Hot water is better than cold water when it comes to hydration.
You would think as long as your getting the water into you, the temperature really wouldn’t make much of a difference, especially since your body will warm the water anyways. However, research suggests the body may need to work harder when the water entering is cold.
Although drinking cold water can be more satisfying which encourages a person to consume more of it, it may not work to its greatest capacity at a frigid temperature.
According to some research, the body has to expend extra energy to bring cold water to a temperature in line with its surroundings, effectively using up some of the water which could be needed to hydrate vital organs.
Further study shows that cold water, in comparison to hot, passes through the digestive system and solidifies the fat from stores of food. This can make it harder for the body to break down and digest foods.
Cold water can also shrink the blood vessels in and around the stomach, making absorption more difficult and full hydration less likely.
The rule of thumb? Drink a cup of hot water first thing in the morning to encourage good health and proper hydration all day through.
Here are just a few of the benefits that drinking hot water in the morning can have:
Believe it or not, a glass of hot water can be nearly all you need to soothe body pain and headaches. The heat helps improve capillary circulation thereby relaxing the muscles and nerves in the body and minimizing the stress of tension.
Women can particularly benefit from a cup of hot water during painful menstruation as it can relax spasms in and around the abdomen and uterus.
Our bodies can be particularly stiff and sore first thing in the morning because the decrease in heart rate and slowed circulation. Drinking hot water can immediately improve blood circulation and loosen tight blood vessels throughout the body.
The reason we age is partially due to cell damage from toxins entering our body from our food and the environment that surrounds us. Warm water can help flush toxins from the body by relaxing tight internal pores and purging the debris that may otherwise remain trapped.
The added hydration that warm water provides can also rejuvenate skin’s elasticity and encourage the healthy glow so often sought through chemical cosmetic creams and toners.
As opposed to cold water which can slow heart rate and lower the body’s temperature, hot water can actually accelerate the metabolism and encourage weight loss with a quicker caloric turnover.
Additionally, the kidneys benefit from a hot morning water bath and function better to help the body regulate blood sugar levels, relieving urges to purge on sweets and junk food which is a big culprit in the battle to manage weight.
Orange Acupuncture, Winston Wang