WATER AND YOU

DR. MANTENA SATYANARAYANA RAJU

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CONTENTS

1. The Story of water
2. How much water to drink?
3. Why should we take 5-6 liters of water?
4. When to drink wa...
1. The Story of water
Plants and trees came into existence in the world and then different creatures
came into being. Expe...
the body. Every activity in the body is propelled by water. It is the water, which is
responsible for two third of activit...
Common man may not grasp the inherent relation between water, cells and
blood, which is part of physiology. Hence, let me ...
When cells lose water chemical reactions in the cells is hampered. Cells lose the
capacity to purge out waste material. We...
Fig 2: Changes in ICF and ECF produced by drinking 2 liters of water and decreases
its crystalloid o.p. by about 3 per cen...
diuresis. During this period it may be supposed that the circulating ADH is being
destroyed and that no fresh ADH is being...
Changes that occur with less water
Everyday water from the body is expelled through urine, sweat through skin and
breathin...
2. How much water to drink?
How much water we have to drink every day is a question to most of the people.
Some say eight ...
If we say that one third of food and two third of water how many liters of water is
necessary? We need food and water ever...
periodicals say that plenty of water has to be taken but they do not tell us how, how
much and when. We have to drink 5-6 ...
To purge the waste material released during day and clean the system this water is
helpful. Though the body cleans and rep...
demands water through thirst. We feel thirsty on two occasions.
First: The body needs water to meet its requirements. This...
In the meantime cells face the same difficulty as we take food after three or four
hours of being hungry. Hunger can be su...
When we take salty food we feel thirsty while it is digested and also when that salt is
deposited outside the cells for so...
everybody is busy. There is no time even to eat peacefully. Everybody finishes meal
in 5-10 minutes and rushes out. What w...
stomach, which bears the weight of food and water, sags. As food and water remain
in the stomach for such a long time the ...
feel weak. The cells are healthy and have long life only when they receive properly
digested food and nutrients.

6. What ...
1.) Which water is the best: Air has life-giving power. Water takes the second
place. We imbibe this vital power from wate...
smell of the material of the container with which it is made. Glass doesn’t carry any
smell. However, it may not be possib...
stomach and excess acid is produced. Warm water works as an antidote to acids.
Acidity can be completely cured with warm w...
Let us drink 5-6 liters of water dividing it into two parts: 1) On empty stomach 2)
During the day.
1) Water to be taken o...
in the first installment as much water as possible can be taken. After that,
concentrate again on the intestines and move ...
to business will have completed urination by this time. Those who have to leave
early can start taking water a bit early.
...
you so wish even one and a half liters water can also be taken. Go for lunch after
thirty minutes.

The fourth installment...
If the urine is not yellowish but light it is a sign for health. Extra urination means
more discharge of waste material. G...
out as vomit. Initially mouth may get ready and gulp it with some difficulty. In spite
of resistance from the body if it i...
the problem is acute better vomit by inserting fingers deep into the mouth.
Otherwise, take half a liter of water, wait fo...
their weakness. As consumption of 5-6 liters of water is a new experience, in result
the intake of food may also come down...
increases in some people. Digestion also betters. With this the food is absorbed
completely and if there is no physical ex...
a. If appetite decreases reduce the quantity of water to 3.5 to 4 liters. After three or
four days you become normal.
b. I...
We clean it because the food elements and salts stick to the glass. Coconut water
cannot clean it. Only water cleans it. I...
tongue has developed such tendency they are not interested in the natural water.
We may be inclined to take water at least...
2) The cells, which take water, also release some waste material.
3) Waste material containing nitrogen etc. is released f...
inside and purges out all the waste material and keeps the inner body pollution free.
We have to keep clean not only the o...
3) At 9-10 A.M, whether you are hungry or not take a glass of water with limejuice
and honey.
4) After taking honey take h...
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  1. 1. WATER AND YOU DR. MANTENA SATYANARAYANA RAJU 1
  2. 2. CONTENTS 1. The Story of water 2. How much water to drink? 3. Why should we take 5-6 liters of water? 4. When to drink water 6. What type of water we are to drink? 7. How to drink 5-6 liters of water a day? 8. Complexity in drinking water 9. Is the water content in juices useful? 10. Present day habit of taking water 12. Intake of water while fasting 13. Why we take more water in summer? 14. Water drinking in summer 15. Water therapy 16. Questions – Answers 17. Water cures diseases - Experiences 2
  3. 3. 1. The Story of water Plants and trees came into existence in the world and then different creatures came into being. Experts believe that creatures emerged some 3500 millions of years ago. In the process of evolution, man evolved from animals. Scientists say that man came into existence some 650,000 years back. Since then, man learnt from the nature as to what to eat, how much to eat, how much to drink and tried to adjust himself to nature. He lived according to the nature. As long as man was close to nature he could live for long, with full strength without disease and lived happily. But gradually he drifted away from the nature seeking physical comforts that ultimately lead him to sorrow. He is not able to come out his life style that is against the nature. Consequently right from the newborn to the aged every one is suffering from some disease or another and their life span is shrinking. There are many reasons for their difficulties and diseases. Particularly, improper food habits, not drinking of enough water, defecation and lack of sufficient physical exercise are responsible for this dire situation. Unless man changes his way of living in tune with nature it is difficult for him to regain his good health to live comfortably. If we stick to the laws of nature not only we but also the coming generations can live happily. Air, Water and Food Air is the most important thing for all living things. If we don’t breathe we cannot live even for a moment. After the air water is the utmost necessity for all creatures. If we stop drinking water we will not survive beyond a few days. The next need is food. Without food we cannot survive beyond a month or so. If all the above three are supplied to the body in right proportion man can live up to two to three hundred years. Any imbalance leads to diseases. Saints, Sages and Yogis, who knew this secret, led a healthy and long life. Air occupies large percentage of earth. Water and food take the next two places. Similarly all creatures need air, water and food in that order to survive. The earth consists of one fourth of land and three-fourth of water. This is the secret of creation. Inhaling and exhaling of air, which is vital for the body, is not in our control. Breathing goes on involuntarily. Air is the only thing in the world, which is free of cost. However, water and food are under our control but come with a price tag. Hence, we need to exercise our intelligence to possess them. Water and Matter 2:1 Like the earth, our food consists two third of water and one third of solid matter. In most of the foods water content is higher. Water is more important than matter for our body and the ratio of 2:1 should be maintained everyday. As body exerts water and matter get depleted and they have to be replenished everyday. As and when water level in our body decreases it demands water through thirst. But most people drink sodas and cool drinks instead of water to quench their thirst. We commit the same mistake with regard to food. The foods that our body needs and the foods that we supply are entirely different. A better coordination between supply and demand keeps the body under our control. But alas, we supply what we wish rather than what the body needs. It is time we listen to the dictates of 3
  4. 4. the body. Every activity in the body is propelled by water. It is the water, which is responsible for two third of activity in the body. Water is the manna of health. The supply of all-important water to the body helps it to perform its duties perfectly maintaining good health. There is no harm to the body even if we skip food once in a day. The food stored in the body comes handy when we skip food. However, if we do not drink water for some time or for a whole day it triggers serious trouble inside. It is wrong to think that if we drink water once it will be stored for a long time and meets the needs of the body. Water is beneficial only when we take it whenever body needs it. As food is emptied from stomach, water is also emptied from the body from time to time. As we fill the empty stomach with food we must also supply water to the body. Man looks down upon the vehicle called the body. He doesn’t care for it. We commit the same mistake with regard to food. The foods that our body needs and the foods that we supply to it are entirely different. A better coordination between supply and demand keeps the body under our control. But alas, we supply what we wish rather than what the body needs. It is time we listen to the dictates of the body. Every activity in the body is propelled by water. It is the water, which is responsible for three fourths of activity in the body. Water is the manna of health. The supply of allimportant water to the body helps it to perform its duties perfectly maintaining good health. There is no harm to the body even if we skip food once in a day. The food stored in the body comes handy when we skip food. However, if we do not drink water for some time or for a whole day it triggers serious trouble inside. It is wrong to think that if we drink water once it will be stored for a long time and meets the needs of the body. Water is beneficial only when we take it whenever our body needs it. As food is emptied from stomach, water is also emptied from the body from time to time. As we fill the empty stomach with food we must also supply water to the body. Experimented on Hundreds If the body has to get full benefit of the food we eat, it is possible only through water. The benefit to the body from the higher quantity and expensive food we eat is possible if the water we take is adequate. Nowadays man eats many varieties of food and yet his energy is low. If we reduce food intake by 50 per cent we can work more vigorously and can put in more hours of work. However, it is possible only when we maintain the water ratio. I tried this experiment not only on myself but also on hundreds of others. I observed more energy and ability in all of them even when they put in more hours of labor. They were neither tired nor felt uneasy. Unless we experience it for ourselves we will not know about the benefit of consuming plenty of water. We use manure for the growth of plant. To a unit of manure or fertilizer we put ten units of water. This water absorbs the fertilizer, takes it to roots of the plant, then reaches branches and lastly leaves. Thus fertilizer gives enough strength to the whole plant only when there is sufficient ratio of water. Food and fertilizer may be of different nature, but similar process takes place in the body also. If we are to understand the need for more water we should know as to where this three fourths of water in our body exists, what form it takes, what it does, what is the difficulty the body faces when water level comes down, how much water is spent in the body, what are the likely symptoms when water level is reduced, the relation between kidneys and water, the relation of water to salt etc. 4
