When people wake up they almost always head straight to the kitchen to make a cup of hot coffee, or drink a cold cup of water. However, you should meet these popular morning beverages halfway and drink a warm cup of water instead to get the most benefits of drinking liquid in the morning.
Drinking warm water first thing in the morning can provide you with numerous health benefits and is one of the best ways for you to start your day off right. Here is a list of some of these health benefits:
1. It Relieves Pain
Drinking warm water can help soothe dry, irritated or swollen throats. Warm water will reduce the swelling in the throat and help to temporarily relieve pain. This helps during those mornings when you wake up with a dry throat and it hurts to swallow. Almost immediately after taking the first sip you will notice a reduction in pain.
Warm water relaxes the muscles of the stomach and soothes any cramps.
2. Improves Bowel Movements
Drinking warm water has been shown to help aid in digestion any time of day. A group of patients who suffered from achalasia (a condition in which the muscles of the lower part of the esophagus fail to relax, preventing food from passing into the stomach) drank warm water to see how it would help them according to a study conducted by the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility.
After drinking the hot water 58% of the patients showed a significant improvement in their condition according to the study. Drinking a glass of warm water in the morning before eating will help activate the colon to move your bowels more easily. It also prepares your body for best absorption of food throughout the day.
3. Improves Circulation
Drinking warm water can also help enhance the blood flow in your body’s circulatory system. When the human body is exposed to warm temperature, blood cell flow increases by a dramatic amount when first introduced according to this study.
It then declines back to a normal rate of blood flow and begins to slowly increase the longer it is exposed to heat. By warming up your body from the inside drinking warm water can help improve your circulation.
4. Weight Loss
Drinking water in general can aid in weight loss, but this is the best way to consume this fat-burning liquidwith all of the other health benefits of drinking warm water.
A group of overweight female participants were instructed to drinking large amount of water in order to study its effect on weight loss according to a study conducted by the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine. After eight weeks, researchers found that participants had experienced a decrease in body weight, their body mass index, and their overall appetite.
WHY IS DRINKING COLD WATER BAD FOR YOU?
Drinking cold water when you’re feeling hot on a hot summer day may feel heavenly. It helps you to cool down within seconds, but I bet you never thought about what cold water does to your body (as opposed to warm water).
- Your body has to expend energy to warm up the water in order to use it when you drink cold water.
- Cold water constricts blood vessels, thus reducing hydration and its absorbability.
- Drinking cold water solidifies the fats in your food, causing your body to have to work harder in digesting the food.
- In your respiratory system cold water creates excess mucus. You are more susceptible to various infections and chances of a throat infection are higher when your lungs get congested.
This short video clip will give you something to think about, the next time you reach out for a glass of cold/iced water.