Benefits of Drinking Hot Water and Cold Water

 Drinking water, hot or cold, keeps your body healthy and hydrated. Hot water may also improve digestion, relieve congestion, and even promote relaxation, compared with drinking cold water.

When we come to ayurvedic point of view the hot water is best for human body .

lets keep the myths and point of views apart and focus on facts and discuss :

Qualities of Hot Water-

दीपनं पचनं कण्ठ्यं लघुष्णं बस्तिशोधानं | ( अ.हृ. सू. ५/ १६)

The above shloka of book ashtanga hrudayam has stated that if boiled water , when it is hot , is consumed it acts as an appetizer, digestant and clears the voice. It is easy to digest, heat generating and clears the urinary bladder ( by acting as diuretic).
It controls Hiccough, ditension, gas formation inside the intestines, and vata and kapha diseases.
Indications- Specifically indicated in those who underwent therapeutic purification and who are are suffering from acute fever, cough, indigestion, rhinitis, dyspnoea and pain in flanks

Benefits of Drinking Hot Water :

Most health benefits of hot water are based on anecdotal reports, as there’s little scientific research in this area. That said, many people feel benefits from this remedy, especially first thing in the morning or right before bed.

When drinking hot beverages, research recommends an optimal temperature of between 130 and 160°F (54 and 71°C). Temperatures above this can cause burns or scalds.

A cup of hot water creates steam. Holding a cup of hot water and taking a deep inhale of this gentle vapor can help loosen clogged sinuses and even relieve a sinus headache.

Since you have mucous membranes throughout your neck and upper torso, drinking hot water can help warm that area and soothe a sore throat caused by mucus buildup.

According to a 2008 studyTrusted Source, drinking a hot drink, such as tea, provided quick, lasting relief from a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and tiredness. The hot drink was more effective than the same drink at room temperature

Drinking water helps to keep the digestive system moving. As the water moves through your stomach and intestines, the body is better able to eliminate waste.

Some believe that drinking hot water is especially effective for activating the digestive system.

The theory is that hot water can also dissolve and dissipate the food you’ve eaten that your body might have had trouble digesting.

Though research has not proven this benefit, if you feel like drinking hot water helps aid your digestion, there is no harm in using this as a remedy.

Not getting enough water, hot or cold, can have negative effects on your nervous system functioning, ultimately affecting mood and brain function.

Research from 2019Trusted Source has shown that drinking water can improve central nervous system activity, as well as mood.

This research showed that drinking water boosted participants’ brain activity during demanding activities and also reduced their self-reported anxiety.

Dehydration is a common cause of constipation. In many cases, drinking water is an effective way to relieve and prevent constipation.

Drinking hot water may help your intestines contract. When that happens, food waste in your intestines is able to pass out of your body.

Drinking hot water regularly may help keep your bowel movements regular.

Hot water is no different than room temperature or cool water when it comes to keeping you hydrated.

There are no official guidelinesTrusted Source for how much a person should drink each day. It varies based on their body weight and size, sex, activity levels, and the temperature or environment.

You also need much more water if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

There’s an easy formula that tells you the amount of water you need at rest (no exercise or extra activity):

Take your weight in pounds. You’ll need to drink half of that number in ounces daily. For example, a 180-pound person needs 90 ounces of water daily at rest, which is actually eleven 8-ounce servings.

Drinking water can make people feel more full, reducing the amount of food they eat and aiding in weight loss.

Some people believe that drinking hot water can activate your body’s temperature control system.

As your body compensates for the warm temperature of the water, it brings your internal temperature down and activates your metabolism.

A small 2003 studyTrusted Source reported that switching from cold water to hot water could help people lose weight through this thermic effect.

Staying hydrated can also help you lose water weight. The kidneys will respond to adequate hydration by allowing more water to be excreted as urine. The lighter the color of the urine, the better hydrated you are.

Healthy blood flow affects everything from your blood pressure to your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Taking a warm bath helps your circulatory organs — your arteries and veins — expand and carry blood more effectively throughout your body.

Drinking hot water may have a similar effect. However, there is little research that this is effective.

As a bonus, warmth from drinking hot water or bathing at nighttime can help relax you and prepare you for restful sleep.

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Qualities Of Cool/cold Water -

शीतम् मदात्यय्ग्लनिमूर्च्छा चर्दिश्रमभ्रममान | (अ.हृ.सू.५/१५.)

It states that cool water pacifies the symptoms of alcohol hangover, sensory exhaustion, fainting, vomiting sensation, tierdsomeness, vertigo, thirst, heat sensation, burning sensation, haemorrhages and toxic effects.

Drinking cold water does affect your body in ways you may not anticipate or want. One older and small study from 1978Trusted SourceTrusted Source, involving 15 people, found that drinking cold water made nasal mucous thicker and more difficult to pass through the respiratory tract. By comparison, the researchers found that chicken soup and hot water helped people breathe more easily. If you’re trying to treat a cold or flu, drinking cold water might make your congestion feel worse

Drinking cold water does have its benefits. Drinking cold water during exerciseTrusted Source can help keep your body from overheating and make your workout session more successful. This is probably because drinking cold water makes it easier for your body to maintain a lower core temperature.

Drinking plain water, no matter the temperature, has been proven to give your body more energy throughout the day.

Can drinking cold water help with weight loss?

Drinking water as an alternative to sugary beverages is good for your digestion and maintaining a healthy weight, even if the water you drink is on the colder side. Drinking water that’s cold may actually help you burn a couple of extra calories as you digest it because your body has to work harder to maintain its core temperature. But it’s not likely that drinking cold water is a powerful jump-start tool for weight loss.

Is warm or hot water better than cold water?

Drinking warm water can aid in digestion, help your circulation, and overall assist your body in getting rid of toxins faster. While this isn’t a “risk,” per se, it’s something to keep in mind as you decide how you’d like to get water in your body.

Drinking warm or hot water has been found to make you less thirsty. This can be dangerous on days when your body is losing water through sweating to try to keep cool. If you do opt to drink warm water, be aware that you may not feel thirsty as often as you should.

How do you feel by seeing all these facts and researches feel free to comment.


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