  5. 5. Common man may not grasp the inherent relation between water, cells and blood, which is part of physiology. Hence, let me narrate it here. Water in the body Water occupies 68 per cent of the body. Water is there in and around the cells. The water in the cells is called intra cellular fluid. Extra cellular fluid exists in different parts of the body in various forms. 1. 2. 3. 4. Plasma. Interstitial fluid, which is in between the cells. Cerebrospinal fluid-- fluid in brain and spine. Serous fluid, which is in the outer layers of lungs and peritoneal fluid in the stomach and peritoneum covering the intestines. 5. Synovial fluid-- the fluid in the gaps between joints. 6. Digestive juices. 7. Urine. Extra, Intra Cellular Fluid Now let us also talk about fluid inside the cells. The whole body is the sum total of several cells. The water content in the cells of different parts of the body varies. The water content in the muscles, muscles of heart, brain and lungs is roughly 70 to 80 per cent of the weight of the organs. Liver and skin contain 70 per cent of water and bones 20 per cent. If the body weight of a person is 70 kilograms he carries 43 liters of water. Of this, extra cellular fluid is 11 liters and intra cellular fluid 32 liters. Likewise, a woman whose body weight is 57 kilos has 29 liters of water. Out of this, extra cellular fluid is 8.5 liters and intra cellular fluid 20.5 liters. Now, let us see how the fluids in and around the cells are regulated. Regulation of intra and extra cellular fluid Sodium and potassium balance water level in the extra cellular and intra cellular fluids. It is because of these salts the cells get the energy to pump in and pump out water from the cells. Intra cellular fluid contains less sodium and more of potassium. Sodium=20 mg/ liter Potassium=110 mg./liter As against this, extra cellular fluid contains more sodium and less potassium. Sodium= 143mg./liter Potassium=5mg./liter The thin membrane around the cell will be instrumental in sending water, sodium and potassium in and out of the cells. Through this membrane inflow and outflow is regulated. Relation between salt and water When sodium content in the blood is more, osmotic pressure of blood increases and intestinal fluids enter the blood. At the same time excess salt in blood joins the intra cellular fluid. When salt comes in, the water in the cells is dragged out of the cells. 5
  6. 6. When cells lose water chemical reactions in the cells is hampered. Cells lose the capacity to purge out waste material. We observe swelling of joints and face in those who consume more salt. The reason is the intra cellular fluid in the blood comes out. This manifests as edema. When there is excess salt in the blood kidneys try to purge it out with frequent urination. Water flow from blood to cells and vice versa is a continuous process. The water we consume is absorbed into blood through intestines. The above illustration shows the process of this absorption. Osmotic pressure is responsible for inflow of water from extra cellular fluid to intra cellular fluid and vice versa. Let us know about osmotic pressure. Osmotic pressure The pressure which helps flow of low-density liquid into high-density liquid when a thin membrane separates them is called Osmotic Pressure. As shown in the above figure if blood is a liquid, the matter in between the cells is also liquid. The walls of micro veins separate these two liquids. Let us see how change of water takes place from blood to extra cellular fluid. Similarly the membrane around the cells is responsible for change of extra cellular and intra cellular fluid. Changes that occur after intake of water We take 1 to 1.5 liters of water in the morning as we think it is beneficial. Many people think that blood becomes thinner if that much of water is taken in the morning. They also think that if excess water is taken pressure of blood decreases, kidneys will have a problem. With this misunderstanding they desist from taking water and also discourage others. But this is not true. It has been scientifically proved that there is no harm as such by taking more water. An extract from Samson Wrights’ Applied physiology, published by Oxford University Press, pp 35, is reproduced here for the reference of those who want to know about it. REGULATION OF WATER BALANCE AND COMPOSITION OF BODY FLUIDS BY THE KIDNEY Water Dieresis If 1-2 liters of water is drunk, particularly on an empty stomach, absorption takes place rapidly from the intestines. The passage of water into the blood slightly dilutes the plasma. NORMAL [K] = 150mEq/ltrs mEQ/LTRS 30 ltrs 15 ltrs [N+] = 150 mEq/ltrs Drink 2 liters of water EQUILIBRIUM [K+]=143.8 31.3 LTRS 15.7 ltrs [Na+] =143.8 mEq/ltrs 6
  7. 7. Fig 2: Changes in ICF and ECF produced by drinking 2 liters of water and decreases its crystalloid o.p. by about 3 per cent. (i.e., corresponding to decrease of concentration of about 10 milliosmoles per liter) this plasma volume increases slightly. These changes are small because this excess water is distributed throughout 50 liters of body water, and the kidneys increase the loss of fluid in urine. Body fluid changes The trivial dilution of the plasma proteins decreases their osmotic pressure to a negligible extent (e.g. from 25 mm. to 24 mm. Hg); likewise no significant rise occurs in the capillary blood pressure. The flow of water out of the blood vessels is the result of decreased crystalloid o.p. of the plasma. The crystalloid o.p. of the interstitial fluid is higher than the reduced o.p. of the plasma; water therefore passes from plasma into the interstitial spaces. (Electrolytes simultaneously diffuse in the other direction, i.e., from the interstitial fluid into the plasma, but the rate of movement of water in the opposite direction is faster and more important. At equilibrium the volume of both plasma and interstitial fluid is increased and both fluids, which together comprise the ECF, have an identical but lower crystalloid o.p.) The balance that is normally maintained between intra and extra cellular fluid is disturbed, and owing to the fall in crystalloid o.p. of the ECF, fluid enters the cells. Finally the ingested water is distributed equally throughout the body water and all the body fluids have a slightly lower crystalloid o.p. If there were no renal responses and if the 2 liters of water ingested were to be stored in the 45 liters of body water the crystalloid o.p. would fall by only 4.4 per cent. Renal changes A renal response occurs after a latent period of 15-30 minutes [Fig. 3.]; the flow of urine rises (from the ‘resting’ value of 50 ml. Per hr.) to its peak usually within an hour and a half when a maximum excretory rate of 1300 ml. Per hr. (22ml. Per min.) may be attained; the dieresis declines and is usually over in 3 hours by which time the excess urinary output has about equaled the excess fluid intake. As the volume of urine increases, its specific gravity falls, e.g., to 1001; there may be a slight total increased excretion of NaCI and urea during the dieresis although the percentage concentration of these substances is, of course, very low. This initial washing out of solids is compensated for by a lessened rate of excretion after the diuresis is over. The point to emphasise however is, the kidney responds selectively by an enormous increase in water output with little associated loss of solids. There are no changes in renal dynamics. There is no increase in renal blood flow; there is no increase in G.F.R. unless the urinary output of 900 ml. Per hour (=15 ml. Per minute) means that, of every 130 ml. Of glomerular filtrate although 16 ml., as usual, reach the distal tubule per minute, 15 ml. are allowed to escape in the urine (compared to 1 ml. as normally) The level of diuresis is of the same order of magnitude as that seen in clinical diabetes insipidus and likewise due to lack of ADH. The dilution of the plasma crystalloids switches off the hypothalamicohypophyseal mechanism responsible for ADH secretion. It will be noted that the dilution of the plasma precedes the onset of 7
  8. 8. diuresis. During this period it may be supposed that the circulating ADH is being destroyed and that no fresh ADH is being secreted; as the blood ADH level falls and diuresis sets in. Now let us see why there is no harm even if excess water is taken. When we take one or two liters of water on empty stomach it is absorbed by the intestines and stomach within minutes. The water so absorbed by intestines reaches blood. With this plasma is slightly diluted. Even then there is no remarkable change in the osmotic pressure of plasma. Osmotic pressure of plasma comes down to 24 mm Hg from 25 mm Hg. The quantity of blood increases slightly. The changes in the blood after excess water is taken are negligible. Because the water we take mixes up with the 43 liters of water in our body and is dispersed all through the body. There is no change in capillary blood pressure either. Water from the blood flows into intra cellular fluid when osmotic pressure of blood is decreased, the reason being the osmotic pressure in the intra cellular fluid is more than the osmotic pressure of the blood. Now we know that how water flows from the blood to extra cellular fluid. Let us know about the inflow of water from extra cellular fluid to intra cellular fluid. As water flows from blood to extra cellular fluid, sodium and potassium enter into blood. When sodium and potassium enter blood the osmotic pressure in the cells is reduced. Since the osmotic pressure in the cells is more than the intra cellular fluid enters the cells. In this way the water we consume enters all the cells of the body equally. Now, let us see how kidneys are effected by the excess water we take. Changes in the kidney when 2 liters of water is taken on empty stomach Kidneys produce 50 ml. of urine per hour in a healthy person. The outer limit of the urine the kidneys can produce is 1300 ml. When this limit is reached production decreases. Likewise when we take more water 1300 ml. urine is produced in one or one and half hours time. There is neither change in the working of kidneys nor in their efficiency or in the percentage of blood, which enters kidneys, or the filtering capacity of the kidneys altered. When urine is produced in more quantity the amount of sodium chloride and urea slightly increase. No material, which is useful to the body, goes out. Reason for excess urination Generally while filtering the blood kidneys absorb the necessary water and discharge excess water in the form of urine. When we take more water the filtered water is not absorbed again. So, that excess water goes out in the form of urine. Therefore, our kidneys have the great capability to retain water that is necessary and discharge the excess water. We learnt that excess water is useful to the body and there is no harm whatsoever. Now let us talk about the harm to the body when there is less amount of water. 8
