Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Complexities in Drinking 5 - 6 liters of Water a day

I have been regularly updating the Dr. Mantena Satyanarayana Raju’s preaching on drinking water through a series of posts on my blog. My only aim in writing this blog is to take Dr. Raju’s preaching to places. In a way it is my little contribution to Dr. Raju for the change he has brought in my life. I was never so happy with regards to my health anytime before as I am today. I feel lighter! I feel energetic! I haven’t fallen sick after following his natural way of living. I feel better as never before. More importantly, my total life style has changed. I started getting up early, started practicing yoga, started reading books related to yoga and spirituality which in turn helped me reduce strain and mental frustration. All these helped me abandon the animal food completely from my diet which is quite an unbelievable development in my life. I never felt eating animal food even for once after quitting it. With this you can imagine how my body is functioning at the moment. It is asking only what is needed for it and I am glad to provide the same to my body. I have no words to praise Dr. Raju for the kind of work he is doing to the betterment of society. No person has so much influenced me before with his lectures or preaching other than Dr. Raju. I haven’t got the opportunity to meet Dr. Raju as yet. Even if I meet him personally I don’t feel I could express my gratitude in a better way than this.


Anyway coming to the subject, we have so far learned Dr. Raju’s principle of drinking 5-6 liters of water and the advantages and procedure for drinking 5-6 liters of water in a day through a series of my updates previously. Many of the readers are finding it difficult to drink 5-6 liters of water a day. A few difficulties do arrive in drinking 5-6 liters of a day for many. But they are all temporary and only for a few days. Once you overtake that hurdle you are going to enjoy drinking that much of water. Let us see what Dr. Raju has to say about the complexities that arise while drinking 5-6 liters of water in the beginning.


First of all you have to remember that you are beginning a new practice which is against to your lifestyle in the past. Any new experiment encounters certain initial hiccups. Whether it is good or bad the body takes some time to adjust itself to the new situation. When we drink alcohol, which is against the nature, initially the energy in our body refuses to assimilate and come out as vomit. Initially mouth may get ready and gulp it with some difficulty. In spite of resistance from the body if it is repeated doggedly it may result in vomiting and nausea. However, man does not stop there knowingly it is not good for him. He tries to habituate by force. From now on he does not face much difficulty and adjusts himself to it. When addicted he cannot live without it. Likewise other habits such as coffee, tea, cigarettes, tobacco, spicy food, pickles, bakery foods, fried foods, non-vegetarian foods and narcotics. Everybody may not have all these bad habits but all the people have one or the other bad habit. They are against the nature. With these unnatural habits, the body, which is to be nurtured in a natural way, loses its natural qualities. Now if we try to inculcate natural habits body resists as it did in the case of alcohol for the first time. Three fourths of liquid in our body is water. We are alternating coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer for water. We feel irksome to drink a liter of water which is so natural. The body would have accepted it had we taken it in an unnatural way! A sort of confrontation starts inside the body between natural and unnatural elements. If unnatural element gains upper hand the natural element is shunted out. When unnatural element is weak it allows natural element, with little resistance. If natural thing continues to stay there for some time it turns unnatural element into a natural one. The bad element in the body resists water. If some one has a problem in drinking water it means he has more bad elements in his body. Then we should try to chase away bad things replacing with them good things, not running away from the initial problems. Moving forward we gain the wealth called health. At the outset let us know about the causes for initial difficulties and the ways to overcome them.


(1) Nausea: When we try to take more water forcibly, for which we are not used to, it may result in nausea. If we take water willingly nausea will not appear. Most people overcome this problem within 5, 6 days.


Note:


a. If you experience nausea with a liter of water, reduce the quantity next day. Increase it as and when nausea decreases.


b. If you suffer from nausea with the first installment of water give some gap and take less quantity for the second installment.


c. If by taking water nausea increases and in a situation where the water neither comes out in the form of vomit nor goes down, the only way is to vomit forcibly by putting fingers deep into the mouth.


