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Is Cold Water Killing Your Balance?

Poonam Bhatia

Ayurveda is all about keeping our minds, bodies and souls happy so that they can live together in perfect harmony, and so that we can reach our full potentials.  Due to this philosophy of interconnectedness, the food and drink we put into our bodies inherently affects our mood and behavior.  When it comes to Ayurveda, proper hydration is a huge must and leads to clearer skin and healthier days!

Drawbacks of Chilly Drinks

Most of us are generally pretty diligent about getting our daily dose of water, but our drinking habits may not be the healthiest. If you're drinking ice water with your meals, you may actually be hurting your digestive process! Ayurveda tells us that chilled water can cause us to put out the Agni, or digestive fire, within our bodies. When we drink cold beverages, our Agni focuses energy on keeping our internal temperature in balance instead of fueling digestion and metabolism. This weakened digestive process leads to a build-up of unprocessed toxins, and slowed metabolism can cause weight gain.

Drinking to Digest

To avoid drowning out your Agni and to keep your digestive fires burning, try out these Ayurvedic tips for getting your daily H2O intake:

  1. Drink water that's either warm or at room temperature: This will allow your Agni to stay devoted to digestion, can help clear out toxins from the body, and may help with weight loss.
  2. Add lemon to your water: In Ayurveda, lemons are known to loosen toxins in the body and to help with symptoms of indigestion.
  3. Drink when you're thirsty: Like all things in Ayurveda, your mind and body are naturally connected, so drink when your brain tells you that your body needs water!

Since water makes up more than half of our bodies, staying balanced requires getting plenty of H2O. So make sure to drink your water the Ayurvedic way and to let MaaDisha know if you have any personal hydration hints!


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