  9. 9. Changes that occur with less water Everyday water from the body is expelled through urine, sweat through skin and breathing. Let us see what amount of water goes out through these forms. 1. 1 to 1.5 liters of water goes out through kidneys in the form of urine. 2. Roughly 600 to 800 ml. of water goes out through skin by way of sweat, some of it visible and some of it is invisible. When sweating is more daily two liters of water goes out. 3. 400 to 500 ml. of water goes out from lungs while we exhale. 4. 100 ml. of water is discharged through ablution. Hence, we have to replenish the water that is lost every day. Some times, when we suffer from loose bowels and vomiting more water is lost. If the lost water is not replenished immediately it may lead to complications. When the water level in the body reduces, the extra cellular fluid also reduces resulting in increase in osmotic pressure. Then intra cellular fluid is drawn into extra cellular fluid. Cells, which lost water, would contract. With this the chemical reaction of the cells is affected. The food taken by cells is not converted into energy. Salts like sodium and potassium go out. Quantity of urine also comes down. When water level in the body is reduced most important electrolytes are also lost. Changes in kidneys 1. There is no change of blood flow to kidneys. 2. Water percentage in the filtered blood by kidneys is reduced. 3. Quantity of urine decreases. 4. Urea, uric acid, creatine, phosphates, waste material-containing nitrogen accumulate in blood. 5. Unless urine is discharged these waste material are not purged out. Problems with reduction of water level in the body: We go thirsty and become weak; skin is dry and loses elasticity; eyes dry up. Kidneys discharge their duty properly only if water is taken aplenty. They can purify the blood properly. I heard a specialist in nephrology on television saying that we should take at least four liters of water a day if kidneys are to function efficiently. He also said that nothing helps kidneys better as water does. I have written all this to explain scientifically as what water does to cells. Many people do not understand all these things. Some cannot understand these things unless they are written in detail. In this chapter I tried to explain that there is no harm in taking plenty of water either once in a day or several times a day. When we know the important role played by water in the body we try to consume abundant water. If one knows this he will not look down upon water. In the ensuing chapters we shall read about how much water is to be consumed, how it is to be taken and when it is to be taken. 9
  10. 10. 2. How much water to drink? How much water we have to drink every day is a question to most of the people. Some say eight glasses and yet others say three liters of water is to be consumed. Doctors opine that it is enough to replenish the water that is expended from our body. People are confused at the conflicting views from different quarters. Let us dwell into the issue. About 2.5 liters of water is spent daily from our body in the form of urine, excreta, sweat, digestion etc. The doctors who are well versed with physiology say that it is enough if the spent water is replenished to maintain the normal level of 68% water in the body for good health. If we take natural food it produces less waste and 2.5 liters of water would be enough to purge it out, with no scope for bad smell from saliva, urine, sweat and mouth. The food that we are used to presently consist of oil, salt, sugar, spices and many other ingredients to give different tastes. Digestion of this kind of cooked food takes a longer time leaving large undigested matter for excretion. Only 50% of the waste matter goes out of the body with the help of 2.5 liters of water and the rest 50% is deposited in the body. From the accumulated waste inside emanate bad smell from saliva, urine, sweat and mouth. We can observe from this that 2.5 liters of water is not enough to push out the stored waste matter. The odor is the better indicator to denote that whether the water required by the body is sufficient or not. Most of the people suffer from this bad smell. It is our responsibility to replenish 2.5 liters of water that is spent from the 68% of our body’s water and to keep it clean. To keep it clean we have to take more amount of water. Let us now think about what amount of water is necessary to meet these two requirements. We would also discuss about the relationship between food and water. The very physiology of human body has given first preference to air, second preference to water and third preference to food. We are aware how important air is for us to live. Our body contains two third of water and one third of matter. It means that the property of the body tells us that two third of importance is to be given for water and one third of importance to food. This is the secret of health. If a person weighs 70 kilos, water would be 43 kilos of it. The rest of 27 kilos would be the matter created by food (muscles, veins, bones etc.). From morning to night which one we are thinking of more – food or water? Which of them is going more into our body. How many times and how much we eat? How many times and much water is being taken? Think for a while how we altered the necessities of the body. We have pushed water to the third place that should actually be given second place and gave second place to food instead of keeping it at third place. Ignorance in this regard would not help. In order to maintain the ratio of 2:1 we have to drink water two times more than the food we eat. How simple it is? “Greatest truths are the simplest”. 10
  11. 11. If we say that one third of food and two third of water how many liters of water is necessary? We need food and water every day according to the physical labor we put in. The people who have to do physically exert need more food. The people whose physical labor is less need less food. How do we decide the quantity of food and water? Basing on the intake of food or intake of water? Since all of us like eating let us first decide the quantity of food and then decide the quantity of water. The amount food intake differs from man to man. The simple answer is two times more water than the amount of food. Right from a teenager of 15 years to a man who is 50 or 60 years normally takes about 2 kilos of food in course of the day. So five to six liters of water would do. Those who put in more physical labor usually consume 2.5 to 3 kilos of food. Such people should take 7.8 liters of water. If we eat more the waste material produced in the body increases. It comes out along with water easily. We have been consuming about 2 to 3 kilos of food but not drinking more water because we did not know about it. Some take 2, 3 glasses of water, some others take 4 glasses and yet others take two or three liters. More food and less water! With less water inside, the waste matter gets solidified and does not move easily. Stagnation leads to disease. In the beginning it is manifested in the form of some ailment and finally it becomes chronic. If the ratio of water intake is proper the body purges out waste material and keeps itself clean. According to the property of the body let us start taking 5,6 liters of water. Out of this, 2.5 liters of water is necessary for the body and the rest of it will be used to keep clean the 68% of water which body contains. Now let us start increasing water consumption in the next one or two months while taking the usual quantity of food. You would certainly notice the change and feel better. Then you decide yourself whether to take more water or discontinue. It is the body that shows the result. It is time to make few more changes in our habits. Ask people around you to take water before eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Instead of asking people at the dining table to have some more servings suggest them to take more water. Offer water to your guests instead of sodas or coffee or tea and let them know the benefits of taking 5,6 liters of a day. 3. Why should we take 5-6 liters of water? Many people know that drinking more and more water is good for health. However, nobody tells us when and how much. Even if we drink 5-6 liters of water without a plan, particularly while taking food, it is more harmful than good. Newspapers and 11
  12. 12. periodicals say that plenty of water has to be taken but they do not tell us how, how much and when. We have to drink 5-6 liters of water to meet the requirements of body and to keep the insides of body clean. It is better if we know the constitution of body before doing it. Functions of body The day is divided into day and night, each comprising of 12 hours. Day has light and it is dark during night. The creatures, which move around during the day, take rest in night. Those creatures that move around and eat during night take rest during day. Man does it in reverse. This is the timetable set by nature for man and accordingly functions of his body are determined. If we follow these rules of the nature our body functions normally. Any deviation will result in diseases to the body. Body’s two functions 1.Day duty of the body 2. Night duty of the body: These two duties are different. Body has to discharge these two functions every day. Body would be healthy only when it discharges its functions separately. If these duties are interchanged the body loses health and life expectancy is reduced. It suffers from diseases. 1. Day duty: The body discharges two types of functions during day. The first is to digest food, transport this digested food to cells, turn it into energy and move the waste material to 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 needed water. Digested food mixes with blood only when lot of water is there and then only food reaches cells. If water is available in right proportion the food in cells is converted into energy. All these functions need water. If these functions are discharged properly water has to be consumed in right quantity and proportion. 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 the waste material, produced during day through consumption of food, is purged to a certain extent through excretory system in the form of fasces, urine, sweat and carbon dioxide during the day. The cells purge the remaining waste material during night. The second - 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 the four forms, which move during night, they have to be dissolved in water. If sufficient water is not taken the waste material is not dissolved and it dries up inside the body. Body can repair itself only when air and water are available. If the body has to function during night, it needs sufficient water, that too at right time. Five or six liters of water has to be available to the body to enable it to discharge its duty during day and separately. Water to be taken on empty stomach 12
