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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mantena Satyanarayana Raju's Principle of Drinking Water


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.


Another question that might arise in your mind is why so much water and what is the use of it? As we discussed above, after performing day duty our body moves all the undigested waste within our body towards the anus & urinary bladder during the whole night as a part of its night duty. When you drink this much water the entire waste in the large intestine is pushed further for excretion. This water acts a flush and cleans your entire body purging all the undigested waste in the form of stool and urine.

You simply drink 1.5 liters of water as said above and walk around for a while. You immediately rush to the toilet and relax within a few minutes of time. You are going to enjoy the pleasure of purging the waste as soon as you follow this routine. Well… half an hour later, do some exercises, Yogasans, Pranayams or a bit of walk according to your leisure and stamina. 10 minutes after finishing your workout drink another 1 liter of water. You might again go to the toilet for cleansing the remaining waste in your large intestine. You are now ready for the breakfast. Give half an hour break and have your breakfast. If we take 2.5 to 3 liters of water on empty stomach the waste material from the body purges completely and keeps the body healthy. We have now finished the first part of drinking water.

2. Water to be taken during the day: Drinking water in the day is needed in view of the day duty. The water taken after breakfast to the end of the day till 6 or 7 Pm comes under this category. Out of 5-6 liters of water 2.5 liters of water is consumed in the morning as part of night duty. The remaining 3-3.5 liters of water has to be consumed throughout the day. Unlike the morning session, here we drink these 3-3.5 liters of water gradually throughout the day. An important condition applies here while drinking water during this session. Do not drink water while and immediately before and after eating food. Give ½ hour gap before and 2 hours gap after eating food. Drinking water while eating is a bad practice. You might be wondering what’s wrong in drinking water while eating. As all of u knows that the food we eat is digested by various gases and enzymes released right from our mouth to stomach and intestines. 2 liters of these gases and enzymes are released every time we eat to digest the food. Therefore when you drink water while eating, these gases wash out or evaporate resulting in indigestion and other gas troubles. The digestion process takes an average time of 2 to 4 hours depending on the type of food you eat. When you drink water while eating the gases gets dissolved and digestion time increases by 40 to 50% more; say 4 to 8 hours creating all sorts of discomfort.

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.

In my next update you are going to learn about the harm in drinking water while eating and the relationship of water with digestion. Keep watching for updates….

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