We are all aware of the fact that Water is the Elixir of Life. Consuming lots of water is very important to maintain good health. But most of us do not know that the temperature of drinking water also matters. There is an ongoing debate among health and medical circles as to which is better to drink: cold or hot water? The answer is surprisingly different from what most of us probably practice in our daily routine. Hot water is always proven to be better than cold water when it comes to hydration.
We usually think that the temperature of water would not really matter, as the temperature of the consumed cold water may get warmer as it gets inside the body. Although cold water is more satisfying and can be consumed in more quantities, it may not work to its greatest capacity at a frigid temperature. According to a research, the body has to expend extra energy to bring cold water to a temperature in line with its surroundings. Some of the best benefits of consuming hot water in morning are:
Drink hot water to Relieve Pain
It is amazing to know that a glass of hot water is all we need to soothe body pain and headaches. The heat from the water helps improve capillary circulation thereby relaxing the muscles and nerves in the body and minimizing the stress or tension. Women can particularly benefit from a cup of hot water during painful menstruation as it can relax spasms in and around the abdomen and uterus.
Drink water early in morning improves Circulation
Due to decreased heart rate and slow circulation, our bodies can be particularly stiff and sore, first thing in the morning. Drinking hot water can immediately improve blood circulation and loosen tight blood vessels throughout the body, thus relieving the body of stiffness.
Drinking water regularly Slows Ageing
The reason for aging is partially due to cell damage from the toxins entering our body from our food and the environment that surrounds us. Warm water can help flush toxins from the body by relaxing tight internal pores and purging the debris that may otherwise remain trapped. The added hydration that warm water provides can also rejuvenate the elasticity of the skin and encourage the healthy glow so often sought through chemical cosmetic creams and toners. In fact, drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day is also an important tip to obtain and maintain a glowing skin.
Hot water accelerates metabolism and triggers weight loss
As opposed to cold water which can slow heart rate and lower the body’s temperature, hot water can actually accelerate the metabolism and encourage weight loss with quicker caloric turn over. Additionally, the kidneys benefit from a hot morning water bath and function better to help the body regulate blood sugar levels, relieving urges to purge on sweets and junk food which is a big culprit in the battle to manage weight. Weight reduction indeed helps people who suffer from insulin resistance leading to diabetes. Indirectly, hot water also helps in controlling diabetes!
Cold water solidifies the fat from stores of food in the digestive system. This makes the body hard to breakdown and digests the food. Cold water can also shrink the blood vessels in and around the stomach, making absorption more difficult and full hydration less likely. Drinking a cup of hot water first thing in the morning encourages good health and proper hydration all through the day. A cup of hot water either directly or indirectly influences maintenance of good health condition. So let us begin drinking a cup of hot water first thing in the morning to be in the pink of health!!!!