  13. 13. To purge the waste material released during day and clean the system this water is helpful. Though the body cleans and repairs itself during night we cannot get up and take water. The water taken in the morning before eating anything can be called water on empty stomach. 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. Water to be taken during day This is needed in view of the day duty. The water taken after breakfast till 6 or 7 pm comes under this category. Out of five or six liters of water 2.5 liters to 3 liters is spent for night duty. The remaining 2.5 to 3 liters of water is to be allotted to empty stomach, which is assigned to day duty. 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 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. 4. When to drink water Man, who is supposed to walk on the ground only is able to fly in the air and swim like a fish, thanks to the development of his intelligence. At the same time he is not able to live, as it should be on the earth. That is why he is not able to make out when to drink water, the elixir of life. Though civilization has made great strides he continues to commit many mistakes with regard to consumption of water. All creatures know perfectly when to take water. All the animals consume water in the same manner. Only man drinks water most inappropriately. Some take it while eating, some after the food, some others before taking food and some others whenever they desire to. It is unfortunate that man who is a part of nature and has enough intelligence does not know the laws of nature. Even before the man realizes that his manner of taking water is against laws of nature time passes out. If we do not wake up to this reality at least now we are doomed. If you query is when to take water the simple reply is whenever the body demands it. As the body asks for food whenever it needs through hunger pangs, it also 13
  14. 14. demands water through thirst. We feel thirsty on two occasions. First: The body needs water to meet its requirements. This is natural thirst. Second: The thirst to digest various tasty foods, which is unnatural. For the animals and human beings thirst is the same when they consume natural foods. That is the first type of thirst. The second type is special when we take salt, oil etc. Unless we know in detail about these two types we will not be able to know when to take water. We will also know if the thirst we quenched is proper or not. Natural thirst and its qualities Natural thirst will be there for those who take natural foods. We are not thirsty in between if we take natural foods like fruits, vegetables, roots etc. When we eat raw vegetables also we are not thirsty even if we are used to taking water while eating food. Food itself tells you when to take water. After the food is digested you feel thirsty. This is the law of nature. Hence, no creature takes water while eating. Likewise, if we take uncooked food without salt and oil we won’t be thirsty. We are thirsty when the cells in our body need water. This is natural and healthy. Our body contains several millions of cells. All the important chemical reactions that occur in our body take place only in these cells. There is lot of water in and around cells. The cells continuously need water. It is with the help of air and water food turns into energy and waste material gets burnt. When the water level in the cells decreases cells send signals through nerves to hypothalamus gland of the mind, which is the centre for maintaining the ratio of water. When the water level in the cells decreases this center is stimulated and we are thirsty. As the water level goes down, production of saliva also comes down and our mouth dries up. The receptors beneath the mucus membrane in the mouth also receive these signals. Then we feel the urge to drink water. As the water level in cells decreases mouth does not dry up simultaneously. However, any delay triggers these symptoms. Even if there are no such symptoms we have to drink water. When the water we drink reaches blood and then cells through stomach and intestines the need for water is met. When the cells receive the required water immediately, they discharge their duties properly. If the water reaches cells within 20-25 minutes their thirst is quenched. If the water we take is to reach blood through stomach and intestines, the stomach has to be empty. The thirst of the cells is quenched when the stomach is empty. What is vital is - we should drink water only when stomach is empty and not when it is full with food. Let us examine why thirst is not quenched when stomach is full. Assume cells feel thirsty when stomach is full and brain sends a signal to take water and you obey it. Water reaches the stomach. Since there is food in the stomach water mixes with food. The water mixed with food has to remain in intestines till it is digested. When water is mixed with food it cannot go into blood from stomach and intestines. The time taken to digest food depends on the type of food. Approximately it may take 2 to 4 hours. The water we take to quench the thirst of cells, enters blood and then into cells in about 2 to 4 hours. It means the water taken when thirst reaches cells only after three or four hours. Till then the requirement of water of cells is not met. 14
  15. 15. In the meantime cells face the same difficulty as we take food after three or four hours of being hungry. Hunger can be suppressed but not thirst. This is the law of nature and the nature of body too. Whoever feels thirsty when stomach is empty, it means that he is behaving naturally and leading a natural life. Those who feel thirsty even when the stomach is full, it means they are leading a life which is against nature. We should find out the reasons for unnatural thirst and correct them. Many people tend to argue that as they are thirsty while eating it is natural thirst. To know why this kind of thirst is not natural we should know about the nature of unnatural thirst. Unnatural thirst When we eat foods that are against the nature, we experience untimely thirst. It is said that when one commits a mistake he has to continue with the second one also. It is also said that if we lie once we have to lie again. Likewise, if we take food, which is against nature, we have to take water in an unnatural way. It is the law of nature that water is not to be taken while eating. It is the quality of such food that forces us to take water while eating and after. This food does not refrain you from not taking water. Let us know about the reasons for feeling thirsty while eating. The level of thirst depends upon the amount of salt, oil and ghee in the food. There is a basis for this. 100 ml. of water is required to digest one gram of salt. Oil and ghee also require water to digest. When stomach is filled with oil, salt and ghee it demands water to start the process of digestion. This is the reason for being thirsty while eating and immediately after. Let us observe what happens if the amount of salt, oil and ghee are more. For example, we eat heavily when we feast. We fill the stomach leaving no space for water. More water is necessary to digest this excess salt and oil. Mind gets signals for water. Brain orders to take more water, mouth refuses and stomach indicates that there is no space. Yet we are thirsty. As there is no space we take water by force. Any amount of water does not quench our thirst. We can neither drink water nor bear the thirst. As the water taken while eating does not help digestion it can be called unnatural. Those who consume salt and oil experience this unnatural thirst. If we change our habits then we can have natural thirst. Natural thirst is a step towards good health. When salt is in excess around cells Every cell in our body has inner and outer parts. Salt is deposited outside the cell. Those who take only fruits, vegetables, nuts or cooked food without salt have enough salt necessary for the body. Salt is deposited around the cells in those who take a little or more salt. Thirst and the salt deposited around the cells have a close relationship. Those who take natural foods and desist from salt don’t experience unnatural thirst. Let us see why people who take salt are thirstier. Water is drawn towards wherever there is salt. The excess salt we take goes out of the intestines and get deposited around the cells. The salt deposited around the cells draws water from the cells. The water level in the cells comes down all of a sudden. This happens in all the cells of the body. When water in the cells decreases chemical process in them is hampered. To rectify the situation cells send signals to brain to replenish water. We receive signals from the brain in the form of thirst. When we experience such thirst mouth dries up. We feel restless till water is taken. We feel extremely thirsty. 15
  16. 16. When we take salty food we feel thirsty while it is digested and also when that salt is deposited outside the cells for some hours. If we take salt once, twice we feel thirsty. Whatever we eat it contains salt. We go on eating something or the other five or six times a day. Because of it we must feel thirsty 10 or 12 times a day and take water as many times. Healthy body should demand water accordingly. Since we go on eating something or the other we do not feel so thirsty. Wrong choice of food sends wrong signals only. 5. The harm with taking water while eating All of us have the unnatural habit of dinking water while eating. When one settles down for a meal invariably one finds a glass or pitcher of water beside him. There are many ways people drink water while eating. First type: Some take a glass or two of water and then begin their meal. They assume that this subsides their hunger and consequently reduces their body weight. Second type: Some take water frequently to facilitate easy gulping down of food. Some drink water to stop hiccups. Third type: Some do not drink water before or while eating but at the end they consume one or two glasses of water. They believe that three fourths of food and one fourth of water helps digestion better. Fourth type: Some drink water only after half an hour or an hour as they find it inconvenient to drink water immediately after a meal. Nobody has the time or inclination to find whether taking water while eating food helps proper digestion or not. Even the doctors who spend several years to study about body of man and advise people about their health take water in one of the above four ways. Every one reads books but does not observe nature. Layman, who does not know anything about medical sciences, and the doctors, who know about it, equally suffer from digestive problems and take medicines. If we want to know about such small problems or to overcome them and protect our children we should know the real issue. If we take water while eating the difficulty in the mouth is different. The difficulty in the intestines is different. I shall try to explain the problem. To start with let us take the problem in the mouth. 1. The relationship of water with digestion The food we eat should get ready for digestion up to 20-25 percent in the mouth itself and then enter stomach. The teeth accomplish this task. But how many have time to chew food properly nowadays? Right from a boy to an elderly person 16
