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Human body is made up of 50-70% water. Also, our body needs water for the cells and tissues to be hydrated as well as to maintain the body temperature. It is also vital for many other functions of the body. It is recommended that men should drink 2.5 litres of water per day and women should drink 2 litres of water per day. 

Ayurveda says water is “Jeevana” – enlivening, water is “Tarpana” – satiating, water is “Hladi” – gives joy, water is “Amrutopama” – like nectar! 

But what is the right temperature of water that you should be drinking? 

Hot water? 

Warm water? 

Room temperature water? 

Internet says something, books say another! It is confusing, isn’t it? 

Rather than the kind of water that everyone should drink, Ayurveda has clear-cut recommendations on who should drink what. In this blog, let us explore the type of water you should drink as mentioned in Ashtanga Hridaya Sutra Sthana.  

Room temperature water 

According to Ayurveda, room temperature water is water that is boiled and cooled down to room temperature.  

Drinking room temperature water is more beneficial than warm water in these conditions: 

  • After having alcohol  
  • If you are tired, exhausted or feeling giddy 
  • If you are extremely thirsty 
  • If you have been out in the sun 
  • If you have bleeding disorders 
  • If you have food poisoning 

 Warm water 

According to Ayurveda, drinking warm water makes you feel lighter. It also helps improve Kapha Dosha. Drinking warm water also helps reduce the chances of you feeling hungry, thus preventing overeating and reducing your urge to consume junk food.    

Drinking warm water is better in these conditions: 

  • If you have less appetite 
  • If you have low digestive fire 
  • If you have throat pain or sore throat 
  • If you have fever, cough, cold 
  • If you have aches and pains 
  • If you have flatulence 

Ayurveda does not recommend drinking cold water as it cools down the digestive fire (Agni), thus affecting your digestive process.  

Ayurveda also has certain guidelines for drinking water – taking small sips, drinking water while standing and not immediately before or after having food, being some of them.  

If you have any queries regarding this, you can book a consultation with us. We’ll be happy to help you.

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