixed with it. Drinking a plain cup of hot water is one easy way to replenish lost fluids the body needs. You can also drink hot water to aid the digestion of food, relieve constipation and lung congestion. Drinking hot water also helps you relax.
Many people drink hot water because it is a holistic health remedy. They enjoy it first thing in the morning and/or before going to bed for maximum health benefits. Heat your warm water to a temperature between 120°F and 140°F. Make sure it's not so hot that you burn yourself (temperatures of 160°F or more can scald and cause painful burns.) Add vitamin C to your hot water therapy by adding a few drops of natural lemon, grapefruit or orange juice.
Japanese Water Therapy
Much of the longevity of the Japanese people is attributed to drinking water upon rising. Scientists endorse this water therapy routine in the treatment of medical conditions, officially approving it as a natural remedy in cases of:
There are no negative side effects associated with Japanese water therapy. Those who partake in the daily ritual say it is a good habit to adopt and follow for your entire lifetime because of the body's constant need for hydration.
Drinking cold water is not recommended because cold water binds to fat molecules resulting in slower digestion and obesity.
Disease or Dehydration?
Dehydration can wear a multitude of disguises we call disease. According to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, the human body's thirst signals are often misdiagnosed as other conditions or diseases. Batmanghelidj discovered the link between dehydration and chronic illness 17 years ago when he, as a prison doctor, had nothing except water to treat the prisoners with.
Batmanghelidj states that by treating dehydration as the root cause it's possible to avoid costly medical treatments while restoring long-term health. “Humans seem to lose their thirst sensation and the critical perception of needing water. Not recognizing their need for water, they gradually become increasingly and chronically dehydrated with the progress of age.”
The following conditions are often diagnosed in place of dehydration because the body manifests secondary symptoms resulting in:
The Japanese Medical Society reports that water therapy can cure arthritis, epilepsy, bronchitis, tuberculosis, meningitis, diarrhea and diseases of the throat, among many other conditions.
Scientific research shows that water therapy is 100 percent effective in curing these medical conditions rapidly, without involving any other medical treatments. Research also shows that water therapy eases constipation within one day, diabetes in a single week, and high blood pressure and some cancers within 30 days.
Can Anyone Start Water Therapy?
Water therapy is not recommended if you are under a doctor's care, have kidney disease or are taking medications. Consult with your doctor before beginning any water drinking routine as you can experience symptoms such as disorientation if your salt levels are low. Other contraindications include:
How It Works
Everything you eat and drink starts in one place and moves to another. Organs such as the liver and kidneys cannot access the blood to filter it unless it is moving. Water is the fluid that makes life possible by encouraging the heart to pump blood efficiently throughout the body, helping us to breathe by transferring oxygen and vital nutrients to our cells.
The Many Benefits of Water Therapy
Drinking water first thing in the morning has therapeutic effects that benefit the body in several ways. This water therapy originates from ancient Ayurvedic medicine. It is a fact that drinking hot water first thing in the morning while your stomach is still empty can purify the body's internal cleansing system. You should also be aware of the quality of water you're drinking.
Water Relieves Stress
The human brain is comprised of 70 to 80 percent water. When your body suffers from dehydration, the stress affects both your body and mind. The body cannot function correctly unless it is adequately hydrated contributing to less stress and greater happiness.
Water Improves Physical Fitness
Human bodies need water to help prevent muscle cramps. It also uses water to lubricate our joints, energize our muscles and detox our blood during work outs. When the body is well hydrated, people have more strength to exercise for longer time periods and at maximum performance levels.
Hot Water Therapy for Nasal Congestion
Just holding a steamy cup of hot water below your nose allows the steam to penetrate clogged sinuses and relieve congestion and sinus headaches. The mucous membranes in the neck and upper torso are receptive to hot water therapy helping to warm the affected area while soothing sore throats.
Water Aids Digestion
Drinking hot water does a body good! It soothes the lining of the digestive tract and activates it at the same time. Water makes digestion possible and keeps it going. As water moves through the body it travels throughout the stomach, intestines and every organ needed for digestion. Without adequate water, waste cannot easily be eliminated via the large intestine and the kidneys cannot rid the body of impurities through urination. Specifically, water dilutes the toxic by-products and impurities in the urine that lead to forming kidney stones.
Calms the Nervous System and Boosts Immunity
Drinking hot water helps keep you calm while it also lubricates your body. When people's nervous systems are hydrated, they are more in control of their actions and reactions. They also empower their immune system to fight disease more effectively and have fewer aches and pains.
We are all familiar with the "eight glasses of water" a day rule. It is a good place to start, but it's not the last word on the subject. The average person's body weight consists of 60 percent water. Not only that, but every part of the human body requires water to function properly.
Always consider important factors such as your gender, medical history, age, activity level and temporary conditions like pregnancy or breastfeeding. Water therapy may also help your overall appearance by keeping your skin looking healthy and hydrated. The skin is your body's largest organ, and it needs plenty of water to feel soft, supple and healthy. Water makes you feel full, and it has no calories, so it is a great aid if you are looking to lose weight.
Our bodies should survive and thrive during the time we're here. The more we know about how we're created and what it takes to maintain our health, the better the quality of our lives will be. Raise your glass of water and make a toast to a healthier, happier you.