  17. 17. everybody is busy. There is no time even to eat peacefully. Everybody finishes meal in 5-10 minutes and rushes out. What will be consequence of such hurried eating? a) By gulping the food without chewing it becomes difficult for it to go down the food pipe easily. To overcome this we reach for a glass of water. When we eat fried food or pickles they some times get obstructed or induce hiccups. To avoid hiccups we take water. Some people eat food while strayed in thoughts or watching television or reading newspaper or talking to family members. Since the concentration is not on the food it leads to obstruction in throat causing belching. To stop it we drink water. These are the common mistakes we commit and we pass them on to our children too. b) When we chew food thoroughly required saliva is produced and it moves into stomach easily without any obstruction. The saliva substitutes the function of water though it is different from water. Saliva contains 98 percent water and 2 percent digestive enzymes. Saliva helps in proper digestion of food. When we drink water while eating less saliva is produced. This is the second disadvantage. Due to reduction in saliva and more water in food, digestive process is hampered. There is no way out but to commit a second mistake. The first takes place in the mouth and the second in stomach. If we chew food properly, mix it with saliva and concentrate on eating it goes into stomach easily. The digestion is not only easy but also complete. 2. The relationship between digestion and water When food reaches stomach for second stage of digestion, gastric juice, the digestive liquid, is produced there. It contains the powerful hydrochloric acid. This is the most important acid that helps in digestion. Along with it there are also other enzymes. All of them complete the process of digestion. Hydrochloric acid kills certain harmful bacteria in the food. Food is digested in two hours when this acid is in concentrated form. Its strength is reduced when water mixes with it. Let us see what is lost when we drink water while eating. a) Acids weaken: The powerful acids when mixed with water become mild and lose their potency. The mild acid fails to digest food as effectively as the strong one. The stomach is forced to produce double the amount of acid to digest food. When these acids are produced in more quantity we experience burning sensation and ulcers are formed. The stomach gets habituated to produce excess acids. b) Non-digestion of food: When we drink water while eating it goes into stomach along with food. It obstructs digestive juices from reaching food directly. The food breaks into small pieces with the help of digestive juices and takes the form of semiliquid. However, when we take water while eating it breaks food into pieces but cannot digest it completely. The process of digestion takes more time. The weight of the water is also more and natural movements of stomach slowdown. This is also one of the reasons for delay in digestion. With this the food, which has to digest in one hour takes two hours and so on. It means the digestion process is taking double the time. Still it is not digested completely. This undigested food enters small intestines. c) Sagging stomach: Generally two glasses of water take 15 minutes to mix in blood. However, when we take water along with food it remains in the stomach till the food takes the form of liquid after digestion. It may take two to four hours. The 17
  18. 18. stomach, which bears the weight of food and water, sags. As food and water remain in the stomach for such a long time the food is fermented. This is the reason for belching. Belly protrudes to some extent even among lean people. d) Heaviness in stomach: As the water and food remain in the stomach for a long period food gets fermented and gases are produced. Everyone wishes to have a stomach full of food. Because of mistakes committed while eating, one or two glasses of water also enter the stomach that is already filled with food. The stomach becomes a tight compartment. The heavy stomach puts pressure on the lower part of lungs and the lungs contract by 20-30 per cent. Less air goes into lungs causing uneasiness. The diaphragm, which is an important part in breathing process, undergoes pressure and its movements are restricted. Likewise, the muscles of stomach, which help respiration, lose their capacity to expand and contract. This uneasiness continues for 2-3 hours. There is no space left in stomach. Gases are produced in stomach, which is filled with food and water. These gases that can neither move up or down push the stomach forward. This results in heaviness in stomach, uneasiness and restlessness. Sometimes this may also lead to chest pain, which is often mistaken for heart pain. e) Drowsiness: The oxygen we inhale to a large extent reaches stomach and helps digestion. As long as this oxygen is in stomach we feel drowsy. As the food remains in stomach for a long period the lungs receive less oxygen and we become dull, drowsy and weak. That is the reason why some people go for a nap. Some others sleep a while in sitting posture. School children and employees in offices often resort to this. If we eat food without drinking water there won’t be any heaviness. Food is digested quickly. 3. The relationship between digestion in intestines and water: The food digested in two stages partially reaches small intestines. The food when digested completely in this part is absorbed by intestines in the form of semi-juice. When food is taken along with water only partially digested goes into small intestines. The proteins and fat in the food are digested to some extent in the stomach. To digest the rest, some digestive juices are produced at the junction where the small intestines join the stomach. Since in it is not digested properly more digestive juices are produced in the small intestines. The movements in small intestines are responsible for digestion. Here the food is pounded well, turns into liquid form and moves forward. When there is water these movements are restricted. In this way the process of digestion in the small intestines is also delayed as in the stomach. The intestines absorb the food that is not digested properly. As the food remains in the intestines along with water the food gets fermented and gases are produced. The intestines as such have some amount of gas in them. With the movements in intestines gas tries to come out. We can also hear some sounds. Two hours after we take food, the digested food is ready to mix in blood. It is more beneficial if we drink water now. If water is drunk during this period it mixes well with digested food and easily absorbed into blood. When the food is not digested properly body absorbs the juices that are not digested completely. Millions of cells die and millions of new cells are formed in the body. The formation of new cells depends on the energy and essence of the food we eat. When the food is not digested properly intestines cannot absorb its full benefit. Almost 50 percent of the essence of the food we eat is purged out. The food we take initially becomes powder and then juice-like. That juice is absorbed into blood and cells and body receives energy. If the food does not become powder and juice we 18
  19. 19. feel weak. The cells are healthy and have long life only when they receive properly digested food and nutrients. 6. What type of water we are to drink? Everyone is in doubt as to what type of water is to be drunk. Now-a-days all are afraid to drink any type of water, whatever may be the source. When we speak of type of water it is about river water, bore-well water, well water, municipal water, cold water, warm water, filtered water, fridge water, boiled and cooled water, and mineral water. Only in human beings such doubts occur. All other creatures drink the accessible water. Their bodies are adapted to any water. In the past human beings were also used to taking any water as their body was acclimatized to it. As scientific knowledge improved it also increased his doubtfulness about everything. Despite taking all precautions people fall prey to cold, dysentery, vomiting, several kinds of fevers and infections. It is not that we do not have the capacity to protect ourselves from such diseases. The reason for the entry of pollutants contained in water and consequent spread of diseases is deficient energy, loss of energy and not working properly. Let us know about the inherent resistance power our body has. Before entering the blood the water we drink is purified in three stages. As soon as the water enters the body it is heated. This heating process drives out some of the maladies. In the next stage the useful bacteria in our body kill the harmful bacteria. In the third stage unwanted substances are filtered and absorbed. It takes 15 – 20 minutes to complete all the three and to get water blend with blood. If the immune system is perfect in intestines and stomach the body takes care of the maladies. If bacteria or maladies still remain even after this process the liver cleanses it finally and transports it to the cells. This process takes place every time we drink water. If we drink saline water and transfused into blood the body is immediately endangered and the person may die within 15-20 minutes. Now we know why and how stomach, intestines and liver filter water and protect us continuously. Man always thinks about the purity of water but does not bother about improving the immunity system inside the body. If we wish to preserve our immunity systems in tact we should lead a natural way of life. We should know why refrigerated water should not be taken, who should take boiled water and warm water and which water is safe. 19
