Drinking hot water has been a common practice in many cultures for centuries, and for good reason. For instance, under the precepts of Chinese medicine, balance is key, and hot or warm water is considered essential to balance cold and humidity.
We’ve explored the benefits of drinking hot water and why you should consider making it a regular part of your routine.
It Aids Digestion
Hot water can help to stimulate digestion and promote bowel movements. It can also help to soothe an upset stomach and relieve constipation. It improves digestion by increasing blood flow to the stomach and intestines. This increased blood flow can help break down food more efficiently and aid in the absorption of nutrients.
Drinking hot water can temporarily increase your metabolic rate (your body temperature increases, which in turn can increase your metabolic rate), which can help to burn more calories and aid in weight loss.
Drinking hot water can help to loosen mucus and relieve congestion in the sinuses and throat, making it an effective remedy for colds, coughs, and allergies.
Hot water can have a calming effect on the body and mind, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation, soothing sore muscles, and aid better sleep. Make this your new bedtime drink!
It can help to flush out toxins and impurities from the body, promoting overall health and wellbeing, helping improve kidney function whilst helping to prevent urinary tract infections.
Drinking hot water can help keep the body hydrated, which is essential for maintaining good health. Hot water is absorbed by the body more quickly than cold water, making it an ideal choice for rehydration.
We all grab for a glass of cold water when we’ve eaten something too spicy, but warm water may cool off your mouth more quickly than cold. Warm water helps dissolve the chemical compounds created in your mouth by chillis. Just use like a mouth wash – swill and spit!
To ease bloating (if you’re a sufferer), drinking hot water can help. In fact, any kind of heat applied to the stomach area could reduce the symptoms of bloating – just be careful not to burn your skin.
Drinking hot water can help improve blood circulation by relaxing the muscles and blood vessels. This can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and generally improve overall health.
If you’d like to help alleviate menstrual cramps, drinking hot water will relax the muscles of the uterus. It can also help with other symptoms associated with menstruation.
Drinking hot water can improve skin health by increasing blood flow and helping to flush out toxins. This can lead to a clearer complexion and a more youthful appearance. It’s like magic!
Some of us need to give our immune systems a little helping hand and drinking hot water can do this by promoting the production of white blood cells. It can also help reduce the risk of infections and illnesses.
Drinking hot water can help relieve joint pain and stiffness by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. This can be particularly helpful for people suffering from arthritis or other joint-related conditions.
Constipation can be really uncomfortable and painful. Drinking hot water can help by softening the stool and promoting bowel movements. This can be particularly helpful for people suffering from chronic constipation.
It's important to note that drinking hot water alone is not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. It should be consumed in moderation, alongside other healthy habits such as regular exercise and a balanced diet.
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