Is drinking hot water better for your health?
Drinking water of any temperature unlocks numerous benefits for your health and wellbeing. Here at Total Soft Water, we regularly share the advantages of a water-rich diet.
Whether you’re getting your water from food or drink, your body, mind, and soul will be more enriched as a result. But could enjoying your water warm or even hot be the key to unlocking further plus-points?
The weather outside is cool this time of year, so there’s no better time to tuck into a warm cup of water. Read on to find out what benefits you can harness with a hot water drink.
Enjoy better digestion
One piece of advice we’d give anyone is to start the day with a big drink of water. It’s a healthy habit that will serve you well in a number of ways, and as Step to Health explains, your digestive system will feel the benefits of that daily, early morning drink instantly:
“Drinking enough water can purify your digestive tract. In turn, this can allow you to absorb more nutrients. Likewise, when you consume enough water, it helps the process of digesting food in your system. This can help you avoid problems like constipation.”
Swapping your regular cool glass of water with a warm one further promotes better digestion, especially when enjoyed in the morning. Warm water stimulates digestion, just in time for breakfast.
Unbeknown to most, having an ice-cold drink with your breakfast can have adverse effects. The body has to use more energy to warm up the cold water, which has a knock-on effect on how long it takes to digest food. By opting for warm water instead, even difficult to digest food can be dissolved to aid digestion.
Breathe more easily
At this time of year, in particular, most of us are plagued with colds, cases of flu, and blocked noses. A drink of warm water can ease cold and flu symptoms no-end with the steam created and inhaled during drinking loosening blocked sinuses, soothing sore throats and relieve other symptoms like sinus headaches.
Reduce aches and pains
People suffering from aches and pains, and even those diagnosed with joint disorders like arthritis will enjoy the calming effect drinking hot water has on the nervous system.
By drinking warm water, the central nervous system is directly affected and lubricated throughout the body to relieve joint pain and ensure healthy, more controlled reactions.
Blood circulation is also thought to be improved with regular warm water drinks. Just like a warm bath, drinking hot water helps arteries and veins expand more easily and transport blood more efficiently. As a result, high blood pressure and other associated health problems could become things of the past.
Improve weight management
Drinking water regularly can aid weight loss, and going warm could improve weight management further. Warm water activates the body’s metabolism to ensure better weight management as the temperature of the water will cool its internal temperature.
In addition to this, warm water is proven to be more effective for clearing waste products from the body and in turn, reducing bloating.
Relax and sleep better
The warmth of warm water means a more restful mind, particularly when enjoyed at bedtime. A better night’s sleep is promoted by drinking hot water just before bed. While at other times of the day, warm water has a soothing effect that will leave you less anxious and happier. This study details more about the effects of hot water on mood.
You don’t have to stick to warm, filtered water either to increase your intake of hot water throughout the day and reap the rewards detailed above. Here are 6 alternatives to English breakfast tea, all of which can be made with filtered water and enjoyed all year round.