Water in the Morning
Water is discussed at length in several chapters of the classic texts. In the Dinacharya chapters, Ayurveda describes the importance of water when we first awaken and just after we have listened to our gut and assessed how it feels, advising us to do acamana, drinking a palmful of water from a cup made with the right hand. This first daily water sends a signal to the gut that the body has awoken from its quieted state during the night. In the end, we touch the marma (vital points) near the eyes, ears, nose, outer lips, temples, and clavicle. After we clean our face and orifices and emerge clean on the outside to start the day, we should drink a larger amount of pure water to clean ourselves on the inside. This water may be boiled and drunk hot, warm or cold, depending on the season, climate, and the person’s constitution and the state of Agni.
While modern medicine emphasizes the importance of drinking lots of water daily, recommending two litres a day to healthy adults, Ayurveda recommends we drink only what we are called to drink, sopping not guzzling, and being more aware of the purity of the water and its colour, smell and taste. It details the diseases to which we predispose ourselves when we drink water beyond what our body asks for – thirst, lethargy, flatulence, being overweight, cough, reduction in digestive power, nausea, salivation, difficulty in breathing and increased nasal mucous, describing a gradual increase in pitta, Kapha and ama. Drinking too much water causes much of it not to be disgusted, thus contributing to disharmony fo the body. To know what your body needs, Talk to it every day. Drink less of any other fluid for a few days, and your body will tell you how much water it needs. Rather than listening to a doctor who does not take care of his/his own body, invite your self to take a sip of water and see what aligns with water does for you.
- After drinking a palmful of water on waking touch the marma (vital points) near the eyes, ears, nose, outer lips, temples and clavicles.
- After you clean your face and orifices, drink a larger amount of pure water. It may be boiled and drunk hot, warm or cold, depending on the season, climate and the person’s constitution and the state of Agni.
- Drink a small amount of clean water excretion, tears, bathing, after eating, sleeping, sneezing, after worship and travelling.
- Note how much water is optimal for you. Drink only that much rather than a non-individualized prescribed amount.
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