It has become absolutely natural for almost every Nigerian to go for chilled (or cold) water when they are thirsty. If anyone is buying water from a vendor, it has to be chilled water. In fact, if it isn’t cold, the vendors will tell you instantly, that “no light oh, so no cold water”, even when you have not mentioned the temperature of the water you want.
Hence, taking warm water could be a whole lot difficult for some of us even though warm water does us more good than cold one. There are great benefits of kick starting your day with a glass of warm water.
Water is truly the elixir of life! Up to sixty percent of your body is water, which plays a role in everything from digestion and absorption of nutrients to excretion.
But research shows that warm water can take these benefits up several notches. See the effects of a healthy glass of warm water below:
Bids Mucus Accumulation Goodbye
Warm beverages were seen to decrease the accumulation of mucus in your nose, throat, and gastrointestinal tract, lowering the chances of virus or bacteria growth in those places.
Warm water can have a mild vasodilatory effect, that is, it causes blood vessels to dilate and lowers blood pressure; this in turn improves digestion. Because the temperature of your stomach is generally high, drinking a warm beverage along with your food helps break the food down more easily. Warm water can ease swallowing for some people.
Drinking warm water can increase body temperature, which increases your metabolic rate. It also helps your kidneys and gastrointestinal tract do a better job. This is good news for anyone hoping to crank up their metabolism or lose weight.
Is A Pleasure On Its Own
Warm water doesn’t just feel good for a sore throat or on a wintry day. As it turns out, it can actually make you feel good anytime! When you drink hot water, receptors in your mouth, throat, intestines, and stomach stimulate the pleasure center in the brain. Most of us naturally crave the comfort of a warm beverage in the morning. The theory is that our brain processes warmth in the same area that processes our judgments about other people. So holding a warm drink can make you think that other people are “warmer.
Homeopathy recommends drinking warm water for anyone who has a constipation problem. It also advocates adding honey or lemon to warm water to ease constipation. The British Homeopathic Association suggests having a glass of warm water as soon as you wake up before you have breakfast.
Cleanses And Purifies Your Blood
It is advised to start your day with a drink of warm water that has been kept in a copper vessel overnight. This is supposed to help purify the blood and eliminate waste. Copper has a cooling effect on the liver and also has anti-aging properties. It also advocates sipping hot water throughout the day. Doing this helps the body stay hydrated and flushes out waste. It is believed that heating water speeds up all bodily processes.
Fights Obesity And Cholesterol Problems
A glass of hot water mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice and a teaspoon of honey, taken in the morning, is considered useful to fight obesity and cholesterol. It believes that warm water can also help break down fats in your food and keep you slim.
Note: To consume it the traditional way, keep a flask of hot water at hand throughout the day, pouring it over tea leaves and drinking between meals whenever hunger strikes. Do not drink it right after a meal; keep a bit of a gap for best effects.
Written by Ugochi Obiajunwa