We don’t usually give much thought to the simplest things we do daily, like drinking water. But we should, because water is our body’s favourite drink and that it’s important to drink plenty of it, and as warm as possible, as it may bring some benefits to you. But, that doesn’t sound quite exciting, does it? Think about this: after a long day outdoors, do you find yourself grabbing a bottle of chilled water to satiate your thirst to whisk all the exhaustion away?
You see, unless the heat is stifling, or we’ve just ended a rewarding gym session, the mere act of gulping warm water just doesn’t seem exciting or even thirst quenching at all. But the remedial benefits of drinking warm water have been commended for a long time by various civilizations, from Ayurveda to Chinese medicine. Whether it’s meeting hydration needs, improving digestion or relieving congestion, drinking warm water can be a holistic health remedy for optimal health benefit. To let you in a little more about why warm water is your go-to, read on.
Parents are right: when feeling under the weather, always drink a glass of warm water. Chilled water, often the much-preferred thirst-quencher, may be taking a toll on your nasal and throat congestion when you’re ill.
When you have a stuffy nose, drinking cold water might thicken the mucus, making it more difficult to clear it out. During nasal congestion, it’s likely that your neck and upper torso has mucous buildup too. Drinking warm or hot water helps warm and loosen mucus and prevent mucous accumulation in that area.
So, if you’re feeling unwell, and have trouble blowing out your nose, warm water could be your new best friend.
Not many are aware that warm water aids digestion. That is because warm water acts as a natural lubricant to dissolve and dissipate food that is hard to digest from the stomach and intestines. Also, hot or warm water contracts your intestines, helping old waste trapped in your intestines to pass out of your body easily.
On the other hand, cold water has a higher chance of coagulating the fats in food, thus depressing activities of the digestive system. So if you’re a big fan of reaching out for cold drinks during meal, you might want to swap it out for a warm one instead.
Noticed how your face gets flushed after you’ve been in a sauna? That’s your blood circulation doing its job. A hot shower can be incredibly comfortable, and your insides deserve one too. Consuming hot water can help expand and carry more blood in your arteries and veins, thus promoting healthier blood flow throughout your body.
What’s good about increased blood flow? To name a few, there’s lower risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced pain, high-performing organs, improved memory, good distribution of nutrients like oxygen, etc., and the list goes on.
A hot bath isn’t the only option to melt away stress. You can undo the effects of anxiety by drinking hot water. A dose of warm water has the magical power to calm your central nervous system and improve their functions. When you drink warm water, you’re also priming your nervous system for the best performance. The better your nervous system functions, the better they react to aches, pains, and anxiety. Also, stress comes with the inevitable lack of quality sleep. If you’d like to have a restful night, remember to grab a glass of warm water.
The next time you desperately want to reach for a glass of iced water, pause for a second. Indeed, it takes time to get used to drinking warm water. But with benefits like strengthening the digestive system, flushing out toxins, increasing blood flow and circulation, having a healthier respiratory tract, and even sleeping better at night, there’s no harm in trying it. If needed, dress up warm water with a slice of lemon and start toasting to your health.
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