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Benefits of Drinking Warm Water

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Benefits of Drinking Warm Water

Here are some benefits of drinking hot water:

Can help reduce toxins

Drinking hot water temporarily begins to raise your internal body temperature. When you drink hot water, or when you take a warm bath, your body’s endocrine system activates and you start to sweat. And while sweating might be uncomfortable, it’s an essential part of getting rid of toxins and irritants that you are exposed to in your environment.

Can decrease stress levels

Since drinking hot water helps improve central nervous system functions, you might end up feeling less anxious if you drink it. Adding some warm milk to the mix might find you feeling even more calm after drinking hot water, according to one study.

Helps relieve symptoms of achalasia

Achalasia is a condition during which your esophagus has trouble moving food down into your stomach. People with achalasia (and with eosinophilic esophagitis) have trouble swallowing and also sometimes feel like foods get “stuck” (dysphagia) in their esophagus instead of moving to the stomach. Researchers aren’t sure why, but warm water can help people with achalasia to digest more comfortably. Drinking warm water with oily food or a meat-heavy meal might be especially helpful for people with this diagnosis.

Limits and risks

Drinking hot water has plenty of benefits, but it isn’t a magical cure-all. And drinking water that is too hot can actually damage the tissue in your esophagus, burn your taste buds, and scald your tongue. It’s critical to be very careful when you drink hot water by paying attention to the temperature. You shouldn’t drink hot water if you’re working in a hot climate or exercising. Research shows that drinking hot water makes you less thirsty, and if you’re running the risk of being dehydrated by your environment, you should give yourself the best chance you can to stay hydrated.

Can decrease stress levels

Since drinking hot water helps improve central nervous system functions, you might end up feeling less anxious if you drink it. Adding some warm milk to the mix might find you feeling even more calm after drinking hot water, according to one study.

Can help reduce toxins

Drinking hot water temporarily begins to raise your internal body temperature. When you drink hot water, or when you take a warm bath, your body’s endocrine system activates and you start to sweat. And while sweating might be uncomfortable, it’s an essential part of getting rid of toxins and irritants that you are exposed to in your environment.

Helps relieve symptoms of achalasia

Achalasia is a condition during which your esophagus has trouble moving food down into your stomach. People with achalasia (and with eosinophilic esophagitis) have trouble swallowing and also sometimes feel like foods get “stuck” (dysphagia) in their esophagus instead of moving to the stomach. Researchers aren’t sure why, but warm water can help people with achalasia to digest more comfortably. Drinking warm water with oily food or a meat-heavy meal might be especially helpful for people with this diagnosis.

Weight Loss

It is also a common belief that hot water is more beneficial for weight loss as compared to cold water. A glass of warm water with a spoon full of honey and juice of one or two lemons, first thing in the morning is very good for weight loss and also helps bowel movement, hence assisting digestion.

Skin

Warm water is believed to have cleansing properties and hence performs the function of cleaning the stomach of its impurities. This is the reason why consuming warm water leads to better digestion and a healthy digestion leads to a better skin.

Conclusion

Getting into the habit of drinking hot water doesn’t take a lot of work. Starting your day with water that’s been boiled and left to cool is an easy switch out from your morning coffee. Add a light session of stretching to your routine and you’ll feel more energized and better equipped to tackle your day.

 

If the taste of warm water doesn’t appeal to you, add a twist of citrus — like lemon or lime — to the beverage before you consume it. Drinking warm water before bed is a great way to wind down after a busy day, and knowing about the health benefits will have you sleeping soundly.