We all the followers of Dr. Manthena’s natural way of living drink 5-6 liters of water every day. We also drink some or the other form of fluids like fruit juices, buttermilk, coconut water, soft drink and sodas etc. Let us assume the water content in these fluids is about 1 ½ liters. Some people think since these liquids do possess the water content why not reduce that much quantity of water intake. Similarly, many people drinking beer avoid drinking water on the same assumption that beers also possess lots of water content. As all the followers of Dr. Raju and my blog are very well aware of the fact that water we take has two functions. First is to clean our body and the second is to meet the requirements of food, thirst and protect the body from heat. We also learnt how these two functions are carried out by taking 5-6 liters of water in my previous updates. Now let us try to assess whether the water content in beers, fruit juices and coconut water etc. carries out these two functions.
1. Cleaning: Water contents in these fluids are mixed with vitamins, minerals and salts. The water content from fluids reaches the cells through blood. This water should come out after cleaning the pollutants like salts and waste material in the cells. The water contents in these fluids is sufficient to clean up the salts and other waste materials in the cells but it is not enough to clean the waste materials that are deposited in our body. What is the use of cleaning soiled hands with polluted water? Coconut water contains 98% of water. It is only a notional water. Are we not cleaning the glass after drinking coconut water? Why do we need to wash it when it contains only water? We clean it because the food elements and salts stick to the glass. Coconut water cannot clean it. Only water cleans it. Don’t we clean our hands if coconut water sticks to our hands? It is the water which cleans. When we are not seeking any excuse to clean our glass or hands after drinking coconut water then why are we seeking excuses to clean our body?
2. Quenching the thirst and meeting the requirements of the body: During summer and when we work hard we feel thristy. Our throat and mouth demands water. Let us assume we drink coconut water or fruit juice, which contain more than 95% of water, instead of pure water. Your body demanded water and you gave it a glass of juice. Does the body quench its thirst by that? In fact, is your thirst quenched or increased? The thirst is not quenched but increased. Unless you take water it is not quenched. Unless the water it demands is given, don’t we understand that thirst is not being quenched? Hence, unless water is supplied to the cells thirst is not quenched. I often observe people around that they drink soft drinks, juices and sodas to quench their thirst during summers. I asked quite a few of my friends and colleagues “does that really quench your thirst?” To my surprise I got the answer Yes! Unfortunately, people are living in a false perception. Cooling down of throat or mouth for a few seconds is what quenching of thirst for them. They are not realizing the fact that no other thing apart from water can quench thirst. It takes 1 or 1 ½ hours for the water content in the juices to reach the cells after digestion. Thirst is not quenched immediately. If we are hungry we take food immediately. Taking juices when we are thirsty is like cooking food slowly taking our own time. During the day we are busy with some work or the other. It is hot also. The heat generated in the body atmosphere needs water. If you drink juice the water reaches cells in 1 or 1 ½ hours time. If there is food in stomach it takes at least 3 hours. It is must to take 5-6 liters of water everyday, which discharges two vital functions. In short, the water content in juices does not do the job of water. By all this it doesn’t mean that one must not drink juices. Everyone must realize that these fluids contains number of vitamins, minerals and salts required for the body which are actually meant for quenching other needs of the body. The ideal time to drink juices is early morning at empty stomach and during evening hours of the day.
I hope you find this article informative. Do follow and let others follow the natural way of living to keep yourself and the society healthy. Keep watching the space for more updates.