(2) Vomits: When we take water forcibly it may be end up in nausea. Within 5-6 minutes nausea increases water comes out as vomit. If nausea subsides there is no vomit. Unless there is a problem with excess water in the stomach there won’t be any vomit. Unnecessary juices are deposited in stomach and intestines in many people. When more water is taken those juices are vomited. Those vomits are sour and burning sensation may also accompany. Even if you vomit once or twice a day it will be only for a week or ten days. No need to worry.


Note:


a. We feel comfortable if there is a belching after taking water. If there are one or two belches there is no vomiting. It is uncomfortable when there is no belching. If the problem is acute better vomit by inserting fingers deep into the mouth. Otherwise, take half a liter of water, wait for a couple of minutes and take little more water and take the rest of it after belching. Then no vomiting occurs.


b. If you vomit after taking one liter of water wait for half an hour or one hour and take half liter water. You can take another half liter after another half an hour.


c. If the entire water is vomited immediately bowels do not move since the pressure in the stomach is insufficient. To move the fasces more water is needed. As mentioned in the first point take water after belching and the bowel movement becomes easy.


d. If there is pain in throat due to vomiting take warm water. If it still persists apply coconut oil on neck and give fomentation, which gives a soothing effect. This can be done twice a day if it is needed.


(3) Excess urination: Those who are overweight and those who suffer from joint pains feel weak by excess urination. In the initial days of taking water, particularly in the mornings, we may feel that we are spending more time in the toilet and are unable to do anything else. When we take 2.5 to 3 liters of water in the morning almost 2 liters of it will pass through urine. Less quantity of urine is produced in those who consume less water and less urine is stored in the bladder. When excess urine is produced mind gets the signal to urinate. In the beginning, by taking more water we may have to urinate for every 15, 20 minutes. Taking water on empty stomach yields more urine, but more number of times and in less quantity. Many people overcome this problem within a week. Some may take 10-20 days, yet others may take a month or two. Those who stopped taking salt urinate only 3-4 times in the morning. There is no problem of excess urination with the water taken during the day. Sun and food do not allow production of more urine. However, during night you may feel little more urge to urinate. Those who do not want the sleep to be disturbed should consume water by 6 P.M.


Note:


Do not worry about more quantity of urination. It only purges out more waste material.


(4) More urination than the water consumed: Some pass more than a liter of urine, even if they take only a liter of water. Such people suspect something is wrong with kidney. Nothing happens like that. It is because of the salt deposited in combination with water. Those who have swollen legs, hands, face and body urinate excessively on taking more water. Some may not have any outward swelling even if there is edema. They also urinate more. The extra water, which we take in the morning, comes out along with salts. In the first 5-6 days the problem will be solved. Passing excess urine is helpful.


Note:


Don’t bother about the quantity of urine. The body purges it out when it is of no use. If there is need it holds.


(5) Weakness: Some may feel weak in the early days of taking more water. Some stop taking tea or coffee because of this extra water. Such people blame water for their weakness. As consumption of 5-6 liters of water is a new experience, in result the intake of food may also come down. It may also lead to weakness. Yet others feel weak as they purge out more fasces than earlier.


Note:


If you feel weak reduce the quantity of water and take four spoonfuls of honey directly or mixed with water. Weakness disappears with coconut water also. If weakness persists take some dates, which gives energy.


(6) Headache: As we are not used to excess water, headache may occur because of pressure on stomach and on nerves in brain and nausea. When coffee and tea are stopped some may experience headache for 5-6 days. If it is because of vomits and nausea, headache persists till they disappear.


Note:


a. If the headache is because of stoppage of tea and coffee it remains all the day. If it is not bearable taking tablet is the only way.


b. If it is because of nausea and discomfort in the stomach it goes with vomiting. Or else it disappears once the discomfort is not there. If you take head bath with cold water in the morning you are relieved.


(7) Loose motions: These loose motions are different from the usual ones. In the usual loose motions the water in the blood also goes out along with fasces, so we feel weak. When we take more water it goes into intestines, cleans them up and comes out along with fasces. It gives a great feeling as if we are floating in the air.


8) Feeling moving bowels whenever urinate: Such feeling would be there, only in a few people. This problem does not arise when you do not defecate in the manner mentioned above. When second defecation is watery the third installment of water goes into the intestine where fasces are stored. Since there are no fasces in the intestines water stays there for half an hour or one hour. In this situation when we urinate and release gas it gives a sensation of bowel movement. In certain people there may be wetting of clothes also. With this there may not be any loss but it is disgusting.