  20. 20. 1.) Which water is the best: Air has life-giving power. Water takes the second place. We imbibe this vital power from water that gives more energy, health and immunity. If the water is exposed to sunlight it is all the more beneficial. The sunlight rectifies the maladies and gives energy to water as boiled water eradicates bacteria. 2.) Sterilized and filtered water: Most of the people in cities drink only sterilized and filtered water. However, they lack immunity that is found in working people. Though they store their food in hot packs, keep utensils mirror clean, eat more fruit, wash vegetables thoroughly, take sterilized water and protect themselves from dust they are not successful in warding off diseases like infections and fevers mainly because their immunity system is at the lowest ebb. There is nothing wrong in drinking sterilized water and bottled mineral water. But they have to carry them wherever they go. When such water is not available and if forced to drink normal water they immediately suffer from cold, throat pain, fever and dysentery etc. as their immunity system is weak. Remember that if you drink sterilized water you have to drink the same type of water always. In those who consume any type of water a defense mechanism develops in their body to fight out the maladies. Anti- bodies develop in our body to fight diseases. They are always on guard to attack and kill harmful bacteria. It is always better to continue to drink the same water we are used to. If the system of nature cure is followed even those who are used to sterilized water can drink any type of water. The immunity system is strengthened. 3.) Which water container is better: We store water in containers. Since the containers also have some influence on the water stored our elders have given importance even to the containers. a). Earthen container: Storing water in an earthen pot is the best method. Water and earth are always together. Our body becomes cold, as the sun grows hot. This is the nature of the body. Likewise, the pot transfers the coolness to water depending upon the hot climate. This is the special quality of the pot that no other container has. Water from a pot can be used during summer. b) Copper pot: After earthen pot copper pot is better. If water is stored in a copper vessel for 10-12 hours the good quality of copper vessel is transferred to water. Our body also contains certain percentage of copper. If one can afford copper vessel it can be used during rainy and winter seasons also. c) Glass vessel: If water is stored in glass vessel there is no harm and there is no benefit either. Water in earthen pot and copper vessel may smell. Water gets the 20
  21. 21. smell of the material of the container with which it is made. Glass doesn’t carry any smell. However, it may not be possible to store water in glass wear every day. Some people fill water in glass vessel and use. They feel that sunrays will have a natural impact if water is stored in green or blue vessel. d) Stainless steel vessel: If no other vessel is available it is the best choice. It can be used in winter and rainy season also. e) Aluminum vessel: Water should neither be stored nor used from an aluminum vessel. The Aluminum mixes with water, goes into our intestines and body and leads to various diseases. Drinking water should not be stored in it. f) Plastic vessel: If we store water in plastic containers it will have the smell of plastic. The impact of various chemicals used to produce is acquired by water. But now-a-days plastic bottles are more in use. 4) How warm-water to be taken? : Warm water is not sterilized and cooled. It is heated till it becomes warm and taken instantly. Some people cannot drink water from earthen or copper vessels. Such people drink warm water and get instant results. There is no harm even if 5-6 liters of warm water is taken. Let us see who needs warm water. 1) Those suffering from cold: Those who suffer from chronic colds, sneeze frequently and those whose nostrils are blocked can take 5-6 liters of warm water. It will give them relief. The warmth of the water eases their difficulty. Those who cannot take warm water continuously can take 2.5-3 liters of warm water in the morning. 2) Those who suffer from cough: If one coughs it means that phlegm is deposited in the lungs. If warm water is taken the phlegm comes out easily. Some have throat irritation because of cough. Even this pain is cured with warm water. 3) Those who are asthmatic and have allergies: Such people should take warm water every day so that breathing becomes easy. The soreness of the throat comes down. Uneasiness would also decrease. 4) Those who have acidity and ulcers: They suffer from burning sensation in 21
  22. 22. stomach and excess acid is produced. Warm water works as an antidote to acids. Acidity can be completely cured with warm water. As acids disappear ulcers get healed. All those above mentioned might take warm water if it is possible. Otherwise they should take at least 2.5-3 liters in the morning. Once they overcome the problems they can come back to normal water. 5) Why fridge water is not to be taken? : Excess cold or excess heat is harmful to the body. Water loses action and reaction with these excesses. Blood flows faster only when water possesses these qualities. If excessively cold or hot substance goes into stomach the digestion process is delayed until it becomes normal. For example when we eat ice cream its temperature is in minus degrees. So such of cold material goes into the body, which maintains 37 degrees of temperature. Since the temperature of ice is at such a low level the digestive system tries to increase its temperature. It means the digestion of ice cream does not start before half an hour. Same is the case with fridge water. These days every household has a refrigerator. During summer some even drink water stored in deep fridge. When such water is taken gums and teeth bear the brunt. It is the mouth that decides what is good or what is bad for stomach and intestines. If that coldness is bad for mouth then think of the difficulty the stomach has to face. Fridge water has 7-8 degrees of temperature. Digestive system needs 20 minutes to bring it to body temperature. The difference between heating the refrigerated milk and fresh milk and warming up refrigerated water is the same. When stomach contracts because of excessive coldness, cleaning process does not start till it goes back to normal temperature. Tonsils in throat get infected easily with fridge water. Formation of phlegm increases. Asthma, allergy, sinusitis, cough and burning sensation in stomach can never be cured if fridge water is taken. We can be healthy if we give normal water to the body, which is natural. If one takes refrigerated food rarely he immediately faces problem. There is no difficulty if we take any water available and get accustomed. Type of water is not the issue. It is the quantity that is important. It is always better to take normal water. It does not matter how we purify water. The level of immunity counts. Let us remember it is the immunity, which protects us but not the purified of water. 7. How to drink 5-6 liters of water a day? 22
  23. 23. Let us drink 5-6 liters of water dividing it into two parts: 1) On empty stomach 2) During the day. 1) Water to be taken on empty stomach (immediately after we wake up) This is the first dose of water we take before we take breakfast. During this period we have to take 2.5 to 3 liters of water. This can be taken in installments within 2-3 hours. If wake up late we may not find time to take this much of water. That is why it is better to get up early in the morning. Some people get up between 3-4 A.M. The process of taking water can start as soon as we get up from bed. Some people need to urinate immediately after getting up. Then can start taking water after urinating. Some others may have an urgent urge to ablate immediately after getting up. This is a good habit. However, number of such people is very low. They can start taking water after attending to nature call. First installment: We should drink 1 – 1 ½ liter of water as soon as we get up and then brush the teeth. 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 movement in intestines starts. If we do not think of any other thing the nerves in intestines relax. In addition to this, pressure of 1-1.5 liters of water, acts upon intestines, which are holding the fasces. Under the weight of stomach the fasces are pushed forward. The concentration on the intestines and the pressure of the stomach together make the fasces move. Instead of rushing to toilet immediately move around for a little while and then enter the toilet. Ablution is easy and complete. Ablating after breakfast or lunch is not a good habit. Unless you attend to nature calls you should not do anything else. After ablution you may shave or brush your teeth. The water we take goes into blood after 20-25 minutes. Then you can go for physical exercise. Remember another point here. Suppose if we take a glass or two of water intermittently. Even that water goes into blood and does the purification job. However, it has only one advantage. It can only purify urine. When you take one or one and a half liters of water it has two advantages. With the pressure of water the waste material is purged out. The second benefit is it purifies urine also. 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 the waste material, which has moved due to the excretion process. If we do some physical exercise the waste material is stirred well. If water soaks the physical exercise moves it. Second installment: Those who do physical exercise can take second installment of water and those who attend to household duties can take second installment of water, 45-60 minutes after first installment. If necessary, take some more time. Like 23
