Start your day with a drink of hot (or warm) water and you’ll soon reap the benefits. You may have read about the incredible health benefits of drinking hot water and lemon, but what about the benefits of drinking hot water on its own? Starting the day with a glass of hot water helps kick-start the digestive system and provides a range of health benefits. However, it’s not a case of the hotter, the better. Keep water to a maximum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid damaging the epithelial cells in your mouth and throat.
Your teeth may thank you for switching from cold to warm water.
Warm water is better for the teeth and restorations, and is more easily absorbed. Certain white filling materials contract in response to cold water, causing fillings to debond off the tooth. Again, make sure your water isn’t too hot. Any extreme temperature on the teeth can be detrimental, so try to drink your water at room temperature to keep your pearly whites happy.
Better for digestion
Warm water has a vasodilator effect, meaning it widens the blood vessels and stimulates the blood flow to rush toward the intestine, aiding the digestive process. Drinking water on an empty stomach in the morning speeds right through your digestive system to the bowels where it is needed. But the digestive health benefits of warm water don’t stop there. It has a faster hydrating effect, so when it is followed by a meal the temperature helps emulsify fats, making them more digestible.
Helps clear out toxins
A drink of hot water raises the core body temperature, stimulating the sweating process, which is one of the way the body eliminates toxins. When consumed on a regular basis with lemon added to it, hot water helps balance all the acidic foods we ingest daily. If you’re not a fan of lemon, try green tea, which may decrease free radical activity in the body.
Constipation occurs when there is little or no bowel movement and is often caused by a lack of water in the body. If you start each day with a drink of warm water (before eating anything) you can help improve your bowel movements and reduce the likelihood of constipation. The elevated temperature stimulates the intestinal peristalsis and helps with sluggish bowel movements and constipation. If you can stand it, sip warm water throughout the day for even greater benefits.