Ayurveda is a traditional health science from India. It is recommended that only boiled water be used for drinking, which has been reduced to a quarter (from the original amount) during cooking. It is believed that this water cures obesity, diseases of the urinary tract, stimulates digestion, removes swelling, bloating and helps with pneumonia. When boiled water is warmed to room temperature then it is most effective against nausea, dizziness, weakness, food and alcohol poisoning.
Boil the water until its volume is reduced by a quarter of the original amount. It is important that the container is covered so that it has as little contact with air as possible. Cool the water to be hot but not too hot. Drink slowly in small sips 30 minutes before meals. Water drunk at once does not matter much.
There are several rules for drinking water according to Ayurveda:
- Water that is boiled two or more times is considered poisonous.
- It is not recommended to mix hot water with cold or fresh water.
- Boiled water that stands for more than 6 hours is considered harmful to the body and causes intestinal problems.
- Do not cool boiling water by pouring from one pan to another. Such water is filled with air and loses its healing properties.
- Water drunk just before a meal prevents digestion, so it is best to drink boiled water 30-40 minutes before a meal.
- Drinking a small amount of water during meals will speed up metabolism and improve digestion.
- Water drunk after a meal causes fermentation in the intestines and the accumulation of extra pounds.
- It is recommended that the interval between meals and drinks be at least 2 hours.