  24. 24. in the first installment as much water as possible can be taken. After that, concentrate again on the intestines and move around for 10 or 15 minutes. Some doubt that, when they already have an ablation where is the scope for another. Our intestines, which store fasces is about one and a half meters. In the first installment only the fasces stored comes out. Double to that is still there. We do not think about it, as we are not aware of. It takes half an hour to move the remaining fasces. It means the second installment is ready half an hour after you ablate the first. The delay is on our part. For some people second installment is much forceful and more in liquid form. For some it may take some more days to ablate for the second time. Some feel perturbed when the fasces in the second installment are watery thinking they are having dysentery. Others feel they are weakened if water goes along with the fasces. Some of the first installment of water some enters the intestines. The second time also same thing happens. The water taken in two installments soaks and makes it soft and everything comes out along with water. Only some of the water comes out but there is no harm. Instead, if you take small quantity of water it does not enter the intestines. Let us illustrate this. When we take more water some of it goes into the stomach and small intestines and some of it to the large intestines, which store fasces, and that water comes out. Some people cannot ablate even if they take 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 2.5-3 liters of water in two installments need not take third installment. Those who take a liter of water in first installment and another in second installment can think about third ablation after taking third installment of water. If it is done it is all right. Or else leave it at that. If it is not convenient you may skip third installment of water. Those who are overweight, suffer from constipation, have stones in kidneys, suffer from chronic diseases and emit bad body smell have to take another liter of water even after consuming 3 liters of water in two installments. Those who suffer from the above mentioned difficulties should take 4 liters of water in the morning itself for 4-5 months. Those who take 4 liters of water may take it in three hours duration. If 4 liters of water is taken in two hours duration, some may feel it heavy. Such people can have give gap. It is better if we finish this water intake in the morning by 7 or 7.30 A.M. We will be able to urinate completely by 9 or 9.30 A.M. Those who have to go to office or attend 24
  25. 25. to business will have completed urination by this time. Those who have to leave early can start taking water a bit early. The water taken on empty stomach will rectify the loopholes in the repair of the system, and purge 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 body outwardly and leaves the internal body. Any amount of cleaning externally will not help. That is why whatever may be the amount of soap, talcum powders, creams that we apply, the bad smell returns just after an hour. You have learnt cleansing of internal parts. No matter even if you do not take bath. If you can cleanse the inner body in this way there won’t be any need to buy talcum powders, pastes, creams and perfumes. This is the way of cleaning the 68% of water content in our body everyday. It is only the water taken on empty stomach that cleanses but not the water, which is taken during the day. Note: 1. Those who suffer from cold, allergy, sinusitis, sneezing, acidity and ulcers better they take warm water on empty stomach. 2. After the intake of water, 20 to 30 minutes gap is to be given before eating some thing. 2) Taking water during the day: We eat something or the other during the day. The water we take is 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. If we have to protect our body and skin from the sun there should be water in the body always. To discharge these two duties we have to supply water to the body in time. Water needed during day is about 2.5 to 3 liters. Let us know about how and when this water is to be taken. 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: It can be taken two hours after breakfast. By this time breakfast becomes like flour and completely digested. The water we take at this time mixes up with that flour and turns it into juice form. Fourth installment of water of about a liter 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 one hour. In this way between breakfast and half an hour before lunch, a liter of water can be taken. If 25
  26. 26. you so wish even one and a half liters water can also be taken. Go for lunch after thirty minutes. The 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: Two hours after lunch fifth installment of water can be taken. One liter of water is enough in this installment. Two hours after lunch food is digested. However, digestion process in the small intestines goes on. So if we take one liter water it may be heavy. Hence, it can be divided into installments. If we take water in this way that water will help the digested food to mix up with blood. Then, it reaches cells. During the day we will be busy. The fifth installment of water protects the body from heat generated because of work we do and the sun. If you wish to take coconut water or buttermilk, they can also be taken, only after half an hour after taking water and the quantity of the water can also be reduced. Sixth installment: We should consume this installment between 5.30 and 6.30 P.M. The stomach should be empty when we take this installment. If water is taken after 6.30 P.M we have to urinate by 10-11 P.M. If you do not want the sleep to be disturbed, better finish off water consumption before 6.30 P.M. Those who have problem with prostrate gland urinate frequently during night and the aged should take the sixth installment before 5.30 pm. If this one-liter of water is taken in a single dose and concentrate on the intestines most of the people can ablate. This ablation is that of the breakfast. However, only those who have ablated twice in the morning can ablate the waste material that is the result of breakfast. Those who have ablated only once in the morning will be able to ablate in the evening. Any way, we are not bothered about its source. Purging it out is important. It is better to take food after 30 minutes of drinking water. If we take dinner, that too 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 there won’t be any time for this process. It may cause diseases. Two hours after dinner one glass or half a glass of water can be taken. That much water is sufficient to carry the digested food into blood. If you take more water urination problem may arise. Many people urinate between 2-3 am. 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 or two of water is good. If you feel it is inconvenient take it after you get up. There is no need to get up and take water. 26
  27. 27. If the urine is not yellowish but light it is a sign for health. 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 day is slightly colored. Anyway, for those who take water in the manner described above is white in color in morning and in the evening also because they have taken water on the empty stomach, in the afternoon and in the evening. With this bad elements of the body go out. Have patience Those who wish to take water in this way may try to take 3-4 liters of water. Take 1 to 1.5 liters 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 even 5 liters will also help. If it is convenient to take 6 liters continue with it. Aged people who need not move out can take only 4 liters of water. Till you are accustomed it may look burdensome. One may feel we have nothing else to do except taking water, purgation and urination and it may look as if we are confined to toilet. You may curse me for a week or so thinking that you are not able to do anything else except following this cycle. Show some patience for a week. You feel light and comfortable and have a feeling of being on cloud nine. After that you would tell everybody that what a good habit Satyanarayana Raju has cultivated in you. The mother asks her child whether he has brushed his teeth as soon as gets up. If he says no she asks him to finish it quickly as it is time to take milk. These days’ mothers forgot to ask whether the child has attended to nature calls. That is the reason for all the troubles. Mothers and wives tend to feed more but they never ask whether nature calls are attended to and whether they have drunk enough. Immediately after getting up the housewife prepares tea or coffee and offers bed coffee to her husband besides consuming it herself. This is the order of the day. 8. Complexity in drinking water 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 nature, initially the energy in our body refuses to assimilate and 27
  28. 28. 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 per 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, nonvegetarian 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 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. Water is 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 28
  29. 29. 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 29
  30. 30. 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 give 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 30
  31. 31. 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: 1. 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: 1. If 5-6 liters of warm is taken cold disappears quickly. 2. 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. Any way, 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: 31
  32. 32. 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. Any way, 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. 9. Is the water content in juices useful? We take five liters of water daily. We also drink some liquid or the other from morning to evening: buttermilk, coconut water, sugar cane juice, soft drinks, sodas etc. Let us assume the water content in these liquid foods is about one and a half liters. Some people think since these liquids also have water content why not reduce that much quantity of water. Many people thinking that beer has also lot of water content, avoided water. Water we take has two functions. First is cleaning and the second is to meet the requirements of food, thirst and protect the body from heat. We also learnt that these two functions are carried out when we take more water. Let us see whether the water content in beer, fruit juice and coconut water carries out these two functions. Cleaning: Water content in them is mixed with food, vitamins, minerals and salts. The water content reaches cells through blood. This water should come out after cleaning the pollutants like salts and waste material in the cells. The water content in these liquids is sufficient to clean up waste materials and salts 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% water. It is water only notionally. Are we keeping the glass used to take coconut water without cleaning it? Are we not washing it? Why do we wash it when it contains only water? 32
  33. 33. We clean it because the food elements and salts stick to the glass. Coconut water cannot clean it. Only water cleans it. If coconut water sticks to your hands are you not cleaning them with water? It is the water, which cleans. Everything is cleaned by water. Quenching the thirst and meeting the requirements of the body: During summer and when we work hard we feel thirsty. Our 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 juice. Does the body quench its thirst by that? In fact, is your thirst quenched or increased? Thirst is not quenched but increased. Unless you take water it is not quenched. If the body is not satisfied 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. It takes one or one and a half 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 and atmosphere needs water. If you drink juice the water reaches cells in one or one and a half hours time. If there is food in stomach it takes at least three hours. In the meanwhile body heats up. It is another thing to take coconut water or buttermilk in the afternoon once or twice when you do not like to take water. That is good if you are resting. It is a must to take 5-6 liters of water every day, which discharges two vital functions. In short, the water content in juices does not do the job of water. 10. Present day habit of taking water As the civilization has advanced man learnt to add taste to whatever he eats or drinks. Even the fruits, vegetables, leaves, nuts and roots are modified by way of cooking according to the needs of the taste buds. Since we are used to tasty food we are averse to natural foods. Yet we drink water, which has no taste. For the last 1520 years some people are rejecting even the taste of natural water. When their 33
