By popular request, water has resumed centre stage. And, this is the second and last part. Last week, we ended on the volume of water which an adult must consume for optimum benefit. The number was between 1¼ to 1.1.5 litres. This week, we continue in the realm of numbers.
AREN’T ALL FLUIDS THE SAME?
Just as there are different brands of good old fashioned paracetamol, so also there are different brands of water therapy. In the particular brand being promoted here, there is no substitute for good old fashioned water. No. None.
For the purposes of this water therapy, water is a jealous fluid. It brooks no rival…No substitute. It reminds me of this line from a poem:
The mariner who seeks a substitute dowsing fluid, Can sail the even seas, and seek, but seek in vain.
Beer is beer, and, water is water. Soft drinks, too. Coffee is coffee. Not even freshly squeezed orange juice will do as a substitute. Therefore, delude not yourself. Claim not that you can attain the required volume by totting up coffee, tea and beer you consume.
Here comes the ‘worse’ part! Water which you drink at meals, or to quench thirst, is also outside the equation. No matter how impressive their collective volume may be, these belong to a separate account of body fluids. They do not, and, cannot replace the volume required for water therapy at dawn, or, very early in the morning.
What, then, are the benefits of this rigid brand of water therapy? With the mention of ‘benefits’, the surgeon-scientist in the author swallows hard. He thinks: “O dear! Here we go again.
We are about to rake up fables of the ancients, spruce them up in science-speak, and parade them as fact. We shall be tempted to draw lists of ‘cures’ for conditions in which scientific evidence is at best, feeble. At worst, the evidence is non-existent!”
A contrary voice whispers: “Not all is known.
Not all truths are known to science and medicine. As a columnist, I’ve sanitized and truncated the pundits’ interminable list of ailments which water therapy can mollify. [“Cure” is the word which the pundits will spray around.]
A sanitized list of the benefits of Water Therapy is the following:
Alimentary tract: Indigestion, Acidity, Gas and bile problems, Constipation, Piles.
Circulation & heart: High blood pressure, Angina and fainting attacks.
Lungs: Dry cough, and minor colds.
Skin: Dry skin and related disorders such as premature wrinkles and pimples.
Others: Obesity, non-specific bodily aches and pains; pain in bones and joints.
THE KIDNEYS AND FLUID INTAKE
Your kidneys will tell on you. Normal kidneys monitor and promptly report on the effectiveness of water therapy. When you have consumed the required volume of water, expect three physiologic events.
* First, you will pass urine two or three times in swift succession. Actually, you’ll do so within the first hour. And, you will pass the urine in surprisingly large volumes.
This is normal. Be prepared for it. Be sure to empty your bladder in the convenience of your home before setting off to work. [You see, yet again, why dawn is the optimum time to consume 1¼ or 1.5 litres of water over a period of five to ten minutes!]
* Secondly, your mantra should be: “Like water, like water”. Water is an odourless, colourless fluid. Its specific gravity is one.
So, if you are diligent with this brand of water therapy, your urine shall resemble water. No smell. No colour. Therefore, and, to put it slightly differently, if your urine does not increasingly resemble water, you are nowhere near the mark.
[Incidentally, no matter how water-like it looks, urine can’t attain specific gravity equal to one. Nor will stagnant urine remain smell-free for long. But, both points have been made.]
* Thirdly, expect an urgent call from nature. Obey the call before going to work, and, be free.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER FAD?
Beware. This is not another day, another fad. Sustained diligence and enthusiasm are more rewarding than momentary excitement. Watch your emotions. Out of emotion or peer pressure, you may practise for a few days anything that feels good to hear or read about.
Thereafter, the excitement peters out. Then, the practice dies of benign neglect like a thing un-renewed.
Herein lies a difference between emotion and intellect. Let us return to the beginning. If you want water therapy to work well for you, recruit your mind, especially the intellect.
And, if you choose to begin, roll up your sleeves, and, settle down for the long haul.
HOW DOES WATER THERAPY WORK?
How does aspirin work? Aspirin is one of the oldest and, perhaps, the most widely used tablets on the planet. We know it works.
The ancients said so. Experience tells us that aspirin relieves aches and pains. These days, we have found loftier uses for the lowly aspirin. We use it to thin the blood when princely arteries are in bad shape. Examples are the arteries which supply the heart.
But, do you know how long it took the medical profession to figure out how aspirin works? Exactly? They are still searching!
So, in addition to the quantum leap into a new mind set, take a leap of faith. Try the brand of water therapy just as prescribed.
You’ll be surprised by joy when you discover that you too have by water been healed.