The human body is comprised of up to 60% water according to H.H. Mitchell, who presented findings in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, and the muscles and kidneys top out at nearly 80% water.
The skin contains about 64% water, he added, and even bones are about 31%.
While these oft-cited measurements have been well known since they were first recorded in 1945, many people are only now waking up to the fact that most human beings are chronically deprived of H20, a health challenge detailed in the popular 2008 book ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,’ by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj.
Altogether, 75% of Americans have a net fluid loss on a daily basis, leaving them chronically dehydrated, low on energy, and oftentimes leading them to mistake thirst for hunger.
But there’s a simple and highly effective way to rehydrate the body in an efficient manner, and all it takes is practice, commitment, and knowledge of a technique that has been used throughout Japan and other societies to a high degree of effectiveness.
Water Therapy Replenishes Internal Organs, Flushes Out Body Waste
Japanese Water Therapy has gained popularity in recent years among several naturopathic doctors and practitioners, because it is simple to implement and can yield incredible results for people who are dehydrated.
The practice typically involves the following according to Dr. Savanna Shoemaker writing for Healthline.com:
1. Drink four to five ¾ cup (160 ml) glasses of room temperature water on an empty stomach upon waking and before brushing your teeth, and wait another 45 minutes before eating breakfast
2. Eat for only 15 minutes at each meal and wait at least 2 hours before eating or drinking anything else.
Replenishing your body with room temperature, preferably purified water first thing in the morning is vital because water protects vital organs and tissues, carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, lubricates the joints, helps dissolve nutrients and minerals to make them more accessible to the body, and even regulates body temperature, according to dietitian and nutritionist Swati Kapoor.
“Your body is craving for water when you get up in the morning and drinking 2-3 glasses of water as soon as you get up can rejuvenate you and your health in more ways than you can imagine,” she states.
Once your body is no longer dehydrated, your organs can do their jobs more efficiently, detoxifying the body and carrying water to places in the body it is needed in order to flush out impurities from the system.
According to the aforementioned, medically reviewed article from Healthline, Japanese Water Therapy Practitioners recommend the following time frames for potentially improving or even treating various conditions:
Constipation: 10 days
High blood pressure: 30 days
Type 2 diabetes: 30 days
Cancer: 180 days
The article states there is no evidence the therapy works for diabetes and cancer patients, however it is widely known that many people suffering from disease are chronically dehydrated, and the body naturally loses large percentages of its water reserves as we age.
My Personal Experience With Japanese Water Therapy
One of the surest ways to know how drinking water first thing in the morning can benefit you is to try it out for a few days, a week, or even a month to see how it impacts your body (consult your doctor before trying, see our full disclaimer here).
I personally have been practicing Japanese Water Therapy for several years, and I can honestly say it is one of the most impactful and transformative health practices I’ve ever done. Aside from consistent exercise and eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, it has made as big of a positive difference in my health as anything else.
The key in my experience has been to utilize a water filter that takes out fluoride, chlorine, and other impurities such as this one from the company Clearly Filtered, which can take out more than 90 percent of fluoride and even higher percentages of chlorine.
Whenever I attempt to drink large amounts of water from the tap or even from a water pitcher with a filter that has accumulated too much debris over the course of its life cycle, I have found that my body simply does not seem as interested in soaking up the 4-5 glasses of water required by this therapy first thing in the morning. I also have found that it takes a lot of willpower and consistency to practice this therapy for long periods of time, but it’s always worth it once I get over that initial hump.
Thank you for reading! This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult a doctor before trying. See our full disclaimer and affiliate disclosure here.