  34. 34. tongue has developed such tendency they are not interested in the natural water. We may be inclined to take water at least when we sweat. There is no sweat either these days. People take water just like that but not with any interest. The tendency is such that they add sugar to water and spice to buttermilk. If this situation continues a day may come when we have to add salt or something to water, store it and then drink it. Many in urban areas might have already got this idea by this time. Earlier, guests were given a welcome with a glass or vessel of water. Now we treat the guests with tea, coffee or some soft drink. Rich people are not taking water outside their homes. They fear that the water we offer may be contaminated and they carry water wherever they go. Now a day we are used to bed coffee and whenever we are thirsty we take soft drink, beer and juice instead of water. There are 10% of people who take two or three glasses of water per day and there are 60% of those who take five or six glasses of water or even less. 15% may be taking two liters of water. 10% take between two to three liters of water. 5% take between three and four liters of water. Those, who take 5-6 liters of water a day, are very rare. Those who take less water frighten those who take more water by saying that kidneys will have to bear more loads and everything goes out along with urine and the blood gets diluted. Even those who take less water suffer from nausea and allergy. There are people who take limejuice instead of water or add pepper to water. Elders take less water and discourage children who to take more water. Children generally drink more water. Parents feel that children do not take food and milk properly if they consume more water. These days many take bottled water. If you ask them to take 5-6 liters of water they raise the pertinent question of the cost involved for the whole family. I enquired during the last 7-8 years from several people about their way of taking water. Those who take more water brush aside the difficulties. Those who cannot take more know the difficulty better. Some cannot take more water because of health problems and yet others are averse to take more water by birth. Different tastes lead to varying behaviors. The difficulty to take more water is part of it. If we change the existing habit of taking water and take water according to the needs of the body health will improve. If you are mentally ready to take more water it becomes tasty. If you start thinking that we are not taking water for its taste but for health there won’t be any difficulty. 11. The relationship between water and excretion system Man takes food daily in three forms. 1. Air 2. Liquid 3. Solid. The oxygen in the air we breathe, the digested food from the intestines and water are transported to the cells. With the help of oxygen, the food turns into energy there. The cells release waste material also along with energy. For example when we burn firewood apart from heat ash and smoke are also produced. 1) The cells that take oxygen release wasteful carbon dioxide. 34
  35. 35. 2) The cells, which take water, also release some waste material. 3) Waste material containing nitrogen etc. is released from the solid food. The water we drink goes from the stomach into blood and from there to cells. When the cells use the water, waste material reaches excreta in the following way. 1) The carbon dioxide released from cells, again through blood, has to reach lungs and get released. If blood flow is to be sufficient, this has to happen. For proper blood flow it should have necessary quantity of water. 2) The nitrogenous waste materials such as urea, uric acid, creatine, phosphates and toxins are purged out through urine and excreta to some extent. If there is enough water in around the cells they can throw out the waste material easily. The salts and vitamins, which are in excess to the needs of the body, are also purged out through urine. 3) The waste material produced after digestion goes into intestines. If this is to be sent out easily there should be enough water in the intestines. Some waste materials are transported to the skin in the form of sweat. In our body, even if the four excretion systems are good, waste material does not go out if sufficient water is not available. If such waste materials are stored they produce organisms that cause diseases. Inner body – polluted or clean? If waste material goes out every day in these four forms it is good for health. The same is the case with all creatures. If the waste material goes out every day there won’t be any bad smell in the body. It means the body is clean and immunity is perfect. Let us see what happens in human beings. Even if fifty per cent of waste goes out through these three forms the remaining rest pollutes 68% of water stored in the body. If you want to know whether the 68% of water in our body is polluted or not, just observe the bad smell of waste material that comes out. If it has bad smell it means the inner body is polluted and if it does not it means the inner body is clean. The first bad smell comes from saliva. Since the inner body of animals is not polluted their saliva does not have bad smell. They neither brush their teeth nor clean the mouth with water. If our body emits bad smell it means the inner body is polluted. Since our sweat, urine etc., have bad smell we clean with soap, take bath and use talcum powders, perfumes and clean the toilets with phenyl. The bad smell and the water has a very close relationship. I have narrated all these things because you have to understand the excretion system. If the water content is insufficient the process of excretion slows down. Hence, foul smell. Those who take only a liter or one and a half liter of water their inner body remains polluted. To clear these pollutants the body tries to clean itself in the form of minor ailments. If we are suffering from cold, vomits, headache, fever, cough, stomach pain, allergies etc., means the excretion system is not functioning properly and the body is cleaning itself. The water, which cleans everything, cleans every cell and every part of our inner body. This happens only when we take 5-6 liters of water every day. The water goes 35
  36. 36. inside and purges out all the waste material and keeps the inner body pollution free. We have to keep clean not only the outer body but the inner body also. Since water has close relationship with excretion system it is more important for human beings to drink more rather than eat more. 12. Intake of water while fasting Fasting means giving rest to stomach and intestines. To give rest to them we should not eat anything. When we do not eat anything waste material is not produced in the body. It is like keeping the body off duty during day. Usually (when we take food) night duty for the body is to clean and repair. While we fast we do not take food during day so the body cleans and repairs itself. In effect it means cleaning and repairing duty all the 24 hours. When we do not eat anything the waste material, which is stored, is cleaned. As we work for six days and take rest on Sunday the body also takes rest when we fast. Our elders who knew this secret were going on fast on certain days of the month and on the day when we worship by attaching sanctity to it. This sanctity is nothing but sanctity to our body and soul. People are afraid that the body becomes weak by fasting. Honey is the best food, which keeps you away from hunger and helps in fasting. It is like nectar. If we take honey energy is produced even while stomach and intestines are off duty. Honey gives more energy than food. It is better to fast with the help of honey. It is only water that benefits the body while on fast. If all the waste material is to be cleaned it is the water, which does the job. The water after going into the body soaks the waste material and purges it out through fasces, urine, sweat and carbon dioxide. It is futile to go on fast without taking water. Likewise it is no fasting if you take tea, coffee, fruit juice and a light diet. If you do it you neither clean the body nor give it food. Even very little amount of food means stomach and intestines have to work to digest it. It means it is another usual day. It is good to fast once in a week. We trouble the body by consuming more food on Sundays. I think it is better to fast on Sunday rather than some other day. In my view it is better to fast whenever we are indisposed, when there is no appetite and on festival days etc. Since it is the water, which helps cleaning process, it is better to fast while taking more water. How to take water while fasting: 1) Right from getting up from the bed till 9-10 A.M take 3 liters of water, each with an hour gap. 2) You have free bowel movement with the pressure water. 36
  37. 37. 3) At 9-10 A.M, whether you are hungry or not take a glass of water with limejuice and honey. 4) After taking honey take half a liter to one liter of water in a couple of installments. 5) Again at 12-12.30 P.M take limejuice and honey. 6) Around 2 P.M take water. 7) In this way take limejuice and honey and water 5-6 times before you sleep in the night. 8) You can stop taking water around 7-8 P.M to avoid frequent urination disturbing your sleep. 9) If some people feel any difficulty or feel weak they can take coconut water. 10) While fasting give rest to the body and it is better to keep yourself busy by reading spiritual books or prayer. 11) If you feel weak any amount of honey can be taken. (Up to 250 grams). 12) The next day you can continue with your usual routine. Many people fast but they do not derive the intended benefit. There is no harm in fasting without taking honey but there won’t be any benefit if you do it without taking water. Moreover it is harmful. Many take pride in saying that they can fast without even taking water. If you take no water or less water the purpose of fasting is lost. Let us overhaul the body by fasting once in a week and guard the body from diseases. 13. Why we take more water in summer? Many are afraid of summer. They wait for the four months of summer to go and are eager for the rainy season to set in. Everybody tries to keep the body cool outwardly. Air conditioners, coolers, cold baths and umbrellas are used to protect themselves from the sun. Whatever is the outward protection we face difficulty when 37

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