Our bodies are like 70% water 💧
Have you heard about the so-called Japanese Water Therapy? If not, then keep reading.
It’s very important to make sure we always drink water, stay well-hydrated and you probably have heard about the fact that our bodies are made up of 70% water.
In my imagination, for some reason, I wonder why we aren’t as soft as like, jellyfishes or slime.
According to my research, the amount of water in our bodies actually varies depending on age, and whether you are a male or a female. This range varies from 45-75%.
Now that you have a general idea of how much water there is in our bodies, I will now move on to the importance of drinking water, it’s numerous benefits, and also talk about the Japanese Water Therapy.
How much water should we really be drinking? 🙋♂️
You have probably heard of the “8×8” rule, the shorter form of 8 glasses and 8 ounces each per day.
This is a nice suggestion, but it does not apply to the general public. If you want to be more specific and more accurate, here is another formula I found:
Your body weight (in pounds), divided into half = the amount of water to drink (in ounces)
Try out this calculator I inserted below, simply input your weight (in pounds), it will calculate the amount of water you need to drink each day (in ounces) and also tell you how many glasses or cups that is.
*Note: A glass or cup of water is approximately 8 ounces.
Drinking water: Big or small sips? 🤔
It is highly recommended by experts to drink water in small sips. This way, the body stays hydrated more and there is no sudden spike in urinating.
If you took big sips in a short amount of time, it would be annoying and embarrassing if you are in class or at a meeting and you needed to pee 5 times in like, an hour.
People would probably be like “What the heck is wrong with his/her pee-pee?
What happens when we don’t drink enough? 🥵
Here are some things that happen when we get dehydrated:
- Skin becomes dry (reptilian alert, just kidding)
- Kidneys are under stress, they need to work harder (poor little kidneys)
- Your body becomes slower, more fatigued
- The organs’ functions get affected negatively
- Supply of electrolytes to the brain is reduced (in short, we get a little less smart)
- Poorer mental clarity, vision, and memory
- Increased levels of cortisol, resulting in negative moods and anxiety
So kids (as if I’m so old), if you don’t want these scary things happening to you, better drink your water.
A quick tip to not forget to drink water throughout the day 📱
Nowadays, many people are too busy and preoccupied to remember even just drinking water. Thankfully, there are apps for almost everything, drinking water is no exception.
Here, you can check out 5 amazing apps that can help remind you to drink water and even monitor your water consumption throughout the day (don’t forget to come back to me, or I’ll be sad).
Now, let’s proceed to the popular Japanese Water Therapy
What is this Japanese Water Therapy thingy? 🌊
The so-called Japanese Water Therapy is a popular habit in Japan (obviously), and it involves drinking lukewarm or tolerably hot water (better in my opinion, will get into it later) right after you wake up in the morning.
Why is this well-known? 📈
Great question. It is widely known because people state doing this is the key to losing weight, staying healthy, and even cure numerous diseases including arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, and even cancer.
Yes. you’ve read that right. Cancer. Even I was shocked when I’ve first known of this because cancer is a very serious matter and it’s not very easy to cure.
But that is not the reason why I started to incorporate the Japanese water therapy into my routine.
A short story on why I started doing the Japanese Water Therapy 📖
Back when I was young, til’ I was like, in high school, I used to “excrete wastes out of my body” once or twice a week, yes, one to two times a week, only.
Being the mindless and clueless me back then, I didn’t even care. I thought that was normal, didn’t even bother asking like my friends on how often they “excrete”, because come on, who talks about that topic?
It’s a little taboo to talk about it, especially when someone’s eating. I suddenly remembered my mom, when we randomly talk about gross stuff at the table she gets so annoyed because she has a vivid imagination, Ah, her reaction is hilarious.
A dirty gut then caused terrible acne 🙁
So yes, I only “excreted” once or twice a week for a very long time and that resulted in my body, specifically my gut, becoming not very clean (aka gross).
Now, because my gut is gross, my skin was not very happy and pleased, then I had bad acne. It was terrible. Those days of my life.
It was so bad that sometimes even if I want to go out, I would pass just because I had bad acne that specific day.
I was determined to redeem my self-esteem, so I researched and stumbled upon this thing called The Japanese Water Therapy.
I made the decision to include it in my morning routine, and after some time, my “excreting” became regular, my gut is now much cleaner, and my acne significantly improved. Hurray!
Well, not certainly a happily ever after as I was left with some scarring but I’m working on it by derma rolling. Still, I’m very thankful and contented for the progress my skin made.
Additionally, did you know that most or all diseases begin in the gut? Yes, you’ve heard me right, there are claims that most illnesses start from the gut.
It’s a very interesting fact indeed, you may want to look into that if you want to.