Note:


a. We come to know about it whenever water enters the fasces holding to intestine. In that situation whenever you release gas concentrate and drag inside rectum and release gas, then water in the intestines does not come but only gas goes out.


b. This water will be there in the intestine for half an hour or one hour. If care is taken during this period water enters blood.


c. If this problem is to be avoided those who have watery defecation should not take third installment of one-liter water at one go. If this is divided into two parts and taken with a gap of 15-20 minutes the problem is solved. Otherwise take only half a liter of water.


(9) Sagging of stomach: If we take water forcibly or unwillingly we feel that water is stored either in the stomach or intestines for a long time. When we take 2-3 liters of water in the morning stomach may get stretched. With this it is felt that belly is protruding. With increased water intake and easy bowel movement appetite increases in some people. Digestion also betters. With this the food is absorbed completely and if there is no physical exercise stomach protrudes and they blame the water. Actually belly would contract with extra water. Intake of any amount of water will not stay in the stomach for more than 15-20 minutes.


Note:


Gradually belly contracts. So take water without any hesitation.

(10) Edema: One or two in a hundred who take more water face the problem of edema. This is because of problems in blood circulation, hormones, and deficiency of blood, thyroid and damage of kidneys. When such people start taking water their face may be swollen for 5-6 days. However, there is no need to worry and continue taking water.


Note:


a. Take more water and stop salt and this problem is solved in a couple of days. If salt cannot be stopped completely, at least the quantity should be reduced. For such people salt is the first enemy.


b. If the body is very heavy because of edema 4 to 4.5 liters of water can be taken instead of 5-6 liters.


(11) Cold: People suffer from cold mostly because of intake of insufficient water. Water is the great remedy for cold. Mucus, bacteria etc., are deposited in sinus and in the gap between the bones. After they are filled to the brim cold manifests and running nose starts. When we start taking water mucus stored starts coming out and those parts are cleaned. If the level of histamine increases we get cold. Water is anti-histamine. It is wrong to think that water therapy does not suit us. Let all the bad deposited in the body come out and the cold is cured quickly.


Note:


a. If 5-6 liters of warm is taken cold disappears quickly.


b. It is better to give steam bath to face if it is convenient. Do not use any medicine for common cold. Let it flow out.


(12) Fever: Very few people get fever when they start water therapy. We do not know whether this fever is general or it is because of elimination process of bad elements from the body. Anyway, remember fever helps in eliminating bad elements from the body.


Note:


If you suffer from fever do not stop taking water. If more water is taken, bad elements in the body move out quickly. Along with water if we fast for a couple of days fever subsides soon.


(13) Loss of appetite: By taking extra water it may not be possible to take breakfast sufficiently. If you take water before lunch it is also affected. Since we are not used to intake of more water appetite may come down and we cannot eat properly.


Note:


a. If appetite decreases reduce the quantity of water to 3.5 to 4 liters. After three or four days you become normal.


b. If there is no appetite skip breakfast. Take honey mixed with water or fruit juice once or twice so that stomach gets rest.


c. Those who suffer from constipation mostly face this problem. Such people can take enema with warm water for some days. Do not get disturbed to know that there are so many problems with intake of more water. Fifty per cent of people do not encounter such problems. It is not that everybody faces all these problems. Till you get accustomed to it such problems arise and vanish on their own. Anyway, follow these advices and continue to take more water. Once you get accustomed to this in 10-15 days you cannot live without taking more water. When you cannot take 5-6 liters of water by any chance you feel that you lost something. When you are getting long lasting benefits better ignore small inconveniences.


More information on water is yet to come. So keep watching the space for updates…!

