Why Hot Water is so Good for You
Drink hot water to improve your health
One of the best things you can do to improve your health is to start sipping hot water throughout the day. Yes, HOT water, not cold. Cold water is actually bad for you.
What drinking cold water does to your body:
1. Drinking cold water dehydrates you. Cold water does not get absorbed by our bodies. You know it well that whenever you have a glass of chilled water, in five minutes, you end up in the bathroom. The body tries to flush out cold water as soon as it can.
2. Alone with the cold water, the nutrients and vitamins get flushed out too. You are eating well and taking your vitamins, but it all ends up in the toilet.
3. Drinking cold water with your meals slows down digestion.
4. Drinking cold water can actually provoke undesired weight gain.
5. Whenever you drink cold water, your body has to work hard to bring itself back to normal temperature. You are making your body work harder which puts more wear on your body and speeds up aging.
6. Drinking cold water weakens your immune system. Your body throwing all its resources on warming up itself leaving you defenseless against viral attacks.
7. Drinking cold water is perceived by your body as an attack, as a danger. The drop in the body temperature triggers the vagus nerve which will communicate to our brain "danger". That in turn will trigger a boost of stress hormones (cortisol) which will flood your body for hours. You may have a sudden change in blood pressure and even heart rate.
8. Drinking cold water may cause constipation.
9. Drinking cold water may trigger headaches as the sudden temperature drop causes tension.
Hot water is much better for hydration. It's comforting and soothing. It supports our digestive system.
No, you do not have to quit your coffee or tea. Enjoy your favorite drinks with your meals as you normally would. But start your morning with one cup of hot water and then continue sipping between meals throughout the day.
Don't gulp it all at once. Sip it slowly. Sip throughout the day, sip when you are thirsty, sip whenever you are looking for a little more comfort.
The rule of thumb: 1 cup of hot water for each hour. The temperature should be just like I would have your coffee or hot tea. A few sips every 10 minutes or so when your schedule allows. Have a thermos, thermal bottle, or an insulated mug filled with plain hot water by your side.
The benefits of drinking hot water:
1. Sipping hot water is incredibly relaxing, soothing, and comforting. Isn't this along would be a good enough reason to start enjoying it?
2. May help you relieve tension and anxiety.
3. Improves digestion.
4. May relieve constipation.
5. Proper hydration for your body and brain!
6. May improve cognitive functions.
7. Drinking hot water will help your body detox.
8. Your skin will improve.
9. Sipping hot water will loosen the mucus and help clear nasal passages. Tobacco users are often complain about the mucus conjestion in the nose, throat, and the chest.
10. Sipping hot water can be effectively used as an aid in quitting smoking or stopping any bad habit. Any time you feel a craving or an urge, sip hot water slowly. It will interrupt the neural pattern that was formed with your habit. Focus on the sensations. Enjoy the relaxation and comfort. Through repetition, you will replace the negative (smoking or any other bad habit) neural connection in the brain with a beneficial one - from now on you will crave the comfort of sipping hot water.