After completing shankhaprakshalana and the supplementary practices, you may feel thirsty. But you must not drink any water for at least three hours; all other drinks are also prohibited. This is important for various reasons. If you drink cold water then this will tend to chill the digestive system, especially since the digestive system has been scrubbed super clean. Furthermore, immediately after com pleting the practice, the body sets to work reproducing a new protective layer on the stomach and intestinal wall; this is supplemented by the ghee from the food you will shortly eat. If you drink water then you will tend to dilute and further scrub away the new protective film.
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