In the previous update it is learned that we need 5-6 liters of water to be consumed a day to lead a healthy and disease free life. In this update let us try to understand why Dr. Mantena Satyanarayana Raju insists on drinking 5-6 liters of water a day?
We all know that drinking more and more water is good for health. However, nobody knows when and how much to drink. According to Dr. Raju there is a particular way or plan to drink water. Even if you drink 5-6 liters of water without a proper plan, it does more harm than good. Many experts, news papers and periodicals write that we need to drink more water to keep the fluid levels of our body high. But none of them write exactly when and how much to drink. Dr. Raju is the only person to the best of my knowledge who writes and preaches how much water we need to drink a day, when and how.
According to Dr. Raju, we need to drink 5-6 liters of water a day to meet the requirements of the body and to keep the internal organs of our body clean. To understand this, let us try to understand the constitution our body and its functions first.
The Constitution and Functioning of our body:
Our body is constituted according the creation of Nature. As discussed in our earlier posts, our body possesses all the five elements of nature and it functions according to the equilibrium of nature.
In general our body performs two types of functions categorically (i) the day duty and (ii) the night duty. The body has to discharge these two duties categorically every day as long as we live. Our body would be healthy only if it discharges these two duties separately. If these duties are interchanged the body loses health and the life expectancy is reduced. Let us try to understand what these duties are:
1.Day Duty: The body discharges two types of functions during the day. The first one is to digest the food, transport this digested food to the cells, convert it to energy and move the undigested waste to the excretory system. The second duty is to produce millions of new cells in the body in place of millions of those cells, which die every day. If these two functions are to be discharged perfectly it needs ample water. Digestive juices can be produced only when we take appropriate amount of water. Digested food joins the blood and then to the cells, only when a large amount of water is present in the body. If there is proper proportion of water in the body, the food consumed by cells can be converted into energy. If all these functions are to be discharged properly we need to drink enough water in a right way. There is no use if we take water as and when we wish.
2.Night Duty: The body discharges two types of functions during night. The first one is to purge the waste material left inside the body after performing the day duty. Though most of the waste material produced during the day through consumption of food is purged through excretory system in the form of fasces, urine, sweat and carbon dioxide during day duty, the leftover waste is purged during night duty. Secondly, many cells in our body get diseased everyday. The body repairs them. Likewise, the body protects us from injuries, wounds and ill health. If the body has to purge the waste material through fasces, urine, sweat and carbon dioxide, it has to move these things and to move these things you need sufficient amount of water in the body. If you don’t take enough water, the waste material dries up in the body causing diseases.
To perform both these day and night duties perfectly one has to drink 5-6 liters of water everyday. More importantly, we are eating all kinds of junk and creating more problems for the body. As mentioned earlier, drinking 5-6 liters of water a day without proper plan does more harm than good to the body. Let us now try to find out how shall we drink this much of water and when.
When and how to drink water?
To derive full benefits of drinking 5-6 liters of water, we should divide the schedule into two parts: (i) Drinking water on empty stomach in the morning and (ii) Water to be taken during the day. Drinking water early in the morning is usually intended to clean out all the waste stored in our body. Drinking water during the day is to keep our fluid levels up and stable.
1.Drinking Water on empty stomach in the morning: The water consumed early in the morning is considered as part of the night duty. As soon as you wake up early in the morning, drink 1.5 liters of water on empty stomach. Many of you might bite your finger by learning this. If you are a beginner start with drinking half liter and gradually increase it to 1.5 liters. Some of you might wonder how any one can drink 1.5 liters of water at a single go. You definitely can drink 1.5 liters of water at one go because our stomach is capable of storing 2 kilos of water or matter. Once you begin drinking 1.5 liters of water every morning, I bet you are going to stick to it and feel the pleasure of drinking water.
I hope after knowing these facts, you too try to drink and make others drink 5-6 liters of water in a proper manner explained above for deriving maximum health benefits. Follow this routine for a few months and experience the difference in your life. If you feel benefited continue the process or else stop it over there. I know it’s not easy to begin straight away since we are used against to Dr. Raju’s principle of drinking water. Many of you find it difficult to stop drinking water while eating. There is every possibility of your food getting stuck in throat while eating. As it is a popularly known fact that the people of Andhra Pradesh don’t chew food; instead they swallow food. When you chew your food properly you don’t need any water while eating. Eat more vegetables and oil free food, you don’t need water. It is imperative for the body to discharge these two duties. If these two duties are to be discharged properly we have to divide the intake of water into two parts. If we feel that we have taken enough water in the morning, day duty may be hampered. Similarly if you take water in the day and stop taking in the morning the waste material which has to be discharged during night remains in the body and we may land in trouble. We should allow the body to discharge its duties during night and day. It is enough, if you supply water on time and the body looks after itself. However, if you are lazy or feel it burdensome to drink water, maintaining good health becomes difficult. When we do not follow the nature of the body life itself becomes a waste. There is no other easy way to good health in the world.