The Magic of Water

Important things that many people don’t know about water.

Water, nature’s most generous gift, is valued by our bodies above all other nutrients. We can survive for weeks or months without food, but even a few days without water will result in certain death. Our bodies need at least eight (8-oz.) glasses of water each day to lubricate our joints, help in energy production, control our internal temperature, transport nutrients and waste, and assist in conducting chi through our systems.

In China, we say that water should always be consumed at room temperature or lukewarm. Warm water is less shocking in the lungs, and helps to wash down the mucus that might be clinging to the membranes that line the nose, mouth, and food canal (throat).

A couple of simple experiments will demonstrate why cold water and cold drinks are not good for your body. First, hold a glass of ice water in your hand for a minute or two. You will notice that your fingers will become numb. This is essentially what is happening in your system when you drink ice water. Second, mix a spoon of cooking oil or fat into a cold drink or ice water. You will notice that the liquid becomes lumpy as the fat hardens. According to Chinese herbal doctors, cold food and drinks slow down one’s metabolism and weaken the digestive system.

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