Importance of water in our Daily Life
I used to think I needed to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! I would carry around an enormous bottle of cold water with me and chug it throughout the day. Of course, I was just trying to do what I thought was best for my body. I thought I was flushing out the toxins in my body with every trip I took to the bathroom ( which by the way was almost hourly). I had no concept of Ayurveda at this time in my life, however, now I can see why the digestive disease I had suffered from for so many years was just being aggravated by my excessive water intake. I was literally drowning in all of the water I was drinking. Now I understand that in order to destroy ama (toxicity), one must kindle the agni (digestive fire). Toxicity cannot be flushed out, it needs to burn. By drinking cold water, I was unknowingly dousing out my digestive fire, because of this my food was not digesting properly and the toxins were floating around in my body. Now that I understand the Ayurvedic perspective on water, I am no longer perpetuating this cycle. Instead, I use only charcoal filtered tap water which I boil every morning. Not only does the boiling kill any remaining bacteria in the water, it also makes the water easier to digest because of the fact that we are adding the element of fire. Throughout the day, I carry a double insulated with me, and only drink warm water or herbal tea, and only when I am thirsty. I have stopped drinking ice cold water entirely, and have seen dramatic improvements in my digestion.