Drinking hot and cold water will keep your body healthy and hydrated.
Some people find that hot water improves digestion, relieves congestion, and promotes relaxation compared to drinking cold water.
Most of the health benefits of hot water are based on anecdotal reports, as there is little scientific research in this area. Many people feel the benefits of this treatment, especially in the morning or before going to bed.
Research has shown that 130-160°F (54-71°C) is optimal for drinking hot beverages. Temperatures above this can cause burns or scalds.
For a health boost and vitamin C boost, try adding a lemon wedge to hot water when making lemon water.
This article discusses 10 ways that drinking hot water can benefit you.
- Can relieve nasal congestion
A cup of hot water creates steam. Holding a cup of hot water and inhaling deeply in this gentle steam can help loosen blocked sinuses and relieve sinus headaches.
Your sinuses and throat are lined with mucus, so drinking hot water will warm the area and help relieve sore throats from mucus build-up.
According to an early 2008 study, hot drinks like tea provide quick and long-lasting relief from runny noses, coughs, sore throats, and fatigue. Hot drinks were more effective than the same drinks at room temperature.
- Good for digestion
Drinking water helps maintain a healthy digestive system. The more water passes through your stomach and intestines, the better your body can eliminate waste.
Some people believe that drinking hot water is especially effective in stimulating the digestive system.
The theory is that hot water dissolves and dissolves the food you eat, making it harder for your body to digest it.
More research is needed to confirm this benefit, but a 2016 study found that warm water can improve bowel movements and gas relief after surgery.
In the meantime, there is no harm in using hot water as a medicine if you find it helpful for digestion.
- Improves the functioning of the central nervous system
Not drinking enough water, hot or cold, can affect your nervous system, which can affect your mood and brain function.
A 2019 study shows that drinking water improves central nervous system function and improves mood.
The study showed that drinking water increased brain activity during participants’ high-intensity activities and also reduced their own anxiety.