Water is the one crucial substance needed for our survival. According to Ayurveda and Naturopathic medicine, water alone can heal almost every disease if consumed at the correct time and appropriate temperature for our bodies.
Boiled, hot, lukewarm and cold water vary in their ability to heal the body.
Boiled water is known to be Tridoshic, meaning it pacifies all three Doshas. The most beneficial temperature of boiled water is when it has cooled to room temperature. It should never be kept overnight because it becomes stale and impure.
When we talk about boiling water, we are actually referring to it being boiled on a stove instead of a kettle. This is because, water reduced to 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 are beneficial for Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha respectively. The best seasons for consuming boiled water is in the early and late winter, spring and rainy season.
It is a digestive stimulant, helps to relieve bloating, heals pain in the chest and rib area and helps in rhinitis and hiccups. Over consumption of boiled water, or drinking it while still hot, can be constipating. Hot water taken before bed, cleanses Kapha Dosha, eliminates Vata Dosha and removes indigestion.
It is not advisable to drink hot or warm water if one is experiencing exhaustion, mental fatigue, convulsions, hunger or bleeding in the upper body.
Water that is unboiled takes three hours to digest, whereas boiled water that is allowed to cool, digests in 1 1/2 hours. Water that is boiled and consumed warm digests in 48 minutes.