Up to this day, as I am writing this, I still continue to incorporate the habit into my morning routine (well, I skip sometimes, I’m gonna be honest, but extremely rarely).
And that, my friends, is the story of how I met mister (or miss?) Japanese Water Therapy.
So, are you interested? Here’s how you do it!
How to: Japanese Water Therapy 💦
- After waking up in the morning (the earlier the better), do not brush your teeth or eat first.
- Why? because the saliva produced overnight is actually good for you, especially your gut. It may be a little gross, but as long as you brushed your teeth the night before, it’s not that bad.
- Prepare 4 glasses of room temperature water (8 ounces each, approximately 1 liter).
- Sit down (because standing up hinders the digestion process, and you will also drink a lot, so that would be very tiring).
- You can now start drinking water.
- You can try sipping slowly, sip by sip.
- If you can’t do it in one sipping, you can pause and wait for a few minutes before proceeding again. Try
- working your way up in the speed slowly.
- If you find it hard to drink all 4 glasses in one sitting, you can start with just 1 glass today and then 2 glasses the next day, and so on.
- If you decide to go for hotter-than-lukewarm water,
- which I highly suggest, because of many benefits such as better digestion, better hydration and more.
- Simply mix some hot water into the regular lukewarm water you’ll drink.
- It’s up to you how hot you want it to be, but hotter is not necessarily better, be careful, we don’t want a toasted esophagus, that ain’t cute.
- Make sure the final mix is still 1-liter maximum.Too much water in a short amount of time is dangerous, it can cause hyponatremia, I’ll talk about it later.
- You can then brush your teeth now (if you want).
- Eat breakfast 45 minutes after the water therapy session.
- According to what I’ve read, you are supposed to eat just within a 15-minute time limit. I actually don’t recommend doing that. I say chew your food well and enjoy it.
That’s it! You accomplished the so-called Japanese Water Therapy. Congratulations. Not that hard right?
Not quite yet, but almost there. There are still some rules that you need to apply throughout the day.
Additional rules throughout the day 📝
- Don’t drink or eat 30-60 minutes before the next meal of the day, which is probably lunch (I suggest 30, for less restriction)
- Don’t drink water (or drinks) for the next 1 hour after eating:
- To avoid killing your “stomach fire” or in other words, diluting your stomach acid.
- In general, it is recommended to not drink immediately after eating to make sure the stomach digests your food well.
- If you really do need to drink, let’s say you ate something spicy or just simply craving like crazy, it’s okay to drink some, but try to limit it to 3 sips maximum.
Simplified Version (if you find the above too overwhelming) 📄
- After waking up in the morning, Do not brush your teeth or eat first.
- Prepare 4 glasses of room temperature water (approximately 1 liter)
- Sit down
- Start drinking water (sip slowly if you find it hard, then work your way up)
- If you find it hard, you can start at 1 glass on day 1, 2 glasses on day 2, and so on.
- If you decided to go for hotter water (optional):
- Simply mix hot water according to your liking (be careful not to make it too hot)
- Make sure the water you’ll drink (with hot water mixed already), will still be approximately 4 glasses or 1 liter, to avoid hyponatremia.
- Brush your teeth (if you want)
- Eat your breakfast 45 minutes after the water therapy session
Additional rules throughout the day 📝
- Don’t drink or eat 30-60 minutes before the next meal of the day, which is probably lunch.
- Don’t drink water (or drinks) for the next 1 hour after eating.
Regular water too boring? Try infusion 🍋
If you just find “regular” water, way too boring, there’s still a way to do it. You can try water infusion.
This involves simply slicing up some fruits and literally dumping them into your “regular” water to make it more exciting.
What’s more, not only does your water taste better now, it is now infused with valuable nutrients that will make drinking water even better for your health.
Some people just crave excitement, even in their drinking water. I actually prefer plain old (not literally old) mildly hot water for my water therapy session.
The steps and procedures will still be the same as above, the only difference is you infuse fruits into the water you’ll drink.
I highly recommend infusing lemon into your water, but you could also try infusing other fruits or even vegetables, but I am not sure which ones are actually safe to take on an empty stomach.
I recommend going for lemon because I’ve read numerous articles that suggest taking lemon on an empty stomach, so there’s a high chance that it is safe.
Possible Side Effects (be careful, you guys) ⚠️
- Drinking too much water in a short amount of time can be deadly. Yes, deadly. It may cause hyponatremia.
- Hyponatremia is the condition where too much water causes the sodium in the body to be diluted, which then results in the cells swelling, which can be life-threatening.
- That is why I strongly emphasize limiting it to just 1 liter, or 4 glasses of water because this is the maximum amount of liquid a healthy kidney can take at a time.
