Considering that water makes up to 60 percent of your body, it’s in your best interest to rehydrate daily-but not just with cold water. Studies reveal that drinking warm water can increase water’s benefits for the human body.
Asian cultures have preached drinking warm water for millennia. Practices in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional Hindu Medicine maintain that it is good for you and have beneficial physiological effects.
1. Boost Digestion
A great way to flush out toxins from your body is to drink a glass of warm to hot water. Water at those temperatures break down foods and oils faster which makes your digestion easier. In this case, the best time to drink warm water is after a meal.
According to the British Homeopathic Association, a cup of boiled water before breakfast can also cleanse your stomach and aid digestion.
2. Improves Metabolism
Drinking warm or hot water can promote a healthier metabolism and quicker metabolic rates. Ideally, you should drink it first thing in the morning with a splash of lemon juice because it may help kick-start your metabolism.
3. Battles Obesity and High Cholesterol
Warm water and lemon (or lime) mixtures can be especially beneficial for people who have diabetes. It can also help break down build-up in arteries which increases blood circulation. Depending on your condition, it may help regulate your weight and regulate blood sugar levels.
In addition to citrus mixtures, you can also pour your warm to hot water over tea between meals. However, the Institute for Traditional Medicine suggest that the best time to consume water this way is after you’ve had a chance to digest food.
4. Cleans and Purifies Your Blood
Ayurvedic medicine suggest storing water in copper vessel, like a copper water bottle. They maintain that copper helps purify blood and kills harmful bacteria. In the morning, you should drink warm water out of a copper container to increase your body’s natural detoxification process.
However, some health professionals suggest that while the mineral has its health benefits, drinking water from a copper water bottle may not have any significant impact on your overall health. But all agree that drinking water helps clean and purify your blood.
5. Eases Constipation
The bloating you feel during bouts of constipation might be due to dehydration-remember to drink warm water consistently throughout the day can help keep your bowel movements regular. It’s also recommended that you do this on a empty stomach.
So the next time you go to the water cooler try a warm or hot cup of water to improve your health.