Water is Life

in Health & Wellness August 1, 2021

I wasn’t a fan of water.  I only drink water when I work out.  I dislike its zero taste, and I also dread restroom visits. 

When I was working, I remember seeing my late secretary (note: she tragically passed away a few years ago), coming to work every day carrying a huge tumbler of water.  She would finish it, replenished it, and drank it continually throughout the day.  That used to amaze me. She would lecture me about the benefits of water, and she would nag me for not drinking enough. Every morning when she made my coffee, she would put a glass of water next to it.  God bless her soul.     

One day, I was accompanying my sister to see her acupuncturist. Whilst she was having her body ‘poked with needles’, the assistant asked me if I wanted to test the condition of my body?  Since I had a while to wait, I said OK.  I was asked to hold this cylinder-like ‘stone’, that fitted the curve of my palm.  That ‘stone’ was attached to this machine.  After punching in some data, like my age, weight, gender etc. I was asked to relax, and to hold the ‘stone’ firmly. After a few moments, the machine generated a printout. 

Based on the assessment, I was told that my body was severely dehydrated!  I sort of knew that was the case, because I was having constant headaches, which I blamed it on the hot weather.  I regularly experienced muscle cramps and lightheadedness (especially when standing). 

Dehydration can cause a build-up of wastes and acid in the body, and it can clog and eventually lead to kidney damage.  Serious stuff.  However, the thing that got me was when she plainly said,

…“your body will prune-up, your skin will age faster than normal and as a result, you will look older than your age”…

My vanity jumped in shock, in horror.  LOL!

Drinking water is often overlooked as a necessary part of staying healthy.  The body and blood are largely made of water, so we need a lot of fluid to function.  I have formulated a daily pattern of drinking water that suits me and my lifestyle.  I generally consume 2 – 2.5 liters of plain water daily, starting with 500ml of water as soon as I wake up.  I notice I don’t have headaches anymore.  Also, no more giddiness and muscle aches.  What a true blessing water brings.

I also carry around with me a copper tumbler, small enough to put in my handbag. Storing water in a copper vessel and drinking from it, is an old Ayurvedic tradition of maintaining sound digestion and improving immune system.

I try to have 2 sips every 15 minutes, if I can. 

Water is a miracle.