Monday, June 14, 2010

How to Drink 5 to 6 Liters of Water a day


So far we have learned how water is important to our body and how much water we need to drink a day in order keep our fluid levels of the body intact. As discussed before, no person in the world have so far told us exactly how much water we need to drink a day except Dr. Mantena Satyanarayana Raju. Dr. Raju is the only person who insists on drinking 5-6 liters of water a day irrespective of the seasons and weather conditions. To know how he came to the conclusion; you need to read my previous post “How much water we need to drink a day?” Unfortunately, we are totally against to what he says. We hardly drink a liter of water throughout a whole day. Many of us believe that it is highly impossible for a human to drink that much of water. More unfortunately, the intellectuals and educated people too do not agree with Dr. Raju’s argument. For many of us Dr. Raju’s argument looks faulty because he is the only one among a lot who claims that. A single voice of truth is always suppressed among the mass of untruth. Most of his arguments and principles on health look wrong to many. It is only because there is no other person to support his claim. For example, drinking alcohol is claimed as a bad, unhealthy and illegal practice in many parts of India whereas, it is not considered so in western countries like America and Europe. In western countries, people drink alcohol along with family members sitting on the same table. In India, we hardly find a family sharing alcohol on the same table. Our elders and ladies fire them out if anybody tries to drink alcohol in front of kids. Many men drink alcohol in the absence of their woman’s knowledge because they don’t want to get caught in their hands. And all men knows what happens if they get caught. What I mean to say is that if anyone tells you drinking alcohol in the Western countries a bad and unhealthy practice, there are no takers for his claim, because majority of them drink for various reasons. The person who claims that alcohol is dangerous to your health is absolutely true but nobody is in a position to accept his claim until and unless he becomes a victim of it.


Many people find drinking 5-6 liters of water a day is as hard as forbidding the intake of alcohol. Many of us do not dare to give it a try. Thanks to Dr. Raju’s sincere efforts and tireless preaching on the subject irrespective of the mild response in the beginning, people have realized the benefits of drinking 5-6 liters of water. The person benefited by this is passing on the message to others and in turn it has become a kind of revolution in most parts of Andhra Pradesh. Before learning this, I used to drink only a couple of glasses of water. I used to get lots of sweat and get tired early with frequent headaches. I was so foolish that I used to think that drinking water makes me sweat more and therefore avoid drinking water. I was one among many who do not realized that sweating is a signal or call by our body to refill its fluid levels. When body fluid levels fall below the required ratio, the hypothalamus gland signals the brain about the requirement of water and the brain in turn dries out the body, mouth and throat by excretion in the form of sweat. Earlier, I used to sweat even if I climb 1st floor of a building. But now after following Dr. Raju’s principle of water - drinking 5-6 liters of water a day, I hardly sweat even if I climb 8 floors of the building. Apart from this, I hardly remember when I last got the headache in this period of 1 year of following Natural way of living. I practically realized the benefits drinking 5-6 liters of water and recommended several of my friends and colleagues.


Dr. Raju has recommended a simple way of drinking those 5-6 liters of water a day. According to Dr. Raju’s principle the water should be taken in two parts: 1) water on empty stomach and 2) water during the day. He further divided the intake of water in several installments. Let us get into the details now:


(1) Water to be taken empty stomach: This is the first dose of water we take before breakfast. It has to be taken immediately after wake up. During this period we have to take 2.5 to 3 liters of water. This can be done in 3 different installments within 2-3 hours. To do this you need to wake up early because if you wake up late you might not find time to take this much of water. Therefore, wake up early in the morning. The best time to wake up is 3-4 A. M. obviously it is quite difficult for people living in metro cities as they sleep late at nights. The process of drinking water begins as soon as we get up from bed. Some people need to urinate immediately after getting up. Such people can start taking water after urinating. Some others may not have an urgent urge to ablate immediately after getting up. This is a good habit. However, number of such people is quite low. They can start taking water after attending the nature call.


First Installment: We should drink 1 to 1 ½ liters of water as soon as we get up. Those who find it difficult to drink one liter of water at a stretch can take half a liter and the rest after 5-6 minutes. It can be taken at one go also. After drinking water without attending to any other work, concentrate on intestines; move around for 10-15 minutes and the movement in your intestines starts. If we concentrate on intestines without thinking any other things, the nerves in our intestines relax. In addition to this the pressure of 1 to 1 ½ liters of water, acts as a flush upon the intestines, which are holding the fasces. Under the weight of the stomach, the fasces are pushed forward. The concentration on the intestines and the pressure of stomach together make the fasces move. Instead of rushing to the toilet immediately move around for a while and then enter the toilet. The Ablution is easy and complete. Ablating after the breakfast or lunch is not a good habit. Unless you attend to nature calls you should not do other things. After ablution you may shave or brush your teeth. The water we take goes into blood after 20-25 minutes and then you can go for your physical exercises.


