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Five Benefits of Drinking Hot Water

Discover the benefits of drinking hot or warm water, from helping digestion to a remedy for helping cold symptoms. Grab your mug, and let us tell you all about the benefits of drinking hot water.

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Benefits of drinking hot water in the morning

There's nothing quite like your first warm drink in the morning, be that tea, coffee, or warm water with lemon. Drinking hot water in the morning has more benefits than just that warm fuzzy feeling it gives us. Your morning brew is doing more than you think. Consuming warm water in the morning can 'wake up' your digestive system. This helps filter out toxins and will leave you feeling refreshed. Not only does it help in the morning, but drinking hot water in the evening is a great way to wind down with many benefits, too!

Below are 5 benefits of drinking hot water:

1. Increase blood flow

According to a health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Federal Employee Program, hot water consumption warms the body and promotes blood circulation. It can lower blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.

2. Help digestion and may reduce constipation

Drinking hot water can stimulate the digestive system. Constipation and stomach pain are typically caused by waste that has become lodged in the intestines because of digestive problems. And in many cases, constipation is caused by dehydration. Hot water can help hydrate and flush away toxins while acting as a natural lubrication along the digestive system's organs.

3. Relieve the symptoms of a cold

For those suffering over the dreaded cold season, a mug of warm water may be exactly what you need. Drinking warm water helps relieve the symptoms of a cold, clears the nasal passage, and is very comforting when you may be feeling sorry for yourself. According to Hopkins Medical, "Whether it's tea, warm water with lemon or broth, drinking warm liquids can be soothing, prevent dehydration and ease congestion. Avoid salty foods, alcohol, coffee and sugary drinks, which can be dehydrating."

In 2008, a study confirmed that warm drinks cause a significant improvement of nasal airflow. This is why warm drinks are so often used a treatment for the common cold or flu. The report goes on to conclude that " the results support the folklore that a hot tasty drink is a beneficial treatment for relief of most symptoms of common cold and flu."

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4. Acts as a natural detox

According to Healthline, drinking warm water if the best way to detox the body. In a recent article, they state that: "Drinking warm water before bed will keep you hydrated through the night and may help the body to rid itself of unwanted toxins. It may also help to relieve pain or cramping in the stomach." Now, although this is clearly great news. We recommend not drinking your warm water too close to bedtime, interrupted sleep for a trip to the toilet is the last thing you want when trying to sleep.

5.Ease bloating

Bloating is not fun, but luckily warm water can be a huge help here. Not only is it said that drinking warm water can help de-bloat, but hot water can also be used in other ways to help reduce bloating. To relax the muscles in the gut and release the gas, try placing a hot water bottle on the stomach, just make sure you wrap it up so not to burn your skin.

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Ways to stay hydrated with Hot Water

1. Hot water with lemon

Adding a lemon slice to your mug of hot water makes a refreshing drink to help start your day or wind down in the evening. The vitamin C in lemons helps fight cold-like symptoms; you can also add honey to your hot lemon water for extra benefits to soothe your throat if you have a sore throat Meical News Today goes into more details of the benefits of drinking Lemon Water.

2. Green Tea

Green tea is a popular drink with many and has many benefits, according to Healthline such as being an antioxidant.With its low caffeine level, you can give you a small boost in the morning to help you start your day. To add flavour or further benefits, you can add honey and lemon for a soothing, refreshing drink and ginger or mint.

3. Peppermint Tea

A caffeine-free drink, and despite limited proven trials, it is known to aid digestive issues from gut health to aid menstrual cramp, due to relaxation of the muscles.

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Is warm water as hydrating as chilled water?

There is absolutely no difference. Whether you enjoy drinking warm water or ice-cold water, they are both hydrating. The different temperatures can, however, leave us feeling different after drinking. Warm drinks are comforting, whereas a chilled glass of water will feel more refreshing.

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As we’ve seen, there are plenty of benefits of hot water, whether you are drinking it in the morning, daytime, or in the evening. So, grab your mug and sip away!

All types of water are important for staying hydrated, and to make it easier, check out our hot water tap. This hot water dispenser offers five water types: unchilled or chilled still, semi-sparkling and sparkling – and of course, instant hot water, so you don’t have to wait for your kettle to boil.

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