Many findings suggest that drinking hot water helps boost digestion and relieve congestion. It also reduces stress levels.
What temperature is fine?
Hot water or warm water is usually between 120˚ F and 140o˚F. Anything above that may scald your tongue and you will end up burning your throat.
How does this actually help?
1. Improves digestion:
Drinking warm or hot water activates digestion and improves it. It also helps to digest some particles which are troublesome to get digested.
Drinking hot water also dilates the blood vessels and helps the blood flow towards the bowel. This happens because hot water emulsifies the fats and makes them digestible. It also helps relieve constipation.
2. Aids in weight loss:
A study suggests that hot water stays in the stomach a bit longer when compared to cold water. This will make you feel fuller for a longer period than might aid in weight loss.
3. Regulates blood pressure:
Hot water helps expand the arteries and veins, which allows for better blood circulation in the body. This regulates your blood pressure levels.
4. Flushes out toxic materials:
Drinking hot water elevates the internal body temperature, which activates the body’s endocrine system, and helps in sweating. This helps to get rid of the body of toxins.
5. Relieves nasal congestion:
The warmth of hot water produces steam. Taking a deep inhale of this vapour loosen the clogged sinuses and even relieve a sinus headache. Drinking hot water helps warm that area and soothe a sore throat caused by mucous build-up.
6. Helps Treat achalasia:
Achalasia, a condition in which the lower part of the oesophagus fails to relax which prevents the food from passing into the stomach. Many studies suggest that the intake of warm foods (water) can assist in the relaxation of the lower part of the oesophagus.
7. Prevents constipation:
Drinking warm water early in the morning on an empty stomach can enhance bowel movements and aid in reducing constipation while breaking down foods as they smoothly pass through the intestines.
Do you drink hot water daily? How has it helped you? Share your experience below!
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