Drinking water first thing after waking provides therapeutic effects for many different conditions, from asthma to cancer. This therapy, also known as “early morning water treatment”, originates from Ayurvedic medicine and has been long used to purify the body`s internal system and cleanse the colon, which in turn helps the body absorb nutrients from food easier.
Back in the 1970s, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, who studied under Nobel Prize winner, Sir Alexander Fleming, re-discovered the benefits of this ancient treatment. His own research showed that water therapy is a good way to heal many diseases naturally, including arthritis, autoimmune disorders, migraines, diabetes, hypertension, etc.
Although the graduated in London, he eventually went back to Iran where he was imprisoned as a political prisoner. While imprisoned, he discovered the therapeutic properties of water and treated 3,000 inmates suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcer disease using water therapy. His findings were reported in e Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in June 1983 and the New York Times Science Watch.
Dr. Batmanghelidj escaped from Iran in 1982 and came to America, beginning to research the effect of chronic dehydration on the human body. According to Dr, Batmanghelidj, the natural thirst signals the body sends are often mistaken for symptoms of other diseases and people become chronically dehydrated over time. Approaching this issue properly and treating it on time helps avoid the unnecessary treatments and medications.
The Water Treatment
- Drink a 8oz glass of fluoride-free water right after waking up. It is recommended to use distilled water as water from faucet is very likely to contain fluoride.
- Don’t eat or drink anything for 45 minutes after drinking the water.
- Drink a cup of water half an hour before meals.
- Drink again 2 hours after each meal.
According to the Japanese Medical Society, this treatment takes 10 days to treat constipation, 10 days to treat some gastric issues, and 30 days to treat hypertension.
Additional Benefits of the Water Treatment
1. Boosts Metabolism
It has been found that drinking at least one tall glass of water first thing in the morning boosts the metabolism by 24 percent for 90 minutes.
After a good night`s rest, you wake up dehydrated. This is why you need to drink a glass of water right away so that you hydrate the body, increase the flow of oxygen, and stimulate the production of new muscle and blood cells.
According to Kenneth Ellner, an Atlanta-based dermatologist, “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate”, Getting fluids into your body right after your wake up will help your body flush out toxins first thing in the morning.” Adding fresh lemon to the water makes this process even easier, as lemon increases the rate of urination and helps detoxify the liver.
4. Brain Function
The brain tissue is made of 75 percent water! Improper hydration makes the brain operate on less fuel and thus lead to mood fluctuations or fatigue.
5. You Will Eat Less
According to one study, people who drank a glass of water before each meal lost 4.5 pounds within three months as “it fills up the stomach with a substance that has zero calories”, and people “feel full as a result”.
If you tend to get sick frequently, it is very likely that you are not getting enough water. Staying hydrated keeps lymphatic function in check, which affects how the body fights off infections. It has been scientifically shown that dehydration may cause stress and sickness.