(This article is not a professional insight, rather it is a layman take on the subject, with information gathered from research and resources).
Drinking water, whether hot or cold, is healthy to your body as it keeps you hydrated for considerably, an effective amount of time depending on the circumstances.
The side effects of hot water during the summer or other seasons of the year are presumably the same; NONE, there are no side effects known so far except internal scalding which is usually as a result of consuming scorchingly hot water i.e water heated to extreme temperatures.
However at adequate temperatures, when compared to drinking cold water, drinking hot water can help boost up digestion and improve relaxation.
Even though there’s little evidence available on the health benefits of hot water, most health benefits have come from people’s personal experience. People who enjoy drinking hot water in the summer like to take it early in the morning or late at night before going to bed.
To prevent burns and scalds when drinking hot water, the ideal temperature should be between 130 and 160°F (54 and 71°C). For a healthier mix, you can add a twist of lemon to the hot water to make lemon water.
Discussed below, are the other amazing health benefits of drinking hot water.
DRINKING HOT WATER CAN HELP RELIEVE NASAL CONGESTION
One of the numerous benefits of drinking hot water is that it can help relieve nasal congestion. Nasal congestion can be caused by dry air, common cold, foreign body in the nose, stress, tobacco or anything that irritates or inflames the nasal tissues. But to get this out of the way, inhaling the steam rising from a cup of hot water will do the trick. Doing this can help clear clogged sinuses.
Since mucus buildup can cause a congested or runny nose, drinking hot water can help warm your throat and sinuses, and even soothe a sore throat.
Also, taking a hot drink, such as hot tea, can provide quick, lasting relief from a congested and runny nose, coughing, and tiredness, according to a 2008 study. In fact, the study reveals that drinking something hot is more effective than taking the same drink at room temperature.
DRINKING HOT WATER CAN HELP DIGESTION
Stomach discomfort or discomfort in your upper abdomen can leave you restless, especially when you feel uncomfortably full after eating a meal – everything is stuck in there! Though drinking water helps to soften and clear the tight corners around your digestive system, some people believe drinking hot water is more effective in getting that done as it powers up the digestive system to an optimal working state.
As a result, they believe drinking hot water when struggling with indigestion helps dissolve the food you’ve eaten that your body might have trouble digesting.
Even though there’s little evidence backing their claims, they’re not entirely wrong. A 2016 study showed that drinking warm water had a favourable impact on intestinal movements after surgery.
In short, whether you’re under the knife or not, and you fill stiff after a meal, feel free to drink a cup of hot water to help your digestion, after all, there’s no harm in using this as a remedy.
DRINKING HOT WATER ELIMINATES WEIGHT GAIN
Drinking hot water helps cut down excess weight. This is because drinking hot water makes your stomach full and stops you from overeating, thus preventing weight gain. Besides this, drinking hot water also helps your body absorb nutrients easily.
DRINKING HOT WATER KEEPS YOU HYDRATED
There’s a general belief that drinking only cool or cold water keeps you hydrated. While some evidence recommends that drinking cool tap water is the most ideal for rehydration because it makes you sweat less, still, drinking water at any temperature is okay.
For women, the Institute of Medicine suggests they drink 2.3 litres of water every day, while men should get 3.3 litres daily.
If you’re pregnant, or work in a hot environment, or carry out strenuous tasks, you should endeavour to keep your body well-hydrated.
Don’t just start your day with a good workout session but also serve yourself with a cup of hot water. Then end it with another to keep your skin always hydrated.
REDUCES COLD SHIVERS
Shivers are common especially during cold periods. And, surprisingly, it’s normal for our bodies to react that way. One way you can shake off shivers is to drink hot water. When you drink warm fluids during cold periods, you’ll shiver less.
DRINKING HOT WATER MAINTAINS HEALTHY BLOOD FLOW
Maintaining a healthy blood flow keeps your blood pressure in check, which is why drinking water is important.
Drinking hot water or taking a warm bath is an excellent way to improve your blood circulation and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Bathing with warm water helps your blood vessels, such as your arteries and veins expand and transport blood more effectively round your body. Likewise drinking a cup of hot water too, even though there’s little evidence supporting this claim.
Lastly, before going to bed, treat yourself to a warm bath or a cup of hot water. This is because the warmth you get from doing any of this is very relaxing. They take out the stress in your bones and give you a satisfying sleep.
DRINKING HOT WATER MAY HELP DETOXIFY YOUR BODY
Results from a 2020 study found that drinking more water reduces the chances of having kidney problems while diluting waste materials in the blood. That means drinking hot water can help your kidneys function at its best.
According to Arthritis foundation, drinking water – whether warm or cold is important for flushing out toxins from your body. Drinking warm water also helps keep your body inflammation free and your joints lubricated.
WARM WATER PROVIDES RELIEVE FROM ACHALASIA
Achalasia is a rare disorder in which muscles at they lower end of your oesophagus can’t allow food to enter your stomach. People with this disorder find it difficult to swallow anything. Usually they feel as though what they’re swallowing doesn’t get past their throats down to their stomach. This is called dysphagia. A 2012 study discovered that people who had achalasia, when they eat or drink something hot, they experience little to no discomfort compared to cold food or drink. Out of eight patients who complained about chest pains in the study, five confessed that drinking hot water was effective in relieving their chest pain attacks. The study concludes that drinking warm or hot fluid and eating warm or hot food can help improve swallowing, especially for those with achalasia.
The video below could also provide a small insight about the benefits of hot water
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF DRINKING HOT WATER?
Well, drinking water that’s too hot can damage the tissues in your throat, scald your tongue and even damage your tastes buds. This is why you must be very careful when downing that glass of hot water.
In all, drinking hot water has no risks as long as you remain careful when swallowing it. Drinking hot water has no harmful effects even in the summer. It is totally safe in the summer —as long as you don’t mind sweating a lot—and a remedy for cough and a huge relieve for cold, chest pains and achalasia.
There’s a lot of debate whether drinking hot water in the summer is a good idea and whether there are risks involved. Although there’s little evidence showing drinking hot water is good, nonetheless it is considered a safe thing to do as it can be a good way to keep your body hydrated and your joints lubricated.
Drinking hot water daily can also be a struggle. However, you can make it a ritual by kicking off your day with a cup of warm water. If you want variety, squeeze a little lemon into your glass for taste.
Lastly, drinking warm water before sleeping is an amazing way to end a busy day. Doing this helps you sleep soundly.