The Use of Water
“The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come… And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17
In health and in sickness, pure water is one of Heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drunk freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system, and assists nature to resist disease.
Water helps to purify and detoxify the body inside and outside.
- Water, the most abundant substance in the body, makes up more than 60% of its total weight.
- Water protects the eyes from drying out; thus, preserving sight. Water makes the skin soft and pliable, keeping it from becoming cracked, dry, and shrivelled.
- Without water, one could not breathe. Before oxygen can pass into or carbon dioxide out of the blood, they must first dissolve in a thin film of water that lines each air sac in the lungs and surrounds each tissue cell in the body.
- At least 8 glasses (64 oz) of water should be drunk each day. It is advised to drink 16oz-32oz of warm water upon awakening on mornings; this will open the appetite and prepare the stomach for digestion, as well as cleanse the system from toxins and metabolic waste which was released at night during cellular repair. As a bonus, the warmth will cause expansion and lubrication of the intestines and give a nice bowel movement.
- Water should be taken 15-30 minutes before the meal and 2 hours after the meal. For those suffering with digestive problems, drink 30 minutes before a meal.
- Water aids with constipation and flushes the digestive system thereby it reduces the risk of cancer of the colon, bladder, kidney stones and urinary track.
- Drinking adequate amount of water daily will help prevent Diabetes Insipidus.
- Please drink water until the urine is pale yellow.
- The brain contains 85% water and it is essential for it superior functions.
- Studies have shown that most people are constantly partially dehydrated; as a result, their brain is working considerably below its capacity and potential, in addition, lack of water can cause headaches and relief can come by drinking one glass of water every ten minutes for one hour.
- Many times when one feels hungry in between meals, it is because of a need for water. Simply drinking water will prevent you from snacking.
How does one drink water?
- One mouth full at a time as the cells will absorb and be properly hydrated.
- Gobbling down would cause one to go to the bathroom to often as well as increase the intraocular eye pressure and affect the eyes, this can increase the effects for someone with glaucoma.
At what temperature do you drink your water?
- It is best to drink water at room temperature.
- Cold water needs to be warmed up to body temperature before being absorbed.
- Warm water expands the intestines and signals the need for food, whereas cold water constricts the intestines and shuts down the desire for food.
- If you feel that you must eat at night, take a drink of cold water, and in the morning you will feel much better for not having eaten.
Do you eat ice?
Craving ice can be a sign of iron deficiency and anaemia and the constant chewing on ice can wear away the enamel teeth, which can cause cracks or chips leading to sensitive teeth.
Dangers of drinking too much juice
- Juice is rubbed of the essential fibre that is needed by the body.
- There is a need to be mindful of too much sugar intake as a result of drinking juice.
- One is more likely to eat and drink when using juice.
It would be wise not to eat and drink at the same time, as the liquid dilutes the gastric juice first while the food sits in the stomach and ferments thus causing indigestion or acid reflux and this do not make good blood.
- Soups are dangerous as too much liquid is destructive to the kidneys. Soups should be a stew not liquid.
- Liquid diets take longer to digest.
- The sourness in the stomach from fermented foods comes through the mouth thus causing bad breath, this also causes defecated odour.
- Belching and bloatedness of stomach can come from indigestion.
Water can be used externally for cleansing of the skin as well as in hydrotherapy to treat disease such as reducing blood pressure.
Simple Water Treatments
Hydrotherapy is an excellent method of treatment. It is the use of water as therapy either internally or externally in one of its forms in the treatment of disease or injury.
Treating a Sore Throat
- Fold a rag into three parts
- Wet the middle of the folded rag with cold water
- Place it against the throat
- Wrap a plastic over the rag around the throat. Ensure it fits snugly but not too tightly; it must be comfortable.
- Wrap a dry length of cloth over the plastic around the throat
- Keep on overnight or several hours
The next morning the sore throat will be gone as the inflammation surrounding the throat was removed.
A hot footbath is useful for:
- Relieving congestion in other parts of the body, such as the brain, the lungs, or the abdominal organs.
- Helping equalize the circulation.
- Inducing sweating and a general warming of the body.
- Strengthening the immune system
- Reducing fever
- Preventing or shortening Cold/Flu
- Relieving a headache
- Relieving Chest congestion
- Stopping nose bleed
- Promoting relaxation
- Relieving menstrual cramps
Do not use a hot foot bath if you have loss of sensation in extremities example, if someone is paralyzed, unconscious, and diabetic or have poor circulation.
- Hot Kettle
- Pitcher for cold water
- Wash cloth
- Bucket or basin deep enough to cover feet up to ankles
Steps for a hot foot-bath:
- Cover chair with sheet
- Fill bucket with room temperature water
- On the side have a pitcher with ice water and two wash cloths
- Get patient to sit
- Explain treatment to patient
- Start with prayer
- Carefully place feet in bucket of water
- Gradually add hot water to bucket
- Ask patient to say when it is hot but comfortable. a, If too hot, add a little cold water. b, If okay, cover patient in sheet from neck down, cover with blanket and keep the feet in the hot water for 20 minutes.
- Placed cold rag on forehead and alternate rags to keep it cool
- To end – lift feet up from hot water and pour cool water unto it to close the pores.
Hydrotherapy to Abort a Cold or Flu
- Alternate hot and cold compress to chest (2 minutes hot, 30 seconds cold)
- Hot and cold contrast showers (2 minutes hot, and 30 seconds cold)
- Hot foot bath (20 minutes)
- Hot half bath with cool down