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Ayurveda and hot water

Drinking hot water - the best wellness cure in the world.

"Since I have been drinking hot water regularly, my life energy has improved a lot." Karin H. got to know about drinking hot water during her Ayurvedic Panchakarma cure. At first, she found it a bit strange to drink "only" hot water. Until then, she usually drank cold mineral water with her food. She found it almost normal that she felt heavy and tired after a meal because everyone felt that way at lunchtime. Since she drinks hot water throughout the day and only half a cup of hot water with her meal, her life has changed completely. She has much more energy and feels fresh and energetic even after lunch.

How is water boiled according to ayurvedic theory?

And above all: Why is water boiled? Isn't it enough to heat the water briefly, as for a tea infusion?
No, because the short boiling does not change anything in the structure of the water, and that is the point. The longer boiling changes the molecular structure.
The molecular clusters are broken up by boiling, they become shorter and shorter, and this is necessary so that harmful substances in the body can attach themselves to the water molecules and be discharged.

In Ayurveda, water is boiled for at least 10 minutes. This can be done in a normal saucepan or kettle, but also in a kettle with a simmer function.
The simmer function causes the water to boil quietly for a certain time - it simmers. If you want to be very precise, you should also take your constitutional type into account when boiling the water:

- Vata constitutions boil the water for about 10 minutes. It should have reduced by about a quarter in the pot.

- Pitta constitutions boil the water for about 15 minutes. When boiled in the pot, the amount has reduced to two-thirds.

- Kapha constitutions boil the water for about 20 minutes, then there is still half of the water left.

And away with it!

Boiling the water for a longer time makes it chemically thinner. Ayurveda experts recognized this phenomenon thousands of years ago.
Drinking hot and longer boiled water has been recommended for such a long time.

This thin-bodied and short-chained water is able to remove water-soluble harmful substances and metabolic residues from the body. This is simply ingenious! Karin H. can feel it every day when she feels so much better and full of energy by drinking hot water.
In her Panchakarma cure, she learned that meals that were difficult to digest were not completely metabolized. Everything that could not be converted into vital energy remains in the body as metabolic residue. Ayurveda calls this "ama". And in Ayurveda, Ama is considered the beginning of every illness.

So how much water is really healthy?

In every health or sports magazine, you can read that people should drink at least two liters of water a day.
In Ayurveda, however, there are rarely rules that apply to all people.
Vata, Pitta, and Kapha have very different needs, and these are also reflected in the daily amount of water.

- Vata people need a medium amount of water. About 1.5 liters daily is ideal for this constitution, which is described in Ayurveda as cold and dry.

- Pitta people have a lot of heat in their basic constitution and are generally much thirstier than Kapha and Vata people. Pitta consists almost entirely of fire, so the "hot" Pitta types also need a lot of water. Drinking two liters of water a day is no problem for most Pitta people anyway.

- According to Ayurvedic teachings, Kapha people already have a lot of water in them, because the Kapha dosha consists of water and earth. So Kapha people can already feel really good with much less hot water. A good liter a day is often sufficient for Kapha people.

Of course, external factors such as the time of year, work demands, physical work, outside temperature, and stress also play a major role. Age also determines the optimal amount of water.

Not all hot is the same

Since the three doshas have different temperatures, the water temperature must also be adjusted accordingly.
Vata is cold and dry, Pitta is hot and dry, Kapha is cold and humid. This also explains why the three dosha constitutions should drink hot water at different temperatures.
This is because the heat of Pitta should not be turned up even more, but the two cold doshas, Vata and Kapha, can tolerate and even demand more heat.

- Vata constitutions drink hot water preferably very warm to hot.

- Pitta constitutions drink the hot boiled water only when it is lukewarm. Otherwise, the Pitta dosha increases too much.

- Kapha constitutions can tolerate the hot water with the highest temperature. In Ayurveda, the Kapha dosha is associated with heaviness and dampness. Hot water, however, is considered light and drying. It is therefore the ideal balance for the sluggish Kapha dosha.

Be careful with meals!

In general, hot water can be drunk throughout the day. Regularly drinking half a cup of hot water every half-hour is considered ideal according to ayurvedic theory. If the hot water is poured into a hot water jug after boiling, you can comfortably help yourself to it throughout the day.

However, caution is advised before and after meals! In order for Agni, the digestive fire, to work optimally, you should stop drinking about half an hour before the meal.

Drinking half a cup to a whole cup of hot water directly at mealtime supports the digestive fire. The amount depends on how much liquid the meal already contains. Half a cup is sufficient with soup, a whole cup of hot water is fine with a dry meal.

If possible, do not drink anything for one and a half hours after the meal. This is because Agni, the digestive fire, is now working at full capacity, and drinking liquid after the meal would extinguish the digestive fire. This poorly digested meal leaves metabolic residues in the body that will accumulate over time and eventually lead to problems.

Never drink cold, or worse, ice-cold with food. By doing so, you immediately extinguish Agni, the digestive fire.

Hot water as medicine

There is no remedy that is cheaper and easier to have than water. And yet it is so great in its effect:

- It is the most important food and the basis for health

- The skin texture becomes clearer and finer

- A good remedy for "false" hunger

- It can trap and flush out water-soluble toxins

- Ama, the metabolic residues, are flushed out

- The digestive fire Agni can work better

- It stimulates intestinal activity

- Life energy increases

In many countries, people do not even know what mineralized water is. In Europe, too, people used to just drink water as nature gave it.
It was only in the course of industrialization when it was possible to drill deep into the earth, that mineral water was discovered. It may taste good, but it is not necessary. By the way, adding carbonic acid is not favorable from an Ayurvedic point of view either. As the word carbonic acid suggests, you are ingesting acid.

Karin H. simply uses tap water for cooking Ayurvedic water. Anything that is not beneficial to health, such as chlorine, is released during cooking. It is not necessary to buy special healing water and then boil it. As long as good-smelling and clear water comes out of the tap, this can be used for boiling Ayurvedic water.

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