Remember another point here. Suppose if we take a glass or tow of water intermittently. Even that water goes into blood and does the purification job. However, it has only one advantage of purifying the urine. When you take 1 to 1 ½ liters of water it has two advantages. With the pressure of water the waste material is easily purged out along with the purification of urine. It means we have double the advantage, like two birds at one shot. The first installment of water goes into blood and the cells and soaks overnight waste material, which has moved due to the excretion process. If we do some physical exercises the waste material is stirred well. If water soaks, the physical exercise moves it.


Second Installment: Those who do physical exercises can take 1 liter of water after finishing their exercises ie., after 1 hour or more of their exercises. Those who attend household duties can take the second installment of water, 40-45 minutes after their first installment. Concentrate again on the intestines and move around for 10 – 15 minutes. Some doubt that when they already have an ablation where is the scope for another. Our large intestine which stores the fasces is about one and half meters long. In the first installment only the fasces stored at the corner of the intestine comes out. Double to that is still there in the intestines. We never think about it as we are not aware of it. It takes half an hour to move the remaining fasces. It means the second installment is ready after half an hour after you ablate first. The delay is on our part. For some people second installment is much forceful and in liquid form. For some, it may take some more days to ablate the second. Some feel perturbed when the fasces in the second installment are watery assuming that they are having dysentery. Others feel they are weekend if water goes along with the fasces. There is nothing to worry as only a part of the water taken in two installments comes out along with fasces but there is no harm. Some people cannot ablate even if they drink second installment of water. No need to worry. Since there is constipation the intestines may not listen to us. When fasces do not move even after the intake of second installment of water it is better for them to take enema with warm water for few days. After taking second installment of water and ablation you can take bath.


Third Installment: Those who take 2.5 to 3 liters of water in two installments need not take third installment. Those who have taken only 1 or 2 liters in two installments can take third installment of water. If it is inconvenient you may skip the third installment of water. Those who are overweight, suffer from constipation, have stones in kidneys, suffer from chronic diseases and emit bad body odor need to take another liter of water after consuming 2.5 to 3 liters of water.


It is better to finish all the three installments in the morning by 7 or 7.30 A.M. We will be able to urinate completely by 9 or 9.30 A.M. That means before leaving to your office or business work. Those who have to leave early can start taking water a bit early.


The water taken on empty stomach will rectify the loopholes of our body and repair the system purging out the leftover waste material in the form of fasces, urine and sweat. The water taken on empty stomach will cleanse the cells and 5-6 liters of blood internally as bathing cleanses the external body. So far we have cleaned only the external body. Now the internal body will be cleansed. As all other creatures keep their internal body clean they do not take bath. However, the man cleans up the outer body and leaver inner body. Any amount of external cleaning will not help our health cause. That is why whatever may be the amount of soap, talcum powders, skin cleansers and creams that we apply, the bad smell returns just after an hour. This is the real way of cleaning our body. As we all know that our body consists of 68% of water, it is the only the water taken on empty stomach that cleanses but not the water that is taken during the day.


One must remember two special notes here. (1) Those who suffer from cold, allergy, sinusitis, sneezing, acidity and ulcers better take warm water on empty stomach. (2) After the intake of water, 20 to 30 minutes gap is to be maintained before eating something.


(2) Taking Water during the Day: We eat something or the other during the day. The water we take is very useful to digest, transport the digested food and turn it into energy apart from discharging two more duties. The work we attend to generates heat in the muscles. Water is needed to cool the muscles. It is hot during day due to sun. If we have to protect our body and skin from the sun there should be ample water in the body. To discharge these two duties we have to supply water to the body in time. Water needing during the day is about 2.5 to 3 liters. Let us know in detail how and when this water is to be taken during the day. Let us also remember that we should take these 2.5 to 3 liters of water when the stomach is empty but not while we eat.


