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The 10 Benefits of Drinking Hot Water For Your Good Health

Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:57 am

For centuries, practitioners of eastern medicine have recommended beginning the day with a glass of hot water (roughly 120° to 140° F) to kick-start the metabolism. With an array of beverage choices, hot water is probably the simplest option (aside from cold water). But is it beneficial for health? Let’s look at 10 benefits of drinking hot water (#howto) (with or without lemon, depending on your preference).

How is Drinking Hot Water Beneficial For Health?

Hot water acts as a fluid that cleanses your body of all its toxins. Drinking hot water is especially beneficial for you if it is the first thing that you consume in the morning and the last thing you consume before you go to bed at night. You can add a dash of lemon into your water for a boost of vitamin C. Water should be heated upto between 50 to 60 degrees Celsius. Anything above these temperatures will only scald your taste buds.

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Hot water is a vasodilator, meaning it expands the blood vessels, improving circulation. This can help muscles relax and reduce pain. Although no studies have directly linked hot water to sustained improvements in circulation, even brief improvements in circulation can support better blood flow to muscles and organs. Let’s look at 10 health benefits of drinking hot water.

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  1. Weight loss

    According to experts, hot water consumption in the morning preps your gut for the rest of the day and may contribute to weight loss. Specifically, it clears the intestines, prevents bloating, and gets rid of excess water weight via contraction of the bowels. It also increases core body temperature, which causes the body to expand energy to lower its temperature back to normal. This energy expenditure promotes metabolism.

  2. Nasal Congestion

    In a small study designed to determine whether consuming chicken soup cleared nasal congestion, investigators found that drinking hot water boosted nasal mucus velocity almost as much as chicken soup did and both beat cold water. Of note, the effects subsided within 30 minutes.

  3. Blood Circulation

    Like taking a warm bath, drinking a hot cup of water increases blood circulation through arteries and veins. More efficient blood flow can have benefits ranging from improved blood pressure to decreased risk of heart disease.

  4. Dental Health

    Drinking hot water is better for your teeth. Cold water may cause filling materials to contract and break off, thus destroying dental work. Some experts recommend brushing with warm water, too.

  5. Digestion

    Hot water dilates blood vessels in the gut, which helps with digestion. This boost is most notable when hot water is consumed at the beginning of the day. Drinking hot water after a meal emulsifies fats, which also aids digestion. Drinking a cup of hot water before bed may increase satiety and curb the desire to snack in the middle of the night.

  6. Muscle Relief

    Drinking hot water increases blood flow, helping your muscles to relax, whereas drinking cold water causes them to contract. This muscle relaxation can aid with a wide range of pains, from menstrual cramps to arthritis. It can also help you sleep.

  7. Mood

    Although not a focus of their study, researchers found that the consumption of hot water likely contributed to improved mood among participants.

  8. Toxins

    Drinking hot water not only raises your core temperature but also triggers your endocrine system. These effects cause sweating and the release of toxins through the skin.

  9. Achalasia

    Researchers found that drinking hot water as opposed to cold water could help improve swallowing in people with achalasia (i.e., difficulty swallowing because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) doesn’t relax).
    Cold water could increase LES resting pressure, prolong the contraction duration of the esophageal body, and exacerbate achalasia symptoms. Hot water could reduce LES resting pressure, assist LES relaxation, shorten the contraction duration of the esophageal body, and relieve symptoms. Thus, achalasia patients are recommended to eat hot and warm food and avoid cold food.

  10. Constipation

    As noted above, hot water helps the bowels contract. When your bowels contract, you defecate more easily. So, drinking hot water regularly helps keep you regular.

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Tips on How to Drink Hot Water?

  1. Watch your water to make sure it doesn’t boil. Don’t leave it unattended!
  2. Warm your boiled water in a pot before drinking
  3. Pour the water over a slice of lemon
  4. Steep a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves
  5. You may add both honey and lemon for a soothing drink
  6. Treat your hot water the same way you would tea or coffee
  7. Sip hot water any time of day for a calming, warming beverage
  8. You may wish to drink the hot water before your morning shower
  9. Sip after dinner to help your digestion
  10. Sip slowly

A dearth of scientific research exists on the relationship between drinking hot (or warm) water and health. Most of these recommendations are based on expert opinion. It makes sense that hot water proffers plenty of health benefits.

Conclusion

Hot water acts as a fluid that cleanses your body of all its toxins. What makes little sense, however, is drinking scalding water (140° F and above) that may burn your tongue, taste buds, and internal organs. Doing so not only hurts, but it could raise your cancer risk. An emerging body of research is investigating the link between the ingestion of boiling tea and esophageal damage and esophageal cancer.

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