Those of us who live in the tropics will naturally reach out for a glass of a cold drink, preferably iced, to quench our thirst on a hot day. The refreshing taste of the cold water hitting our palates is sufficient to send one into a state of satisfying frenzy as it purportedly cools our bodies. However, what most are not aware of is the benefits of drinking warm water actually far outweigh that of cold water.
Although warm water does not seem to be that rewarding or comforting on hot days, there are many benefits inherent in the habit. Clinical nutritionists and health experts in food and nutrition sciences are recommending drinking warm water in the morning and if possible with the addition of a slice of lemon that is polyphenol-rich or a teabag as tea contains properties for decreasing free radical properties in the body. The drinking of warm water improves the digestive system and regulates bowel movements as it tightens the intestines. The body has its own rhythmic cycle whereby it disposes of waste during morning times. The drinking of warm water helps the body in the expelling of unwanted wastes. It is important to have regular bowel movements in the morning in order to remove all toxins from the body.
The drinking of warm water helps in preventing premature aging. The presence and accumulation of toxins in the body on a long-term basis will do damage to cells and organs of the body. It will also slow down the generation of new cells. Warm water helps in cleansing the cells and organs of toxins which can result in a greater elasticity of the skin.
A natural remedy for easing menstrual cramps pains is warm water. It helps to relax the muscles of the digestive system including the stomach and helps to make the pain more bearable. In actual fact, warm water is effective for all kinds of cramps as it helps to relax body muscles by improving blood circulation.
The drinking of warm water as the first drink of the day is a remedy for losing weight. The warm temperature of the water increases the body temperature helping to increase metabolic rates. The increase in metabolic rates provides the body with the ability to burn more calories throughout the day as compared to that of not drinking warm water. An additional method to increase weight loss is the addition of a slice of lemon which will help in breaking down body fat or adipose tissue in the body. The combination of warm water and lemon controls food cravings as lemon contains the pectin fiber.
Warm water helps to stimulate the digestive system for better digestion and elimination of wastes from the body. Warm water helps in ensuring fats do not solidify in contrasts to cold water which does the opposite. The frequent drinking of cold water solidifies oils and fats from consumed food and in the long-run, it creates fat deposits making the body an unhealthy body. The accumulation of fat deposits on the inner walls of the intestine can result in intestinal cancer.
Constipation is an uncomfortable and irritating feeling prevalent amongst those who consume a low-fiber diet or drink less than the required daily consumption of water. The drinking of a glass of warm water on an empty stomach in the morning relaxes the digestive system’s muscles including the big and small intestine which reduces constipation problems.
The drinking of hot water is a natural remedy for colds, coughs and sore throats. Hot water naturally clears phlegm from the respiratory tract and helps clear nasal congestion. The advantage of drinking hot water is there are no short-term and long-term side effects as there is no introduction of non-natural substances into the body.
The drinking of warm water should be made into a habit. Most of us have grown up stretching for a glass of iced water when tasty. In view of the benefits of warm water discussed above, it is important that the habit change to the drinking of warm water.
Gentle reminder: The information on this article is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare professional and should not be considered as professional advice. Please seek appropriate medical help when necessary.