Hello, Dr. Michael Rahman N.D. (a naturopathic doctor in Toronto with a specialty in weight loss care and mesotherapy) here with a recommendation on how to improve your health in general by making just one simple lifestyle change and that is to drink at least one glass of hot water a day! If you do this one thing, every day for the rest of the New Year you will likely see improvements in your health of all kinds by the end of 2016.
At this point you might be asking yourself why the water must be hot and the answer is that drinking warm to hot water has some benefits for the body that drinking cold water does not. Even though many of you might be already drinking the mandatory eight glasses of water a day to improve your health, it is a good idea to make at least one of them a glass of warm to hot water, which can detoxify, heal and repair your body in many ways.
How to Improve Your Health By Drinking a Glass of Hot Water
Like many things in life, it is sometimes the simplest solutions that are the most effective, but often these very simple solutions are overlooked. In this case it is because drinking a glass of hot water can be a bit bland and people simply forget to do this every day because it is such a mundane health solution. However, it is also a holistic and very natural way of clearing up all kinds of health issues and a way of practicing preventative medicine at home.
To be effective all you need to do is heat up eight to ten ounces of natural spring water or ozonized distilled water in a glass and drink it first thing in the morning. Don’t use carbonated water and do not make tea. Boil the water on the stove and not in the microwave. Be a purist and drink your hot water straight.
But Isn’t Drinking a Glass of Hot Water A Day A Bit Boring?
If you insist on making this a tastier beverage you can add a slice of lime or lemon to your hot water. A single slice of ginger, a sprig of rosemary, thyme or mint or a splash of apple cider vinegar is also acceptable. However, keep the drink as simple as possible as the goal of drinking water this way is to wash out and hydrate your system.
The Many Benefits of Drinking Warm to Hot Water
Drinking warm to hot water first thing in the morning is in rhythm with the actions your body’s most basic functions. Here is a look at the many benefits of drinking water this way.
1. Aids Digestion
Hot water has the effect of giving your digestive a bit of a rinse by softening any fat deposits in your intestines. These are formed when we eat foods that are oily, of animal origin or that have a lot of trans fats in them. Cold water, especially ice cold water. simply does not have the ability to melt this sticky stored fat and in fact can make cause impacted hardened fat globules to line the intestines. This in turn causes symptoms like fatigue, headaches, joint pain and skin eruptions.
Drinking hot water can also help with the symptoms of nausea and gas as well as facilitate the release of a trapped “burp.” Adding a slice of ginger to hot water can help alleviate all kinds of nausea, including that associated with motion sickness and pregnancy.
2. Prevents Constipation
Drinking hot water has the effect of stimulating peristalsis, the muscle movement of the intestines. It also can help loosen and soften partially digested food, fecal plaque and mucous from your intestinal walls. It is especially important to drink a lot of hot water if you eat a lot of meat.
3. Detoxifies Your Body
Drinking hot water helps your body temperature to rise, which also results in some healthy sweating. If you add lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar it can exaggerate this effect even more as well as trigger your intestines and bladder to eliminate excess water from your system. This helps your kidneys and liver to operate more effectively as well.
4. Weight Loss
The reason you are advised to drink a lot of water while on a diet is because it can help you shed a few pounds. It assists with breaking done adipose tissue (body fat) so that it can be flushed from the body. It also helps to relieve body bloat by triggering your kidneys to eliminate water from your body. It can also help relieve your body of excess sodium in the bloodstream that might also be causing bloat and high blood pressure.
5. Clears Congestion
Hot water alone or a bit of lemon is a traditional remedy for alleviating the symptoms of colds and flus. It can help relieve the pressure in clogged or blocked ears as well as dissolve phlegm in your nasal passages, sinuses and respiratory tract. It is easier for your body to expel mucus if it is well hydrated.
6. Prevents and Reverses Aging
Drinking a lot of water makes your skiing look plumper and also helps the skin’s surface cell to attract more water to them. Well-hydrated cells are also better able to retain the elasticity o your skin and less affected by damaging free radicals. The cleansing action of hot water also helps prevent your body from being prone to acne and skin infections because it speeds circulation to the skin.
7. Nourishes your Hair and Scalp
Drinking hot water stimulates circulation to the skin and helps you grow hair. It also helps keep your scalp hydrated, which in turn helps prevent the dryness that can result in dandruff. Well-hydrated hair follicle also produce hair with strong tensile properties, which means it does not break easily.
8. Improves Your Circulation, Muscle Activity and Joint Pain
When you are dehydrated your muscles are sore and you may feel nervous and week. When you drink hot water the hydration process is sped up so this means that drinking hot water can help you recover faster from a workout or a hangover.
Furthermore drinking hot water can help lubricate your joints and remove the uric crystals that can cause
9. Relieves Menstrual Cramps
Drinking hot water can also help alleviate the pain of menstrual cramps and spasms. The water encourages fluids to flow in both the reproductive and digestive systems and it helps relax abdominal muscles that are in spasm.
10. Helps Your Body Absorb Supplements
If you take supplements in pill or capsule form, drinking a glass of hot water can make sure that they are properly dissolved in your stomach and that the nutrients they contain reach your bloodstream with greater efficiency.
You are strongly encouraged to give drinking a glass of hot water a day a try! It is one of the least expensive and proven ways of boosting your health. In fact, why not make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to drink a glass of hot water every day and see what happens.
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