The secret about water
What is water about:
Water, is the resource of life, the best drink there is, and one of the pillars of existence. Rather it is the most important pillar of life.
There is a difference of opinion if water is a source of nutrition for the body, or if it only helps wash down and dissolve the food. Water is a wet, cold substance that removes heat, preserves the body’s moisture, restores the moisture that the body has lost, makes the food softer and helps carry it through the blood vessels.
There are ten standards with which we test water’s freshness.
- First, its colour should be crystal clear.
- Second, water should not have any odor at all.
- Third, water should be sweet and fresh just as the water of the Nile and the Euphrates.
- Fourth, water should be light.
- Firth, water sources should be pure and not stagnant.
- Sixth, water is fresher when its source is deeper or farther.
- Seventh, water should be exposed to the wind and the sun, not hidden under the earth.
- Eighth, water sources should not be stagnant and should be fast running.
- Ninth, water sources should be plentiful which helps purify whatever impurities it might carry.
- Tenth, water source should be running north to south or west to east.
When all these characteristics are sought together, they will all be found in four rivers, the Nile, the Euphrates, Say’han (or Sayhoun) and Jay’han (or Jayhoun).
As for the water being light, there are three methods to verify it.
- First, water should easily absorb the cold and the heat.
- Second, by weight.
- Third, when one wets two pieces of cotton, which are exactly the same weight, with water from two different sources, and then both pieces are dried and weighed. The one that has the lightest weight indicates the water is absorbed was the lightest.
The environment that the water passes through has a profound effect on the water. For instance, water sources that are located to the north are generally cooler and their water is generally thicker due to the northern wind. Also, the water that passes through mineral rich rocks is affected by this fact.
The benefits and drawbacks
Fresh water is beneficial for both the ill and the healthy. Cool or chilled water is the most beneficial and has the best taste. Yet, one should not drink water soon after he wakes up, after sex, taking a bath or eating fruit. There is no harm if one drinks water while eating, but not excessively.
Rather, having a few sips of water in this case is better and does not harm the stomach but strengthens it, excites the sexual drive and quenches the thirst.
Warm water, on the other hand, swells the stomach and causes the opposite effects that we mentioned regarding cold water. Old warm water is better than fresh warm water.
Cold water is better than warm water inside the body, as it cleanses the blood and clears the head. Also, cold water removes rot and is mild and favourable for the teeth, the mood and hot weather. Yet, cold water in not good for those suffering from colds or swelling, since such cases need heat to decompose. Very cold water harms the teeth and drinking it on a regular basis could cause bronchitis and chest pains.
Very hot and very cold waters are very harmful to the nerves and most of the limbs and body organs. One of them decomposes (hot water), while the other concentrates moistures. Warm water relieves hot mixtures, decomposes, matures and extracts excrement and brings wetness and hotness, but does not help the digestion as the food then floats up close to the upper side of the stomach. Warm water also does not quench the thirst quickly, weakens the body and causes many harmful illnesses. Yet, warm water is good for old people and those suffering from epilepsy, cold headaches and ophthalmia (inflammation of the eye)
Water contained in ice and hail
Hail water is sweeter that snow water, while the quality of melted ice water depends on its source. We should mention that the quality of the snow is affected by the area and the mountains that it falls on.
One should avoid drinking icy water after taking a bath, having sex, sports activity, eating hot foods, when coughing and having chest pains, weak liver and cool tempers.
Water from wells and ground water
Well water is not favourable, while underground water is heavy. This is because the first one (well water) rarely escapes rot, while underground water is not exposed to fresh air. Hence, one should not drink such types of water until exposing the water to air for at least a night. The worst type of well or underground water is that which runs through lead-rich stones and unused wells, especially if its soil is not good.
Taking a bath in seawater helps relieve many illnesses and infections that appear on the skin. Drinking seawater is harmful, it causes diarrhea, weakens the body and causes rashes, mange and thirst.
Those who have to drink seawater do so for certain medicinal purposes. In this case, seawater should be boiled in a pot that is covered by wool, which will absorb the water vapour. Then, the collected water should be squeezed out of the wool and consumed when there is sufficient amount of it. Meanwhile, the salt and the minerals will remain in the pot.
Also, one could dig a hole near the seashore to collect the water through several parallel tunnels that would make the water fresh at the end [when it passes through them repeatedly]
If one has to drink seawater, he should first mix it with apricot pips, burning coal, Armenian argil (type of earth), oak wood or fine wheat flour. This way, most of the minerals and mud will be collected in the bottom of the pot or the cup.