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By Damilola Faustino

Drinking hot water has its benefits – you have heard the rumours of burning toxins, among other benefits. But like every good thing, too much of it is not so healthy. Here’s why:

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Hot water can cause internal injury

If hot water can cause blisters in the mouth, then it can also damage the sensitive lining of the oesophagus and digestive tract. It can have a far-reaching effect on your internal organs because the temperature of hot water is higher than the body temperature.

Chances of burns and scalds

Consumption of hot water can easily scald the lips, tongue or the inner lining of the mouth. It can also cause blisters or ulcers in the mouth, making it difficult to chew or drink for few days! Hence, always check its temperature before gulping. This will save you from any burn or blister.

Disruption in sleep

Just because you have read somewhere that hot water leads to increased metabolism in the night, doesn’t mean that you consume too much of it just before going to bed. Don’t even think of doing that as this will cause frequent urination throughout the night and in turn, will disturb your sleep pattern.

Increased load on the kidneys

Your efficient kidneys have a strong capillary system to flush out the excess water and all the toxins out from the body. This doesn’t mean that consuming too much of hot water will improve or fasten this flushing process. On the contrary, excess consumption will increase the workload of the kidneys, which will have a negative effect in the long run.

Imbalance in water concentration

Drinking too much of hot water, even when not thirsty, can cause an imbalance in the water concentration in the body. Also, too much water at a time can cause swelling of the brain cells, which, in turn, could be detrimental to a human.

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