Who doesn’t love a refreshing glass of ice-cold water? Especially on a hot day or after an intense workout. Many people would also agree that cold water simply tastes better.
However, drinking warm water has many great benefits you may not have heard about. Read on to discover why hot water might be better for you than cold.
Although many of the benefits of drinking warm water are based on anecdotal reports, it’s worth noting that many cultures have been drinking warm water for thousands of years.
If you travel and dine throughout countries like China and India, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an ice cube in your water. This is even the case in certain parts of the middle east where temperatures can reach up to 120°F.
So, what do these cultures know about drinking warm water that we don’t?
WARM WATER FOR BETTER DIGESTION
Drinking warm water before a meal expands the blood vessels in the stomach and aids in digestion. Warm water may also help with constipation and stomach aches by helping to break down food and keep the digestive system moving.
Promotes Weight Loss
A study from 2003 shows that drinking warm water before a meal helps to activate the metabolism. Another study found that water can act as a natural appetite suppressant and that drinking water during a meal can actually make you feel fuller and help reduce overeating.
Warm water is the perfect drink to sip on if you’re feeling sick. Drinking cold water when you’re sick can actually increase the amount of mucus buildup, whereas drinking warm or hot water can loosen up the mucus and relax the sinuses.
Drinking warm water has similar relaxing effects as taking a hot bath, it calms down the central nervous system. Warm water has a very soothing effect on the mind and body and can help reduce stress, tension, and anxiety.
PERFECT TEMPERATURE AND TASTE
Whether you’re drinking your water warm, hot, cold, or at room temperature, staying hydrated is one of the best ways to take care of your body. If you decide to give warm water a try, always make sure the water is heated to just the right temperature before taking a sip to avoid burning your mouth.
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