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Japanese Water Therapy

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The (early) hours in the morning are the ‘’golden hours’’. A lot can be done before starting the day. Oil pulling, drinking lemon water, dry brushing, meditation/praying and squeezing in a quick work out are all examples of how to start your day healthy and set the tone for the rest of the day. According to the Japanese we should add one more very healthy habit, the Japanese water therapy. For decades the Japanese have been drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Drinking water is of course generally good for our health. Water is a great source of life and it is a necessary element for every cell and function in our body. There is no life without water. There have been scientific studies on the effects of drinking water for years.

What is the Japanese water therapy?

Japanese traditional medicine recommends drinking water just after awakening because of its natural health benefits.

For decades, it is a well-known habit in Japan to drink water immediately after waking up every morning (on a empty stomach) although I couldn’t find any studies on this.

For serious diseases as well as minor illnesses the water treatment has been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a natural remedy in cases of:

  • headache
  • body ache
  • heart problems
  • arthritis
  • fast heart beat
  • epilepsy
  • obesity
  • bronchitis asthma
  • meningitis
  • urine and diseases
  • vomiting
  • gastritis
  • diarrhea
  • piles
  • diabetes
  • constipation
  • all eye diseases
  • menstrual disorders
  • ear-, nose-, and throat diseases

The Japanese Water Therapy Steps

What are the correct steps to follow the Japanese water therapy? If you have kidney problem or severe health issues, ask your doctor before starting the Japanese Water Therapy. Here are the steps you need to follow to carry out this therapy.

  1. After you wake up drink 4 x 160ml (22 ounces) glasses of water (not cold) before you do anything else, including brushing your teeth.
  2. After you finish your water, you can brush your teeth, but don’t eat or drink for 45 minutes.
  3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
  4. After every meal or snack, don’t eat or drink anything for 2 hours. 
  5. If you are sick, elderly, or not used to this, you can start this process gradually that eventually equals 22 ounces per day.

It is recommended to continue this therapy and to make this procedure a routine in our life. The Chinese and Japanese tend to drink hot water with their meals, not cold water. Maybe it’s time we adopt their drinking habits? Also in Ayurveda they are very sensitive to the temperature of their drinks. They believe drinking liquids too cold or too hold can cause many diseases.

Why should we believe the Japanese?

There are some remarkable facts why we should adopt some of the Japanese healthy habits. Japanese have the most longevity life as nation and there are quite some Japanese older than 100 years.

The Japanese Water Therapy, similar to the water therapy in Ayurveda, has been around for a very long time. In fact, the Japanese Water Therapy is extremely popular not just in Japan, but throughout the world. As you know, our bodies are made up of 60-70% water. Hence, when the amount of water in our body reduces, we face health problems since our organs can’t function without water.

Disclaimer

Don’t ever overdo this water therapy. Drinking excess water in a short time can lead to what is known as “fatal water poisoning”. What can be considered as excessive water depends on factors like age, person’s fitness level, weight, climatic conditions etc. Too much of a good thing is not good either, and this certainly goes for Japanese Water Therapy as well.

Have you ever heard of the Japanese water therapy?

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61 Comments

  • Reply
    AlchemyFactory
    February 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Is it ok to go to the bathroom first thing before drinking water ?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      February 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I don’t think it should make a huge difference 🙂

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    AlchemyFactory
    February 10, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Thanks for answering I started my first day of water therapy today.

    • Reply
      Bianca
      February 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    February 15, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Does water therapy alone cleanse acne and pimples?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      February 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Hi Rebecca, I’m not sure, but I would think so. Water in the morning helps me to get a clear skin for sure. 🙂

    • Reply
      Euphimia Jaraine
      December 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I’ve been doing this for years and it helped me lose weight and reduce acne.

      • Reply
        Bianca
        December 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        That is great! Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂

  • Reply
    Winny
    April 27, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Thank you for this. Very helpful! 🙂

    • Reply
      Bianca
      April 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Reply
    robert
    May 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

    so every meal or snack i am not allowed to drink water for 2 hours right?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      May 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Indeed, after every meal or snack, don’t eat or drink anything for 2 hours. Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Madubuike Judith Ezinne
    June 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    160mls is it not much?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      June 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

      🙂 no, it’s just a matter of getting used to it. I drink even more than that. Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Roshan Gangmei
    July 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Do we need little intake of salt before drinking water

    • Reply
      Bianca
      July 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      You can add salt in your water, but that is a different therapy. In this therapy just water is advised. However, I drink lemon water in the morning and switch later on to normal water.

