Wa­ter, ideal for longevity – Health ex­pert

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

Ex­perts rose from a sym­po­sium on longevity in Ibadan on Wed­nes­day stress­ing the med­i­cal im­por­tance of wa­ter as the best medicine in the world, ca­pa­ble of pre­vent­ing and cur­ing many dis­eases in hu­man bod­ies.

In a sub­mis­sion at the sem­i­nar, Pro­fes­sor Lekan Oyedeji said that, “Wa­ter is the best medicine in the world. Ev­ery 17kg body weight needs 1 litre of wa­ter. Drink­ing suf­fi­cient wa­ter is ca­pa­ble of pre­vent­ing malaria be­cause it takes seven days for the mos­quito bite to give malaria, af­ter which hatch­ing continues. The wa­ter will ren­der the egg use­less.”

The sym­po­sium en­ti­tled: “Age­ing and Longevity”, which was or­gan­ised by the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Ibadan In­di­genes (CCII), in hon­our of Oba Odu­lana, now a cen­te­nar­ian.

While stress­ing the use­ful­ness of wa­ter, Pro­fes­sor Oyedeji ex­plained that “blood is thick and so needs wa­ter to di­lute it to en­able it flow freely.”

“There may not be life in the veins and other parts of the body if the blood is not di­luted,” he re­marked.

Oyedeji also noted that as the heart pumps blood into the var­i­ous parts of the body, if the blood is not di­luted, it will be dif­fi­cult for the heart to pump it if it is left thick. If it is di­luted, the heart will not have too much work to do.

“It will not al­low high blood pres­sure and di­a­betes will be far from one’s body”, the ex­pert said, re­call­ing the case of a woman who had 300 per cent su­gar level in her blood, but when told to drink suf­fi­cient wa­ter for six weeks, the di­a­betes ail­ment dropped to 120. “Wa­ter does not re­move good things from the body but flushes out bad things from the body,” he stressed.

Speak­ing against the back­ground of per­ceived se­crets be­hind the longevity of the Olubadan, who is now 100, the pro­fes­sor sug­gested the fol­low­ing as in­gre­di­ents of long life: “Do not at­tempt to hate people; for­give and for­get and never hold back any­thing which people have done against you. Eat veg­eta­bles, fruits and do not eat more than ten morsels of food. Soup, veg­etable is the best be­cause car­bo­hy­drate is not too good,” he said.

Oyedeji also told the au­di­ence, which com­prised pre­dom­i­nantly of old people and pen­sion­ers, that be­ing over­weight and too much of fat in the body is in­im­i­cal to health.

He there­fore coun­selled that car­bo­hy­drate should be avoided for three months to re­duce weight.

He also rec­om­mended thus: “Do not drink wa­ter when eat­ing. Drink wa­ter thirty min­utes be­fore food so that you would not need wa­ter when eat­ing, en­zyme that pro­cesses food does not like wa­ter to ef­fec­tively func­tion. Drink wa­ter two and a half hours af­ter food. Be­fore you brush in the morn­ing, drink wa­ter be­cause 75 per cent of hu­man body is wa­ter, and so we need to main­tain it so that we can ful­fil the plan of God for us”, Oyedeji stressed.

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