Amazing Health Benefits of Japanese Water Therapy
The early morning hours are simply precious for setting your mind, body and energy in the right way for the rest of the day. Your morning routine can have an extremely beneficial impact on your whole day. The Japanese Water Therapy is very beneficial to add to your morning routine for your overall wellbeing and health. Ayurvedic practice also encourages the drinking of water first thing in the morning.
There are many good habits you can incorporate into your morning routine, at the start of your day to become more energetic and mindful. We often hear that we need to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to help flush out all the toxins in our bodies. Many advocate a glass of warm water with lemon and honey first thing in the morning too, for its alkaline effect and metabolism aiding effect. Other morning routines include, dry brushing your skin, praying or meditating, undertaking a fitness routine or an early morning jog. You can even oil pull, which is a fantastic way of helping rid your body of toxins.
Japanese Water Therapy – what is it?
There is also another way we can get into a healthy morning habit, which is less well known- The Japanese Water Therapy. This involves drinking water approx. 4 glasses of water first thing in the morning, prior to eating any food, or even brushing your teeth! Yes, it does take some getting used to, but like every new habit, it’s hard at first, until you make it routine. Doing something consistently for 40 days until it becomes a new habit.
In fact, the Japanese have been drinking water first thing in the morning in their culture for decades, no wonder they are healthier than a lot of people living in the West.
Believe it or not, most health problems and ailments actually originate from a weak digestive system. The Water Therapy method aids in boosting your digestive system and clearing your stomach. It’s recommended to drink the water first thing in the morning, ‘the golden hours.’
We all know water is extremely beneficial to our health and is an integral part of every cell and bodily function. Not only does it help out overall health and well-being but it also helps with weight loss. Drinking more water is actually a way to help lose weight, as many people tend to overeat as they feel they are hungry when actually it is due to thirst.
Japanese Water Therapy cure for ailments
The studies in regard to Japanese Water Therapy are very limited, however, water therapy has been documented by a Japanese medical society as a natural cure for various ailments, such as:
- Heart problems
- Bodily aches and pains
- Menstrual problems
- Eye diseases
In general, for good overall health. As our body is made of 60-70% water, it makes sense that water is such an integral part of good health and many of us do not drink enough water.
What is the Japanese Water Therapy Routine?
Please note if you have any kidney problems or disorders please consult your doctor before starting the Japanese Water Therapy Routine.
The steps of the Japanese Water Therapy Routine are as follows:
- When you wake up, drink 4 glasses (approx. 160ml/33oz) of water before even brushing your teeth. Drink water that is lukewarm or at room temperature, do not drink cold water. You may brush your teeth after drinkning the water, but do not eat or drink anything for another 45 mins. Ensure the water you are drinking is clean, filtered or spring water. Do not drink water with fluoride in it (which is common in tap water).
- After you have any meal or snack during the day, do not drink any water for two hours. You may drink water prior to your meal or snack.
- If you have any health conditions, are sick or elderly please consult a doctor prior to starting this process. Start the process slowly and gradually.
Do not drink cold water
The Japanese culture doesn’t recommend drinking cold water, let alone iced cold water with their meals. They recommend drinking hot water with their meals. Even in other ancient cultures like Ayurvedic culture, they do not recommend drinking water too cold as the body uses more energy to process the water, which can be used to aid repairing and healing the body.
If you imagine eating a nice warm meal followed by a glass of cold water. Whatever oily food you have eaten will be more solidified by the cold water. One this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid in your stomach, it will be absorbed faster by the intestine than solid food. The Japanese Medical Society reported that this sludge will line the intestine and can turn into fats that lead to cancer. Therefore, it is very important to have warm or hot water or soup when having a meal. It is actually not good to drink water or any drink straight after a meal.
The Japanese nation is healthier and the average lifespan of an average Japanese person is approximately 100 years. One of the key reasons could be not only their diet, but their water drinking habits.
The Japanese Water Therapy also suggests that people:
- Walk an hour daily, to help speed up their metabolism
- Avoiding standing while eating and drinking as this can make the digestive system sluggish
- Chew food properly and avoid gulping food. When you chew your food properly it aids digestion and your body’s absorption of nutrients and overall gut health.
Be cautious not to overdo this water therapy. Always check with a doctor if you have any medical condition prior to undertaking Japanese water therapy. Drinking a lot of water in a short amount of time can lead to ‘fatal water poisoning’, which varies from individual to individual depending on their fitness level, weight, climate and various other conditions. There is a condition known as hyponatremia, known as low-sodium and also known to mean water intoxication. If you drink too much water in a relatively short space of time, it can overwhelm the kidneys and cause a quick drop in the blood’s sodium levels. A drop in sodium can cause to water entering the brain, which can result in confusion, disorientation, coma and death. A basic rule of thumb is if we intake more water than our kidneys are able to process in an hour, this can prove fatal.