We have all heard the advice at one time or another that we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day in order to promote both physical and mental health. This simple rule is further enforced by our ability to purchase smart water bottles and download drinking water trackers to our smartphones.
While Americans everywhere are doing their best to achieve their water drinking targets, experts say that we are missing a huge opportunity to use water to improve our health. Rather than focusing off of our water drinking on lemon water and ice-cold water, as many of us do, they recommend we start each morning with a warm drink of water for some great health benefits!
Here are 6 things you will experience if you drink warm water every morning:
#1 – Improve Weight Loss
If you’re on a diet, you should be adding a glass of warm water to your diet plan each day! By increasing your body temperature you can increase your metabolic rate, which will help you to burn more calories throughout the course of your day. Also, adding lemon to your water will help to break down body fat and control food craving.
#2 – Encourage Better Bowel Movement
If you struggle with indigestion or poor bowel movement, drinking a single glass of warm water every morning may be the key to your relief. Doing so will activate your colon and assist the bowels in moving more effectively, optimising your body’s ability to process and absorb food throughout the day.
#3 – Reduce Stress Levels
If you are going through an incredibly stressful time, try adding warm water to your stress relief efforts. Research shows that drinking a hot beverage, like a warm cup of water, helps to improve the function of your central nervous system which can, ultimately, reduce anxiety and lower your stress levels. You can also add warm milk to the mixture to further enhance these benefits.
#4 – Relief from Pain
If you are currently experiencing pain from a sore throat or stomach irritation, or, ladies, if you are currently experiencing menstrual cramping, then a warm glass of water may be just the solution that you are looking for. Not only will you begin to feel relief instantly, but, unlike medications, you can repeat the process as many times as necessary to help get through your day. Not a fan of the taste? Add a lemon slice to give it that extra little ‘something.’
#5 – Slow the Signs of Premature Aging
Many Americans spend a great deal of time, money and energy on their anti-aging efforts, doing their best to slow the hands of time. The good news is that a simple glass of warm water can make an incredible difference! By repairing skin cells, increasing skin’s elasticity and cleansing toxins from the body, this one simple habit can help to keep you looking young and vibrant.
#6 – Improve Circulation
Many people experience signs of poor circulation, such as cold or tingling fingers in your hands or feet. If you are looking for a solution to this problem, look no further. Drinking a warm cup of water helps to warm up the body, which, in turn, increases blood cell flow. A cup in the morning will encourage improved blood flow right from the start, and you can continue this benefit with additional cups throughout the day.