Hot water that is. Sorry. Doesn’t sound very exciting right? Well, it’s not really meant to be. But gosh, How much more simple and inexpensive does it get than drinking water!? And if you knew how beneficial it can be for your health, you might become an adept like me. Hopefully by the end of this article.
Your body is 60% water. Water lubricates our joints and the various mucous membranes in our body (lungs, GI tract, nostrils…), it’s a major component of blood and of our nervous system (our brain is 70% water!)). Water helps us detoxify by forming urine, perspiration and stool, all means of releasing toxins and unwanted material. Water is a vital component of every single cell of every single tissue. We can go for weeks without eating, but just 2 or 3 without drinking before passing out. Keeping ourselves hydrated is essential to the proper functioning of all our bodily systems.
Because water nourishes our tissues and plays such an important role in detoxification, it has a stabilizing effect on our overall constitution. It keeps the body in a state of homeostasis, a state in which all organs and systems function harmoniously.
You know what a plant looks like if you don’t water it for too long. Well, the same happens to human bodies when they don’t get enough water. If we do not drink enough our tissues dry up and shrivel. We feel rusty, stiff, cold. Sipping on warm water is deeply hydrating. It acts as a cleanse to the digestive system and flushes the lymphatic system. Dr. John Douillard (Chiropractor and Ayurvedic Practitioner) says “ The water allows the stomach to be hydrated so it is more willing to robustly produce the hydrochloric acid (HCL) needed to digest a big meal.” HCL is what ensures that the food you take in is efficiently broken down and absorbed in the small intestine. Do you experience digestive un-ease after every meal? Your stomach may not be producing enough HCL. And why would that be? Because it is dehydrated, and while HCL is needed for optimal digestion, it would also end up burning the stomach lining. So out of self-protection the body holds back on producing the much-needed HCL, but your digestion suffers.
Many people are accustomed to drinking cold water, even ice-cold. But think about it, your body temperature is 98.6 F, what do you think happens if you dump ice-cold water in your system? Your whole inside contracts. And your digestive FIRE, which needs to be kept hot and sharp to break foods down efficiently is weakened. If you have a habit of drinking cold water, don’t be surprised if your digestion is not so good and you suffer from cramps, nausea, gas or constipation.
Sipping on hot water throughout the day will:
• Hydrate your tissues.
• Increase HCL production (= better digestion = less toxicity production ).
• Stabilize your energy.
• Increase lymphatic fluid circulation. (= better waste removal, decreased swelling and congestion).
• Make you pee and perspire more (= detoxification).
• Keep your colon hydrated (= constipation relief).
• Fill you up so you feel satiated with less food. Truth is, often we think we are hungry when all we need is fluid.
Get yourself a thermos. In the morning fill it with hot water. Yes, you may add some lemon for flavoring, and added liver-cleansing benefit. Just sip on it throughout the day. It’s as simple as that.
To your health !