Friday, November 8, 2013

Hot water drinking

I was forced to leave tea and coffee due to health reason as after jaundice, drinking these  causes vomiting sensation due increased acidity. Later on it created social problem as teas and coffee is now normal welcome drinks. So if u don’t drink, then it creates a very embarrassing situation for the host as well as for me….to overcome this I switched to hot water drink , a plain hot water in place of tea and coffee.  Switching to hot water was not an accident it was well thought and after more then a year of practice I can say that I was not wrong, certainly better option then tea and coffee…
Yes, I’m a convert to drinking hot water because being hot it forces you to drink it in sips — you can’t drink a whole lot at once like you can with room temperature tap water or cold water. my theory is, because of this, it is less of a shock to your body. ie. lots of small sips over a longer period of time vs. big gulps at much longer intervals.
Doesn’t cold constrict blood vessels and heat dilate blood vessels? So wouldn’t it follow that dumping mass quantities of frigid ice water into your body constrict the blood vessels in your stomach thereby hindering it’s performance in digesting food. While drinking warm water would dilate the blood vessels and enhance stomach function? People drink iced beverages from huge containers. Drinking large volumes of iced fluid in one sitting from a Big Gulp has zero or negative effect on digestion? Anyway, I am not saying that digestion can’t occur at different temperatures, but certainly the body function is not optimized and dull digestion process invites certainly more problems.  

Benefits of Drinking Hot Water:
1.    Cleanses the Digestive System : Water helps to break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track, hot water is found to break down food faster than cold water, which makes the food easier to digest. When the digestive system does not have to work as hard to break down foods, it uses less energy, which results in improved health.
2.    Flushes Out Toxins: Drinking hot water can cause slight increase in body temperature above 98.6 degrees, causing your body to flush toxins out of the body and purify the bloodstream, thus improving your overall health.
3.    Enhances Stamina and Performance: When your body is not overloaded with toxins, it is better able to perform at peak performance.  Because drinking warm water helps to flush toxins out of your body, it increases stamina and results in better overall functioning on a physical level.
4.    Improves Emotional Responses and Thoughts: Holistic practitioners believe that toxic deposits from the body’s nervous system can have a negative effect on your emotions and thoughts.  They believe that drinking hot water will help to remove those built up deposits from our nervous system. Drinking warm or hot water is also said to help purify your mind and body and obtain a balanced mental state, allowing you to think more clearly.  Deepak Chopra recommends drinking hot water as part of a pacifying diet, particularly during late fall and winter, to maintain balance of the body and mind and keep you vibrant and grounded.
5.    Improves Blood Circulation: Drinking hot water is said to improve your blood circulation.  Good circulation is needed to move blood throughout your body in order to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and organs. In addition to drinking warm water, soaking your body in warm water, particularly your feet, is said to boost blood circulation as well.  If you notice symptoms of poor circulation, including tingling in the feet and hands, cold fingers and toes, bluish-tinted skin and slow-healing wounds, be sure to talk to your doctor.
6.    Treats Constipation: Constipation is a very uncomfortable condition that typically occurs when the intestines lack proper hydration, causing stools to turn hard and dry and making them difficult to pass.  Drinking hot water several times a day is said to help stimulate the bowels, returning your body back to normal functioning.  But be careful of other drinks such as juice and soda, because they tend to contain excessive sugar that could actually make the constipation worse.
7.    Helps Congestion: Drinking hot water can help to cleanse your nasal cavities, bringing relief  when you’re congested.  The hot water vapor helps to loosen the mucus build up in your nasal cavities, helping to clear your nasal passages.  Also, because the hot water makes you sweat out toxins, it promotes a quicker recovery if congested due to illness. Flowing warm saline water through your nasal passages using a neti pot is another amazing remedy for nasal congestion.  If you’ve never tried a neti pot before, you may want to check it out!
8.    Sooths Sore Throats: Warm water can help to sooth a sore throat.  If your throat is sore because you’ve been breathing through your mouth – perhaps because of nasal congestion – then drinking hot water can work to soothe your throat and help break up the congestion. Gargling with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water) is also supposed to be a good home remedy to relieve/ treat the pain of a sore throat.

Tips for Drinking Your Water Hot
I found that the hot water actually has a soothing taste and is readily available most places I go.  although some people have recommended putting a bit of tea or lemon in the water, but I prefer drinking plain hot water, taking small sip and allowing  your saliva to mix with that sip. I enjoy the taste of my own saliva because I believe that saliva has many advantages then any tea or lemon.
Oh about taste!
Its all in our mind. ask any alcholic about his first sip…and then his later experiences. Or the smoker experience about his first puf. hence drink hot water and repeat in your mind that it taste good, feel good and think about the benifit it will bring to you …and belive me in few days you will feel good. You will develop your own taste..the taste you will love to have and never forget.
To get the detoxification benefits, it’s best for the water temperature to be hot enough to cause you to sweat, but not so hot that it burns your mouth.   Boiling water is recommended over using the hot side of the kitchen faucet, due to impurities that can come through from your water heater.  To get the benefits of detoxification, try drinking hot water once or twice daily make it habit to drink  before bed and after bed.  Think seriously to replace tea/ coffee with simple plain hot water.
Do you know why we get a fever when we’re sick? The increased body temperature helps fight off the nasties. We all know we are more likely to “catch a cold”, when we subject ourselves to the cold. Yes, they are viruses, but it’s the ‘coldness’ that weakens our immune system, making us less able to deal with the invaders. So why make it harder for ourselves by drinking ’cold’ things…not to mention the disastrous consequences it has for our digestive ‘fire’. Right now, go and get your favorite mug. Boil the kettle and start sipping warm/hot water regularly throughout the day.
Drink it more often as part of a regular routine. Most importantly, it’s best to develop a routine of drinking water throughout the day, regardless of temperature.   Happy hydration!

Hot water from the tap should never be used for cooking or drinking....why???

 The reason is that hot water dissolves contaminants more quickly than cold water, and many pipes in homes contain lead that can leach into water. And lead can damage the brain and nervous system, especially in young children. cold tap water should always be used for preparing hot water

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