- It may also cause vomiting if you chugged the water way too fast or way too much in one continuous gulp (I learned this the hard way, by experience).
- It can be a little annoying and restrictive, but it’s definitely worth it, because the pros outweigh the cons, if you even consider being restrictive and annoying a con.
- There might be a risk of overeating, especially if you felt hungry for a little too long, so be mindful of that.
- You will pee a lot afterward, for sure, probably the most annoying side effect for me. Combined with caffeine (if you drink coffee or energy drinks), it’s even worse.
Optional Tips from the lovely Japanese people, still 🎎
- To further enhance metabolism, walk every day for at least an hour.
- Before bed, every night, gargle 4-5 times with warm water and salt mixture.
- Avoid eating or drinking while standing, this hinders the digestion process
- Chew food properly before swallowing it, to make sure the stomach can digest it properly and easily.
- Rule of thumb:
- Soft food: chew 5-10 times
- Hard food: chew about 30 times before swallowing
- But in general, just chew food until it loses most of its consistency
The goodies of The Japanese Water Therapy ✨
Now, you’ve been a good child and drank your water, maybe even incorporated the Japanese water therapy into your routine.
No good deed goes unnoticed, so you will be greatly rewarded.
Yay! Now, what are the prizes I get?
General Health Benefits 💖
- Wakes up the internal organs (made me laugh a little inside), gets them ready for the day
- Removes toxins (the bad, bad stuff), from the body
- Prevents dehydration (obviously)
- Strengthens the digestive system
- Gives you more energy throughout the day (energy drinks who?)
- Boosts overall health
- Balances the lymphatic system
- Improves immunity
- Helps produce new blood and muscle cells
- Regulates your heart rate
The Japanese Water Therapy cures and relieves : 💊
- Stress (applicable to a whole lot of people for sure)
- Body pain
- Insomnia (I am a night owl so I am low-key bothered)
- Sore throat
- Eye, ear and nose infections (say goodbye to your EENT doctor, just kidding, still get checked regularly)
- Urinary tract infections
- Frees the bronchial cavity for asthmatic conditions
- Menstrual disorders (like irregular menstrual cycles, helps you get things out of your lady bits)
- Cures stomach ulcers
- Obesity (because it helps you lose weight)
- Constipation, or the inability to “let loose” well
- Prevents kidney stone formation (could possibly treat them as well, with consistency)
Remedies with specific timelines ⌛
These are claims from the Japanese water therapy as well.
- Constipation – 10 days
- High Blood Pressure – 30 days
- Type 2 Diabetes – 30 days
- Tuberculosis – 90 days
- Cancer – 180 days
I know, shocking right? Freaking cancer. Yes, you’ve read that right. I was also shocked.
Beauty Benefits (get snatched) 👑
- Cleanses the skin, preventing blemishes (no more acne, yippee)
- Helps reduce inflammation and puffiness
- Weight loss (but we love all sizes and shapes here)
- Makes hair healthy and strong (Rapunzel is shaking)
- Enhances the density and thickness of the skin
- Improves skin functions
- Adds glow to the skin (time to throw away the highlighters)
- Fewer wrinkles
- Faster skin healing
- Slows aging (you won’t need the tears of innocent children anymore)
- Smaller pores
- Tighter skin
- Reduces itchiness (especially ones caused by dryness of the skin)
- It helps balance the skin’s pH levels
On a side note 📑
Not all of these are scientifically proven, so take these pieces of advice at your own risk, and maybe do some research on your own as well.
Also, even if you decide to commit to the Japanese Water Therapy routine, don’t forget to still consult the experts as they still know what’s best.
Long story short 🦄
It is very, very important to drink water and stay hydrated, especially since our bodies are 70 percent water (sort of).
It is also better if we drink water in small sips, rather than big gulps. That way, our bodies stay hydrated more without the sudden spike in urination.
The Japanese water therapy is a well-known habit introduced by the Japanese people, that involves drinking a fairly large amount of water right after you wake up in the morning, on an empty stomach.
This habit claims to be the key to losing weight, staying healthy, and cure numerous diseases, even cancer. As this is not yet scientifically proven, it is best to take this advice with a grain of salt.
I have implemented the water therapy habit into my routine and I must say it certainly has improved my quality of lifestyle.
But, I am no expert nor practitioner, so still go consult your doctors and experts (just trying not to get sued, just kidding).
For sure they have more knowledge than me, I am just merely sharing my story and experience with you guys.
That is it for this topic, do you guys keep yourselves hydrated well? Or do you tend to even go an entire day without drinking water sometimes?
Perhaps, I encouraged you to incorporate the Japanese water therapy into your morning routine? Let us know in the comments section below.