By: Rhonda Marzoq
Water is powerful. It can clear the human body of waste, boost metabolism, increase hunger, boost weight loss, improve the digestive system, and more.
Medical professionals will ask you every visit like clockwork how much water you drink. The answer they receive determines whether they consider the lack of water intake to be the problem.
Spoiler, they usually do conclude that a lack of water is a possible culprit. To add to that, most of the time the symptoms do go away when the water intake is increased.
The idea of water as a first step to curing your physical ailments and improving the human body’s basic functions has become commonplace. Water as a treatment has become an accepted practice earning its place as a basic health 101 rule.
Water in the morning, Water in the afternoon. Water in the night. Water all day, every day. That is the new norm, but is drinking water all day actually good for you? Not according to Ayurvedic medicine.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, you are doing your body and digestive system a disfavor when drinking water in the morning — especially on an empty stomach.
Vaidya R.K.Mishra, an Ayurvedic health practitioner, cites two reasons for the inaccuracy of the water on an empty stomach health rule:
the metabolic fire of the digestive system
the subdoshas of the stomach
The Metabolic Fire
1 Ayurvedic medicine places an emphasis on Samagni. Samagni is considered a balanced agni or metabolic fire necessary for the body to maintain a perfectly balanced digestive track. The process of Samagni can be described as a metabolic fire that cooks the food in the digestive system to keep everything in balance.
The agni in the stomach acts as the metabolic fire cooking the food in the digestive system. In order to maintain this, the fire needs to be constantly fed.
The common practice of drinking water in the morning on an empty stomach puts out the metabolic fire and disrupts the balance of the digestive system.
1 Ayurvedic medicine regards the stomach as more than just an organ with physical purposes. Rather, in combination with the literal purpose of the stomach, it places emphasis on the three grandiose subdoshas at work in the stomach. The three subdoshas are: Samana Vata, Pachak Agni, and Kledak Kapha.
Each subdosha represents a different cosmic entity. Samana Vata is a representation of Marut, Pachak Agni of Agni, and Kledak Kapha of Soma.
1 Along with the subdoshas representing the cosmos, each subdosha plays a vital role in the digestive system. Samana Vata acts as a mobilizer for the food. Pachak Agni acts as a food processor. Kledak Kapha acts as a moisturizer for the stomach environment. Combining all these subdoshas together results in the metabolic fire being ignited leading to a perfectly balanced digestive system.
Water, without a doubt, is a basic necessity of life. 3 It makes up approximately 60% of the human body with vital organs ranging from the brain, heart, and even the bones relying on it.
Ayurvedic medicine does not displace the importance of water for the human body. Rather it raises questions regarding the use of water as a universal treatment and offers alternatives; it debunks the universally accepted water myth.
Mini Bio for Vaidya Mishra Vaidya Mishra is an Ayurvedic health practitioner. He graduated from Bihar University with a Graduate of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree from Bihar University and from KSD University with a Sanskrit degree. Mishra now spends time at his Prana Center located in Southern California spreading awareness about Ayurvedic medicine, offering consultations, and training medical professional.