  • Reply
    Roshan Gangmei
    July 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Is there anything to add in the water

    • Reply
      Bianca
      July 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Roshan!

      no, just water 🙂

  • Reply
    Stephen
    August 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Hi,
    I’m a racing cyclist and it’s important for me to hydrate, so waiting for hours after breakfast before taking in more fluids seems counter intuitive. Can you explain a way there may be around this?
    Steve

    • Reply
      Bianca
      August 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hi Stephen,

      You could drink more fluids to get started or wake up earlier to drink the fluids so you can have breakfast and go out to cycle.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

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    Joseph
    August 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Hello!
    Firstly, thanks for your articles. I just found this site and I’m already loving it haha
    Quick question, could this method be done with lemonwater instead of normal water or what would you suggest to mix these two morning routines?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      August 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Joseph,

      Thank you! This water therapy is with water alone. You can do this for a period and then switch to the normal lemon water in the morning again.
      Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Craig Colquitt
    August 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I am 62 and started the Japanese water treatment today, 8/20/16. At 60 yrs of age I began to noticed significant aches, general fatigue(naps may become my norm) and mood flux. I am a former punter with the NFL that didn’t suffer many injuries but enough to spend years trying it all.
    Now I’ve stopped alcohol, accepting what I cannot change and reading good material like yours is the right pattern. (Stopping alcohol changed my moods and sleep patterns for the better.) I will report back after 30 days my findings on the Japanese water treatment. Stand by.

    • Reply
      Bianca
      August 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Hope to hear soon from you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Beth
    September 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Is this can help to lose weight? And is this okay for a breastfeeding mum?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      September 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Beth,

      Yes, it can but it depends on many more different factors. Loosing weight comes down to what you don’t eat, how active you are and if your hormones are balanced for example. Since you’re breastfeeding I would not recommend a diet or anything to lose weight quickly (a lot) since breast feeding on its own takes a lot from the mother. But I don’t know anything about how you eat and live so please consider this as a general advice. You can always email me (info@thegreencreator.com) if you need more help.

      Warm regards,
      Bianca

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    Leobert Masaganda
    September 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    i’m 24years old and having a condition called “scrotal hemangioma”. i have undergone to a surgery last july 9, 2016. i noticed that the condition stated above is beginning to come back again on my balls. does the water therapy can help? im using ozonated water. hope you can help me.

    • Reply
      Bianca
      September 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

      I’m sorry to read this Leobert. Unfortunately, I can’t give personal medical advise in the comment section.
      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    Daniel
    September 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Hello All
    Thanks so much for the water therapy. It’s helping me a lot.
    Please I take 1.5 liters in the morning before brushing teeth. Is this advisable?

    How much liters can one take in a day
    Thanks once again.
    Daniel

    • Reply
      Bianca
      September 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Daniel,

      That’s good to hear.

      I would recommend to stick to the recommended amount of liters per day for this therapy.

      How much water you can drink per day depends on how much you weight, and how active you are. Normally around 1900 ml per day.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    Leah Marie
    October 17, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Hello Guys,

    I’ve been following this procedure- the Japanese Water Therapy since 2011. It does good to my health, I proved it to myself thus I recommend it to all my friends specially those who are suffering from dysmenorrhea and gastric problem. The mentioned complaint were my problems before. Amazingly, I didn’t suffer from it anymore. I used to brought always with me at work Aluminum hydroxide and the likes for my gastritis. Thanks to my old work mate’s fb friend who shared Japanese Water Therapy so then I followed it. This therapy is really true. Thanks for sharing them Bianca!!
    Have a healthy life guys!! It’s a matter of commitment to yourself.. Good luck!!

    • Reply
      Bianca
      October 17, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me 🙂
      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    kiteni bumalom
    October 22, 2016 at 12:52 am

    started water theraphy this morning will update after 30 days.

