Most of us prefer to start our day with a warm glass of tea or coffee. However, when it comes to water, we usually prefer to grab a cold one.
If Ayurvedic experts are to be believed, you are doing more harm to your body by doing this. Although drinking warm water does not entice your taste buds as warm tea or coffee, regular consumption of warm water provides a myriad of health benefits, including weight loss and pain relief. According to experts, every human being needs to drink at least 7 to 8 glasses of water daily. Here are the surprising benefits of you drinking warm water:
- Reduces constipation:
Warm water consumption eases bowel movements and relieves constipation. Drinking a tall glass of warm or hot water on an empty stomach every morning improves bowel movements and also reduces the frequency of stomach problems such as bloating, gas and constipation.
- Improves digestion:
Some studies have shown that the consumption of warm water is linked to better digestion. It’s not definitive yet, meaning more studies need to be done, but there is also anecdotal evidence that it seems to work for many people. Try it out and let us know if it makes a difference for you!
- Helps in weight loss
Planning to lose weight through a diet? Well, you could drink some warm water instead. By drinking warm water, there is a slight increase in your body temperature, which in turn accelerates your metabolic rate. Being a zero calorie drink, warm water prevents hunger pangs and also satiates your senses, making it an excellent weight loss aid.
- Detoxifies your body:
Not many people know that warm water acts as a potent potion to cleanse your body by flushing out harmful toxins through your sweat and urine. This in turn flushes out the toxins trapped in your body. You can also add lemon juice and honey to warm water for better results.
- Heals Nasal & Throat Congestion:
Drinking hot water is an excellent, natural remedy for cold, cough and sore throat. It dissolves thick cough or phlegm and eliminates them easily from your respiratory tract so that you can get relief from a sore throat. Hot water also helps in clearing the nasal congestion
- Prevents premature ageing:
In addition to cleansing your body of toxins, warm water increases your skin’s elasticity and enhances its ability to perform repairs, thereby reducing the signs of premature ageing such as wrinkles, dry skin and dark patches.
- Enhances blood circulation:
The heat from drinking how water helps improve your circulation, so that your blood and nutrients can flow freely to where they need to go.
Improved circulation means increased oxygen, and if you add some lemon to your hot water, the citrate it contains is also said to enhance blood circulation too.
If you really want to boost your circulation, lifting weights or other intense exercise is a great way to do it. You can even increase the circulation to your brain by trying out a few inverted yoga poses.
- Improves immunity:
Warm water with some honey and squeezed lemon stimulates the lymphatic system to flush out toxins which means a healthier immune system for you. Add some ginger and you’ve got yourself a tasty drink which is very immune-system friendly!
- Alleviates pain:
The heat from warm water soothes muscles by increasing blood flow and relaxing them. So, if you are suffering from cramps or muscle spasms, apply a hot water pack on the affected area to ease the pain. It has been an age-old remedy to relieve pain and swelling due to muscle cramps as well as to deal with menstrual pain and headache.
- Induces sleep:
Sipping warm water during your meals (especially during dinner) or before going to bed, not only aids in digestion and cleansing your body of toxins but also helps your body relax and soothes your nerves. Additionally, it will also make you feel rejuvenated in the morning and prevent midnight cravings.
- Protects against skin infections:
Apart from rejuvenating skin cells, daily consumption of warm water detoxifies your skin, thereby lowering your risk of skin-related ailments. The rule of drinking at least eight glasses of warm water daily holds true in dealing with acne. Warm water helps unclog your pores and flushes out the toxins present within the skin. Additionally, it also acts as a natural moisturiser for dry and parched skin.
- Reduces your risk of water-borne diseases:
Another added advantage of drinking warm water is that you are at a lower risk of suffering from water-borne diseases. This is because, boiling water kills the number of microbes present in the water, thereby making it fit for consumption as compared to water at cold or room temperature.
- Improves hair health:
Warm water helps maintain hair health, promotes hair growth and prevents dandruff from coming back. Warm water keeps the scalp hydrated and increases root activity, giving you soft and shiny hair.
- Improves menstrual cramps:
Warm water with some carom seeds is a natural and inexpensive remedy for soothing menstrual cramps. The heat relaxes the abdominal muscles, relieving the pain caused by muscle spasms. It can also help with other types of pain including headaches, body aches and tummy aches.