How Much Water Should You Ideally Drink Every Day? April 20, 2017 15:13

How much water should you drink daily? The answer to this question might appear to be simple, but, in fact, it is not the case. Different experts have various opinions on this topic, and almost all theories sound right if you understand the logic behind them. Basically, the water requirement of our body depends on various factors such as the area we live, how active our lifestyle is, and our health.

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The most common and well-known mantra suggested by health care professionals is that you must have eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated, and this fact has several scientific pieces of evidence too.

But Ayurveda has a different take on these theories. According to Ayurveda, there are a few natural urges in our body that indicate it needs something. Some of them are hunger, thirst, sleep, urination, and defecation. Ayurveda always preaches, “Not attending a natural urge when it is there, and initiating an urge when it is not there, leads to disease."

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Though theories suggest that you must drink at least eight glasses of water every day as it detoxifies your body and also keeps the skin nourished and hydrated, Ayurveda denies this fact.

According to Ayurveda, water is a coolant. Excessive water intake, even if you’re not feeling hungry, can lead to indigestion and may also lead to a serious condition called Ama. Ama is caused due to improper digestion and improper metabolism in the digestive tract and body cells and tissues. Ama is actually a precursor for a host of diseases in the body.

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Drinking a lot of water also causes an increase in kapha and vata and a decrease in pitta, which affects the digestion power of the body. Thus, you must not overdrink water. Instead, drink it till you feel satiated. Satiation is a signal from your body that you must stop drinking water.