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    kiteni bumalom
    October 22, 2016 at 12:53 am

    add me will update after 30 days

  • Reply
    Dexter
    October 23, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Hello everyone.
    Back in 2010. I had gouty arthritis, high blood pressure, overweight at 98 kilograms for a 5’9″ height, arrhythmias, bad eye vision and a daily bleeding hemorrhoids. I was about to have a surgey for that but i refused to be cut so i research and tried this Japanese Water Therapy. After 2 weeks my bleeding stopped and the rest eventually were gone too in less than 6 months. Now i weigh 77 kilograms. Thanking the Japanese people.

    • Reply
      Bianca
      October 24, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Hi Dexter, thank you for sharing this 🙂

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    sardar aurangzeb kralall
    November 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    hi guys i am using this water therapy since 2006 and it is very help full no sickness no illness no weakness no obessity no hbp no lbp no gastrict probem no eye sight weekness no kidney problem drink daily and enjoy healthy life.
    no flue also

    • Reply
      Bianca
      November 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      That is very nice to read! Thank you for sharing your experience with me!

  • Reply
    Saba
    November 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Hi …should I boil the water the night before n drink it in the morning or just drink regular filter water ?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      November 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Saba,
      I think this is a personal preference. Filtered water is fine 🙂
      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    Michael
    November 9, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Hi i am starting the water therapy in the morning. I seen in earlier comments that intake should be around 1900ml a day is the water you drink in morning included in that?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      November 9, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Hi Michael,
      The amount of water you drink per day varies per person, but yes the water in the morning is included 🙂
      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    florence may espina
    November 27, 2016 at 3:57 am

    is this applicable also for children? i have 4 ,9 and 10 yr old kiddos… can i let them do this too? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Bianca
      November 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Florence,

      To be honest, I’m not sure and I think the amounts of water should be very much reduced for their weight/length.

  • Reply
    JUSTINE
    December 3, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for your advice

    • Reply
      Bianca
      December 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      You’re welcome!

  • Reply
    Shabnam
    December 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Please explain how hot the water has to be

    • Reply
      Bianca
      December 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      It should be luke warm (not cold). Hope this helps.

  • Reply
    Marlene
    January 2, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I am oil pulling every morning and usually perform it before eating or drinking anything. So, will the water therapy interfere with the effectiveness of oil pulling? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Bianca
      January 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Marlene,

      No, it won’t 🙂

      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    Jegannath
    February 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Hi Bianca,
    I started water treatment . if any help I will follow . keep in touch.
    Thanks…regards, Jegannath

    • Reply
      Bianca
      February 1, 2017 at 11:32 am

      🙂

  • Reply
    Peter
    February 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

    How many minutes should I boil the water?
    I am starting today. I have blood pressure

    • Reply
      Bianca
      February 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      I don’t think there is a specific temperature. Lukewarm should do.

  • Reply
    Manish
    February 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I started Japanese Water Therapy 2 months ago. I observed that my skin shade has lightened and its soft supple, qulaity of my hair improved, now its not that rough and dry. People tell me that I look fresh nowadays even after office in the evening. I drink 1.5 litre immediately after I wake up in the morning. My total water inbtake in a day has reached to 4 to 4.5 litres. I am 36, my weight is 69 Kg, height 169cm. Is it fine to continue with this much qty.?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      March 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Hi Manish, thank you for sharing your experience! Your question is very personal and I’m not able to answer it with the given information.

  • Reply
    sosina
    February 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    hi Bianca i read the article and started the treatment before three days. i,m a nursing mom is that be a problem? and after eating our meal we have to wait for two hours to drink anything but does it include hot drinks like tea, macchiato or coffee? tnx

    • Reply
      Bianca
      March 1, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Hi Sosina, your question is very personal and I’m not able to answer it with the given information. Yes, drinking also includes tea and coffee. Hope this helps.

  • Reply
    Vera Warren
    March 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Hi I have applecider vinegar and lemon juice & honey when I first wake up, can I drink the 22oz of water right there together, in two containers?

    • Reply
      Bianca
      March 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Vera,

      I’m not sure I think the water therapy should only be with water at the given times and not honey for example.

      Best,
      Bianca

  • Reply
    A K CHATTERJEE
    March 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    While water therapy is vastly recommended for disease free life importance should be given to the quality of water intake. Water should not only be very pure but it should be a bit alkaline for maximum benefit.The ideal PH value of the water taken should be 8.5-9 as advised by a physician.But the main problem is to procure such high quality water.

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