When you think of having a beverage, you think of liquid refreshment. And if it’s water you want, you want it cold.
But what if we could show you a host of health-related benefits from drinking hot water – would you consider changing things up a bit?
Read on – you might just be tempted to give it a try.
- Extra Vitamin C. Add a twist of lemon to your water and increase your daily vitamin C intake. Plus, with a twist of lemon, hot water will simply taste better. Also, to prevent scalding your taste buds, heat the water to a temperature between 120 and 140 degrees.
- Relieves nasal congestion. The warmth of hot water creates steam. Taking a deep inhale of this gentle vapor while holding a cup of hot water can help loosen clogged sinuses and even relieve a sinus headache.
- Aids digestion. Drinking hot water both soothes and activates your digestive tract. As water moves through your stomach and intestines, digestive organs are better hydrated and able to eliminate waste.
- Calms the central nervous system. When your nervous system is primed for healthy and controlled reactions, you’ll find that you feel fewer aches and pains, as well as less panicked throughout your day.
- May aid in weight loss. Drinking hot water wakes your body’s temperature control system up. As your body compensates for the warm temperature of the water, it brings your internal temperature down, and activates your metabolism.
- 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’re exposed to in your environment.
Hot water is good preventive medicine. When something’s ailing you, it’s to good visit the people who can diagnose and treat not just the symptoms, but the cause. Contact MedCare Express to schedule a wellness exam or simply stop by seven days a week, 8 AM to 8PM – walk-ins are always welcome.