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I was told and shown several WhatsApp articles promising that drinking hot water is the key to longevity, disease prevention and weight loss, proven by the general better health of people in the East. But to what extent, and is this even true? I wanted to research more about this, especially as I habitually drink hot water.

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Drinking hot water: Benefits and risks

Drinking hot water: Benefits and risks

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1. Healthier digestion

Drinking hot water helps to break down food faster than drinking cold or warm water. It reduces the risk of constipation by supporting regular bowel movements.

2. Body detoxification

Natural health advocates argue that hot water might help the body detoxify. When water is hot enough to raise a person’s body temperature, it can cause sweating. Sweating expels toxins and can help clean the pores.

3. Improved circulation

Hot water is a vasodilator, meaning it expands the blood vessels, improving circulation. This can help muscles relax and reduce pain.

Although no studies have dire...

4. Reduced pain

Hot water improves circulation and may also improve blood flow, particularly to injured muscles. No research has directly linked hot water consumption to pain relief.

However, people routinely use heat packs and hot water bottles to reduce pain. Consuming hot water may offer some internal ...

5. Fighting colds and improving sinus health

Heat applied to the sinuses can alleviate pressure caused by colds and nasal allergies. Steam also helps unclog the sinuses.

Drinking hot water may help mucous move more quickly. This means that drinking hot water may encourage coughing and nose-blowing to be more productive.

6. Encouraging consumption of coffee and tea

When mixed with coffee or tea, hot water may offer additional health benefits. Coffee and caffeinated teas can dehydrate the body, especially at high doses, but they also offer some health benefits in moderation.

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7. Reduced stress

A soothing cup of hot water may help people manage stress and anxiety . An older study fo...

Risks

Drinking hot water will not cure any diseases but, as long as the water is not scalding, the risks are minimal.

The primary risk of drinking hot water is one of being burned. Water that feels pleasantly warm on the tip of a finger may still burn the tongue or throat. A person should avoid c...

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