Water is one of the most important substances that we need to sustain on this earth. The element water, called “apas” in Sanskrit, is the fourth of the five great elements (pancha mahabhutus). Drinking hot water daily has some exclusive benefits for your health. In Ayurveda, it is called as Ushnodaka Therapy i.e. Ayurvedic way to drink water as a practice where the water is either boiled or slightly warm. Essentially, it is an Ayurveda water drinking therapy.
Benefits of Ushnodaka (Drinking Hot Water):
- Aids easy digestion
- Enhances blood circulation
- Prevents premature aging
- Detox the body
- Decreases stress
- Turns skin healthy
- Cures Menstrual cramps
- Manages weight
- Used as a anupan
Aids easy digestion: – Warm water has a property known as “deepana” (enhances digestive fire). This property causes an expansion in our digestive channels. This expansion improves the flow of digestive juices naturally by increasing and improving the dhatus (elements) in the body.
Enhances blood circulation: – When you drink ushna jala (warm water), the fat deposits in the body burns and the built-up accumulations in the nervous system additionally breaks down. This enhances blood circulation throughout the body and flushes out harmful toxins as well .
Prevents premature aging: – The presence of toxins in the body can lead to aging faster, but warm water can help cleanse the body from those toxins, while repairing skin cells to increase elasticity.
Detoxes the body:- The intake of ushna jala (warm water) raises the body temperature or increases the pitta dosha, causing your body to sweat and excrete out impurities while hydrating your body. This purifies the body inside-out naturally.
Decreases stress: – Ushna jala (warm water) improves the function of central nervous system. Staying in a good hydrated status can keep your stress levels down.
Turns skin healthy:- Consuming hot water regularly provides the miraculous results in vata prakriti body because it has dry, rough and flaky skin. It keeps the body warm and hydrated which helps to maintain healthy skin and complexion.
Cures Menstrual cramps:- Ushna jala (warm water) also aids in menstrual cramps because it has soothing and calming effect which helps to reduce the cramps and spasms of abdominal muscles.
Manages weight:- Ushna jala (warm water) promotes the metabolism and helps to break down the adipose tissues lying under the skin. It is the oldest and natural way to get rid of excess body weight.
Used as Anupana :- Anupana acts as vehicle usually liquid, advised along with the medicine or advised after the intake of the medicine. Ushna jala (warm water) is ideal anupana because it helps in the easy absorption of medicine from gut and helps to maintain healthy body.