Fourth Installment: The fourth installment begins two hours after the breakfast. By this time the food we eat in our breakfast is churned and converted in the form of paste or flour by various gases released in the stomach and completely digested. The water we take at this mixes up with that flour or paste and turns it into juice form. Fourth installment of 1 liter of water need not be taken at a time because there is no need to ablate. It can be taken in small quantities. First time one or two glasses of water can be taken and another glass or two with an interval of half an hour or an hour. In this way it can be taken between breakfast and half an hour before lunch. This fourth installment of water protects us from sun and maintains the water level in the body. When there is enough water in the glands and blood, saliva, digestive juices in the stomach and intestines will be produced sufficiently. Since digestive juices contain lot of water, if the water level in the blood is less production of digestive juices before meal will also be less. It means the fourth installment of water will qualify us to take food.


Fifth Installment: Fifth installment of water begins two hours after lunch. One liter of water is enough in this installment. Two hours after lunch the food is digested. However, digestion process in the small intestines goes on. The water taken during this installment will help the digested food to mix with blood. Then it reaches the cells. The fifth installment of water protects us from the heat generated by our body due to work as well as sun.


Sixth Installment: This installment of water begins half an hour before evening snacks and two hours after snacks. We should consume this installment between 5.30 P.M. to 6.30 P.M. This is because we need to urinate by 10-11 P.M. If you do not want the sleep to be disturbed, better finish off water consumption by 6.30 P.M. Those who have problem with prostate gland urinate frequently during night and the aged should take the sixth installment before 5.30 P.M. If this one liter of water is taken in single dose and concentrate on the intestines most of the people can ablate. This ablation is that of the breakfast we had in the morning. Take your dinner 30 minutes after completing this installment. If we take dinner by 7 P.M, it will be digested by the time we go to bed. When food is digested stomach and intestines find rest. Then, the body resumes the duty of cleaning and repairing. If you take late dinner late at nights there won’t be any time for this process. It may cause diseases. Two hours after dinner half or one glass of water can be taken. That much water is sufficient carry the digested food into blood. If you take more water urination problem may arise. Many people urinate between 2 to 3 A.M. During that time mouth dries up and body is busy in repair and cleaning activity. If you get up at that time taking a glass of two of water is good. There is no need to get up and take water specifically though. Anyhow you begin your first installment of drinking water by 3-30 A.M. or 4 A.M.


If the urine is not yellowish but white in color it is a sign of good health. Don’t get confused with the mention of white urine. Urine is usually pale yellow. I mentioned white in context of flow. Extra urination means more discharge of waste material. Generally in the morning urination will be white in color. However, the urine that we pass during the day is slightly colored. Anyway, for those who take water in the manner described above the urine is white in color in morning and evening also because they taken water on the empty stomach, in the afternoon and in the evening. With this bad elements of the body go out.


Have Patience: Here is a special note for the beginners. Those who wish to take water in this way may try to take 3-4 liters of water a day in the beginning. Take 1 to 1.5 liters of water in the morning, the same quantity in the afternoon for four or five days and then go for 5-6 liters of water. If you feel any difficulty reduce the intake till you are accustomed to it. Aged people who need not move out can take only 4 liters of water.


In the beginning many of you might curse Dr. Raju because you may feel that you have nothing to do except drinking water, purging and urinating. You might even feel confined to your toilets. Keep patience for a week’s time. The result begins to show after 10 days. You might have a feeling of being on cloud nine. You might feel light and comfortable. After that you are going to praise and bless Dr. Raju for cultivating such a great habit in you. The mother asks her child whether he has brushed his teeth as soon as he gets up. But how many mothers ask their child whether he has attended a nature’s call? That is the reason for all troubles. Mothers and wives tend to feed more but they never ask whether nature calls are attended to and whether they have drunk enough water. Immediately after waking up the wives prepares tea or coffee and offers bed coffee to their husbands besides consuming it herself. This is the order of the day. No one is bothered about attending a nature’s call.


I hope many of you might have understood the process of drinking water throughout a day and try to follow and let others follow the same. Keep watching for more updates….

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